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Online Learing

Online tutors boosting incomes as demand surges due to coronavirus lockdowns

Teacher Raven Kate De Leon is in demand, spending up to 10 hours a day at her home computer surrounded by mini cars and stuffed toys that she uses as props to inject fun into her E...

App Stores

Indoor cycling apps get leg-up from coronavirus shutdown

Cyclists deprived of their weekend ride with friends and fitness fanatics who can’t get to the gym are turning to online cycling workouts to help them stay in shape during th...

SoftBank

SoftBank Group’s market cap dips below domestic telco as scepticism grows

SoftBank Group Corp shares fell as much as 11.6% on Wednesday, with its market capitalisation dipping below the value of its domestic telco, as uncertainty grows over its managemen...

Tencent

Tencent set to hint at virus boost from quarantined gamers

China’s Tencent Holdings is set to give a glimpse of how the world’s largest gaming company has fared from the coronavirus outbreak after curbs forced millions to stay ...

Tencent

Tencent Music to see softer first quarter; beats fourth-quarter revenue estimates on paying user surge

China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group said the company would likely see “much softer” first-quarter revenue growth due to the COVID-19 outbreak, after it beat...

Social Media Giants

Social media giants warn of AI moderation errors as coronavirus empties offices

YouTube, Facebook and Twitter warned on Monday that more videos and other content could be erroneously removed for policy violations, as the companies empty offices and rely on aut...

COVID-19 coverage

Google coronavirus website opens for two California counties

Google sister company Verily launched a website late on Sunday that invites adults in northern California to answer questions about their recent health and travel that could result...

ByteDance CEO

Zhang Yiming, founder of ByteDance, gears up for the global stage

The founder of China’s ByteDance, owner of the wildly successful TikTok app, has for years aspired to make ByteDance the first Chinese firm to rival American internet giants ...

TikTok US

US senators seek to ban federal employees from using TikTok on their phones

Two GOP senators have introduced a bill aimed at banning federal employees from using Chinese social media app TikTok on their government-issued phones, amid growing national secur...

Facebook App

Spyware firm NSO seeks court sanctions against Facebook

Israel’s NSO Group is asking a California judge to sanction Facebook Inc for allegedly failing to abide by international law with regards to its lawsuit against the spyware m...

SoftBank

SoftBank’s founder ends Twitter absence over coronavirus worries

SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son may not be the most prolific Twitter user, but he has ended a three-year absence on the platform to express concern about the coronavirus outbreak, t...

Hong Kong

Hong Kong regulator considers easing strict data storage rules – sources

Hong Kong is considering softening new data storage rules, amid concerns of conflict with confidentiality laws elsewhere as authorities globally look to balance regulatory requirem...

Grindr

Grindr’s owner says to sell social media app for $608 million

The Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd said on Friday that it has agreed to sell Grindr LLC, a popular gay dating app it acquired in 2016, for about $608.5 million.

Tencent

Exclusive: Tencent-backed WeDoctor invites banks to lead $1 billion Hong Kong IPO, sources say

WeDoctor will push ahead with a Hong Kong listing and invite pitches from investments banks next week to lead an IPO valuing the Chinese healthcare platform at up to $10 billion, t...