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Reddit shares jumped as much as 70% in their debut on Thursday in the first initial public offering for a major social media company since Pinterest hit the market in 2019. The 19-year-old website that hosts millions of online forums priced its IPO on Wednesday at $34 a share, the top of the expected range. … Read more

China is making it much easier for foreigners to use mobile pay

Scanning QR codes with a mobile pay app has become the most common way to pay in mainland China. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — Foreign visitors to China can now spend up to $2,000 a year using the mobile app Alipay without having to register their ID, the app operator said Friday. … Read more

UK neobank Monzo hits $5 billion valuation after $430 million raise

British digital bank Monzo on Tuesday raised $430 million in fresh capital from investors to help it relaunch its services in the U.S. Monzo raised the money in a new funding round led by CapitalG, the independent venture arm of Google parent company Alphabet. HongShan, the Chinese venture capital firm that split from Sequoia Capital … Read more

AMD reportedly hits U.S. regulatory roadblock for Chain-tailored chip

A smartphone with a displayed AMD logo is placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration taken March 6, 2023.  Dado Ruvic | Reuters American semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices has failed in getting a made-for-China AI chip past U.S. regulators and will need to apply for an export license, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The report … Read more

IQiyi posts first year of profits and says it’s ‘excited’ about Sora

A view of iQiyi’s website featuring a variety TV show, taken on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — Chinese video content and streaming company iQiyi CFO Wang Jun said he is “excited” about potential new business opportunities with the emergence of OpenAI’s text-to-video tool Sora. Speaking exclusively to CNBC … Read more

Electric air transport set to take off with air taxis, cargo deliveries

A model of a Wisk Aero LLC electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore, on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024.  Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Among displays of defense jets, passenger airliners and high-tech aviation equipment at the Singapore Airshow were electric air transport vehicles — … Read more

China’s central bank encourages local businesses to accept foreign payment cards

A coffee shop at Beijing Capital Airport shows customers can use Visa, Mastercard, the digital Chinese yuan and other payment methods. CNBC | Evelyn Cheng BEIJING — China is encouraging banks and local businesses to accept foreign bank cards and is considering other steps to make mobile pay for international visitors even easier, said Zhang … Read more

Baidu’s Ernie AI chatbot to power Samsung’s new Galaxy S24 smartphones

Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S24 smartphones during a media preview event in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. Samsung, the world’s most prolific smartphone maker, is leaning into artificial intelligence as the key to unlocking greater sales this year. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images Baidu … Read more

Tencent’s Riot Games division cuts 11% of staff to ‘create focus’

Ma ”Pony” Huateng, chairman and chief executive officer of Tencent Holdings Ltd., speaks during the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Forum in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. In an unusual move, Ma has chosen to convene a summit of government academics and business chieftains in Hong Kong days before the 20th anniversary … Read more

Is China’s consumption story over? Here’s what experts are saying

A woman waits on her bicycle to cross an intersection outside a new shopping mall in Beijing, China, on Sept. 13, 2023. Kevin Frayer | Getty Images News | Getty Images After a year of uneven and disappointing post-pandemic recovery in 2023, China’s consumer sentiment may finally start to improve this year. Last year, the … Read more