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The emergence of super apps in Latin America

The emergence of super apps in Latin America Thiago Paiva Contributor Share on Twitter Thiago Paiva is a fintech entrepreneur, writer and investor. He is the co-founder of Liquia Digital Assets, an investment platform for international investments using blockchain technology. The super apps WeChat and Alipay became an integral part of the […]

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How Zhihu’s become one of China’s biggest hubs for experts

How Zhihu’s become one of China’s biggest hubs for experts Zhihu may not be as well known outside of China as WeChat or ByteDance’s Douyin, but over the past eight years, it has cultivated a reputation for being one of the country’s most trustworthy social media platforms. Originally launched as a question-and-answer […]

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WeChat Pay and Alipay partner QFPay raises $20 million to develop new digital payment solutions

WeChat Pay and Alipay partner QFPay raises million to develop new digital payment solutions Digital payments startup QFPay announced today that it has raised $20 million in new funding led by returning investors Sequoia Capital China and Matrix Partners. MDI Ventures, the investment arm of state-owned Indonesian telecom Telkom Indonesia, Rakuten Capital […]

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Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric

Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric Just two years ago, investors were heavily pouring money into China’s dockless bike-sharing startups. Now that boom has busted with derelict bikes littering the streets of cities. Meanwhile, a new race has started for two-wheelers with motors — and one of the main players […]

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Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste

Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste China’s war on garbage is as digitally savvy as the country itself. Think QR codes attached to trash bags that allow a municipal government to trace exactly where its trash comes from. On July 1, the world’s most […]

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China’s Alipay adds sought-after beauty filters to face-scan payments

China’s Alipay adds sought-after beauty filters to face-scan payments In China, striving for accuracy in a piece of facial recognition software isn’t enough. As Alibaba’s e-wallet affiliate Alipay has recently demonstrated, the way software presents a user’s look is also crucial to its success. On Tuesday, Alipay announced on social media platform […]

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Splyt wants to connect the world’s ride-hailing apps for easy international roaming

Splyt wants to connect the world’s ride-hailing apps for easy international roaming The vision of a universal global ride-hailing service is over. Uber’s decision to exit markets like China, Southeast Asia and Russia coupled with the failure of its rivals to develop a proposed roaming system, means that global travelers must install multiple […]

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Cartier, Bulgari and other luxury brands are flocking to WeChat

Cartier, Bulgari and other luxury brands are flocking to WeChat Not long ago, people in China would need to visit a posh, stylish mall for luxury shopping. That’s rapidly changing as high-end brands race to embrace digital channels, which aren’t just the obvious options of ecommerce platforms or brand-owned sites. In China, […]

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Xiaomi’s budget Mi Band wearable now sports a color screen and voice assistant

Xiaomi’s budget Mi Band wearable now sports a color screen and voice assistant Xiaomi has refreshed its smart fitness tracker and unveiled a range of other gadgets in China, giving a glimpse at some of its affordable products that it will likely be bringing to other markets in the coming future. The […]

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TikTok owner ByteDance’s long-awaited chat app is here

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 video app that has consistently topped the iOS App […]

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