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Rakuten buys mobile ordering and pickup startup

Rival to Amazon and Japanese retail giant Rakuten has acquired Silicon Valley mobile ordering and pickup startup Curbside.

Rakuten to build new blockchain-based loyalty system

Retail giant Rakuten, a popular Japanese Amazon rival, has announced it's planning a customer loyalty system based on blockchain technology. The company is building its own cryptocurrency, Rakuten Coin, to join its existing Rakuten Super Points scheme.

Japan e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales

Tokyo - Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten said Friday it has told online retailers to stop selling whale meat after a UN court ordered an end to the country's Antarctic whale hunt.

Japan's Rakuten buys chat app Viber for $900 million to expand digital empire

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc, controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, will buy call and messaging app provider Viber Media Inc for $900 million in a deal that would more than double the numbe...

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