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    WeChat’s Red Packets Have Revolutionized Messaging

    It’s much more than texting. Starting in 2014, China’s social messaging app WeChat began exploding with friends sending each other red envelopes — a digital spin on the age-old Chinese gift-giving tradition — revealing variable amounts of cash when opened and offering the addictive thrill of reward with a gambling twist. It’s sparked a war with Alibaba over a mobile payments market that’s already exceeded that of the U.S. An established payment culture and gambling regulators make it difficult for a copycat to gain an American foothold — but expect someone to try.

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