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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.

Digital Tax US

US pulled out of stalled talks on digital services taxes – Robert Lighthizer

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin decided to pull out of negotiations on digital services taxes with EU officials after they failed to make any progress, US Trade Representative...

Platform News: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

Amazon to use AI tech in its warehouses to enforce social distancing

Amazon.com has launched an artificial intelligence-based tracking system to enforce social distancing at its offices and warehouses to help reduce any risk of contracting the new c...

Platform News: Wall Street in New York

Oracle misses revenue estimates on coronavirus-led order delays

Oracle Corp posted quarterly revenue below Wall Street estimates as the coronavirus crisis led clients in the hospitality, retail and transportation sectors to postpone purchases, ...

Platform Economy: Palantir and Peter Thiel

Palantir said to be close to registering for stock market debut

Data mining firm Palantir Technologies is aiming to file confidentially with US regulators to go public in the coming weeks, emboldened by the strong performance of other IPO’...

Platform Industry: IBM office in Australia

IBM exits facial recognition business, calls for police reform

IBM disclosed Monday it will no longer offer facial recognition or analysis software in a letter to Congress calling for new efforts to pursue justice and racial equity, new CEO Ar...

Platform News: Google search engine team

Google Maps to alert users about COVID-19-related travel restrictions

Google is adding features on its Maps service to alert users about coronavirus-related travel restrictions to help them plan their trips better, the unit of Alphabet Inc has said.

Platform News: Wall Street in New York

Tech drives Nasdaq index to all-time high as signs of recovery emerge

The heavyweight tech and growth stocks that drove Wall Street higher in recent years are again fuelling a surge that has taken the Nasdaq from a brutal selloff to an intraday recor...

Spain Digital Tax

Spain’s lower house to draft new 3% digital tax on internet giants

Spain’s lower house has voted to begin drafting a 3% tax on revenues of internet giants, the latest of such moves by US trading partners that has spurred a US investigation a...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

Softbank Group’s Arm releases chip tech for high-end Android devices

Arm Ltd, the semiconductor firm owned by Japan’s Softbank Group Corp released new technology aimed at helping Android devices catch up to Apple Inc’s iPhones for certai...

The Red Cross coronavirus

The Red Cross urges halt to cyber-attacks on healthcare sector amid pandemic

The Red Cross called for an end to cyber-attacks on healthcare and medical research facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, in a letter published and signed by a group of polit...

China

In the land of big data, China sets privacy rights for individuals

Communist China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people ...

South Korea

How South Korea turned an urban planning system into a virus tracking database

When a man in Seoul tested positive for the new coronavirus in May, South Korean authorities were able to confirm his wide-ranging movements in and outside the city in minutes, inc...

Platform News: Huawei Technologies

US strikes at a Huawei prize: chip juggernaut HiSilicon

The latest US action against Huawei Technologies takes direct aim the Chinese giants HiSilicon chip division, a business that in a few short years has become central to China’...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft to adapt its cloud software for healthcare industry

Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday it plans to roll out a version of its cloud-based software that will be modified to suit the needs of healthcare organisations.