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Recommended Reading: May 8, 2017

eMarketer’s scan of the key developments of the day, plus data to make sense of it all

May 8, 2017

Spotify Taps QR Codes to Make Sharing Music Easier

Spotify has added a new feature to its app: Spotify Codes. In short, the feature creates a unique barcode and album cover image for every song, artist and playlist. According to Mashable, it’s similar to Snapchat’s Snapcodes, where users can create and share their own QR codes that will open a page exclusively within the app.

Thailand Requests Facebook Block Content

Several ISPs in Thailand have asked Facebook to remove content deemed illegal in the country. The move was made at the behest of Thailand’s telecommunications regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), which generated a list of websites and Facebook pages determined by a court to conflict with Thai law. Types of content considered illegal under the law include pornographic materials, threats to national security or insults to the ruling monarchy.

Square to Release a Debit Card

Payment company Square is inviting users to sign up for its debit card. The card was first teased by CEO Jack Dorsey last month. How does the company’s debit card differ from others? For one, it won’t be linked to a user’s bank account; instead, it’ll use the balance in their Square Cash app, Engadget reports.

WeChat Pay Makes US Entrance

WeChat Pay, the digital payments service offered by China’s messaging platform WeChat, launched in the US through a partnership with Santa Clara, Calif.-based Citcon, a mobile payment platform. Citcon focuses on making mobile payment services commonly available and widely used in China, such as Alipay and WeChat Pay, available to the growing number of China-based travelers headed to the US.

Southeast Asia: A Battleground for China’s Heavyweights

In a post written for TechNode, Sheji Ho, Group CMO for ecommerce logistics company aCommerce, spelled out how Southeast Asia is becoming a prime battleground for China’s largest internet service companies. Ho writes that companies like Alibaba, Tencent and ride-hailing platform Didi Chuxing are looking to the region for growth, and are using a strategy based on their experiences with consumers in China who first came online via smartphones. Ho also notes that in contrast to the ad-supported world of Western digital services, many companies in China have drawn revenues from transactions.

Rahul Chadha and Rimma Kats

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