Technology Platform News

Ongoing news coverage and industry commentary for technology platforms, ranging from cyber-security through to cryptocurrency and beyond.

FTC: Federal Trade Commission

FTC Chair: Internet providers collect ‘staggering’ amounts of data

Internet service providers collect a “staggering” amount of detailed data on consumers, Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan said in discussing an agency staff repo...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Changing Facebook’s name unlikely to deter lawmaker or regulatory scrutiny

Renaming Facebook Inc is unlikely to enable the tech giant to distance itself from regulatory and public scrutiny around the potential harms caused by its social media apps, market...

Joe Biden

Biden admin seeks corporate America’s help tracking cyber criminals

US Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco has a message for corporate America: The US Justice Department needs its help in order to take down cyber criminals.

Platform news: Artificial intelligence AI

AI can see through you: CEOs’ language under machine microscope

Chief Executives and others in senior management are increasingly coming under the microscope as some investors use artificial intelligence to learn and analyse their language patt...

Comcast

Comcast, Walmart team up to sell smart TVs with the media firm’s software

Comcast Corp has launched smart TVs that run on its operating system and will be sold in the US at Walmart Inc stores and in the coming weeks at the retailer’s website, the m...

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap launches studio to create augmented reality ads

Snap Inc is launching a studio to help brands create augmented reality advertising and experiences, part of a move to popularize the use of technology that can overlay computer-gen...

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s tech hub sees surge of interest from start-ups

Abu Dhabi’s new technology hub says it has seen a surge in interest from start-up firms in the UAE and abroad despite the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic last year, ami...

Tencent WeChat

Newspaper: China regulators should act further to free up apps’ access to rivals’ links

Chinese internet platforms have not gone far enough in unblocking external links, as instructed by authorities, and relevant government bodies should take further action to interve...

New York Crypto

New York directs two cryptocurrency lending platforms to cease activity

Two cryptocurrency lending platforms were asked to cease activities in New York by the state’s attorney general on Monday and three other platforms were directed to provide i...

Platform News: GameStop

US SEC praises equity market structure, absolves short sellers in GameStop report

The US markets functioned well during January’s GameStop volatility, while short selling was not the main cause of the unprecedented rise in the ‘meme stock,’ acc...

Zix

Sources: Email security software vendor Zix explores sale

Zix Corp, a US provider of email security solutions, is exploring strategic alternatives that include a sale of the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bitcoin hovers near 6-month high on ETF hopes, inflation worries

Bitcoin hovered near a six-month high Monday morning on hopes that US regulators would soon allow cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds to trade, while global inflation worries also...

Facebook

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook plans to hire some 10,000 new employees across the EU over the next five years, the social media giant has said, to help build the so-called metaverse – a nascent on...

Platform News: Apple logo

Apple worker says she was fired after leading movement against harassment

An Apple employee who led fellow workers in publicly sharing instances of what they called harassment and discrimination at the company said on Thursday that she had been fired.