China’s three biggest telecom giants have agreed to Premier Li Keqiang’s proposal to scrap domestic data roaming charges and reduce mobile data fees by at least 30 percent.
China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom said Monday they will increase the coverage of high-speed broadband in rural and urban areas, increase internet speed, and lower tariffs to boost the development of “Digital China.”
Li’s proposal was part of the government work report he presented at the annual meeting of the nation’s top legislative and advisory bodies, known as “Two Sessions.” There are an estimated 753 million mobile users in China, and the country’s digital economy was worth $4.1 trillion in 2017, accounting for 32 percent of the country’s GDP.
China’s on-demand delivery platform, Dada-JD Daojia, announced a collaboration with French retail giant Carrefour on Tuesday.
Partly owned by e-commerce giant JD.com, JD Daojia had already been providing delivery service for 158 Carrefour stores in 31 cities since September, and will now expand to nearly 200 stores, according to a press release sent to Sixth Tone. Carrefour’s sales slumped by 6.6 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2018, but according to JD Daojia the partnership has boosted the French retailer’s weekly sales sevenfold.
In August, JD Daojia raised $500 million in funding from JD.com and Walmart, which partnered with the Chinese retailer in 2016. JD Daojia claims to have 25 million active users in 45 Chinese cities and to deliver some 1 million orders every day. (Image: VCG)
The high court in Jiangsu has upheld a previous verdict and ordered ByteDance to pay 110,100 yuan ($15,900) to a media outlet for copyright infringement, The Paper reported Tuesday.
In 2015, Nanjing-based Modern Express sued content aggregator Jinri Toutiao’s parent company, ByteDance, for republishing six of their articles without permission. Despite Toutiao’s claim that four of the articles were republished from partner organizations and the others posted by third-party users, an intermediate court ruled in the newspaper’s favor.
As China’s digital media landscape expands, there have been increasing concerns about intellectual property rights violations. In May, tech giant Tencent said it would reevaluate its investment in a new media outlet after it was accused of “article laundering.” (Image: VCG)
A park in Hangzhou known for its long, pink grass was trampled by hordes of tourists after gaining fame on social media as a photo hot spot, a local paper reported Sunday in a front-page story.
Long popular as a site for wedding photos, the park was opened to the public during the National Day holiday in October. But before long, web celebrities were flocking to the area to shoot videos for their fans, who then followed suit. By Tuesday, the hashtag “internet celebrity garden destroyed” had been viewed over 130 million times on Weibo.
The trampled grass was mown on Sunday to deter tourists from damaging the area further. “Douyin has become a guide for locusts,” read an upvoted comment under a Beijing News post about the incident. “Whatever place it hypes up, they go off to destroy it.” (Image: @都市快报 on Weibo)
Grassroots cadres have complained that the expectation to participate in a high number of groups on WeChat is leaving them distracted and exhausted, Hubei Daily reported Monday.
An official in community management told the outlet that colleagues post updates in the more than 30 work-related groups she belongs to, and that she “has to read them all in case I miss [any information].” Two other officials also indicated that they must join a new WeChat group each time a project is launched and upload pictures to prove the completion of every task.
At the end of the report, the writer for Hubei Daily said the groups are “tools that cannot replace work itself” and urged that more attention be paid instead to the practical results of public service. (Image: VCG)
Authorities in Zhejiang province arrested 21 people for the production and sale of fake drugs and unlicensed medical instruments worth over 300 million yuan ($43 million), The Beijing News reported Thursday.
The report said police first found the plastic surgery products, including facial injectables like hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxin, being sold on WeChat earlier this year. They then tracked down the suppliers in Jiangxi and Henan provinces, where more than 3,000 fake drugs and 25,000 unregistered instruments were seized.
In the past, counterfeit products and unlicensed practitioners have negatively impacted the health of consumers. Last year, a woman in Jiangsu province lost sight in her right eye from illegally-administered injections intended to reshape her nose. (Image: IC)
Chinese mobile payment platform Alipay has cautioned users to be wary of potential digital theft after multiple Apple accounts linked to its service were hacked.
The Alibaba-affiliated company said Wednesday on Weibo that some linked accounts had been compromised, resulting in financial losses for users. Consumers can use Alipay for purchases on Apple’s app store and iTunes without additional authentication. Losses suffered by affected users range from a few hundred to over 10,000 yuan ($1,400), Shanghai Observer reported.
According to its statement, Alipay was told by Apple that actions had been taken to address the issue following the Chinese company’s pleas to investigate. Apple’s China office didn’t respond to Sixth Tone’s request for comment by time of publication. (Image: VCG)
With the unveiling of a new vinegar-flavored ice cream in Shanxi province, many sweet-toothed netizens are turning sour.
The unique dessert recently went on sale at an ice cream shop in Taiyuan, a city in a region renowned for its 2,000-year history of vinegar production. The business owner told China News Service that the frozen treat is for those “brave enough to try new things.” Some social media users, meanwhile, have jokingly suggested that it be “served with dumplings.”
This summer, a shop in Chongqing began serving Chinese chili oil-laced ice cream to customers craving the taste of hot pot. The spicy flavor’s influence has been extending to other domains as well, with hoodies sold at New York Fashion Week this year even bearing the image of a chili sauce entrepreneur famous in China. (Image: @人民日报 on Weibo)
Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, will allow passengers to block problem drivers — and vice versa — beginning Oct. 18, according to a notice the company sent to Sixth Tone on Wednesday.
The function will initially be rolled out as a trial. Once one user blocks another, that person cannot be unblocked, and the two cannot be paired together for a ride for a period of 12 months.
Didi spent most of this year in the spotlight after two passengers in Henan and Zhejiang were allegedly killed by their drivers. Afterward, the company faced enormous pressure to improve passenger safety, and implemented several new features that it hopes will achieve this, including automatic audio recording and a “call police” button within the app. (Image: VCG)
A small-time web celeb with over a million social media followers apologized on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, for singing China’s national anthem “unseriously” during a broadcast. Shortly after the second apology, Huya, the platform she had been using to stream announced that her account had been suspended.
“Again, I sincerely apologize for making the stupid mistake of humming the national anthem while livestreaming,” Weibo user Li Ge wrote in her Wednesday apology. She added that she planned to take a break from livestreaming to reflect on her actions, “study hard,” and “watch patriotic movies.”
In October of last year, a law came into effect banning the singing of the national anthem in a distorted or mocking way, with violators facing up to 15 days’ detention. (Image: Weibo)
China’s bike-sharing giant Mobike is suing one of its rivals for 8 million yuan ($1.16 million), claiming that the company copied its patented smart locks and adjustable seats, according to media reports.
On Tuesday, Mobike filed four lawsuits against Didi Chuxing-backed Qingju Bike. The defendants are listed as Beijing Xiaoju Technology, Didi’s holding company, and Hangzhou Qingqi Technology, which runs the bike-sharing service.
Mobike asked the court to order Qingju to stop using its inventions and destroy any bikes using its patented technology. Qingju responded that it fully respects intellectual property rights and will wait for the court’s judgment.
Didi is a major investor in Mobike’s biggest competitor Ofo. In April, Mobike was acquired by Didi’s biggest ride-hailing rival.