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: Amazon building

Amazon faces US antitrust scrutiny on cloud business: Bloomberg

Reuters – U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has broadened its scrutiny of Amazon.com Inc beyond retail operations to include its cloud-computing business, Bloomberg on Wedn...

Platform Industry Executive: Google CEO

Under Pichai, Alphabet’s moonshot projects may face more scrutiny

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet’s leadership change has some investors hoping that the owner of Google will take a hard look at the cash-burning ventures ch...

Platform News: Instagram app on a smartphone

Instagram to collect ages in leap for youth safety, alcohol ads

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s Instagram said it will require birth-dates from all new users starting on Wednesday, expanding the audience for ads for alcohol...

UK

Fund managers deploy machines to decipher British election riddle

LONDON (Reuters) – Question: How do you predict the outcome of a snap election when so many polls have been so wrong, half of voters haven’t made up their minds and the...

Platform News: Amazon building

Exclusive: Amazon’s cloud unit readies more powerful data centre chip – sources

Reuters – Amazon’s AWS cloud computing unit has designed a second, more powerful generation of data centre processor chip, two sources familiar with the matter told Reu...

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon files lawsuit contesting Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft

Reuters – Amazon.com Inc filed a lawsuit in a federal U.S. court on Friday contesting the U.S. Defence Department’s decision last month to award a Pentagon cloud comput...

Platform News: Google

U.S. lawmakers question Google about collection of health records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren along with fellow Senators Richard Blumenthal and Bill Cassidy wrote a letter to Alphabet’s Google o...

SalesForce CRM

Salesforce to use Amazon AI technology to improve call center services

Reuters – Business software provider Salesforce.com Inc said on Tuesday it would use artificial intelligence (AI) technology from Amazon.com Inc’s cloud computing unit ...

Megvii IPO

China’s Megvii seeks approval for Hong Kong IPO despite U.S. blacklist – sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese artificial intelligence firm Megvii Technology Ltd plans to seek listing approval on Thursday for a Hong Kong IPO of at least $500 million, peop...

Platform News: Google search engine

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four Democratic leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee on Monday wrote Alphabet Inc’s Google and Ascension...

Line SoftBank

SoftBank to create $30 billion tech giant via Yahoo Japan, Line Corp deal

TOKYO (Reuters) – SoftBank Corp plans to merge internet subsidiary Yahoo Japan with messaging app operator Line Corp to create a $30 billion tech group, as it strives to comp...

MSFT

Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Microsoft said on Monday it was updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European...

Poor left behind

‘Digital revolution’ excluding the most vulnerable, world leaders told

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From tackling diseases to improving transport, technology like data and artificial intelligence has unleashed a wave of opportunities, b...

Pentagon Contact

US defence chief rejects Amazon’s accusations of bias in cloud contract

SEOUL (Reuters) – US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Friday rejected any suggestion of bias in a Pentagon decision to award Microsoft Corp an up to $10 billion cloud computin...