Monday, October 26, 2020

Platforms

Dating and hook-up service Grindr has announced its intention to remove the “ethnicity filter” from its popular app. The controversial function allowed paying users to filter out prospective partners based on ethnicity labels such as “Asian”, “Black” and “Latino”. Long criticised as racist,...
Protests have erupted across the world in response to the killing of George Floyd on 25 May in the US. Then came #blackoutTuesday, where black squares dominated social media in a bid to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. While...
Big streaming giants AppleTV and Disney Plus entered the United States market late last year. Many believe they will challenge the dominance of established player Netflix. Meanwhile in Southeast Asia multiple streaming companies are vying for market share. Southeast Asia promises substantial returns...
Working from home is already so common it has its own acronym, and it’s about to get even more common still. Companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are now advising employees to “WFH” to avoid exposure to the novel coronavirus. But working...
Disney’s recent deal with the immersive experience company Secret Cinema signals a new era for the cinema industry. New film titles from the Disney portfolio will be staged as immersive experiences in London by Secret Cinema later in 2020 before being...
In the past year, Elon Musk and Tesla have fascinated the world with new innovations like the Tesla Cybertruck. There is excitement about most new Tesla products, but one hugely important one has been largely overlooked. With far less fanfare...
Capitalism is in trouble – at least judging by recent polls. A majority of American millennials reject the economic system, while 55% of women age 18 to 54 say they prefer socialism. More Democrats now have a positive view of socialism than capitalism. And globally,...
Kenya will start levying new tax on digital markets under a new law signed by the president early in November. The Finance Act seeks to broaden the Income Tax Act net to include income accruing through a digital market place. The...
Google announced this fall to much fanfare that it had demonstrated “quantum supremacy” – that is, it performed a specific quantum computation far faster than the best classical computers could achieve. IBM promptly critiqued the claim, saying that its own classical...
The taxi app giant Uber has again lost its licence in London, if only temporarily. Uber has 21 days to appeal after Transport for London (TfL) ended a probationary extension it granted to the company in September, citing a “pattern of...

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