Application Platform News

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

Web Summit

Web Summit to license conference software, UN is its first customer

The organisers of Europe’s largest tech conference, Web Summit, have said they would start licensing out their conference software, with the United Nations as their first cus...

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

White House cites ‘active threat,’ urges action despite Microsoft patch

The Biden White House has urged computer network operators to take further steps to gauge whether their systems were targeted amid a hack of Microsoft’s Outlook email program...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

White House says closely tracking Microsoft’s emergency patch

The White House is closely tracking an emergency patch Microsoft has released, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan has said, after an unknown hacking group recently broke in...

Platform News: Google search engine

How brands will target ads to you after the death of browser cookies

Next year, Google plans to phase out technology in its Chrome browser that lets other companies track users’ web browsing. But that does not mean you will see irrelevant ads,...

Platform News: Search engine Google's New York office

Google won’t use other web tracking tools after it removes cookies

Google will not build or use alternate tools to track web browsing traffic once it begins phasing out existing technology from its Chrome browser next year, it said in a blog post ...

Platform Industry: Hackers and cyber security

Microsoft says Chinese hackers targeted groups via server software

A China-linked cyberespionage group has been remotely plundering email inboxes using freshly discovered flaws in Microsoft mail server software, the company and outside researchers...

South Korea, Japan, Manga Publishing

South Korean tech firms shake up Japan’s storied manga industry

Two South Korean platforms are borrowing from mobile gaming to shake up – and dominate – Japan’s manga industry, a plot twist that has expanded the comics’ ...

Platform Industry News: Facebook India

India tightens regulatory grip on Facebook and WhatsApp with new rules

India has announced new rules to regulate content on social media, making the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp and others more accountable to legal requests for removal of posts and sha...

Platform News: Wix

Wix.com hits 200 million user milestone, says will continue to invest

Wix.com, which helps small businesses build and operate websites, has said it had reached 200 million users globally after adding by more than 31 million users in 2020.

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Apple users may spend more on non-gaming mobile apps by 2024

Apple’s customers may end up spending more on non-gaming mobile apps by 2024, as lockdown lifestyles result in users looking beyond games to apps that help with more essentia...

Platform News: the Tech Titans

BofA: Big tech-led equity inflows fuelling ‘mother-of-all asset bubbles’

A record rush to ‘big tech’ stocks saw equity funds bagging $27.8 billion inflows last week with the ongoing ultra-easy monetary policy creating the “mother-of-al...

Platform Industry: Microsoft logo

Bosch and Microsoft join forces to develop vehicle software platform

Bosch will work with Microsoft on a software platform for vehicles, it said on Thursday, as it strives to get a foot in the door to the fast-growing market for electromobility and ...

Platform News: GameStop

GameStop frenzy sparks fresh investment in stock-trading apps

The recent trading frenzy centred on GameStop and other “meme” stocks is sparking a wave of investor interest in start-ups aiming to mimic the success of Robinhood, whose no-fee br...

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

Big Tech’s Democratic critics discuss ways to strike back with White House

Congressional Democrats have begun discussions with the Biden regime on ways to crack down on Big Tech. These include making social media companies accountable for the spread of di...