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Naspers rides high on soaring Tencent

Tencent Holdings, in which South African media and technology group Naspers holds a 34%, posted a second quarter profit that beat analysts’ expectations as the company lined up more mobile games and media

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The best tech businesses aren’t really tech

Technology companies are a lot like contemporary art. Their valuations reflect narratives more than anything else, and it’s just as important to devise the right framework to describe a phenomenon as it is to build a beautiful product. Two New

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Uber, Didi to merge to create $35bn firm

Uber Technologies will sell its China business to Didi Chuxing, the dominant ride-hailing service in the country, according to people familiar with the matter, ending a costly battle between the two companies

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End of an era for Web pioneer Yahoo

On Monday, Yahoo’s years-long fight to survive as a standalone company will draw to a close. Verizon Communications will announce plans to buy Yahoo’s core assets for a bit more than US$4,8bn before the market opens, said

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SoftBank to buy ARM for $32bn in record deal

SoftBank Group has agreed to buy ARM Holdings for £24,3bn (US$32bn; R460bn), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home. The Japanese company is offering £17/share in cash

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Tencent leads $8,6bn deal for Supercell

Tencent Holdings, in which South Africa’s Naspers holds an approximately one-third stake, will lead a US$8,6bn acquisition of game maker Supercell, getting its hands on some of the industry’s most popular mobile titles through

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The incredible story of Alibaba

In 2015, the total value of e-commerce in China was US$603bn. Of that, $485bn, or 80%, went through Alibaba. The scale of the company’s dominance in the country is quite staggering, and speaking at the Consumer Goods

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China smashes e-commerce record

Internet giant Alibaba broke its own sales record of US$9,3bn during China’s “Singles Day” 24-hour online shopping binge on Wednesday, defying fears of an economic slowdown in the world’s

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Old Hollywood battles the tech upstarts

As long as you don’t think about it too hard, today’s entertainment is great. Think just a little and it’s actually amazing — you can watch it in a theatre; on your television set (old-fashioned pay TV or “over the top” on the Internet); and on your computer, tablet and smartphone