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Flying camera, streaming games, new speakers – Amazon is going after Google & Microsoft

Amazon's Luna, an online gaming service, is the latest product in a long list of many, including smart speakers, that the company is using to elbow out competitors.
Oracle Corp. headquarters campus stands in Redwood City, California, US | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Oracle beats Microsoft to buy US operations of TikTok

ByteDance turned down Microsoft’s previous bid to buy TikTok’s US assets. A deal with Oracle is narrower, appearing more like corporate restructuring.

Russian, Chinese, Iranian hackers stepping up attacks to hit US elections, Microsoft says

Attempts by foreign adversaries to disrupt the 3 November presidential election echo the efforts by Russia in 2016 to meddle in the campaign on Trump’s behalf.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Simple, fun, democratic — why Microsoft Paintbrush was more than just a graphics tool

For almost two decades, Microsoft Paintbrush was effectively the last word in paint software in India, and virtually every urban Indian child's first digital painting canvas.
The TikTok app. | Photographer: Roy Liu | Bloomberg

Walmart partners Microsoft to make joint bid to buy TikTok

Microsoft and Walmart are already collaborating on cloud applications, brought together by mutual rivalry with Amazon.
A cyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a banner of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Hitting China’s soft power where it hurts. Pushback against TikTok, Confucius centres rise

Techno-nationalism connects a nation’s tech innovation to its self-image. Trump’s pushback against Chinese techno-nationalism is not limited to Huawei.
Trump signs executive order to ban WeChat, TikTok | Bloomberg

Any TikTok deal must provide total security and substantially benefit US, says Donald Trump

Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok's US business even as President Trump signed executive orders on 6 August to prevent the video app and WeChat from operating in the country.

Microsoft returns to mobile market with a tablet-phone costing $1,399

The Android-powered Surface Duo will mark Microsoft's return to the handset market following an ignominious retreat in 2016.
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Twitter, not Microsoft, should buy TikTok

TikTok would be perfect product to extend Twitter’s reach toward younger audiences, broadening its viewer base & advertisers that want to reach them.
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27 genes in your body now have a new name because Microsoft Excel confused them for dates

Twenty-seven genes have got a new name over the past year to tackle a longstanding problem researchers faced while keying data into Excel, a powerful research tool.

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.