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Google and Apple executives to testify in app store hearing on Wednesday

Senior executives from Google and Apple will testify tomorrow about antitrust concerns related to their app stores along with executives of three companies which rely on those onli...

Platform Economy: Parler App

Apple to bring social media platform Parler back to App Store

Apple will bring controversial social media app Parler back to its App Store according to a letter sent to two Republican lawmakers.

Platform News: Epic Games, the maker of the Fortnite game

Epic Games gets $28.7 billion valuation in latest funding

Epic Games, which is in the middle of a legal battle with Apple, has said it had raised $1 billion in a funding round that valued the “Fortnite” maker at $28.7 billion.

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Apple argues it faces competition in video game market as ‘Fortnite’ trial nears

Apple plans to argue that it faces abundant competition in the market for video game transactions to defend itself against antitrust allegations by “Fortnite” maker Epi...

Platform Industry: Hackers and cyber security

New wave of ‘hacktivism’ adds twist to cybersecurity woes

At a time when US agencies and thousands of companies are fighting off major hacking campaigns originating in Russia and China, a different kind of cyber threat is re-emerging: act...

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Apple gets boost in French privacy fight, but still faces probe

Apple has been given a boost as France’s antitrust watchdog rejected advertisers’ requests to suspend the iPhone maker’s upcoming privacy feature, but it still fa...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google to cut app store fee by half on developers’ first $1 million in sales

Google will cut the service fee it charges developers on its app store by half on the first $1 million they earn in revenue in a year, after a similar move by rival Apple last year...

Platform News: European Union flags

Sources: Apple faces European Union antitrust charge on Spotify complaint

Apple could face an EU antitrust charge sheet in the coming weeks following a 2019 complaint by music streaming service Spotify, two people familiar with the matter said.

Platform Economy: Parler App

Parler sues Amazon again, alleging effort to ‘destroy’ app

Parler, a wildly social media app, filed a new lawsuit accusing Amazon.com of trying to destroy its business following the January 6th storming of the US Capitol building by suppor...

Platform News: FinTech trading app Robinhood

Robinhood app downloads rise despite trading restrictions

The Robinhood app was downloaded more than any other US trading app last week, despite concerns that its restrictions on transactions involving some heavily shorted stocks such as ...

Platform News: Clubhouse audio and social media app

Invite-only chat app Clubhouse booms in Japan

Clubhouse is growing so rapidly in Japan, it now ranks first among free apps on Apple’s App Store in a test of its international viability following its latest funding round.

Platform News: India Bans Chinese smartphone apps

India retains its ban on 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat

The Indian government has decided to keep its ban on the viral TikTok apps and 58 other China-made apps after reviewing responses from the businesses in question on issues such as ...

Platform Economy: Parler App

Parler partially reappears with support from Russian tech business

Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American way right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology business.

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

Apple, Amazon suspend Parler social network from App Store and web hosting service

Apple and Amazon have suspended Parler from their respective App Store and web hosting service, saying the social networking service popular with many right-leaning social media us...