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Chinese Doctors’ Social Network Medlinker Raises $60M In Series C Round

Medlinker, a Chinese social networking platform for doctors, has raised a RMB400 million (US$60 million) series C round led by China Electronics Corporation Data (CEC Data), a data service provider under China Electronics Corporation, which is a state-owned conglomerate directly administered by the central government.

Tencent Leads $400M Round In Chinese Robot Maker Ubtech At $4B Valuation

Chinese humanoid robot maker Ubtech Robotics is raising a US$400 million series C round led by tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. with participation from investors whose identities are unknown at this moment. The Shenzhen-headquartered company has been raising this round at least from six months ago, and the final numbers may still change, according to people familiar with the matter.

China News App Toutiao Said Seeking To Buy Insurance Broker

Chinese news app Toutiao appears to be the latest Chinese media platform looking to get into financial technology. According to local news reports, the five-year-old company with a valuation estimated at US$20 billion is looking to acquire an insurance broker in China to break into the insurance business, but without having go through the time consuming process of obtaining an insurance license. 

China Internet Giant Tencent Leads $40M Round In Canadian Online Storytelling Platform Wattpad

Tencent Holdings Ltd. has led a US$40 million round in Toronto-based storytelling platform Wattpad, as the Chinese social media and gaming giant continues aggressively investing in start-ups around the world that can provide fresh content for its various mobile apps such as Wechat. Founded in 2006 by Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen, Wattpad allows users to post stories via its website or mobile app and interact with readers through comments. The platform has a monthly audience of over 60 million …

China’s Meituan Dianping Said To Raise $3 Billion From Tencent, IDG Capital

Update: Meituan Dianping Announced A US$4 billion Financing Round on October 19, 2017 Meituan Dianping, one of the largest Chinese on-demand local services providers, is said to be raising around US$3 billion from investors including its long-time backer Tencent Holdings Ltd., IDG Capital and other investors, people with close information of the matter said.

Alibaba Expands Online Gaming Business With Ejoy Acquisition

Alibaba is becoming a serious player in the online gaming sector. The technology giant founded by Jack Ma today announced that it has acquired online gaming company Ejoy and revealed plans to establish for the first time a dedicated gaming unit to expand into the lucrative sector.

Tencent To Acquire 5% Of Chinese Investment Bank CICC In Bet On Financial Services

Tencent Holdings Ltd. has agreed to invest HK$2.86 billion (US$367 million) in China International Capital Corp Ltd (CICC) for a 4.95% stake in the company. At the same time, the two parties said they have agreed to establish a strategic partnership in a range of services and products leveraging Tencent’s financial technology and CICC’s wealth management capabilities, according to a joint announcement.

China Tightens Control Of Online Group Chat Ahead Of Annual Party Congress

Organizing chat groups on WeChat, one of the most common forms of multiparty digital communications in China, could soon be a high risk activity. China’s Cyberspace Administration issued new rules last week tightening control over WeChat groups and other such digital platforms, in a move that could make WeChat group chat organizers legally liable for any false information disseminated within their groups.

Chinese Innovation QR Code Mobile Payment Wants To Conquer The World

China is going cashless, no doubt. Chinese consumers spent a total of US$5.5 trillion via mobile payment platforms last year, or simply put, it was about 50 times more than their American counterparts (around US$112 billion), according to data from Forrester Research and iResearch. The credit of the country’s multi-trillion dollar mobile payment market goes to China’s third-party QR code-scanning mobile payment platforms, led by WeChat Pay and Alipay. Statistics show that from 2013 to 2016, the number of transactions …

Apple Accepts WeChat Pay In App Store As Apple Pay Fails To Make Inroads In China

Apple Inc. has accepted Wechat Pay for payments made in its App Store and music platform, after it accepted Alibaba’s Alipay as a mobile payment option for purchases conducted within its ecosystem. The action will likely drive up Apple’s revenue in China from in-store and music spending, as the U.S. tech giant continues to adjust its strategies for a fast-moving Chinese market.

Tencent Capitalizes On Massive User Data To Achieve AI Dominance

Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. has a reputation for cautiously following in the footsteps of others in new businesses segments, then quietly outsmarting the first-movers. The company looks to be using the same strategy in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). So while rival Baidu Inc. has proclaimed itself an AI company, along with numerous other Chinese companies, Tencent is working behind the scenes to become a leader in the field.

China’s Central Bank Rejects Alibaba, Tencent’s Push For Cashless Society

Alibaba and Tencent wanted to kill cash. But their dreams of a cashless society may get crushed first. Concerned about the declining use of China’s fiat currency and alarmed by reports of merchants refusing the RMB as payment, the People’s Bank of China has taken action to ban, or at least limit the use of the word “cashless” in promotional materials published by digital payment giant Alibaba’s Ant Financial.