Microsoft takes aim at Apple with new app store principles

The Washington-based tech giant, and longtime competitor to Apple, is part of a growing list of companies advocating for new policies that would upend the way Apple does business. The coalition, which includes Epic, maker of video game Fortnite, and Spotify, a music streaming service, laid out a set of app store principles it thinks Apple and other companies should follow.

Microsoft’s support for the coalition comes two days after a congressional committee released a 450-page report that blasted Apple and other technology companies for anticompetitive practices. The majority of the criticism for Apple revolved around the way it treats developers and competitors on the App Store. Microsoft is the only tech giant that was not investigated by the committee for antitrust concerns.

Apple has said its App Store does not have a monopoly, citing competition with Google’s Android operating system, and denies that it engages in anticompetitive practices.

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Microsoft probed over aim to double black staff numbers

The Microsoft sign is shown on top of the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California
The Microsoft sign is shown on top of the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California

Microsoft is being questioned by the US government over whether a diversity initiative amounts to racial discrimination.

The Department of Labor has singled out the firm’s pledge to double the number of “black and African American” senior staff by 2025.

Officials have warned the company the target appears “to imply that the employment action may be taken on the basis of race”.

Microsoft denies the accusation.

“We are clear that the law prohibits us from discriminating on the basis of race,” the firm’s lawyer Dev Stahlkopf blogged.

“We also have affirmative obligations as a company that serves the federal government to continue to increase the diversity of our workforce, and we take those obligations very seriously.

“One thing remains true of all our programmes. We hire and promote the most-qualified person. And nothing we announced

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Increasing Diversity in Academia is Aim of New Alliance with National Science Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin is participating in a 3½-year collaborative project with top research universities to increase the number of underrepresented minority faculty members in mathematics, physical and earth sciences, and engineering (MPESE) fields at research universities.

The project has been selected to become one of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), funded by the National Science Foundation. The alliance will provide underrepresented minority doctoral and postdoctoral students training opportunities to learn and network at partner institutions, conduct research exchange visits and develop resources for placement, hiring and advancement of these students into faculty positions. Underrepresented minority students include African Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islanders.

UT Austin will partner with the University of California Berkeley, the University of California Los Angeles, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, Harvard University and

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Cyber Daily: EU Takes Aim at Banks’ Tech Suppliers

Good day. The European Commission proposed legislation that would stop banks and financial firms from using tech services that present known cybersecurity risks. Regulators would have the authority to require banks to suspend or stop using a company’s services if the flaws aren’t fixed, WSJ Pro’s Catherine Stupp reports.

Other news:
Universal Health Services

restores network after cyberattack and is still reconnecting applications; retailer
H&M

fined $41.6 million for privacy abuses; China tells World Trade Organization that TikTok and
WeChat

bans violate cross-border trade rules.

Also today: Cybersecurity jobs of the future.

Banking Security

EU seeks authority to cut off banks’ tech suppliers if they are found wanting on cybersecurity. Banks and other financial institutions could be forced to cut ties with cloud providers and other technology suppliers under a draft European Union regulation that aims to limit cybersecurity risks to

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New EU regulations aim to address power of US big tech monopolies

The European Union has drafted rules that could result in profound changes to big tech’s hold on power in Europe, according to a report today.

Under the “Digital Services Act,” companies such as Google LLC, Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. might have to start sharing data they’ve collected on Europeans with EU companies. Simply out, companies won’t be allowed to harvest any data if they don’t share it with their rivals.

Last month, Facebook seemed to threaten to pull out of the EU after an investigation revealed that the company’s data collection practices didn’t provide enough protection to users in the EU. The company soon backtracked on leaving Europe, but the issue of data collection is yet to be resolved.

Although the matter today isn’t explicitly a privacy issue, according to documents seen by Reuters, the European Commission is worried about the power of U.S. big tech and

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VMware, Nvidia integrate on architecture, technology as they aim to accelerate AI adoption

VMware and Nvidia are integrating the latter’s artificial intelligence applications for unified management of apps, security and data processing unit accelerators.

The partnership secures Nvidia’s role in hybrid clouds as VMware outlined an architecture that incorporates data processing units (DPUs) in the data center, cloud and edge. Specifically, AI software on Nvidia’s NGC hub will be integrated into VMware vSphere, Cloud Foundation and Tanzu.

Both companies said the bet was that the integration would be able to speed up AI adoption in enterprises.

Krish Prasad, general manager of VMware’s cloud platform business, said “AI workloads no longer need any kind of specialized set up based on bare metal or specialized tools to run it.”

VMware and Nvidia also said they will partner on Project Monterey to create an architecture based on SmartNIC technology and include Nvidia’s programmable BlueField-2 DPU to support machine learning and data-focused apps.

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Manuvir Das, head of

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Science grants aim to expand diversity in UA programs

story.lead_photo.captionKassandra Salazar (left), a sophomore at the University of Arkansas from Rogers, speaks Tuesday, April 5, 2016, to a group of 11th-grade students from Heritage High School in Rogers as they walk past Old Main while on a tour of the university campus in Fayetteville.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette file photo /
Andy Shupe
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FAYETTEVILLE — Three separate grants of about $1 million from the National Science Foundation aim to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

The university plans to recruit a cohort of 12 doctoral students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with help from a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant award, said Jorge Almodovar, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at UA and site director for the project. Each student will receive a stipend of $32,000 and additional support.

“The heart of this project is not only

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