Communication & Collaboration News

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

WeWork

WeWork sells social network Meetup to AlleyCorp, private investors

Social media platform Meetup said on Monday that shared-office operator WeWork had sold the company to a group of investors led by AlleyCorp, which funds companies in New York. 

Pensioners in NHS care homes

Elderly in UK care home embrace technology to beat coronavirus lockdown

Residents in a British care home are embracing technology to stay in touch with friends and family as the country faces the possibility of weeks of lockdown amid the coronavirus ep...

Privacy in EU Lockdown

In Europe, the tech battle against coronavirus clashes with privacy culture

National governments across Europe are turning to technology to track the spread of the coronavirus and monitor people under quarantine, an approach that seeks to learn from Asia b...

Home Bound

Home-bound users fume as video apps do not sync with TVs

Kat Volpe laid out an exercise mat and tried to sync her iPhone with her big screen TV for a fitness class webcast on Instagram last week during New York’s coronavirus lockdo...

Video Conferencing

‘Can you hear me?’ Video conferencing complicates EU coordination

The European Union’s decision-making process is being sorely tested by video conferencing during the coronavirus pandemic, EU officials say, with one calling it a “cata...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter ad sales hit by coronavirus but active users soar

Twitter pulled its first-quarter revenue outlook and forecast an operating loss on Monday as the coronavirus outbreak crimped ad sales, but said the pandemic boosted the number of ...

SoftBank

Brief examination of SoftBank’s key assets

SoftBank Group Corp plans to raise up to 4.5 trillion yen (approximately $41 billion) by selling or monetising assets to buy back 2 trillion yen of its shares and reduce overall de...

Platform Industry: iPhone unboxed at home

Apple limits online iPhone purchases to two per person

Apple Inc is limiting customer purchases of iPhones over its online stores in many countries including the US and China to a maximum of two handsets per person, checks on its websi...

Platform Industry: Microsoft logo

Remote work during coronavirus outbreak puts millions more on Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Corp’s Teams chat and conferencing app gained more than 12 million daily users in one week, a 37.5% jump as more people worked from home during the coronavirus outb...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

Coronavirus conspiracies go viral on Whatsapp as crisis deepens

On Sunday morning, a viral outbreak in the Dutch city of Utrecht infected more than 60 people in less than hour. Unlike the coronavirus, however, the infection happened on WhatsApp...

Tencent WeChat

China’s Tencent sees WeChat platform usage surge on virus

China’s gaming and social media group Tencent Holdings said on Wednesday the coronavirus outbreak has driven up traffic to its WeChat platform and other services, though it h...

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook to shift sensitive content moderation to staffers amid coronavirus crisis

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that the company was moving moderation of its most sensitive content, including self-harm and counter terrorism, from contractors to ...

Video Conferencing

Cats and pyjamas unwelcome as work video calling boom prompts new etiquette

Andre Hilden, a data architecture consultant in Oakland, California, missed a memo from his company last week requiring employees to use video conferencing for all meetings while w...

Communications Networks

Can networks cope with millions working from home?

Some European telecoms operators reported connectivity problems on Tuesday as millions of people logged on for work at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, driving up data traffic...