Apps

Platform News: Google

Dozens of US states sue Google alleging antitrust violations

Dozens of US state attorneys general filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court against Alphabet Inc’s Google, according to an entry in the court docket.

Platform Industry: ByteDance China company building

TikTok owner ByteDance’s 2020 revenue soars, net loss at $45 billion

TikTok owner ByteDance’s total revenue more than doubled last year to $34.3 billion but its net loss widened to $45 billion, according to a company memo seen by journalists.

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter begins rolling out subscription product to undo tweets

Twitter has said it will roll out a new subscription product initially in Australia and Canada called Twitter Blue, which will let paying users edit their tweets before posting and...

Commonwealth Bank: Australia

Australia’s CBA to let customers check other bank balances on its app

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has become the first among the country’s four big lenders to allow customers to view account balances from other lenders through its app, in a ...

Platform News: Discord

Messaging app Discord ties up with Sony’s PlayStation

A unit of Sony Corp has made a minority investment in Discord Inc as part of a deal to tie in the messaging platform with the consumer electronics company’s PlayStation gamin...

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

Impact of Apple ad tracking changes will hinge on app developers

The impact of Apple Inc’s new privacy controls over digital advertising tracking is likely to depend greatly on how app developers implement a new pop-up notification, Apple&...

Platform Industry News: European Commission President

Viable plan or security theatre? The EU embraces vaccine passports

As the EU races to set up a digital health pass scheme to save the holiday season from the pandemic, technical and political obstacles are showing just how big a challenge the worl...

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.

Audio Streaming app, Clubhouse

Viral audio app Clubhouse floats payments feature for creators

The fast-growth, invite-only audio-chat app Clubhouse has said it will launch a monetization feature for its creators on the platform and that it will not receive any payment from ...

Platform Industry: ByteDance China company building

ByteDance says India’s freeze on bank accounts is harassment

ByteDance has told an Indian court that a government freeze on its bank accounts in a probe of possible tax evasion amounts to harassment and was done illegally, according to a fil...

Platform News: Clubhouse audio and social media app

Oman blocks Clubhouse citing lack of permit

Oman has blocked US-based audio app Clubhouse because it did not have the right permit, authorities said, but some activists described the move as a further erosion of freedom of e...

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...

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