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Joseph Tsai, Chief Financial Officer of Alibaba Group told Aliuser that his favorite colour was blue. Yet his heart was orange– Alibaba’s corporate color is “Orange” indeed!!

The comments came after Aliuser got a chance to speak to Mr Tsai before the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Mr Tsai also delved the group’s future strategy, focusing more on infrastructure and technology development. He noted that Alibaba group was rarely seen as a technology-related company now, but it was the corporate vision to get a top ranking in this respect.

During the casual meeting, Mr Tsai explained that the merger of and would be ‘win-win’ for both parties.  As Alimama’s online advertising model has lots of synergy with Taobao’s users and database profile, it could help Taobao’s shop owners to post and manage their advertising online.

In response to the latest decision of blocking search engine Baidu indexing Taobao shops and products in China, Mr Tsai said Taobao has already established a reputation for C2C eCommerce, he expected users would come to directly but not through Baidu.

Things are getting more interesting as Chinese portal, and Xiaonei have reportedly blocked Baidu from conducting searches of their sites. Anita Davis has more to tell in her report.

Preceding experiences have told us that the relationship between eBay and Google has turned sour as they collided to each other in business development. Would history be repeated itself in the East?

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Convergence to , Alibaba group’s online advertising arm, set herself a goal to surpass global retail giant Walmart in the next ten year.

In his email addressing to his internal staffAlibaba (1688) Chairman and Non-Executive Director Jack Ma hightlights his concept of “Great strategy” ( 大淘宝战略) by adopting a “unconventional” strategic plan.

He said that it’s time to take advantage of the profound opportunity in global eCommerce setting and to provide an optimized online shopping experience to users.

He said the changes will be implemented in several phases, yet no further details were revealed how and what the plan’s about. At the five-year anniverary ceremony, Mr Jack Ma stated that the C2C company planned to invest RMB 2 billion in the next five year. Rumors circulating in the market suggested that Taobao would acquire, which is owned by 

Taobao‘s transaction volume grew 170 percent last year to 43 billion yuan and has 80 million registered users currently.  has covered 400,000 websites with focus on SME, daily traffic reached 80 millions.

Taobao Almama brothers
Taobao Alimama brothers


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    Web sites in Black

    Today begins three days of national mourning for earthquake victims. So far, there are more than 300,00 victims and the search for survivors still goes on.

    Alibaba group of companies – Alibaba ChinaYahoo ChinaTaobao, Alisoft, Alimama, along with other China major websites such as Sina and eBay China etc, turn their homepages to black to pay respect to the victims.

    Hong Kong will lower flags at half staff from today. The official death toll stands at nearly 32,500 from the original quake – which was revised upwards to 8.0 on the Richter scale – that rattled Sichuan province.

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