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Japan's online shopping giant Rakuten president Hiroshi Mikitani (L) and Cyprus-based application maker Viber Media CEO Talmon Marco pose in Tokyo on February 14, 2014. Rakuten, Japan's largest online shopping mall operator, said on February 14 it would buy Cyprus-based application maker Viber Media for 900 million USD, as its expands an overseas empire that includes Canadian e-reader company Kobo.
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Japan's online shopping giant Rakuten president Hiroshi Mikitani (L) and Cyprus-based application maker Viber Media CEO Talmon Marco pose in Tokyo on February 14, 2014. Rakuten, Japan's largest online shopping mall operator, said on February 14 it would buy Cyprus-based application maker Viber Media for 900 million USD, as its expands an overseas empire that includes Canadian e-reader company Kobo.
AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNOYOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

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