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TAOBAO Mall has teamed up with nine major courier firms, which will see the business-to-consumer shopping site under the Alibaba Group channel up to 5 billion yuan (US$794 million) worth of business and nearly 1 million orders this year.

The nine courier companies, including China Post Group's Express Mail Service, Shentong and Shunfeng, will launch 5,000 inter-city courier routes to ensure th
Video providers establish alliance to reduce cost of 'overpriced' content

The Chinese online video industry saw another surprising corporate collaboration on Tuesday as Inc, Tencent Holdings Ltd and - the online video branch of Baidu Inc - launched the Video Content Cooperation alliance.

The three online video providers, previously fierce rivals for Internet video consume, China's largest listed e-commerce company, recorded its lowest quarterly profit in two years, weighed down by a stagnant membership base caused by global economic woes and a shift in business models.

The slump in profit came as the company announced on Monday that shareholders are scheduled to vote in May on the $2.5 billion privatization proposal made by Alibaba Group, which owns
China is likely to surpass the United States as the world's biggest online retail market around 2015, as the nation's online retail sales will triple to more than 0 billion that year, according to a report from the Boston Consulting Group.
Conflict stems from alleged abuse of monopoly by messaging company

A high-profile dispute over online monopoly between China's Internet giants hit the off-line world during a court hearing in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Wednesday.

Tencent Holdings, China's largest instant messaging service provider, was accused in the Guangdong High People's Court on Wednesday of abusing its dominant
The changing situation is clearly visible in the robust double-digit growth rates seen during the past few years. More importantly, in what is good news for the retail trade, the future looks bright for China, as demand is set to escalate further on the back of increased spending power and a growing number of affluent people in China.

The real catalyst for the retail boom in China has been the
A young couple who registered 2,000 accounts on a wedding services website to win a top prize has won a lawsuit against the website which denied their prize on account of cheating, the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court said yesterday.

The plaintiffs surnamed Yang and Xu were paid 4,000 yuan (US$634) in compensation by the website, which the court ruled was responsible for the loophole
CHINA'S plans to build a next-generation Internet network by 2015 will improve Internet penetration rate as well as create 3 million new jobs and a new system which can hold more Internet addresses.




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