How China is tightening its grip on messaging apps
Aug08

How China is tightening its grip on messaging apps

The Chinese government seems to be further tightening its grip on messaging apps like WeChat. This week, the State Internet Information Office announced a new regulation that imposes restrictions on users of the services. Popularity of messaging apps in China Messaging apps are a huge deal in China. TenCent’s WeChat service is the dominant player, with somewhere in the region of 400 million users, although there are competitors,...

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Mapping the Social Commerce Revolution in Asia
Feb24

Mapping the Social Commerce Revolution in Asia

The convergence of social and e-commerce continues apace in Asia. More established e-commerce businesses, led by the likes of Alibaba and Rakuten, are investing heavily in social to maintain growth momentum and give them direct access to millions of users via social networks and messaging apps. One only needs to look at Rakuten’s $900 million acquisition of chat app Viber just last week, and Alibaba’s $586 million investment in the...

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