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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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LemonBox, which brings US vitamins to Chinese consumers, raises $2M – TechCrunch

LemonBox, which brings US vitamins to Chinese consumers, raises $2M – TechCrunch LemonBox, a Chinese e-commerce startup that imports vitamins and health products from the US, has raised $2 million to develop its business. The company graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent program in the U.S. and, fuelled by the …

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Apple Pay finally launches in Germany – TechCrunch

Apple Pay finally launches in Germany – TechCrunch Apple’s mobile payment technology has finally launched in Germany, some four years after it debuted in the U.S. On its newly launched Apple Pay website for Germany, Apple lists partner banks and credit card companies at launch, with customers from the likes …

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Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M – TechCrunch

Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M – TechCrunch South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. …

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday broke records with $1B+ in mobile payment volume – TechCrunch

Black Friday & Cyber Monday broke records with $1B+ in mobile payment volume – TechCrunch Black Friday broke records in terms of sales made from mobile devices, according to reports last week from Adobe. This week, PayPal said it saw a similar trend during the Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday shopping event. …

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SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service via WeChat – TechCrunch

SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service via WeChat – TechCrunch More posts by this contributor Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital Nigerian data analytics company Terragon acquires Asian mobile ad firm Bizense Forging another link between Africa and China’s digital economies, the …

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WeChat e-wallet teams up with Line to target Japan’s 7M Chinese tourists – TechCrunch

WeChat e-wallet teams up with Line to target Japan’s 7M Chinese tourists – TechCrunch China’s biggest chat app WeChat is set to make its payments service more ubiquitous in Japan, a popular outbound desitnation for Chinese tourists. On Tuesday, the Tencent-run messenger unveils a partnership with Japan’s Line chat app …

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Tencent e-wallet is following Alibaba to Hong Kong subways – TechCrunch

Tencent e-wallet is following Alibaba to Hong Kong subways – TechCrunch China’s payments giants have taken their battle to Hong Kong. Less than a week after Ant Financial announced adding QR codes to the city’s MTR public transport network of rail and buses, Tencent’s WeChat Pay unveiled a similar scheme …

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Hong Kong is adding QR code payments to its subway stations – TechCrunch

Hong Kong is adding QR code payments to its subway stations – TechCrunch A new dispatch from our ‘QR Codes Are Very Much Alive In Asia’ reporting program: Hong Kong’s subway system will soon allow its commuters to pay by scanning QR codes thanks to a deal with Alibaba that …

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