China's New Media Species, Now Endangered?: "Michelle Song, 24, studies international relations at Beijing's prestigious Peking University and lives in a dormitory, so she doesn't watch television regularly and doesn't subscribe to newspapers. But this has not hampered her ability to keep up with the headlines: Like many Chinese, Song uses her smart phone to forage for breaking news. Over the past year, she's increasingly come to rely on a new tool: WeChat, a social messaging app owned by Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings Ltd that was launched in January, 2011. The free download has quickly become a leading news source for many web-savvy Chinese. "It's definitely better than just having traditional media," said Song, who agreed to be quoted only under her English name. Not only is there "more information," but WeChat offers her "more in-depth material and more diverse viewpoints.""
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