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  • Tencent executives: The number and salary have been optimized before, and there is still room for further cost reduction
  • Musk denies buying Manchester United
  • BYD Han was exposed to spontaneous combustion only 3 days after being listed
  • Evergrande Auto may be acquired
  • Xiaomi Auto finalizes battery plan
  • Xiaohongshu online travel search risk warning
  • Pinduoduo launches cross-border e-commerce platform in September
  • Has TikTok surpassed Instagram and become the new darling of the fashion industry?
  • AirPods Pro 2 will support fitness tracking for the first time
  • The iPhone 14 may be released at the same time as the Huawei Mate 50
  • Sony Xperia 1 V may push "ultra-micro hole proactive solution"
  • Scotland to provide free period supplies to the public
  • Spotify member free trial extended to three months
  • Secoo responds to Beijing headquarters suspected of running away
  • Nike Releases Air Force 1 40th Anniversary Album
  • The Return of the Great Sage, the director's new work "Deep Sea", will be released this year
  • Musical comedy "I Used to be Famous" to be released in September
  • "Your Honor" returns for the second season in the fall

Tencent executives: The number and salary have been optimized before, and there is still room for further cost reduction

On August 17, Tencent announced its 2022 Q2 financial report, and many data have attracted much attention.

· The number of employees increased by nearly 17,000, with an average monthly salary of over 80,000

The financial report shows that as of June 30 this year, Tencent had a total of 110,715 employees, compared with 94,182 in the same period last year. In the six months ended June 30 this year, its total salary cost was 56.779 billion yuan, compared with 44.388 billion yuan in the same period last year.

According to this calculation, in the first half of 2022, the average monthly salary of Tencent employees is 85,473.21 yuan.

· WeChat has nearly 1.3 billion monthly active users

In the second quarter, WeChat continued to expand slowly. The combined MAUs of WeChat and WeChat reached 1,299.1 million, a year-on-year increase of 3.8%.

In contrast, QQ's monthly active accounts increased slightly by 5 million, and the number of monthly active accounts as of the end of June was 569 million. But year-on-year, QQ's monthly activity fell by 3.8% compared with the same period last year.

But at the same time, according to @spiral lab statistics, as of August this year, nearly 10 products such as QQ Tang, Kandian Express, and Sogou Search have been officially abandoned by Tencent.

· The duration of the video account is approaching the circle of friends

In terms of user ecology, it is also worth noting that the total user usage time of the video account exceeds 80% of the total user usage time of the Moments.

During the second season, the video account held a series of live concerts, each of which attracted tens of millions of users.

· First revenue decline since listing

Overall, the data shows that during the reporting period, Tencent's revenue was 134 billion yuan, a year-on-year decrease of 3.2% compared with 138.259 billion yuan in the same period last year; net profit was 18.6 billion yuan, a year-on-year decrease of 56%.

This is the first time Tencent's revenue has fallen since its listing.

In the conference call after Tencent’s second-quarter financial report was released, Tencent executives also said that Tencent is currently implementing cost control measures, and there is still room for further reduction in follow-up costs. In the previous measures, the number and salary were optimized.

It is worth mentioning that, after announcing the cancellation of some outsourced free canteen benefits, Tencent announced that it will no longer provide free fruits and lunch boxes.

Source: Wall Street News & LatePost & Spiral Labs

Musk denies buying Manchester United

On the 17th, Musk suddenly revealed on social platforms that he would acquire Manchester United, a well-known Premier League football club listed on the US stock market.

It is reported that Manchester United is a traditional giant team in the British top league. In the past 144 years, the team has won 66 trophies, including 20 league titles.

But Manchester United's record has gone from bad to worse since manager Alex Ferguson retired with a 20th Premier League title. Currently, its market cap is around $2 billion.

However, at noon that day, Musk posted again, saying that his remarks were just "joking" and that he himself had no intention of buying any sports teams.

Musk probably thought the Manchester United acquisition was just a joke. However, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may be serious about this potentially market-shattering takeover tweet.

In 2018, Musk publicly tweeted that he would take Tesla private at $420 per share, but failed. The SEC then filed a lawsuit accusing Musk of “securities fraud.” Although the two parties later settled, Musk was also fined $20 million and resigned as Tesla chairman.

Source: financial world

BYD Han was exposed to spontaneous combustion only 3 days after being listed

A few days ago, a BYD car owner in Langzhong, Sichuan said that the BYD "Han EV Qianshan Cui" car, which had been licensed for only 3 days, spontaneously ignited.

According to the video, the fire started from the chassis of the car, and the fire spread upward and gradually burned to the entire car. The front part of the car was severely damaged, but no casualties were caused in the process.

In this regard, the staff of Langzhong Fire Protection said that the specific reason is still under investigation.

BYD's official customer service said that it has not yet received relevant information. If an accident does occur, the manufacturer and the service shop will directly connect with the car owner to negotiate and deal with it.

In April and July this year, BYD issued two recall announcements for "Tang DM", involving a total of more than 60,000 vehicles. The reason for the recall is that some vehicle power battery pack trays have the risk of water ingress, which may cause arcing of the high-voltage system, posing a safety hazard.

According to data from the Fire and Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Emergency Management of the People's Republic of China, a total of 19,000 fires of various types of vehicles were reported in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 8.8% year-on-year.

Among them, there were 640 new energy vehicles, a year-on-year increase of 32%, which means that there are more than 7 new energy vehicle fires per day on average.

Source: Interface News

Evergrande Auto may be acquired

Yesterday, a person familiar with the matter said that Evergrande may be acquired by another auto company, and the lead party may be the local government.

At present, Hengchi 5 has been on sale for nearly a month and a half. On August 6, Hengchi disclosed that Hengchi 5 had nearly 40,000 pre-sale.

And Evergrande Automobile Tianjin plant has only produced about 200 Hengchi 5 cars so far. And due to insufficient materials, the Tianjin plant may also be shut down today.

In August last year, Evergrande issued an announcement saying: “It is approaching several potential independent third-party investors to discuss the sale of some of the company’s assets,” including Evergrande Auto.

Jiemian News pointed out that it is still an open question whether Evergrande will be acquired. But for Evergrande Auto, more serious than the capital problem is the supply chain crisis after its credit bankruptcy.

Source: Interface News

Xiaomi Auto finalizes battery plan

According to 36kr news, the power battery, one of the core components of Xiaomi cars, has been finalized as the Fudi battery of CATL and BYD.

Among them, Xiaomi's low-profile models plan to use a 400V voltage platform, equipped with the latest ternary Kirin battery from CATL; high-profile models plan to use an 800V voltage platform, equipped with Fudi's lithium iron phosphate blade battery.

However, some people in the industry chain revealed that the Kirin battery used by Xiaomi cars may be customized in terms of charging rate, thermal management, etc., and it is called "Golden Kirin" in the Ningde era.

It is reported that Xiaomi Auto plans to launch its first car in 2024, and is expected to sell 100,000 units in the first year, and deliver 900,000 units in the next three years.

Power batteries, intelligent driving computing platforms, etc. are the core components of intelligent electric vehicles. After these cooperations are finalized, it also means that Xiaomi's research and development will be accelerated.

Source: 36kr

Xiaohongshu online travel search risk warning

Recently, a flash flood occurred in Longcaogou, Longmenshan Town, Pengzhou City, Sichuan Province, causing 7 deaths and 8 minor injuries.

Some media pointed out that this place was recommended as a "wild scenic spot" and "niche summer resort" on platforms such as Xiaohongshu, which caused heated discussions.

In this regard, Xiaohongshu related people responded that the travel search risk warning has been launched, and the review of user notes will be strengthened.

At present, searching for keywords such as "travel" and "mine exploration" on Xiaohongshu will bring up risk warnings such as "travel, safety first", "beautiful shape, safety is more important". However, there is still no risk warning when searching for keywords such as "wild hot spring" and "wild scenic spot".

Source: Phoenix Network Technology & The Paper

Pinduoduo launches cross-border e-commerce platform in September

According to a LatePost report, Pinduoduo is preparing a cross-border e-commerce platform. The application is expected to be launched in mid-September, and the first stop is the United States.

Its model will follow the example of SheIn, the largest independent cross-border e-commerce station in China, and is currently attracting investment in categories such as daily necessities and home textiles. Similar to the way that the original Pinduoduo main site attracted small and medium-sized merchants, Pinduoduo’s cross-border platform also gives merchants a “0 yuan entry, 0 point deduction” discount.

In addition, it is unclear which logistics parties Pinduoduo will cooperate with for cross-border transportation. The cost of express delivery in the United States is about 12 US dollars per order. If it is also cut in with cheap goods, Pinduoduo will also face the problem of how to increase the unit price of customers and reduce logistics costs.

Source: LatePost

Has TikTok surpassed Instagram and become the new favorite in the fashion industry?

Instagram has tried to imitate TikTok by adding video content and algorithmic recommendations, but has instead shaken its original centrality in the fashion world.

Creators need to develop along with the application. The changes in the content ecology of Ins have forced fashion bloggers to change their original communication strategies, such as making more videos and sharing more private life.

And those Instagram bloggers who insist on using static pictures may lose followers and thus lose revenue – Instagram's traffic tilt to video content is likely to kill Instagram stars in the traditional sense.

This wrong internal development strategy also highlights the external challenges posed by TikTok.

TikTok allows fashion creators to focus on producing content, as the algorithmic recommendation model can easily find fans for them after their work is published. However, creators on Instagram have to always pay attention to the changes in the internal ecology of the platform, and put more effort into adapting to it.

Therefore, more and more fashion bloggers are turning to TikTok.

Despite this, Instagram still has 2 billion monthly active users twice that of Tiktok, and firmly controls fashion KOLs – this is a barrier brought by Instagram's accumulation of more than a decade.

It cannot be ignored, however, that TikTok is also on its way to taking the Instagram crown.

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The iPhone 14 may be released at the same time as the Huawei Mate 50

According to Sina Technology, the Huawei Mate 50 series will be officially released in early September, and the current estimated date is September 7.

At the same time, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said that Apple will launch the iPhone 14 at a press conference on September 7, local time in the United States, and start bookings two days later, with the first orders shipping on September 16.

It can be seen that it is very likely that the Huawei Mate 50 series will be released at the same time as the iPhone 14 series.

AirPods Pro 2 will support fitness tracking for the first time

A new report suggests that Apple's AirPods Pro 2 wireless earphones may feature fitness tracking for the first time, thanks to an updated motion sensor.

Apple previously won a patent for an in-ear fitness monitoring system that integrates advanced biometric sensors to detect physiological indicators, including temperature, heart rate, sweat levels, and more through skin contact and built-in motion sensors.

Since Apple's iOS 16 will expand the "Activity Circle" in the "Fitness" app to all users, users without an Apple Watch may be able to use AirPods to collect more fitness data.

Source: IT House

Sony Xperia 1 V may push "ultra-micro hole proactive solution"

Recently, Sony's next-generation flagship mobile phone Xperia 1 V renderings have been exposed, with at least four micro openings on the top, or using an "ultra-micro hole proactive solution".

The micro-matrix multi-camera synthesis technology can achieve proactive and other sensor functions in smaller apertures. Compared with the under-screen camera technology, this solution does not affect the screen quality, and the imaging experience is also better.

In addition to the Xperia 1 V, another phone that is expected to adopt a related solution is expected to be Google's folding screen product Pixel Fold. This design may become a new idea for the development of full screen.

Source: Digital Tail

Scotland to provide free period supplies to the public

Scotland's Menstrual Products Act came into force recently, making Scotland the first country in the world to offer menstrual products free to everyone.

The law requires the Scottish Parliament and schools to provide menstrual products such as tampons and pads free of charge to "anyone who needs it".

Such measures are aimed at addressing the problem of "period poverty", which is difficult for low-income people to obtain menstrual products. A 2018 survey found that around a quarter of Scottish student respondents said they had difficulty accessing period products.

Source: BBC

Spotify extends membership free trial to three months

Spotify announced yesterday that it is extending the free trial period for members to three months. At the end of the three-month trial period, users can choose to continue their subscription for a renewal price of $9.99.

In addition, Spotify says that people who cancel their paid plans before July 15, for whatever reason, can also renew them for $9.99 within three months.

Both deals will run until September 11th.

Source: Sina Technology

Secoo responds to Beijing headquarters suspected of running away

On August 17, according to Beijing Business Daily, the Siku Building on Sanlitun Road was almost empty. Allegedly , the 1-4 floors of the building have been evacuated, and only the 5th floor still has some staff.

Secoo responded to this, saying that the current office area has not been reduced, and it is in a normal office state: " The first floor evacuated is the company's luxury goods display area and warehouse. At present, the company has moved all luxury goods to professional luxury goods. warehouse for storage and delivery.

Secoo was founded in 2008 and went public in the United States in 2017, becoming the "first stock in luxury e-commerce". In 2020, Qudian became the largest shareholder of Secoo. In January this year, Secoo was filed for bankruptcy review.

Source: AI Finance and Economics

Nike Releases Air Force 1 40th Anniversary Album

Recently, Nike launched the commemorative album "NIKE AIR FORCE 1 40th Anniversary Special Book" to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the birth of the classic shoe Nike Air Force 1.

The book includes samples such as Sample and other unlisted shoes, as well as interviews with AF1 enthusiasts.

The booklet is priced at 6,000 yen and is now available through channels such as atmos stores and Amazon.

Source: Nowre

The Return of the Great Sage, the director's new work "Deep Sea", will be released this year

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"The Return of the Great Sage" director Tian Xiaopeng's new work "Deep Sea" released the poster and first trailer yesterday, and announced that it will be released within the year.

The film will use unique oriental aesthetics to interpret a fantasy story with a modern background, telling the story of a girl who pursues and explores in the mysterious underwater world and encounters a unique life journey.

Musical comedy "I Used to be Famous" to be released in September

The protagonist Vince was once the hottest boy band member. In order to make a comeback, he began to perform on the street and met Stevie, a young autistic drummer with an amazing rhythm talent. An unexpected friendship develops between two misunderstood musicians.

The show focuses on autism and music and will be launched on Netflix on September 16.

"Your Honor" returns for the second season in the fall

Adapted from the Israeli drama "Kvodo", this drama is a political and legal thriller that runs through all levels of society.

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston plays a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run case full of deceit and lies.

Season 2 is coming to SHOWTIME in the fall.


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