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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Hongkongers rush to download VPN tools amid fears of Beijing upping surveillance with national security law

After China announced it would pass a new national security law for Hong Kong, NordVPN said it received 120 times more inquiries about its service than the day before, “one of the biggest spikes” it has seen.

22 May 2020 - 7:51PM

After China announced it would pass a new national security law for Hong Kong, NordVPN said it received 120 times more inquiries about its service than the day before, “one of the biggest spikes” it has seen.

Hongkongers rush to download VPN tools amid fears of Beijing upping surveillance with national security law
After a short-lived stint as TikTok chief, Musical.ly co-founder Alex Zhu is returning to his ‘primary passion’

Beijing-based ByteDance said it has hired Disney streaming executive Kevin Mayer as the new CEO of TikTok, as it builds on gains as the world’s fastest growing short video app.

19 May 2020 - 7:45PM

Beijing-based ByteDance said it has hired Disney streaming executive Kevin Mayer as the new CEO of TikTok, as it builds on gains as the world’s fastest growing short video app.

After a short-lived stint as TikTok chief, Musical.ly co-founder Alex Zhu is returning to his ‘primary passion’
China’s once-resilient tech economy starting to crack under pressure from coronavirus economic carnage

Once immune from economic hardship, China’s internet-fuelled tech sector is starting to reduce costs and cut jobs as the impact of Covid-19 spreads beyond traditional industries.

16 May 2020 - 5:39AM

Once immune from economic hardship, China’s internet-fuelled tech sector is starting to reduce costs and cut jobs as the impact of Covid-19 spreads beyond traditional industries.

China’s once-resilient tech economy starting to crack under pressure from coronavirus economic carnage
TikTok-owner ByteDance eyes expansion in online education with help of AI dragon ‘tutor’

ByteDance is best known for short video apps TikTok and Douyin, but its founder Zhang Yiming says online education is a major strategic business direction for the company going forward.

1 May 2020 - 6:45AM

ByteDance is best known for short video apps TikTok and Douyin, but its founder Zhang Yiming says online education is a major strategic business direction for the company going forward.

TikTok-owner ByteDance eyes expansion in online education with help of AI dragon ‘tutor’
TikTok and China version Douyin surpass 2 billion download milestone, underlining continued appeal

The new milestone comes just five months after TikTok surpassed 1.5 billion downloads and indicates ongoing popularity in the face of challenges.

30 Apr 2020 - 2:17PM

The new milestone comes just five months after TikTok surpassed 1.5 billion downloads and indicates ongoing popularity in the face of challenges.

TikTok and China version Douyin surpass 2 billion download milestone, underlining continued appeal
Microsoft fixes malicious GIF glitch that could have compromised corporate Teams accounts

Microsoft has patched a vulnerability, discovered by cybersecurity firm CyberArk, that could have allowed hackers to take over entire organisations’ Teams accounts by sending modified GIFs.

29 Apr 2020 - 10:38AM

Microsoft has patched a vulnerability, discovered by cybersecurity firm CyberArk, that could have allowed hackers to take over entire organisations’ Teams accounts by sending modified GIFs.

Microsoft fixes malicious GIF glitch that could have compromised corporate Teams accounts
Made-in-China films, TV shows most popular among users of Douyin, China’s TikTok

New rankings released by China’s biggest movie ticket platform, Maoyan Entertainment, show that Douyin users are most interested in Chinese films and TV shows.

22 Apr 2020 - 6:44AM

New rankings released by China’s biggest movie ticket platform, Maoyan Entertainment, show that Douyin users are most interested in Chinese films and TV shows.

Made-in-China films, TV shows most popular among users of Douyin, China’s TikTok
Singapore-based Likee, led by a former factory worker, is gaining ground on TikTok

Likee, an app owned by Singapore-based BIGO Technology, is quickly gaining ground on major players like TikTok in the competitive short video market.

20 Apr 2020 - 10:34AM

Likee, an app owned by Singapore-based BIGO Technology, is quickly gaining ground on major players like TikTok in the competitive short video market.

Singapore-based Likee, led by a former factory worker, is gaining ground on TikTok
Will the increased use of robots in everyday life continue even after Covid-19 is under control?

Chinese robotics companies have seen a surge in demand since the coronavirus outbreak but some believe robot tech is not mature enough for widespread use.

23 Apr 2020 - 6:13PM

Chinese robotics companies have seen a surge in demand since the coronavirus outbreak but some believe robot tech is not mature enough for widespread use.

Will the increased use of robots in everyday life continue even after Covid-19 is under control?
One-hit wonder? Viewership slumps for Luo Yonghao’s second live-stream after viral debut

Luo Yonghao, the indebted founder of popular smartphone brand Smartisan, was unable to replicate the viral success of his debut live-streaming appearance.

13 Apr 2020 - 9:57PM

Luo Yonghao, the indebted founder of popular smartphone brand Smartisan, was unable to replicate the viral success of his debut live-streaming appearance.

One-hit wonder? Viewership slumps for Luo Yonghao’s second live-stream after viral debut
Short video hit TikTok pledges millions in relief funds to help communities battle Covid-19

Move by TikTok follows other relief pledges from China’s tech giants to help communities fight impact of Covid-19.

10 Apr 2020 - 2:26PM

Move by TikTok follows other relief pledges from China’s tech giants to help communities fight impact of Covid-19.

Short video hit TikTok pledges millions in relief funds to help communities battle Covid-19
Senior Hubei officials go live on China’s TikTok to promote food and culture as virus lockdowns lift

As part of a campaign called ‘Mayors Show Hubei to You’, 13 mayors from Hubei province will participate in Douyin live streams meant to promote and sell local products.

9 Apr 2020 - 5:55AM

As part of a campaign called ‘Mayors Show Hubei to You’, 13 mayors from Hubei province will participate in Douyin live streams meant to promote and sell local products.

Senior Hubei officials go live on China’s TikTok to promote food and culture as virus lockdowns lift
Hackers target Chinese government agencies, diplomatic missions and WHO amid pandemic

More than 200 VPN servers have been compromised in a massive campaign attributed to advanced hacker group DarkHotel, according to a report by leading Chinese internet provider Qihoo 360.

7 Apr 2020 - 11:09PM

More than 200 VPN servers have been compromised in a massive campaign attributed to advanced hacker group DarkHotel, according to a report by leading Chinese internet provider Qihoo 360.

Hackers target Chinese government agencies, diplomatic missions and WHO amid pandemic
Tiger Global Management has built up a stake in TikTok-owner ByteDance, FT reports

New York-based Tiger Global Management reportedly has bought shares over the past 21 months in ByteDance, operator of viral short video app TikTok

31 Mar 2020 - 1:41PM

New York-based Tiger Global Management reportedly has bought shares over the past 21 months in ByteDance, operator of viral short video app TikTok

Tiger Global Management has built up a stake in TikTok-owner ByteDance, FT reports
Life and work will never be the same in China as the country attempts a post-virus tech restart

As life gradually returns to normal in China after the deadly coronavirus outbreak, many are asking if the pandemic will permanently change how people work and live

27 Mar 2020 - 2:40PM

As life gradually returns to normal in China after the deadly coronavirus outbreak, many are asking if the pandemic will permanently change how people work and live

Life and work will never be the same in China as the country attempts a post-virus tech restart
TikTok recruits experts for new content advisory council amid US scrutiny over censorship, data privacy

Viral video app TikTok has named experts in technology, policy and mental health as members of a new content advisory council to shape its content moderation policies.

19 Mar 2020 - 10:54PM

Viral video app TikTok has named experts in technology, policy and mental health as members of a new content advisory council to shape its content moderation policies.

TikTok recruits experts for new content advisory council amid US scrutiny over censorship, data privacy
Working from home not all it is cracked up to be for some US-based Chinese tech workers

Chinese employees of US tech firms Google and Microsoft struggle to report for duty as they remain stuck in China after travel ban was imposed in early days of the coronavirus

14 Mar 2020 - 7:40AM

Chinese employees of US tech firms Google and Microsoft struggle to report for duty as they remain stuck in China after travel ban was imposed in early days of the coronavirus

Working from home not all it is cracked up to be for some US-based Chinese tech workers
TikTok to open Transparency Center in US to shine more light on its content moderation and data practices

The start-up has become the first major Chinese social media company to achieve success in overseas markets – but this comes with regulatory scrutiny.

12 Mar 2020 - 12:05PM

The start-up has become the first major Chinese social media company to achieve success in overseas markets – but this comes with regulatory scrutiny.

TikTok to open Transparency Center in US to shine more light on its content moderation and data practices
Google follows Facebook in banning ads for medical face masks as coronavirus disinformation spreads

Google is the latest US internet giant to temporarily ban ads for medical facial masks amid the global spread of the coronavirus in an effort to curb online scams and profiteering

11 Mar 2020 - 4:18PM

Google is the latest US internet giant to temporarily ban ads for medical facial masks amid the global spread of the coronavirus in an effort to curb online scams and profiteering

Google follows Facebook in banning ads for medical face masks as coronavirus disinformation spreads
How the coronavirus is testing social media’s efforts to stem the flow of fake news amid global public health crisis

Described as an ‘infodemic’, the spread of fake news about the coronavirus is seeing social media platforms from Beijing to Silicon Valley come under pressure to police online content more strictly. This is the third in a series on the impact of the coronavirus on China's technology sector.

23 Mar 2020 - 11:03AM

Described as an ‘infodemic’, the spread of fake news about the coronavirus is seeing social media platforms from Beijing to Silicon Valley come under pressure to police online content more strictly. This is the third in a series on the impact of the coronavirus on China's technology sector.

How the coronavirus is testing social media’s efforts to stem the flow of fake news amid global public health crisis
‘Heartless’ online scammers and hackers take advantage of coronavirus fears, mask shortages in China

More than 7,500 coronavirus-related fraud cases have been reported in China, with scammers using platforms such as WeChat and Weibo to cheat those desperate for face masks or information about the outbreak. This is the second in a series on the impact of the coronavirus on China's technology sector.

23 Mar 2020 - 10:56AM

More than 7,500 coronavirus-related fraud cases have been reported in China, with scammers using platforms such as WeChat and Weibo to cheat those desperate for face masks or information about the outbreak. This is the second in a series on the impact of the coronavirus on China's technology sector.

‘Heartless’ online scammers and hackers take advantage of coronavirus fears, mask shortages in China
How China has turned to tech like never before to combat the coronavirus

China is enlisting tech, from AI to apps, to not only combat the coronavirus but guarantee the continuation of normal daily life amid the lockdown of multiple cities. This is the first in a series on the impact of the coronavirus on China's technology sector.

24 Apr 2020 - 7:15AM

China is enlisting tech, from AI to apps, to not only combat the coronavirus but guarantee the continuation of normal daily life amid the lockdown of multiple cities. This is the first in a series on the impact of the coronavirus on China's technology sector.

How China has turned to tech like never before to combat the coronavirus
Live in the time of coronavirus: sleeping man, farmers ride wave of streaming popularity in China

With millions staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, live-streaming in China is more popular than before.

19 Feb 2020 - 6:24PM

With millions staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, live-streaming in China is more popular than before.

Live in the time of coronavirus: sleeping man, farmers ride wave of streaming popularity in China
Will you be my (cyber) Valentine? Couples separated by coronavirus spend day of romance together with movie streaming, gaming dates

With some Chinese cities in lockdown and people advised to stay home to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, couples are finding creative ways to spend Valentine’s Day together.

15 Feb 2020 - 1:07PM

With some Chinese cities in lockdown and people advised to stay home to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, couples are finding creative ways to spend Valentine’s Day together.

Will you be my (cyber) Valentine? Couples separated by coronavirus spend day of romance together with movie streaming, gaming dates
Yunnan province plan to contain coronavirus by tracking residents in public places comes under question

Yunnan province in southwestern China uses tracking system to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, asking residents to scan a code when they enter and leave public places

13 Feb 2020 - 3:25PM

Yunnan province in southwestern China uses tracking system to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, asking residents to scan a code when they enter and leave public places

Yunnan province plan to contain coronavirus by tracking residents in public places comes under question
Coronavirus: US start-up GenapSys says iPad-sized gene sequencer could help China contain outbreak

Silicon Valley-based GenapSys is in early talks with Chinese health authorities to help fight the coronavirus epidemic with its gene-sequencing technology, it says.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:36PM

Silicon Valley-based GenapSys is in early talks with Chinese health authorities to help fight the coronavirus epidemic with its gene-sequencing technology, it says.

Coronavirus: US start-up GenapSys says iPad-sized gene sequencer could help China contain outbreak
China’s traditional schools embrace online learning as coronavirus forces students to stay at home

With semesters postponed due to the coronavirus, Chinese schools keep classes going via online teaching while tech education companies offer their services for free.

5 Feb 2020 - 6:18AM

With semesters postponed due to the coronavirus, Chinese schools keep classes going via online teaching while tech education companies offer their services for free.

China’s traditional schools embrace online learning as coronavirus forces students to stay at home
Chinese netizens take advantage of rare opportunity to vent anger on social media amid coronavirus outbreak

Internet users defy censorship policies to openly criticise local government on social media over handling of health crisis.

25 Feb 2020 - 7:05AM

Internet users defy censorship policies to openly criticise local government on social media over handling of health crisis.

Chinese netizens take advantage of rare opportunity to vent anger on social media amid coronavirus outbreak
From mask subsidies to movie ticket refunds, Chinese tech platforms respond to Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Tech firms have announced new measures in response to a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people and infected hundreds more in China.

16 Feb 2020 - 5:06PM

Tech firms have announced new measures in response to a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people and infected hundreds more in China.

From mask subsidies to movie ticket refunds, Chinese tech platforms respond to Wuhan coronavirus outbreak
China’s internet companies invest billions in virtual red packets for Lunar New Year as they vie for more traffic

Short video app Douyin and search giant Baidu kick off their campaign this week to give away cash in the form of digital red packets.

16 Feb 2020 - 6:27PM

Short video app Douyin and search giant Baidu kick off their campaign this week to give away cash in the form of digital red packets.

China’s internet companies invest billions in virtual red packets for Lunar New Year as they vie for more traffic