Hello and welcome again to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of latest occasions shaping the Chinese tech panorama and what they imply to folks in the remainder of the world. This week, now we have updates from Alibaba’s quickly rising cloud computing unit, Apple’s controversial resolution to take away two podcast apps from its Chinese App Store, and extra.
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TikTok’s besieged rival
Zynn, a TikTok rival that had rocketed to the highest of the obtain charts just a few weeks since its launch in May, was faraway from Google Play this week over plagiarism. Developed by Kuaishou, the nemesis of TikTok’s Chinese sister Douyin, Zynn is one other made-in-China app that has lately taken the worldwide market by storm.
In a press release (in Chinese) this week, Kuaishou stated the removing was triggered by one grievance a few user-generated video that had stolen content material from one other platform. As enterprise capitalist Turner Novak noticed, a lot of Zynn’s early content material appeared to be ripped from TikTok.
The fundamental driver of the app’s rise, nevertheless, is its reward system; it basically pays customers to make use of and promote its app, a method that has confirmed well-liked amongst China’s rural and small-town populations. Nasdaq-listed content material aggregator Qutoutiao has used the identical tactic to develop.
Whether this pay-to-use technique is sustainable is but to be seen. Zynn is seemingly making efforts to retain customers by different means, claiming it’s in talks with “celebrity-level” creators to counterpoint its content material.
Alibaba hunts for international influencers to promote extra
Influencers are in excessive demand nowadays. After proving the technique of driving e-commerce gross sales by influencer stay promotion, Alibaba determined it needed to convey the mannequin to abroad markets. As such, it put out a discover to recruit as many as 100,000 content material creators who would assist the Chinese large promote merchandise offered on its worldwide market, AliExpress.
Data heart in Tibet to attach China to South Asia
Many could know that China has turned certainly one of its poorest provinces Guizhou right into a pivotal tech hub that’s residence to many cloud providers, together with that of Apple China. Now China is morphing Tibet into one other cloud computing heart. One fundamental venture is a 645,000-square-meter information facility that may facilitate information change between China and South Asia.
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Dingtalk as an OS
At its annual summit this week, Alibaba Cloud reiterated its newest technique to “combine cloud into Dingtalk (in Chinese),” its work collaboration app that’s analogous to Slack.
The slogan suggests the strategic position Alibaba needs Dingtalk to play: an working system constructed on Alibaba Cloud, the world’s third-largest infrastructure as a service behind Amazon and Microsoft. It’s a relationship that echoes the one between Microsoft 365 and Azure, as president of Alibaba Cloud Zhang Jianfeng beforehand recommended in an interview (in Chinese).
Dingtalk, constructed initially for enterprise communication, has blossomed into an all-in-one platform with a myriad of third-party purposes tailor-made to work, schooling and authorities providers. For occasion, the Ministry of Education can simply survey college students and fogeys by Dingtalk. The app is now serving 15 million organizations and 300 million particular person customers.
On prime of Dingtalk integration, Alibaba Cloud stated it should rent as much as 5,000 engineers this monetary 12 months to gas progress in areas together with community, databases and synthetic intelligence. The recruitment got here after Alibaba dedicated in April to spend 200 billion yuan ($28 billion) over the subsequent three years to construct extra information infrastructure amid elevated demand for providers like video conferencing and stay streaming as companies adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apple bans podcast apps
Just as podcasts are gaining floor in China, two overseas podcast apps that attraction to impartial content material creators have been banned from the Apple App Store. The transfer echoed Apple’s crackdown on Chinese-language podcasts by itself podcast platform final 12 months this time.
Investor’s favourite app is again
Speaking of app removing, this week, many enterprise capitalists and product managers in China are celebrating the return of Jike (即刻). The social media app, which has a loyal following inside the Chinese tech circle, was eliminated almost a 12 months in the past from app shops for unspecified causes, however many speculated it was on account of censorship.
The app is a form of a hybrid of Reddit and Twitter, permitting customers to find content material and join primarily based on pursuits and subjects. Many VCs and web agency staff use it to commerce gossip and share sizzling takes. Its loss of life and life are a reminder of the immense regulatory uncertainty dealing with tech firms working in China.
Sought-after Hong Kong listings
Two of the biggest U.S.-traded Chinese firms are floating their shares in Hong Kong for secondary listings amid fraying ties between Beijing and Washington. NetEase, the second-biggest gaming firm on the earth after Tencent, jumped 6% from its provide value to HK$130 on the primary day of buying and selling this week. JD.com, the Alibaba archrival, has reportedly priced its providing at HK$226 a share.
Chip firm Eswin raised $283 million
Eswin, a semiconductor firm based by the boss of Chinese show know-how large BOE Technology, has accomplished a large funding spherical because the Chinese authorities encourages home chip manufacturing.