Posts Tagged: WeChat

Tencent’s mobile chat app has been accused by some of being a copycat (and those complaints are not without merit), but that hasn’t stopped WeChat from growing at breakneck pace. With 300-million-plus users, it’s far and away the mobile chat app of choice in China, but perhaps more importantly, it’s probably the first Chinese social network to see real success overseas, with more than 40 million international users as of April 2013.



Stratechery goes solo: Ben Thompson on Asia, Apple, and the shifting tides of online media

Over the past ten years, traditional media outlets from the pre-internet era have been forced to compete with online media outlets of variou...

  • April 17, 2014
  • at 2:00 am
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LinkedIn’s biggest obstacle in China isn’t censorship, it’s culture

In a society where people guard their close connections and often keep their professional contacts a secret, how will LinkedIn get users to ...

  • April 15, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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As India's election starts, the BBC turns to messaging apps as a news channel

As India’s election starts, the BBC turns to messaging apps as a news channel

When India last held a general election in 2009, the country had fewer than 50 million internet users – a mere four percent of the populat...

  • April 7, 2014
  • at 6:54 pm
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Line now has 390 million users with Japan and Thailand as top countries

Today, along with the opening of a new Bangkok office, the makers of Line messaging app revealed its latest user numbers – 390 million...

  • March 27, 2014
  • at 4:45 pm
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Tencent just unleashed a secret weapon for WeChat that will terrify China’s Android app stores

China’s WeChat messenger (or Weixin, as it’s known domestically) comes packed with more tools than a Swiss army knife, and it...

  • March 21, 2014
  • at 8:27 pm
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WeChat sees resurgent growth, now has 355 million active users

Chinese web titan Tencent (HKG:0700) has just put out its Q4 2013 earnings report. Amidst the financial figures is the one number everyone w...

  • March 19, 2014
  • at 5:28 pm
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China's central bank considering tough regulations on online payments

After last week’s clampdown, China reportedly considering tough regulations on online payments

Late last week, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) moved to curb the rapid growth of online payments by banning in-person payments made usi...

  • March 18, 2014
  • at 12:56 pm
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WeChat and Alibaba hit as China bans online payments made using QR codes, virtual credit cards

WeChat and Alibaba hit roadbumps as China bans online payments made using QR codes, virtual credit cards

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) issued an edict late yesterday that bans two particular things: epayments made via QR codes, and onl...

  • March 14, 2014
  • at 2:10 pm
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Virtual credit cards boom in China as Tencent issues one for WeChat users

Within 24 hours of Alibaba announcing it would hand out one million “virtual credit cards”, rival web giant Tencent (HKG:0700) reveal...

  • March 12, 2014
  • at 1:30 pm
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Candy Crush Saga hits China with upcoming tie-in on Tencent’s WeChat

Fasten your seatbelts and get out your toothbrushes, because an avalanche of hard candy is about to hit China. The Wall Street Journal just ...

  • April 16, 2014
  • at 7:18 pm
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4 reasons why Asian tech companies are using flash sales to sell their stuff

Flash sales are becoming an increasingly popular way to sell products online. We're seeing the trend grow among Chinese tech companies, most...

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 2:44 pm
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Despite WhatsApp’s dominance in India, investors still bet on local chat apps like Hike

Indian instant messaging app Hike just received $14 million in funding from Bharti Softbank, according to the Economic Times. The app repo...

  • April 1, 2014
  • at 11:08 am
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WeChat’s latest update adds restaurant tagging as app seeks to boost local listings

WeChat (or Weixin, as it’s known domestically), China’s leading mobile messenger, released an update for iOS last week that brings a...

  • March 24, 2014
  • at 2:48 pm
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Tencent: $3.15 billion in profit in 2013 as company shifts focus to mobile, ecommerce

China’s Tencent (HKG:0700) has just published its Q4 and full-year 2013 earnings report, full of financial details and user numbers fo...

  • March 19, 2014
  • at 6:59 pm
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Tencent versus Alibaba: a complete guide to an increasingly fierce rivalry (INFOGRAPHIC)

Tencent (HKG:0700) is the world’s fourth largest web company, and Alibaba is on the verge of history’s largest tech IPO. Both o...

  • March 19, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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9 must-read tech stories in China this week

Major developments from Tencent and Alibaba this week as they take their e-commerce battle up another notch. But even these mighty firms hav...

  • March 16, 2014
  • at 10:32 am
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WeChat clamps down on political content, bans several outspoken bloggers

An alleged crackdown on WeChat this week led to at least a dozen public accounts being unexpectedly blocked. The accounts, most of which app...

  • March 14, 2014
  • at 12:32 pm
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After JD deal, a little-known online marketplace could be Tencent’s secret weapon against Alibaba

Many analysts view Tencent’s new 15 percent stake in China’s largest B2C marketplace JD (a.k.a. Jingdong) as a landmark move i...

  • March 11, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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