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Several Alibaba apps now support Tencent’s WeChat Pay

Several Alibaba affiliated apps now support Tencent’s WeChat Pay, a rival of Alibaba’s Alipay. The apps include food delivery service Ele.me, video app Youku, e-commerce site Kaola, entertainment ticketing platform Damai, and online reading app Shuqi. The change came less than a month after Beijing asked companies to stop blocking links to rivals’ services. Other Alibaba apps such as second-hand trading service Idle Fish and grocery app Freshippo are waiting for Tencent’s approval to support WeChat pay. [Sina Tech, in Chinese]

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Online housing firm Beike starts a new round of layoffs: report

Chinese online housing firm Ke Holdings, also known as Beike, is starting a new round of layoffs, Chinese media outlet the Paper reported on Tuesday. The job cuts will affect the company’s research and development, operations, and mid- and back-end services the report says, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The Beijing-based firm reportedly downsized its operations in its second-hand and new property transaction services groups in March. At that time, the company refuted the rumored headcount reduction. China’s widespread tech layoff, which has impacted most of the country’s tech majors – from big-name behemoths such as Alibaba and Tencent to vertical unicorns such as Bilibli – shows no signs of ending just yet. [The Paper, in Chinese]

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JD is starting a second-hand e-commerce service “Paipai”

Chinese e-commerce behemoth JD officially released the “Paipai second-hand (拍拍二手)” brand, Chinese media 36kr is reporting. As the second-hand e-commerce market is growing bigger and seeing its arch-rival Alibaba’s second-hand e-commerce Xianyu is doing well in the sector, JD is making a move into the burgeoning but risky market. Paipai has built-in automatic valuation system to help […]