Nightly March 27

  1. Alibaba: The company launched an investment fund called “Yu Le Bao”. The fund will be investing in film, television programme and online game projects. Kinda of like KickStarter, the minimum deposit starts at 100 yuan.
  2. Bitcoins: If you are looking to understand more about Bitcoins, this podcast might just help you understand better. It looks at the stakeholders in the Bitcoin Economy and tries to understand from an Economist point of value. This is a itunes podcast link.
  3. Cloud: There is a pricing war on-going for the Cloud Computing Services And Storage space. Google slashed about 30% off it price for Google Compute Engine while today Amazon Web Services announced to cut its price and is expected to bring savings between 36 percent to 65 percent to users.
  4. Google: Tickets for Google I/O is out. Anyone heading over from Singapore?
  5. King: Candy Crush IPO yesterday. On the first day of trading, it closed down 15.42%. As of current, it is known as the worst IPO of the year.
  6. Klout: Klout uses social media analytics to rank its users according to online social influence via the “Klout Score”. The higher your “Klout Score”, the more influential you are on social media. Today, it is said that Lithium Technologies will acquire Klout. Lithium provides social customer experience management software for the enterprise. The reason, no one knows. Maybe there is synergy between the two.
  7. Samsung: Samsung Gear Fit is out. Comes with a 1.85in curved Super AMOLED display and it measures hear rate too. Compared to the Samsung Gear 2, It’s smaller, lighter and less intrusive. Might give a fight to Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up, worth watching.
  8. Twitter: On Twitter mobile now, you can tag up to 10 people in a photo. You can also share up to 4 photos in a single Tweet. Twitter just gotten more social. but why is the stock dropping, maybe you are not listening to your users?
  9. Yahoo: Yahoo Japan is to buy Japanese telco eAccess from wireless provider Softbank in a deal worth $3.2 billion. Interesting to note: Softbank owns a stake of around 42.5% in Yahoo Japan, so how is all the financial magic going to be?