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Alibaba is the force behind hit Chinese Communist Party app: sources

A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company said, at a time when the nation's tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing.

Amazon’s NYC retreat heralds new era of corporate welfare fights

Just as New Yorkers were absorbing Inc’s decision to abandon a new office hub after tangling over US$3bil (RM12.24bil) in tax breaks, General Electric Co was beating a retreat in Boston, cancelling plans to build an office tower and promising to return US$87mil (RM355.17mil) in government incentives.

Google, Salesforce invest in UK payments startup GoCardless

The venture capital arms of Alphabet Inc’s Google and Inc are investing in UK payments startup GoCardless, which has raised an additional US$75mil (RM306.41mil) to fund expansion.

The financing is being led by Adams Street Partners, GV, formerly known as Google Ventures, and Salesforce Ventures, GoCardless said in a statement. — AP

Thai opposition party undeterred after ally's failed princess bid

UBON RATCHATHANI, Thailand (Reuters) - Leaders of Thailand's biggest opposition party campaigning on Monday never mentioned ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, whose policies they espouse, nor the princess whose shock candidacy could see its ally banned from the March 24 election.

Five talking-points from the Serie A weekend

MILAN (Reuters) - Juventus, chasing an eighth consecutive Serie A title, moved 13 points clear at the top after a weekend featuring a remarkable sequence of events involving VAR while the saga involved Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi continued.

Axiata, Dialog boost KLCI as consumer stocks top gainers list

KUALA LUMPUR: Investor sentiment towards Axiata turned positive after the sale of its 28.67% stake in Singapore's M1 Ltd while Dialog Group advanced after its firm earnings and upgrade by analysts.

Maxis names Gökhan Ogut CEO

KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd has appointed Gökhan Ogut as chief executive officer (CEO) to take office on May 1, 2019.

Facebook ‘digital gangsters’ violated privacy laws: MPs

A scathing British parliamentary report on Feb 18 branded Facebook “digital gangsters” that knowingly violated data privacy and competition laws.

“Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law,” the report said. — Reuters

Amazon’s pullout is a blow to New York City’s tech momentum

New York worked hard for many years to transform itself into a top tech hub and finally it seemed to be just that, with one report ranking the city as the best place in the world for technology. Plans by Inc for a huge new corporate campus in Queens would have cemented New York’s status as an East Coast alternative to Silicon Valley.

Khazanah projects dividend payout of over RM1b in 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Khazanah Nasional Bhd projects a dividend payout of over RM1bil to the government in 2019, according to managing director Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan.