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Facebook's Libra

Ueli Maurer: Facebook’s Libra has failed in its current form

The President of Switzerland has stated that Facebook’s controversial cryptocurrency project has failed in its current form and needs reworking to be approved.

Happy Christmas from Rob Phillips

A Christmas message from our founder Rob Phillips

As the holiday season is now upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape both our business and that of our members.

Facebook

Facebook bans all ads that aim to limit US census participation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook, which has come under fire for allowing politicians to run misleading advertisements, said it will ban any ads that aim to limit participation i...

Platform Industry News: Ride-sharing driver

German court bans Uber’s ride-hailing services in Germany

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A German court on Thursday banned Uber ride-hailing services in Germany, arguing the U.S. company lacks a necessary licence to offer passenger transport...

Libra

Facebook’s Libra lacks solid plan for launch- governing board member

LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook’s Libra project has no solid plan yet for how or where it will be launched next year, a member of the board that will oversee the cryptocurr...

Airbnb

Airbnb wins fight to remain exempt from European property rules

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – US home-sharing site Airbnb on Thursday won its battle to remain exempt from onerous European property regulations, as the EU’s top court ruled i...

Platform Economy: Instagram app

Instagram bans influencers from promoting vaping products

Reuters – Social media influencers will no longer be allowed to promote vaping, tobacco products and weapons on Instagram as the Facebook-owned platform doubles down on its e...

Platform News: China

Tencent, Sina apps targeted in Chinese privacy crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has criticised 41 apps including Tencent messaging app QQ and Sina’s sports app for allegedly forcing users to hand over personal data, part o...

Platform News: Wall Street in New York

Accenture beats quarterly estimates

Reuters – Accenture Plc beat Wall Street estimates for first-quarter earnings on Thursday, as investments in its fast-growing digital and cloud services businesses continue t...

Star Wars

Memories: For the multi-generational love of Star Wars

Not a lot of people know this, but I went to school with the Director of Rogue One, who lived just a street away from me in the middle-class St Nicholas Park suburb of Nuneaton, a ...

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Netflix rallies after sharing some global data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shares of Netflix jumped 3.4% on Tuesday after the streaming heavyweight unveiled historical data showing strong overseas growth, while Roku dropped...

5G

Timeline: Deals by major suppliers in the race for 5G

(Reuters) – Chinese technology giant Huawei is locked in a race with rivals Nokia and Ericsson to build next-generation 5G networks, even as several governments weigh up secu...

Platform News: Twitch app

Russia says Amazon’s Twitch has deleted illegal content

According to a number of Russian news agencies, the country no longer plans to block the Twitch platform over allegations of illegal streaming of popular English Premier League foo...

Platform Economy: The technology sector in Paris, France

France launches procedure for 5G licenses

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government said on Tuesday it had launched a procedure for assigning 5G frequency licenses after it approved specifications proposed by the commu...