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Dropbox quarterly results beat estimates

Dropbox Inc’s quarterly revenue and profit beat Wall Street estimates on Thursday, as the file-hosting company signed up more paying customers on its platform with people shi...

Platform Industry: COVID-19 India testing, tracking and tracing

India to roll out coronavirus app for Reliance’s JioPhone in bid to widen use

India will within days roll out a version of its coronavirus contact-tracing application that can run on mobile carrier Reliance Jio’s cheap phones, as it looks to increase t...

coronavirus tracing uk

UK to test its coronavirus tracing app on the Isle of Wight

The UK will start testing its own coronavirus tracing app on the Isle of Wight from Tuesday, hoping that the technology in combination with more testing and tracking will help limi...

Platform Industry: Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19 apps

Apple and Google ban use of location tracking in contact tracing apps

Apple and Google have said they would ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Platform Industry: COVID-19 India testing, tracking and tracing

India orders coronavirus tracing app for all workers

India has ordered all employees across both public and private sectors use a government-backed contact tracing app and maintain social distancing in offices as it begins easing som...

Platform News: Intel logo on a retail window in the US

Intel said to be in talks to buy Israel’s Moovit public transit app for $1 billion

Intel Corp is in advanced talks to acquire Israeli public transit app developer Moovit for $1 billion, financial news website Calcalist has reported.

NSO Group

Cyber-intel businesses pitch governments on spy tools to trace COVID-19

When law enforcement agencies want to gather evidence locked inside an iPhone, they often turn to hacking software from the Israeli firm Cellebrite. By manually plugging the softwa...

France PM

French contact-tracing app not ready yet, raises liberty issues – PM

Lawmakers in France will be allowed to debate and vote on the government’s contact-tracing app once the government is confident it can prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus...

Republic of Ireland PM

Ireland should consider forcing Google and Facebook to pay media for content – PM

The government of the Republic of Ireland should consider copying Australia’s plan to force Facebook and Google to share advertising revenue with local media, Prime Minister ...

Platform Industry: Zoom meetings

Zoom raises encryption level with an upgraded meeting app

Zoom Video Communications has announced that it is upgrading the encryption features on its video conferencing app to better safeguard meeting data and offer protection against tam...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Flaw in iPhone and iPads may have allowed hackers to steal data for years

Apple is planning to fix a flaw that a security firm said may have left more than 500 million iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hackers. 

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

Switzerland and Austria align with ‘Gapple’ on COVID-19 contact tracing

A design for smartphone technology to trace coronavirus infections, that is in line with the approach taken by Apple and Google, is gaining momentum in Europe after winning support...

App Stores

Rift opens over European coronavirus contact tracing apps

A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crip...

Platform News: COVID-19 and coronavirus

European coronavirus app platform gaining traction with governments

A European technology platform to support smartphone apps that can help trace people at risk of infection by the new coronavirus is gaining support from governments, one of its pri...