Microsoft revenue pushes past $100bn, buoyed by Surface and cloud services

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Microsoft reported its Q4 earnings for the year, and the company posted extremely strong results helped in large parts by the performance of its cloud services and Surface business. The company far-exceeded analysts’ predictions for this quarter, with revenue of $30.1 billion, net income of $8.8 billion and earnings per share of $1.14. Microsoft’s continued move to the cloud is paying off. Revenue in Intelligent Cloud increased by 23 percent to $9.6 billion, while Azure revenue growth rocketed by 89 percent, and Surface revenue went up by 25 percent as talk turns to the possibility of a Surface Phone. See… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google (sort of) redirects Duck.com to DuckDuckGo after complaints of anti-competitive behavior from its search rival

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Google may have been slammed by Europe for using Android to dominate with its search engine, but this is not the only complaint that has been leveled at the company. Privacy-focused search rival DuckDuckGo has criticized Google for sending visitors to Duck.com to the Google search page. Google owns Duck.com, but DuckDuckGo believes the company has been confusing users with the redirect. Now, following publicity of the issue, Google has relented and says it is introducing a new landing page that will give visitors to Duck.com the opportunity to jump to the DuckDuckGo search engine as well as other pages.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter team up on open source Data Transfer Project to ease your data moving woes

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Four giants of the technology world have joined forces in an attempt to make it easier for people to move data between services. The collaboration between Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter takes the form of the open source Data Transfer Project, the aim of which is to make it possible to “transfer data directly from one service to another, without needing to download and re-upload it”. The four companies joining announced the data portability platform which currently makes use of public APIs to offer support for photos, mail, contacts, calendars and tasks from the founders as well as other companies… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Who cares what Trump thinks about Europe’s record fine for Google?

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It’s just days since the Europe hit Google with a record fine for what it described as “very serious illegal behavior” in an antitrust case about the company’s abuse of Android to dominate the competition. Unsurprisingly, a lot of people have an opinion not only about the way Google has acted, but also of the European commission’s ruling itself. Among those with an opinion to share is none other than Donald Trump who used the fine as a way to paint the US as a victim at the hands of Europe. See also: EU hits Google with record €4.34bn fine… …Continue reading on BetaNews

If you want to get verified on Twitter, you’ll have to wait until after the US mid-terms

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Attaining a blue tick of verification remains a goal for many Twitter users, but it remains elusive for most. It is quite some time since Twitter paused the option for anyone to request verification, and now the company has revealed that opening it back up is far from a priority. The idea behind pausing the application process was to give the company the opportunity to work on fixing what was seen as a broken verification system. Product lead Kayvon Beykpour says that Twitter doesn’t have the “bandwidth” to sort things out right now, and instead needs to concentrate on sorting… …Continue reading on BetaNews

EU hits Google with record €4.34bn fine for ‘very serious illegal behaviour’ in Android antitrust case

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The European Commission has fined Google a record €4.34 billion ($5 billion) in an antitrust case that saw the company accused of using Android as a “vehicle to cement its dominance as a search engine”. The Commission said that Google forced phone makers to pre-install its software on their handsets, taking advantage of Android’s popularity, and breaching European antitrust rules. The EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager summed things up by saying Google has been “denying rivals a chance to innovate and compete on the merits”. See also: Chrome’s RAM usage is higher than ever as Google introduces Site Isolation to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft is killing off Skype classic and bringing call recording to Skype 8.0

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Microsoft has announced that Skype 7.0 (also known as Skype classic) is to be killed off, forcing all users to move on to the “modern” Skype 8.0. The company says that from September 1, only the new version of Skype will work, and this is something that is likely to upset users who were unhappy at the redesign that was introduced nearly a year ago. To soften the blow, Microsoft has updated Skype 8 with a range of new features, and says that other new options — including the ability to record Skype calls — are on their way too.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Instapaper is gaining independence

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The bookmarking service Instapaper has announced that it is going independent. Five years after being bought by betaworks, ownership is to switch to a new company called Instant Paper, Inc. Two years ago, Instapaper was sold to Pinterest, and the switch to independence is likely to be welcomed by its many users. Practically speaking, going independent should mean that very little changes, but the company is giving users three weeks’ notice of what’s happening. In an announcement on the Instapaper blog, the team behind the service says: “Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Panos Panay: Microsoft is not working on a Surface Phone

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If you were getting your hopes up about the possibility of a Surface Phone appearing, we have some bad news. Speaking with Wired, Microsoft CEO Panos Panay said that the company is not working on that form factor. In the course of the interview, Panay said that Microsoft is working on various new form factors for future devices. Asked whether this included the fabled Surface Phone, he dashed the hopes of many — although news has leaked out recently about a future “pocketable” Surface device. See also: Would this foldable Surface Phone running Windows 10 make you switch from Android… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft joins forces with Walmart to take on Amazon with cloud technology

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Microsoft has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with retail giant Walmart to help “make shopping faster and easier for millions of customers around the world”. The five-year deal between the two companies will see Walmart making use of Microsoft’s cloud technology solutions such as Microsoft 365 and Azure. The retailer already uses some Microsoft services, but with the new partnership this expands into cloud tools that use machine learning and artificial intelligence. See also: How to install Microsoft Windows Essentials tools — including Movie Maker — on Windows 10 Microsoft calls for government regulation of facial recognition… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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