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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.

Microsoft Corp

Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet

Microsoft Corp is buying “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake the...

Platform industry news: Oracle Corp

Oracle opens data centre to provide cloud services across Africa

Oracle opened a data centre in South Africa to provide local cloud services across Africa for the first time, joining the likes of Microsoft and Amazon in setting up facilities in ...

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Amazon shortens COVID isolation, paid leave for U.S. workers

Amazon.com Inc has told workers they only have to isolate for a week after testing positive for COVID-19, instead of 10 days, following updated US health guidance.

Platform News: China

China outlines vision for four mega data centre clusters

China has approved plans to build four mega clusters of data centres in the country’s north and west with the aim of supporting the data needs of Beijing and major coastal ce...

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

Big Tech critics ask Raimondo for meeting after critique of European proposals

Critics of tech giants like Google pressed Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo for a January meeting after she expressed concern about proposed legislation in Europe aimed at reining ...

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Microsoft’s $16 billion Nuance bid gets EU antitrust approval

The European Commission has granted Microsoft unconditional antitrust approval for its $16 billion bid for artificial intelligence and speech technology company Nuance Communicatio...

Platform News: Amazon building

Two US senators seek probe into Amazon.com labor practices

US Senators Marco Rubio and Sherrod Brown on Monday asked the Labor Department for a full investigation into Amazon.com Inc’s labor practices.

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

EU Parliament backs tough new rules to rein in US tech titans

EU lawmakers have voted to beef up draft rules to rein in US tech giants, including extending the scope to their retailing activities and to their business users outside Europe, as...

Platform News: Cloud Computing giant AWS Amazon

Amazon cloud unit recovers from brief outage affecting third-party services

Amazon.com Inc has said it had recovered from a brief outage at its Amazon Web Services cloud unit that affected internet connectivity in two regions on the US West Coast.

Platform News: Google search engine team

Google says employees flouting vaccination rules will eventually be fired

Alphabet Inc’s Google told its employees they would lose pay and eventually be fired if they do not follow its COVID-19 vaccination rules, news network CNBC has reported, cit...

Platform News: China

FT reports the US is to add 8 Chinese companies to investment blacklist

The United States will add eight Chinese companies, including the world’s largest commercial drone manufacturer DJI Technology Co Ltd, to an investment blacklist this week, the Fin...

Platform News: Tim Cook is the happy CEO of Apple

Apple closes in on $3 trillion market value

Apple Inc’s market value hovered just shy of the $3 trillion mark, following a stunning run over the past decade that has turned it into the world’s most valuable compa...

Amazon AWS

Outage shows how Amazon’s complex cloud makes backup plans difficult

Major companies using Amazon.com’s data services got a painful lesson this week about how the complexity and market dominance of the company’s cloud unit make it diffic...

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

Apple inches closer to $3 trillion market cap

Apple Inc is within striking distance of a $3 trillion market capitalization, a milestone that would make it as big as the world’s fifth largest economy after Germany, just o...

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

How Big Tech is faring against US lawsuits and probes

Big Tech platforms Meta Platforms and Google have been hit with a series of antitrust lawsuits by the US federal government and states on charges they are operating monopolies and ...