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Platform Economy: Global Smartphones and Culture

1.5 million Israeli citizens are now using voluntary coronavirus monitoring app

Around one and a half million Israelis have downloaded a smartphone app in the past week that alerts users who have crossed paths with a coronavirus patient, according to the Healt...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple doubles China donations for COVID-19 recovery efforts

Apple more than doubled its donation to China’s efforts to fight COVID-19 to over 50 million yuan ($7 million), CEO Tim Cook posted on Weibo on Wednesday, weeks after the iPh...

Houseparty app from Epic Games

Video chat app Houseparty offers $1 million reward over hacking claims

Group video chat app Houseparty offered a reward of $1 million for evidence of what it said was a smear campaign against the company as it fought to quash claims that the app was s...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook appoints Robert Kimmitt as lead independent director

Facebook has named the former deputy secretary to the US Treasury, Robert Kimmitt, to its board as lead independent director, effective immediately. 

Pensioners in NHS care homes

Elderly in UK care home embrace technology to beat coronavirus lockdown

Residents in a British care home are embracing technology to stay in touch with friends and family as the country faces the possibility of weeks of lockdown amid the coronavirus ep...

Home Bound

Home-bound users fume as video apps do not sync with TVs

Kat Volpe laid out an exercise mat and tried to sync her iPhone with her big screen TV for a fitness class webcast on Instagram last week during New York’s coronavirus lockdo...

Platform Industry: iPhone unboxed at home

Apple limits online iPhone purchases to two per person

Apple Inc is limiting customer purchases of iPhones over its online stores in many countries including the US and China to a maximum of two handsets per person, checks on its websi...

Platform News: Apple logo

French antitrust regulator fines Apple $1.2 billion

France’s competition watchdog on Monday fined iPhone maker Apple approximately $1.23 billion, saying it was guilty of anti-competitive behaviour towards its distribution and ...

Smartphone Apps News: ByteDance and TikTok

TikTok owner ByteDance announces China leaders, targets 100,000 global headcount

Beijing, China-based ByteDance, owner of global short video hit TikTok, has appointed new heads for its China business and set a goal to nearly double its global headcount to 100,0...

Facebook App

Spyware firm NSO seeks court sanctions against Facebook

Israel’s NSO Group is asking a California judge to sanction Facebook Inc for allegedly failing to abide by international law with regards to its lawsuit against the spyware m...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Coronavirus: Apple pulls out of South by Southwest festival

A spokesman for Apple Inc has announced that the Cupertino, California-based business is pulling out of this month’s South by Southwest music and tech festival amid the coron...

Chinese regulators remove 'Plague Inc' game from Apple's China app store

Chinese regulators remove ‘Plague Inc’ game from Apple’s China app store

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The video game “Plague Inc”, which has surged in popularity amid the coronavirus epidemic, has been removed from Apple’s China ...

China

Tencent, Sina apps targeted in Chinese privacy crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has criticised 41 apps including Tencent messaging app QQ and Sina’s sports app for allegedly forcing users to hand over personal data, part o...

Platform News: Twitch app

Russia blocks Premier League broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A court in Russia has blocked access to English Premier League game broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch after Russia’s Rambler Media Group said it wo...