A week in tech

A round-up of the latest tech news.

Japan

Internet

- Softbank Corp. and Oracle Corp. Japan will ally in the broadband communications business, and plan to begin services for corporations from late January 2004. Japanese Internet investor and broadband service provider Softbank will provide its high-speed data communication network for connecting clients' computers, while Oracle will offer software to manage computer servers. The two companies will target firms that require stable broadband use, such as those in the medical and publishing industries. Joint marketing activity will begin immediately.

Media, Entertainment and Gaming

- While fee-based services distributing music over the Internet are expanding quickly in the U.S., music lovers in Japan have yet to...

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