Alibaba Collaborates With Gemalto To Secure China’s IoT Market

Gemalto announced that it is collaborating with Alibaba Group’s YunOS to provide connectivity and security for YunOS. YunOS developed by Alibaba Group, is a cloud-based data and services oriented Internet of Things (IoT) operating system. In this partnership, Gemalto provides its Allynis Trusted Service Hub that allows easy provisioning of security sensitive applications throughout the identity lifecycle management.
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Chinese Home Service Robot Startup ROOBO Raises US$100M

China-based home service robot startup ROOBO has raised US$100 million in a round led by Shenzhen-listed Chinese software firm iFlyTek Co; other undisclosed investors also participated in the round. The two companies also entered into a strategic partnership that will see the two-year-old startup integrate iFlyTek’s intelligent speech and language recognition technology into its robots.
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Alibaba Signs Collaboration Agreement With Austrade To Help Australian Businesses Expand Into China

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced the signing of an agreement with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Austrade, that will look to strengthen trade-opportunities across Australia and China. The strategic collaboration agreement will see dedicated services provided for Australian companies looking to sell in China, with Austrade and Alibaba, in particular, looking to encourage SMEs to become first-time exporters.
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Baidu’s Group-Buying Arm Nuomi Dismisses Merger Rumour With China’s Groupon, Meituan Dianping

Baidu’s food delivery subsidiary, Baidu Waimai, and Baidu’s fully owned group-buying company, Nuomi, denied the rumours of a merger with Meituan Dianping, the “Chinese Groupon”, Tencent Tech reported. A source close to the matter said Baidu Waimai had made contact with Meituan Dianping on the merger, but they currently could not agree on issues including the price and stock rights.
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Taiwan VR Real Estate Company iStaging Seals US$5M To Fuel International Expansion

Taiwan-based virtual and augmented reality company iStaging has sealed a US$5million pre-A funding round led by WI Harper with participation from Taya Venture Capital, one of a consortium of venture capital firms working with the Taiwan National Development Fund. iStaging will leverage the latest funding round to fuel an expansion into Western markets, building on operations in France and US.
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Tencent Doubles Down On Advertising Business With AppsFlyer Partnership

On Wednesday, Tencent and AppsFlyer, a mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform, jointly announced a strategic partnership that would let app marketers outside of China access real-time analytics to Tencent Social Ads for the first time ever. The insights Tencent advertisers will get from AppsFlyer are invaluable in helping them maximize the return on their app install ad spend.
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