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Platform News: Airbnb

Airbnb bookings jump 52% as vaccinations spur vacation rental demand

Airbnb Inc beat Wall Street expectations for first-quarter gross bookings and revenues, as speedy COVID-19 vaccinations and easing restrictions encouraged more people to check into...

Platform News: Social Media businesses

UK unveils law to fine social media firms which fail to remove online abuse

The UK has said a planned new law would see social media companies fined up to 10% of turnover or 18 million pounds (approximately $25 million) if they failed to stamp out online 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...

Platform News: Vodafone plc

Vodafone teams up with Google Cloud on data analytics

Mobile operator Vodafone Group and Google Cloud entered a strategic partnership to jointly develop data services, Vodafone has stated over the weekend.

Platform News: Google

Blocking Google class action would deny justice, UK court told

Blocking a proposed UK class action against Google, that alleges it secretly tracked millions of iPhone users a decade ago, risks allowing big business to behave with impunity, a l...

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: KKR investments

KKR-backed KnowBe4 valued at over $3.5 billion in strong Nasdaq debut

Cybersecurity vendor KnowBe4 Inc has joined a string of technology-focused companies that saw strong market debuts in the US this year, after its shares opened nearly 25% above the...

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 ...

Huawei Technologies

Swedish court to hear Huawei’s case against 5G ban

A Swedish administrative court will start hearing arguments in a case filed by Huawei Technologies against the country’s telecom regulator for banning the Chinese company fro...

nvidia chipmaker

UK invokes national security to investigate Nvidia’s ARM deal

The UK government will look into the national security implications of US group Nvidia’s purchase of British chip designer ARM Holdings, it has said, raising a question mark ...

Deliveroo

Deliveroo hails doubling in orders as seeks IPO redemption

Deliveroo said a more-than doubling in first quarter orders during coronavirus lockdowns was an initial step in proving itself following the debacle of the food delivery company...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook axes 16,000 groups for trading fake reviews

Social media company Facebook has removed 16,000 groups for selling or buying fake reviews of products and services on its platforms, after the UK’s competition watchdog inte...

Platform News: Google

BoE governor wants UK bill to make Google tackle online scams

Andrew Bailey, the new Governor of the Bank of England has been lobbying the UK government to introduce a legal requirement for internet giants such as Google to take down financia...

Platform Industry: CEO of the ride-sharing company Uber Technologies

Uber’s UK driver benefits highlight broader gig-worker challenges

Uber’s proposal to expand benefits to UK drivers following a court defeat last month has not put an end to the fight for better gig-worker pay in Britain and around the world...