Chinese Apps Become Popular Overseas

Chinese apps are popular overseas, especially in Russia, America and Japan last quarter. Tool, photography and video apps are the most popular ones. In Russia, the top 250 apps in the two largest stores—— App Store and Google Play enjoy over 222 million downloads, among which about 17.88 million comes from Chinese apps, with a…

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Apple tax won’t influence live-streaming platforms

Abstract: Apple has canceled the 30% “Apple tax” once attacked by domestic application developers that provide content service. Recently, the updated Apple Store Review Guidelines showed that Apps may enable individual users to give a monetary gift to another individual without using in-app purchase, provided that (a) the gift is a completely optional choice by…

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Apple will stop taxing in-app tipping, but how much content deserves customer’s tips?

Apple does give in on its tipping tax policy. On April 19th, wx-pai, Tencent’s official WeChat account, posted two notices in succession saying that the tip function of iOS’s WeChat platform will be closed. This news led to public guesses about the reason behind Tencent’s action. The widely acknowledged one is WeChat’s official explanation: According…

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Keep becomes China’s largest social sports platform

On August 13, Keep, China’s sports APP, announced that the number of registered users broke 100 million, which marked that Keep had become a member of mobile Internet club with more than 100 million users. It also marked the birth of China’s first sports App that had more than 100 million subscribers, and became China’s…

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With over 400 Million Users, How did Tencent’s WeSing Make a Fortune?

Under Tencent’s Internet expansion strategy, the company’s WeSing (lit. Karaoke for Everybody)—a karaoke app that wasn’t heavily invested in—became surprisingly popular. Aside from being relatively popular on the market, this free karaoke app has become the true embodiment of “making a fortune silently”. Li Chun, the managing director of the app, said there are already…

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Silicon Valley’s China Paradox

Li Zhifei has spent his professional career cross-pollinating the world’s two most vibrant innovation ecosystems. Born in central China at the dawn of reform and opening, Li graduated college in China and dove headfirst into the country’s dot com boom of the early 2000s. When that bubble burst, he headed to Johns Hopkins University for…

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After fighting with Baidu, JD.com may join the BAT Group

JD’s  (京东)closing price on June 26 was $43.08, raising their total market value to $61.149 billion. They are quickly approaching to Baidu’s total market value of $61.973 billion at the time, thus threatening the existing group of tech giants BAT: Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. In comparison, Baidu is lagging behind the other two in terms…

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Tencent’s dream to beat Toutiao

On March 24th, when Tencent announced COO Mark Ren as the new president of Online Media Group (OMG), it heralded a new era for Tencent to compete with Toutiao, a news cluster App which claims 600 million users in China. For Mark Ren, starting a new with a clean slate, this move had been in…

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