Wayne Ma


Wayne Ma is a reporter for The Information in Hong Kong. He was previously at Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for 10 years in Singapore, Beijing and Hong Kong, where he covered everything from oil trading to China's biggest conglomerates and technology companies. Originally from Chicago, he is a graduate of New York University's business and economic reporting program.

China Slows Videogame Approvals After Imposing New Limits on Minors

Sept. 16, 2021 · 1:06 AM PDT
The policy change is likely to slow down game approvals in the world’s largest videogame market and impact Chinese videogame giants such as Tencent and Netease.

Chinese Food Delivery Giants Won’t Force Workers to Register as Firms

Sept. 15, 2021 · 1:59 AM PDT
The statements come amid global scrutiny of gig economy workers, with their status as non-employees without benefits being challenged by local governments.

China’s DeepRoute.ai Raises $300 Million From Alibaba, Others

Sept. 14, 2021 · 1:07 AM PDT
The investment comes a month after another Chinese self-driving startup, Pony.ai, shelved plans to go public in the U.S. through a special purpose acquisition company.

Apple Fires Employee Who Complained About Working Conditions

Sept. 10, 2021 · 1:35 AM PDT
The firing comes as Apple employees are increasingly airing their grievances in public through social media and the press.
Art by Mike Sullivan.

Indian Education Startup Byju Raising up to $600 Million Ahead of IPO

Sept. 9, 2021 · 1:42 AM PDT
The news comes as Beijing cracks down on Chinese education startups, which could open a window for Byju to gain traction globally without as much competition.

Chinese Prosecutors Drop Sexual Assault Case Against Alibaba Employee

Sept. 7, 2021 · 1:29 AM PDT
The move is bound to stir more controversy about how sexual assault cases are handled, especially those originating from big Chinese tech firms such as Alibaba.
Apple's campus. Photo by Bloomberg

Apple Allows App Developers to Link to Outside Payment Methods

Sept. 1, 2021 · 7:38 PM PDT
The move makes it easier for consumers to bypass Apple’s in-app purchase system and buy subscriptions directly from app developers.

Prosus Acquires India’s BillDesk for $4.7 Billion

Aug. 31, 2021 · 2:03 AM PDT
Prosus is a spin off of South African media conglomerate Naspers and is best known for holding a 29% stake in China's Tencent.
Illustration by Haejin Park

Huawei Gets Approval to Buy U.S. Chips for Auto Components

Aug. 25, 2021 · 2:55 AM PDT
The move comes after Huawei’s access to chips was hurt by U.S. sanctions, which hurt its ability to buy 5G chips for its smartphones.

South Korea to Let Google, Apple Users Avoid In-App Commissions

Aug. 24, 2021 · 1:52 AM PDT
The move comes as regulators around the world tighten scrutiny of big tech firms, which have focused on antitrust issues.

Taiwan Tells Washington Auto Chip Shortage Likely to Abate By Year-End

Aug. 23, 2021 · 2:18 AM PDT
The move comes after U.S. senators from Michigan and Ohio—two auto manufacturing hubs—asked Taiwan to help ensure chip supplies.

China Adopts Strict Data Privacy Law Amid Crackdown on Tech Giants

Aug. 20, 2021 · 12:32 AM PDT
The move isn’t expected to curb the widespread government surveillance of Chinese citizens that currently takes place.

Privacy Coalition Criticizes Apple For Child Pornography Scanning

Aug. 19, 2021 · 1:25 AM PDT
The letter comes as Apple faces intense backlash over the feature, which has raised concerns among some privacy experts that have previously praised Apple.

Chip Maker GlobalFoundries Files for IPO Amid Chip Shortage

Aug. 18, 2021 · 9:51 PM PDT
The move could be an exit strategy for its own, Mubadala Investment, and suggests that they aren't interested in selling the business to Intel.

SoftBank-Backed Karrot Valued at $2.7 Billion

Aug. 18, 2021 · 12:36 AM PDT
The move comes as investment pours into South Korean tech firms, as a regulatory crackdown has soured some investors to startups in China.

SoftBank-Backed SenseTime to Raise $2 Billion in Hong Kong IPO

Aug. 17, 2021 · 1:21 AM PDT
The company’s IPO comes two years after it was added to a U.S. blacklist for participating in Beijing's crackdown against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.

China Punishes Institutional Investors for IPO Price Violations

Aug. 16, 2021 · 3:52 AM PDT
The move comes as Chinese regulators are pushing firms to list in Hong Kong or mainland China as opposed to the U.S.