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Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey leads $29 billion buyout of lending pioneer Afterpay

Square Inc, the payments firm of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, will purchase buy now, pay later (BNPL) pioneer Afterpay Ltd for $29 billion, creating a global transactions giant ...

McDonalds

McDonald’s creates new unit to focus on global digital app

McDonald’s Corp is bringing its digital, data analytics, marketing, restaurant development and operations segments into one unit as it focuses on driving growth through its g...

Afterpay

Australia’s Afterpay to launch banking app in October

Afterpay Ltd will launch its banking app in October to widen its offerings beyond buy now, pay later (BNPL) services for its 3.5 million-plus Australian users as competition intens...

Facebook and Google versus Australia

ACCC may authorise media group talks with Google and Facebook

Australia’s competition watchdog has said it issued draft proposals to authorise regional newspaper industry group, Country Press Australia, to negotiate with Google and Face...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google dangles paid upgrade to businesses using Gmail addresses

Google has unveiled an option for small businesses to upgrade their Gmail accounts for greater calendaring, video chat and email newsletter functionalities.

Platform Development: Altium

Altium rejects $3.9 billion buyout offer from Autodesk

ASX-listed software maker Altium Ltd has rejected a buyout proposal from American peer Autodesk Inc that valued the company at A$5.05 billion (approximately $3.91 billion), saying ...

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...

Platform News: Facebook like

Australia’s Nine signs Facebook and Google deals

Australian broadcaster and publisher Nine Entertainment said it signed multi-year content-supply deals with Google and Facebook, harnessing tough new licencing laws to bolster prof...

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: Epic Games, Fortnite

Analysis-In Apple versus Epic Games, courtroom battle is only half the fight

Epic Games faces an uphill legal battle against Apple in an antitrust trial starting later today and a defeat for the maker of “Fortnite” could make it harder for US re...

GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming

UK Cyber Spy Chief suggests China could rule world’s technology

The West must urgently act to ensure China does not dominate emerging technologies and gain control of the “global operating system”, the UK’s top cyber spy has s...

Platform News: A visualisation of Bitcoin, digital currency and cryptocurrency

UK court allows Australia’s Wright to serve bitcoin copyright claim

London’s High Court has paved the way for a case that could force its judges to take a view on who invented bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency which last week ...

Platform Industry: Google News Australia

Australian Watchdog: Google misled consumers over data collection

Australia’s federal court found Google misled some consumers about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, the country’s competition regulator ...

Platform News: Russia and Twitter

Russia chides Twitter for slow deletion of banned content

Russia’s communications watchdog accused Twitter on Tuesday of deleting banned content too slowly in the latest dispute between a major government and Big Tech.