South Korea to force app stores to allow alternative payments
Things are moving fast in the debate around how much app store owners like Apple and Google should be forced to open up their systems.
September 1, 2021
US Open App Markets Act chimes with Spotify lobbying goals
Well, not just Spotify. It's fair to say that the bipartisan antitrust legislation launched yesterday will also delight Epic Games too.
August 12, 2021
Google announces digital safety changes for kids and teens
The latest announcement from Google includes enabling any under-18 year-old to request the removal of their images from Google Image search results.
August 11, 2021
Report: Google outshipped Amazon for US smart speakers in Q2
Omdia estimates Google shipped nearly 4.2m smart speakers in Q2 compared to Amazon’s 3.4m, which it pegs as 47.8% growth and 31.3% decline year-on-year.
July 30, 2021
Facebook commissions study on Apple and Google default apps
Facebook has commissioned a study of whether owners of Android and iOS devices tend to mainly use the default apps offered by Google and Apple. Sit down for this bombshell: the study concluded that they do. “The results...
July 8, 2021
Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter to tackle abuse of women
Well, the four tech companies have announced a “bold package of commitments to tackle online abuse and improve women’s safety on their platforms” to be specific: it remains to be seen how well they follow through...
July 2, 2021
Sandbox Issue 272: DSP’s Emerging Talent Programmes – how do you get on one, what happens if you do, and is there a catch?
Lead: Each DSP has a programme dedicated to supporting new artists: weaponising the platform by endorsing them to a large audience, and hopefully accelerating their careers. Places on these programmes are, of course, keenly...
March 24, 2021
Google reduces its app sales cut for small developers
Apple’s 30% “app tax” (as critics like to call it) isn’t always 30%. It’s 15% for subscriptions once a subscriber has been paying for a year, and since November 2020 it has also been 15% for...
March 17, 2021
Big Tech and Big News continue their uneasy frenemyship
We’ve followed the music deals and clashes of Facebook, Google and other big tech companies with diligence, but we keep a watching eye on how these firms are interacting with other creative and media industries. Two stories...
February 18, 2021
Google completes its acquisition of fitness tech firm Fitbit
Google announced plans to buy fitness tech firm Fitbit for $2.1bn back in November 2019, but the deal has since been subject to regulatory scrutiny. Now, 14 months on, it has been completed. One of the talking points in that...
January 15, 2021
Google and Snap tipped to invest in Indian firm ShareChat
Google and Snap are in talks to invest in Indian social media company ShareChat, according to a report on TechCrunch. It claims that ShareChat’s Series E funding round will be more than $200m, with at least half of...
January 5, 2021