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New data regulations drive out western apps

China has always been a difficult market for many western app and software companies. Tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter are almost trivial in the People’s Republic. In recent weeks and months, more companies have withdrawn from the market or are changing their business model. Nike withdrew a running app with more than eight million users. Airbnb is no longer offering overnight accommodation on the Chinese market. Amazon is withdrawing its e-book service. Previously, LinkedIn and Yahoo had already ended important services.

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