Chinese E-Commerce Giant 360buy Raises $1.5 Billion From Russian Investment Group

China’s leading e-commerce Web site 360buy.com has raised a massive round of funding from Russian Internet investment group Digital Sky Technologies, known for investing in Groupon and Facebook. DST contributed $500 million of the $1.5 billion round, Reuters reports. The company, which is preparing for an IPO in 2013, previously raised funding from Wal-Mart Stores.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work