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Digital Media Site for Animal Lovers Raises $4.68 Million Discovery Digital backs The Dodo

The Dodo, a new digital media site with a focus on animals, has raised $4.68 million with backing from Discovery Digital. Initial investors SoftBank Capital, Greycroft Partners, RRE Ventures and…

September 11, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

Meet Japan's Most Popular Ad Family Through 6 years and 130+ spots, 'The Whites' remain No. 1 with viewers

The father is a human in a dog's body (for reasons "you're too young to understand," he once barked at his daughter), the son is a black American, and their…

August 12, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

Softbank Raises Sprint Nextel Bid Competing bidder Dish also trying to buy Clearwire Corp.

Softbank has raised its offer for Sprint Nextel to $21.6 billion, under growing pressure from rival Dish Network. The Japanese tech company's revised offer has won the support of hedge fund…

June 11, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

Ad Wreck VC-backed ad tech firms have arguably inflicted one big mess on digital advertising

Blame Mary Meeker. Definitely blame Google. And most of all, perhaps, blame MySpace. Whoever’s fault it was, somewhere around the mid-2000s many people got the idea there was an enormous gap…

November 6, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Criteo Nabs Nearly $40 Million Funding Round Retargeting firm downplays acquisition or IPO talk

Display retargeting company Criteo has been profitable since 2009, but that hasn’t kept it from raising extra cash on the side. In its latest round announced Tuesday, the New York…

September 25, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

10 Great TV Spots Directed by Wes Anderson Classics for Stella Artois, Ikea, AmEx and more

2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Wes Anderson. His new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, will open the Cannes Film Festival next month. And in his spare time,…

April 3, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

Japan's SoftBank Invests $200M in Mobile Ad Startup InMobi CEO promises aggressive international expansion

Mobile ad startup InMobi just announced that it has raised $200 million from Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank, in what the startup is calling the largest mobile investment of the year. Before…

September 15, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

Yahoo and Alibaba Finally Resolve Alipay Dispute Alibaba could get up to $6 million if Alipay goes public

After months of dispute, Chinese company Alibaba and its part-owner Yahoo have finally reached an agreement concerning Alipay, a payments processing company. Joined by Softbank, another major investor in Alibaba, the…

July 29, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

Tarantino's Softbank ad is hilarious, baffling

We recently mentioned that Quentin Tarantino was shooting a commercial for Japan's Softbank. Well, here's the finished product. It's both mystifying and awesome at the same time. Not that it…

December 8, 2009, 6:39 AM EST

Quentin Tarantino to appear in Softbank ads

Quentin Tarantino threatens to single-handedly set U.S.-Japanese relations back to pre-Godzilla days in an upcoming Softbank commercial. The clip above, screened by the bank at a conference, shows the director…

November 13, 2009, 8:27 AM EST