Microsoft and Apple Wage War on Gadget Right-to-Repair Laws

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Justin Millman has always fixed things. He tinkered with gadgets growing up before opening a repair shop in Westbury, New York, a few blocks south of the Long Island Expressway. Students from a nearby school started trickling in with their busted devices and business was brisk enough that Millman worked only on those. Each month he now fixes some 2,000 iPads and Chromebooks, computers that, since the pandemic, have become education essentials.Sometimes, though, Millman can’t fix them. It’s not that he’s technically incapable. It’s that the parts and schematics aren’t available, usually because device manufacturers, including the world’s richest companies—like Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google—don’t share them. Several students recently came to Millman with defective WiFi cards on their Chromebooks, laptops designed...

MSFT: Cloud Computing in 2021: A Complete Investor’s Guide

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According to Gartner, the global cloud computing market will continue growing at a 17.5% annual rate over the next decade. Given its current size of $397 billion, this means it will be more than a trillion-dollar industry within the next 5 years.  For investors, this type of growth and scale means there are many different investment opportunities:  The big companies that are building the cloud infrastructure layer.  Companies building their own cloud-based platforms. These platforms have their own ecosystem in terms of users and developers building apps for them.  Companies building more targeted, software-based services on top of these platforms and infrastructure.  This type of growth means there are plenty of opportunities for investors in cloud computing. This report will provide a broad overview of the industry, examine some of the most...