WhatsApp to become gateway to online shopping

Online luxury retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter said it’s developing technology to allow well-to-do customers to buy products directly through WhatsApp as the e-commerce market for Prada and Versace goods becomes more competitive. Yoox Net-a-Porter’s personal shoppers already communicate with top clients via the text- messaging service, and the Milan-based company plans to expand its use of…

Jackie Chan: foreign ‘pressure’ good for Chinese films

Action star Jackie Chan said opening up China’s heavily-restricted film market to more foreign works would put positive pressure on local filmmakers, as rumours swirl Beijing will expand its quota on imported movies. Since 2012, China has permitted 34 films to be imported from overseas each year, but the state-run Global Times newspaper reported last…