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Friends in Beijing

Follow me on WeChat<p>My friend Ken Hong is gonna get my WeChat up to the next level! You can follow me there at “TreyRatcliffChina” if you wish! …

China

Nuclear secrets and deadly coffees: A look at Australian fake news on Chinese social media

Like many people around the world, citizens in China are now getting much of their news from social media instead of traditional news outlets.<p>But the …

Social Media

Farfetch’s Latest Acquisition Gives Brands Like Manolo Blahnik a Leg Up in China

Luxury has its sights set on China, and Farfetch is helping put the country within arm’s reach.<p>The e-commerce retailer announced this week that it …

Fashion Industry

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News - Russia 2018 most engaging FIFA World Cup ever - FIFA.com

The FIFA official app for the tournament became the number one sports app in over 128 countries, while <b>FIFA.com</b> was ranked as the number one football …

FIFA World Cup

Guangzhou court to streamline submission of evidence from WeChat, QQ

Nansha District People’s Court in Guangzhou will allow easier acceptance of electronic records from QQ, WeChat, Alipay, and other internet platforms …

Technology (China)

Google has snuck its way back into China through an AI game on WeChat

<i>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.</i><p>Google launched an AI-driven game on the Tencent-owned WeChat app on Wednesday as it seeks a re-entrance into the …

Apps

Google AI guesses what you're drawing in a mini app released for WeChat in China

(Credit: Google/Alphabet)<p>With the Google Play Store banned in China, it's not easy for the company to get its apps in front of users in that country. However, the WeChat texting app is China's de facto communications platform, and it has its own app store. So this week, Google launched Caihua …

Apps

Farfetch acquires Chinese social media tech firm

Online fashion platform Farfetch has acquired a Chinese tech firm as part of its efforts to woo Asian customers in the luxury goods sector.<p>The …

Business (UK)

Farfetch Buys China Agency to Bring Luxury Brands to WeChat

Online fashion retailer Farfetch U.K. Ltd is buying a Chinese digital marketing agency to help sell luxury brands to consumers on Tencent Holdings …

eCommerce

Making a phone call in India is now nearly free

There’s never been a better time to say “Hello!” in India.<p>Rising competition and the popularity of internet-based calls have made voice calls nearly free in India.<p>Over the last two years, voice-call charges in India have fallen nearly 70%. In March this year, a minute of an outgoing call costs …

India

MCM WeChat Campaign: How To Create a Pop-Up Shop That Works

Pop-up stores are becoming popular with luxury brands as a cost-effective way to create a social media buzz. These one-time events expand offerings …

Marketing

WeChat’s exclusive emojis express emotions Western apps cannot

It is very difficult to talk to Chinese people without using emojis. Whenever a Chinese friend Facebook messages me, I feel compelled to reply with WeChat because there are messages and nuances that can only be expressed with emojis that only exist on WeChat.<p>The difference between emojis on Chinese …

Apps

Farfetch acquires CuriosityChina to expand its social media efforts on the Mainland

Farfetch — the e-commerce startup that works with some 900 high end fashion boutiques and labels to present and sell clothes, shoes, accessories and jewellery online, and we and others have heard is gearing up for a $6 billion IPO — is making an acquisition to double down China, one of the …

Social Media

Abandoned boy's 406 days of life with 'angels in white'

Duoduo, a poor yet lucky boy, died after being surrounded with love and care for 406 days.<p>Abandoned by his parents soon after he was born, Duoduo was …

News (China)

Google increases presence in China with AI game on WeChat

Google has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) game on WeChat, as the company slowly increases its presence in China.<p>The Google game has …

Branding

Google's latest bet on China is a doodle game

Google’s search engine and Gmail aren’t available in China, but its doodle game is.<p>When Google (GOOGL) released Cai Hua Xiao Ge (Pictionary with …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Edges Back Into China With WeChat AI Game

<b>Google LLC</b> has launched a Pictionary-like game in China, powered by its artificial intelligence (AI) technology, in the company’s latest attempt to …

Artificial Intelligence

China's largest self-service bookstore opens in Shenzhen

Self-service bookstore, facial recognition, and mobile payment became a reality in Longgangcheng branch of Shenzhen Bookmall after the mall concluded …

China

Friday Tech Briefing: Google, WeChat Pay, Koolearn

<b>BIG TECH COMPANIES</b><p><b>1. Didi Chuxing Drives Into Japan With SoftBank</b><p><b>What</b>: Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is rolling out its service in Japan …

News (China)

China’s booming WeChat app universe now includes a Google mini-app

In its latest China overture, search giant Google announced Wednesday (July 18) on its Chinese blog (link in Chinese) it launched an applet called Caihua Xiaoge (猜画小歌) in China. But it’s not on Google Play—which isn’t even available in China.<p>Instead, it lives inside the app universe created within …

Apps

China’s Groupon Is on Offer—at Full Price

Pinduoduo’s user numbers are growing rapidly, but the IPO still looks expensive<p>Pinduoduo broke into China’s e-commerce scene by offering discounts, but buying its growth won’t come cheap.<p>China’s answer to Groupon, the three year-old company is looking to raise up to $1.6 billion—a sum that would …

eCommerce

Why the local search marketplace would benefit from a super-app

Contributor Wesley Young looks at how WeChat works, what the chances are of a similar app development here in the US and what integrated interfaces …

Local Search

Google takes steps back into Chinese market with Wechat AI game

Google launched an AI game for Tencent's WeChat app on Wednesday, pushing its way further into the Chinese market.<p>The game, whose name translates roughly to "Guessing Little Songs," has players team up with an AI partner guess what their human rivals (and their accompanying AIs) are drawing, …

China

Google AI launches Quick Draw-like WeChat game to showcase neural networks in China

Over the past year, Google has been slowly returning to China via partnerships, investments, and apps. The latest is not a standalone application, but rather a drawing mini game for WeChat where machine learning plays a major role.<p>Similar to Facebook Messenger, WeChat houses a lot of third-party …

Machine Learning

Chinese tech giant Tencent plans to expand its US payments footprint — despite ongoing trade war

Tencent will step up its efforts to expand its payment service WeChat Pay to the U.S., an executive at the Chinese technology giant told CNBC, …

China

Google launches a WeChat mini game in China

<i>(Updated 19th July, 2018.)</i><p>Remember Google’s Quick, Draw! -- the online drawing game released in 2016 that lets an AI guess what you are …

Technology (China)

HTML5 game publisher FRVR secures $3 million in funding

<b>Newsbrief:</b> FRVR, a game publisher that deals heavily in HTML5 titles, has secured a $3 million investment at the close of its seed funding round. …

Game Development

Google launches its first WeChat mini program as its China experiments continue

Google is continuing to test new strategies in China after the U.S. search giant released its first mini program for WeChat, the country’s hugely popular messaging app.<p>WeChat is used by hundreds of millions of Chinese people daily for services that stretch beyond chat to include mobile payments, …

Google Play

Google's latest move to crack China: A WeChat game

Google is trying a new way to crack China, a market where its major services remain blocked.<p>The company said in a blog post Wednesday that it launched an artificial intelligence game on WeChat, the country's biggest social media platform owned by Chinesetech giant Tencent (TCEHY).<p>Caihua Xiaoge, or …

Artificial Intelligence

Google launches game on Tencent's Wechat as it eyes China market

© Reuters. The logo of Google is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris<p>BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) …

Artificial Intelligence