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NTT DoCoMo to marry Google services with i-mode

Chris Ziegler

Nikkei reports that NTT DoCoMo is poised to integrate Google's suite of mobile services with its own i-mode goods, following KDDI's lead and offering a direct competitor to Softbank's Yahoo!-branded apps in one fell swoop. Overall, Google continues to trail Yahoo! in the hearts and minds of Japanese searchers, so the move positions Google to take advantage of DoCoMo's incredibly large user base while bolstering i-mode's existing offerings when it allegedly hits next spring. The market seems to agree that the deal's a really good idea, too, with DoCoMo stock rising 3.3 percent on the news.

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