CNN: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft in Europe

CNN: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft in Europe. “Slack is ratcheting up its battle with Microsoft, filing an antitrust complaint in the European Union against its rival. The company claims Microsoft (MSFT) is engaging in ‘illegal and anti-competitive practice of abusing its market dominance to extinguish competition’ by tying in its own communications platform, called Teams, to its popular Microsoft Office suite. Slack (WORK) says in its complaint Microsoft force-installs Teams for millions of people and blocks its removal.”

Engadget: National COVID-19 exposure server could alert people across states

Engadget: National COVID-19 exposure server could alert people across states. “COVID-19 contact tracing apps will only be effective across borders if states and countries can readily share data, and a collaboration could soon make that happen in the US. iMore reports that Apple, Google, and Microsoft are working with the Association of Public Health Laboratories to launch a national server to store keys and help exposure notifications reach people across states. It would be based around Apple and Google’s exposure alert framework, while Microsoft and APHL would host the server.”

ZDNet: GitHub just buried a giant open-source archive in an Arctic vault for 1,000 years

ZDNet: GitHub just buried a giant open-source archive in an Arctic vault for 1,000 years. “Microsoft-owned GitHub has finally moved its snapshot of all active public repositories on the site to a vault in Norway. GiHub announced the archiving plan last November and on February 20 followed through with the 21 terabyte snapshot written to 186 reels of film.”

Neowin: Edge 84 begins rolling out with Collections, PDF improvements, and more

Neowin: Edge 84 begins rolling out with Collections, PDF improvements, and more. “Microsoft has begun rolling out version 84 of the Edge browser to users in the stable channel. The release comes just two days after Chrome released version 84 to the desktop. The Redmond giant aligned the release of its browser with that of Chrome since both are built on the same open-source platform.”

CNET: Microsoft sues over trademark to stop COVID-19 hacking campaign

CNET: Microsoft sues over trademark to stop COVID-19 hacking campaign. “Microsoft said Tuesday that it’s taken legal action to stop a widespread COVID-19-related hacking campaign. The lawsuit, unsealed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, allowed the tech giant to take control of domains that hackers were using to trick their victims.”

NBC News: Thousands of contracts highlight quiet ties between Big Tech and U.S. military

NBC News: Thousands of contracts highlight quiet ties between Big Tech and U.S. military. “On Wednesday, newly published research from the technology accountability nonprofit Tech Inquiry revealed that the Department of Defense and federal law enforcement agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, have secured thousands of deals with Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Dell, IBM, Hewlett Packard and even Facebook that have not been previously reported.”

BetaNews: Microsoft blocks users from upgrading to Windows 10 May 2020 Update because their PC settings aren’t supported

BetaNews: Microsoft blocks users from upgrading to Windows 10 May 2020 Update because their PC settings aren’t supported. “We’ve already seen Windows 10 May 2020 Update causing a range of problems for users, including login issues, problems with Storage Spaces and issues with OneDrive. But there are also some people for whom even the installation is problematic.”

BBC: Microsoft and Zoom join Hong Kong data ‘pause’

BBC: Microsoft and Zoom join Hong Kong data ‘pause’. “Microsoft and Zoom have said they will not process data requests made by the Hong Kong authorities while they take stock of a new security law. They follow Facebook, Google, Twitter and the chat app Telegram, which had already announced similar ‘pauses’ in compliance over the past two days.”

CNET: Microsoft offers free digital-skills training amid COVID-19 jobs crisis

CNET: Microsoft offers free digital-skills training amid COVID-19 jobs crisis. “Microsoft launched an initiative Tuesday aimed at offering digital-skills training to 25 million people around the world by the end of 2020. As part of the initiative, the company will be providing free access to educational content on LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn and GitHub Learning Lab.”

BetaNews: Get back deleted data with Microsoft’s new Windows File Recovery tool

BetaNews: Get back deleted data with Microsoft’s new Windows File Recovery tool. “Windows File Recovery is a free app in the Microsoft store which can be used to recover data that has been lost for a variety of reasons. The command line tool can be used to retrieve data from local hard drives as well as removable media such as USB drives and memory cards.”

Neowin: Microsoft and Harvard launch an open source platform for differential privacy

Neowin: Microsoft and Harvard launch an open source platform for differential privacy. “Last year, Microsoft began the development of a differential privacy platform in collaboration with Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Utilizing the OpenDP Initiative, the tech giant’s goal was to create an open solution that keeps individual data private, while simultaneously providing researchers with insights based on huge amounts of data. Today, Microsoft has announced that the platform has been launched, with its resources made available on GitHub for all interested parties to test, build, and support.”

The Register: Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers

The Register: Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers . “Windows 10 users woke up to borked printers following the monthly Microsoft bugfix party, Patch Tuesday. The issues appear connected to KB4557957 and KB4560960 for Windows 10 2004 and 1903/1909 respectively.”

CNET: Microsoft CEO pledges to fight racism through hiring, purchasing, donations

CNET: Microsoft CEO pledges to fight racism through hiring, purchasing, donations. “Microsoft will work to improve the lives of African Americans by pushing for a better justice system, focusing on its own hiring, donating funds to groups tackling racial inequality and buying from more-diverse suppliers, Chief Executive Satya Nadella said in an all-employee email the company published late Friday. And Nadella is looking more closely at his own attitudes and behavior, he said.”

Mashable: ‘Minecraft Dungeons’ aims to be more than ‘baby’s first Diablo’

Mashable: ‘Minecraft Dungeons’ aims to be more than ‘baby’s first Diablo’. “The simple pitch for Minecraft Dungeons goes something like this: Two great games play great together. It works! Mostly. If you’re a fan of Minecraft but haven’t heard about Dungeons, an explanation is in order. It’s blocky Diablo, a game of crawling through dungeons and striking down monsters in hopes of scoring some sweet, deadly loot. The camera hangs overhead, giving you a wide view of the terrain as you smash and plunder your way to ever-more-powerful heights.”