Communication & Collaboration News

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

Tencent WeChat

WeChat makes content searchable on Google and Bing

WeChat has made its content searchable on some foreign search engines such as Google and Bing, checks have showed, in the latest tearing down of “walled gardens” in Chi...

NuBank

Platform stampede as investors hunt Latin American unicorns

When Sebastian Kanovich co-founded Latin American digital payments start-up dLocal in Montevideo in 2016, he struggled to get global retailers to take him seriously.

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap shares plunge 25% as Apple privacy changes hit ads business

Shares of Snap Inc plummeted 25% after the owner of photo messaging app Snapchat said privacy changes implemented by Apple Inc on iOS devices hurt the company’s ability to ta...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Changing Facebook’s name unlikely to deter lawmaker or regulatory scrutiny

Renaming Facebook Inc is unlikely to enable the tech giant to distance itself from regulatory and public scrutiny around the potential harms caused by its social media apps, market...

Facebook

Understanding the “metaverse”?

Facebook, which is under fire from regulators and lawmakers across the world, is planning to rebrand itself with a new name that focuses on the metaverse, well connected tech publi...

Platform news: Artificial intelligence AI

AI can see through you: CEOs’ language under machine microscope

Chief Executives and others in senior management are increasingly coming under the microscope as some investors use artificial intelligence to learn and analyse their language patt...

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap launches studio to create augmented reality ads

Snap Inc is launching a studio to help brands create augmented reality advertising and experiences, part of a move to popularize the use of technology that can overlay computer-gen...

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s tech hub sees surge of interest from start-ups

Abu Dhabi’s new technology hub says it has seen a surge in interest from start-up firms in the UAE and abroad despite the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic last year, ami...

Tencent WeChat

Newspaper: China regulators should act further to free up apps’ access to rivals’ links

Chinese internet platforms have not gone far enough in unblocking external links, as instructed by authorities, and relevant government bodies should take further action to interve...

Zix

Sources: Email security software vendor Zix explores sale

Zix Corp, a US provider of email security solutions, is exploring strategic alternatives that include a sale of the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

Platform News: Apple logo

Apple worker says she was fired after leading movement against harassment

An Apple employee who led fellow workers in publicly sharing instances of what they called harassment and discrimination at the company said on Thursday that she had been fired.

Chinese Flag

China to keep up scrutiny of internet sector – Xinhua

China will continue its scrutiny of the internet sector, rooting out practices including the blocking of site links by rival platforms and ensuring smaller players have room to dev...

G20 - Rome, Italy

After G20 endorses tax deal, Italy says its digital levy could stay for two more years

G20 finance leaders have endorsed a global tax deal that calls for the elimination of unilateral digital services taxes, but Italy’s economy minister said it may take up to t...

Platform News: Social Media Giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter

Facebook-backed group launches misinformation adjudication panel in Australia

A tech body backed by the Australian units of Facebook, Google and Twitter has said it has set up an industry panel to adjudicate complaints over misinformation, a day after the go...