Beijing: Google’s latest effort to thaw relations with China involves an artificial intelligence pow-wow—and a game of Go. Years after Beijing locked out virtually every Alphabet Inc. service, executive chairman Eric Schmidt and a cadre of mid-level Chinese government officials kicked off a summit in the canal-laced town of Wuzhen Tuesday: a rare instance of the search leader working in tandem with the country’s bureaucrats at a high-profile public event.
Whenever there are whispers of any travel company looking for a buyer, the focus invariably turns to China and especially the big travel companies that dominate the market. HNA Group and Fosun have all made investments but Ctrip made the biggest splash with its $1.7 billion purchase of metasearch site Skyscanner in November. Although Ctrip is currently sitting on a large pile of cash, this doesn’t mean that it would just spend it on any old travel company that turns up asking for money.
will send 671 Australian jobs into Asia as part of an outsourcing round. Over the next 12 months, 463 internal Telstra jobs and 208 contractor roles will be sent abroad. The losses come from Telstra’s Global Services division as the company seeks to increase the amount of revenue and profit it generates from Asia. It is the latest in a series of outsourcing rounds to hit Telstra. Telstra’s network applications and services division is thought to be one of the main areas affected.