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.

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

American lawmakers detail Big Tech’s market abuses and press for reform

A US House of Representatives panel that is currently looking into abuses of market power by four platform businesses discovered they used “killer acquisitions” to smit...

SME

How ‘Big Tech’ gain and maintain market dominance

Democrats from a US House of Representatives subcommittee issued a report detailing strategies it said four of the largest platform businesses used to gain dominant placement in on...

FCC - Federal Communications Commission

FCC chairman stands by net neutrality repeal after appeals court ruling

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has said he stands from the bureau’s repeal of landmark web neutrality principles and circulated a proposal to tackle issu...

Platform Industry: Microsoft logo

Microsoft Corp plans to build hub for cloud services in Greece

Microsoft is to construct a data centre hub in Greece as it erupts in cloud solutions infrastructure in the nation, a boon to an economy weakened by a decade-long debt crisis and t...

Paytm

Paytm and other Indian start-ups vow to fight ‘big daddy’ Google

Dozens of India’s leading tech start-ups, chafing at Google’s local dominance of key apps, are banding together to consider strategies to challenge the US tech giant, s...

Platform News: Intel logo on a retail window in the US

Intel wins second phase of contract to help Pentagon develop new chips

Intel Corp has said it has won a second-phase contract at a project aimed at helping the American military make more sophisticated semiconductors within the US.

Platform News: Social Media Giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter

Platform CEO’s will testify before US Senate committee

The CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to voluntarily testify in a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on October the 28th about an integral law prote...

Belarus

With warm words and fast visas, neighbours woo IT workers in Belarus

After Max Korolevsky stated he was detained and then beaten by security forces during protests in Belarus, he asked the IT company he works for to transfer him to neighbouring Ukra...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

European Union drafts rules to force big tech to share data

The EU is preparing to force big technology companies to share their client information with smaller rivals, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing an early draft of its...

Platform News: Tim Cook is the happy CEO of Apple

Apple grants Tim Cook his first major stock package since 2011

The Board of Apple has granted their Chief Executive Tim Cook 333,987 restricted stock units, having a possibility to make as many as 667,974 more if he strikes performance goals, ...

Platform News: Alibaba online marketplace

News short: Alibaba CFO says cloud division to be profitable within FY2021

Chinese platform giant Alibaba’s cloud unit hopes to be profitable inside 2021, a senior executive said early on Wednesday.

European Commission

Upgrade for EU antitrust rules, more funds for digital projects

The European Commission will revise its own antitrust principles to keep up with global changes and invest a fifth of its 750-billion-euro (approximately $890 billion) coronavirus ...

Platform News: Gaming industry and popular games platforms

Microsoft takes aim at Sony with cloud gaming service

This coming Tuesday, Microsoft will launch its Xbox cloud gaming service, initially priced at $1 for new users’ first month, in a major drive to attract casual gamers with th...

European Union

France wants the EU to continue with a digital tax if global efforts fail

The EU should push ahead with its own digital taxation in the first quarter of 2021 if wider efforts to find an international solution don’t bring a breakthrough this season,...