Iris Deng

Hong Kong

Iris Deng

Reporter, Technology

Iris is a Hong Kong-based technology reporter at the Post.

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Tencent’s opinion blog Dajia is shut down amid moves to tighten control over coronavirus critics

The blog shutdown comes amid an ongoing ‘clean-up’ of online content in China, and as authorities move to staunch public criticism of disease control efforts.

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The blog shutdown comes amid an ongoing ‘clean-up’ of online content in China, and as authorities move to staunch public criticism of disease control efforts.

Tencent’s opinion blog Dajia is shut down amid moves to tighten control over coronavirus critics
Chinese official’s request for Tencent, Alibaba to develop coronavirus-related apps receives backlash

While some netizens said the comments provided an opportunity for tech firms to look into the community services space, many more criticised officials.

13 Feb 2020 - 3:41PM

While some netizens said the comments provided an opportunity for tech firms to look into the community services space, many more criticised officials.

Chinese official’s request for Tencent, Alibaba to develop coronavirus-related apps receives backlash
Coronavirus: China tightens social media censorship amid outbreak

The Cyberspace Administration of China has set up supervision on online platforms that include those run by Sina Weibo, ByteDance, Tencent Holdings and Baidu.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:47PM

The Cyberspace Administration of China has set up supervision on online platforms that include those run by Sina Weibo, ByteDance, Tencent Holdings and Baidu.

Coronavirus: China tightens social media censorship amid outbreak
Game launches worldwide may be delayed due to China’s coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus outbreak is beginning to cause supply chain disruptions for western game developers which rely on China for art creation as well as hardware components

14 Feb 2020 - 5:57PM

Coronavirus outbreak is beginning to cause supply chain disruptions for western game developers which rely on China for art creation as well as hardware components

Game launches worldwide may be delayed due to China’s coronavirus outbreak
Droves of Chinese employees working from home crash office apps amid coronavirus outbreak

Alibaba’s DingTalk and Tencent’s WeChat Work, two of China’s most widely used workplace apps, experienced disruptions on Monday as employees nationwide resumed work after an extended Lunar New Year break, most logging in remotely amid the outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:07PM

Alibaba’s DingTalk and Tencent’s WeChat Work, two of China’s most widely used workplace apps, experienced disruptions on Monday as employees nationwide resumed work after an extended Lunar New Year break, most logging in remotely amid the outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus.

Droves of Chinese employees working from home crash office apps amid coronavirus outbreak
Tencent-backed Sea acquires Canadian video game developer to create the next global hit

The acquisition of Phoenix Labs, the studio behind action role-playing game Dauntless, is also expected to benefit Sea backer Tencent, which runs the world’s largest video games business.

16 Feb 2020 - 3:44PM

The acquisition of Phoenix Labs, the studio behind action role-playing game Dauntless, is also expected to benefit Sea backer Tencent, which runs the world’s largest video games business.

Tencent-backed Sea acquires Canadian video game developer to create the next global hit
China’s Ele.me to deliver food from 100 restaurants to frontline medical staff in Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak

Ele.me will resume deliveries from 100 restaurants for medical staff as China’s tech firms pledge support to help battle the epidemic.

16 Feb 2020 - 3:59PM

Ele.me will resume deliveries from 100 restaurants for medical staff as China’s tech firms pledge support to help battle the epidemic.

China’s Ele.me to deliver food from 100 restaurants to frontline medical staff in Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak
Tencent trials paywall for WeChat blogs amid signs that China’s netizens are ready to hand over hard cash

Paid subscriptions have been a growing trend in China for content platforms such as podcasts and news sites.

16 Feb 2020 - 6:19PM

Paid subscriptions have been a growing trend in China for content platforms such as podcasts and news sites.

Tencent trials paywall for WeChat blogs amid signs that China’s netizens are ready to hand over hard cash
China using AI, 5G tech to improve travel experience during annual Spring Festival migration

Hundreds of millions of Chinese people return to their hometowns over the Lunar New Year period, and China aims to improve their experience with new technologies such as AI and 5G this year.

16 Feb 2020 - 6:49PM

Hundreds of millions of Chinese people return to their hometowns over the Lunar New Year period, and China aims to improve their experience with new technologies such as AI and 5G this year.

China using AI, 5G tech to improve travel experience during annual Spring Festival migration
Allen Zhang says WeChat to bolster short-form content, as it continues to battle Bytedance’s Douyin

China’s super app WeChat will soon open its platform to more short form content amid an explosion in popularity of short videos on Chinese social media

16 Feb 2020 - 9:23PM

China’s super app WeChat will soon open its platform to more short form content amid an explosion in popularity of short videos on Chinese social media

Allen Zhang says WeChat to bolster short-form content, as it continues to battle Bytedance’s Douyin
Internet access, social media shutdowns cost world over US$8 billion in 2019

Social media platforms that were most affected by government-led online blackouts included WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

16 Feb 2020 - 9:49PM

Social media platforms that were most affected by government-led online blackouts included WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Internet access, social media shutdowns cost world over US$8 billion in 2019
Tencent and state-owned UnionPay to merge QR code systems for mobile payments in China

Chinese internet giant Tencent is working to integrate its QR code system for mobile payments on WeChat Pay with that for UnionPay’s Quickpass, allowing merchants to use the same code for customers paying with either app.

16 Feb 2020 - 9:51PM

Chinese internet giant Tencent is working to integrate its QR code system for mobile payments on WeChat Pay with that for UnionPay’s Quickpass, allowing merchants to use the same code for customers paying with either app.

Tencent and state-owned UnionPay to merge QR code systems for mobile payments in China
China’s invention patents and royalty income are on the rise as it steps up IP protection amid trade war with US

China granted 453,000 invention patents last year while total charges for IP exceeded US$37 billion, signalling an improvement in overall IP quality.

16 Feb 2020 - 10:01PM

China granted 453,000 invention patents last year while total charges for IP exceeded US$37 billion, signalling an improvement in overall IP quality.

China’s invention patents and royalty income are on the rise as it steps up IP protection amid trade war with US
Shenzhen police introduce new crackdown on delivery drivers amid surge in traffic violations

The crackdown on delivery riders comes amid a surge in demand in China for logistics and food services and a huge new crop of riders trying to deliver goods on time.

27 Dec 2019 - 11:11PM

The crackdown on delivery riders comes amid a surge in demand in China for logistics and food services and a huge new crop of riders trying to deliver goods on time.

Shenzhen police introduce new crackdown on delivery drivers amid surge in traffic violations
China’s tech start-ups kiss goodbye to cash burning as investors focus on profits

2019 was a tough year for Chinese start-up entrepreneurs, with once free-flowing venture capital drying up and cash burning business models out of favour with investors

25 Dec 2019 - 9:30AM

2019 was a tough year for Chinese start-up entrepreneurs, with once free-flowing venture capital drying up and cash burning business models out of favour with investors

China’s tech start-ups kiss goodbye to cash burning as investors focus on profits
China’s Tencent chilled by ‘cold winter’ in business environment as it bets on fewer companies this year

Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, one of the most active investors in the tech world, has slowed down its investment pace with 108 deals this year compared to 162 in 2018.

23 Dec 2019 - 6:23AM

Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, one of the most active investors in the tech world, has slowed down its investment pace with 108 deals this year compared to 162 in 2018.

China’s Tencent chilled by ‘cold winter’ in business environment as it bets on fewer companies this year
China dreams of becoming an AI utopia, pushing beyond surveillance and into education and health care

China has had success with private sector AI, but when it comes to social issues such as education, health care and agriculture, there is still some way to go to reach its goals.

19 Dec 2019 - 4:11AM

China has had success with private sector AI, but when it comes to social issues such as education, health care and agriculture, there is still some way to go to reach its goals.

China dreams of becoming an AI utopia, pushing beyond surveillance and into education and health care
Tencent said to invest US$2 billion in short-video app Kuaishou as competition heats up with ByteDance

Chinese social media giant Tencent reported to be investing US$2 billion in short-video app Kuaishou as competition heats up with TikTok operator ByteDance

12 Dec 2019 - 10:17PM

Chinese social media giant Tencent reported to be investing US$2 billion in short-video app Kuaishou as competition heats up with TikTok operator ByteDance

Tencent said to invest US$2 billion in short-video app Kuaishou as competition heats up with ByteDance
Tencent eyes new apps to fend off rivals and offset slower growth in flagships WeChat and QQ

Tencent rolled out several new apps last month as it continues to try new ideas to fend off threats from rivals and cope with slower growth in its own super app WeChat

13 Dec 2019 - 6:01PM

Tencent rolled out several new apps last month as it continues to try new ideas to fend off threats from rivals and cope with slower growth in its own super app WeChat

Tencent eyes new apps to fend off rivals and offset slower growth in flagships WeChat and QQ
Didi Chuxing boss Jean Liu says car-pooling controversy was bigger ‘blow’ than her own fight against cancer

Didi president Jean Liu says passenger deaths and subsequent safety scandal dealt a bigger personal blow than her struggle with breast cancer in 2015

28 Nov 2019 - 6:18AM

Didi president Jean Liu says passenger deaths and subsequent safety scandal dealt a bigger personal blow than her struggle with breast cancer in 2015

Didi Chuxing boss Jean Liu says car-pooling controversy was bigger ‘blow’ than her own fight against cancer
Iran shuts down internet access across the country as protests escalate over gas hikes

Connectivity in Iran was only 5 per cent of normal levels on Tuesday in a “near-total national internet shutdown” that started Friday, according to NetBlocks.org.

19 Nov 2019 - 1:40PM

Connectivity in Iran was only 5 per cent of normal levels on Tuesday in a “near-total national internet shutdown” that started Friday, according to NetBlocks.org.

Iran shuts down internet access across the country as protests escalate over gas hikes
This magnetic skin can allow you to open a door with the blink of an eye, researchers say

Researchers are exploring wider applications of the magnetic skin, such as helping people with paralysis and nervous disorders.

14 Nov 2019 - 2:37PM

Researchers are exploring wider applications of the magnetic skin, such as helping people with paralysis and nervous disorders.

This magnetic skin can allow you to open a door with the blink of an eye, researchers say
US remains as a top international research partner with China despite rising trade and tech tensions

The close collaborative relationship in scientific fields between China and the US comes amid an ongoing trade stand-off that has seen some institutions cut ties with Huawei

14 Nov 2019 - 9:27AM

The close collaborative relationship in scientific fields between China and the US comes amid an ongoing trade stand-off that has seen some institutions cut ties with Huawei

US remains as a top international research partner with China despite rising trade and tech tensions
Tencent to step up global games expansion after posting 13 per cent decline in quarterly profit

Third-quarter revenue increased 21 per cent to 97.2 billion yuan, but it was still below analysts’ estimate of 99 billion yuan.

14 Nov 2019 - 7:31AM

Third-quarter revenue increased 21 per cent to 97.2 billion yuan, but it was still below analysts’ estimate of 99 billion yuan.

Tencent to step up global games expansion after posting 13 per cent decline in quarterly profit
Streaming video operator Bilibili at a crossroads with focus on increasing users

Founded in 2009, Bilibili has become the biggest video-comics-and-gaming entertainment platform for China’s Generation Z consumer market segment.

12 Nov 2019 - 6:49PM

Founded in 2009, Bilibili has become the biggest video-comics-and-gaming entertainment platform for China’s Generation Z consumer market segment.

Streaming video operator Bilibili at a crossroads with focus on increasing users
Tencent joins hands with major international credit cards to allow more foreigners to use WeChat Pay

Payments access comes as China continues to open its growing cashless society to visitors.

7 Nov 2019 - 1:15PM

Payments access comes as China continues to open its growing cashless society to visitors.

Tencent joins hands with major international credit cards to allow more foreigners to use WeChat Pay
Goldman-backed chat app Symphony unlocks access to WeChat users through partnership with Tencent

The partnership with WeChat will help Symphony expand the reach of its clients in China.

6 Nov 2019 - 2:04PM

The partnership with WeChat will help Symphony expand the reach of its clients in China.

Goldman-backed chat app Symphony unlocks access to WeChat users through partnership with Tencent
How Hong Kong is quietly contributing to China’s mighty tech rise – with a higher education push

Apart from its reputation as a global financial hub, Hong Kong has also become an unlikely incubator of tech talent, helping China make bridges with rest of the world.

4 Nov 2019 - 10:53PM

Apart from its reputation as a global financial hub, Hong Kong has also become an unlikely incubator of tech talent, helping China make bridges with rest of the world.

How Hong Kong is quietly contributing to China’s mighty tech rise – with a higher education push
Chinese researchers hail Google’s quantum computing breakthrough, call for more funds to catch up to US

While Google and Chinese scientists celebrated the breakthrough, American rivals including IBM and Intel cast doubt over the claims.

29 Oct 2019 - 8:37PM

While Google and Chinese scientists celebrated the breakthrough, American rivals including IBM and Intel cast doubt over the claims.

Chinese researchers hail Google’s quantum computing breakthrough, call for more funds to catch up to US
Hyundai and Chinese start-up Pony.ai join forces on driverless robotaxi service in California

BotRide will start operations on November 4 with an initial fleet of 10 autonomous sport utility vehicles, providing free rides in the city of Irvine through January.

26 Oct 2019 - 10:11AM

BotRide will start operations on November 4 with an initial fleet of 10 autonomous sport utility vehicles, providing free rides in the city of Irvine through January.

Hyundai and Chinese start-up Pony.ai join forces on driverless robotaxi service in California