Alibaba News

By Jim Erickson | Sep 19, 2014 | 23:28

(This story has been updated to reflect the sale of additional Alibaba shares on Sept. 22, making the company's IPO the largest in history worldwide.) Alibaba Group on Sept. 19 became a public...

By Melanie Lee | Aug 19, 2014 | 14:36

The city of the future may look a little like this: you swipe your phone to buy a ticket when boarding a bus that runs on a schedule derived from data about passenger loads. When you get to your...

By Susan Wang | Aug 15, 2014 | 11:02

Han Qiaoling, a young mother in Shandong Province, found a digital solution to a common problem facing stay-at-home moms. To help relieve the tedium of watching over her one-year-old infant and make...

By Stuart Whitmore | Aug 8, 2014 | 13:38

When e-mail began to replace letter writing, it threatened more than just standards of penmanship: it posed a direct challenge to a business model that dates back to 1840, when the British Royal Mail...

By Jim Erickson | Jul 14, 2014 | 12:19

Warehouses, essential though they may be to the global supply chain, are dull.  Even when they are outfitted with a robot army, it’s hard to get worked up over a minimalist shelter where boxes of...

By Melanie Lee | Jul 8, 2014 | 11:52

As the world’s largest Web and smartphone market, China has become a hotbed for mobile commerce. More than 140 million Chinese are using mobile devices to purchase goods and services, and with demand...