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Dating Apps Face Restrictions in China After Their Growing Success

A mobile application, which allows wealthy older people to connect with young lovers, is facing restrictions in China after a surge in popularity in the country, state media reported on Friday.

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A mobile application, which allows wealthy older people to connect with young lovers, is facing restrictions in China after a surge in popularity in the country, state media reported on Friday.

SeekingArrangement, which was the most downloaded app on Apple Store China this week and also registered high numbers on Android, has been banned from WeChat — a popular Chinese messaging service similar to WhatsApp — Efe news reported citing the official newspaper China Daily.

The move came after the state-run Global Times — linked to the Communist Party of China — urged the government to shut down the app’s operations in the country for promoting “sugar dating”, a practice in which wealthy older suitors are matched with younger people in exchange for economic benefits or gifts.

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Lawyers cited by official media warned that the services offered by such websites could be classified as prostitution, which is illegal in China.

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The app was founded in 2006 by entrepreneur Brandon Wade, who has defended it by saying “love is a concept invented by poor people”, and has its Chinese headquarters in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, which has fewer legal restrictions than the rest of the country.

Male members pay a monthly fee of $60, while females use the app for free or pay $15 to access more functions and are required to list their annual income, which should be higher than $47,000 to use the services. (IANS)

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‘GOME’, A Chinese Smartphone Company Debuts in India

The smartphones will be available for purchase from October 20.

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Chinese electronics brand GOME on Tuesday announced its debut in the Indian smartphone market with the launch of two smartphone “C7” and “C7Note”.

The company announced its entry in partnership with Agaston Mobile Private Limited.

“GOME is very excited to come to India. It is a market ready for benefiting from the greatest innovation. We hope to provide solutions that offer a new era of experiences, powered by technology,” said Sean Sha, CEO GOME Telecom.

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It features 5.99-inch HD+ display. Youtube

Priced at Rs 5,999, the “C7” features 5.45-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 1.5 quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage that is expandable up to 64GB.

The “C7 Note” comes in two variants — (2GB+16GB) and (3GB+32GB) for Rs 6,999 and Rs 8,499 respectively. It features 5.99-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and backed with a 3,500 mAh battery.

Also Read: OnePlus to Launch Its Latest Smartphone OnePlus 6T in India This October

The smartphones will be available for purchase from October 20.

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