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Twitter Launches Branded Pages in Japan Twitter Launches Branded Pages in Japan

You got it, brand pages from Twitter advertising are now available in Japan, and DoCoMo (page pictured above) is one of the first to take advantage of the the space. DoCoMo is Japan’s largest mobile operator. So far the US …

Japan Developing Interactive Plants Japan Developing Interactive Plants

Japan has been producing 76% of the world’s weird s*** since 1952. It’s a fact. The country that brought us interactive digital pets like Tamagotchi and Nintendogs is now going interactive with house plants. Researchers at Keio University in Japan …

Disney Announces Mobile Game Apps Disney Announces Mobile Game Apps
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If you check out Apple’s App store or Google Play you will notice a striking lack of games from Disney. The company has come out with the hit Where’s my Water, but that was pretty recently, and it doesn’t include …

Google Autocomplete Feature Draws Ire In Japan [Updated] Google Autocomplete Feature Draws Ire In Japan [Updated]

Update: A Google spokesperson gave WebProNews the following statement: “A Japanese court issued a provisional order requesting Google to delete specific terms from Autocomplete. The judge did not require Google to completely suspend the Autocomplete function. Google is currently reviewing …

Google Street View Finds Japan In Cherry Blossom Season Google Street View Finds Japan In Cherry Blossom Season

Lately, as Google Maps has announced the inclusion of different parts of the world with Street View, the selection of these regions has seemed less and less random and a more deliberate effort by Google Maps to provide a new …

New Japanese Facial Recognition Software Is Powerful, Scary New Japanese Facial Recognition Software Is Powerful, Scary
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Big brother alert!!! For those of you who don’t like the idea of CCTV monitoring your every move, the details a recent software breakthrough by Hitachi Kokusai Electric will probably make you soil your undergarments, or at least never leave …

Facebook Gaining Traction in Japan Facebook Gaining Traction in Japan
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Since Facebook debuted in Japan in 2008, the social networking giant faced a few cultural obstacles in its bid for popularity, in a country where people are historically reluctant to share any sort of personal information on the internet. Still, …

Nikon D800 Released in Japan Nikon D800 Released in Japan

The Nikon D800 DSLR went on sale in Japan today, and distributors are having a hard time keeping up with demand. With pre-orders shipping all over the country, major retailers like Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera and Camera no Kitamura are …

Earthquake Hits Japan, Causes Minor Tsunami Earthquake Hits Japan, Causes Minor Tsunami
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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked northeastern Japan today, causing the Japanese Meteorological Agency to issue a tsunami warning. It struck about 170 miles off the east coast. A spokesman for Tohoku Electric Power, which operates two nuclear power plants in …

Siri Desu: Siri’s Having Trouble With Japanese Siri Desu: Siri’s Having Trouble With Japanese
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While most iPhone users I know love talking to Siri–and especially enjoy making her say funny things–the iPhone-based human-like assistant seems even more human in having a flawed, sometimes divisive personality. Criticism of the assistant runs the gamut, from claims …

GDC 2012: Japanese Developer Openly Mocked During Panel GDC 2012: Japanese Developer Openly Mocked During Panel
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The Game Developers Conference is a place where those who work in the games industry can collaborate and work towards a brighter future in the games industry. This usually infers that the event is pretty positive, but things got downright …

New Google Privacy Policy Has Japan Concerned New Google Privacy Policy Has Japan Concerned

Everybody is getting so worked up over the new Google privacy policy that’s going live today. First it was the European Union and the FTC who came out against it and now it seems that Japan doesn’t like it that …

Facebook Disaster Message Board Being Tested In Japan Facebook Disaster Message Board Being Tested In Japan
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It’s been close to a year since a monstrous 9.0-magnitude earthquake nearly disappeared Japan off the map. While the country has recovered some over the past year, the haunting reminders of the earthquake’s wrath are still evident along the eastern …

Google’s Street View Goes Beyond The Streets Of Japan Google’s Street View Goes Beyond The Streets Of Japan
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Google Street View in Japan took a new angle on its service last week and chose to feature extensive footage of several outdoor wonders from the Japanese landscape. The project features 360-degree tours of Okubo-mabu mineshaft and the Akiyoshi-do limestone …

The Netherlands: The Most Active Country On Twitter The Netherlands: The Most Active Country On Twitter
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With expectations that Twitter will cross the threshold of 500 million accounts as soon as later this month, and with their recent modification to how they will treat requests for censorship concerning tweets, what better time than now to take …

Sega Introduces Toylet: The Urinal Video Game Sega Introduces Toylet: The Urinal Video Game
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Nintendo gave us the Wii and now Sega has brought us the Pii. Yes, that means about what you think it means: there is a video game that uses your pee. Urine. Number one. And if you’re a male in …

Google Maps Reflections Of 2011 Google Maps Reflections Of 2011
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I’m starting to believe that the people who work for Google’s Maps division are the busiest people at the Googleplex. Today’s evidence is in a post from Google’s Lat Long Blog that reflects on the changes made to Google Maps …

Sony PlayStation Vita Launches With Problems In Japan Sony PlayStation Vita Launches With Problems In Japan
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UPDATE: Sony PR is perturbed. They issued this statement to The Guardian: “The PS Vita has had a terrific launch and sold in large numbers. We’re annoyed with these stories, because we can’t find any evidence of widespread glitches. The …

Sony PlayStation Vita Hits Japan Sony PlayStation Vita Hits Japan

In August, it was reported that the Playstation Vita would hit Japan by the end of December, and that did indeed happen, as it was released this weekend. The Vita is Sony’s handheld PlayStation gaming device. “The new PS Vita …

Miyazaki Fans In Japan Set New Tweets Per Second Record Miyazaki Fans In Japan Set New Tweets Per Second Record
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Japan, Japan, Japan. You rock. In case any of you didn’t already agree, Japan offered up another example of their awesomeness by blowing away the record for tweets per second over this past weekend. The previous record had been established …

See The Japan Earthquake / Tsunami Damage Through Before & After Street View See The Japan Earthquake / Tsunami Damage Through Before & After Street View

Back in March, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused massive damage to a large part of eastern Japan. A few months later, Google announced that they would be driving their Street View cars around, taking photos of the damage. …