Silicon Beach Report Feb. 14: Mattel Partners with Alibaba to Develop Toys for ChinaTuesday, February 14, 2017
Mattel partners with Alibaba to develop toys for China, PewDiePie original YouTube show canceled following anti-Semitic comments, and ZestFinance launches service to rate credit for millennials without borrowing history.
Toy maker Mattel Inc. of El Segundo has partnered with Alibaba Group of Hangzhou, China to market and develop products for Chinese consumers, reports the Business Journal. Alibaba has agreed to offer its artificial intelligence lab to help develop education-focused products and content for Chinese consumers based on Mattel’s popular brands.
Google’s YouTube has canceled its original show “Scare PewDiePie” after the internet-star, Felix Kjellberg, known popularly as PieDiePie, posted a number of anti-Semitic videos, reports The Verge. PewDiePie is also being removed from the Google Preferred advertising program, which is reserved for its bigger and most marketable video stars.
ZestFinance announced new software for credit underwriting millennials with little to no credit history, according to a press release. The company’s software analyzes vast amounts of non-traditional credit data, such as the way potential borrowers fill out forms, to help lenders properly price debt and reduce risk.