Apps

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...

Angry Birds Rovio

Angry Birds maker Rovio’s Chief Executive leaving by mutual consent

The CEO of Angry Birds game maker Rovio Entertainment has said she would leave the company by mutual consent at the end of the year.

Facebook App

Facebook steps up promotion of groups content in feeds

Facebook has said it would begin promoting content from public Facebook Groups in users’ news feeds and in search engine results, defying calls by watchdog groups to limit al...

Platform Industry: Modi PM of India

Could India be planning to launch its own app store?

India is open to launching its own mobile app shop or enlarging an existing one if it receives sufficient demand from domestic firms for an alternative to Apple and Google platform...

SalesForce CRM

Salesforce.com adapts its software for pandemic vaccine distribution

Salesforce.com has said it has adapted a number of its business applications to help healthcare organizations and government entities distribute vaccines for the novel coronavirus ...

Platform news: TikTok app based in China, US politics

Trump to block US downloads of TikTok and WeChat

The Trump administration will prohibit WeChat and TikTok from being featured in US app stores beginning Sunday night, a move that will prevent Americans from downloading the contro...

Apple Google

Australia’s ACCC to examine competition between Apple and Google app stores

Australia’s competition regulator has just said it would look into the use of and sharing of information by apps and the extent of competition between Apple Inc’s and G...

Platform News: TikTok short-form video streaming

TikTok removes 380,000 videos in US for hate speech

TikTok has eliminated over 380,000 movies in the United States for violating its hate speech coverage up to now this season, the short-form video app has said.

Fortnite

Fortnite maker sues Apple after removal of game from App Store

Apple Inc on Thursday removed popular video game “Fortnite” from its App Store for breaking up the corporation’s in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Ep...

Rio Beach Smartphone App

Rio seeks to roll out a mobile app for beachgoers

Sunbathers wanting to stop by Rio de Janeiro’s famous beaches, despite Brazil’s raging coronavirus epidemic, will be able to book socially-distant sand distance via a c...

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

A guide to Europe’s coronavirus contact tracing apps

More than 20 countries across Europe have launched or plan to launch apps that seek to break the chain of coronavirus infection by tracking encounters between people and issuing a ...

Italian contact tracing smartphone app

Google says 20 US states ‘exploring’ contact tracing

Google has said that 20 US states and territories, representing about 45 percent of the nation’s inhabitants, are”exploring” contact tracing programs for its nove...