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TikTok maker ByteDance launches a new casual game store and indie publisher to take on Tencent and NetEase
The mobile game store Danjuan Games and indie publisher Pixmain represent a renewed focus on less complex games for ByteDance. The social app giant has struggled with mid-core games Art of War: Infinity Evolution and JJ Street Basket in its effort to take on its Chinese rivals.
There have been 85 reports of unlawful sexual intercourse between January and September this year, compared with 71 over the same period last year. ‘Sextortion’ cases jumped to 616 during the first three quarters of this year from 171 over the whole of last year.
Experts say deepfakes have the potential to disrupt financial markets and aid fraud, but there remain few real-world examples so far. People in China are growing increasingly concerned about deepfakes and biometric data leaks as the use of facial recognition grows.
Meituan’s new WeChat mini-program MLive features live-streams by merchants including hair salons, dental clinics and beauty parlours.
Privacy, usage issues mark lukewarm response to Hong Kong’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app ‘Leave Home Safe’
Public response to the Hong Kong government’s newly launched Covid-19 contact-tracing app has been lukewarm, with usage difficulties and privacy fears among top concerns.
China now has more gamers than the entire populations of the US, Japan, Germany, France and the UK combined. Mobile games accounted for nearly three quarters of the sector’s total revenue, raking in 50.8 billion yuan.
Singles’ Day: Livestreaming e-commerce draws in viewers using giant pancakes, VR gaming and other gimmicks
Sellers use livestreaming to sell everything from bags of sweet potatoes to Cartier jewellery during annual Chinese shopping festival, the largest of its kind. Livestreaming e-commerce sees a burst of activity this year after getting a boost from the Covid-19 pandemic.
A 5G pioneer, China is one of the few countries that can already make an initial assessment of the uses of this new mobile phone standard.
The PlayStation 5 does not have a release date in China yet, but scalpers are already accepting pre-orders for for US$1,500 to US$2,000. Consoles are not nearly as popular as PC or mobile gaming in China, but avid gamers are eagerly awaiting Sony’s next-generation device.
Local and central governments have spent billions of yuan building camera surveillance networks but it’s not an all-seeing system, researchers say. The technology is not linked nationwide but it may be just a matter of time, they say.