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.

WeChat is censoring photos from Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests

As Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests continue to gather momentum and attention, Hong Kong’s denizens are sharing photos of the...

  • October 2, 2014
  • at 1:13 am
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Tencent pays $736 million to take 20% stake in 58.com, China's answer to Craigslist

Tencent now has 24% stake in 58.com, China’s answer to Craigslist

Tencent has paid over US$830 million to accumulate this stake in 58.com, which is China’s answer to Craigslist.

  • September 29, 2014
  • at 11:02 am
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New Tencent deal with China’s biggest oil company means you could soon pay for a tank of gas with WeChat

Tencent and Sinopec will work together in mobile payments, big data, and navigation.

  • September 15, 2014
  • at 11:47 am
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Sensors on the reverse side of the watch. The "digital crown" sits on the side. Straps are easily interchangeable: just press and slide.

Alibaba and Tencent are beating Apple Pay to the punch in China

Two of China's internet giants are already investing money to merge their e-commerce businesses with the country's retail vendors.

  • September 10, 2014
  • at 7:15 pm
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Fashion brands in China work hard to get dedicated followers on WeChat

Fashion brands in China work hard to get dedicated followers on WeChat

WeChat, China’s most popular mobile messaging app, has already become a handy tool for businesses in China to engage with Chinese customer...

  • September 1, 2014
  • at 2:29 pm
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WeChat and Alipay ramp up ecommerce race with new features for online and offline merchants

Alibaba has an edge in terms of the number of merchants already on board its Taobao marketplace, but WeChat has an advantage in its huge mob...

  • August 29, 2014
  • at 12:22 pm
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WeChat for the workplace chat app from China snags $20 million investment

The app, which describes itself as a "work version of WeChat", reports 800,000 registered users.

  • August 14, 2014
  • at 1:02 pm
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Boosted by WeChat, China's mobile gaming market worth $590 million in Q3 2013

WeChat reaches 438 million monthly active users as growth slows

WeChat is now at 438.2 million monthly active users (MAUs). The messaging app helped Tencent pull in over US$480 million from social gaming ...

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 5:17 pm
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New crackdown on WeChat in China mandates real-name registration and other curbs

Want to use WeChat? You better ‘abide by the socialist system’

Authorities in China today issued interim provisions that crack down on WeChat and other messaging apps.

  • August 7, 2014
  • at 5:42 pm
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WeChat gets v6.0 update, adds in Vine-like videos and Passbook-style wallet

WeChat gets v6.0 update, adds in Vine-like videos and Passbook-style wallet

WeChat gets a v6.0 update today – only on iOS so far – that adds in two useful new features. But, as often happens with WeChat, one of t...

  • September 30, 2014
  • at 3:41 pm
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China’s WeChat introduces in-store payments for Dairy Queen and 8 other chains

The popular social app wants to take your money, now.

  • September 15, 2014
  • at 12:17 pm
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Make a $2,000 purchase using only your name and email address with this Japanese startup

Paidy is diving into the risky side of payments by vouching for customer purchases.

  • September 12, 2014
  • at 3:58 pm
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Razer picks ecommerce partner to sell Nabu smartband in China

Razer picks ecommerce partner to sell Nabu smartband in China

The gaming ninjas at Razer revealed today that its Nabu smartband will arrive in China in Q4 with an exclusive online sales partner.

  • September 2, 2014
  • at 6:10 pm
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Tencent’s and Baidu’s $814M joint venture with Wanda signals the coming tide of in-store WeChat payments

China's largest tech corporations are rushing to penetrate an industry that's historically not tech-savvy - brick-and-mortar retail.

  • August 29, 2014
  • at 1:57 pm
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Individuals have free speech, groups are gagged: Harvard study shines light on China’s internet censorship

You can say pretty much whatever you want on Chinese social media without fear of being censored, as long as you don’t say it in unison wi...

  • August 26, 2014
  • at 5:11 pm
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WeChat gaming and World Cup push Tencent to $3.2 billion in revenue in Q2

WeChat gaming and World Cup push Tencent to $3.2 billion in revenue in Q2

Tencent’s profit hit RMB 5.84 billion (US$948.26 million) in Q2, up 59 percent on the same period a year ago.

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 5:58 pm
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iDreamSky IPO beats expectations, Cookie Run and Fruit Ninja to hit WeChat later this year

The mobile game publisher responsible for localizing international hits like Temple Run and Fruit Ninja for the Chinese market, iDreamSky, s...

  • August 8, 2014
  • at 10:41 am
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Social media in China beyond WeChat and Weibo

Life beyond WeChat and Weibo: 15 niche social networks in China

They’re not meant to replace WeChat or Weibo – indeed, many of these specialist social apps integrate with the country’s top social ne...

  • August 6, 2014
  • at 9:58 am
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