Communication & Collaboration News

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

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The Biden – Harris White House has withdrawn a series of Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a Commerce Department r...

Platform News: Facebook like

Facebook says on track to reopen all US offices by October

Facebook Inc expects to reopen all its US offices by October, with plans to offer flexible work-related options to employees, the social media platform has said.

Amy Klobachur

US Senate passes bill to raise fees on biggest mergers

The US Senate has passed a bill that would increase fees that companies planning the biggest mergers pay to government antitrust agencies and give those agencies bigger budgets.

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

US Senate passes sweeping bill to address China tech threat

The US Senate voted 68-32 on Tuesday to approve a sweeping package of legislation intended to boost the country’s ability to compete with Chinese technology.

Tim Cook of Apple

Apple adds virtual IDs on iPhone, video plans that rival Zoom, Teams

Apple Inc, facing accusations from rivals that it has too much control over its App Store, outlined plans to increase user privacy and keep consumer data out of other companiesR...

Platform News: Google

Google to change global advertising practices in landmark antitrust deal

Google said it would make changes to its global advertising business to ensure it did not abuse its dominance, bowing to antitrust pressure for the first time in a landmark settlem...