Microsoft president Brad Smith: It’s time Apple’s App Store model was probed

Microsoft president and top lawyer Brad Smith has voiced support for an antitrust investigation into the app store model created by Apple and the iPhone. 

Smith made the remarks at a Politico conference in the wake of the European Commission opening a probe into whether Apple’s App Store rules for developers violate EU competition laws, especially with regards to rivals of Apple’s own services, such as Spotify and Apple Music. 

“I do believe the time has come, whether we’re talking about Washington, DC, or Brussels, for a much more focused conversation about the nature of app stores, the rules that are being put in place, the prices and the tolls that are being extracted and whether there is really a justification in antitrust law for everything that has been created,” Smith said.

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Dell launches rugged version of VxRail, AMD EPYC support

Dell Technologies launched a ruggedized version of its hyper-converged VxRail system as it aims to bring high-performance computing to edge environments for industries such as oil and gas and manufacturing.

The company also launched a VxRail system with AMD EPYC processors in a 1U form factor for space-constrained data centers and edge deployments. Dell Technologies also added Intel Optane persistent memory and Nvidia GPU options.

VxRail is the leading hyper-converged system and Dell Technologies co-engineers the line with portfolio company VMware. The company is betting that more data-intensive applications will be run in rugged environments.

The ruggedized version of VxRail is the D Series. The system is compact and designed for remote environments. The system, designed to take 40G of operational shock and operate at up to 15,000 feet, has 2nd Gen Intel Xeon processors and is 20-inches deep.

VxRail D Series is available on June 23.

As for the

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Facebook allows US users to disable political ads

Facebook has announced that starting in the US, users will be given the option to remove all political advertising from their Facebook and Instagram feeds.

The changes are part of Facebook’s preparations for this year’s elections and come in response to public demands for transparency following controversy surrounding the 2016 US presidential campaigns.

Russian-backed Facebook posts were found to have reached 126 million Americans leading up to the election.

Nick Clegg, vice-president of global affairs and communications at Facebook, said the company had “absolutely” got things wrong in the lead-up to prior elections. Facebook is now “getting better and better at defending the integrity of the of the democratic process”, he said, speaking on the Today Programme.

Under the new system, users can turn off recognised electoral or political marketing from candidates, Super PACs (political action committees) and other politically sponsored organisations. Adjustments can be made directly through each

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