Computing Platform News

From cloud hosting, PaaS and IaaS, through to Machine Learning and AI, this is our latest news and ongoing commentary on the computing platform sector.

Microsoft

Microsoft and Cigna form coalition for digital records of COVID-19 vaccination

Microsoft Corp, health insurance Cigna Corp and Mayo Clinic are part of a coalition pushing for digital records of people who get vaccinated from COVID-19.

UK

London resilient at top of European tech investment table despite COVID

London retained its position as the top European destination for tech venture capital in 2020, with levels near the record sum of the year before despite the impact of COVID-19, ac...

Tech Titans

Apple, Amazon suspend Parler social network from App Store and web hosting service

Apple and Amazon have suspended Parler from their respective App Store and web hosting service, saying the social networking service popular with many right-leaning social media us...

Google

UK’s competition watchdog to probe Google’s browser changes

The UK’s competition watchdog said on Friday it has launched an investigation to Google’s suggestions to get rid of third-party cookies and other functions from the Chr...

France

US suspends French tariffs over digital services tax

The United States has said it might hold off slapping tariffs on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports in retaliation for a digital services tax Washington says will damage ...

Tech Titans

USTR slams India, Italy, Turkey on digital taxes but holds off on tariffs

Digital services taxation adopted by India, Italy and Turkey discriminate against US businesses and therefore are inconsistent with international tax rules, the US Trade Representa...

Google France

Google employees form labor union in United States

More than 200 workers and builders in Google parent Alphabet in the US and Canada have formed a labor union to promote workplace equity and moral business practices, the group chos...

Big Tech's stealth push to influence the Biden administration

Big Tech’s stealth push to influence the Biden administration

Silicon Valley is operating behind the scenes to secure senior functions for technology allies in lesser-known but still vital sections of president-elect Joe Biden’s adminis...

Microsoft

Microsoft Corp says it found malicious software in its systems

Microsoft has said that it has found malicious applications from its own systems associated with a huge hacking effort disclosed by US officials this week, including a top technolo...

Amazon Warehouse

Amazon asks US to include warehouse and grocery staff in vaccine rollout

Amazon.com has asked the US government to prioritize essential workers including its own warehouse, grocery shop and information centre staff for receipt of this COVID-19 vaccine, ...

Amazon

Amazon urged judge to set aside $10 billion cloud contract award to Microsoft

Amazon.com urged a US judge to throw out the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract award after the Defense Department said in September a court-ordered re-eval...

Tech Titans

EU moves to rein in tech giants with threat of fines and break-up

US tech businesses including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google face penalties of up to 10% of the annual turnover and might even be forced to divide beneath draft European Union ...

Tencent

China to crank up anti-trust heat on Big Tech after unprecedented fines

China’s unprecedented anti-trust squeeze onto its technology giants isn’t only just beginning.

European Union

Big tech platforms face 6% fines if they breach new EU content rules

Significant platform businesses like Google and Facebook will face fines of up to 6% of turnover if they don’t do more to tackle illegal material and reveal more about advert...