Communication & Collaboration News

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

Platform News: China

Feature or bug? Translation key on China’s WeChat takes jabs at other country’s flags

SHANGHAI – Chinese social media giant Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday that it will fix a “translation bug” on its chat app WeChat that sends out distinct non...

Facebook

US regulator weighs action against Facebook over how its apps interact: WSJ

Reuters – The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering asking a court to stop Facebook from moving ahead with plans to integrate its WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

US senators threaten Facebook and Apple with encryption regulation

SAN FRANCISCO – US senators grilled Apple Inc and Facebook Inc executives over their encryption practices on Tuesday and threatened to regulate the technology unless the comp...

Interpol

Interpol group delays criticism of encryption after objections

SAN FRANCISCO – The international police organisation Interpol put off plans to condemn the spread of strong encryption after objections by tech companies and civil liberties...

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Exclusive: China’s ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid US probe – sources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING – ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a US national security panel&...

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

Senate Democrats unveil privacy bill

WASHINGTON – Democratic senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would set penalties for online companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if they misha...

Security

Workers at Israeli surveillance firm NSO sue Facebook for blocking private accounts

JERUSALEM – A group of employees from Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Tuesday, saying the social media giant had unfairly blocked thei...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype

BRUSSELS – EU efforts to create a level playing field between telecoms operators and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Microsoft unit Skype stalled on Friday after member countri...

MSFT

Microsoft Teams surpasses 20 million daily active users; rival Slack shares slip

Reuters – Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday its workplace messaging app, Teams, has more than 20 million daily active users, up from 13 million users in July.

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SoftBank to create $30 billion tech giant via Yahoo Japan, Line Corp deal

TOKYO – SoftBank Corp plans to merge internet subsidiary Yahoo Japan with messaging app operator Line Corp to create a $30 billion tech group, as it strives to compete more e...

Smartphone Apps News: ByteDance and TikTok

ByteDance CEO urges TikTok diversification as US pressure mounts: internal note

BEIJING – The founder and CEO of TikTok owner ByteDance will focus on adding users of the popular video app in countries outside of its strongest markets, according to an int...

Interpol

Exclusive: Interpol plans to condemn encryption spread, citing predators, sources say

SAN FRANCISCO – The international police organisation Interpol plans to condemn the spread of strong encryption in a statement Monday saying it protects child sex predators, ...

Big Tech

Where US presidential candidates stand on breaking up Big Tech

Reuters – In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, America’s big tech companies are being challenged on many fronts from across the political spectrum, from ant...

Libra

Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra and digital wallet Calibra

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK – Facebook Inc revealed lofty plans to establish a cryptocurrency called Libra in June, but the project quickly ran into trouble with sceptical regulat...