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China Roundup: Alibaba to add 5,000 staff to cloud unit

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a grasp of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we have updates from Alibaba’s rapidly growing cloud computing cell, Apple’s controversial decision to remove two podcast apps from its Chinese App Store, and more.

China tech abroad

TikTok’s beset rival

Zynn, a TikTok rival that had rocketed to the top of the download graphs a few weeks since the launching in May, was removed from Google Play this week over piracy. Developed by Kuaishou, the nemesis of TikTok’s Chinese sister Douyin, Zynn is another made-in-China app that has now been taken world markets by storm.

In a statement( in Chinese) the coming week, Kuaishou said the removal was triggered by one complaint about a user-generated video that had stolen content from another programme. As venture capitalist Turner Novak observed, much of Zynn’s early content seemed to be rent from TikTok.

The main driver of the app’s rise, however, is its reward system; it essentially offer consumers to use and promote its app, a strategy that has proven favourite among China’s rural and small-town populations. Nasdaq-listed content aggregator Qutoutiao has use the same tactic to grow.

Whether this pay-to-use strategy is sustainable is yet to be seen. Zynn is apparently making efforts to retain users through other means, claiming it’s in talks with “celebrity-level” founders to fertilize its content.

Alibaba huntings for world-wide influencers to sell more

Influencers are in high demand these days. After proving the policy of driving e-commerce auctions through influencer live promotion, Alibaba decided it wanted to bring the pose to overseas sells. As such, it put out a notice to draft as countless as 100,000 material creators who would help the Chinese monstrous promote commodities sold on its “worlds markets”, AliExpress.

Data center in Tibet to connect China to South Asia

Many may know that China has turned one of its poorest responsibilities Guizhou into a crucial tech centre that’s home to numerous shadow services, including that of Apple China . Now China is morphing Tibet into another gloom compute center. One prime programme is a 645,000 -square-meter data equipment that will facilitate data exchange between China and South Asia.

China tech at home

Dingtalk as an O

At its annual meridian this week, Alibaba Cloud reiterated its latest approach to ” integrate shadowed into Dingtalk( in Chinese ),” its labour collaboration app that’s analogous to Slack.

The slogan recommends the strategic character Alibaba demands Dingtalk to play: an operating system built on Alibaba Cloud, the world’s third-largest infrastructure as a service behind Amazon and Microsoft. It’s such relationships that resonates the one between Microsoft 365 and Azure, as president of Alibaba Cloud Zhang Jianfeng previously cited in an interview( in Chinese ).

Dingtalk, built initially for organization communication, has blossomed into an all-in-one platform with a myriad of third-party applications tailored to work, education and government services. For instance, the Ministry of Education can easily survey students and mothers through Dingtalk. The app is now serving 15 million organisations or 300 million individual users.

On top of Dingtalk integration, Alibaba Cloud said it will hire up to 5,000 technologists the current financial year to fuel growing in areas including network, databases and neural networks. The recruitment came after Alibaba committed in April to spend 200 million yuan ($ 28 billion ) over the next three years to build more data infrastructure amid increased demand for services like video conferencing and live streaming as organizations adapt to the COVID-1 9 pandemic.

Apple disallows podcast apps

Just as podcasts are gaining dirt in China, two foreign podcast apps that appeal to independent material creators were boycotted from the Apple App Store. The move reiterated Apple’s crackdown on Chinese-language podcasts on its own podcast platform last year this time.

Investor’s favorite app is back

Speaking of app removal, this week, countless venture capitalists and product directors in China are celebrating the return of Jike( Ji Ke ). The social media app, which has a loyal following within the Chinese tech circle, was removed nearly a year ago from app accumulations for indeterminate intellects, but many belief it was due to censorship.

The app is a kind of a hybrid of Reddit and Twitter, allowing users to discover content and connect based on interests and topics. Numerous VCs and internet conglomerate works use it to trade gossip and share hot takes. Its demise and life are a reminder of the immense regulatory misgiving facing tech fellowships operating in China.

Sought-after Hong Kong listings

Two of the largest U.S.-traded Chinese corporations are swimming their shares in Hong Kong for secondary indices amid fraying ties between Beijing and Washington. NetEase, the second-biggest gaming company in the world after Tencent, jumped 6 % from its give toll to HK $130 on the first day of trading this week. JD.com, the Alibaba archrival, has reportedly priced its provide at HK $226 a share.

Chip company Eswin created $283 million

Eswin, a semiconductor company founded by the boss of Chinese display engineering monstrou BOE Technology, has just completed a sizable funding round as the Chinese government spurs domestic chip production.

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