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How women’s digital habits are evolving in China in 2021

“Women hold up half the sky,” former Chinese leader Mao Zedong famously said. More than fifty years on, women in China are doing so online, driving digital trends and fast becoming a cohort that marketers ignore at their peril.

By the simplest measures, digital participation is robust among women. In 2020, nearly half (49.4%) of the country’s internet users were female, according to our latest estimates. In fact, internet penetration among females was 69.2%, surpassing the penetration rate among males (67.1%).

Instant messaging was the most popular app category among females in China who used mobile internet every month, followed

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P&G Worked With China Trade Group on Tech to Sidestep Apple Privacy Rules

Procter & Gamble Co. helped develop a technique being tested in China to gather iPhone data for targeted ads, a step intended to give companies a way around Apple Inc.’s new privacy tools, according to people familiar with the matter.

The move is part of a broader effort by the consumer-goods giant to prepare for an era in which new rules and consumer preferences limit the amount of data available to marketers. P&G —among the world’s largest advertisers, with brands such as Gillette razors and Charmin toilet paper—is the biggest Western company involved in the effort, the people said.

The

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How China is closing the digital divide for seniors

The second-most cited inconvenience was dealing with cashless businesses. QR code-based mobile payments, enabled by Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat, have revolutionized commerce in recent years. In December, China’s central bank urged merchants and institutions to accept cash, not long after the State Council, the government’s cabinet, released an implementation plan for senior inclusivity in the age of technology.

The plan called on companies to not only innovate their products, services, and ecosystems with the needs of the elderly in mind, but also use technology to optimize offline services that many seniors depend on, especially government services and those in

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U.S. dollar at risk as China races ahead on digital yuan

Hello, China Watchers. Your guest host this week is Emily Parker, a managing director at CoinDesk, a news site specializing in bitcoin and digital currencies, and co-anchor at CoinDesk TV. Emily is a former member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department and a former writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered Asia. Her book, “Now I Know Who My Comrades Are,” (FSG) details the impact of the internet in China, Cuba and Russia. She’s also co-founder of LongHash, a blockchain startup that focuses on Asian markets. Over to you, Emily!

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PUBG Mobile Reports 1 Billion Accumulated Downloads Outside China Since 2018 Launch

Chinese tech giant Tencent said on Thursday its cellphone action game PUBG Mobile has surpassed 1 billion accumulated downloads outside China, making it one of the most successful games worldwide.

PUBG Mobile, the mobile version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, in which a group of players fight one another until only a single combatant is left alive, has been hugely popular since the so-called battle royale style game was launched three years ago.

The latest download figures would put it behind only Kiloo Games’ Subway Surfers and King Digital Entertainment’s Candy Crush Saga, both casual titles that are relatively easy to play

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China slams US plan to expel phone carriers in tech clash

BEIJING — China’s government on Thursday called on Washington to drop efforts to expel three state-owned Chinese phone companies from the United States in a new clash over technology and security.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to begin revoking the companies’ U.S. licenses. It said they are security risks controlled by the communist Beijing government.

The foreign ministry accused Washington of misusing security complaints to hurt Chinese commercial competitors.

The United States should “stop the wrong practice of generalizing the concept of national security and politicizing economic issues” and “stop abusing state power to unreasonably suppress Chinese enterprises,” said

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