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Zhihu has more than 100 million monthly active users

Sep 18, 2021
Chinese Q&A platform Zhihu said Thursday its monthly active users (MAUs) had surpassed 100 million. Last month, the company reported 94.3 million MAUs in the second quarter of 2021, up 46.2% from the same period last year. The firm was also added to the FTSE China Index, a stock index by Britain’s FTSE Group. [Jiemian, in Chinese]

Tencent’s QQ stops blocking links to Taobao, Douyin after regulatory push

Sep 17, 2021
Users from Tencent’s instant messaging app QQ can now open links to Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Taobao and ByteDance’s short-video app Douyin, TechNode found after testing Friday. The move comes after Chinese regulators reportedly told all internet platforms to stop blocking links to their rivals’ websites by Friday. But WeChat, Tencent’s other messaging app, was still blocking links to rival sites at press time. [The Paper, in Chinese]

Douyin taps livestreaming for food delivery service: report

Sep 16, 2021
ByteDance’s short video app Douyin is testing a new livestreaming portal for its upcoming food delivery service, signaling a different business model from its rivals, Chinese media Tech Planet reported Thursday. By clicking into the window, users will be able to place orders and find information about delivery times, nearby food vendors, and switching vendors. Douyin has completed two months of tests but hasn’t announced a launch date. [Tech Planet, in Chinese]

Alibaba rebrands community group-buy unit

Sep 16, 2021
Alibaba rebranded its community group-buy unit to “Taocaicai” on Tuesday as some rivals losing momentum after rounds of market consolidation. The new brand will incorporate Freshippo Market and Taobao Maicai, Alibaba’s two existing community grocery services. Users in various cities can access the newly branded service through Taobao’s mobile app. [TMT Post, in Chinese]

JD launches JD Mall brand to expand offline presence

Sep 16, 2021
On Tuesday, Chinese online retailer JD launched a physical store brand called JD Mall to expand its offline presence. JD Mall plans to debut in the city of Xi’an with a five-story store on Sept. 30. The store will sell more than 200,000 items from 150 domestic and international brands. [JD press release]
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