cloud storage

China’s biggest ecommerce company, Alibaba, has joined the growing enthusiasm for cloud storage applications, buying Kanbox for an undisclosed amount.

Kanbox offers free storage for documents, photos and other files, bringing Alibaba into competition with other Chinese heavyweights Tencent and Baidu, which offer similar services. The company raised $20m in Series B funding two years ago, so the acquisition value is likely to have been several hundred million dollars. Read more

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Google has unveiled the first developer application programming interfaces for Google+, the company’s new social network, Mashable reports. The launch is the first step toward developers creating Google+ apps and integrating the social network into existing apps. Read more