Project Latte: How Microsoft wants to integrate Android apps into Windows 10

Windows 10 may soon be able to run mobile apps designed for Android. Update on the technical details that allow this porting.  Microsoft is working on a software solution that would allow app developers to run their Android apps on Windows 10 with little or no code changes. How? 'Or' What ? By packaging them as an MSIX app package format and allowing developers to submit them to the Microsoft Store. The project is codenamed " Latte ," according to Windows Central, which says it will go into production next year. Microsoft had already tried to put Android applications under Windows 10 with the Astoria project, which has since aborted. The Latte project is probably powered by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). But Microsoft will need to provide its own Android subsystem for Google's OS apps to actually work. Microsoft has announced that the WSL will soon be compatible with GPU acceleration, which should improve the performance of applications runnin

Australia to force Facebook and Google to pay for media content

The giants of the web will have to proceed to the cash register. Australia announced Friday July 31 that it would force Facebook and Google to pay the country's press groups for their content. An unprecedented step to protect independent journalism which should be scrutinized around the world. "It's about making sure we have increased competition, increased consumer protection, and a sustainable media landscape," said Treasury Secretary Josh Frydenberg.

The latter said Australia would become the first country to force Facebook and Google to pay for content provided by news groups, as part of a royalty-inspired system set to be enacted into law this year. “Nothing less than the future of Australia's media landscape is at stake,” he added.

Google's wrath

The move comes as America's digital giants face pressure around the world to be subject to tighter regulations, and their bosses have been questioned by a U.S. congressional commission on competition practices.

Last year, following an investigation into the health of the newspaper market and the power of American platforms, the Australian government asked Facebook and Google to negotiate a voluntary agreement with news groups to use their contents. Talks were unsuccessful and Canberra took a tougher tone, setting a 45-day deadline for a deal to be reached. In case of failure, the Australian regulator will set the terms of the "code of conduct".

Google said the measure ignored the "millions of clicks" the firm directs to Australian news publishers each year. "This sends the worrying message back to businesses and investors that the Australian government is going to interfere instead of letting the market work," a Google executive for the region said in a statement. "This does nothing to solve the fundamental challenges of creating a business model suitable for the digital age," added Melanie Silva.