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Platform News: Didi

Didi app takedown may hit revenue, other US-listed Chinese firms probed

Ride-hailing giant Didi Global Inc said a regulatory order that its app be removed from app stores in China could hurt revenue, while other newly US-listed Chinese firms also found...

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China orders Didi app downloads suspended over data violation

China’s cyberspace regulator has said that it had ordered smartphone app stores to stop offering Didi Global Inc’s app after finding that the ride-hailing giant had ill...

Platform Industry News: President Donald J Trump

Pro-Trump app hacked on launch day as half million sign up

A social media site launched on Sunday by Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former US President Donald Trump, was briefly hacked, and more than 500,000 people have registered to us...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google reports soaring attrition among Black women

Workers identifying as “Black+” or “Latinx+” left Alphabet Inc’s Google at higher rates last year than in 2019, the company has said.

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

Big Tech wins two battles in fight with US antitrust enforcers

Facebook Inc won two big fights with antitrust enforcers – and joined the $1 trillion club for market capitalization – as a federal judge threw out two lawsuits against...

Platform News: Duolingo

Language-learning app Duolingo files for US IPO, reveals revenue surge

Language-learning app Duolingo Inc has filed for a US initial public offering and revealed that its revenue more than doubled in the first quarter this year.

Platform News: Dingdong

Dingdong valued at $6.6 billion as shares rise 19% in NYSE debut

Shares of Dingdong, backed by SoftBank Vision Fund II, opened 19% above their offer price in their debut on the New York Stock Exchange, giving the Chinese grocery app a valuation ...

Joe Biden

White House order pushes antitrust enforcement throughout US economy

The Biden-Harris White House is working on an antitrust executive order that aims to push government agencies to consider how their decisions will impact competition in an industry...

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

US panel votes yes on ‘break ’em up’ antitrust bill

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to require Big Tech platforms to choose between running a platform and competing on it, wrapping up two days of votes that...

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

French court sets date in Apple case over App Store developer contracts

A French court has set on the 17th of September as the date for hearing a case brought by the finance ministry against Apple over allegedly abusive contractual terms imposed by the...

US House of Representatives

US House panel approves higher merger fees and bigger enforcement budgets

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to approve a bill to increase the budgets of antitrust enforcers and increase fees on the biggest mergers as the panel con...

Platform news: TikTok app based in China, US politics

Pressure: US removes TikTok and WeChat from prohibited transactions list

The US Commerce Department announced it was rescinding a list of prohibited transactions with TikTok and WeChat that were issued in September as the Trump administration sought to ...

Platform News: Apple logo

German competition watchdog launches Apple investigation

Apple became the fourth major digital company to face closer scrutiny from Germany’s antitrust watchdog after the cartel office said it had launched an investigation into whe...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook’s ‘Neighborhoods’ faces crowded niche market, profiling concerns

When Facebook began testing its new “Neighborhoods” feature in Canada last October amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech giant described it as a dedicated place for peop...