Line stake said good for SoftBank

Feb 26, 2014

Line stake said good for SoftBank

SoftBank Corp. would attract younger consumers and help boost usage by acquiring a stake in instant messaging service Line Corp., an analyst at Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit said. Average revenue per mobile user has declined at wireless phone carriers as consumers ...

Feb 25, 2014

SoftBank reportedly has sights on Line

SoftBank Corp. is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp., the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea’s Naver Corp., sources said. Line has received at least one other offer for all or some of the company, prompting it to slow preparations for an ...

Line censoring messages in China

Nov 28, 2013

Line censoring messages in China

by Tomoko Otake

In another example of the dilemmas facing Internet companies operating in China, Japan-based instant messaging app provider Line Corp. has been censoring chats among users there, blocking the transmission of politically sensitive words and phrases. Line, which announced Monday that the number of people ...

Nov 26, 2013

Line app users top 300 million

Smartphone messaging company Line Corp. said Monday that the number of its global users has topped the 300 million mark, partly because it is offering the services in various languages. “The next goal is to top 500 million (users worldwide) next year,” Line CEO ...

Nov 25, 2013

Children victimized on online boards

Children under 18 are falling victim to sexual and other crimes by exchanging identification information for free telephone and communications apps such as the popular Line texting service, National Police Agency data show.

Jul 18, 2013

Line urged to take sex crime preventive measures

The provider of the Line communications application for smartphones is urged to take preventive measures against sex crimes after a boy in Kyoto Prefecture was arrested on suspicion of sharing child porn video footage using the app.

Experts say SNS let girl hide sinister side

Jul 18, 2013

Experts say SNS let girl hide sinister side

Communicating via the Internet allowed the 16-year-old girl arrested Sunday after confessing to the slaying of a former classmate in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, to present herself in a positive light and mask her violent side, experts speculated. The suspect is currently being held on ...

Line app lined up for DoCoMo smartphones

May 16, 2013

Line app lined up for DoCoMo smartphones

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT DoCoMo said Wednesday it will team up with the popular social network provider Line to offer a special app for DoCoMo users, aiming to deepen its relationship with the operator of the growing communication tool. “Line’s growth has been incredible. . . . ...