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China Roundup: Tencent’s NBA test, TikTok parent deepens education push

China Roundup: Tencent’s NBA test, TikTok parent deepens education push Welcome to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of events that happened at major Chinese tech companies and what they mean to tech founders and executives around the world. The talk about U.S.-China relationships over the past two weeks has centered heavily on […]

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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 restricts controversial video face-swapping app Zao, citing “security risks”

WeChat restricts controversial video face-swapping app Zao, citing “security risks” Zao went viral in China this weekend for its realistic face-swapping videos, but after controversy about its policies, WeChat restricted access to the app on its messaging platform. Developed by a unit of Momo, one of China’s most popular dating apps, Zao […]

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TikTok-parent is getting into mobile search

TikTok-parent is getting into mobile search China’s ByteDance, which owns popular video sharing app TikTok, is already working to enter the smartphone business and the music streaming space. It appears the world’s most valued startup also has ambitions about developing its own search engine. Kind of. A company spokesperson told TechCrunch on Thursday […]

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Alibaba to help Salesforce localize and sell in China

Alibaba to help Salesforce localize and sell in China Salesforce, the 20-year-old leader in customer relationship management (CRM) tools, is making a foray into Asia by working with one of the country’s largest tech firms, Alibaba. Alibaba will be the exclusive provider of Salesforce to enterprise customers in mainland China, Hong Kong, […]

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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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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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China to lose top spot to U.S. in 2019 gaming market

China to lose top spot to U.S. in 2019 gaming market China is losing its global lead in games. By the end of 2019, the U.S. will replace China as the world’s largest gaming market with an estimated revenue of $36.9 billion, says a new report from research firm Newzoo. This will mark […]

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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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