Amid intense scrutiny over TikTok, WeChat, the essential tool for Chinese people’s day-to-day life, is also taking the heat from the U.S. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told Fox Business on Sunday that “[TikTok] and WeChat are the biggest forms of censorship on the Chinese mainland,...

If you’ve read TechNode for any length of time, you’d know that Tencent, one of the world’s ten largest companies, has a massive video game empire. It owns stakes in the following game publishers and developers: 100% of Riot Games100% of Sharkmob84% of Supercell80% of Grinding Gear...

Weibo, one of China’s biggest social media platforms, said that it will start to block user links to all but a select number of websites within weeks, in an effort to fight fraud. Why it matters: The clampdown is likely close off the majority of the internet to the platform’s...

For the first time in two-year history, PUBG Mobile is getting an exclusive map. Android and iOS users can check out the battle royale's new Livik battleground starting today. With a playspace limited to about four square kilometers, Tencent says...

Beike, a Chinese online housing platform backed by Tencent and Softbank, is reportedly gearing up for a US listing that could raise $1 billion to $2 billion. Why it matters: Beike’s application for a listing on a US exchange bucks a trend among Chinese technology firms, which are turning to...

Alibaba and its mobile payment affiliate Alipay together hold the highest number of blockchain patents worldwide, though China lags significantly behind the US. Why it matters: The results of a study by the China Patent Protection Association indicate that China has a long way to go to match the...

While privacy and security of Chinese technology have been sources of concern for the Indian government, it was the recent border tensions that triggered Monday’s app ban. After reports of the deaths of 20 soldiers, right-wing activists called for the boycott of Chinese goods. Videos of people...

The top telecommunications regulator in India has asked telecom operators and internet service providers to block local user access to the 59 Chinese apps banned on Monday, local newspaper Telangana Today reported Wednesday. Why it matters: The move means users who have downloaded the banned...

Bytedance’s mega app Tiktok has been removed from Android and Apple app stores in India, its second-largest market, following a Monday ban on 59 Chinese apps on national security concerns. The ban comes two weeks after a border clash with China left 20 Indian soldiers dead.  Among those...

Following media reports, Chinese internet giant Tencent finally confirmed the purchase of Malaysia-based video streaming platform iflix. In a statement to Dealstreet Asia, Tencent stated that the purchase is part of its strategy to expand WeTV, its international streaming platform, across Southeast...

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s $40 billion surge this week and the recent ascent of Pinduoduo Inc. have reshuffled the ranking of China’s richest people.The...

Over the past few years, Snapchat has been building up an increasingly complex weave of partnerships. They have their advertising partners that power the vast majority of their monetization efforts. They have app developers on Snap Kit that they are also selling new features like CameraKit and...

Tencent-backed movie-ticketing platform Maoyan Entertainment appointed China Literature CEO Cheng Wu a non-executive director Tuesday. In addition to running China’s largest fan fiction-style literature platform, Cheng is also a vice president at Tencent and Tencent Pictures’ CEO. Why it...

As China’s economy is experiencing a big hit from the coronavirus pandemic, internet giants like Tencent are looking into lower-tier markets for new growth opportunities. In 2025, physical goods in lower-tier markets will account for 45% of total online retail sales in China, or some RMB 8.1...

Indonesian ride-hailing giant gojek today named Facebook and PayPal as new investors in its latest funding round. Existing investors Google and Tencent, who first made investments in the company in 2018, also made a comeback in this undisclosed funding round. In a press statement, gojek stated that...

Gaming development startup Carry1st has raised a $2.5 million seed round led by CRE Venture Capital . That brings the company’s total VC to $4 million, which Carry1st will deploy to support and invest in game publishing across Africa. The startup — with offices in New York, Lagos, and South...

Chinese internet giant Tencent announced Tuesday it will invest RMB 500 billion (around $69.9 billion) into cloud computing and other technologies over the next five years. Why it matters: While the Shenzhen-based company said the investment plan is a response to Beijing’s call for investment...