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China’s Didi launches credit, wealth management services in diversification push

The new offerings bring Didi into competition with investor Alibaba Group and technology peer Tencent Holdings.


Alibaba takes control of film unit in $160m share purchase

Alibaba Group on Monday it will increase its stake in Hong Kong-listed Alibaba Pictures to 51%, taking control of the film unit’s board.


Chinese transport ministry fines Didi executives in crackdown on illegal practices

The ruling is part of an investigation that followed the deaths of two female Didi passengers in separate incidents earlier this year.


In record haul, Alibaba Singles’ Day rakes in $30b in online sales

Singles’ Day, or Double 11, is the world’s biggest online sales event, outstripping the sales of U.S. shopping holidays Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.


Alibaba cuts sales forecast on economic uncertainty, trade fears

The move comes ahead of Singles’ Day which last year netted the firm over $25 billion in sales.


China’s Airbnb rival Xiaozhu raises $300m from Jack Ma’s Yunfeng Capital

The company’s top rival, Tujia.com, raised $300 million in October 2017 and is backed by Chinese travel-giant Ctrip.com International.


JD.com CEO to skip Shanghai tech forum after rape allegation

Since returning to China, Liu has appeared at small signing events on behalf of the company but is yet to attend a high-profile public event.


Xiaomi creates new leadership roles as part of CEO succession planning

The changes come less than a week after Jack Ma said he would step down as chairman of Alibaba in a year and hand the reins to CEO Daniel Zhang.


Facebook quietly sets up subsidiary in China despite hardening censorship

The subsidiary is registered in Hangzhou, home of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd


Alibaba-owned food delivery firm Ele.me to spend $440m to fight competition

Alibaba is beefing up Ele.me’s war chest at a time when top competitor, Meituan Dianping, is preparing for a $4-billion HK listing.