Application Platform News

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

Google

Google antitrust case to turn on how search engine grew dominant

The US government’s antitrust case against Google appears strong, but could face an uphill battle from a business-friendly judiciary that may question whether a free search e...

Tech Titans

Japan to join forces with US and Europe in regulating ‘Big Tech’

Japan will combine forces with the United States and Europe to carry on almost any marketplace abuses by the four Big Tech platforms, the new mind of its antitrust watchdog has sai...

Amazon

EU antitrust regulators may narrow Amazon investigation

EU antitrust regulators may narrow the scope of their year-long investigation into Amazon to speed up the case from the US e-commerce giant, people knowledgeable about the matter t...

iPhone 12

Apple enters the 5G race with its new iPhone 12 range

Apple has launched its own next-generation iPhone 12, using quicker 5G connectivity the Cupertino, California-based company hopes will spur a wave of updates and also keep its earn...

Triller App

TikTok rival Triller explores deal to go public

Triller Inc, a genuine competitor to current favourite short-video app TikTok, is in talks with blank-check acquisition companies in regards to a merger that would take the US soci...

iPhone 11

Chinese app allows small glimpse beyond the ‘Great Firewall’

An app established this week at China allows access to a content on Western social media sites long prohibited domestically for example YouTube, signalling the first item with a si...

UK Parliament

London Stock Exchange in talks with Indian tech firms to list overseas

The London Stock Exchange is in discussions with several Indian technology companies for their overseas stock listings, a senior executive for the British exchange told journalists...

Tech Titans

Congressional report suggests big trouble for Big Tech if Biden wins White House

A scathing report detailing abuses of market power by four leading platform businesses suggests a tough road ahead of new rules and more rigorous enforcement for ‘Big Tech...

Ant Financial

US explores restrictions on Ant Group, Tencent payment platforms

The United States is considering limitations on China’s Ant Group as well as Tencent over concerns their digital payment platforms undermine national security, Bloomberg News...

Supreme Court US

US Supreme Court divided over Google bid to end Oracle suit

The US Supreme Court appears divided on whether to shield Google from a long-running litigation by Oracle accusing it of infringing Oracle Corp’s copyrights to construct the ...

Digital Tax US

Wanted: global digital tax push after pandemic, US vote stall talks

Negotiators from 140 countries will inquire Washington and its own G20 partners this week to reaffirm political support for global rules to tax digital giants following the coronav...

Big Data

EU’s top court rules states must curb mass spying on data

The EU’s top court has ruled that uncontrolled mass surveillance of mobile and internet information is illegal, in a movement that could curb the powers of spying agencies in...

Tech Titans

American lawmakers detail Big Tech’s market abuses and press for reform

A US House of Representatives panel that is currently looking into abuses of market power by four platform businesses discovered they used “killer acquisitions” to smit...

SME

How ‘Big Tech’ gain and maintain market dominance

Democrats from a US House of Representatives subcommittee issued a report detailing strategies it said four of the largest platform businesses used to gain dominant placement in on...