CAS, Alibaba team up on quantum computing lab

China.gifWant China Times — The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has teamed up with e-commerce giant Alibaba to research and develop quantum computing, which is expected to be trillions of times faster than a supercomputer, according to Shanghai-based news website The Paper. Aliyun, the cloud computing unit of Alibaba, announced with the CAS the creation of a quantum computing laboratory to develop the next generation of computing technology in Shanghai on July 30. launches duty-free shopping platform

ChinaWant China Times —, an online shopping platform for overseas goods under Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, launched an international duty-free shopping platform on Tuesday. Consumers with outbound air tickets can purchase duty-free goods via’s website or mobile app and retrieve their items at designated duty-free shops using their payment confirmation text or barcode when they finish their overseas trips.

Huawei Operating Revenue Up 30% In H1 2015

ChinaChina Tech News — Chinese telecom device maker Huawei published its semi-annual performance report for the first half of 2015, stating that the company achieved sales of CNY175.9 billion during the reporting period, a year-on-year increase of 30%; and its operating profit rate was 18%.

CNNIC Report: 27.9% Of Chinese Netizens Live In Rural Areas

ChinaChina Tech News — China Internet Network Information Center’s latest Internet statistics showcase the breadth of the country’s online population. Its recently published 36th Statistical Report on Internet Development in China states that by June 2015, China had 668 million netizens, representing an increase of 18.94 million netizens over the past six months.

China seeks leading role in developing 5G technology

ChinaWant China Times — China is seeking to take a leading position in the development of 5G wireless communication technology, with the government and businesses both investing heavily on research and development, according to China Economic Weekly. On July 22, Zhang Feng, chief engineer and spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said the country plans to increase its R&D in 5G technology, while continuing expanding 4G fiber optic networks.

China Internet user base over 667 million at end of June 2015, says CNNIC

ChinaDigi Times — The number of fixed-line and mobile Internet surfers in China increased to an estimated 667.69 million at the end of June 2015, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The number of Internet surfers rose by 2.92% from half a year ago and was equivalent to a penetration rate of 48.8%, CNNIC indicated. Of the Internet surfers, 593.57 million or 88.90% used handsets for mobile access.

Chinese automotive semiconductor revenues to hit US$6.2 billion in 2015, IHS says

ChinaDigi Times — Total automotive semiconductor revenues in China reached US$5.6 billion in 2014, and revenues are expected to grow nearly 11% year over year in 2015 to reach US$6.2 billion, according to IHS. Semiconductors used in automotive powertrains, infotainment and body-convenience electronic systems are the primary drivers of revenue growth, said IHS.

Telx to Tap Into FASTER US-Asia Submarine Cable System

APACDatacenter Knowledge — Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.

NIIT Brings ‘Cloud Campus’ E-Learning To China

IndiaRTN Asia — NIIT has launched its remote or e-learning service in China, with support for Mandarin. China is one of NIIT’s biggest markets, and Cloud Campus is a solution that enables remote learning. The solution enables students to learn from the best teachers irrespective of their geographical location. They can also get hands-on practice through lab exercises in machine rooms at the NIIT centers.

Alibaba Plows $1B Into Aliyun, Its Cloud Computing Unit

ChinaTech Crunch — Alibaba Group announced today that it will invest a further $1 billion into Aliyun, its cloud computing unit. The capital will be used to expand Aliyun, which currently has data centers in China, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, into other international markets. The company plans to target the Middle East, where it recently formed a joint venture with Dubai-based holding company Meraas, Singapore, Japan, and Europe.

Portal combat: Alibaba and Tencent do battle over cloud computing

ChinaWant China Times — E-commerce giant Alibaba and internet goliath Tencent have become China’s top two cloud computing service providers but have adopted different approaches to control the field while competing with each other, according to the Beijing-based Economic Observer. The two companies have established dominance in different areas after over a decade in business–Alibaba in e-commerce, logistics and health services and Tencent in games and social networking.

Australia Post gives online retailers leg-up into Chinese market

AustraliaIT News — A proprietary market management platform developed by Australia Post to help local small-to-medium retailers sell into the Chinese market has attracted more than 30 customers to the government enterprise’s books. The organisation last year partnered with software development firm MyMedia to build out a platform that would enable it to act as the middleman between local sellers and Chinese marketplaces like Alibaba, which AusPost signed a partnership with last year.,australia-post-becomes-solutions-provider-for-sellers-keen-on-china.aspx

Huawei Kicks Off Open IT Ecosystem For Finance Industry

ChinaHuawei plans to partner with financial services providers including Acenture, Deloitte, First Data and Infosys to promote the the adoption by the banking industry of open-standards and cloud-based technologies comparable to those used by Internet start-ups. “Internet companies have achieved great success by deploying cloud computing and open architecture,” Huawei stated.

China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

ChinaWSJ — SHANGHAI—As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention.

Registration of Google Play domains suggests return to China

ChinaInternet users in China have reported that Google has begun to register a series of Chinese domain names, lending credence to a piece in Forbes last month which stated that the company intends to return to the Chinese market, according to the technology news web portal of the Shanghai-based New Outlook. Google may launch a Chinese version of its Google Play app store in China by the end of the year, according to Forbes.

60Tbps internet cable from Asia to America will plug into Telx barn

APACThe Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.

China produces over 760 million handsets in 1H15, says MIIT

ChinaDigi Times  — China-based makers produced 761.788 million handsets in total during the first half of 2015, decreasing 4.5% on year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). China-based makers produced 70.582 million color TVs in the period, increasing 2.7% on year, and 66.141 million units of the output were LCD models, growing 2.1%.

How Does Alibaba’s Data Pact Impact Chinese Retention Laws?

ChinaChina Tech News — Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba says its Aliyun cloud computing subsidiary has a new data protection pact that supposedly protects user data. At an event held today in Beijing, Simon Hu, president of Aliyun, announced the pact and promised to abide by this pledge to protect user data and business data privacy for all of its international customers. Hu encouraged the entire Internet industry to exercise self-regulation that is vital in promoting the sustainable development of the data technology economy.

Spreadtrum chipset adopted for Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets

ChinaDigi Times — Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE, has been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a tablet series designed for launch in India and European markets. The SC7730SE is now shipping in the Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets which will be available with WCDMA (SM-T561 series) and Wi-Fi (SM-T560 series) features.

China’s Inspur To Invest CNY10 Billion For Nationwide Cloud Center Distribution

ChinaChina Tech News — China’s Inspur will invest CNY10 billion to distribute cloud computing data centers across the entire country. Inspur said that with solutions for the secure cloud, industrial cloud, and service cloud, Inspur will provide comprehensive cloud services to regional governments, industrial companies, and large enterprises.