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Tencent WeChat

WeChat ban cuts off US users link to families in China

President Trump’s ban on transactions using popular Chinese messaging app WeChat will cut ties to families and friends in China, millions of consumers in the United States fe...

Platform News: Google search engine

Google makes Meet video conferencing free to all users

Google has said any user will soon be able to host free video conferences on Meet, turning its previously business-only tool into a bigger rival to Zoom and others battling for use...

French Care Homes Skype

French care home combats lockdown loneliness with Skype calls

The Skype call had to be rebooted, but after several attempts Danielle Martin, a 71-year-old locked down inside a French retirement home, could finally see her niece Nathalie via t...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft says Skype users surge 70% amid coronavirus outbreak

The number of people using Microsoft’s Skype video calling system has surged by 70% in a month to 40 million people presently, as more individuals stay home due to the corona...

Italy Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Social and family life in Italy goes virtual

As 60 million Italians face a country-wide lockdown due to coronavirus, many daily interactions among family, friends and colleagues have moved to messaging platforms such as Whats...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype

BRUSSELS – EU efforts to create a level playing field between telecoms operators and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Microsoft unit Skype stalled on Friday after member countri...