Apps

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...

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...

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