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ComputerWorldFeb 28, 2024
Google calls Microsoft's cloud practices in the EU anti-competitive
Google Cloud has joined AWS and Europe-based Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe (CISPE) in protesting Microsoft's anticompetitive cloud software licensing practices in the EU.

"Microsoft's cloud licensing restrictions restrict choice and create harmful downstream impacts for companies, ranging from higher costs to more security breaches to a chilling effect on smaller cloud and software providers including European AI startups," Amit Zavery, vice president of platforms at Google Cloud, wrote on X.

Microsoft should end the arbitrary "Listed Provider" designation and allow customers to run their previously purchased software on any platform without paying as much as 5x more to use non-Azure clouds, Zavery said, adding that Microsoft shouldn't be permitted to pick and choose who it competes with.

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Time: TechlandFeb 27, 2024
E.U. Watchdog to Examine Microsoft's Mistral AI Investment
A European Commission spokesperson said that regulators will analyze Microsoft's investment into Mistral AI.

Microsoft to offer more AI options on Azure with Mistral AI partnerhip (ComputerWorld)

Computer World Security NewsFeb 27, 2024
Microsoft, OpenAI move to fend off genAI-aided hackers — for now
Of all the potential nightmares about the dangerous effects of generative AI (genAI) tools like OpenAI's ChatGPT and Microsoft's Copilot, one is near the top of the list: their use by hackers to craft hard-to-detect malicious code. Even worse is the fear that genAI could help rogue states like Russia, Iran, and North Korea unleash unstoppable cyberattacks against the US and its allies.

The bad news: nation states have already begun using genAI to attack the US and its friends. The good news: so far, the attacks haven't been particularly dangerous or especially effective. Even better news: Microsoft and OpenAI are taking the threat seriously. They're being transparent about it, openly describing the attacks and sharing what can be done about them.

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Hackers for China, Russia and Others Used OpenAI Systems, Report Says (New York Times Tech)
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