The next TikTok could well be on the way to the U.S. before long

Sep 22, 2020
The wildly popular video-sharing app may be the beginning of a new era in Chinese tech.
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The WeChat ban will have economic effects, too

Sep 18, 2020
In addition to the bans on downloads and updates, users in the U.S. won’t be able to make payments through WeChat.
Millions of Americans use the WeChat app to send money to family back in China.
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Trump administration bans WeChat, TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday

Sep 18, 2020
The Commerce Department says, starting Sunday, neither app can be downloaded or updated in the U.S.
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China to count bloggers and gamers as "employed" during pandemic

Aug 12, 2020
The news has fueled a perception that officials are out to inflate employment figures for a record 8.7 million graduates potentially entering a worsening jobs market.
Students at a job fair in Shanghai. An estimated 8.7 million graduates could enter the workforce this year during the pandemic.
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How TikTok and WeChat escalated the U.S.-China trade war

Aug 7, 2020
President Trump's executive order restricts Chinese tech platforms. Correspondent Jennifer Pak discusses the future of competition in developing markets.
A man rides past the offices of Tencent, the parent company of Chinese social media platform WeChat, in Beijing.
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With executive orders, White House takes aim at two social media giants

These orders mean that in 45 days, transactions with WeChat or TikTok from American persons or companies would be banned.
Pictured: The social media application logo, TikTok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on an American flag background.
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Line debuts about 30 percent higher than initial price

Jul 14, 2016
The largest IPO of the year has just launched.
This photo taken on July 12, 2016 shows a customer entering the Line Friends shop in Tokyo's Harajuku district. Japan-based messaging app Line kicks off a dual New York-Tokyo stock listing later on July 14, 2016 after one of the year's biggest initial public offerings. The company, looking to expand on booming popularity among smartphone users in Asia, priced its shares at a top-of-the-range 3,300 yen (32 USD), suggesting strong demand for the sale. 
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Line messaging app enters an overcrowded market

Jul 13, 2016
Too many apps, so little time.
Line is a Japanese based messenger app trying to break into the public market.
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Look out Wall Street: Here comes Sina Weibo

Feb 25, 2014
Weibo, the social network that has transformed the way young Chinese share information, now has plans to go public in the U.S.

Chinese social media app targets the U.S. market

Jul 16, 2013
Wechat, the wildly popular texting app from the Chinese Internet giant Tencent, has nearly 400 million users worldwide. It plans to target American consumers next.