Shiqu, a news aggregation social app owned by ByteDance, will stop operation on Dec. 12, according to an official announcement. Beijing-based ByteDance conducted an internal test of Shiqu in April this year, but users have been unable to download the reading tool on app stores since the end of July; the company didn’t explain the reasons for Shiqu’s removal from app stores. Shiqu provided personalized recommendations of text-based content, which Shiqu bots curated from ByteDance’s hugely popular news aggregator Jinri Toutiao. Shiqu users could also join different groups based on their reading preferences, and owners of each group could filter displayed content. The app also supported customized RSS imports. [IThome, in Chinese]