Communication & Collaboration News

The latest news and industry commentary on communication and collaboration platforms and the businesses building them.

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

US senator wants to ban ‘Big Tech’ from buying anything ever again

GOP Senator Josh Hawley, who has been a staunch critic of Big Tech over the past few years has introduced a bill that would ban all mergers and acquisitions by any company with a m...

Platform Industry News: Facebook India

Facebook to curb hate speech as Indian states go to polls

Facebook Inc said it was taking steps to combat hate speech and misinformation in India as the world’s biggest democracy started its months-long multi-phase elections in four...

Platform News: Opening the WhatsApp app on a smartphone

Facebook messaging service gets delayed Brazil nod for payments

Brazil’s central bank has cleared the way for Facebook-owned WhatsApp to let its users send each other funds using the Visa and Mastercard card networks, months after vetoing...

Line App

Japan government halts use of message app Line for sensitive information

The Japanese government has decided to temporarily halt its use of messaging app Line, owned by SoftBank Corp’s Z Holdings, to handle sensitive information, Chief Cabinet Sec...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

India antitrust watchdog orders probe into WhatsApp’s new privacy policy

India’s competition watchdog has ordered a probe into a WhatsApp privacy policy update, saying the Facebook-owned messaging service had breached antitrust laws.

Slack

Slack to fix error in direct messaging feature over harassment concerns

Workplace messaging app Slack Technologies said it was working to fix an error in the direct-messaging feature it introduced earlier on Wednesday, which could have lead to online h...

Platform Industry: Tencent logo at an event

Tencent boss meets China antitrust officials as scrutiny widens

Pony Ma, the founder of Tencent Holdings met with antitrust watchdog officials this month to discuss compliance at his group, three people with direct knowledge of the matter told ...

Platform News: Telegram, the popular messaging app from Russia

Telegram raises $1 billion through bond sales

Telegram has raised over $1 billion through bond sales to multiple investors, the messaging app’s founder Pavel Durov said on Tuesday.

Platform News: Russia and Twitter

Russia chides Twitter for slow deletion of banned content

Russia’s communications watchdog accused Twitter on Tuesday of deleting banned content too slowly in the latest dispute between a major government and Big Tech.

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Bloomberg: Microsoft in talks to acquire Discord for more than $10 billion

Microsoft Corp is in talks to buy messaging platform Discord Inc for more than $10 billion, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Platform News: Google movements

Google payments chief quits after 15 years at company

Caesar Sengupta, the head of the search platforms payment initiatives, announced on Monday that he was leaving the company next month, after 15 years.

Platform News: Search engine Google's New York office

More US states join antitrust lawsuit against Google

Four more states have joined a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas and others against Google that accuses it of breaking antitrust laws to boost its already dominant advertising bu...

Microsoft Corp

Microsoft rolls back update to fix access issues for thousands

Microsoft Corp has stated that the glitches that affected access to its workplace messaging app Teams, Outlook.com and other services have been largely fixed after it rolled back a...

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Microsoft could reap more than $150 million in new US cyber spending

Microsoft stands to receive nearly a quarter of COVID relief funds destined for US cybersecurity defenders, sources told journalists, angering some lawmakers who don’t want t...