Iris Deng

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14 Nov 2018 | 3:30 PM

Tencent seeks to kill silo culture that gave it WeChat as it expands into AI, big data

Tencent's management is out to promote more cooperation across different groups as part of a business restructuring, even though flagship messaging and social media app WeChat came about from internal rivalry.

The days of silos and ultra-competitive internal teams are over, say Tencent execs. — Reuters
12 Nov 2018 | 12:00 PM

Digital economy and AI key to China’s post-Internet future

Tencent will allocate US$140mil (RM 585mil) to establish an award for young researchers in fundamental science and cutting-edge core technologies.

The World Internet Conference, the brainchild of disgraced former Internet tsar Lu Wei, has been held annually since 2014 in the picturesque canal town of Wuzhen in northern Zhejiang province. — SCMP
9 Nov 2018 | 1:30 PM

Tencent says it will protect minors who play its games regardless of impact on revenue

Tencent this week said it would require all players of its mobile and personal computer games to verify their identities against police databases from next year.

The latest announcement by Tencent forms part of its broad effort to address the government’s call for gaming companies to do more to protect the nation’s youth from addiction. — SCMP
5 Oct 2018 | 7:00 PM

Tencent Music IPO filing offers glimpse into world of Chinese online karaoke

Online karaoke, like social commerce and live-streaming, are being embraced in China as companies and internet users experiment with new formats to deliver entertainment and sell products and services.

Online karaoke is being embraced in China as companies and internet users experiment with new formats to deliver entertainment and sell products and services. — SCMP
4 Oct 2018 | 4:00 PM

Chinese travel giant Ctrip partners with Splyt to push into international ride-hailing

The new ride-hailing feature offers greater convenience to Chinese tourists overseas and taps into the growing trend where a range of services can be offered within a single app.

Ctrip has been stepping up its global presence with a string of acquisitions, including India’s largest online travel agency MakeMyTrip and UK-based price comparison travel search site Skyscanner. — SCMP
4 Oct 2018 | 12:30 PM

Uber pedals into Europe’s bike-sharing market, as Chinese pioneers pull out after vandalism issues

The move forms part of the US ride-hailing giant’s strategy to establish a super app for all of its users’ urban transport needs.

Uber plans to introduce its bike-sharing service in Berlin before launching in other major cities in the continent. — SCMP
2 Oct 2018 | 5:00 PM

Tencent restructures with eye on industrial internet as gaming business slows

A recent string of investments, including in smart retail, is expected to help drive Tencent’s shift to more enterprise solutions.

Tencent will also form a new technology committee that will create an internal platform for the sharing and collaboration of fundamental technologies within the company and apply them to different industries. — SCMP
12 Sep 2018 | 8:00 PM

QQ, China's 'granddaddy' of social media scene, gains new life by appealing to Gen Z

In China’s fast-changing technology space where new options pop up almost every day, the ability of platforms to maintain a loyal following can often mean life or death.

When QQ was first launched, each user was simply issued with a unique QQ number, user name and profile, which enabled them to chat with other desktop PC users. — SCMP
21 Aug 2018 | 1:06 PM

Chinese Internet users surge to 802 million in test of government’s ability to manage world’s biggest online community

China is home to the world’s biggest online community, with about two in five Chinese still offline.

There are now as many Internet users in China as there are people in the US, Indonesia and Brazil combined. And two in five Chinese are still offline. — SCMP
8 Aug 2018 | 7:30 PM

Tencent Cloud says 'improper operations' led to data loss for client

Tencent Cloud said employees broke operational rules concerning data relocation and improvements are being made.

Tencent Cloud announced a series of improvement measures in the statement, without offering the customer an immediate solution. — SCMP