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…

Xiaomi’s investment house of IoT surpasses 300 companies – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Xiaomi, the Chinese comapny famous for its budget smartphones and a bevy of value-for-money gadgets, said in a filing on Thursday that it has backed more than 300 companies as of March, totaling 32.3 billion yuan ($4.54 billion) in book value and 225.9 million yuan ($32 million million) in net gains on disposal of…

With 170M users, Bilibili is the nearest thing China has to Youtube – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Bilibili, a Chinese video streaming website that was once regarded as a haven for youth subculture, has been steadily making its way into the mainstream as users age up and content diversifies. The NASDAQ-traded company recorded a 70% year-over-year growth to reach 172 million monthly active users by the first quarter, placing it in…

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…