A new tie-up between a payment company affiliated with Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba and a US-based payments processor could soon make it far easier for Chinese shoppers to buy online from overseas retailers.
Stripe, a San Francisco start-up that handles payments for online retailers, has started to let online retailers accept purchases made through Alipay, an Alibaba-affiliated payment method that is by far China’s most popular way of paying for goods bought online. Read more
What can a company that proposes using drones to deliver goods instantaneously do to impress?
Amazon tried hard with its Fire phone, the first smartphone ever from the e-commerce giant. It sort of succeeds, but the best thing about the phone is the vision of what it could become after a few rounds of refinements and tweaks. Read more
A win for online education and sensible sanctions regulation. Today, online course provider Coursera says it is able to re-open the majority of its classes to Iranian students, a few months after US sanctions on Iran and certain other nations forced the start-up to block learners in those countries from its site.
Google’s first ever public report on its diversity is out, and the numbers are not hugely shocking. Women make up less than a third of its workforce globally, while 5 per cent of its US staff are black or Hispanic.
More notable: The fact that Google admits it was in the wrong not to have released this data earlier. Read more
Famed internet analyst Mary Meeker’s latest prognostications on how the internet is developing were out today. The key — perhaps unsurprisingly — is mobile, and how it’s reshaping what gadgets we buy, what we use them for, and where exactly those users are from.
Here are five key figures from her report: Read more
After the correction in tech stocks in recent weeks, investors would be forgiven for being surprised by the performance of two tech IPOs in New York this week. Read more
As the fight around net neutrality heats up in Washington DC this week, a well-known internet entrepreneur and activist is taking to the streets of the US capital to get people focused on what can sometimes seem a bit of an arcane fight over telecom regulation. Read more
Google’s flagship wearable device—Google Glass—is now available for anyone in the US who wants to spend $1,500 on the smart spectacles some find fascinating and others find bizarre. Read more
Alibaba, which filed for its US IPO on Tuesday, is frequently called the Amazon or eBay of China. But while there may be similarities in their business model, the online shopping experience for customers can be quite different indeed.
Here, a look at some of the things one finds on Alibaba’s various shopping platforms, how they differ from each other, and some of the ways in which they are vastly different from their western counterparts. Read more