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Alibaba and Tencent start dismantling 'walled gardens'

Cracks show in duopoly as tech titans bow to Beijing's regulatory pressure

Tencent's WeChat messaging app now lets users link to rivals' content.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings have begun allowing links to rival services in their respective app ecosystems, chipping away at one of the underpinnings of their near-duopoly on China's internet sector.

Alibaba services such as food delivery platform and video streaming site Youku Tudou now accept payment through Tencent's WeChat super app. Other apps, including that of supermarket chain Freshippo, have also applied for WeChat Pay support, according to local media.

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