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The hype over Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s US$300 (RM1.1bil) investment in Thailand and its huge Tmall online platform has only masked the country’s fundamental weaknesses in embracing the digital technology for economic and social benefits, according to experts.
Alipay, the mobile payment app owned by billionaire Jack Ma, is stepping up its competition with WeChat to get more of its 900 million users to tap expanded services in everything from real estate purchases to restaurant and cinema bookings.
Pungent, spiky durian – a fruit banned in many public places in Asia due to its overpowering smell – has been used by scientists to store electricity, and could one day help power electric vehicles and mobile phones across the region.
When a coronavirus lockdown confined Malaysians to their homes, street traders selling durians moved their pungent produce online – and have been enjoying an unexpected spike in demand.