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Alibaba launches $15-bn R&D drive

The firm plans to launch 8 research bases in China, Israel, the United States, Russia and Singapore

Cate Cadell | Reuters  |  Beijing 

China’s top e-commerce firm, Alibaba Group Holding, is launching a $15-billion drive to build overseas research hubs as the deep-pocketed firm looks to compete with global leaders in e-commerce, logistics and cloud technology. The Alibaba ‘Damo’ academy would launch eight research bases in China, Israel, the United States, Russia and Singapore and was hiring 100 researchers to work on artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing and fintech, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. “The Alibaba DAMO Academy will be at the forefront of developing ...

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First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 02:00 IST
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