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US to Ban TikTok, WeChat From App Stores on Sunday

The US Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from US app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the US — a move that could effectively wreck the operation of both Chinese services for US users. Americans will be unable to download TikTok...

WeChat Users and TikTok Sue Trump Administration Over App Bans

The Trump administration is experiencing a bit of retaliation ever since filing an executive order which seeks to ban the use of Chinese-based apps WeChat and TikTok. A group of WeChat users is suing the administration, while ByteDance owned TikTok is planning its own lawsuit. Over the weekend, a group of WeChat users confirmed its...

China’s WeChat Messaging App Gets Snapchat-Like Stories Feature

Chinese messaging app WeChat, which has received its biggest redesign since 2014, has become the latest app to introduce a Snapchat-like stories feature, TechCrunch is reporting. With over 1 billion monthly active users around the globe, the app is now looking to compete with rival apps like TikTok and Jinri Toutiao. The new off-the-cuff video feature,...

7-Eleven is Canada’s First Convenience Retailer to Accept China’s Alipay, WeChat Pay

7-Eleven has today announced that it has become Canada’s first convenience retailer chain to start accepting China's Alipay and WeChat mobile payments. The retailer has collaborated with cross-border payments company CITCON to bring support for Chinese mobile payment systems at 35 7-Eleven locations across Vancouver and Toronto. According to the retail giant, its new initiative will better service Chinese travelers,...

WeChat May Bring Back its “Tipping” Feature After Agreement with Apple

Following an App Store rules dispute with Apple last year, China’s largest social media platform WeChat pulled its “tipping” feature from the iOS version of its app, which allowed sending of cash to content creators. According to Reuters however, the Tencent Holdings-owned social media company is planning to bring the feature back following a new agreement with Apple....

Apple Wants Chinese Messaging Apps to Disable ‘Tip’ Functions

Apple is reportedly stirring up controversy with several developers of social networking apps that are prominent in China. The issue concerns a “tipping” feature common in many of these apps, which allows users to pay content creators directly. A number of social networking apps, including the wildly popular WeChat, allow users to 'tip' each other using...

Apple Reveals List of Top 25 Apps Infected by XcodeGhost Adware

Apple today updated its XcodeGhost Q&A page with a list of the 25 most popular apps infected by XcodeGhost adware. We say "adware" because, so far, there has been no evidence of any malware infection, as the latter means the apps trick the users into revealing sensitive data such as iCloud logins and the like. The...