Cloud Wards — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is looking to compete with Microsoft and Amazon through its cloud-computing sector– Aliyun. The company has launched “China’s first” AI platform, called DT PAI, to improve its cloud offer. According to Alibaba, the platform will allow developers and companies that use its e-commerce sites to analyze huge amounts of data. This will enable them to predict industry trends and user behavior.
Computer Weekly — Alibaba’s cloud computing arm is opening a data center in Singapore, which is good news for Asean businesses looking for more cloud options. Aliyun is set to open its latest cloud data center in Singapore next month. The Singapore facility will be the seventh globally for the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Aliyun said its headquarters for overseas business will be based in Singapore to drive its overseas expansion plan.
Digi Times — More China-based Internet service providers are looking to enter the local smartphone market later in the second half of 2015, according to sources at Taiwan’s IC design houses. Alibaba and Qihoo 360 will launch their own brand models in cooperation with handset makers, said the sources. As new entries in the local smartphone market, both Internet service providers will be gearing up for China’s National Day holiday in October and Single’s Day promotions in November, the sources indicated.
TechCrunch — Aliyun, the cloud computing unit of Alibaba Group, is launching an artificial intelligence service that it claims is the first in China. Called DT PAI, the platform combines algorithms used by Alibaba with machine and deep learning techniques and presents them in a simple drag-and-drop interface. Aliyun says developers can use DT PAI to predict user behavior without having to write new code.
Deal Street Asia — Aliyun, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, will be establishing a new cloud data centre based in Singapore, which will serve as headquarters for its international cloud computing business and drive Aliyun’s overseas expansion. Scheduled for an early September 2015 launch, the Singapore facility will be Aliyun’s seventh data centre globally. Leveraging on Alibaba Group’s recent $1 billion investment in cloud computing, the strategy behind the new data centre to target businesses – both international and China-based – riding on the economic growth of the Southeast Asia.
Sentinel Republic — The Singapore facility will become operational in September. He also revealed that Aliyun was building a new portal to serve the different language and payment needs of businesses based in an economically and culturally-diverse region such as South-east Asia. Although the new data center won’t open until next month, Aliyun has started accepting pre-orders for “elastic” cloud services and computer resources such as storage, processing power, and network bandwidth.
Want China Times — China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said on Wednesday that it will open a data center next month in Singapore, the second overseas database to be launched this year by Aliyun, its cloud computing arm. Alibaba said the center will provide a range of cloud computing services to companies operating in Southeast Asia, with an initial focus on Chinese businesses.
Want China Times — Since early this year, China has been pursuing an “Internet Plus” action plan focusing especially on cloud computing. Early this year, the State Council unveiled an opinion about promoting cloud computing, expecting China to have built up several internationally competitive cloud computing enterprises that have controlled key cloud computing technologies by 2020, China Economic Net reports.
ZDNet — E-commerce giant Alibaba and government-owned China North Industries Group Corporation–also known as Norinco Group–launched Qianxun Positioning Network, a satellite positioning service provider, in Shanghai on August 18, 2015. Qianxun, which literally means “to quest for a thousand times”, has a registered capital of 2 billion yuan ($313 million) and is equally owned by both of its parent companies, according to a statement issued by Norinco Group on Tuesday.
Digi Times — China Mobile will launch own-brand smart wireless routers in the China market, with the device positioned as the center of home-use IoT applications for security surveillance, environmental monitoring, automatic control of appliances and healthcare services in the future, according to industry sources. China Mobile will soon hold an open-bid to select the ODM to produce 10,000 units, the sources said.
Shanghai Daily — CHINA North Industries Group Corp (Norinco Group) and e-commerce giant Alibaba have set up a joint venture to provide location-based services using China’s Beidou navigation satellite system. The Shanghai-based firm has 2 billion yuan (US$313 million) in registered capital, with the two companies both holding a 50 percent share, according to Norinco Group.
Business Wire — SINGAPORE: Aliyun, Alibaba Group’s (NYSE: BABA) cloud computing arm, today announced that it will establish a new cloud data center in Singapore. Its headquarters for overseas business will also be based out of Singapore to drive Aliyun’s overseas expansion plan. Scheduled for an early September launch, the Singapore facility will be the seventh globally.
Want China Times — China’s internet TV craze has just attracted another convert with the debut of Whaley TV on Aug. 13. “Whaley TV envisions becoming a platform for promoting Chinese culture” said Li Ruigang, founder and chair of Whaley Technology, which runs the new internet TV division, according to Tencent’s tech news web portal.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Online marketplace Snapdeal has raised $500 million (about Rs 3,269 crore) in a fresh round of funding from a clutch of investors led by Alibaba Group, Foxconn and SoftBank. Existing investors Temasek, BlackRock, Myriad and Premji Invest also participated in the latest funding round, Snapdeal said in a statement. The company had raised more than $1 billion, from investors including Softbank ($627 million) and iconic business leader Ratan Tata (personal investment).
CNBC — Alibaba’s cloud computing arm has picked Singapore as the site for its new data center, as well as the headquarters of its overseas business, in a move to bolster the Chinese e-commerce giant’s international expansion. Speaking to CNBC ahead of the official launch on Wednesday, Ethan Yu, vice president of Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing business, described the new facility in Singapore as a “strategic” center that could give the cloud division an edge in face of stiff competition from U.S. cloud giants such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.
Network Asia — Alibaba Group’s cloud computing and mobile business are surging, but its reported revenue in the second quarter missed analysts’ estimates, amid a slowing Chinese economy. In the quarter ended June 30, Alibaba generated over $3.2 billion in revenue, up 28 percent year over year, but short of the $3.39 billion consensus expectation from analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
WSJ — In late April, Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese electronic-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., made a personal pitch to Tadashi Yanai, the head of Asia’s largest apparel maker. Fast Retailing Co. had recently started selling its popular Uniqlo line of clothing on Alibaba’s biggest rival site, JD.com, and sales were brisk. If Uniqlo increased its loyalty to Alibaba’s platform, Mr. Ma and his team told Mr. Yanai, Alibaba would drive more traffic and sales to Uniqlo’s shop there, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Want China Times — With its core e-commerce business facing increasingly acute competition, Alibaba, China’s leading internet firm, has been diversifying into new business sectors in recent years, as embodied by Aliyun, a cloud-end service provider whose revenue doubled year-on-year to 485 million yuan (US$75.8 million) in the second quarter, according to Sina’s tech news portal. Aliyun is at the forefront of China’s surging cloud-end service business, whose revenue jumped 61.9% in 2014.
The Wire — Online retailer and cloud computing provider Alibaba has joined the Linux Foundation as a silver member, and its cloud computing subsidiary, Aliyun, is a new Advisory Board member of the open-source Xen hypervisor, which is hosted at the Linux Foundation. Xen is used by some of the largest clouds in production today. Aliyun joins other Advisory Board members, including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and Verizon.
China Tech News — China’s online-to-offline opportunities have reached a new level with investment from China’s top e-commerce firm into one of China’s leading retail chains. China’s Alibaba Group Holding Limited will invest approximately CNY28.3 billion for a 19.99% stake in Suning Commerce Group Limited. After the closing of the investment in Suning, Alibaba will be the second-largest shareholder in the Chinese electronics retailer.