• Betaworks Takes Another $10M In Funding Led By Japanese Incubator Digital Garage

    Betaworks Takes Another $10M In Funding Led By Japanese Incubator Digital Garage

    NYC’s betaworks has taken $10 million in additional investment from Japanese digital media incubator and Twitter investor Digital Garage, which is tagged on to the $20 million round the company received in December. Read More

  • Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Joins Tokyo-Based Digital Garage's Advisory Board

    It seems Twitter is poised to go into overdrive in Japan, the world’s third largest Internet nation. Yesterday, we reported that major mobile carrier SoftBank Mobile collaborates with Twitter to bring cell phones with Twitter pre-installed to Japanese customers. And today, Digital Garage (the company’s partner in Japan since 2008) announced [JP, PDF] Twitter’s co-founder… Read More

  • "Misunderstanding": Twitter Japan Now Says There Won't Be A Subscription Model (Update 3)

    We reported yesterday about Twitter Japan’s plans to start charging followers to view tweets from certain users starting January and explained why this paid subscription model could work in Japan. Well, please forget it, this won’t happen. Just a few minutes ago, Digital Garage (the company responsible for Twitter operations in Japan), issued a press release (English PDF… Read More

  • Twitter Japan To Introduce Paid Premium Accounts Next January

    The news of the day in social media land: Twitter is apparently going to start experimenting with paid premium accounts through its Japanese subsidiary, which has always been a bit separated from the rest of Twitter and in many ways a playground for the company (Groups, Twicco, Japanese media are reporting that Twitter is going to introduce a tiered payment model and aims to… Read More

  • Twitter! Japan! Ads!

    Twitter Japan launched today at via a partnership between Twitter and Digital Garage. It’s basically Twitter, in Japanese, with display ads. A sizable Japanese userbase has grown up around Twitter, despite the fact that it is only available in English. So this certainly makes sense. I’d expect support for other languages to follow shortly as well. And since Twitter is now… Read More