Communication & Collaboration News

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

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook confronts human rights dilemma on political speech

The Facebook oversight board’s extension of President Donald Trump’s banishment from the social network failed to settle how it will balance political leaders’ fr...

Tinder App

Tinder owner bets on ‘summer of love’ to lift revenue as curbs ease

Match forecast current-quarter revenue above expectations on Tuesday, banking on its online dating apps including Tinder and Hinge attracting more subscribers as easing pandemic cu...

Platform News: Discord

Messaging app Discord ties up with Sony’s PlayStation

A unit of Sony Corp has made a minority investment in Discord Inc as part of a deal to tie in the messaging platform with the consumer electronics company’s PlayStation gamin...

Platform Economy: Home office and the future of work

Sticking with remote work? Businesses are betting on it

US businesses have been spending more on technology than on bricks and mortar for more than a decade now, but the trend has accelerated during the pandemic, one more sign that work...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft sales grow on cloud strength, shares dip on heightened valuation

Microsoft Corp met analysts’ quarterly sales expectations and beat profit estimates, but its shares fell slightly as investors hoped for an even stronger performance after a ...

Platform Industry: Google News

Google sales top estimates; Alphabet plans $50 billion buyback

Alphabet beat quarterly revenue estimates and announced a $50 billion share buyback as the recovering economy and surging use of online services combined to accelerate its advertis...

Platform News: Confluent

LinkedIn-backed Confluent confidentially files for US IPO

Confluent Inc, a real-time event streaming platform, has confidentially submitted paperwork for a US initial public offering, joining hundreds of other tech start-ups that are look...

Platform News: Signal private messaging app

Encrypted chat app Signal reveals flaws in Cellebrite equipment

Encrypted chat app Signal suggested in a blog post published on Wednesday that products sold to law enforcement from Israeli surveillance provider Cellebrite can easily be sabotage...

Platform News: Discord

Has Discord ended its sale talks with Microsoft?

Messaging platform Discord has ended deal talks with Microsoft and plans to focus on expanding the business as a standalone company, sources familiar with the matter told journalis...

Platform News: Facebook usage

Facebook takes on Clubhouse, unveils upcoming audio products

Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook planned to launch several audio products, including Clubhouse-style live audio rooms and a way for users to find and play podcasts.

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

US House committee approves blueprint for Big Tech crackdown

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee formally approved a report accusing Big Tech companies of buying or crushing smaller firms, Representative David Cicilline’...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

US directs agencies to apply patches to Microsoft servers

The top cybersecurity official in the White House directed all government agencies to urgently apply new patches for Microsoft Exchange email servers to head off exploitation by ha...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

German regulator acts to halt ‘illegal’ WhatsApp data collection

Germany’s lead data protection regulator for Facebook said that it was taking action against the social network to prevent the collection of personal data from users of its W...

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...