China Tech News — Alibaba has agreed to sell four of its American e-commerce assets to U.S.-based social shopping platform OpenSky. Alibaba will give OpenSky 11main.com, Auctiva, Vendio and SingleFeed in exchange for about a 37% stake in OpenSky. No financial details or exact timing on the deal are yet available, according to reports in foreign media.
Datacenter Knowledge — California-based data center provider Server Farm Realty has struck a partnership with Chinese counterpart 21Vianet to provide services to customers in the US and China. Initially, 21Vianet is using SFR’s Silicon Valley data center to host customer equipment. Demand for data center space in the Silicon Valley is currently very high, and a lot of it comes from Chinese technology companies.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The US has backed India’s stand on internet governance, saying both countries share a common vision of ensuring every global citizen has a say in decision-making on the subject. “I heard about your very well-received remark at the ICANN meeting in Argentina. As democracies, India and the United States share a joint vision for ensuring every global citizen can participate in decision making regarding internet governance,” US under secretary of State Catherine A Novelli said in an e-mail to telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
China hacking U.S. became headlines when the American authorities exposed the hackers who could have taken confidential information about former security officials. However, this is the second time in the row that American authorities have come across a breach in their personal information network. In a report by Yahoo, it is revealed that China linked hackers have gained access into sensitive background information that had been submitted by military and intelligence authorities in order to gain security clearances of certain individuals.
Huawei launched its smart band product TalkBand B2 in America and announced a strategic deal with smart band manufacturer Jawbone to integrate data from Huawei’s wearable products into its UP application ecosphere. With the cooperation, Huawei’s existing and future wearable products will be able to access Jawbone’s UP application and enjoy Jawbone’s data integration service. The data will be simultaneously stored in Huawei Wear and Jawbone UP. In the future, Huawei’s smart watch will also be included in the Jawbone UP platform.
Alibaba – the Chinese ecommerce giant – is expanding its IaaS cloud offering named Aliyun into the United States and in doing so will take on America’s largest ecommerce company, Amazon and its cloud computing division Amazon Web Services. Alibaba and Amazon each dominate their countries ecommerce markets, and they both lead the IaaS markets in their respective nations as well. Now, each company is looking to move on to each others’ home turf.
Data stolen from US government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, US officials said on Friday, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks. The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama administration, which said records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.
PORTLAND, Ore., May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors – Samson David of Infosys, Edward Goldman of Intel, and Wanjing Li, of China Unicom Group. The Alliance also introduced nine new member companies, bringing its general membership to an all-time high as the organization approaches its fifth anniversary.
BEIJING (AP) — China responded Friday to allegations it was involved in a hacking attack on U.S. government computers by saying such claims are unproven and irresponsible, and that it wishes the United States would trust it more. The administration of President Barack Obama has increasingly pressed China on the issue of cyberhacking, and on Thursday U.S. officials said China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers.
WASHINGTON: Hackers broke into U.S. government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees, and investigators were probing whether the culprits were based in China, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Cyber investigators linked the breach to earlier thefts of healthcare records from Anthem Inc, the second largest U.S. health insurer, and Premera Blue Cross, a healthcare services provider.
The US reportedly tried and failed to hack North Korea’s nuclear weapon program five years ago by deploying a version of the Stuxnet computer virus, according to people familiar with the covert operation. The campaign began in tandem with the now-famous Stuxnet attack that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program in 2009 and 2010 by destroying a thousand or more centrifuges that were enriching uranium. Reuters and others have reported that the Iran attack was a joint effort by US and Israeli forces.
Xiaomi, a 5-year-old upstart, whose tablets and smartphones have enjoyed remarkable sales in China, is now setting shop in Europe and the U.S.; however, smartphones and tablets will not be featured in the company’s European and U.S. markets. Xiaomi plans to launch an online platform for U.S. consumers this coming Monday evening. Through this online marketplace, consumers will enjoy a variety of accessories that include portable battery backs, headphones, and activity trackers. Later on Tuesday, Xiaomi will also hit the ground running in France, Germany and the U.K., according to Billboard.
Tencent reportedly invested USD60 million in the acquisition of a 20% stake in Pocket Gems, a start-up mobile game company in America. Tencent will gain one position on the board of directors at Pocket Gems, according to reports in foreign media. Founded in 2009, Pocket Gems is headquartered in San Francisco and the company is supported by Sequoia Capital. Its latest product is War Dragons, which was launched in April 2015. This mobile game uses Pocket Gems’ own 3D graphics technology, aiming to attract hardcore players who are willing to spend more time and money on games.
Baidu, China’s biggest search engine company, today announced a multi-million dollar investment in US-based discovery platform Taboola. The exact sum is undisclosed. Taboola is responsible for those “You might also like” or “Around the web” recommendations you see on so many websites that lead to external content. It’s a way for web publishers to make money from something other than conventional ads.
To expand its cloud computing business, China’s Alibaba Group is preparing to open more data centers across the world. In March, the Chinese Internet giant launched its first data center in the U.S., as part of a push into the country’s market. On Tuesday, Alibaba said it would establish data centers also in Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Simon Hu, president of Alibaba’s cloud computing arm, said a key goal was to globalize its operations, according to an interview posted online by the company.
The business ambitions of Aliyun, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s cloud-computing unit, is far greater than its current presence in the Alibaba Group. Aliyun is expected to control over 12 data centers around the world by the end of 2015, half of which will be situated in places outside China, according to a report on the Chinese online news service Caixin.com. Aliyun signed an agreement with Dubai-based Meraas Holding May 12 that the two will set up a joint venture to offer big data and cloud computing services to governments and private enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa.
NEW YORK: A group of luxury goods makers sued Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, contending the Chinese online shopping giant had knowingly made it possible for counterfeiters to sell their products throughout the world. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court by Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other brands owned by Paris-based Kering SA seeking damages and an injunction for alleged violations of trademark and racketeering laws.
MUMBAI: Leading IT services company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been ranked as the 57th leading brand in the US by Brand Finance in its second annual Top 500 US Brands survey, the company said today. The survey evaluates the financial value of a company’s brand name, intellectual assets and trademark, as compared to companies across industries. This is also the first time that TCS has featured among the top 100 brands in the survey, the company said in a statement.
The Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have demonstrated internet-scale software-defined network routing to the United States, using open source components. Using a high throughput programmable Corsa OpenFlow DP6410 data plane, the Australian institutions set up a production SDN-based peering router with a switch deployed in AARNet’s data centre in Haymarket, Sydney, and an Open Network Operating System (ONOS) application 15km away in Marsfield.
American fintech startup MX today announced US$30 million in series A funding, led by USAA and joined by Digital Garage. Digital Garage, a Tokyo-based incubator and venture capital firm, will also assist MX with expansion into Japan and other Asian markets. MX specializes in digital money management and omnichannel banking through a suite of apps and services for both financial institutions and their clients. The startup already works with more than 500 banks and credit unions in the US to provide streamlined online and mobile banking.