Talking Tech - July 24:
Slack sues Microsoft, a more durable cellphone, Twitter looks at subscriptions

Slack claims Microsoft is being anti-competitive

The lawsuit is focused on the inclusion of Teams for free with an Office 356 subscription.

Slack wants to see it be operated as a separate product, with a fair market price tag. Slack says it currently cannot compete with a free product as it’s hard to convince enterprises to pay extra for similar features. It’s deep Office integrations don’t help either. Slack claims Microsoft cannot legally tie a new independent product to its already dominant product.

The European Commission hasn’t said if they’ll investigate yet.

Your smartphone will soon last you longer

You might have heard of “Gorilla Glass” – it’s been the standard on touch screen phones for years now but it’s getting an upgrade: Gorilla Glass Victus.

The new glass formula will be able to better resist coin and key scratches, drops of almost 2 meters and multiple drops without breaking.Samsung phones are going to be the first to get this new version of glass, but they also supply Apple so it’s fair to assume they too will be getting this new glass sometime.

Twitter is looking at subscriptions

Ad revenue has taken a big hit, so the company says they’re investigating non-advertising revenue streams including subscriptions. They could be ad-free offerings, charging for more ‘pro’ features and more.


Paul Stenhouse is the Technology Contributor on Newstalk ZB’s ‘Saturday Morning with Jack Tame’.

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