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"we Will Beat America Out Of Its Wits": China Trade War Song Goes Viral

A song titled "Trade War," has gone viral on one the largest Chinese social media platforms, WeChat, generating more than 100,000 views amid a deepening trade war between the US and China. The song begins with a chorus singing "Trade war! Trade war!...
Related topics: China, Social Media

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Huawei May Debut Its Android Alternative As Soon As This Fall

Huawei's consumer business CEO Richard Yu reportedly said the company's own mobile OS will debut as early as this fall. Huawei hasn't confirmed plans to launch its OS, and Yu supposedly shared the information in a private WeChat...
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Nepal Bans Use Of Chinese Digital Wallets Over Forex Concerns

WeChat Pay and Alipay are immensely popular digital payment applications in China and are used by a majority of Chinese tourists travelling abroad.
Related topics: China

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Tiktok Owner Bytedance’s Long-awaited Chat App Is Here

In WeChat -dominated China, there’s no shortage of challengers out there claiming to create an alternative social experience. The latest creation comes from ByteDance, the world’s most valuable startup and the operator behind TikTok, the...
Related topics: Startup, Tech Videos

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Anita Gou Feels Like “a Unicorn” As A Young, Female, Asian Producer & Pursues “projects...

Anita Gou found out she had two films going to Sundance this year via WeChat, while she was out on a road trip in Taiwan. It was a fitting way to find out for someone with such strong international connections. One was Lulu Wang’s...

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Blackberry Messenger Is Shutting Down After Nearly 14 Years (unless You Pay)

Before there was WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or WeChat, there was BlackBerry Messenger. Launched in August of 2005, BBM was the first popular mobile chat to pull people away from text messages or desktop clients.  Nearly 14 years later, the...
Related topics: BlackBerry, Mobile Technology, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Facebook, Social Media

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Why Facebook Will Have A Hard Time Becoming The Next Wechat

Mark Zuckerberg recently posted an article that got a great deal of attention entitled “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking.” He said the platform would focus on simple, private interactions and blending functions for Facebook,...
Related topics: Facebook, Social Media, Facebook Messenger, Mark Zuckerberg

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Is This A Better Way To Own Tencent?

There's an awful lot to like about Chinese internet giant Tencent (NASDAQOTH: TCEHY).It's the world's largest video game distributor and an investor in many of the world's leading video game studios. It owns China's "super app," WeChat, which more t
Related topics: Business Videos, China

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Censored On Wechat: #metoo In China

In China, authorities see #MeToo as a political threat.Chinese students displayed anti-sexual harassment banners at the January 20 Women's March in Washington, DC. Image via Voice of America, licensed for reuse. This post was written by the team...
Related topics: Censorship, China

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Yunji, A Startup That Enables Social Commerce Via Wechat, Files For $200m Us Ipo

China’s Pinduoduo was all the rage in 2018 as the e-commerce upstart quickly rose to challenge Alibaba and raised $1.63 billion through a Nasdaq listing. Much of its success was attributable to its link to WeChat, China’s messaging...
Related topics: Startup, China, Nasdaq, US Equity Markets

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Wechat Pay To Reportedly Take On Google Pay And Paytm In India Later This Year

Chinese tech giant Tencent is looking to enter India‘s payment market with a UPI-based (Unified Payments Interface) WeChat Pay app, according to Entrackr. The report notes Tencent execs met with the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI)...
Related topics: Google, Google (GOOG), India

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Sunday Assorted Links

1. Is ADHD creative? (speculative) 2. My sister in the Bergen Record. 3. “Peak California”? 4. Is Facebook trying to copy WeChat?  Tweetstorm on what Facebook may be up to, winners and losers.  And breaking up Big Tech. 5....
Related topics: Facebook, Social Media

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Mark Zuckerberg's Vision For Facebook Sounds A Lot Like China, Where I Couldn't Buy A Cup Of Coffee...

Mark Zuckerberg has laid out a vision of how Facebook services will become the backbone for the way people live online, Business Insider's Shona Ghosh writes. Zuckerberg's vision for Facebook is uncannily similar to how the WeChat app dominates...
Related topics: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Social Media

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Facebook's Vision Of Future? Looks Like Chinese App Wechat

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking the social media company in a new direction by focusing on messaging. Chinese tech giant Tencent got there years ago with its app WeChat.
Related topics: Facebook, Social Media, Mark Zuckerberg

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Censored On Wechat: Chinese Megastar Fan Bingbing's Tax Evasion Scandal — And Her Disappearance

Why were authorities censoring celebrity news on social media?Fan Bingbing and Hugh Jackman at X-Men Singapore Gala Premiere in 2014. Photo by Avery Ng (CC BY-SA 2.0) With more than 1.0825 billion individual users, along with more than 20 million...
Related topics: Censorship, Social Media, Festival, Entertainment Photos

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Censored On Wechat: A Year Of Content Removals On China's Most Powerful Social Media Platform

This post was written by Marcus Wang and Stella Fan of the WeChatscope, a research initiative at The University of Hong Kong. In China today, it is nearly impossible to live one's life without WeChat. What began as a chat app, similar to...
Related topics: Censorship, China, Social Media, Hong Kong

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Reddit Gets A $150 Million Investment From Tencent And Users Are Posting Memes To Mock The Deal

Reddit has received a $150 million investment from Tencent, the Chinese tech giant behind WeChat and League of Legends, sparking fears of censorship from Reddit users. The investment was first rumored last week, and led to Reddit users posting...
Related topics: Reddit, Censorship, Business Photos

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Meet The Little-known Chinese Wifi Startup That Rubs Shoulders With Wechat And Alipay

A service that connects people to WiFi hotspots for free turned out to be one of China’s most popular apps, nestling in the top ranks with Tencent’s WeChat messenger and Alibaba’s digital wallet affiliate Alipay. According to...
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New ‘wechat Home Screen’ Could Have Serious Ramifications For Apple, Say Analysts

Analysts say that an update to China’s WeChat platform could have ‘serious ramifications’ for both iPhone sales and Services income, further reducing the value of the Apple ecosystem in the country. One analyst said the update...
Related topics: Apple (AAPL), China

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Tencent's Biggest Social Rival Sets Its Sights On Wechat

Tencent's (NASDAQOTH: TCEHY) WeChat is the largest mobile messaging app in China, with 1.08 billion monthly active users (MAUs). It's also a growing ecosystem of over a million "mini programs" that let users make mobile payments, order food and...

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