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Deliveroo confirms deactivation of customer’s account over ‘wholly unacceptable’ delivery notes, while Foodpanda investigates similar incident. Equal Opportunities Commission says such requests for South Asian drivers not to deliver their food are within the law, but challenges the conduct.
Chinese gaming giant NetEase has reportedly asked staff at its Beijing office to work from home after an employee tested positive for Covid-19. NetEase’s Beijing office is near those of several other major Chinese internet companies including Tencent and ByteDance.
The future of China’s most popular app WeChat is short videos and livestreaming, says creator Allen Zhang
WeChat is a relatively late entrant in the short video and livestreaming market, which has seen a surge in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past five years, the number of daily video messages posted on WeChat has increased 33 times while video content on WeChat Moments is up tenfold.
Pinduoduo confirmed the deaths of two young workers recently, sparking debate over a culture of overworking in China’s tech companies. A ‘996’ work schedule of 12 hours a day, six days a week has become an unwritten standard for many of the country’s tech firms.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma delivers video speech to China’s rural teachers in first public appearance in three months
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, makes his first public appearance after nearly three months of being out of public view. Ma told teachers that he has been ‘learning and thinking’, according to a report published by an official local news service.
Tencent super app WeChat celebrates a decade of influence in China’s online world, but are its best years behind it?
WeChat has helped make Tencent the largest company in Asia and propelled its market capitalisation to US$800bil, the sixth biggest globally. While WeChat does not have to worry about foreign competition, it is facing a fierce fight from emerging domestic rivals like ByteDance.
Food delivery workers want more legal protections after Ele.me driver sets himself on fire to protest unpaid wages
Ele.me promises safety upgrades after a self-immolation and the death of a driver has again put gig economy in the national spotlight. More than 60% of delivery drivers do not have access to social security in China, a legally mandated expense that employers sidestep with gig workers.
Entrepreneur Luo Yonghao, founder of Smartisan, once boasted of surpassing Apple’s innovation in smartphones and other devices. By 2019, Luo was scrambling to pay off Smartisan’s debts amid an economic slowdown in China.
YouTuber Hamzy apologises for adding a thumbs-up to comments online about China claiming kimchi as its own, which Chinese Internet users took as an insult. The origin of the fermented cabbage dish is a hot-button issue between China and South Korea, as Chinese celebrity vlogger Li Ziqi found out last week.
Once a leader, Xiami saw its monthly active users (MAUs) fall to 22.4 million by October 2020, a tiny fraction of the 450 million for Tencent’s three music apps. Founder Wang Hao’s laid back style was reflected in Xiami’s philosophy of focusing on the music first but it may have also contributed to the decline.