Alipay is now available at all Chinese Starbucks stores

On September 25, Starbucks and Alipay announced cooperation. Finally, the Starbucks will accept the payment system at over 2,800 of its cafes across China. “The days that we receive complaints from customers at Starbucks are over.” Alipay declared in its official weibo account. Alipay is available at over 3,200 Starbucks stores worldwide “Do you accept…

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Alibaba is on the heels of Amazon

Gap of Market Value between Alibaba and Amazon is Just 1.3% Narrowing Nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Past Two Months. By September 22nd, Amazon’s market value was $456.5 billion and Alibaba’s was $450.7 billion. Their gap was just 1.3%. Almost two months ago, the gap in market value between these two companies reached $100 billion….

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Mobvoi Launched New Smart Speaker Tichome

Tichome, Mobvoi’s new smart speaker is going to get crowdfunded and be released soon. Mobvoi held a press conference on August 24th, announcing the official release of its brand new smart speakers Tichome at a price of 999 yuan. Members who were in on the crowdfund can purchase the speaker at a price of just…

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Southeast Asia becomes Alibaba and Tencent’s new battle field

Two global technological forces are disrupting the peaceful ecological environment in Southeast Asia. They’re not Silicon Valley technological companies like Google or Facebook. They are the two Chinese giants Tencent and Alibaba. The two companies provide the strongest financial support and the most successful business experience for venture capital firms in Southeast Asia. More and…

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Flipboard China Rebrands, Looks To Lead Online News Market

Online channels have long since dominated news distribution. Despite the number of platforms available to us today, the general reading experience has shown little net improvement since going digital, as we now battle with poor quality news boosted by shoddy algorithms, and information overload through social media sharing. Zhao Jing, Flipboard’s China lead, is looking…

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Amazon Promotes Overseas Purchases on Prime Day

China’s e-commerce giants make the news each year with their deals on November 11, “Single’s Day,” and June 18. This year, Amazon is will be joining the competition with Prime Day. Amazon Prime members can receive free delivery on overseas purchases. Chinese Prime Subscribers can purchase overseas commodities and have them shipped directly from Amazon’s…

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Silicon Valley’s China Paradox

Li Zhifei has spent his professional career cross-pollinating the world’s two most vibrant innovation ecosystems. Born in central China at the dawn of reform and opening, Li graduated college in China and dove headfirst into the country’s dot com boom of the early 2000s. When that bubble burst, he headed to Johns Hopkins University for…

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