Daily Crunch: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

Daily Crunch: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

An antitrust battle is brewing between Microsoft and Slack, Apple continues to defend its App Store insurance policies and Dexterity raises funding for warehouse robots. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 22, 2020.

PS: I’m going to be on trip till Wednesday of subsequent week. Until then, I depart you in Darrell Etherington’s succesful palms!

The massive story: Slack recordsdata antitrust grievance in opposition to Microsoft

The grievance was filed within the European Union and alleges that Microsoft is unfairly bundling its Teams product with the broader Office suite.

“Microsoft has illegally tied its Teams product into its market-dominant Office productiveness suite, drive putting in it for hundreds of thousands, blocking its removing, and hiding the true price to enterprise prospects,” Slack stated in a press release.

When Microsoft first introduced Teams in 2016, Slack took out an advert mocking the corporate and saying it welcomed competitors. In April, Microsoft stated Teams has grown to 75 million every day energetic customers, in comparison with the 12.5 million that Slack reported in March.

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The tech giants

Apple digs in heels over its App Store fee construction with launch of latest examine — Apple has been commissioning analysis that defends its 30% fee on App Store purchases.

Spotify and Universal signal new licensing deal, will companion on growth of promoting instruments — In addition to re-securing Universal’s catalog for the music streaming service, the deal indicators up Universal as an early adopter of Spotify’s future merchandise for labels and artists.

Twitter cracks down on QAnon conspiracy concept, banning 7,000 accounts — Moving ahead, Twitter stated it is going to be eradicating QAnon-related subjects from its trending pages and algorithmic suggestions and blocking any related URLs.

Startups, funding and enterprise capital

Dexterity exits stealth with $56.2 million raised for its collaborative warehouse robots — The startup’s system combines {hardware} and software program for warehouse duties like bin selecting and field packing.

Misfits Market raises $85 million Series B to ship you ‘ugly’ fruits and veggies — Users join a weekly produce field and may add chocolate, snacks, chips, espresso, herbs, grains, lentils, sauces and spices.

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YC-backed Glimpse helps Airbnb hosts generate profits by means of product placement — Airbnbs might the proper place to persuade somebody to attempt a brand new mattress or a brand new type of espresso.

Advice and evaluation from Extra Crunch

What you might want to know earlier than promoting your organization’s inventory — Part three of economic adviser Peyton Carr’s information for startup founders.

Messenger instruments may help you get better hundreds of thousands in misplaced income — Rank Secure CEO Baruch Labunski says messenger instruments have helped a single shopper get better greater than $5 million in misplaced income.

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Everything else

GEDmatch confirms information breach after customers’ DNA profile information made accessible to police — The firm stated that in the course of the breach, “Users who didn’t opt-in for regulation enforcement matching had been additionally accessible for regulation enforcement matching, and conversely, all regulation enforcement profiles had been made seen to Gedmatch customers.”

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Go SPAC your self — I’d by no means heard of SPACs earlier than in the present day, however the newest episode of Equity explains that they may provide a means for firms to go public by means of a unique pricing mechanism.

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