Alibaba vies for control in reportedly rocky tie-up with China’s top automaker

In this image from Alibaba, a car equipped with the company's vehicle operating system AliOS is parked outside of a gas station in Beijing in February 2018. (Image credit: Alibaba) Alibaba is reportedly planning to spin off its team responsible for developing its AliOS Auto operating system and integrate it with Banma Network Technologies, a joint venture (JV) between the company and Chinese…

Alibaba’s second-hand app under fire over explicit messages aimed at user’s daughter

The user received this photo of a man kissing a photo of her daughter via Xianyu. (Image credit: Hongxing News) Alibaba's second-hand e-commerce platform has come under the spotlight after a user went to the police over explicit and aggressive messages that targeted her daughter, reported Hongxing News. The user had been using the Xianyu app to sell her daughter's old clothes and had…

Alibaba accuses Baidu of copying as smart speaker race heats up

Baidu's smart speaker, Play. (Image credit: Baidu) Baidu has been accused of copying Alibaba on the design of its latest smart speaker, a consumer electronics segment attracting intense competition among Chinese tech giants because it is seen as a gateway for smart home ecosystems. Baidu’s latest smart speaker model, the Xiaodu Play, features several design details similar to those on the…

Briefing: Alibaba’s Freshippo opens breakfast service Pick’n Go in Shanghai

盒马鲜生全新业态Pick’n Go便利店全国首店亮相上海 - Sohu Tech What happened: Alibaba’s grocery chain Freshippo, known as Hema, opened on Monday a breakfast pick-up store in central Shanghai's Huangpu District. Pick’n Go offers more than 20 breakfast items including pancakes, bread, pizza, steamed buns, soybean milk, and coffee. Orders can be placed via Freshippo app for pick-up from a self-service locker to avoid…

Briefing: Alibaba’s e-auction unit sales exceeded RMB 500 billion in 2018

布局线下奢侈品拍卖 阿里拍卖2018年交易额超5000亿 - Sina Finance What happened: Alibaba’s e-auction sales turnover exceeded RMB 500 billion ($73 billion) in 2018, up from RMB 200 billion in 2017 and RMB 100 billion in 2016, according to the company. Assets was the most popular category on the online platform, representing more 90% of the turnover, with luxury products such as handbags and watches coming in second.…

Alibaba’s Luohan Academy celebrates first anniversary

(Image credit: Luohan Academy) Editor’s note: This article is supported by Alibaba. We believe in transparency in our publishing and monetization model. Read more here. Luohan Academy, an open-research initiative by Alibaba Group, celebrated its first anniversary in Hangzhou this week, gathering Nobel Laureates, renowned economists, social scientists, tech pioneers, and professors from…

Briefing: Alibaba Cloud suspends plans for second data center in Middle East

Alibaba Cloud's second UAE data centre on hold as it evaluates regional business – The National What happened: Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is putting plans to build a second data center in Middle East on hold as it re-evaluates its business in the region. The first Alibaba data center in the Middle East was set up in Dubai in November 2016. The…

Alibaba CEO: we are all equal participants in the platform economy

Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang (Image credit: Luohan Academy) Editor’s note: This article is supported by Alibaba. We believe in transparency in our publishing and monetization model. Read more here. This week, as Luohan Academy celebrated its first anniversary, Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang took to the stage in Hangzhou to share his views on the platform economy and how it could be a…

Alibaba Cloud’s chief scientist Min Wanli resigns to start VC firm

  Simon Hu, then-president of Alibaba Cloud, launched ET City Brain 2.0 at the company's Cloud Computing Conference 2018 in Hangzhou. (Image credit: Alibaba) Alibaba Cloud chief scientist Min Wanli on Saturday announced his resignation after six years with the e-commerce behemoth, the latest in a series events signaling slowing progress in smart transportation progress across China.……

Alibaba experiments with behavior modification

Keep this chicken fed by using the Alibaba ecosystem. (Image credit: Trivium/Kendra Schaefer) Four years ago, in a move designed to explore the viability of new offline sales models, Alibaba ran a little experiment. Two of its financial service offerings, Alipay digital wallet and its onboard credit scoring platform Sesame Credit, cooperated in the launch of two unmanned supermarkets. The…