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What economic recovery? China’s delivery drivers just along for the ride as other opportunities remain elusive
Despite China’s economy seeing considerable growth in the third quarter, a large segment of its working class is still feeling effects of the pandemic. A total of 24.7% of industry-leading Meituan’s 2.95 million delivery riders had at least a bachelor’s degree at the end of July, up from 18% a year earlier.
Chinese Tesla rival Xpeng steers clear of robotaxis, says self-driving trucks more likely to succeed
It is difficult for self-driving systems to replace human drivers, especially in densely populated cities, Xpeng’s head of autonomous driving says. Self-driving long-haul trucks and robots handling last-mile deliveries are more likely to be successfully automated, according to Xinzhou Wu.
Steam is a gaming platform where mainland Chinese users can access foreign games and chat with fellow players overseas. Chinese authorities have clamped down on video games and services that can be used by players to spread politically sensitive content.
Macau and China’s southern Guangdong province have a mutually recognised health code system powered by blockchain. This allows both sides to validate the health status of travellers without directly exchanging personal data, hence complying with local privacy laws.
JD.com rolls out fleet of autonomous delivery vans as online shopping giants embrace unmanned operations
The roll out in Changshu city in Jiangsu province began in August after the company tested its Level-4 autonomous driving technology in Wuhan earlier this year. However, analysts say it could take more than 10 years to achieve large-scale use because the technology is expensive and firms need to figure out how to make money
Social media platforms with e-commerce functions should be held to the same regulations as e-commerce platforms, according to a new draft regulation. Livestreaming e-commerce is the fastest-growing area of China’s internet amid the pandemic, but its popularity is also attracting more regulatory scrutiny.
Tencent’s ‘Call of Duty: Mobile’ launches in China with 50 million sign-ups and Jay Chou’s endorsement
Call of Duty: Mobile generated close to US$500mil in player spending in its first year, making it the 22nd most profitable mobile game in the world. Mobile and PC games revenue in China reached US$33.1bil in 2019 and is projected to pass US$46.7bil by 2024.
Truck driver who left vehicle unattended in parking structure of commercial building returns to find pallet of goods missing. Pallet was loaded with boxes containing some 800 mobile phones.
Alibaba’s move to take control of hypermarket operator Sun Art is expected to push forward its ‘new retail’ strategy in China. The stakes are high for Alibaba amid predictions that China will soon edge out the United States as the world’s largest retail market.
TikTok rivals like Triller battle for influencers as US ban looms, but some say no other platform compares
Competitors are already taking advantage of TikTok’s impending shutdown to entice its users and creators to switch platforms, the app’s lawyers say. Trump-approved Triller is reportedly dangling equity and official company positions for TikTok stars to tell followers they are switching platforms.