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  • Shanghai will be a WeChat Smart City
  • Shanghai will be a WeChat Smart City

Shanghai will be a WeChat Smart City

Shanghai has signed a historic agreement with media conglomerate Tencent, to turn the Chinese megapolis into a tech-enabled smart city. But within the futuristic plans is a familiar presence; the entire operation will run on China’s most popular social network, WeChat. 



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