Alipay Gets Its License to Operate in China

Alipay, the online payment service of Alibaba Group recently spun off into a separate entity controlled by Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, has been granted its license to operate in China. No official comment yet from Yahoo, which owns 43 percent of Alibaba and has been involved in an increasingly heated discussion about the fact that it apparently owns none of Alipay.


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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