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In this undated photo released by Softbank Corp., the Japanese mobile carrier's Pepper humanoid-on-wheels is shown. Softbank is entering the robotics business with its Pepper, developed jointly with Aldebaran Robotics, owned by Softbank, that it says is designed for companionship and can decipher human emotions. The mobile carrier said Thursday, June 5, 2014 Pepper will go on sale in Japan in February for 198,000 yen ($1,900). The 1.21-meter (3 feet 12 inches) tall machine, which has no legs, but has gently gesticulating hands appeared on a stage in a Tokyo suburb, cooing and humming. (AP Photo/Softbank Corp.)

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Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son and Sprint Nextel Corp. CEO Dan Hesse have reached a deal in which the Japanese mobile carrier will acquire 78 percent of U.S.-based Sprint for $21.6 billion.

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Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son (left) and Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Dan Hesse shake hands Monday after a deal was reached for Softbank to acquire 70 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion in the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company. (Associated Press)

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Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son (left) and Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Dan Hesse shake hands during their joint press conference in Tokyo on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Tokyo-based mobile carrier Softbank has reached a deal with Sprint to acquire 70 percent of the U.S. wireless company for $20.1 billion in the largest-ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son (left) and Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Dan Hesse shake hands during their joint press conference in Tokyo on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Tokyo-based mobile carrier Softbank has reached a deal with Sprint to acquire 70 percent of the U.S. wireless company for $20.1 billion in the largest-ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)