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Microsoft to stop packaging Teams with Office to head off EU anti-trust action

Microsoft will stop packaging its Teams videoconferencing app with its Office software in Europe in an effort to head off anti-trust penalties by regulators.

The tech giant also said that it would take steps to make it easier for competing products to work alongside its software.

The announcement comes a month after the European Union’s executive Commission, the 27-nation bloc’s top competition enforcer, opened a formal investigation over concerns that bundling Teams with Office gives the company an unfair edge over competitors.

The investigation was triggered by a complaint filed in 2020 by Slack Technologies, the maker of the popular workplace messaging software.


Slack, owned by business software maker Salesforce, alleged that Microsoft was abusing its market dominance to eliminate competition — in violation of EU laws — by illegally combining Teams with its Office suite, which includes Word, Excel and Outlook.

Microsoft’s vice president of European government affairs, Nanna-Louise Linde, said in a blog post: “Today we are announcing proactive changes that we hope will start to address these concerns in a meaningful way, even while the European Commission’s investigation continues and we co-operate with it.”

It is not clear if the concessions will be enough to address the Commission’s concerns.

A Commission spokesperson said: “We take note of Microsoft’s announcement. We have no further comment to make.”

Ms Linde said the changes were made to address EU concerns that customers should be able to buy Office without Teams for a cheaper price and “that we should do more to make interoperability easier” with rival communications and collaboration software.

The changes will take effect on October 1st in the 30-nation European Economic Area and Switzerland.

For its core enterprise customers, which represent most of its business in the region, Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, will cut the price by

A Massive Own-Goal for the Government: Google to Stop News Links in Canada Due to Bill C-18

The worst case scenario for Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, the Canadian news sector, and the Canadian public has come to pass: Google has announced that it will block news links in Canada in response to the mandated payment for links approach established in Bill C-18. The decision, which the company says will be implemented before the law takes effect, will cover search, Google News, and Google Discover. The decision – which government seemingly tried to avoid with last minute discussions with Google executives after it became apparent that the risks of exit were real – will have lasting and enormously damaging consequences for Canadians and represents a remarkable own-goal by Rodriguez who has managed to take millions away from the news sector and left everyone in a far worse position than if he had done nothing at all.

While Meta’s decision to exit the news market was entirely predictable, the Google response was always more uncertain. The company made it clear it was deeply concerned by a mandated payments for links approach with uncapped liability, viewing it as a risky framework for any business and establishing a dangerous precedent globally for the free flow of information. Yet it also valued news in a way that Meta does not. Meta pointed to data demonstrating that news contributed little to user news feeds and that was highly substitutable. By contrast, Google search results are its bread and butter and removing Canadian news results makes its flagship product undeniably worse. Google has stopped its Google News service in some countries in response to legislative developments, but removing search results brings more significant consequences to users of the service. 

That surely presented an unwelcome choice either way: agree to flawed legislation that creates a dangerous precedent on paying for links or knowingly decrease

Google News app: How to stop annoying video autoplay

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One of the things that really bugs me about today’s various feeds (be they social or news) is the random auto-playing of videos that inevitably lead to embarrassing situations, scare my cats (or wife), or just generally annoy me. I use the Google News app on my Pixel 7 Pro daily, as it’s one of the many sources where I find news. 

You might not have ever bothered with the Google News app, but it’s a great way to aggregate the news topics you like into a single location. With just a little configuration, you get all the news you want (and none that you don’t). You can also easily share news pieces and save them for later. There’s a Newsstand feature where you can find and add more sources to really make the most out of the app.

Also: Best Google Pixel phones

For years, I’ve found the Google News app to be a very pleasant source of information. Recently, however, I discovered more and more videos in the feed would surprise me by auto-playing.


Did I forget to say how much I loathe autoplay? I’ve gone out of my way to prevent the auto-playing of anything on my phone, even to the point of keeping it on silent 24/7. It’s that annoying to me. But even with the phone on silent, some videos manage to circumvent the setting and blare out their content anyway. Needless to say, that’s a feature I had to take care of as soon as possible, otherwise, I’d risk tossing my phone across a room in frustration. Not that I would actually ever do that… but the idea of chucking my phone into a wall is certainly satisfying enough.

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Canada, other governments hustle to stop Silicon Valley Financial institution crisis from spreading

Governments in the U.S., Britain and Canada are having extraordinary methods to protect against a probable banking crisis immediately after the failure of California-based mostly Silicon Valley Bank prompted fears of a broader upheaval.

U.S. regulators worked by means of the weekend to discover a consumer for the bank, which had a lot more than $200 billion in property and catered to tech startups, venture funds firms, and very well-compensated technological know-how workers.

Whilst these endeavours had been not effective as of Monday morning, officers assured all of the bank’s clients that they would be capable to entry their revenue.

Late on Sunday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen declared that all depositors will have access to their cash, no make any difference how a lot they had in the lender.

“Little businesses throughout the country that have deposit accounts at these banking companies can breathe much easier recognizing they will be in a position to fork out their personnel and pay their payments,” U.S. President Joe Biden said at a press conference on Monday early morning.

“Really hard-performing workforce can breathe easier as well,” Biden claimed, stressing that the monthly bill for that safeguard will not be borne by taxpayers and will rather come out of the costs that banking institutions pay for deposit insurance, which is operate by the Federal Deposit Insurance coverage Corporation, or FDIC, and by legislation only addresses the 1st $250,000.

WATCH | Sector strategist on impact of SVB collapse: 

What does the Silicon Valley Bank collapse mean for Canada?

Karl Schamotta, main market strategist for Corpay, suggests the collapse of Silicon Valley Lender could indicate a ‘turbulent’ time for Canadian buyers.

Traders in the lender, on the other hand, will most likely be wiped out. “They knowingly took a danger and when the danger failed to

Google Chrome Will Stop Working On Some Windows PCs…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Google Chrome will stop working properly on millions of Windows PCs this week.

According to recent reports, Google will stop providing security and technical support for Google Chrome on Windows 7 this week. While older versions of Chrome will continue working, employees and business owners currently using the browser on older versions of Windows have to upgrade to Windows 10 or later as soon as possible in order to receive Chrome releases in the future. (Source: Metro)

Why this is important for your business:

Still clinging to Windows 7? Ah, the few…the proud. But c’mon, it’s time to upgrade. If not just to ensure that your people can use Chrome but also for security reasons. You gave it a good ride and I’m impressed. But it’s time to move on.

2 – The AI industry is booming among the “tech recession.”

With recession fears mounting, companies are concerned about hiring talent, with many successful tech companies anticipating more layoffs and job cuts in the coming months. However, the artificial intelligence space continues to experience success and is expected to see an annual growth rate of over 21 percent and climb by $76.44 billion in the next two years. (Source: Venture Beat)

Why this is important for your business:

One of the