Sina Will Focus on Mobile in Alibaba Alliance as Earnings Falter

BEIJING, China — Sina Corp., owner of China’s largest Twitter-like service, will push into mobile e-commerce through an alliance with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to revive flagging advertising sales. Alibaba, operator of the Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com retail sites, will help Sina better target merchants wanting to place ads on its Weibo microblog service, Sina Chief Executive Officer Charles Chao said on a call today after the company posted a first-quarter loss. The call marks Sina’s first public comments detailing the partnership since Alibaba paid $586 million for an 18 percent stake in Weibo in April. Sina is focusing on mobile platforms to bolster earnings from advertising, its biggest sales contributor, after recording the smallest revenue gain in three years in 2012.…

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Twitter’s Costolo Sees Opportunity in Wearable Health Gadgets

Dick Costolo | Source: Courtesy photo

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said the online service for 140-character messages is increasingly being used to track personal health with wearable computing gadgets such as Nike Inc.’s fitness devices.

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The Long View | Big Data Will Change All Aspects of the Fashion Industry

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier | Source: Courtesy Photo

Big data is set to fundamentally change the way we understand the world and make decisions. BoF speaks with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, authors of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think to understand the forces at play and the implications for fashion.

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Trio of Influential VCs to Invest in Services for Google Glass

Google Glass | Source: Google

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Three influential venture capital firms are teaming up to find and finance entrepreneurs who want to create applications and other accessories for Google Glass. That's an Internet-connected device that is setting out to turn wearable computing into the latest fashion trend.

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