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Tencent said to be in talks for bigger cut of video game sales from mobile app stores

Tencent Holdings is pressing China’s top smartphone vendors and app stores to boost the cut of revenue it gets from video games sold through their platforms, people familiar with the matter said, stepping up efforts to claw back profits as the company’s business slows.The gaming and social media giant is seeking as much as 70 per cent of the sales generated from its video games, up from 50 per cent at present, said the people, who requested anonymity discussing private negotiations.That would… Source link

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US should start manipulating the dollar, Donald Trump says, accusing China and Europe of playing ‘big currency manipulation game’

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China and Europe of playing a “big currency manipulation game”. He said the United States should match that effort, a move that directly contradicts official US policy not to manipulate the dollar’s value to gain trade advantages.In a tweet, the president said that if America does ‘match’ China and Europe, the country will continue “being the dummies who sit back and politely watch as other countries continue to play their games – as they have for… Source link

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You can (virtually) dash through terminals with luggage trolleys in an arcade game at Jewel Changi Airport, Digital, Singapore News

Haven’t we all fantasised about racing across the carpeted terminals of Changi Airport on luggage trolleys? No? Just us? Fine.  In any case, you actually can right now — specifically, in an interactive game at Jewel Changi Airport. Yes, now can finally be the hyper-efficient trolley uncle/auntie you want to see in the world.  The endless running video game is available for the public to play for free at the newly opened Changi Experience Studio, and according to this video captured by Xavier Lur, looks like fairly decent fun.  “Temple Run…

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US-China trade war: Trump and Xi are locked in world’s largest game of chicken, and neither can blink

There HASN’T BEEN a week, if not a day, over the past year without some sort of breaking news about US-China relations.Now more than 12 months into the trade conflict, and after the 11th round of talks failed in early May, it has gone well beyond just repeated escalation of tariffs. Washington and Beijing have both toughened their rhetoric and intensified the confrontation by expanding retaliatory measures to other areas.US President Donald Trump has moved to blacklist Chinese telecom firm… Source link

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What if the US and China were to decouple financially? Bank of America analysts have a war game model for the implications

With US-China trade tensions deepening, analysts at Bank of America have war-gamed some potential implications for financial markets.“What if China and the US were to decouple financially,” a group led by David Cui, head of China equity strategy with the American bank, asked itself in a June 4 note to clients. It’s “not our base case but an emerging risk worth monitoring,” they wrote.Among the potential implications of any moves to establish a financial iron curtain between the world’s two… Source link

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Will Chinese fans be the last to know how Game of Thrones ends?

Chinese fans of Game of Thrones were in an uproar on Monday after Tencent Video, one of the country’s biggest streaming video service providers, postponed showing until further notice of the final episode of the hit HBO show because of a technical issue.The delay was announced by Tencent Video, a unit of internet giant Tencent Holdings, an hour before the episode’s scheduled broadcast at 9am on Monday. Tencent Video obtained exclusive distribution rights in China for Game of Thrones in 2014… Source link

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Krisflyer miles redemption guide: How to start playing the miles game in Singapore, Singapore News

So, you’ve finally decided to become a full-fledged travel hacker – to start collecting miles in order to fulfil to your dream of travelling the world. You’ve told all your friends and posted an Instagram story about it… but, erm, now what? Before you start texting your boss to ask for a sabbatical and applying for the best air mile credit card there is, first read this 5-step guide to figure out how exactly you can earn, calculate and redeem your KrisFlyer miles. (Note: This article talks about KrisFlyer miles…

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Has Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ met its match in Xi Jinping’s long game? FBI’s former crisis negotiator breaks it down

US President Donald Trump lacks the negotiating talent needed to resolve the US-China trade war in America’s favour, according to James Chip Massey, a former crisis negotiator at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who now advises CEOs on business negotiations.Massey, who spent weeks of intensive training to join the FBI’s Crisis Negotiations Team and once worked on espionage cases, told the South China Morning Post that he holds little hope for Trump, given the president’s famed… Source link

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China plays a waiting game on the economy – and bets everything on the belt and road plan

China has been pump-priming its economy since January, in a reversal of recent deleveraging. The policy change is likely to stabilise the financial system and help financially troubled local governments, but won’t kick-start another growth cycle. Expect to see more of this sort of stabilising stimulus in the coming years. China is aiming to keep its economy on the treadmill – to keep it running on the same spot.According to the People’s Bank of China, aggregate financing surged to 8.18 trillion… Source link

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Comic book artist Troy Chin and musician Charlie Lim team up for a Choose Your Own Adventure web game, Singapore, Digital News

In a union we never thought we’d need, Troy Chin (of The Resident Tourist comic book series fame) and Charlie Lim (the neo-soul troubadour who came up with a legitimately decent National Day Parade theme song last year) came together recently to produce an intriguing web game. And it’s free to play.     Simply — and mysteriously — called O, the Choose Your Own Adventure-style Chrome browser game was announced last Saturday night by Chin on Facebook, inviting players to jump down the rabbit hole on his official website Dreary…

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