Alibaba to invest $200M in Snapchat — report

first_imgHomeAppsNews Alibaba to invest $200M in Snapchat — report Apps China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, in a move to beef up its mobile services, reportedly will invest $200 million in Snapchat, a mobile app that sends photos and messages that disappear after a few seconds.Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources familiar with the deal, reported the investment from the Chinese firm would give Snapchat a valuation of $15 billion.The Los Angeles-based startup, which claims to have more than 100 million users, started carrying videos and articles from mainstream media outlets such as CNN and ESPN at the beginning of the year, bringing it into closer competition with Facebook and Twitter, Reuters said.Snapchat executives recently met with Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns 95 per cent of investment holding company Kingdom Holding, to talk about “future potential business cooperation in the technology field”.Bloomberg reported a month ago that Snapchat was in advanced talks with fund managers about a $500 million funding round, which would value the company somewhere between $16 billion and $19 billion. That round would make Snapchat the third most valuable venture capital-backed company, behind Uber (valued at $45 billion) and Xiaomi ($40 billion).Snapchat turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook in 2013 and in 2014 managed to raise funds from more than 20 investors at a $10 billion valuation.Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce firm, has been an active investor in tech startups recently. This month it led a round of funding that raised $60 million for Quixey, a mobile search engine that includes content within apps.In early February it invested $590 million to take a minority stake in mainland mobile phone maker Meizu Technology, giving it a captive hardware platform for its mobile operating system. The Chinese firm didn’t specify the size of its interest in Meizu, a privately-owned company based in Guangdong province with more than 1,000 employees. Snapchat snaps Spotlight feature in TikTok rivalry Previous ArticleText alerts, banking apps reduce pain of overdraft charges — surveyNext ArticleVietnam’s Viettel unveils grand global ambitions Joseph Waring AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 MAR 2015 Alibaba pulls the plug on Xiami Musiccenter_img AlibabaSnapchatstartup Tags Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Related Author Snapchat blends mini-apps in global launchlast_img read more

Austin Dillon resets his goals after Daytona 500 victory

first_imgHAMPTON, Ga. – What’s next? That’s the question that confronts Austin Dillon after last Sunday’s last-lap victory in the 60th Daytona 500, NASCAR’s most important and prestigious race.That triumph gave Dillon wins in two of NASCAR’s “majors.” Last year, he picked up his inaugural victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and qualified for the postseason playoff for the second straight season. So, again, what’s next, now that Dillon has knocked two gigantic items off the bucket list?RELATED: How Dillon helped connect past, futureThe obvious choice is a series title. As a former champion in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, Dillon is the only driver currently eligible to be the first to complete the trifecta. That’s something the driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet already has thought about in depth.“I definitely have thought about that,” Dillon said on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). “That’s my goal is to be the first to win all three. I feel like that would be a heck of an accomplishment. I’ve thought about it a lot this week. After you win a huge race like that, what’s next? “In my eyes, that’s the next goal. That’s what we need to go to work on hard this year, because we’ve already got a great opportunity with the way the Playoffs work as being locked in.” MORE: Dillon, team celebrate win by getting tattoosDaytona is a restrictor-plate superspeedway, and conventional wisdom says the “real” open-motor season starts with the Monster Energy race at Atlanta. Dillon believes his team is prepared to run well at the intermediate speedways, too.“We’ll just keep rocking it however we can,” Dillon said. “We still have a lot to work on. We want to make this Camaro ZL1 good at all tracks. We’re looking forward to that. Been excited about it. “It’s a great start to the season. It definitely gets the momentum going. We just need to keep pounding.”RELATED: Crew member makes history with No. 3 teamlast_img read more