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Mar 12, 2015

Alibaba hiring in Amazon, Microsoft backyard as US cloud unit expands

BEIJING, March 12 (Reuters) – China’s Alibaba Group Holding
Ltd, the world’s largest e-commerce firm, has begun
hunting staff in Seattle, home turf of Amazon.com Inc
and Microsoft Corp, focusing on savvy cloud computing
hires as it ramps up U.S. operations.

Three positions were open to people in Seattle, two of which
also allow applications for Alibaba’s Silicon Valley offices,
according to advertisements on LinkedIn Corp’s N> business
networking site in the past week.

Mar 4, 2015

Alibaba opens first U.S. cloud center, enters hotly contested market

HANGZHOU, China, March 4 (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding
Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon
Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant’s first outside of
China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff
and entrenched competition.

The new California data center marks the Chinese company’s
latest measured expansion onto American soil, and into a hotly
contested U.S. market now dominated by Amazon.com Inc,
Microsoft Corp and Google Inc.

Feb 9, 2015

Alibaba places China smartphone business bet with $590 million Meizu deal

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is taking a $590 million stake in an obscure domestic smartphone maker as the e-commerce giant tests ways to expand its mobile operating system in a shrinking, cut-throat handset market.

Extending a previously muted push into hardware, Alibaba said on Monday it will buy an unspecified minority stake in smartphone maker Meizu Technology Co. Dwarfed by rivals like Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL], privately owned Meizu’s slice of China’s smartphone market is estimated by analysts at below 2 percent.

Jan 29, 2015

Alibaba quarterly revenue disappoints, shares fall

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s (BABA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) shares fell more than 10 percent early on Thursday, wiping more than $25 billion of market value after third quarter revenue at the Chinese internet giant fell short of analysts’ expectations.

Revenue at the world’s largest e-commerce company rose 40 percent to $4.22 billion in the December quarter, short of the average analyst estimate of $4.45 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Jan 28, 2015

China regulator blasts Alibaba for illegal business on its websites

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A China regulator has accused Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) of failing to clean up what it called illegal business deals on the e-commerce titan’s platforms, in an unusually strong government criticism of one of the country’s biggest private firms.

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), in a report published on its website on Wednesday, said many products sold on Alibaba’s e-commerce websites and services infringed upon trademarks, were substandard or fake, were banned or endangered public security.

Jan 21, 2015

China censures 11 officials over Shanghai New Year stampede

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has punished 11 Shanghai officials for failing to prevent a New Year’s Eve stampede that killed 36 people, injured dozens and dented the image of the country’s most cosmopolitan and best-managed city.

Municipal officials involved in the investigation blamed the stampede on government and Communist Party leaders from the Huangpu District, home to the riverfront Bund area where the disaster happened.

Jan 20, 2015

Alibaba, Tencent spend billions in race to be China’s one-stop online shop

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Alibaba and Tencent spent more than $8 billion last year alone backing often strikingly similar ventures, as the Chinese Internet giants race to create online one-stop-shops to win the digital loyalty of a tenth of the world’s population.

Before China became the biggest smartphone market, there was little overlap between the businesses of e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, social networking firm Tencent Holdings Ltd and search engine provider Baidu Inc.

Jan 17, 2015

China’s Xi congratulates new chairman of Taiwan’s ruling party

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping on Saturday welcomed the election of Eric Chu as chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party, the Xinhua news agency reported, which quoted Xi saying he hoped Taiwan-China relations would continue to move forward.

Taiwan and China have been at odds since the end of China’s civil war when the Kuomintang fled to the island leaving the Communists running the mainland. But business ties across the Taiwan Straits have increased since China-friendly Ma Ying-jeou took power in 2008.

Dec 7, 2014

Insight – Labour movement ‘concertmaster’ tests Beijing’s boundaries

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – When local officials warned striking shoe factory workers in China’s Pearl River Delta this summer that they were breaking the law, a slight, bespectacled figure barely 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 metres) tall faced them down.

“Where is the law that says striking is illegal? If this activity is prohibited by the law, then you need to say so with crystal clarity. Which law is it?” labour lawyer Duan Yi said he told them, with his characteristic growl.

Dec 7, 2014

Labour movement “concertmaster” tests Beijing’s boundaries

SHENZHEN, China, Dec 7 (Reuters) – When local officials
warned striking shoe factory workers in China’s Pearl River
Delta this summer that they were breaking the law, a slight,
bespectacled figure barely 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 metres) tall
faced them down.

“Where is the law that says striking is illegal? If this
activity is prohibited by the law, then you need to say so with
crystal clarity. Which law is it?” labour lawyer Duan Yi said he
told them, with his characteristic growl.