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Alibaba: Alibaba today announced the appointment of Jim Wilkinson as its Senior Vice President and Head of International Corporate Affairs. Wilkinson is a former senior PepsiCo executive, who also once worked for the U.S. government. This is an obvious move as Alibaba focuses on overseas market.
Apple: Apple might be adding split-screen multitasking to iOS8 to match the existing feature in Microsoft Surface. This feature will allow 2 iPad apps to be used simultaneously, and is expected to be designed for the 9.7-inch iPad display or bigger screens. There is also a concept video available. If this is true, I will be preparing Nightly from my iPad.
Facebook: The social network is looking to set up a sales office in Beijing, in an effort to build a better elationship with local advertisers. It’s a little unexpected since the service is still being censored in the country.
JD: Chinese e-commerce company, JD.com, is planning its IPO in the US. It was estimated to be valued at $24.6 billion. Its IPO price is in the US$16 to $18 range. The firm had a revenue of $20.7 billion in 2013. JD differentiates itself by shipping items directly to consumers while Alibaba provides a virtual storefront for small merchants and major brands. That’s about it.
Microsoft: An LTE-enabled version of the Moto G is now live on Amazon for pre-ordering. It is priced at $219.99 and will be shipped this June 30th. Currently, the Moto G is probably the best deal for the low-end Android hardware market, but one vital component is missing: LTE connectivity. It seems that Motorola is fixing this.
Research: Analysts from Canalys have highlighted that smartphones users are opting for bigger screens. In Q1 2014, 279.4 million smartphones were shipped worldwide. A third of shipments can be attributed to smartphones with 5” and larger screens.
Samsung: Samsung new tablet plans have been leaked. While not many details were given, I understand that the device will sport a rather large screen – 13.3-inch to be precise. The tablet is going to be of LED instead Super AMOLED, and in WQHD resolution. I’m not sure why the company is coming up with so many different screen sizes. Afterall, there is already a 12.2-inch Galazy Note Pro. Why not just use a laptop?
Twitter: Twitter has launched a “mute” button. With “mute”, you can now “stealth unfollow” your friends without damaging your relationships and they can still be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline. How cool is that?