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China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said Wednesday it would invest $1 billion into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to challenge Amazon.com Inc.'s lucrative Web Services division, opening a global front in the battle between the two e-commerce giants.Amazon led the global cloud infrastructure market with a 28 percent share in 2014, trailed by Microsoft, IBM and Google Inc. at 10, 7 and 5 percent respectively, according to Synergy Research Group.Although Amazon counts some of the largest companies on the Internet among its 1 million customers, Aliyun says it has amassed 1.4 million customers – amounting to over 20 percent market share in China – largely thanks to the countless Chinese sellers who host their online storefronts with Alibaba.
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