Application Platform News

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

Platform News: Google

Google’s adtech business set to face formal EU probe by year-end

Google could face its biggest regulatory threat, with EU antitrust regulators set to open a formal investigation into its lucrative digital advertising business before the end of t...

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...

US Department of Commerce

Chinese apps could face subpoenas or bans under Biden order

US President Biden’s executive order aimed at safeguarding Americans’ sensitive data would force some Chinese apps to take tougher measures to protect private informati...

President Macron

Macron bemoans nonsense innovation, takes aim at Chinese and US tech bonanza

French President Macron has called out what he described as excesses of liquidity in the US and Chinese financial markets, some of which he said could instead foster the growth of ...

Platform News: Sprinklr

Software start-up Sprinklr targets $5 billion valuation in US IPO

Software start-up Sprinklr has said it was looking to raise as much as $380 million through a US initial public offering, targeting a valuation of about $5 billion.

Amy Klobachur

US Senate passes bill to raise fees on biggest mergers

The US Senate has passed a bill that would increase fees that companies planning the biggest mergers pay to government antitrust agencies and give those agencies bigger budgets.

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

US Senate passes sweeping bill to address China tech threat

The US Senate voted 68-32 on Tuesday to approve a sweeping package of legislation intended to boost the country’s ability to compete with Chinese technology.

Tim Cook of Apple

Apple adds virtual IDs on iPhone, video plans that rival Zoom, Teams

Apple Inc, facing accusations from rivals that it has too much control over its App Store, outlined plans to increase user privacy and keep consumer data out of other companiesR...

Platform News: Google

Google to change global advertising practices in landmark antitrust deal

Google said it would make changes to its global advertising business to ensure it did not abuse its dominance, bowing to antitrust pressure for the first time in a landmark settlem...

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

EU tech rules should only target dominant companies, EU lawmaker says

Draft rules aimed at reining in the power of Facebook, Google, Amazon.com and Apple should only target these US tech giants, a leading EU lawmaker said, signalling a tougher stand ...

EIB - European Investment Bank

EIB sees up to 10 billion euro investment shortfall in AI and blockchain

The EU’s attempts to catch China and the US in artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies are set to be hobbled by an investment shortfall of as much as 10 billion e...

EU: The European Union

EU set to unveil plans for bloc-wide digital wallet

The European Union (EU) is set to unveil plans for a bloc-wide digital wallet on Wednesday, following requests from member states to find a safe way for citizens to access public a...

Dye and Durham: cloud software

Software maker Dye & Durham gets offer from management-led group

Dye & Durham Ltd, a Canada-based cloud-based software vendor, has received a buyout offer from a management-led shareholder group worth about C$3.4 billion (approximately $2.8 ...

Platform News: Sprinklr

Software provider Sprinklr reveals 19% jump in revenue in IPO filing

Software start-up Sprinklr has made public its plans for a stock market listing in the United States, revealing a 19.3% rise in annual revenue.