Alipay sends eight Chinese tourists on a cashless experiment in Finland

Alipay sends eight Chinese tourists on a cashless experiment in Finland

A group of eight Chinese travellers have concluded a cashless journey to Finland, with all transactions, from booking flights, making local retail purchases in Helsinki and dining out throughout their trip, made with their Alipay accounts. This has made Finland the first country outside China where Alipay users can make all payments with their smartphones […]

Alibaba pays tribute to underdogs in major Olympics campaign

Alibaba pays tribute to underdogs in major Olympics campaign

In its first global branding campaign, Alibaba is making a big play for higher international visibility by focusing on “the greatness of small”. Launched for the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 games, the campaign features a cast of multinational athletes who have made, or may make, outsized impacts. The three-part series by BBDO China, which debuted Monday, […]

Malaysia’s capital to adopt Alibaba’s smart city solution

Malaysia’s capital to adopt Alibaba’s smart city solution

Malaysia will be the first country outside China to adopt Alibaba Cloud’s City Brain solution, according to the e-commerce giant. Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm has teamed up with Malaysian government agencies, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), to introduce its cloud solution to improve the traffic in the country’s capital city […]

BuzzFeed to reach audiences in China through licensing deal with Bytedance

BuzzFeed to reach audiences in China through licensing deal with Bytedance

BuzzFeed has signed a licensing deal with China’s Bytedance Technology Co, which will help the American publisher circumvent the country’s firewall and enter the Chinese market. The Chinese publisher owns Toutiao, a news and videos aggregator platform, and Xigua, which focuses on short video clips. It currently has about 200 million daily active users around […]

Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent set to dominate programmatic ad spend in China

Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent set to dominate programmatic ad spend in China

Chinese Internet giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT) will account for the lion share of programmatic expenditures in China as advertisers are predicted to invest $22.81 billion on programmatic digital display ads this year in the Asian country, with mobile accounting for 83.7% of that total. This is according to eMarketer’s latest forecast of programmatic […]

Text messages with a scent: Downy and Grey Group Hong Kong introduce “Scent by Downy”

Text messages with a scent: Downy and Grey Group Hong Kong introduce “Scent by Downy”

Text messaging is often read as cold and is toneless. In commemoration of the brand’s foray into China, Downy introduced: Scent by Downy. Because scent triggers emotions and Downy Unstoppables is one of the most popular in-wash fragrance beads, the Procter & Gamble-owned brand found a way to communicate and introduce these scents in one […]

Google inks patent deal with Tencent

Google inks patent deal with Tencent

Google has yet more news from China after the U.S. search firm announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Chinese tech giant Tencent. The terms were not disclosed, but Google said the tie-in with Tencent, which is valued at over $500 billion, covers “a broad range of products and technologies” and is “long-term.” The two firms […]

Didi Chuxing launches bike-sharing service in China

Didi Chuxing launches bike-sharing service in China

Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing launched a bike-sharing platform within its mobile app on Wednesday. Riders in Beijing and Shenzhen can use two popular shared bikes companies, Ofo and Bluegogo, via Didi’s latest version of the app, with no deposit required for riding Bluegogo bikes. Didi is an investor in Ofo, and it announced last […]

Global app downloads surge to 175 billion in 2017, India second largest market after China

Global app downloads surge to 175 billion in 2017, India second largest market after China

India downloaded more apps than the US in 2017, a new report by app analytics provider App Annie has revealed. Riding on increased smartphone penetration and dirt-cheap 4G data access, India accounted for nearly 58 billion of the world’s 175 billion app downloads in 2017. Only China, the world’s largest internet market, is ahead with […]

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