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China’s digital yuan wallets swell but usage lags

China’s digital currency has debuted on app stores with fanfare, with online wallets for the electronic yuan seeing mass adoption in the two weeks since a public launch, yet ...

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Biden administration reviewing app security recommendations

The Biden administration is holding talks among federal agencies about the security of Americans’ data and whether the US government has adequate tools.

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China regulator proposes cybersecurity review for some Hong Kong IPOs

China’s cyberspace regulator has proposed requiring companies pursuing share listings in Hong Kong to apply for cybersecurity inspections if they handle data that concerns na...

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Tencent asks Douyin to start showing some copyrighted content

ByteDance’s Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, said it had received a request from Tencent to allow short videos, based on Tencent’s copyrighted films and TV shows,...

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Tencent says ‘loophole’ allowed WeChat searches on Google, Bing

WeChat has fixed a glitch that allowed some of its content to be searchable by external search engines, the owner of China’s most popular messaging app has said, raising ques...

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WeChat makes content searchable on Google and Bing

WeChat has made its content searchable on some foreign search engines such as Google and Bing, checks have showed, in the latest tearing down of “walled gardens” in Chi...

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Newspaper: China regulators should act further to free up apps’ access to rivals’ links

Chinese internet platforms have not gone far enough in unblocking external links, as instructed by authorities, and relevant government bodies should take further action to interve...

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US agency submits initial recommendations on app data security to White House

The US Commerce Department has said it submitted an initial set of recommendations on data security under an executive order signed by Joe Biden.

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Chinese version of TikTok to limit use of app by those under 14

Chinese short video app Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, said that all of its authenticated users below the age of 14 will now access the app in a “youth mode”, i...

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New regulations: China tells tech giants to stop blocking rivals’ links

China fired a fresh regulatory shot at its tech giants, telling them to end a long-standing practice of blocking each other’s links on their sites or face consequences.

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Australia considering new laws for Apple, Google, WeChat digital wallets

The Australian government is considering new laws that would tighten the regulation of digital payment services by tech giants such as Apple and Google.

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Chinese social media platforms to “rectify” financial self-media accounts

China’s top social media platforms, Wechat, Douyin, Sina Weibo and Kuaishou, have said they would begin to rectify irregular practices of “self-media” accounts th...

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Ethiopia to build local rival to Facebook, other platforms

Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications ...

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Tencent will inspect WeChat’s ‘youth mode’ after prosecutors initiate lawsuit

Tencent said it would investigate the functions of its popular social messaging app WeChat’s “youth mode”, after Beijing prosecutors initiated a civil public-inte...

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International investor concerns mount over China’s tech rout

International investors were feeling bruised and uncertain on Tuesday as a third day of heavy selling hammered China’s top tech stocks and began to seep into currency and deb...

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