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WeChat is quietly ranking user behavior to play catch-up with Alibaba – TechCrunch

WeChat is quietly ranking user behavior to play catch-up with Alibaba – TechCrunch Over one billion people leave behind trails of information on WeChat every day as they use the messenger to chat, read, shop, hail rides, rent umbrellas and run many other errands. And the Tencent app has quietly …

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The next phase of WeChat – TechCrunch

The next phase of WeChat – TechCrunch Thousands of people gathered Wednesday night in a southern Chinese city for Zhang Xiaolong, Tencent’s low-key executive who built WeChat eight years ago. It’s no longer adequate to call the app a messenger, for it now enables myriads of functions that infiltrate Chinese …

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China’s WeChat is the latest to get Snap-like ‘Stories’ – TechCrunch

China’s WeChat is the latest to get Snap-like ‘Stories’ – TechCrunch WeChat, the Chinese messaging giant with over 1 billion monthly active users around the world, just added a Snap-like ephemeral video feature as part of its biggest overhaul since 2014. The revamp comes as Tencent, which owns stakes in Snap, …

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China to restart game approvals – TechCrunch

China to restart game approvals – TechCrunch As 2018 draws to a close, China’s gaming industry — which has been beaten by a nine-month-long freeze in license approvals — woke up to exhilarating news as officials announced that they have started to review new titles again. The much-coveted game licenses …

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ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger – TechCrunch

ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger – TechCrunch Earlier this year, the U.S. government tried to force Facebook to secretly recode its Messenger app to allow the feds to listen into an encrypted, real-time voice call on suspected members associated with the notorious …

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Pure Bit, a South Korean exchange, pulls a $2.8 million exit scam – TechCrunch

Pure Bit, a South Korean exchange, pulls a $2.8 million exit scam – TechCrunch Another day, another exit scam. This time it comes to us from South Korea where an exchange, Pure Bit, has completely shut down after raising $2.8 million in Ethereum from investors. The exchange, which promised to …

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James Patterson released a work of interactive fiction on Facebook Messenger – TechCrunch

James Patterson released a work of interactive fiction on Facebook Messenger – TechCrunch One of the world’s best-selling authors is experimenting with a new form of digital-first storytelling. James Patterson has partnered with Facebook to release his latest novel,‘The Chef’, on its messaging app. The thriller is available to read on Facebook Messenger …

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A digital revolution is reshaping Democratic campaigns – TechCrunch

A digital revolution is reshaping Democratic campaigns – TechCrunch Jordan Birnholtz Contributor Jordan Birnholtz is the cofounder of The Tuesday Company, which makes tools to help progressives organize in a digital world. Two weeks before the 2016 election, Bloomberg’s Joshua Green and Sasha Issenberg published a story about Trump’s brash, …

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