Nikkei — BEIJING — China’s leading mobile hardware maker ZTE and internet services company Tencent Holdings have jointly developed an environmentally-friendly data center. According to a joint statement on Monday, the “Tencent West Lab,” as it is named, is a mobile, containerized data center requiring low levels of energy for operation.
Digi Times — There were 780 million smartphone-based active users of mobile Internet services in the China market in 2015, accounting for 56.9% of the population, according to a joint report by Internet Society of China (ISC) and National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC).
ZDNet — If you still think Chinese tech companies are only about replicating the innovations that others have made, then you’ve got some catching up to do. Today’s Chinese tech sector is filled with a number of disruptive companies that are not only competing but leaping ahead in the race to build better products and use tech to solve important problems.
Nasdaq — Online retail giants Amazon and Alibaba have both seen massive growth in their cloud computing businesses over the past few years. Both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Alibaba’s cloud computing and infrastructure segments have outpaced the growth in total worldwide spending on cloud computing and infrastructure services.
Telecom Asia — Vodafone and Huawei have completed pre-standard trials of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology in Australia. The trials at several live sites in Melbourne were carried out in late April, but are only being announced. More trials are being planned elsewhere in Australia in the coming months. Vodafone Australia CTO Benoit Hanssen said the results of the tests have helped demonstrate the potential for the new 4G technology.
Channel News Asia — HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s securities regulator said that Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd breached takeover rules in the purchase of a healthcare firm in 2014 because it also bought a company owned by the brother of the healthcare firm’s vice chairman on “favourable terms.” Alibaba agreed to buy a stake in CITIC 21CN, now known as Alibaba Health Information Technology Ltd, for US$170 million two years ago.
ATimes — Fitbit Blaze will have features such as PurePulse continuous, wrist-based heart rate trackin, SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition and automatic sleep tracking. As part of ‘China is Getting Fit’ campaign, Fitbit and Alibaba joined hands to organize a major health and fitness event, educating consumers about how technology can help them stay healthy.
Nikkei — HONG KONG — Tencent Holdings reported strong first-quarter earnings that beat analyst forecasts as the Chinese tech giant drew in more users and advertisers to its gaming and social media platforms. However, some advertisers are growing cautious in their spending amid the country’s economic slowdown.
Deal Street Asia — Chinese dating app Tantan has raised a $32 million Series C round of financing from a group of investors led by DST Global, Vision Plus Capital and LB Investment. “After this round of funding, we plan to continue focusing on [user] pain points, improving daily usage, and consolidating our position in the social application industry,” PR spokesperson from Tantan told TechNode.
RC Wireless — SoftBank and Chinese online and mobile commerce company Alibaba Group formed a joint venture dubbed SB Cloud Corporation to provide cloud computing services in Japan. The company said it will use technologies and solutions from Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group.
The Star — LOS ANGELES: Looks like Google isn’t the only company that’s been inspired by the success of Amazon’s Echo loudspeaker. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com also took some cues from the Echo in developing DingDong, its very own smart loudspeaker.
9to5 Google — Hugo Barra, a former VP at Google and now Vice President of Global Operations at Xiaomi,has today announced on Twitter that he — or at least the Chinese firm — will be back atGoogle’s upcoming developer conference… While he did confirm that Xiaomi will indeed “be a part of Google I/O”, he only tweeted an image to hint at what will be announced.
Telecom Asia — Alibaba Group has teamed up with its largest shareholder Softbank Group to provide public cloud computing services in Japan. The two announced on Friday that they have formed a joint venture, called SB Cloud Corp, to deliver Alibaba Cloud’s technology and services for Japanese enterprises, ranging from startups to multinational companies.
Market Exclusive — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is expanding its cloud-computing footprint into Japan as it continues to pursue new opportunities for growth. The e-commerce giant has teamed up with its largest shareholder Softbank for the formation of a joint venture that will pursue new cloud clients in the country.
Tech in Asia — On-demand logistics startup GogoVan raised a series C funding round, it announced today. The funding amount is undisclosed, but is described as “a decent amount for future business expansion.” The round was led by private equity firm New Horizon Capital and was joined by Singapore Press Holdings, Hotung Investment Holdings, and existing investors. Alibaba’s new US$130 million Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund also participated.
Times of India — Apple CEO Tim Cook has hailed Chinese app developers and their contribution to world’s second biggest economy, as he began his visit here days after the tech-giant invested $1 billion in local ride hailing app Didi Chuxing. “The momentum is absolutely incredible,” Cook said in a meeting with developers, government officials and journalists.
ZDNet — Wherever you live on this planet, if you are considering picking up a new smartphone, chances are that you’re looking more kindly towards Chinese manufacturers, especially Huawei, than you were a year ago. While the headline numbers from the latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech survey show Android gaining at the expense of Windows Phone and iOS, within those numbers lay some interesting trends.
Tech in Asia — Dropbox, Google Drive, and other international cloud storage providers have long been blocked in China – and now a number of domestic storage services are facing a similar fate. Vdisk, KuaiPan, and UC net disk – run by Sina, Xunlei, and Alibaba, respectively – have filled the gap left by the government’s censoring of international options, but now each one is partially or fully closing down.
Venture Beat — Chinese Internet behemoth Alibaba has teamed up with Japanese telecom giant SoftBank to form a cloud-computing joint venture (JV) in Japan. SoftBank’s parent company, SoftBank Group, is an existing shareholder in Alibaba, so the deal isn’t exactly a bolt out of the blue. SB Cloud Corporation, or “SB Cloud,” as it will be known, will combine the collective smarts from the two technology titans, and the joint venture will lead to a new data center that provides “competitive and enhanced public cloud computing services” from Alibaba Cloud, according to a press release.
Forbes — In the 12 hours since Apple’s announced investment in Uber’s main Chinese rival, commentators have struggled to figure out why. Could $1 billion for Didi Chuxing show that Apple’s car-building efforts are further along than expected? Unlikely. Could the large investment be to integrate the computer maker’s new services, like Apple Music, Apple Maps, and Apple Pay into China?
Digi Times — Orders placed by China-based Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are set to boost revenues at smartphone-chip provider MediaTek in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are all expected to enjoy as much as 30% shipment growth in 2016, which will buoy related chip and component suppliers’ sales performance, said the sources.
ZDNet — Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba and Japanese telecommunications provider SoftBank have formed a joint-venture cloud services company called SB Cloud to bring Alibaba Cloud’s technology and solutions to Japanese businesses. SB Cloud will be headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and will open a datacentre to offer Alibaba’s cloud security services, data storage, processing solutions, and middleware offerings.
Digital Trends — Digital Trends — The future is closer than we think, said Kevin Ho — and it’s not going to be terrifying at all, he claims. We’ll see. Life today would be unimaginable for people from a few decades or a few centuries ago, explained Ho, President of Huawei’s handset line, speaking Wednesday morning at the CES Asia 2016 event in Shanghai, China.
Business Wire — BEIJING: Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today announced an important breakthrough partnership with Sugon, China’s leading information system integrated service provider, whereby the computer maker will incorporate Seagate’s latest 4TB Enterprise Performance 3.5 HDD into its new TC4600T line of server products.
Alizila — You’ve heard of the brick-and-mortar store? So yesterday. At this year’s CES Asia consumer electronics show, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group brought attendees into the shop of the future.
Bloomberg — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. teamed with its largest shareholder SoftBank Group Corp. to form a cloud computing service venture targeting Japanese customers, as the Chinese e-commerce giant expands one of its fastest growing businesses.
Mobile World Live — China Unicom has committed to investing CNY14 billion ($2.2 billion) to upgrade its mobile networks and fibre infrastructure in Shanghai over the next five years. The operator, China’s second largest by number of subscribers, was the first to sign an “Internet +” cooperation agreement with the Shanghai municipal government, according to C114.net.
Mobile World Live — SHANGHAI: Advances in computing power and connectivity are starting to blur the distinction between peoples’ online and offline identities, with the smartphone bridging the shrinking gap between the two. Kevin Ho (pictured below), president of Huawei’s handset group, said that as technology evolves and all devices become intelligent, “we’re moving to the point where we will have a parallel digital world that mirrors the analogue world”.
Sputnik News — Representatives of leading Chinese tech company Huawei claim they are studying science fiction narratives to envision future trends in which evil robots kill humans, dead relatives linger on computers, and people live forever. This is according to Kevin Ho, president of the company’s handset product line, speaking at the CES Asia conference in Shanghai on Wednesday.
The Tech Portal — Microsoft is closing down MSN China, its web portal for the internet censored country. While the company says that it’s doing this to bring down more of its focus on some of its other services, this also marks the end of an 11-year-old legacy for Microsoft in the country.