Alibaba to add 5,000 staff to cloud unit – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Hello and welcome back to ’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we have updates from Alibaba’s rapidly growing cloud computing unit, Apple’s controversial decision to remove two podcast apps from its Chinese App…

Alibaba taps international influencers to sell more globally – TechCrunch

[ad_1] For years, Chinese e-commerce exporters have been learning the ins and outs of ad placement on Facebook, Instagram and other mainstream social media platforms to reach customers around the world. But they recently spotted a new way to grab people’s attention, one that has never felt more familiar. Video influencers. Shopping via videos is…

Tibet to become China’s data gateway to South Asia – TechCrunch

[ad_1] A sprawling 645,000-square-meter data facility is going up on the top of the world to power data exchange between China and its neighboring countries in South Asia. The cloud computing and data center, perched on the plateau city Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and developed by private tech firm Ningsuan Technologies, has entered pilot…

A blow to US-listed Chinese firms and TikTok’s new global face – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Hello and welcome back to ’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. It’s been a tumultuous week for Chinese tech firms abroad: Huawei’s mounting pressure from the U.S., a big blow to U.S.-listed Chinese firms, and…

As Jack Ma and SoftBank part ways, the open and globalized era of tech comes ever closer to an end – TechCrunch

[ad_1] It would be one of the greatest startup investments of all time. Masayoshi Son, riding high in the klieg lights of the 1990s dot-com bubble, invested $20 million dollars into a fledgling Hong Kong-based startup called Alibaba. That $20 million investment into the Chinese ecommerce business would go on to be worth about $120…

Tim Hortons eyes China coffee drinkers with Tencent investment – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons has secured a heavyweight partner to further its China expansion. The company announced on its social media account (in Chinese) on Tuesday that it has landed funding from Tencent, the Chinese social networking and gaming giant, without disclosing the size of the proceeds. Tim Hortons did not immediately respond…

A Chinese city to pump life into local business with WeChat live streaming – TechCrunch

[ad_1] China is showing renewed interest in live streaming. As the coronavirus swept through the country and shut down premises in droves, businesses are turning online to drive sales. Many have adopted live streaming, a model that predates the short videos that dominate many of our mobile screens now. Ecommerce titans like Alibaba, JD.com and…

Alibaba Cloud will invest $28 billion more into its infrastructure over the next three years – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Alibaba Cloud announced today that it will invest another RMB 200 billion (or about $28 billion) into its infrastructure over the next three years, prompted in part by increased demand for services like video conferencing and live streaming as businesses adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The investment will focus on expanding Alibaba Cloud’s technology,…

To avoid hostile takeovers amid COVID-19, India mandates approvals on Chinese investments – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Chinese traders, who’ve poured about $6 billion into Indian startups in the last two years, will probably be subjected to strict regulation for his or her future investments on the planet’s second largest web market. India amended its international direct funding coverage on Saturday to require all neighboring nations with which it shares a…