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Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children’s privacy rules

A group of privacy advocacy organisations is filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that the popular app TikTok violated a consent decree and a law protectin...

European Commission

European Union looks for evidence to rein in US tech giants

Tech giants such as Facebook and Amazon could face tougher rules as EU regulators seek evidence to curb their role as gatekeepers to the internet and access to people, information ...

World Health Organisation WHO

WHO readies coronavirus app for checking symptoms, possibly contact tracing

The World Health Organisation (WHO) plans to launch a smartphone app this month to enable people in under-resourced countries to assess whether they may have the novel coronavirus,...

Platform Industry: COVID-19 India testing, tracking and tracing

India to roll out coronavirus app for Reliance’s JioPhone in bid to widen use

India will within days roll out a version of its coronavirus contact-tracing application that can run on mobile carrier Reliance Jio’s cheap phones, as it looks to increase t...

Platform Industry: Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19 apps

Apple and Google ban use of location tracking in contact tracing apps

Apple and Google have said they would ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Platform News: Intel logo on a retail window in the US

Intel said to be in talks to buy Israel’s Moovit public transit app for $1 billion

Intel Corp is in advanced talks to acquire Israeli public transit app developer Moovit for $1 billion, financial news website Calcalist has reported.

NSO Group

Cyber-intel businesses pitch governments on spy tools to trace COVID-19

When law enforcement agencies want to gather evidence locked inside an iPhone, they often turn to hacking software from the Israeli firm Cellebrite. By manually plugging the softwa...

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

Germany flips to Apple-Google approach on smartphone contact tracing

Germany has changed course over which type of smartphone technology it wanted to use to trace coronavirus infections, backing an approach supported by Apple and Google along with a...

Platform News: Apple logo

Apple says ‘no evidence’ iPhone mail flaw was used against customers

Apple has said that it has found “no evidence” a flaw in its Email app for iPhones and iPads has been used against customers, and that it believes the flaw does “...

Platform Industry: Zoom meetings

Zoom raises encryption level with an upgraded meeting app

Zoom Video Communications has announced that it is upgrading the encryption features on its video conferencing app to better safeguard meeting data and offer protection against tam...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Flaw in iPhone and iPads may have allowed hackers to steal data for years

Apple is planning to fix a flaw that a security firm said may have left more than 500 million iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hackers. 

Google Stadia

Google Stadia gains users after giving free access for two months

Google’s cloud-based game streaming service, Stadia, has witnessed a surge in users after the Silicon Valley giant gifted two months free access to its premium version for ga...

Platform Industry: COVID-19 India testing, tracking and tracing

Bluetooth phone apps for tracking coronavirus show modest early results

When Singapore launched the first smartphone app of its kind last month to identify and alert people who had interacted with carriers of the novel coronavirus, the city-state of ro...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple expands services business to markets in Africa and beyond

Apple has just said it would expand its App Store, Apple Music and other services to dozens of new markets in Africa, the Middle East and beyond in the biggest geographical expansi...