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2014-04-08 08:35:57

OMAHA, Neb. and ALISO VIEJO, Calif., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rakuten Inc., one of the world's largest Internet services companies and First Bankcard(®), a leader in the U.S. credit card partnership arena and a division of First National Bank of Omaha, have launched the Rakuten Rewards MasterCard(® )Program, which provides cardholders with reward points for using their credit card to shop on the Rakuten.com website and elsewhere. Headquartered in Tokyo, Rakuten provides...

2014-02-19 00:21:07

Investment led by Rakuten Ventures to accelerate R&D activities and to fuel rapid international expansion. SINGAPORE, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ViSenze Pte Ltd (www.visenze.com) today announced it has closed a US$3.5 million Series A round of financing led by Rakuten Ventures (the corporate venture capital unit of Rakuten Inc), with participation from new investors Walden International ("WI") and UOB Venture Management ("UOBVM"). The investment comes within 7 months of the...

2013-09-02 04:21:27

Disruptive Approach to Video Opens up New Markets to Rakuten TOKYO and SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rakuten, Inc. (4755:Tokyo), one of the world's largest internet services companies, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire global video streaming platform Viki. The acquisition represents a significant step forward for Rakuten as it continues to add to its digital content offerings and launch its internet services ecosystem into new markets. Viki's...

2013-06-04 20:21:26

Loyalty technology leader, Rakuten Loyalty, announces that its team will attend the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) 2013, where Rakuten CEO, Hiroshi Mikitani, will give keynote address BOSTON, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Loyalty technology and monetization leader Rakuten Loyalty will attend the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) 2013 in Chicago this week, where CEO of parent company Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani, is a featured keynote speaker....

2013-05-14 08:43:03

Daily Grommet Evolves Name to The Grommet, Rakuten Takes Majority Stake in Maturing Company LEXINGTON, Mass., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Daily Grommet, the online marketplace and product launch platform for undiscovered consumer products, announces the second tranche of investment by Rakuten, the third largest online marketplace in the world, and a rebrand that includes a name change to The Grommet. This investment makes Rakuten the major stakeholder in the business. This...

2013-01-10 08:29:25

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Rakuten Buy.com has announced its official rebrand to Rakuten.com Shopping. The U.S.-based e-commerce site originally known as Buy.com was acquired by Rakuten Inc, the third largest online marketplace in the world, in May 2010 and has since undergone a gradual, successful transition that will continue the company's efforts to empower the online shop owner and connect the online shopper. The new site will launch on January 31, 2013....

2012-12-17 12:23:18

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Rakuten's Buy.com announced the launch of BuyTV Services, a video production company that produces professional quality videos for businesses and merchants. The videos provide businesses with a platform to intimately connect with their customers by creating rich content that highlights their brand personality and further differentiates online businesses in an increasingly competitive digital marketplace. Commenting on the launch,...

2012-11-15 08:38:56

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Across the country, Americans brace themselves for Black Friday sales they can't afford to miss. But, this year the shopper is up against a series of hidden costs that is reported to make in-store shopping experience a hefty price to pay. Rakuten's Buy.com has researched the busiest cities in the country -New York, L.A., Dallas and Chicago--and found that every city is experiencing a trend in unfavorable weather, violent acts and pricey...

2012-09-05 22:21:44

TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today unveiled its new Kobo Family of eReading devices: the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, Kobo Touch and the Kobo Arc - a 7" Android tablet. Designed by booklovers for booklovers, the new Kobo Family starts at $79.99 and provides readers with more choice and more ways to personalize their eReading experience than ever before - including new stylish colors, accessories, lighting and multimedia options. (Photo:...

2012-06-06 06:29:59

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This month, Rakuten's Buy.com, the global marketplace that allows shoppers to buy from people, not the internet, celebrates its 15th Anniversary, after launching in June 1997. Reflecting on the lessons learned over the years, Rakuten's Buy.com will celebrate its corporate milestones to date and leverage its seasoned experiences in the e-commerce industry to highlight five online shopping trend predictions, while rolling out a number of online...