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

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]

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Douyin taps livestreaming for food delivery service: report

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]