Thursday, 27 January, 2022

Topic: Microsoft

Why $69 billion Activision deal could be a blunder for Microsoft

Looking out a few years, the tech giant may be underestimating the level of damage Activision’s brands have suffered from both workplace scandals and complaints about game quality.

Microsoft to shut LinkedIn China, cities ‘challenging operating environment’

LinkedIn has become the last major US social media provider to pull out of Beijing. Other US-based social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have long been banned.

Amazon, Microsoft line up to harness India’s Rs 1.76 lakh crore farm data trove

Modi govt is betting the private sector can help farmers boost yields with apps and tools built from information such as crop output, soil quality and land holdings.

Microsoft invests $5 million in Oyo to develop AI-driven hotel technologies

Oyo carries a valuation of $9.6 billion after Microsoft's investment, third in the country behind Byju’s and Paytm. The startup is due to file IPO documents in the coming weeks.

Why Apple, Amazon, Microsoft & Google will want to play nice in this post-Snowden era

Tech giants, that once behaved as global actors obligated to protect users across countries, are facing a wave of antitrust probes that could fundamentally crimp how they do business.

Pentagon cancels deal with Microsoft and that makes Jeff Bezos even richer

Jeff Bezos reached a record $211 billion net worth Tuesday. His record haul is even greater than during a 2020 Amazon stock surge, when his net worth topped out at $206.9 billion.

Microsoft first opens its Windows, and then quietly tries to close door on Slack

The move to integrate a burgeoning product into an established one looks like a throwback to the 1990s, when Microsoft bundled other products into Windows and built its dominance.

Microsoft names Satya Nadella chairman, rewards him for turning around tech giant

The company’s shares have soared more than sevenfold and its market value is approaching $2 trillion as Microsoft has been restored to the ranks of the top technology companies.

How Microsoft let Skype lose out to Zoom

Although Skype predates Zoom and is owned by tech titan Microsoft, Zoom has left it in its dust. People don’t say 'I’ll Skype you' as often as they say 'I’ll Zoom you' anymore.

Bill Gates was the boy genius who was going to save the world. Now he’s another #MeToo story

Bill Gates has had a storied life: Harvard drop out who became world's youngest billionaire (until Facebook's Zuckerberg), Microsoft founder. And now another MeToo example.

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Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in Lahore | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Imran Khan is losing the plot. Someone’s chair is about to be pulled again

There is ‘tamasha’ going on in Pakistan. And Imran Khan is having a visible meltdown, while Nawaz Sharif is bemoaning a dead leopard.
Representational image | Photo: Pixabay

India’s economic indicators flash early warning signs for rebound

While the needle on a dial measuring the so-called ‘Animal Spirits’ remained stable, top producers signaled weakness as 2021 wound down.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.