Communication & Collaboration News

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

Platform News: Zoom communications logo

Zoom pushes ahead on security, buying Keybase and reaching pact with New York

Video conferencing player Zoom has pushed forward in its effort to revamp its security, striking a deal with the New York attorney general’s office to protect users’ pr...

Platform Industry: Zoom meetings

Zoom adds ex-Trump adviser, tech lobbyist to PR push

Zoom has named former White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster to its board and hired the policy chief of one of the tech world’s big lobby groups to drive governmen...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter tests telling users their tweet replies may be offensive

Twitter will test sending users a prompt when they reply to a tweet using “offensive or hurtful language,” in an effort to clean up conversations on the social media pl...

Platform News: Zoom communications logo

Zoom says it has 300 million daily meeting participants, not users

Video conferencing provider Zoom has said it mistakenly published a blog last week that put its daily users at 300 million people when the figure instead referred to the number of ...

Platform News: Twitter stock market and financial performance

Twitter gains users, beats estimates but ad trends alarm investors

Twitter has reported higher first-quarter revenue and a smaller loss than analysts had expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but its shares fell as investors fretted about potent...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft revenue beats as remote work boosts Teams

Microsoft Corp has beaten Wall Street sales and profit expectations, powered by sharp demand for its ‘Microsoft Teams’ chat and online meeting app and Xbox gaming servi...

Platform News: Google search engine

Google makes Meet video conferencing free to all users

Google has said any user will soon be able to host free video conferences on Meet, turning its previously business-only tool into a bigger rival to Zoom and others battling for use...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter opens up data for researchers to study coronavirus tweets

Twitter will grant researchers and software developers access to a real-time data stream of tens of millions of daily public tweets about coronavirus, which they can use to study t...

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...

Facebook Messenger

Facebook enters the videoconferencing market with Messenger Rooms

Facebook has just introduced a videoconferencing tool and expanded livestreaming features, capitalising on a massive surge in demand for video chats during the global COVID-19 pand...

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 ...

Shipping

Belgian port trials wristbands for coronavirus social distancing

Workers in the port of Antwerp will next month begin testing wristbands developed by a Belgian technology company that could help guarantee the social distancing required during th...

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 Industry: Zoom meetings

Zoombombing makes choosing video apps harder for lockdown chats

The coronavirus crisis has seen millions locked in their homes turn to videoconferencing apps, bringing with it question marks over security and privacy and a new verb – Zoom...