Yahoo! Japan Allies With CCC(Tsutaya), Japan’s Blockbuster

Yahoo! Japan, the nation’s largest web service, and Culture Convenience Club(CCC), who runs video rental chain store Tsutaya and the center of the reward point network T-point, announced their tight alliance today after the Tokyo stock market closed.

According to the release [J], Yahoo! Japan to merge T-ID, online ID for 40 million T-point card members into Yahoo! Japan ID. Yahoo! Point, virtual reward points given on many Yahoo! Japan services, will be merged into T-point.

Both companies are to set up a new subsidiary dedicated to manage this new T-point, planned to establish in October, to finish the integration 2013 Spring.

Opt Offers Social Recommendation Application Market “myappee” Also In Coordination With T-points

Opt has begun to implement the social recommendation application market “myappee,” which knows which Android apps are popular based on “Like this” and user tweets. New applications are also open for registration [J].

Myappee is a service which introduces popular applications for Android. It combines “ranking.” “recommended,” and “points” to introduce the truly most popular applications to the user. It aggregates users’ word of mouth (tweets, Facebook “Like,” etc.) with download count using and original algorithm, in cooperation with Twitter and Facebook, and is also able to introduce applications recommended by friends.

It is also linked with T point, a service by Culture Convenience Club (CCC). It grants users one point for every 100 yen (US$1.2) spent on applications, and likewise points can be used to purchase applications. From now, during the campaign period, points will also be granted for free application downloads, and the service will be offered to T members for a special price.

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