South China Morning Post: Coronavirus: China tightens social media censorship amid outbreak. “The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement released late on Wednesday that it has set up supervision on platforms that include those run by microblogging service provider Sina Weibo, short video and news apps operator ByteDance, and Tencent Holdings, which owns the ubiquitous multipurpose app WeChat.”
South China Morning Post: Multi-purpose WeChat wants to be a better search engine. “Tencent says it’s expanding WeChat’s search capabilities next year to allow users to find a slew of new content. This will include entertainment options like music, games and memes. They’ll also be able to search for online stores, medical information and stocks.”
Digital Trends: Apple might be sending your browsing data to China’s Tencent by default. “A safe browsing feature, intended to increase online security within Apple’s Safari app, has instead raised privacy concerns as it has been recently discovered that the app is sending user browsing data to a company headquartered in China.” The Verge has an update to the story with a more thorough explanation of what is really happening here.
The Verge: Reddit gets a $150 million investment from Tencent and users are posting memes to mock the deal. “Reddit has received a $150 million investment from Tencent, the Chinese tech giant behind WeChat and League of Legends, sparking fears of censorship from Reddit users. The investment was first rumored last week, and led to Reddit users posting photos and memes banned in China in protest of Tencent’s involvement.”
PR Newswire: Tencent and National Museum of Brazil collaborate on a digital museum (PRESS RELEASE). “The signing ceremony for the ‘Rebirth of Luzia – The Digital National Museum of Brazil’ was held at the Brazilian embassy in Beijing on November 16, 2018 (local time). Marcelo Azevedo, head of the Creative Industries Section of the embassy, Alexander W. A. Kellner, director of National Museum of Brazil, and Ye Jun, vice president of Chinese internet company Tencent’s mobile browsing products, took part in the ceremony.”
Bloomberg: Google Is in China Cloud Talks With Tencent, Others. “Google wants to get back into China, and is laying the groundwork for a key part of the initiative: bringing its cloud business to the world’s second-largest economy. The internet giant is in talks with Tencent Holdings Ltd., Inspur Group and other Chinese companies to offer Google cloud services in the mainland, according to people familiar with the discussions. They asked not to be identified discussing private matters.”
The Canberra Times: These Chinese giants make Facebook and Google look tame. “The technology world’s most bruising battle for supremacy is taking place in China. And it could point to Big Tech’s future everywhere else, too. Tencent Holdings and the Alibaba Group are ratcheting up their no-holds-barred contest to dominate the ways 770 million internet users communicate, shop, get around, entertain themselves and even invest their savings and visit the doctor.”
Reuters: Google announces patent agreement with Tencent amid China push. “Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google has agreed to a patent licensing deal with Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) as it looks for ways to expand in China where many of its products, such as app store, search engine and email service, are blocked by regulators.”
Telegraph: China’s biggest social media company Tencent is now worth more than Facebook. “Tencent, the Chinese internet giant behind the WeChat messaging app, has surpassed Facebook in value after it became the first company in China to be worth more than $500bn (£378bn).”
Coast Week: UN to launch Chinese-funded digital library on Kenya’s traditional games. “The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will next week launch a digital library on traditional games in Kenya to preserve the cultural heritage. The project, dubbed: ‘Creating Open Digital Library on Traditional Games in Kenya,’ is funded by Chinese tech firm Tencent and is part of a global project launched in 2015 by the UNESCO Office in Beijing.” Why, yes, I do believe that’s the same Tencent that just took a stake in Snap.
The Register: Snap: We’ve blown $3bn this year and Tencent wants to give us more. “Nose-diving social media company Snap Inc. says it has secured a significant investment from Chinese tech powerhouse Tencent. The photo sharing company slipped the disclosure into yesterday’s remarkably poor quarterly earnings report, saying the 145 million shares were a non-voting stake and would not be subject to much scrutiny from regulators.”
Forbes: How China’s Social Media Giant Tencent Is Shaking Up Traditional Philanthropy. “The Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan that killed 69,000 people in 2008 shook up China’s social media and online giant Tencent Holdings, located 1,000 kilometers away in Shenzhen. Social media was buzzing with users that wanted to lend a hand during one of China’s worst disasters in modern history. The company previously made scattered efforts involving philanthropy, such as donating PCs, but its leaders now had the same question as everyone else: What more could they do?”