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 cloud computing sector.

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Changing Facebook’s name unlikely to deter lawmaker or regulatory scrutiny

Renaming Facebook Inc is unlikely to enable the tech giant to distance itself from regulatory and public scrutiny around the potential harms caused by its social media apps, market...

Platform news: Artificial intelligence AI

AI can see through you: CEOs’ language under machine microscope

Chief Executives and others in senior management are increasingly coming under the microscope as some investors use artificial intelligence to learn and analyse their language patt...

Aiven

Finland’s Aiven raises $60 million at $2 billion valuation

Finland-based cloud software firm Aiven has raised $60 million from existing investors World Innovation Lab, IVP and Atomico, giving the firm a valuation of $2 billion, it has said...

Backblaze

Cloud storage provider Backblaze files for US IPO

Cloud storage provider Backblaze Inc filed for a US IPO, cashing in on growing demand for cloud computing from businesses expanding their digital offerings during the COVID-19 pand...

Platform News: Apple logo

Apple worker says she was fired after leading movement against harassment

An Apple employee who led fellow workers in publicly sharing instances of what they called harassment and discrimination at the company said on Thursday that she had been fired.

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

Big Tech to face another bipartisan US antitrust bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, headed by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Republican Chuck Grassley, plan to introduce a bill that would bar Big Tech platforms, like Amazo...

OVHcloud

Computing firm OVHcloud IPO set to go ahead at low end of price range

French cloud computing services provider OVHcloud’s IPO is set to move ahead at a price of 18.5 euros per share, at the low end of the range, one of the banks in charge of th...

G20 - Rome, Italy

After G20 endorses tax deal, Italy says its digital levy could stay for two more years

G20 finance leaders have endorsed a global tax deal that calls for the elimination of unilateral digital services taxes, but Italy’s economy minister said it may take up to t...

Platform Economy: Starting a simple business with Shopify e-commerce

Shopify enlists Microsoft, Oracle for business tools on app

Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify is teaming up with top cloud companies including Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp to help merchants streamline their business operations.

Platform News: Google

Google Cloud unveils carbon footprint tracker, satellite imagery suite

Google will tell its cloud customers the carbon emissions of their cloud usage and open satellite imagery to them for the first time for environmental analysis, as part of a push t...

Platform News: Amazon

Amazon to take team-wise approach on remote work policy

Amazon.com Inc will let individual teams decide for how many days corporate employees would be expected to work from office in a week, Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy said in a ...

San Francisco

California bars forced non-disclosure clauses in severance agreements

California will bar companies from requiring non-disclosure agreements in settlements with employees over workplace harassment claims under a bill signed into law in a win for tech...

Platform News: European Union flags

EU mulls changes that could bring European companies under EU tech rules

European Union lawmakers may lower a threshold that determines which companies will be subject to new tech rules, a top EU lawmaker has said.

Thales

Thales partners with Google on secure cloud services

Defence company Thales and Google are partnering to offer state-vetted cloud computing services for the storage of some of France’s most sensitive data, the companies have sa...