The top tech stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The top tech stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these tech and digital stories as the most important of 2016. 1. All systems go: For a few weeks in the summer, it seemed to be all that anyone was talking about was “Pokemon Go,” an augmented-reality game you ...

Line takes on Instagram with Moments app

| Nov 19, 2016

Line takes on Instagram with Moments app


Anyone looking for an application to record, edit and share video clips since Vine announced its imminent closure might be interested in checking out Line Moments, a video-sharing app that was released by the communications entity in October. Line Moments allows users to shoot ...

Aug 4, 2016

Line, Shibuya Ward sign deal for online services

Line Corp. said it has signed an agreement with Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward to use its technology to improve online services provided by the municipality. It is the first municipal deal for the popular Japanese messaging application provider, which is owned by South Korea’s Naver ...

Jul 27, 2016

Line posts a profit in its first report card since global IPO

Line Corp. posted a profit in its first earnings report since ushering in the year’s biggest technology debut, as monthly active users rose to 220 million. Japan’s largest mobile messaging service announced ¥2.56 billion ($24.3 million) of net income in the six months through ...

Line shares soar 50% as IPO takes Tokyo by storm

Jul 15, 2016

Line shares soar 50% as IPO takes Tokyo by storm

Shares in messaging app Line soared as the company listed in Tokyo on Friday, rocketing 50 percent in the biggest technology IPO this year. The shares reached ¥5,000 in early trading, up from the ¥3,300 set at launch, and valuing the firm at nearly ...

Jul 11, 2016

Line prices IPO at top of range in year's biggest tech debut

Line Corp. set the price of its initial public offering at the top of the targeted range and will exercise an option to sell more stock as investors shrug off market volatility caused by Britain’s decision to bolt from the European Union. The mobile-messaging ...