Communication & Collaboration News

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

Platform News: Telegram, the popular messaging app from Russia

Telegram says over 70 million new users joined during Facebook outage

Messaging app Telegram gained over 70 million new users during the latest Facebook outage, its founder Pavel Durov has said, as people worldwide were left without key messaging ser...

Facebook

Facebook asks judge to dismiss US lawsuit to force sale of Instagram, WhatsApp

Facebook Inc has again asked a judge to dismiss the US government’s revised antitrust case that seeks to force the social media giant to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

Platform Industry: Zoom meetings

Analysis: Zoom’s abandoned Five9 deal shows hurdles to expansion

Zoom Video Communications Inc’s aborted $14.7 billion acquisition of call center software firm Five9 Inc has spotlighted issues that will weigh on the virtual meeting giant&#...

Platform Industry News: People looking at an iPhone 11

China drafts new data measures, defines “core data”

Communist China published new draft measures aimed at bolstering its new data security law, including definitions of what it considered “core” and “important̶...

EU and US

EU says US trade, tech council to boost its clout, set rules for 21st century

The US-EU Trade and Technology Council will give the declining EU more clout and set standards and rules for the 21st century, the EU’s trade and digital chiefs said, undersc...

Audio Streaming app, Clubhouse

Social audio app Clubhouse launches ‘wave’ feature for private chats

US social audio app Clubhouse launched a feature to let users virtually wave at friends inside its audio-only chat app to show they are open to a private chat, in a move to expand ...

Platform News: Search engine Google's New York office

Domination: Alphabet to buy more real estate in NYC, as big tech swoops

Google plans to buy an office building in Manhattan for $2.1 billion, as the Alphabet Inc-owned search engine giant joins fellow technology companies in investing in prime real est...

Platform News: Big Tech

States rally around proposed US laws to rein in Big Tech

A bipartisan group of US state attorneys general sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to pass a series of bills that tighten antitrust laws aimed at Big Tech companies like Faceb...

Platform News: Big Tech

Big Tech’s little mergers draw more US antitrust scrutiny

US Federal Trade Commission staff presented data on small acquisitions by five big technology companies, and the agency scrapped guidelines on vertical mergers which combine a comp...

Microsoft

Microsoft shares edge higher on $60 billion buyback program

Microsoft Corp shares rose 1% in early trading after the company announced a $60 billion share repurchase plan, its biggest ever.

Platform News: WhatsApp messaging app

WhatsApp launches test of in-app business directory

Messaging service WhatsApp launched a new feature to make it possible to search for businesses within its app for the first time, the company told journalists.

Platform News: Discord

Chat app Discord raises $500 million in new funding

Chat platform Discord has raised $500 million in a new funding round led by investment firm Dragoneer Investment Group, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Platform News: Search engine Google

Google says it offers more than $10 billion in consumer benefits in South Korea

Google has said its presence in South Korea equates to nearly 12 trillion won (approximately $10.16 billion) in economic benefits for its users, as the US tech giant faces increase...

Chinese Flag

China aims for ‘civilised’ internet with focus on ‘socialist values’

China will step up efforts to promote a “civilised” internet by strengthening oversight over the likes of news sites and online platforms and encouraging them to promot...