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Mobile News - Week of the Ban - January 11, 2021

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The latest news and information about startups and innovations from the mobile world.

This is the week of the ban.
17 services took action to ban President including Reddit, Twitch, Shopify, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Apple, Discord, Pinterest, Amazon AWS, Stripe, OKTA, and Twilio.
Apple, Google and Amazon together bascially killed Parler.
Should these internet platforms allow bad things to be spread, or should they stop the world from seeing what Trump has to say?
How far should these platforms control other companies that use their stack? Are they getting too powerful? What’s the line between a private company’s freedom not to do business with you and a common carrier? Whose decision should this be anyway?
2021 will be an interesting year for data privacy and platform control. And it is just the beginning.
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Here are the top mobile news this week >
  • Statistics - 218B downloads in 2020
  • Apps of the week - Signal
  • Learning - Smartphone encryption
  • China - Smartphone shipments fell 20.4%
  • Trump - 17 services ban
  • Parler got dropped

App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143 billion
Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech
How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption
Smartphone shipments in China fell 20.4% in 2020: government data
All the platforms that have banned or restricted Trump so far
Parler CEO Says Service Dropped By “Every Vendor” Could End Business
Techstars Startup Digest Mobile is curated by:
Edith Yeung Edith Yeung - General Partner at Race Capital
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