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Our latest news and analysis coverage of app stores and additional distribution channels for mobile and other smart apps.

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple to hold special event on April 20

Apple Inc has said it will hold a special event on the 20th of April, with many expecting the tech giant to launch new iPad Pro models and other products ahead of its annual develo...

Platform News: Epic Games, the maker of the Fortnite game

Epic Games gets $28.7 billion valuation in latest funding

Epic Games, which is in the middle of a legal battle with Apple, has said it had raised $1 billion in a funding round that valued the “Fortnite” maker at $28.7 billion.

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

US senator wants to ban ‘Big Tech’ from buying anything ever again

GOP Senator Josh Hawley, who has been a staunch critic of Big Tech over the past few years has introduced a bill that would ban all mergers and acquisitions by any company with a m...

Fortnite

Apple argues it faces competition in video game market as ‘Fortnite’ trial nears

Apple plans to argue that it faces abundant competition in the market for video game transactions to defend itself against antitrust allegations by “Fortnite” maker Epi...

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Apple to start enforcing new app privacy notifications in coming weeks

Apple has said that in the coming weeks it will start enforcing a new privacy notification rule that digital advertising firms such as Facebook have warned will impact their sales.

Audio Streaming app, Clubhouse

Viral audio app Clubhouse floats payments feature for creators

The fast-growth, invite-only audio-chat app Clubhouse has said it will launch a monetization feature for its creators on the platform and that it will not receive any payment from ...

Platform News: Google

US Supreme Court backs Google over Oracle in copyright case

The US Supreme Court handed Google a major victory, ruling that its use of Oracle’s software code to build the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s sm...

Line App

Japan government halts use of message app Line for sensitive information

The Japanese government has decided to temporarily halt its use of messaging app Line, owned by SoftBank Corp’s Z Holdings, to handle sensitive information, Chief Cabinet Sec...

Platform News: Social Media Giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter

American lawmakers fume over Big Tech’s answers on misinformation

In their first appearance before Congress since Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, the chief executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter were asked by lawmakers whether their ...

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook may have to disclose some app records in privacy probe

Massachusetts’ top court reversed an order requiring Facebook to turn over to state Attorney General Maura Healey records identifying apps suspected of misusing customer data...

Slack

Slack to fix error in direct messaging feature over harassment concerns

Workplace messaging app Slack Technologies said it was working to fix an error in the direct-messaging feature it introduced earlier on Wednesday, which could have lead to online h...

Platform Industry: Tencent logo at an event

Tencent boss meets China antitrust officials as scrutiny widens

Pony Ma, the founder of Tencent Holdings met with antitrust watchdog officials this month to discuss compliance at his group, three people with direct knowledge of the matter told ...

Platform News: Apple logo

US jury tells Apple to pay $308.5 million for patent infringement

A federal jury in Texas said Apple must pay about $308.5 million to Personalized Media Communications (PMC) for infringing a patent associated with digital rights management.

Platform News: viral TikTok video streaming app

TikTok considers introducing group chat feature this year

Viral video-sharing app TikTok may launch a group messaging feature this year, people with knowledge of the discussions told reporters, putting the Chinese-owned app in more direct...