TC Roundup: China to reap Alibaba windfall as tightens up on tax

23 Mar, 2015

China to reap Alibaba windfall as tightens up on tax: China could make billions of dollars from taxing gains made by employees of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group (BABA.N) who are free to sell their shares for the first time since its IPO, as the country tightens up its leaky mechanisms for tax collection. (Reuters)

UN women cancels partnership with Uber to create 1 million jobs: The United Nations backpedaled on plans to partner with Uber Technologies Inc. to create 1 million jobs for women within the next five years, amid pressure from labor union and non-governmental organizations.

The deal aimed at advancing gender equality was announced on March 10, when the San Francisco-based company sponsored the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration on women's rights and economic empowerment. Beyond that event there have been no discussions about pursuing the partnership, A UN spokeswoman said. (Bloomberg)

Facebook is testing an Android dialer with caller ID and automatic call blocking: Facebook is developing a new Android dialer that leverages the social network's massive database of phone numbers. The company confirmed the existence of the app, simply called Phone, but wouldn't offer any more details. "We are always testing things and have nothing to announce at this time," a Facebook spokesperson told VentureBeat. (Venture Beat)

Pakistan blocks WordPress in the name of National Day security: The blogging platform WordPress, used by millions of bloggers around the world, has been blocked in Pakistan, blogs from Pakistan report.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked ISPs (internet service providers) to block access to WordPress.com, says ProPakistani. This makes all blogs hosted on WordPress inaccessible. Self-hosted sites powered by WordPress, including Tech in Asia, are not affected by this. (Tech in Asia)