[Technology] Beijing is demolishing a digital “walled garden” – TechCrunch Hello, welcome back [TechCrunch China Summary](//techcrunch.com/tag/china-roundup/) A digest of recent events shaping China’s technological environment and what they mean for people in other parts of the world. This week, China is serious about destroying the walled gardens that Internet giants have formed over the decades. Two major funding rounds have been announced by the newly established self-driving unicorn Deeproute.ai and the fast-growing cross-border financial services provider XTransfer. Break the wall China’s Internet is notoriously siled, with a small number of “superappli” each occupying a pleasing area of protection in an attempt to lock in users and keep rivals out. For example, Tencent’s WeChat Messenger cannot display or redirect links to Alibaba’s Taobao Marketplace or ByteDance’s Douyin Short Video Service. This is different from WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal, which provide easy-to-understand URL previews in chat. E-commerce platforms dodge competition in many ways. Taobao uses Alibaba’s affiliate Alipay as its default payment option, omitting its rival WeChat Pay. Backed by Alibaba’s rival Tencent, JD.com encourages users to pay via their own payment system or WeChat Pay. However, changes are in progress. “Ensuring normal access to legitimate URLs is a fundamental requirement for developing the Internet,” said a senior official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. Said At this week’s press conference. He added that unjustified obstruction of web links “affects the user’s experience, undermines the user’s rights and disrupts market orders.” When it comes to eliminating pornography, misinformation, violent content, etc., filtering third-party links has several benefits. Chinese content distributors have also adhered to censorship rules to silence politically sensitive debates. Keeping these principles intact, MIIT’s new order is to break anti-competitive practices and weaken the power of bloated Internet giants. The call to end the Digital Walled Garden was part of MIIT’s campaign and was launched. In July , Restore “orders” to the Internet in China.Crackdowns on Internet companies are commonplace, but a series of new policies announced in recent months-starting with new ones [Data security rules](//techcrunch.com/2021/07/20/china-roundup-data-security-clampdown/) NS [Enhanced game limits](//techcrunch.com/2021/09/11/china-roundup-tencent-takes-on-sites-trying-to-circumvent-its-age-limits/) — Means Beijing’s determination to curb the impact of all kinds of Chinese internet companies. The deadline for online platforms to unblock URLs is September 17th at MIIT. (//finance.sina.com.cn/jjxw/2021-09-13/doc-iktzqtyt5796838.shtml) Just a while ago. Virtually all major Internet companies have swiftly issued a statement that they will help implement MIIT’s requirements and promote the healthy development of China’s Internet. Internet users should benefit from demolishing the walled garden. WeChat will allow you to browse third-party content smoothly without having to switch apps. Instead of copying and pasting a series of mysterious codes that Taobao automatically generates for WeChat sharing to your friends, you can share the product link from Taobao within Messenger. Robotaxi’s dream Self-driving startup Deeproute.ai said this week it has finished a $ 300 million Series B round from investors such as Alibaba, Jeneration Capital and Chinese carmaker Geely. The rating for this round has not been disclosed. There was a lot of publicity from Pony.ai, WeRide, Momenta and AutoX, but not so much Deeproute.ai. This is because the company was founded only by Zhoukou in 2019 after being “dismissed” by a relatively young and once promising co-founder. [Roadstar.ai](//www.crunchbase.com/organization/roadstar-ai/company_financials) In a company battle. Investor in Roadstar.ai [Reportedly](//medium.com/syncedreview/roadstar-ai-the-rise-and-fall-of-a-self-driving-startup-2b45f1ddcbcf) Zhou’s dismissal was considered harmful to startups that had raised at least $ 140 million by that time, and then sought to dissolve the business. Former Roadster Chief Scientist Zhou still seems to be leading the trust of some investors to support a reborn self-driving venture. Like Pony.ai and WeRide, Deeproute wants to run its own robotaxi fleet. This business model allows you to manage large amounts of driving data, but consumes large amounts of research and funding. As a result, all of China’s major robotaxi start-ups are looking at faster commercial deployments to reduce economic stress, such as self-driving buses and trucks. Cross-border trade boom Other major funding news this week comes from Shanghai-based XTransfer. This helps small and medium-sized Chinese exporters collect payments from abroad. The Series C round, led by D1 Partners, raised $ 138 million and boosted Xtransfer’s reputation to over $ 1 billion. Revenue goes to product development, adoption and global expansion. Founded by former Ant Group executives, XTransfer seeks to solve the problems faced by small and medium-sized exporters. Opening and maintaining a bank account in different countries can be difficult and costly. As a result, XTransfer acts as a payment gateway between SME customers, paying parties, and their respective banks. As of July, XTransfer has more than 150,000 customers, most of them in mainland China. With more than 1,000 employees, the company is also expanding into Southeast Asia. While business-to-business exports are skyrocketing in China, more products are being sold directly by Chinese brands to consumers around the world. Some of the most successful examples, such as Shein and Anker, use different sets of payment processors for direct sales to consumers. It tends to be large in quantity but low in average ticket value. https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/18/china-roundup-beijing-is-tearing-down-the-digital-walled-gardens/ Beijing is demolishing a digital “walled garden” – TechCrunch