Xiaomi, OnePlus, Lenovo, Vivo, Oppo, and Other Chinese OEMs Partner to Launch ‘Fast Apps’ to Rival WeChat’s Mini Programs

China’s biggest smartphone makers are collaborating to promote download-free “fast apps”, in a move backed by the government and likely to threaten Tencent Holdings’ grip on mobile traffic with its wildly popular WeChat app. The messenger-to-payment app WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users, last year launched “mini-programs” within the app that look and operate much like […]

Google Said to Offer to Display Rival Sites via Auction

Alphabet unit Google has offered to display rival comparison shopping sites via an auction as part of an EU compliance order following a landmark fine for favouring its own service, four people familiar with the matter said on Monday. The proposal, submitted to the European Commission on August 29 following a record 2.4-billion-euro ($2.87 billion) penalty, would allow competitors to bid […]

How to Set Up Your Own Spotify Rival to Stream Music for Free

If you’re looking to get your music fix today, chances are you’ll open up a streaming service such as Spotify, or Apple Music. But despite the ubiquity of these apps, there are artists who maintain exclusivity on their work: Jay Z’s 4:44 is still not on Spotify, Beyoncé’s Lemonade is only on Tidal, and Adele’s 25 didn’t hit […]

Amazon Partners VMware for Hybrid Cloud Services to Rival Microsoft

Amazon.com is teaming up with VMware to let customers combine VMware’s software for corporate networks with Amazon’s internet-based cloud-computing services, a bid by Amazon to better compete with rival Microsoft in hybrid cloud solutions. VMware will deliver, sell and support a product that lets customers use their existing VMware software with access to Amazon’s cloud-based […]

China eyes steel merger to create rival to ArcelorMittal

metallic slabs sit on flatcars after being synthetic at the ArcelorMittal metal mill complex in Cleveland, Ohio. photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Beijing: China’s second– and sixth–largest steelmakers by using output have entered restructuring talks, which analysts say could presage a merger that could create the country’s biggest mill, and a employerwith the scale to rival the […]