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Alibaba acquires stake in Wanda Film as the entertainment conglomerate scales back on debt

Yesterday, real estate and entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group announced (in Chinese) that it had sold a 12.77% stake in its film subsidiary, Wanda Film, for RMB 7.8 billion ($1.24 billion dollars). The buyers of the minority stake are e-commerce giant Alibaba and the state-backed Cultural Investment Holdings. Alibaba will be acquiring a 7.66% stake […]

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Vivo becomes official World Cup sponsor until 2023

Editor’s note: A version of this post first appeared on Yicai Global, the English-language financial news service of Shanghai Media Group. Yicai Global is one of just two dedicated Chinese news feeds connected to the Bloomberg terminal. China’s smartphone maker Vivo will become an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cups 2018 and 2022 to be […]

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Alibaba and Tencent founders are now China’s richest people

Founders of two Chinese tech giants are now the richest people in the country, according to latest estimates by Forbes. Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, unseated Wang Jianlin of Dalian Wanda Group, China’s largest real estate developer as well as the world’s largest movie theater operator in May to become China’s richest person. As of July 21, Ma has a net worth […]

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Alibaba is revamping China’s offline retailing through a bottom-up approach

Alibaba’s expansion to brick-and-mortar stores started two years ago with a series of investments and acquisitions that worth as much as US$8 billion. To strengthen the offline foray, the Chinese e-commerce giant, which earns hefty profit margin because it does not hold inventories, is rewriting its asset-light model by opening Hema Xiansheng brand and Alibaba […]

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Tencent-Baidu-Wanda Unveil E-commerce Site Ffan To Compete With Alibaba

One year after its establishment, Tencent-Baidu-Wanda’s e-commerce joint venture has finally rolled out e-commerce service Ffan to tap into China’s O2O e-commerce industry. In essence, Ffan is an open platform  that aims to redirect online users to all kinds of offline services, such as parking, reservations at restaurants, and purchasing film tickets and products at discounts. The […]

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Self-balancing scooter Ninebot is now working on AI robots that can queue up for you

The original article appeared in Chinese on our sister site TechNode Chinese. China’s smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi released its latest self-balancing scooter, the Ninebot Plus with an RMB 3499 ($514) price tag on June 28th, two years after launching the Ninebot Mini. For the first time, Ninebot is using radio positioning technology for consumer products, with new remote controls that can […]