Internet of Things (IoT) News

Our ongoing coverage of smart technologies, internet connected devices and objects able to collect and exchange data and the platforms that support them.

Microsoft

Microsoft shares edge higher on $60 billion buyback program

Microsoft Corp shares rose 1% in early trading after the company announced a $60 billion share repurchase plan, its biggest ever.

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap Inc hires first global head of platform safety

Snapchat’s owner has hired a longtime online safety advocate as its first global head of platform safety, Snap Inc told journalists, as the company continues to ramp up effor...

Tim Cook: Apple CEO

Here are the top announcements from Apple event

Apple Inc has launched a new series of iPhones and iPads, featuring a faster processor and better cameras.

FTC: Federal Trade Commission

US panel votes to approve $1 billion for FTC privacy probes

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to give the Federal Trade Commission $1 billion to set up a bureau dedicated to improving data security and privacy and fighting id...

Platform News: Tencent conference and exhibition in China

China tells Alibaba, Tencent to open platforms up to each other

China’s industry ministry has told technology companies including Alibaba and Tencent to stop blocking each other’s website links from their platforms, the 21st Century...

Facebook

Italy data authority asks Facebook for clarifications on smart glasses

Italy’s data protection authority has said it has asked Facebook to provide clarifications over the social media giant’s newly launched smart glasses to assess whether ...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook unveils its first smart glasses

Facebook Inc launched its first smart glasses on Thursday in a step toward its aim of offering true augmented-reality spectacles.

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Microsoft to take site-by-site approach to US office reopening

Microsoft Corp has said it will no longer target a specific date for reopening all of its US offices and instead will reopen each site based on whether it meets a set of company cr...

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

Federal Trade Commission meeting will investigate Big Tech’s small deals

The US FTC will hold its next open meeting on the 15th of September to hear staff findings on deals that Big Tech businesses such as Facebook and Apple make which are sometimes too...

Platform Industry: ByteDance China company building

Tech workers bemoan China’s crackdown on compulsory overtime

The Chinese communist government’s campaign to improve conditions for workers has spurred companies, particularly some of its tech giants, to cut down on long hours of compul...

Platform News: European Union flags

Lobbying: Google, Facebook, Microsoft top EU spending

Google, Facebook and Microsoft are the three biggest lobbying spenders in Europe in a battle against tough new laws aimed at curbing US tech giants’ powers, a study released ...

Joe Biden

US to work with Big Tech, finance sector on new cybersecurity guidelines

The US government said it would work with industry to hammer out new guidelines to improve the security of the technology supply chain, as President Biden appealed to private secto...

Platform News: Samsung Electronics retail store for smartphones and other hardware

Samsung to invest $206 billion by 2023 for post-pandemic growth

Samsung Group will invest 240 trillion won (approximately $206 billion) in the next three years to expand its footprint in biopharmaceuticals, artificial intelligence, semiconducto...

Google Cloud

For bank regulators, platform giants are now ‘too big to fail’

More than a decade on from the financial crisis, regulators are spooked once again that some companies at the heart of the financial system are too big to fail. But they’re n...