1. Uber buys mapping startup as tensions with Google grow
Uber is finally loosening its chokehold on the billions of dollars it’s raised over the years, with the acquisition of deCarta, a mapping software business that was founded back in 1996. It could signal Uber’s first step toward distancing itself from Google and Apple’s mapping services, which it currently relies on.
2. Amazon opens store on Alibaba to sell imported goods in China
Amazon already has its own e-commerce site geared for the country, but its share of China’s online retail market is only 0.8 percent, according to Beijing-based research firm Analysys International. Alibaba, in contrast, controls three quarters of the market.
3. Microsoft and Google collaborate on Angular 2 Framework, TypeScript language
4. PayPal PLUS, the new omnichannel payment service
PayPal PLUS provides sellers with more payment options, more sales opportunities and more customer convenience. Customers can check out using a variety of options across different screens, from smartphone to tablet or computer.
5. First ever AdWords app on Android
The app is designed to be used as a companion to the desktop version — meaning you can only maintain or adjust existing campaigns and view stats, you cannot set up campaigns from scratch. With this app AdWords users can keep an eye on their campaigns from wherever they are and act on things that needs attention, such as topping up a budget that’s running out.