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March 13, 2015 10:27 AM Google Chrome 42 Beta Adds Push Notifications; Stable Version Last To Support Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0

A week after the release of Chrome 41 stable version, Google is now releasing Chrome 42 beta for Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows. While this newest version arrived Monday, the company has offered a detailed information on its features such as ES6 Classes and push notifications, Thursday, the Chromium reported. A week after the release of Chrome 41 stable 19

March 13, 2015 1:17 AM Why Asia’s Tech Giants Are Investing in U.S. Startups

Asia’s wealthiest technology companies are leading a wave of investment in U.S. startups with the hope of gaining a toehold in Silicon Valley and taking some hot new products home. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s largest online retailer, recently invested $200 million in Snapchat Inc., people familiar with the matter said Thursday. The investment 15

March 12, 2015 6:08 PM Apple’s Messaging App Gets Some Filtration Muscle In New iOS 8.3 Beta

Apple has a new update out for iOS 8.3, and within, we find more evidence that the company is looking to make Messages the new hub of digital communication. What started out as the rather straightforward destination for undifferentiated SMS messages has now become host to iMessage, group chat, multimedia communication, and more. The latest iOS 8.3 beta indicates 17

March 12, 2015 2:33 PM Alibaba invests $200 million in Snapchat

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has invested $200 million in Snapchat Inc., a source familiar with the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly said Wednesday night. The funding valued the popular messaging and entertainment app, whose headquarters are in Venice, at $15 billion, Bloomberg News reported. Snapchat raised $486 million late last year at a valuation 19

March 12, 2015 1:34 PM Why Is Alibaba Investing In Snapchat?

Alibaba has fascinated American investors for some time – little wonder, since this Chinese internet company was responsible for the largest IPO of all time last year. Then, the question was: what exactly is Alibaba? Now, there’s a new question. Why is it buying American internet companies? I answered the question of what Alibaba does at the time of the IPO in this article 18

March 12, 2015 11:18 AM Alibaba invests $200m in Snapchat

Chinese internet giant Alibaba has invested approximately $200m (£133m) in a stake in messaging application Snapchat, the BBC understands. That values the four-year old firm at nearly $15bn (£10bn)makes it one of the world's most valuable start-ups. Snapchat allows users to send text and picture messages which disappear in 10 seconds. Snapchat says its users 20

March 12, 2015 10:52 AM Latest Rakuten-led funding values Lyft at $2.5 billion

(Reuters) - Ride-sharing service Lyft said it raised an additional $530 million in a funding round led by Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc, giving the Uber rival a valuation of $2.5 billion and adding momentum to its expansion plans. The valuation, however, pales by comparison to one of around $40 billion for app-based taxi service Uber. Rakuten 20

March 12, 2015 6:42 AM Alibaba ploughs $200 mln into Snapchat in latest startup deal: source

(Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) is investing $200 million in photo-messaging app Snapchat, a source familiar with the deal said, striking its latest Silicon Valley deal as the Chinese ecommerce company builds up mobile services. The investment values the Los Angeles-based company at around $15 billion, according to Bloomberg, citing people 23

March 12, 2015 6:21 AM Alibaba Invests $200 Mil In SnapChat; CSO Imran Khan Is Key To The Deal

Alibaba is investing $200 million in SnapChat, a messaging app that allows users to send disappearing photos and is currently banned in China, according to a person at Alibaba who is familiar with the deal. Key to the deal was Imran Khan, who was hired by Snapchat as Chief Strategy Officer last December, the source said. Khan was formerly head of Asia investment 21

March 12, 2015 6:03 AM Chinese Makers Roll out Wave of Apple Watch Lookalikes

A month before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch hits the market, China's thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies. "Apple Smart Watch with Bluetooth Bracelet," says one vendor on Alibaba Group's popular Taobao e-commerce website. Photos on the vendor's page appear to be the real Apple Watch. It says features 21