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The dating app Tinder brings two lonely hearts together based on their appearance.Alipay, China’s most popular payments app, has taken things several steps further.
After a split second, Laporte or his producer cut away incongruously to a view of the home page of Laporte's web browser. ( pm)It's not clear if Laporte realized he exposed the messages on the air.Laporte frequently switched the video stream over to a live feed from his computer monitor.At one point Laporte cut over to his Google Voice account to show a scam message he'd received there.Any total stranger can friend these female bloggers, and send private messages or transfer money directly to their Alipay accounts within seconds.Ant Financial, which owns Alipay, told Quartz that over 100 social or interest groups covering areas from internet to reading to parenting are now being tested in the “Circles” service.So what’s drawing millions of Chinese users to Alipay’s new service? Photos of scantily clad women showing their cleavage—accompanied by text asking male users for tips, chats, or booty calls—flooded these groups within hours after its launch, Chinese tech media reported (link in Chinese). 28 statement on Weibo (link in Chinese, registration required) that the new service is still in the testing stage and vowed to crack down on “harmful” information.
While some posts in “Circles” showed scantily clad women on Nov.
Wang also posted a picture captioned 支付鸨, or Zhifubao, a play on words using Alipay’s Chinese name, which literally translates into “pay the pimp.” The post has attracted more than 140,000 “likes.” Wang’s comments sound extreme, but there’s some sense to them.
Because all Alipay users are registered by their real name, there’s no fake accounts soliciting tips or promising in-person meetings.
But the messages had already been exposed to the live audience: Me [Laporte]: come over. The file he subsequently uploaded for distribution via Apple's i Tunes included the steamy exchange, even though it would have been possible to edit it out.
I'm naked in bed ( am) [Laporte]: waiting for you. The last time we checked, Laporte was married with two children.
He is, as one of his programs bills him, "The Tech Guy" whose digital savvy was recognized, near the dawn of the web, with an Emmy Award.