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Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

If Facebook and LinkedIn weren't enough, China's Alibaba is looking to dip its toe in the enterprise service waters, specifically with a social app for businesses. The world's largest e-commerce company is currently developing DingTalk, which at first sounds like another run-of-the mill messaging app for smartphones, but has specific features meant to appeal to enterprise users. In beta testing since December, DingChat will offer the standard group messaging, as well as conference calls, and the ability to connect with Alibaba's platforms that its customers already use.

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Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

This morning the folks at WSJ have released a few key points in their interview series that took place last night with Tim Cook. The CEO of Apple spoke up about the launch of Apple Pay in several regards. He spoke about the Apple Watch. He even spoke about why the original iPod Classic was discontinued from store chains. Tim Cook also spoke briefly about how Apple may be pairing up with Alibaba to bring about a massive payment collaboration the likes of which have never been seen before.

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Google’s Rubin: Don’t expect Alliance help if you fragment Android

Google’s Rubin: Don’t expect Alliance help if you fragment Android

Google has struck back at claims that it strong-armed Acer into ditching a collaboration with Alibaba, insisting that the contentious Aliyun platform is not only based on Android but distributes pirated Android apps. Chinese firm Alibaba made loud protests last week, after Acer withdrew launch support for the Aliyun-based CloudMobile A800 smartphone only moments before the handset made its official debut, and accused Google of threatening Acer with Android expulsion. Not so, Google's Andy Rubin says: Alibaba shouldn't expect the support of an Open Handset Alliance (OHA) member if it's not going to be work to be compatible with official Android.

Google threatened Acer with Android excommunication claims Alibaba

Google threatened Acer with Android excommunication claims Alibaba

Google is accused of threatening to cut Acer off from the official Android teat, after a phone collaboration between the manufacturer and Alibaba was axed at the last minute. Acer and Chinese e-retail giant Alibaba had been planning to launch the CloudMobile A800 smartphone together, Reuters reports, but the event itself was suddenly shut down after Acer was apparently told that "Google would terminate Android product cooperation" if the phone was revealed.

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Yahoo! selling 50% of Alibaba in $7.1bn divorce

Yahoo! selling 50% of Alibaba in $7.1bn divorce

Yahoo! and Alibaba are finally beginning their troubled divorce, with the Chinese e-commerce firm buying out half of Yahoo!'s stake in a $7.1bn deal valuing the company at $35bn overall. Meanwhile, options for Yahoo! to shed its remaining shares are also on the table, with Alibaba required to buy - or allow Yahoo! to sell off - another quarter when it floats for IPO, while Alibaba will also be able to operate Yahoo! China under its partner's branding for a further four years.

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