The eBook market just a bit more interesting as Kobo, the third major platform has been acquired by Japanese company Rakuten. The deal has Rakuten buying 100 percent of Kobo for $315 million. Kobo and all it’s employees will remain as they were, with the deal mostly down to expand Kobo’s reach internationally. Rakuten not only owns, but it also has significant e-commerce sites in Japan, Germany, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Thailand

Research In Motion said Monday that it will implement internet filtering in Indonesia "as soon as possible," after a minister threatened to shut down Internet browsing on BlackBerry smartphones if the company didn't block websites that have pornography

The fourth quarter holiday selling season is upon us. What’s in store? Wild ride? A crash? Or just another frenetic three months of selling before everybody heads to Las Vegas for CES? In a Summer 2006 Retail Sales Outlook written for the National Retail Federation (NRF), Rosalind Wells of Wells & Associates reported U.S. retail sales averaged 7.8 percent retail sales growth in the first quarter, followed by an estimated 7.0 percent in the second quarter. Citing a “slow-down in progress,” NRF expects retail sales rates to “moderate for the balance of the year” and track at a 6.0 percent increase for

By Mark Saunderson President Global Sources In-vehicle audio and video consumer electronics, or in-car entertainment products, are perhaps one of mainland China's fastest-growing and most dynamic industries, with many of the current players joining the line only in the last five to eight years. Between 50 percent and 70 percent of car A/V products from the mainland are shipped to the United States, Japan and major European markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France and Spain. Southeast Asia—particularly Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore—is the second biggest export market. The Middle East is a booming market. OEM and ODM business are a staple among

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