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Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Spotify launches ‘Netflix Hub’ on its app to attract fans

Music streaming platform Spotify Technology has said it has introduced a new hub where fans can listen to all the official soundtracks, playlists and podcasts related to Netflix In...

Platform News: Social Media businesses

Australia plans to force parental consent for minors on social media

Australia plans to make social media companies obtain parental consent for users under the age of 16 and threaten fines of up to A$10 million ($7.5 million) for internet platforms ...

Huawei Technologies

Canada’s decision on Huawei 5G gear due in ‘coming weeks

Canada’s decision on whether to ban Huawei 5G gear, as all the other members of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network have done, is likely to be made in “...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook asks: Are your friends becoming extremists?

Facebook Inc is starting to warn some users they might have seen “extremist content” on the social media site, the company has said.

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: Amazon building

Amazon Prime makes live sports foray in India with cricket rights

Amazon.com’s Prime Video has stated that it has acquired the rights for broadcasting New Zealand Cricket games in India, marking the streaming agency’s first foray into...

Platform News: Huawei Technologies

Canada has effectively moved to block Huawei from its 5G infrastructure

Canada is currently the only member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network that has not officially blocked Huawei from 5G networks, but it’s effectively achieved that,...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

Oracle enters race to buy TikTok’s US operations

The Financial Times newspaper has reported that Oracle has held preliminary talks with TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, and is said to be seriously considering buying the viral sho...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

Microsoft faces technical challenges in TikTok carveout

Microsoft’s bid to carve out parts of TikTok out of the Chinese owner ByteDance will be a technically complex endeavour that could test the patience of the Trump administrati...

Smartphone and Telecoms News: UK Huawei Technologies 5G infrastructure

British spy chief says no threat to Five Eyes alliance over Huawei

Disagreements over China’s Huawei Technologies do not pose a threat to intelligence-sharing ties between Britain and its allies, the head of the UK’s GCHQ spy agency sa...

New Zealand PM

New Zealand to roll out ‘digital diary’ app to help people track movements

New Zealand will launch a contact-tracing app on Wednesday to help people track their movements as the country eases one of the world’s most rigid lockdowns designed to slow ...

Church Service Streaming

Aussies and Kiwis observe Easter online and in their backyards

With the coronavirus pandemic impacting long-held Easter traditions, Australians and New Zealanders spent Sunday attending church services online, setting up camps in backyards and...