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SoftBank still merger hungry despite T-Mobile flop: analysts

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A model displays Japanese electronics giant Sharp's new smartphone "Aquos Crystal", 10 (top) and frameless LCD display models are pu together to make a large picture for demonstration in Tokyo on August 18, 2014. Photo - AFP
Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank's failed bid for T-Mobile marked a rare defeat for its brash billionaire founder,but few expect it to sideline a man intent on building "the world's number-one company

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