Tracy Qu

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Tracy Qu

Tracy Qu is a Hong-Kong based technology reporter at the Post. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a master’s degree in journalism.

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Henan floods: how Big Tech is helping victims with crowdsourced docs and short videos

A spreadsheet on Tencent Docs was updated more than 20,000 times in 24 hours with information about how to get help, as other internet platforms also offered help.

A spreadsheet on Tencent Docs was updated more than 20,000 times in 24 hours with information about how to get help, as other internet platforms also offered help.

Henan floods: how Big Tech is helping victims with crowdsourced docs and short videos
22 Jul 2021 - 8:46PM
Forbes China names Alibaba founder Jack Ma country’s most generous entrepreneur in 2020, as tech giants top charity list

Jack Ma and fellow tech titans were among China’s most charitable entrepreneurs for 2020, a year that ended with Big Tech companies facing increased scrutiny from Beijing regulators.

Jack Ma and fellow tech titans were among China’s most charitable entrepreneurs for 2020, a year that ended with Big Tech companies facing increased scrutiny from Beijing regulators.

Forbes China names Alibaba founder Jack Ma country’s most generous entrepreneur in 2020, as tech giants top charity list
21 Jul 2021 - 10:18PM
Beijing has started on-site cybersecurity inspection of Didi Chuxing after the company ‘forced its way’ to a New York listing

Seven Chinese central government departments have begun an on-site cybersecurity inspection of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing.

Seven Chinese central government departments have begun an on-site cybersecurity inspection of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing.

Beijing has started on-site cybersecurity inspection of Didi Chuxing after the company ‘forced its way’ to a New York listing
16 Jul 2021 - 11:27PM
Trip.com ordered to make exception to privacy policy in lawsuit that could open the door to further legal action

A court in eastern Zhejiang province’s Shaoxing ruled that Trip.com used the personal data it collected from the plaintiff to overcharge for a hotel room

A court in eastern Zhejiang province’s Shaoxing ruled that Trip.com used the personal data it collected from the plaintiff to overcharge for a hotel room

Trip.com ordered to make exception to privacy policy in lawsuit that could open the door to further legal action
16 Jul 2021 - 8:00AM
China's cybersecurity police widen clampdown on big tech IPOs and livestreaming
15 Jul 2021 - 8:04AM
China hits 1 billion online video users in 2020 but growth begins to slow even as companies find new ways to make money

Live streaming remains one of the fastest-growing areas of online video, reaching a market value of 150 billion yuan in 2020, up 42 per cent on the year before.

Live streaming remains one of the fastest-growing areas of online video, reaching a market value of 150 billion yuan in 2020, up 42 per cent on the year before.

China hits 1 billion online video users in 2020 but growth begins to slow even as companies find new ways to make money
14 Jul 2021 - 10:43PM
Anime streaming site Bilibili goes down briefly, driving China’s Gen Z crazy on other social media

Bilibili blamed server problems on a brief outage Tuesday night that went viral on Weibo, a sign of the platform’s growing influence with China’s Gen Z users.

Bilibili blamed server problems on a brief outage Tuesday night that went viral on Weibo, a sign of the platform’s growing influence with China’s Gen Z users.

Anime streaming site Bilibili goes down briefly, driving China’s Gen Z crazy on other social media
14 Jul 2021 - 10:43PM
Beijing steps up control of online influencers as culture ministry cracks down on talent agencies

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a draft regulation that would expand its oversight of multichannel networks, agencies that help online influencers.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a draft regulation that would expand its oversight of multichannel networks, agencies that help online influencers.

Beijing steps up control of online influencers as culture ministry cracks down on talent agencies
13 Jul 2021 - 9:28PM
China’s Big Tech face wake-up call as country’s web of data protection laws grows more elaborate

A cybersecurity review into ride-hailing firm Didi kicked off a new era in China as authorities crack down on overseas listings to prioritise data security over tech companies’ pursuit of unfettered growth.

A cybersecurity review into ride-hailing firm Didi kicked off a new era in China as authorities crack down on overseas listings to prioritise data security over tech companies’ pursuit of unfettered growth.

China’s Big Tech face wake-up call as country’s web of data protection laws grows more elaborate
15 Jul 2021 - 8:47PM
Dominance of Tencent’s China Literature in online publishing opens antitrust questions amid China’s Big Tech crackdown

Tencent’s China Literature dominates online self-publishing, and it is also seeking to control the adaptations of those works, raising antitrust questions as regulators continue to crack down on Big Tech.

Tencent’s China Literature dominates online self-publishing, and it is also seeking to control the adaptations of those works, raising antitrust questions as regulators continue to crack down on Big Tech.

Dominance of Tencent’s China Literature in online publishing opens antitrust questions amid China’s Big Tech crackdown
10 Jul 2021 - 11:32AM
Why Beijing put the brakes on Didi in China following its US IPO
7 Jul 2021 - 5:39PM
Didi cybersecurity review expected to set precedent for future ‘national security’ probes into data collection

The Didi case, the first time Beijing has invoked cybersecurity in a Big Tech probe, has now been followed by a similar ‘national security’ probe into three more apps.

The Didi case, the first time Beijing has invoked cybersecurity in a Big Tech probe, has now been followed by a similar ‘national security’ probe into three more apps.

Didi cybersecurity review expected to set precedent for future ‘national security’ probes into data collection
5 Jul 2021 - 10:57PM
China takes Didi off app stores two days after Beijing announces cybersecurity review

The pressure on ‘the Uber of China’ ratchets up just two days after the Cyberspace Administration of China announced an investigation into the company.

The pressure on ‘the Uber of China’ ratchets up just two days after the Cyberspace Administration of China announced an investigation into the company.

China takes Didi off app stores two days after Beijing announces cybersecurity review
5 Jul 2021 - 9:15AM
Chinese apps TikTok, Tencent Video, iQiyi among world’s top-earning apps in first half of 2021

TikTok is the highest-earning app for the year through June 23, as Chinese apps and video games continue to benefit from shifting consumption habits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

TikTok is the highest-earning app for the year through June 23, as Chinese apps and video games continue to benefit from shifting consumption habits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chinese apps TikTok, Tencent Video, iQiyi among world’s top-earning apps in first half of 2021
29 Jun 2021 - 9:53PM
US-China tech war: AI, semiconductors get quasi-military commanders as ‘supply chain chiefs’ to boost self-sufficiency

Local governments in China have taken to appointing ‘supply chain chiefs’ to oversee hi-tech industries, a policy seen as an effort to appease Beijing, although not endorsed by the central government.

Local governments in China have taken to appointing ‘supply chain chiefs’ to oversee hi-tech industries, a policy seen as an effort to appease Beijing, although not endorsed by the central government.

US-China tech war: AI, semiconductors get quasi-military commanders as ‘supply chain chiefs’ to boost self-sufficiency
29 Jun 2021 - 12:44PM
US-China tech war: how one dumped Apple supplier’s fate shows the pain of global supply chain politics

Ofilm’s fall from grace is one of the clearest examples yet of how obscure parts of the global supply chain can be ensnared by US-China relations.

Ofilm’s fall from grace is one of the clearest examples yet of how obscure parts of the global supply chain can be ensnared by US-China relations.

US-China tech war: how one dumped Apple supplier’s fate shows the pain of global supply chain politics
26 Jun 2021 - 2:03PM
Kuaishou ends gruelling overtime policy as China’s Big Tech try to reform controversial 996 working culture

Kuaishou has ended its so-called big week/small week working hours policy in the latest example of China’s Big Tech moving away from the controversial 996 working culture.

Kuaishou has ended its so-called big week/small week working hours policy in the latest example of China’s Big Tech moving away from the controversial 996 working culture.

Kuaishou ends gruelling overtime policy as China’s Big Tech try to reform controversial 996 working culture
25 Jun 2021 - 10:54PM
Millions turn to livestreaming to earn a living during Covid-19 pandemic, as the gig economy takes hold

Many people and businesses would not have survived the pandemic if it were not for the gig economy, says the co-founder of Asia Innovations Group, the start-up behind the live-streaming platform Uplive.

Many people and businesses would not have survived the pandemic if it were not for the gig economy, says the co-founder of Asia Innovations Group, the start-up behind the live-streaming platform Uplive.

Millions turn to livestreaming to earn a living during Covid-19 pandemic, as the gig economy takes hold
25 Jun 2021 - 10:54PM
Kuaishou joins 1 billion user club on the back of live streaming in China, international expansion

China’s No 2 short video-sharing app operator has become only the third internet platform in the country to achieve 1 billion monthly active users.

China’s No 2 short video-sharing app operator has become only the third internet platform in the country to achieve 1 billion monthly active users.

Kuaishou joins 1 billion user club on the back of live streaming in China, international expansion
23 Jun 2021 - 8:00PM
TikTok-owner ByteDance sees revenue more than double but listing plans remain uncertain

ByteDance keeps the cash rolling in while uncertainties still swirl over timing of IPO.

ByteDance keeps the cash rolling in while uncertainties still swirl over timing of IPO.

TikTok-owner ByteDance sees revenue more than double but listing plans remain uncertain
18 Jun 2021 - 11:11AM
Kuaishou expands aggressively in Brazil, Southeast Asia to challenge TikTok

Kuaishou, China’s second-largest short video app, is aggressively moving into South America and Southeast Asia as part of a US$1 billion global push to take on market leader TikTok.

Kuaishou, China’s second-largest short video app, is aggressively moving into South America and Southeast Asia as part of a US$1 billion global push to take on market leader TikTok.

Kuaishou expands aggressively in Brazil, Southeast Asia to challenge TikTok
16 Jun 2021 - 3:00PM
China’s Big Tech puts the brakes on community group buying as government scrutiny increases

Tech giants have been expanding their community group buying business model aggressively in China’s price-sensitive markets, but concerns over systemic risk have spurred the government to cool things off.

Tech giants have been expanding their community group buying business model aggressively in China’s price-sensitive markets, but concerns over systemic risk have spurred the government to cool things off.

China’s Big Tech puts the brakes on community group buying as government scrutiny increases
15 Jun 2021 - 3:56PM
US-China Tech war: TikToK, WeChat remain in Washington’s crosshairs after Biden revokes Trump’s orders

The US operations of TikTok and WeChat remain at risk, as the Biden administration directed a review of security concerns posed by these popular apps.

The US operations of TikTok and WeChat remain at risk, as the Biden administration directed a review of security concerns posed by these popular apps.

US-China Tech war: TikToK, WeChat remain in Washington’s crosshairs after Biden revokes Trump’s orders
10 Jun 2021 - 8:24PM
Why China’s youth are ‘lying flat’ in protest of their bleak economic prospects

Young Chinese fed up with gruelling work hours, conspicuous consumption and skyrocketing house prices are protesting by doing the bare minimum.

Young Chinese fed up with gruelling work hours, conspicuous consumption and skyrocketing house prices are protesting by doing the bare minimum.

Why China’s youth are ‘lying flat’ in protest of their bleak economic prospects
14 Jun 2021 - 1:41PM
US-China tech war: Apple puts China squarely at the apex of supplier list, bucking talk of decoupling and scrutiny of its vendors

Fifteen mainland-based firms were added to Apple’s supplier list over the past three years despite worsening Sino-US relations and supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Fifteen mainland-based firms were added to Apple’s supplier list over the past three years despite worsening Sino-US relations and supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic.

US-China tech war: Apple puts China squarely at the apex of supplier list, bucking talk of decoupling and scrutiny of its vendors
1 Jun 2021 - 11:56PM
Shenzhen seeks to slow down population growth with changes to incentive structures

As the southern tech hub’s population grows faster than expected, the city’s government is seeking to remove some of the policies that made it so attractive and helped its economy grow.

As the southern tech hub’s population grows faster than expected, the city’s government is seeking to remove some of the policies that made it so attractive and helped its economy grow.

Shenzhen seeks to slow down population growth with changes to incentive structures
30 May 2021 - 9:51PM
Will ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming remain in charge after his surprise decision to step down as CEO?

Zhang Yiming’s surprise move this month to step down as ByteDance CEO has left many unanswered questions at the company that operates global hit video app TikTok.

Zhang Yiming’s surprise move this month to step down as ByteDance CEO has left many unanswered questions at the company that operates global hit video app TikTok.

Will ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming remain in charge after his surprise decision to step down as CEO?
30 May 2021 - 10:00AM
US-China tech war: China’s GPS rival BeiDou poised to support industry worth US$156 billion by 2025

The value of products and services supported by the BeiDou navigation system is growing at an average annual rate of 20 per cent, said Xinhua.

The value of products and services supported by the BeiDou navigation system is growing at an average annual rate of 20 per cent, said Xinhua.

US-China tech war: China’s GPS rival BeiDou poised to support industry worth US$156 billion by 2025
27 May 2021 - 5:30PM
Fate of ‘Made in China, sold on Amazon’ products in doubt as fake review crackdown continues

Amazon has doubled down on efforts against fake reviews by targeting some of the most egregious offenders, including major Chinese merchants.

Amazon has doubled down on efforts against fake reviews by targeting some of the most egregious offenders, including major Chinese merchants.

Fate of ‘Made in China, sold on Amazon’ products in doubt as fake review crackdown continues
26 May 2021 - 12:41AM
China bitcoin mining: Huobi suspends domestic bitcoin mining amid global sell-off, wider Beijing scrutiny

Huobi has become one of the first Chinese-founded cryptocurrency exchanges to halt its domestic bitcoin mining operation after the State Council announced a further crackdown.

Huobi has become one of the first Chinese-founded cryptocurrency exchanges to halt its domestic bitcoin mining operation after the State Council announced a further crackdown.

China bitcoin mining: Huobi suspends domestic bitcoin mining amid global sell-off, wider Beijing scrutiny
25 May 2021 - 9:56AM