Alibaba snaps up online retailer Daraz

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Chinese online retailer company Alibaba has snapped up Pakistani e-commerce firm Daraz, as the former looks to expand its presence in South Asia. Financial details of the transaction were recently announced and undisclosed for the public. Backed by European tech incubator Rocket Internet, Daraz founded in 2012 and operates in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The deal marks another foray for billionaire entrepreneur Jack Ma's company into the South Asian market. The e-commerce titan invested in India's popular payment app Paytm in 2015.

"Together with Daraz, we can now empower entrepreneurs to better serve consumers in the region through our technology and expertise," Alibaba’s CEO, Daniel Zhang said in a statement.

Outlook users can now pay bills using the webmail service

Microsoft recently announced that its payment service would be integrated with Outlook in a bid to better incorporate bill pay and invoices into emails. It was one of the modifications to Outlook that would let developers to better engage with users.

The Microsoft Pay system would let users make payments through emails without having to switch to other apps. The company said that initial payment partners include Stripe and Braintree, while billing service Zuora and invoicing services including FreshBooks, Intuit, Invoice2Go, Sage, Wave, and Xero would also be among the companies working with the new Outlook capability. Microsoft Pay will be rolled out to some users over the next few weeks, while more users will receive the capability over the next few months.

All the female fitness freaks, Fitbit has good news for you!

Fitbit has introduced two new features: Female health tracking, available on the iOS and Windows apps (with Android coming later), and quick replies for Android users with an Ionic or Versa. In addition to that, Fitbit has also announced that it now supports several additional health-related apps.

The company announced that female health tracking was coming a couple months ago when the company unveiled the Versa. It lets the user log data about their menstrual cycle and record details about symptoms like cramps or acne. Fitbit will then take this information to make cycle predictions that should get more accurate the longer they use it (and actively log information). You can then see this information along with all your other Fitbit data, like activity, sleep, and weight, in one place within the app. Starting this month, Fitbit users who have identified themselves as female in their profile will receive a notification that female health tracking is available, and they can opt-in.