Microsoft is mad as hell. This may make it worse

More fuel for Redmond’s fiery plea for trust?

You’ve probably had one or two thoughts about politics lately.

It’s that time of year. The light begins to disappear, both outside your door and inside the eyes of tired, nonsense-peddling politicians.

Perhaps this is what led Microsoft to fully express its own indignation at US politicians’ inability to do what more than 130 other countries have already managed — enact a digital privacy law or two.

Last week, I offered the words of Julie Brill, Microsoft’s corporate vice-president for Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs and chief privacy officer. (Her business card is 12 inches wide.)

She expressed Redmond’s frustration that the US is so far behind in doing the right thing. She said: “In contrast to the role our country has traditionally played on global issues, the US is not leading, or even participating in, the discussion over common privacy norms.”

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Hybrid future seen for work from home, and these are top firms for work/life balance

The future of offices is cloudy following COVID-19 work-from-home company policies.

Photo: Tom Foremski

A large part of the workforce is not a fan of working from home according to a survey from ClickMeeting that found nearly one-quarter (23%) would rather be back in the office.

And Glassdoor released the top tech firms with the best work-life balance during COVID-19 lockdowns.

The ClickMeeting survey asked 550 people in the US and United Kingdom and found that dissatisfaction with working from home was related to not having all the equipment people needed, not having enough space at home, having slow Internet, and not being compensated for their employer’s use of their home and Internet services.

For nearly 6 out of ten people this was their first experience of any type of remote work. About 4 out of ten were unable to fully work from home or their profession didn’t allow

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Ericsson scoops urban part of BT 5G communications network

Four weeks after it announced how it was to comply with UK government instruction to replace Huawei technology from its communications infrastructure, BT has now selected Ericsson as the key partner for 5G deployment in the UK capitals and other major cities.

When the deployment is completed, Ericsson will manage around half of BT’s total 5G traffic, building on BT’s selection of Ericsson for its 5G Core earlier in the year. BT’s EE mobile network will now make use of Ericsson 5G radio access network (RAN) connectivity, and Ericsson will modernise BT’s existing 2G and 4G RAN infrastructure to enhance customer experience and network performance for BT and EE customers.

Prompting the selection of Ericsson technology by BT – to complement Nokia’s tech in rural and other major locations – was the UK government’s July 2020 decision to commit to a timetable for removing Huawei equipment from the 5G network

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PitchBook: gaming industry had $10.3B in M&A deals and $1.7B in investments so far this year, compared with $7.8B in M&A and $1.7B in investments for 2019 (Sarah E. Needleman/Wall Street Journal)

Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:

PitchBook: gaming industry had $10.3B in M&A deals and $1.7B in investments so far this year, compared with $7.8B in M&A and $1.7B in investments for 2019  —  With little else to do, Americans are spending record amounts of money on videogames.  New players are taking up the habit … … Read More