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  • Editor’s Picks / 17 August 2015 at 4:09 GMT

    Slack threat to Atlassian's office messaging plans

    The Sydney Morning Herald
    Slack, the world's hottest startup, has emerged as a new threat to Australian tech darling Atlassian in the lucrative market for office communications that has Silicon Valley salivating, and could destroy email. John McDuling writes Atlassian has operated HipChat, its own popular office messaging service, since 2012. But over the last 12 months Slack has emerged from nowhere to take the US media and technology communities by storm, winning thousands of customers (snaring some away from HipChat) and attracting millions of dollars in funding.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 10 July 2015 at 2:32 GMT

    BRICS make defiant pledge to rival the West

    Nikkei Asian Review
    The leaders of five major emerging nations vowed to enhance economic and political cooperation in a meeting held in Russia on Thursday, delivering a defiant pledge to become a global presence rivaling Western powers. The BRICS nations should work together to elevate the status of emerging countries, China's President Xi Jinping told the meeting. The group, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, adopted the Ufa Declaration, outlining 77 steps toward closer partnership. In it, the five nations expressed frustration over stalled IMF reforms, which has met resistance from the US Congress.
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    JohnJohn123 JohnJohn123
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  • Article / 01 April 2015 at 3:56 GMT

    Five Chinese startups every investor should know

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Five Chinese startups every investor should know
    China’s startup industry is booming on the back of heavy financial backing from domestic and overseas investors. However, as with most Chinese firms, startups are predominantly domestically focused, and as such can be difficult for overseas investors to understand. This report introduces five Chinese startups that every investor should know, and which give a great insight into technology and consumer trends in China.
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  • Trade view / 24 March 2015 at 1:58 GMT
    Strategic trade

    Qihoo targets Xiaomi with new operating system

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Qihoo announced a $400m investment in Coolpad late last year, and the firm has released further details of the new joint venture, including the launch of a new Android-based operating system called AK47. Qihoo is actively targeting Xiaomi with its new smartphones, and given its technological ability and security reputation, it is in a very strong position to do so.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 23 March 2015 at 22:11 GMT

    Uber in marketing deal with India’s Times Internet

    The Wall St Journal
    Uber Technologies signed a marketing agreement with major Indian media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co, publisher of the Times of India, to “support Uber’s expansion in India”, according to a blog posted on Uber’s website. The deal is valued at 1.5 billion rupees, which includes the value of both the marketing agreement and a cash investment in Uber by Times Internet, an arm of Bennett Coleman which runs the group’s websites. Uber “will buy ads across digital and traditional media platforms,” said a spokesman for the cab-hailing company.
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  • Trade view / 17 March 2015 at 1:48 GMT
    Strategic trade

    Qihoo gets moving with its mobile education

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Qihoo has formed a joint venture with leading online education firm Xueda, targeting parents and children through their 360 Kids Guard. The educational offering should be attractive to this new user base demographic, and should act as a strong rival to the Tencent and New Oriental Education partnership.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 19 February 2015 at 10:26 GMT

    What is Snapchat worth?

    Bloomberg
    How much would you pay for Snapchat, asks Bloomberg's Justin Fox. The Los Angeles-based firm, founded in a Stanford University fraternity house in September 2011, makes mobile apps that allow users to send photos and videos which then delete after a few seconds. It is trying to raise fresh funds that would value it at up to $19bn. Compare that to Xiaomi and Uber, two startups with even higher valuations, valued at $45bn and $41bn respectively. Value is in the eye of the beholder, right? Not everyone thinks so.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 16 January 2015 at 5:41 GMT

    Move over iPhone 6, for Xiaomi's Mi Note

    The Sydney Morning Herald
    China's Xiaomi – the world's third-biggest smartphone maker – is taking on Apple at its own game. The privately owned consumer electronics company has unveiled its flagship Mi Note, a smartphone to rival the iPhone 6 Plus. Chief executive Lei Jun introduced the Mi Note in Beijing with a breakdown of the large-screen phone's features, and comparisons to Apple's equivalent device – the Mi Note is "shorter, thinner and lighter than the iPhone", says Lei. It's cheaper too: at just 2299 yuan (about $450) for a model with 16 gig of memory, the Mi Note is a bargain compared to the iPhone 6. Xiaomi, the innovative start-up that only sold its first smartphone in 2011, is now a significant player in smartphone design and development. It sold more than 61 million handsets in 2014, up 227 per cent from a year earlier.
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  • Trade view / 18 December 2014 at 5:18 GMT
    Strategic trade

    Qihoo forms joint venture with Coolpad

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Qihoo announced that it had partnered with domestic smartphone manufacturer Coolpad to market phones with its software. This has the potential to be a strong driver of long-term growth, but after Tuesday’s announcement, short-term investors concerned about falling oil prices sent the share price down 6.9%. This makes the trade opportunity more attractive.
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    oko-pavel oko-pavel
    Сапунов Андрей с 10 июня 2014 наблюдаю за вашей торговлей в проекте "Реактивный Трейдинг" - хотелось бы понять, как такой опытный трейдер имеет просадку 65.25% результат -49.12%...
  • Article / 12 December 2014 at 3:06 GMT

    Uber on a one-way ride to getting disrupted

    Business writer and editor
    Australia
    Uber's $40 billion valuation cited this week is not just a travesty of wishful thinking, it's based on the incorrect claim that it has first mover space in the disruptive ride sharing zone – but this is a market teeming with competitors, and there's nothing stopping the disrupter from being disrupted itself.
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    Adam Courtenay Adam Courtenay
    Didn't know about the privacy thing, Juhani. Also interesting the revenues. Cheers for the info.