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 to buy cloud-based call center operator Five9 in $15 billion deal

Zoom has announced a $14.7 billion all-stock deal to buy cloud-based call center operator Five9 Inc in its largest-ever acquisition, as competition intensifies in its core videocon...

Lina Khan FTC

Facebook seeks US FTC Chair Lina Khan’s recusal in antitrust case

Facebook has asked for the recusal of Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan from the FTC’s antitrust case against the company, a step that could imperil the agency’s...

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

EU lawmaker gets backing for tougher EU tech rules

A key EU lawmaker at the European Parliament steering the debate on tough new rules aimed at Facebook, Google and other large online platforms, secured backing to beef up Europeans...

Platform News: WhatsApp messaging app

WhatsApp targeted in EU consumer complaints over privacy changes

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp on Monday faced a barrage of complaints by the European Consumer Organisation and others over a privacy policy update, which has prompted a global out...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank pays $1.6 billion for Yahoo Japan rights

SoftBank’s internet business Z Holdings Corp said on Monday it has agreed to pay Verizon Communications Inc 178.5 billion yen ($1.61 billion) to secure the rights to Yahoo br...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google reports soaring attrition among Black women

Workers identifying as “Black+” or “Latinx+” left Alphabet Inc’s Google at higher rates last year than in 2019, the company has said.

Platform Industry: Google search engine

US Justice Department says Google depositions should be in person

An attorney for the US Justice Department has said that he wanted depositions planned for August in an antitrust lawsuit against Google to be live rather than on Zoom.

Platform News: Tim Cook CEO of Apple

Apple’s Tim Cook says proposed EU tech rules threaten security of iPhones

Apple boss Tim Cook has taken aim at proposed European rules aimed at curbing the power of US tech giants, saying they could pose security and privacy risks to iPhones.

President Macron

Macron bemoans nonsense innovation, takes aim at Chinese and US tech bonanza

French President Macron has called out what he described as excesses of liquidity in the US and Chinese financial markets, some of which he said could instead foster the growth of ...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google dangles paid upgrade to businesses using Gmail addresses

Google has unveiled an option for small businesses to upgrade their Gmail accounts for greater calendaring, video chat and email newsletter functionalities.

Platform News: Sprinklr

Software start-up Sprinklr targets $5 billion valuation in US IPO

Software start-up Sprinklr has said it was looking to raise as much as $380 million through a US initial public offering, targeting a valuation of about $5 billion.

Platform News: Google

Google to work with UK regulator in plan to remove browser cookies?

Google would not be able to eliminate user-tracking technology that is important to advertisers from its Chrome browser without sign-off from the UK governments competition regulat...

Platform Industry: Modi PM of India

Frequent run-ins with India gov’t cloud US tech expansion plans

Another spat between India’s government and US big tech has exacerbated disillusion among firms which have spent billions to build hubs in their largest growth market, to the...

TRump, TikTok and WeChat

Biden drops Trump attempt to ban TikTok, WeChat; orders new review

The Biden – Harris White House has withdrawn a series of Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a Commerce Department r...