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Google accuses Microsoft of following unfair licensing terms to gain control in cloud computing market

Google has written a letter of complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Microsoft has used unfair licensing terms to gain more control in the cloud computing market. 

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Google, one of the heavyweights in the cloud computing market along with Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Oracle seems to be unhappy with two of its big rivals. Reportedly, Google has written a letter of complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Microsoft has used unfair licensing terms to gain more control in the cloud computing market. 

The tech giant in its letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) argued that Microsoft’s Office products and Windows Server make it extremely difficult for clients to use Azure cloud only. It added that Microsoft has licensing restrictions, which makes it difficult for clients to explore other enterprise software options. 

Furthermore, it mentioned that Microsoft had seen a lot of cyberattacks on its products and services. According to Google, with Microsoft having so much control, it could lead to national security and cybersecurity risk. Meanwhile, the tech giant also took an aim at Oracle. It claimed that with overly complex agreements that seek to lock in clients to their ecosystems, companies such as Microsoft and Oracle are not only forcing customers towards a monolithic cloud model but also limiting choice, escalating costs for customers, and disrupting growing and thriving digital ecosystems in the US and around the globe.

As far as reports are concerned, earlier, Google has been accused of following the same unfair practices by many countries, including the US. In the year 2020, Google was accused by the US administration of using its monopoly to thwart competition by having exclusionary agreements in place. As of now, neither Microsoft nor Oracle has responded to the letter that Google has written. Reportedly, the letter was written after the Federal Trade Commission staff sought information on business practices of cloud computing providers together with issues concerning the market powers of these companies, its impact on competition and potential security risks. 

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Bill Gates hits the right chai note in insta reel, shares video

The video shared by the Gates begins by him saying One Chai Please to Dolly Chaiwala. Dolly Chaiwala runs the Dolly ki Tapri Nagpur page on Instagram and he became famous for his distinct style of making and serving tea. As the video progresses, Gates says that he is excited to be back in India which is the home to incredible innovators, working on new ways to save and improve lives and even make a cup of tea.

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Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft shared a delightful video on his Instagram handle. In the video the Tech Tycoon experiences the local culture in a very personal way – by enjoying a cup of chai. The video has gone viral on social media platforms features Bill Gates along with Nagpur’s famous Dolly Chaiwala.

The video shared by the Gates begins by him saying One Chai Please to Dolly Chaiwala. Dolly Chaiwala runs the Dolly ki Tapri Nagpur page on Instagram and he became famous for his distinct style of making and serving tea. As the video progresses, Gates says that he is excited to be back in India which is the home to incredible innovators, working on new ways to save and improve lives and even make a cup of tea. The video ends with an on screen caption which reads Looking Forward To Many Chai Pe Charcha!

Sharing the video Bill Gates captioned it: In India, you can find innovation everywhere you turn – even in the preparation of a simple cup of tea! The original video shared by Bill Gates has so far got 1,844,998 likes till now. Large number of social media users commented on the video. Swiggyindia asked him how much did he pay for the cup of tea? One user ShekharNishad was of the opinion that every Indian will be shocked after watching this video. One user said the video is superb. Another user said Dolly Chaiwala is the luckiest guy on earth.

Gates has been in India for quite some time and during his visit so far, he has visited Microsoft’s India Development Centre (IDC) in Hyderabad, a slum in Bhubaneshwar, and Biju Adarsh Colony in the Maa Mangla Basti along with state government officials. But his visit to Nagpur’s Chaiwala has left people on social media surprised.

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Xiaomi launches Redmi A3 smartphone in India, prices start Rs 7,299

The smartphone will go on sale from Februray 23 and can be bought from Mi.com, Flipkart and other retail outlets. The Redmi A3 features a 6.7-inch HD+LCD Display with a resolution of 1650×720 pixels and support for a 90 Hz refresh rate.

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Xiaomi launched its Redmi A3 smartphone in India on Wednesday at a starting price of Rs 7,299. The Redmi A3 comes in Halo design on the back, which is usually seen in more expensive Redmi smartphones. The Redmi A3 is priced at Rs 7,299 for the 3GB RAM/64 GB storage variant and Rs 9,299 for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant.

The smartphone will go on sale from Februray 23 and can be bought from Mi.com, Flipkart and other retail outlets. The Redmi A3 features a 6.7-inch HD+LCD Display with a resolution of 1650×720 pixels and support for a 90 Hz refresh rate. The budget smartphone also features a waterdrop style notch which has the front facing camera with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top.

The Redmi A3 smartphone is powered by the octa-core Media Tek Helio G36 chipset which is paired with upto 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and upto 128 GB of eMMC 5.1 storage (which is expandable upto 1TB via the dedicated micro SD card slot). The smartphone runs on the company’s proprietary MIUI 14 custom skin based on the Android 13 operating system.

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The Redmi A3 smartphone has a 5000 mAh battery that can be fast charged with a 10 W charger provided inside the box. In terms of connectivity the smartphone features a side mounted finger print sensor, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB type C port, dual 4G SIM card slots, dual-band Wifi, Bluetooth 5.3, and GNSS.

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In terms of optics, The Redmi A3 comes with dual camera setup to the back including a 8MP primary sensor and a 0.08MP secondary sensor. The smartphone also includes a 5MP front facing shooter to meet all the selfie and video call related requirements. The Redmi A3 has three colour options Lake Blue, Midnight Black and Olive Green.

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Vivo launches latest X100 series, VivoX100 Pro is priced at Rs 89,999, Vivo X100 starts at Rs 63,999

The Vivo X100 Pro is available at a price of Rs 89,999 for its exclusive variant with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, featuring an eye-catching Asteroid Black finish. The Vivo X100 starts at Rs 63,999 for 12GB RAM+256 GB storage option, and the 16GB RAM+256GB storage variant is priced at Rs69,999.

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Vivo has officially launched its latest X100 series in India on Thursday, January 4. The new handsets, namely the Vivo X100 and X100 Pro are equipped with Mediatek’s powerful Dimensity 9300 SoC and boast an impressive IP68-rated build for water and dust resistance.

The standout feature of these devices lies in their camera capabilities, featuring triple rear camera units co-engineered by Zeiss and powered by Vivo’s in house V2 chip for enhanced image processing. The Vivo X100 Pro is available at a price of Rs 89,999 for its exclusive variant with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, featuring an eye-catching Asteroid Black finish.

In contrast, the Vivo X100 starts at Rs 63,999 for 12GB RAM+256 GB storage option, and the 16GB RAM+256GB storage variant is priced at Rs69,999. The X100 is offered in Asteroid Black and Stargaze Blue color choices.

These smartphones from Vivo are currently open for pre-orders and are scheduled to be on sale from January 11. They can be purchased through various channels, including Flipkart, the Vivo India online store, and other authorized stores. Additionally, customers pre-booking withspecific bank cards have the opportunity to avail upto 10 percent cashback.

Vivo X100 Pro specifications

The Vivo X100 Pro is a dual sim (Nano) device running on Android 14 based Fun Touch OS 14. It features a 6.78-inch AMOLED 8T LTPO curved display with peak brightness of 3000nits, 2170Hz high frequency dimming, and 120Hz refresh rate. Powered by an octa-core 4nm Mediatek Dimensity 9300 SoC, coupled with Vivo’s V2 chip, and upto 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM.

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In the camera department, the X100 Pro is a collaborative effort with Zeiss, featuring a primary sensor of 50 MP Sony IMX989 inch type with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), an ultra-wide-angle camera with 50 MP resolution, and a Zeiss APO super-telephoto camera also with 50 MP resolution and OIS.

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