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Wechat’s Most Censored Topic Exposes A Delicate Propaganda Dance

Every big development in US-China trade tensions triggered a surge in censorship across China’s most popular messaging app. This post was written by the research team of WeChatscope, a censorship monitoring project, led by Dr. King-wa...
Related topics: Censorship, China

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This Hit App Is A Symbol Of The Uneasy Relationship Between China’s Tech Giants And The Party

An app to study Communist Party’s ideology has become the most popular free download on Apple’s China app store, surpassing live-streaming app Douyin, Tik Tok’s China version, and WeChat, a popular messaging app, late last...
Related topics: Apple's App Store, China

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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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In China, You Can Now Stalk Blacklisted Debtors On Wechat - Cnet

The country has been testing a mini program in the province of Hebei since last week.
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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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Wechat Is Quietly Ranking User Behavior To Play Catch-up With Alibaba

Over one billion people leave behind trails of information on WeChat every day as they use the messenger to chat, read, shop, hail rides, rent umbrellas and run many other errands. And the Tencent app has quietly started using this type of signal to...

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China Cracks Down On Twitter As Wechat Logs 1b Users And Astronomical Use Time

New reports from The New York Times detail some of the mind-boggling statistics and gravity that the sensationally popular WeChat messaging app yields across China. In a separate report, the paper details a government led initiative to silence...
Related topics: Twitter, Social Media

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The Next Phase Of Wechat

Thousands of people gathered Wednesday night in a southern Chinese city to hear Zhang Xiaolong, Tencent’s low-key executive who built WeChat eight years ago. It’s no longer adequate to call the app a messenger, for it now enables myriad...

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Tencent's Wechat To Get Voice Assistant, Bidu, Baba Take Note

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Nigerian Logistics Startup Kobo360 Raises $6m, Expands In Africa

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service over...
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Tencent And Line Team Up To Counter Alibaba In Japan

Tencent (NASDAQOTH: TCEHY) is partnering with Line (NYSE: LN) to provide mobile payment services to Japanese retailers according to a recent Nikkei report. Line will lease out terminals that are compatible with Tencent's WeChat Pay platform to small...
Related topics: Japan, US Equity Markets

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China’s Dominant Social App Wechat Rolls Out ‘selfie Stickers’ For Iphone

WeChat, or 微信 (Weixin) as it’s known inside China, dominates people’s digital lives in China in a way that no app does in the United States. It’s WhatsApp, Facebook’s news feed, Venmo, Uber, Tinder, and a gaming platform...
Related topics: China, Social Media, Selfies, Facebook

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Chinese Ransomware Locks 100,000 Devices, Asks For $16 Wechat Pay Ransoms

A ransomware strain dubbed "WeChat Ransom" infected more than 100,000 Chinese computers and encrypted their files asking for 110 yuan ($16) WeChat Pay ransoms to unlock their data. The malware also steals QQ, Taobao, JD, Baidu Cloud, Alipay,...
Related topics: Malware, Baidu

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Tencent E-wallet Is Following Alibaba To Hong Kong Subways

China’s payments giants have taken their battle to Hong Kong. Less than a week after Ant Financial announced adding QR codes to the city’s MTR public transport network of rail, Tencent’s WeChat Pay unveiled a similar scheme on...
Related topics: Hong Kong, China

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A Wechat-powered Hotel In China Lets You Check In, Enter Your Room, And Get Breakfast Through Your...

China’s biggest app, WeChat, partnered with InterContinental to open a smart hotel in Shanghai that lets users book rooms, remotely check in, and use their phones as key cards — all without requiring human assistance. Once they’ve completed...

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Wechat Is Spelling Trouble For App Stores (tcehy)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Tencent-owned WeChat now boasts over 1 million mini programs,...

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Wechat Reaches 1m Mini Programs, Half The Size Of Apple’s App Store

They may not be widely known outside of China, but Tencent’s mini program initiative to develop ‘apps’ that live outside of app stores is bearing fruit after it clocked two notable landmarks: 200 million daily users and one million...
Related topics: Apple's App Store, Apple

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Wednesday Assorted Links

1. There is now a transcript of my earlier podcast with the excellent David Perell. 2. Is capitalism saving the bees? 3. Why WeChat did not take off in India. 4. A reactionary renaming. 5. Markets in everything. The post Wednesday assorted links...
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