Alibaba announced today that it acquired Kanbox, a leading domestic cloud storage service, to expand business in personal cloud storage industry. Gu Zhicheng, CEO of Kanbox and former founder of video player Storm Codec, will join Alibaba Group together with his team.

Launched in 2010, Kanbox currently recorded 15 million users, of which, more than 3 million are mobile users. The company has shifted its focus to mobile devices since 2012 in the wake of booming development of mobile Internet.

The account systems of Kanbox and other businesses under Alibaba Group will be merged to provide more convenient cloud services to customers. Kanbox, which provides free picture storage to users, will not only offer cloud storage services to individuals but also provide safer picture storage space to Taobao sellers.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.