Ep. 9: Tencent vs. Toutiao


Earlier this month, Tencent sued Bytedance, better known as Toutiao, for 1 yuan and Toutiao fought back by suing Tencent for 90 million yuan. What sparked the feud between the David and Goliath of the Chinese tech world? Listen to this week’s episode of TechBuzz China by Pandaily to find out!

TechBuzz China by Pandaily is a weekly technology podcast focused on giving you a peek into what’s buzzing within the tech community in China. It is co-hosted by Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma, who are both seasoned China-watchers with years of experience working in the technology space in China. They uncover and contextualize unique insights, perspectives, and takeaways on headline tech news that doesn’t always make it into English-language coverage.

This week on TechBuzz China by Pandaily, Ying-Ying and Rui explain the fight between Bytedance and Tencent as sparked by the war in short-video apps. They trace it back to the humble beginnings of short-video apps and talk about the major players such as Xiaokaxiu, Musical.ly, and Kuaishou, which had their 15 minutes of fame along the way.

Currently, the space is dominated by Tencent-backed Kuaishou and Bytedance’s Douyin, while the other two members of BAT, Alibaba and Baidu, both announced that they will be releasing their own short-video apps as well. Who will come out on top in the competition for Chinese netizens’ attention? Listen to hear what Ying-Ying and Rui have to say!

As always, you can find these stories and more at pandaily.com. Let us know what you think of the show, and don’t forget to follow Pandaily on Twitter at @thepandaily, as well as TechBuzz at @TechBuzzChina!