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South Korea, Japan, Manga Publishing

South Korean tech firms shake up Japan’s storied manga industry

Two South Korean platforms are borrowing from mobile gaming to shake up – and dominate – Japan’s manga industry, a plot twist that has expanded the comics’ ...

Platform News: FinTech trading app Robinhood

Robinhood added 6 million crypto users in last two months

Controversial online brokerage Robinhood has said it has garnered 6 million new users for its cryptocurrency services in the first two months of 2021 amid higher retail trading vol...

Platform News: GameStop

GameStop frenzy sparks fresh investment in stock-trading apps

The recent trading frenzy centred on GameStop and other “meme” stocks is sparking a wave of investor interest in start-ups aiming to mimic the success of Robinhood, whose no-fee br...

Platform News: GameStop

GameStop: Wall Street versus the people of Reddit

On three hours of sleep and with no time to eat, one New York-based hedge fund manager overseeing billions in assets called last week the most stressful of his life.

Apple Google

Google to stop using Apple tool to track iPhone users

Google’s iPhone apps such as Google Maps and YouTube will stop using a tool supplied by Apple that permits them to personalize ads, averting a new Apple warning that informs ...

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 News: Reserve Bank of India RBI

India’s reserve bank creates a panel to investigate digital lending practices

The Reserve Bank of India has said it had formed a working group to look into digital lending practices, after reports of policy offenses and debtor harassment by several digital l...

Platform News: Apple logo

Apple removes 39,000 game apps from China store to meet deadline

Apple removed 39,000 game apps on its China store Thursday, the biggest removal ever in a single day, as it set year-end as deadline for all game publishers to obtain a licence.

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Apple could block apps that do not comply with new privacy feature

Apple has threatened to remove apps from its widely-used App Store when they do not comply with the upcoming personal feature allowing users to block advertisers from tracking them...

Platform Industry: ongoing COVID-19 coverage, tracking and tracing

New contact tracing apps stir hope for virus fighters in US states

A fresh wave of mobile apps which help monitor exposure into the coronavirus is coming to US states ahead of the vacations as public health officials bet that recently introduced f...

Money Transfers Africa

African money transfer firms thrive as pandemic spurs online remittances

Having fled an economic implosion in his native Zimbabwe, Brighton Takawira was able to provide for his mum back home with small earnings by a small perfume business he set up in S...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

US court agrees to expedite government TikTok app store ban appeal

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a Justice Department appeal of a ruling preventing the government from banning new TikTok downloads from US app stores.

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

US judge rules Apple could bar Epic Games’s ‘Fortnite’ from App Store

A federal judge in California has ruled in an injunction request that Apple could bar Epic Games’s “Fortnite” from its App Store, but must not harm Epic’s d...

Applovin

Mobile gaming firm AppLovin hires Morgan Stanley to lead its IPO

AppLovin Corp, the US-based mobile gaming company backed by private equity firm KKR & Co, has hired Morgan Stanley to lead preparations for an initial public offering which cou...