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Daily Crunch: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft – TechCrunch



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

PS: I’m going to be on vacation until Wednesday of next week. Until then, I leave you in Darrell Etherington’s capable hands!

The big story: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

The complaint was filed in 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 productivity suite, force installing it for millions, blocking its removal, and hiding the true cost to enterprise customers,” Slack said in a statement.

When Microsoft first announced Teams in 2016, Slack took out an ad mocking the company and saying it welcomed competition. In April, Microsoft said Teams has grown to 75 million daily active users, compared to the 12.5 million that Slack reported in March.

The tech giants

Apple digs in heels over its App Store commission structure with release of new study — Apple has been commissioning research that defends its 30% commission on App Store purchases.

Spotify and Universal sign new licensing deal, will partner on development of marketing tools — In addition to re-securing Universal’s catalog for the music streaming service, the deal signs up Universal as an early adopter of Spotify’s future products for labels and artists.

Twitter cracks down on QAnon conspiracy theory, banning 7,000 accounts — Moving forward, Twitter said it will be removing QAnon-related topics from its trending pages and algorithmic recommendations and blocking any associated URLs.

Startups, funding and venture capital

Dexterity exits stealth with $56.2 million raised for its collaborative warehouse robots — The startup’s system combines hardware and software for warehouse tasks like bin picking and box packing.

Misfits Market raises $85 million Series B to send you ‘ugly’ fruits and veggies — Users sign up for a weekly produce box and can also add chocolate, snacks, chips, coffee, herbs, grains, lentils, sauces and spices.

YC-backed Glimpse helps Airbnb hosts make money through product placement — Airbnbs could the perfect place to convince someone to try a new mattress or a new kind of coffee.

Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch

What you need to know before selling your company’s stock — Part 3 of financial adviser Peyton Carr’s guide for startup founders.

Messenger tools can help you recover millions in lost revenue — Rank Secure CEO Baruch Labunski says messenger tools have helped a single client recover more than $5 million in lost revenue.

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Everything else

GEDmatch confirms data breach after users’ DNA profile data made available to police — The company said that during the breach, “Users who did not opt-in for law enforcement matching were also available for law enforcement matching, and conversely, all law enforcement profiles were made visible to Gedmatch users.”

Go SPAC yourself — I’d never heard of SPACs before today, but the latest episode of Equity explains that they could offer a way for companies to go public through a different pricing mechanism.

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Twitter says Android security bug gave access to direct messages



Twitter says a security bug may have exposed the private direct messages of its Android app users, but said that there was no evidence that the vulnerability was ever exploited.

The bug could have allowed a malicious Android app running on the same device to siphon off a user’s direct messages stored in the Twitter app by bypassing Android’s built-in data permissions. But, Twitter said that the bug, patched in October 2018, only worked on Android 8 (Oreo) and Android 9 (Pie), and has since been fixed.

A Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch that the bug was reported by a security researcher “a few weeks ago” through HackerOne, which Twitter uses for its bug bounty program.

“Since then, we have been working to keep accounts secure,” said the spokesperson. “Now that the issue has been fixed, we’re letting people know.” Twitter said it waited to let its users know in order to prevent someone from learning about the issue and taking advantage of it before it was fixed.

The notice sent to affected Twitter users. Image Credits: TechCrunch

Twitter said the vast majority of users had updated their Twitter for Android app and were no longer vulnerable. But the company said about 4% of users are still running an old and vulnerable version of its app, and users will be notified to update the app as soon as possible.

Many users began noticing in-app pop-ups notifying them of the issue.

News of the security issue comes just weeks after the company was hit by a hacker, who gained access to an internal “admin” tool, which along with two other accomplices hijacked high-profile Twitter accounts to spread a cryptocurrency scam that promised to “double your money.” The hack and subsequent scam netted over $100,000 in scammed funds.

The Justice Department charged three people — including one minor — allegedly responsible for the incident.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 series doesn't include USB-C earbuds in its box – MobileSyrup



Though rumours indicated that Apple would likely be the first smartphone manufacturer to stop including wired headphones in its flagship smartphones’ boxes, Samsung has made the controversial move first with the release of the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

In the box, the Note 20 series includes a charging brick, a SIM card removal tool, a USB cable, an S Pen and of course, either the Note 20 or the Note 20 Ultra — the AKG USB-C headphones that came with the Note 10 and Note 10+ are nowhere to be found.

Samsung’s Note 10 and Note 10+ were the first smartphones from the South Korean tech giant not to include a 3.5mm headphone jack. These devices were followed by the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra a few months later.

While Apple stopped including standard 3.5mm earbuds and a headphone jack with the iPhone alongside the release of the iPhone 7 back in 2016, the tech giant continues to offer Lightning headphones in the box. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were also the first iPhones to not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.

At the time, Samsung poked fun at Apple with its ‘Growing Up’ series of commercials. The ads showed an iPhone user getting increasingly frustrated with the smartphone’s limitations before buying a Galaxy device instead. One part of the commercial focuses on a 3.5mm headphone-to-USB-C adapter. Samsung has also made jokes about Apple ditching the plug at Unpacked events.

Unsurprisingly, following the release of the Note 10 and Note 10+, Samsung’s first smartphones that don’t feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, the tech giant pulled the ads.

With all that said, there are still rumours circulating that Apple could stop including both USB-C EarPods and a charging brick with its upcoming 2020 iPhones. In Samsung’s defence, at least the company hasn’t pulled the charger from the box — at least not yet.

The company is also offering the first 15,000 Canadians that pre-order or buy the Note 20 an ‘e-voucher’ that gives purchasers the option of three-months free of Game Pass Ultimate, an Xbox controller and a wireless charger, or free Galaxy Buds+. With Note 20 Ultra pre-orders, you’ll be able to select between the same free gaming bundle, or Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live earbuds.

Unsurprisingly, I’ve yet to see any “courage” jokes related to Samsung ditching including wired earbuds with the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

The 128GB Note 20, which is available in new ‘Mystic Bronze’ and ‘Mystic Green’ colours, is also available in ‘Mystic Grey,’ and costs $1,399 CAD. The 128GB Note 20 Ultra costs $1,818, and the 512GB configuration costs $2,029. Ultra colours include ‘Mystic Bronze’ and ‘Mystic Black.’

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Canadian pricing and availability for Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Watch 3, Buds and Tab S7



Below is the Canadian pricing and availability for all of the devices that Samsung unveiled at its 2020 Unpacked event, including the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the Tab S7 and Tab S7+, the Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

The 128GB Note 20 is available in new ‘Mystic Bronze’ ‘Mystic Green’ and ‘Mystic Grey,’ and costs $1,399 CAD.

The 128GB Note 20 Ultra costs $1,818 and the 512GB configuration costs $2,029. The Ultra comes in ‘Mystic Bronze,’ ‘Mystic Black’ and ‘Mystic White.’

Pre-orders for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra launch on August 5th with the smartphone being available starting August 21st. With the pre-order of the Note 20 Ultra, you can get either the Galaxy Buds Live or an Xbox Game Pass Bundle.

Carrier pricing is available, here.

Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+


Tab S7 starts at $919 CAD for the 128GB model and goes up to $1,029 CAD for the 256GB storage option.

The Tab S7+ starts at $1,189 CAD and goes up to $1,299 CAD. It’s worth noting that both 256GB versions of the tablet are only available in ‘Mystic Black.’ The device launches on August 21st like the Note 20 series.

Galaxy Watch 3

The 45mm Galaxy Watch 3 costs $599 CAD and is available in ‘Mystic Black’ and ‘Mystic Silver,’ and the 41mm in ‘Mystic Bronze’ and ‘Mystic Silver’ costs $549.

The wearable releases on August 5th, and if you purchase the Galaxy Watch 3 between its launch and September 4th, you’ll get an e-voucher for a Wireless DuoPad at Samsung Experience Stores, or an authorized retailer.

Galaxy Buds Live

Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung’s new high-end Galaxy Buds Live earbuds release on August 7th online in ‘Mystic White,’ ‘Mystic Bronze’ and ‘Mystic Black’ for $249 CAD. The Galaxy Buds Live will be available in-store on August 21st.

If you’re among the first customers to purchase the Buds Live between August 5th and September 4th, you’ll get a free e-voucher for a wireless charger pad or Samsung DuoPad.

Galaxy Z Fold 2

Galaxy Z Fold 2

Not much is known about pricing for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but pre-orders go live on September 1st in the United States. We’ve reached out to Samsung Canada for more information regarding Canadian pricing and availability.

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