CAC deletes nearly 10,000 Chinese social media accounts

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Thousands of social media accounts have been eliminated by the nation’s top cyber authority. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has erased almost 10,000 Chinese social media accounts that it found to be in violation of the law. The account holders were accused of posting online content that the CAC deemed to be vulgar, sensational or politically harmful. Accounts were eradicated for a variety of violations. More specifically, thousands of Chinese social media accounts were erased for violations such as, “spreading politically harmful information, maliciously falsifying (Chinese Communist) party history,…

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QR code payment fraud in China’s radar with new caps

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As popular as the mobile transactions may be, the country’s central bank is issuing new security regulations. China’s central bank is rolling out new regulations to help prevent QR code payment fraud. Quick response codes have become exceptionally popular in the country but have exposed consumers to fraudulent activities from criminals. Some of the most popular mobile payments apps in China currently use the barcodes to complete transactions. Both WeChat and Alibaba’s AliPay – two of the largest mobile payments apps in the country – use QR code payment technology…

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Fraudulent QR code plays central role in $13 million scam

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As commonplace as quick response code scanning may be in China, scams are becoming a problem. Many residents of the Chinese city of Guangzhou fell victim to a fraudulent QR code that scammed them out of millions of dollars. The scam stole an estimated RMB90 million (about US$13.03 million) from unsuspecting smartphone users. The use of quick response codes has become exceptionally commonplace in China. They are used as a part of mobile payments to let people complete transactions at the local convenience store. They are found on product packaging…

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Massive QR code network expansion headed to Paytm in India

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The mobile payments company is making a tremendous investment to build an Alipay-like presence. India’s largest mobile wallet, Paytm, announced its intentions to make a very large investment into growing its QR code network. The company intends to spend about $89.6 million to assist merchants to accept mobile payments via quick response code. The company is hoping to use the barcodes to see similar successes to Alipay and WeChat. The reason is that those two Chinese companies have managed to successfully create and execute a QR code network. That said,…

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Tencent reports greater growth thanks to mobile games and other ventures

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Company finds more success through a strong mobile focus Tencent, one of China’s largest Internet companies, has released information concerning its performance over the past year. In terms of sales, the company saw a 45% increase in quarterly sales, which is better than it had expected. Tencent is seeing significant growth through its mobile endeavors, especially where payments and gaming are involved. The company is also selling a wealth of content via its mobile platforms, such as WeChat and QQ. Adding rich content to mobile platforms make them more attractive…

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WeChat is setting its sights on mobile payments in China

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Popular messaging app is growing very quickly WeChat, one of China’s most popular messaging applications, is becoming a major player in the mobile payments space. The app accounts for 697 million active monthly users, 200 million of whom began to use the service last year. This gives WeChat access to an abundance of people that may be interested in mobile commerce. The concept of being able to shop, purchase products, and send money to friends and family from a mobile device has become very popular in China and WeChat intends…

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Patent filing highlights next step in mobile payments for Apple

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Apple is looking to further expand its efforts in the mobile payments market A recent patent filing from Apple suggests that the company may have more plans for the mobile payments space. The patent involves the development of a new system, which will serve as a peer-to-peer payments platform that will expand on iMessage. The iMessage service is widely used by consumers, as it allows them to text, send photos, and share videos with one another. Now, Apple intends to ensure that the service can be used for payments as…

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QR codes have now become an important part of the Kik chat app

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The mobile application has brought the quick response codes into the mix to bring brands and users together. Kik, the mobile messaging app, has recently added QR codes to its features as a part of an investment from Tencent, as it aims to replicate some of the successes that WeChat has achieved through a similar strategy. The quick response codes have been used in order to simplify a range of different interactions with the app. The decision to look into the use of QR codes in a manner that is…

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Chinese firms are finding success in mobile commerce

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Chinese companies are establishing dominance in the mobile space A new report from Morgan Stanley shows that Chinese Internet companies are showing better performance in many aspects than their counterparts in the United States. In particular, Chinese e-commerce companies are finding significant success due to their greater focus on the mobile space. Mobile commerce is beginning to become more influential throughout the world, and Chinese companies are proving that they can perform better in this sector than companies in other parts of the world. Alibaba sees 51% of its business…

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Tencent remains vague on mobile payments plans

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Company has yet to offer clear plans concerning mobile transactions Tencent has become one of China’s most prominent companies, operating a very popular mobile messaging application that has managed to capture the interest of millions. The company has also begun to expand into the mobile payments space, hoping to add further value to its messaging application and engage mobile consumers more effectively. While the company has expressed interest in mobile payments, Tencent has been very vague concerning its plans to expand into this sector. WeChat platform now has 549 million…

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Apple may face challenges in bringing its mobile payments service to China

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Apple Pay could have trouble entering the Chinese market Apple may be facing a conflict with China’s banks and e-commerce companies as it seeks to bring its mobile payments service to the country. Following its initial success, Apple Pay is beginning to expand, but it could face severe competition from both Tencent and Alibaba, which currently dominate the Chinese mobile payments space. China is one of the largest and most active markets in the world, boasting of more than $960 in payments in 2014. Apple Pay trial finds modest success…

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