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Tencent sues user for live-streaming on Bytedance app
What: Tencent recently filed a lawsuit against a user for live-streaming its PC title “League of Legends” on Bytedance’s Xigua Video without authorization, media outlet BiaNews reported.

Violating terms: In its filing, Tencent claimed the user violated the company’s user agreement, which prohibits users from recording, live-streaming, and disseminating content from Tencent’s games without its authorization, according to the report. Tencent requested that the user halt all live-streaming activities and pay RMB 1 in damages.

The target: The user in question is 25 years old and has 1,690 followers on Xigua Video, where he goes by the handle “HT Jianjian.” His last post on the platform was an announcement for a live-streaming session of “League of Legends” dated December of last year. Upon being notified of the lawsuit, the user countersued, claiming to have the right to exhibit virtual items that he purchased with RMB 1,500 in “League of Legends,” according to the BiaNews report. By prohibiting him from live-streaming the game, the user stated, Tencent is denying him of such a right. He also demanded that Tencent refund the RMB 1,500, pay RMB 4,500 in punitive damages, and cover his attorney fees.

Lawsuit spree: According to the report, this marks the first time a game company has sued an individual user for live-streaming games without acquiring proper authorization. However, Tencent has been increasingly litigious, suing Bytedance six times in May alone for live-streaming three of Tencent’s most popular titles: “League of Legends,” “CrossFire,” and “Honour of Kings.”

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Tech companies worldwide—including US chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm, mobile research firm InterDigital Wireless, and South Korean carrier LG Uplus—have restricted employees from engaging in informal conversations with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. In response to the recent US blacklisting of the Chinese firm, these companies have issued internal guidance to their employees to not discuss technology and technical standards with their counterparts at Huawei.

Ant Financial is planning to build a fintech innovation center in the Xiong’an New Area near Baoding in north China’s Hebei province, said Ren Haixia, the head of Alibaba’s Xiong’an project, though she did not reveal a specific timeline for the launch. The company has rolled out a blockchain-based home rental platform, which is part of the larger plan for the innovation center. An Ant Financial spokesman confirmed to TechNode that it has collaborated with local entities on fintech projects. Additional projects between Alibaba and the special economic zone are underway, including blockchain and cloud infrastructure development, according to the Hebei news outlet citing Ren.

Chinese internet portal Sohu has formally launched a new social networking app named Huyou to target younger Chinese users. As an offshoot of its news aggregation app’s social networking feature, Huyou offers tools such as blogs, photo-sharing features, and online games. The service has been undergoing testing as an independent app since May 2018 and now has around 2.5 million users.

Bytedance has shifted leadership at Douyin and Jinri Toutiao in an attempt to boost growth, 36Kr reports. Zhu Jun, the co-founder of Musical.ly, now leads Douyin and TikTok. Ren Lifeng, the former head of Douyin and one of the earliest members of its team, now reports to Zhu. Bytedance’s recommendation algorithm expert Zhu Wenjia was promoted to lead the Jinri Toutiao app, reporting to the CEO of the Jinri Toutiao company.

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Small drops to get smart on China's tech world
1 - Vehicle synergy 
Chinese carmakers are now sponsoring rocket launchings. (Quartz)

2 - Routing leaks
China Mobile allegedly somehow rerouted European Internet traffic through China for two hours. (ZDNet)

3 - Massive and ubiquitous
According to a new report, the security threat posed by Huawei derives from its sheer scale. (TheGuardian)

4 - Toyota teams up
Toyota said on Friday that it will buy batteries from two Chinese battery manufacturers: Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and BYD. (Nikkei)

5 - Newest block
China’s internet censors have shut down Wallstreetcn.com, one of China’s most popular news-aggregating apps dedicated to financial news, over unspecified breaches of cybersecurity laws. (SCMP)

6 - Seeking delay
The acting director of the US Office of Management and Budget has asked Vice President Mike Pence and several members of Congress to delay the Huawei ban. (New York Times)
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