TOKYO —Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten said Friday it is buying voice call and messaging service provider Viber for $900 million.
The deal is part of Rakuten's diversification strategy beyond retail into the realm of digital content and services. In 2012, it bought e-reader manufacturer Kobo Inc. and Europe-based video-on-demand and streaming service Wuaki.tv. In September, it bought Viki, a video website similar to Hulu, that features international television shows and movies.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"