Zen Soo

Hong Kong

Zen Soo

Reporter, Technology

Zen Soo worked at the Post from 2015 until 2019. She covered China technology, in particular e-commerce, online to offline and mobile payments. She also wrote about Southeast Asian tech companies.

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Cybersecurity at top of Huawei’s agenda as Europe decides on 5G infrastructure

Burnishing its cybersecurity credentials has become more crucial for Huawei in Europe, which represents the company’s biggest overseas market and home of its major 5G mobile network equipment rivals Ericsson and Nokia.

12 May 2020 - 11:51AM

Burnishing its cybersecurity credentials has become more crucial for Huawei in Europe, which represents the company’s biggest overseas market and home of its major 5G mobile network equipment rivals Ericsson and Nokia.

Cybersecurity at top of Huawei’s agenda as Europe decides on 5G infrastructure
How did Huawei fall foul of the US government and find itself at the epicentre of a new tech war?

Over the past two years the relationship between Chinese tech champion Huawei and the US has only worsened but why did the relationship sour in the first place?

12 May 2020 - 11:48AM

Over the past two years the relationship between Chinese tech champion Huawei and the US has only worsened but why did the relationship sour in the first place?

How did Huawei fall foul of the US government and find itself at the epicentre of a new tech war?
Alibaba posts 58pc gain in quarterly profit, warns coronavirus crisis will impact revenue growth

Alibaba’s latest quarterly earnings were boosted by its record haul from the annual Singles’ Day shopping festival held on November 11, when the e-commerce giant tallied US$38.4 billion in sales.

20 Oct 2020 - 2:41PM

Alibaba’s latest quarterly earnings were boosted by its record haul from the annual Singles’ Day shopping festival held on November 11, when the e-commerce giant tallied US$38.4 billion in sales.

Alibaba posts 58pc gain in quarterly profit, warns coronavirus crisis will impact revenue growth
Coronavirus: MWC Barcelona, world’s biggest mobile trade show, cancelled as firms withdraw over outbreak crisis

The annual MWC Barcelona event was decimated by the pull-out of major exhibitors, including telecoms gear suppliers Nokia and Ericsson, as well as mobile network operators Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, BT, Orange and NTT Docomo.

13 Feb 2020 - 5:01AM

The annual MWC Barcelona event was decimated by the pull-out of major exhibitors, including telecoms gear suppliers Nokia and Ericsson, as well as mobile network operators Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, BT, Orange and NTT Docomo.

Coronavirus: MWC Barcelona, world’s biggest mobile trade show, cancelled as firms withdraw over outbreak crisis
Huawei sues Verizon for patent infringement, including network communications technology

Huawei alleges that its patented technology is being used in Verizon’s technologies and services, including infrastructure that facilitates communications through Verizon’s networks.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:47PM

Huawei alleges that its patented technology is being used in Verizon’s technologies and services, including infrastructure that facilitates communications through Verizon’s networks.

Huawei sues Verizon for patent infringement, including network communications technology
China’s smartphone giants sending smaller contingent to world’s biggest mobile show amid coronavirus crisis

Huawei and Oppo are among the world’s largest Android smartphone vendors that have scaled back the size of staff taking part in this year’s edition of MWC Barcelona amid the coronavirus outbreak.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:55PM

Huawei and Oppo are among the world’s largest Android smartphone vendors that have scaled back the size of staff taking part in this year’s edition of MWC Barcelona amid the coronavirus outbreak.

China’s smartphone giants sending smaller contingent to world’s biggest mobile show amid coronavirus crisis
Chinese device brands such as Lenovo, Xiaomi to see manufacturing, sales delays due to coronavirus

Analysts say suspension of factory operations could lead to snags in manufacturing processes and even supply shortages in China.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:08PM

Analysts say suspension of factory operations could lead to snags in manufacturing processes and even supply shortages in China.

Chinese device brands such as Lenovo, Xiaomi to see manufacturing, sales delays due to coronavirus
Worried you were on a train with someone infected with the Wuhan coronavirus? This AI-backed platform lets you find out

Qihoo 360’s AI-supported platform uses verified public data to identify travellers who have contracted the new coronavirus

15 Feb 2020 - 6:25PM

Qihoo 360’s AI-supported platform uses verified public data to identify travellers who have contracted the new coronavirus

Worried you were on a train with someone infected with the Wuhan coronavirus? This AI-backed platform lets you find out
Chinese tech firms pledge millions to help fight Wuhan coronavirus as telemedicine services surge in popularity

Chinese tech giants including Baidu, Meituan and Alibaba pledge funding and other support in the fight against the Wuhan coronavirus

16 Feb 2020 - 4:50PM

Chinese tech giants including Baidu, Meituan and Alibaba pledge funding and other support in the fight against the Wuhan coronavirus

Chinese tech firms pledge millions to help fight Wuhan coronavirus as telemedicine services surge in popularity
For Carousell CEO Quek Siu Rui, starting the Singapore-based app hasn’t been a walk in the park

The Post’s Zen Soo took a hike with Quek Siu Rui, co-founder of Singapore-based start-up Carousell, as part of a series where our journalists interact with tech CEOs over an activity of their choice.

16 Feb 2020 - 4:59PM

The Post’s Zen Soo took a hike with Quek Siu Rui, co-founder of Singapore-based start-up Carousell, as part of a series where our journalists interact with tech CEOs over an activity of their choice.

For Carousell CEO Quek Siu Rui, starting the Singapore-based app hasn’t been a walk in the park
China’s farmers get help selling produce online as Beijing steps up poverty alleviation efforts

Chinese e-commerce giants such as Alibaba and Pinduoduo are increasingly targeting rural farmers and merchants, as the government makes eradicating poverty by this year a national priority.

16 Feb 2020 - 6:57PM

Chinese e-commerce giants such as Alibaba and Pinduoduo are increasingly targeting rural farmers and merchants, as the government makes eradicating poverty by this year a national priority.

China’s farmers get help selling produce online as Beijing steps up poverty alleviation efforts
Huawei said to be in talks with banks to raise US$2 billion despite being on US blacklist

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, still on a US trade blacklist, hopes to raise US$2 billion through loans and bond sales outside China, says report

16 Feb 2020 - 9:24PM

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, still on a US trade blacklist, hopes to raise US$2 billion through loans and bond sales outside China, says report

Huawei said to be in talks with banks to raise US$2 billion despite being on US blacklist
Huawei sees ‘difficult year’ ahead after it closes 2019 with 18 per cent revenue growth despite US trade ban

Huawei says 2020 will be a ‘difficult year’ due to ongoing US pressure but expects to see 18 per cent growth in 2019 revenue to US$121.6 billion

15 Feb 2020 - 12:21PM

Huawei says 2020 will be a ‘difficult year’ due to ongoing US pressure but expects to see 18 per cent growth in 2019 revenue to US$121.6 billion

Huawei sees ‘difficult year’ ahead after it closes 2019 with 18 per cent revenue growth despite US trade ban
For Singapore’s Shopee, being ‘late’ to the e-commerce game has helped its rise in Southeast Asia

Since it was established in 2015, Shopee has become the most visited e-commerce site in the Southeast Asia region. Its mobile-first approach has much to do with its success.

27 Dec 2019 - 6:30AM

Since it was established in 2015, Shopee has become the most visited e-commerce site in the Southeast Asia region. Its mobile-first approach has much to do with its success.

For Singapore’s Shopee, being ‘late’ to the e-commerce game has helped its rise in Southeast Asia
These four groups of Chinese shoppers will drive online consumption in 2020

With e-commerce the most popular way to shop in China, new groups of buyers – from Gen Z to ‘silver hairs’ – are driving trends in the changing consumer landscape

24 Dec 2019 - 7:00PM

With e-commerce the most popular way to shop in China, new groups of buyers – from Gen Z to ‘silver hairs’ – are driving trends in the changing consumer landscape

These four groups of Chinese shoppers will drive online consumption in 2020
China’s tech companies have had a rough 2019 but will the US be the long-term loser amid ongoing stand-off?

After relying on foreign software and imported chips for decades, Beijing wants to create a road to self-sufficiency, even if this means a certain amount of ‘reinventing the wheel’.

20 Dec 2019 - 8:53AM

After relying on foreign software and imported chips for decades, Beijing wants to create a road to self-sufficiency, even if this means a certain amount of ‘reinventing the wheel’.

China’s tech companies have had a rough 2019 but will the US be the long-term loser amid ongoing stand-off?
Alibaba announces management reshuffle while Ant Financial names Simon Hu as new CEO

Alibaba and Ant Financial typically restructure on an annual basis as the companies adjust their strategies. This is seen as a way to groom the next batch of leaders and distribute responsibility as well as new business opportunities.

19 Dec 2019 - 10:39PM

Alibaba and Ant Financial typically restructure on an annual basis as the companies adjust their strategies. This is seen as a way to groom the next batch of leaders and distribute responsibility as well as new business opportunities.

Alibaba announces management reshuffle while Ant Financial names Simon Hu as new CEO
Xiaomi opens second headquarters in Wuhan, hometown of founder Lei Jun, as it doubles down on R&D in artificial intelligence

Xiaomi’s new Wuhan facility will eventually employ 10,000 and focus on investments in AI, IoT and big data, helping the company diversify away from smartphones

19 Dec 2019 - 12:55PM

Xiaomi’s new Wuhan facility will eventually employ 10,000 and focus on investments in AI, IoT and big data, helping the company diversify away from smartphones

Xiaomi opens second headquarters in Wuhan, hometown of founder Lei Jun, as it doubles down on R&D in artificial intelligence
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
Singapore’s YouTrip wants to eliminate pesky foreign transaction fees for Southeast Asian travellers

Hongkonger Caecilia Chu was inspired to launch fintech start-up YouTrip in Singapore after frequently forking out foreign transaction fees on her credit card when travelling.

13 Dec 2019 - 2:47PM

Hongkonger Caecilia Chu was inspired to launch fintech start-up YouTrip in Singapore after frequently forking out foreign transaction fees on her credit card when travelling.

Singapore’s YouTrip wants to eliminate pesky foreign transaction fees for Southeast Asian travellers
Chinese e-commerce platform Xiaohongshu to jump on ‘shoppertainment’ trend with live-streaming

Chinese social commerce platform Xiaohongshu will launch live-streaming features early next year. It is the latest e-commerce platform introducing the feature to better engage with consumers.

11 Dec 2019 - 10:22PM

Chinese social commerce platform Xiaohongshu will launch live-streaming features early next year. It is the latest e-commerce platform introducing the feature to better engage with consumers.

Chinese e-commerce platform Xiaohongshu to jump on ‘shoppertainment’ trend with live-streaming
As Grab expands to food and finance, its transport business is no longer driving most of its growth

Food and financial services now make up more than 50 per cent of gross merchandise volume for Grab, which started out as a taxi-hailing company.

11 Dec 2019 - 10:14AM

Food and financial services now make up more than 50 per cent of gross merchandise volume for Grab, which started out as a taxi-hailing company.

As Grab expands to food and finance, its transport business is no longer driving most of its growth
Singapore start-up Zenyum promises straighter teeth at affordable prices with dental app

Invisalign has been the de facto treatment for straightening teeth without using braces, but now Singapore start-up Zenyum is offering a similar solution at one third the cost.

7 Dec 2019 - 11:40AM

Invisalign has been the de facto treatment for straightening teeth without using braces, but now Singapore start-up Zenyum is offering a similar solution at one third the cost.

Singapore start-up Zenyum promises straighter teeth at affordable prices with dental app
What US and Chinese shoppers bought on Black Friday and Singles’ Day – pet food, air fryers and face massagers

Singles’ Day in China and the weekend from Black Friday to Cyber Monday in the US are watched closely as barometers of consumption in their respective markets. We look at some of the most interesting trends among online shoppers.

5 Dec 2019 - 9:26AM

Singles’ Day in China and the weekend from Black Friday to Cyber Monday in the US are watched closely as barometers of consumption in their respective markets. We look at some of the most interesting trends among online shoppers.

What US and Chinese shoppers bought on Black Friday and Singles’ Day – pet food, air fryers and face massagers
Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou thanks supporters after a year under house arrest, noting how ‘time has slowed to a crawl’

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou reflects on a year under Canadian house arrest in a letter penned to company employees and supporters.

3 Dec 2019 - 12:41AM

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou reflects on a year under Canadian house arrest in a letter penned to company employees and supporters.

Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou thanks supporters after a year under house arrest, noting how ‘time has slowed to a crawl’
China’s reliance on US-origin platforms for deep learning raises questions about country’s AI push

Dependence on US frameworks for deep learning seen as significant gap in China’s AI ecosystem, potentially hampering efforts to close the AI tech gap with the US by 2030.

22 Nov 2019 - 3:30PM

Dependence on US frameworks for deep learning seen as significant gap in China’s AI ecosystem, potentially hampering efforts to close the AI tech gap with the US by 2030.

China’s reliance on US-origin platforms for deep learning raises questions about country’s AI push
Singapore’s Carousell snaps up rival 701Search as it seeks dominance in Southeast Asia

Mobile classifieds company Carousell will be valued at over US$850 million after merging with 701Search, months after a deal with another platform, OLX Philippines.

21 Nov 2019 - 12:49PM

Mobile classifieds company Carousell will be valued at over US$850 million after merging with 701Search, months after a deal with another platform, OLX Philippines.

Singapore’s Carousell snaps up rival 701Search as it seeks dominance in Southeast Asia
Consumers from China’s smaller cities lift Alibaba to new Singles’ Day record as buyers shrug off trade war

Alibaba said that Juhuasuan, its e-commerce platform that targets smaller cities, had 7,000 items that hit over a million orders.

12 Nov 2019 - 11:47AM

Alibaba said that Juhuasuan, its e-commerce platform that targets smaller cities, had 7,000 items that hit over a million orders.

Consumers from China’s smaller cities lift Alibaba to new Singles’ Day record as buyers shrug off trade war
With the US-China trade war in its 16th month, will the Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza continue to shine?

This year analysts will be watching the headline sales data very closely to see if the world’s second-biggest economy is feeling the strain.

9 Nov 2019 - 7:04AM

This year analysts will be watching the headline sales data very closely to see if the world’s second-biggest economy is feeling the strain.

With the US-China trade war in its 16th month, will the Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza continue to shine?
Why Chinese cities such as Chengdu and Wuhan are attracting top tech talent in search of a better life

China’s western cities are pulling in more tech talent, helped by a better quality of life, a flow of STEM graduates and a range of government incentives.

12 Nov 2019 - 11:32AM

China’s western cities are pulling in more tech talent, helped by a better quality of life, a flow of STEM graduates and a range of government incentives.

Why Chinese cities such as Chengdu and Wuhan are attracting top tech talent in search of a better life