Application Platform News

Our latest news and commentary on applications, covering closed development platforms, SaaS vendors and related online services.

Privacy in EU Lockdown

In Europe, the tech battle against coronavirus clashes with privacy culture

National governments across Europe are turning to technology to track the spread of the coronavirus and monitor people under quarantine, an approach that seeks to learn from Asia b...

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...

Airbnb

Airbnb says the US coronavirus stimulus bill could offer its hosts relief

Airbnb Inc hosts in the United States could get some relief from a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill that is nearing a vote in Congress, the home-rental startup has said. 

SoftBank

SoftBank criticises Moody’s after two-notch downgrade

SoftBank Group Corp on Wednesday hit out at credit ratings agency Moody’s after it downgraded the tech conglomerate by two notches to Ba3 and took the unusual step of asking ...

UK

UK-based fintech Revolut launches banking app in US

British fintech firm Revolut Ltd on Tuesday launched its banking app and debit cards for customers in the United States as it seeks to expand beyond its base in the UK and Europe. 

Online Learing

Online tutors boosting incomes as demand surges due to coronavirus lockdowns

Teacher Raven Kate De Leon is in demand, spending up to 10 hours a day at her home computer surrounded by mini cars and stuffed toys that she uses as props to inject fun into her E...

App Stores

Indoor cycling apps get leg-up from coronavirus shutdown

Cyclists deprived of their weekend ride with friends and fitness fanatics who can’t get to the gym are turning to online cycling workouts to help them stay in shape during th...

SoftBank

SoftBank Group’s market cap dips below domestic telco as scepticism grows

SoftBank Group Corp shares fell as much as 11.6% on Wednesday, with its market capitalisation dipping below the value of its domestic telco, as uncertainty grows over its managemen...

Tencent

Tencent set to hint at virus boost from quarantined gamers

China’s Tencent Holdings is set to give a glimpse of how the world’s largest gaming company has fared from the coronavirus outbreak after curbs forced millions to stay ...

Tencent

Tencent Music to see softer first quarter; beats fourth-quarter revenue estimates on paying user surge

China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group said the company would likely see “much softer” first-quarter revenue growth due to the COVID-19 outbreak, after it beat...

Social Media Giants

Social media giants warn of AI moderation errors as coronavirus empties offices

YouTube, Facebook and Twitter warned on Monday that more videos and other content could be erroneously removed for policy violations, as the companies empty offices and rely on aut...

COVID-19 coverage

Google coronavirus website opens for two California counties

Google sister company Verily launched a website late on Sunday that invites adults in northern California to answer questions about their recent health and travel that could result...

ByteDance CEO

Zhang Yiming, founder of ByteDance, gears up for the global stage

The founder of China’s ByteDance, owner of the wildly successful TikTok app, has for years aspired to make ByteDance the first Chinese firm to rival American internet giants ...

TikTok US

US senators seek to ban federal employees from using TikTok on their phones

Two GOP senators have introduced a bill aimed at banning federal employees from using Chinese social media app TikTok on their government-issued phones, amid growing national secur...