China's livestream sales: How brands reach consumers during COVID-19

Apr 6, 2020
Consumer spending plummeted while people stayed home. But Taobao saw livestream sales sessions double on its app.
Songzi during a marathon six-hour livestream broadcast selling cosmetics.
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Inside a 6-hour e-commerce livestream in China

Jan 16, 2020
Eva Wang and Sam Tian quit their jobs to make a go of it selling on Alibaba's Taobao livestreaming service.
Sam Tian and Eva Wang during a livestream show. The couple quit their ad sales and teaching jobs last year to become Taobao influencers.
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Alibaba sees bridging the online and in-store experience as a way to spur growth

Aug 14, 2019
The trade war with the U.S. and slowing economy in China pose difficulties at the moment.
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An artificial intelligence battle is coming between the U.S. and China

Mar 6, 2019
And sooner than you think, futurist Amy Webb says.
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Alibaba takes back its promise to bring 1 million jobs to the U.S.

Sep 20, 2018
Founder Jack Ma says a friendly partnership no longer exists between China and America.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma delivers a speech during the Computing Conference in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on Sept. 19.
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How China is building a parallel tech economy with or without the U.S.

Jun 28, 2018
China's Made in 2025 plan is big. Should the America be worried?
People gather at a Huawei stand during the Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai on June 13.
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Chinese internet giant Alibaba looks to scoop up global talent in $15 billion R&D expansion

Oct 16, 2017
Chinese internet giant Alibaba is taking a big step toward competing globally. It plans to more than double spending on research and development to $15 billion over the next three years, and will open labs in seven cities around the…

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Author Duncan Clark on how a former English teacher built one of the world's largest e-commerce companies

Apr 14, 2016
Alibaba is an e-commerce juggernaut that competes with the likes of Wal-Mart and Amazon.
Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma poses for a photo outside the New York Stock Exchange. 
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Hey, nice IPO filing. What's the catch?

Jan 14, 2016
When companies go public they have to disclose any risks they face. Here's what some big tech IPOs said.

Sometimes, strategy all comes down to taxes

Dec 9, 2015
That's one reason Yahoo has called off its Alibaba spinoff.