Houseparty, Discord, Zoom, and Marco Polo downloads explode amid coronavirus pandemic


by VentureBeat

VentureBeat— Coronavirus quarantines have sent downloads soaring for social video apps as millions of people search for ways to connect socially and professionally.

Mashable—Hackers are exploiting Zoom’s newfound popularity amid coronavirus pandemic. With so many people working from home or looking to connect with family and friends amid the coronavirus pandemic, video conferencing platform Zoom is having a big moment. So of course, this makes Zoom a prime target for hackers looking to take advantage of the service's newfound popularity. Researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point have noticed a sharp uptick in “Zoom” domain name registrations since people started self-quarantining to combat the coronavirus.  Zoom-related domain...

Fortune—Here’s why Zoom was zooming even before the coronavirus pandemic. Demand for the videoconferencing app has boomed because of the coronavirus outbreak, but Zoom has grown steadily for almost a decade.

Business Insider—As Zoom's usage and stock have soared amid the coronavirus pandemic, two of its biggest venture backers have locked in billion-dollar gains (ZM). Zoom's stock price has soared since its initial public offering last April, particularly so in recent weeks as usage of its video-conferencing service has spiked amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sequoia Capital and Emergence Partners, two of Zoom's venture backers before it went public, have seen huge returns from their investments and have moved to record much of their gains this month. So far, Sequoia has seen a return of about $2.3 billion — or more than 22 times the $100 million or so it...