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Chinese tech majors donate more than RMB 300 million to flood-hit Shanxi

Chinese tech companies, including Alibaba Group, Tencent, Baidu, ByteDance, Pinduoduo, Didi, NetEase, Vipshop, Xiaomi, and Oppo, have collectively donated more than RMB 300 million (around $46.6 million) to the Shanxi province as of Oct. 10, Chinese media The Paper reported. The northern Chinese province has been hit by severe floods and torrential rain since early this month, affecting more than 1.76 million people. [The Paper, in Chinese]

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Regulator tells internet giants to stop blocking each others’ links

An internet regulator has ordered at least nine Chinese tech giants to stop link blocking, the practice of barring users from clicking into rivals’ sites. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology talked to Tencent, Alibaba, ByteDance, Baidu, Huawei, Xiaomi, and others in a Sept. 9 meeting. The regulator asked all participating platforms to end the practice by an undisclosed deadline. [21st Century Business Herald, in Chinese]

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Renren Video removes most of overseas content

Renren Video, a Chinese video content platform facing recurring piracy complaints, removed most of its overseas content, users reported. In February, Shanghai police arrested 14 employees after identifying more than 20,000 pirated videos on the platform. The app started in 2003 as a subtitle website, and received investment from tech giants Baidu and Xiaomi in 2017. [Securities Times, in Chinese]