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Nepal bans Alipay, WeChat Pay

May 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) Nepal's central bank says Alipay and WeChat Pay are banned 'because the country is losing foreign currency earnings' through usage of the Chinese digital payment platforms

Alipay and wechat QR codes for online payment are displayed as a vendor (L) receives money from a customer at a meat stall in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on August 9, 2018. - The consumer price index (CPI), an important barometer of retail inflation, rose 2.1 percent on-year, from 1.9 percent in June and slightly higher than the 2.0 percent forecast. (Photo by - / AFP) / China OUT / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by - has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [correcting positioning of vendor from R to L]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

Coins.ph, GCash, GrabPay, PayMaya: Who’s leading the mobile payments war in PH?

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:51 PM

Take a close look at how the competition is playing out so far

Why the Philippines has been slow to adopt e-wallets

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:42 PM

And why that's about to change

Chinese app exposes people nearby with debt – report

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Names, national ID numbers, and the reason why they're on the map will be displayed on the app

App screenshot from China Daily


Muzzled China feminist group to sue over online censorship

Mar 24, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Feminist Voices has 'already begun legal procedures and is preparing to sue Weibo and WeChat,' says the group's founder

Photo from Shutterstock

China's WeChat app crosses one billion account mark

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:18 PM

The all-in-one app, known as Weixin in China, is a daily necessity for most Chinese, bringing together messaging, social media, mobile payment, games, news and other services

WECHAT. This photo taken on June 23, 2017 shows a woman showing payment to a vendor, sent via the Chinese instant messaging platform WeChat using her smartphone, at a streetside stall in Beijing. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

China tightens screws on social media

Jan 28, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Authorities take aim not just on explicit depictions of sex and violence, but anything they consider low brow from crude cartoons and dirty jokes to celebrity gossip

CONTROL. China tightly controls web content as restrictions on free speech have increased since President Xi Jinping assumed power in 2012. Photo by Rappler

China's Tencent overtakes Facebook in market value

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Tencent's market capitalization reaches 4.15 trillion Hong Kong dollars ($531 billion), surpassing Facebook's $519 billion

China probes social media platforms for 'obscenity'

Aug 11, 2017 - 5:52 PM

WeChat the Twitter like Weibo as well as the Tieba discussion forum are being investigated according to an announcement from the Cyberspace Administration of China on Friday August 11

In China, writers earn money posting stories on apps

Jul 27, 2017 - 3:26 PM

One popular Chinese writer on WeChat Mi Meng earns as much as 500 000 yuan P3 8M for ad postings on her account Another Qiao Mu receives around 1 000 yuan P7 500 in app enabled tips for each short essay


China's Tencent 'deeply sorry' for Russia WeChat block

May 06, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Russian regulations require online service providers to register with the government

Tencent profits up on mobile gaming success

Mar 22, 2017 - 8:57 PM

Overall revenue is up 48 at 151 94 billion yuan driven by smartphone games advertising digital content sales and payment related services the company says

TENCENT PROFITS UP. Tencent chairman and CEO Pony Ma speaks during a philanthropy forum in Hong Kong on September 23, 2016.File photo by Anthony Wallace/ AFP

46 billion electronic 'red envelopes' sent over Chinese New Year

Feb 05, 2017 - 12:49 AM

More people turn to modern technology to perform the ancient tradition of handing out cash

HONG BAO. For centuries parents, relatives and employers have distributed red paper envelopes containing money, known as "hong bao", to children or menial workers to celebrate the dawn of the new year. Photo from Wikipedia

WeChat sends China's Tencent profits surging

Aug 18, 2016 - 12:19 PM

The messaging app reports revenues of 35 69 billion yuan P249 52 billion in the second quarter of 2016

GROWING PROFITS. The messaging app is having a dominant run.

Apple launches payments service in crowded China market

Feb 18, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The tech giant is up against tough competition from local online payment providers like Alibaba

epa04393117 Demonstration on how the new Apple Pay works during Apple's launch event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, USA, 09 September 2014. Apple unveiled its latest iPhone at a media event held in Cupertino, California. The next generation phones iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have larger displays of 12 centimetres and 14 centimetres.The Flint Center for the Performing Arts was the site where Steve Jobs launched the first Apple Macintosh computer in 1984. EPA/MONICA DAVEY

Reddest red envelope: Chinese Communist party hands out cash

Feb 05, 2016 - 3:37 PM

A total of 300 000 yuan is being made available over 3 days on Alipay the online payment service of Alibaba founded by Jack Ma one of China s richest men

Malware snuck into Apple's App Store may affect millions

Sep 21, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Among the affected apps are social networking app WeChat Chinese ridesharing service Didi Kuaidi and business card reader CamCard

‘Huge disruptions’ to change face of shopping by 2025

Jun 10, 2015 - 10:59 AM

In a decade s time the retail sector will look nothing like it is now says market research firm TNS

5 things to look forward to from WeChat's WeReward

Jun 07, 2015 - 9:52 AM

WeChat has a special deal for its users

Chinese e-commerce holds growth promise

Sep 08, 2014 - 10:10 AM

The Internet and e commerce have been instrumental in achieving the 8 2 GDP growth rate registered by Zhejiang in 2013

SALE. All kinds of items are available at Qinghe Lane. All photos by Chay Hofileña/Rappler

China heightens crackdown on WeChat messaging

May 28, 2014 - 1:34 PM

The campaign follows a similar clampdown last year on Sina Weibo whose popularity has been hit as China s censors have tightened their grip

WECHAT. Screenshot of WeChat's US homepage.

5 tech trends worth watching out for in 2014

Jan 01, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Read about 5 technology trends that shaped 2013 and are worth watching out for in the new year

THE FUTURE TODAY. Here are 5 tech trends that everyone should be mindful of in the coming year.