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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: Google

US judge dismisses advertisers’ antitrust claims against Google

A US judge has dismissed antitrust claims against Google brought by a group of advertisers, though offered them a chance to try again after addressing her “serious concerns.&...

Platform News: Xiaomi

US will remove Xiaomi from blacklist, reversing Trump decision

The US Defense Department will remove China’s Xiaomi Corp from a government blacklist, a court filing showed, marking a reversal by the Biden-Harris White House of one of Pre...

Platform News: Contentful

Germany’s Contentful explores options including a US IPO

Contentful, a website platform whose customers include Spotify and WeWork, is exploring options including a US IPO that could value it at close to $5 billion, people familiar with ...

Bill to ban TikTok on US government devices passes committee

Bill to ban TikTok on US government devices passes committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban federal workers from downloading the popular app TikTok onto US government ...

Libra

Facebook-backed crypto Diem to launch US stablecoin in major shift

Digital currency group Diem Association, formerly known as Libra project, plans to launch a US dollar stablecoin as it scales back its global ambitions to focus on the US, the grou...

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

Tech giants join call for funding US chip production

Some of the world’s biggest chip buyers, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, are joining top chip-makers such as Intel Corp to create a new lobbying group to press for gov...

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

The coming storm: US state AG’s ask Congress for antitrust funding

On Monday, dozens of state attorneys general wrote to US lawmakers to urge Congress to fund their antitrust probes, which have resulted in big lawsuits filed against Google and Fac...

Platform News: Instagram app on a smartphone

US states urge Facebook to cancel plans for Instagram for younger kids

A group of 40 state attorney generals have urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to abandon plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13.

Security

Brief: Five facts about ransomware attacks

A ransomware attack on top US fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline has brought attention to the growing area of cybercrime. This article aims to brief you as to what ransomware...

Platform News: China

China to restrict mobile app news notifications in internet clampdown

China’s internet watchdog has said that it will ban some mobile app notifications and tighten regulations as the CCP ramps up a campaign to rein in tech companies.

Platform Industry: Hackers and cyber security

Ransom group linked to Colonial Pipeline hack is new but experienced

The ransomware group linked to the extortion attempt that has snared fuel deliveries across the east coast of America may be new, but that doesn’t mean its hackers are amateu...

Platform News: FinTech PPP

US Justice Department probing FinTech’s over PPP loan calculations

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether financial technology companies including Atlanta-based Kabbage Inc may have erred while distributing billions of dollars in ...

Platform News: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

Amazon and union tussle over identifying witnesses as US labor board starts hearing

Amazon.com has lost a tussle over whether it could learn the names of witnesses before they testify at a hearing investigating claims that the company illegally interfered with a v...