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: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

Amazon to delay Prime Day event due to coronavirus, outlines cloud risks

Amazon.com is postponing its major summer shopping event, Prime Day, until at least August and expects a potential $100 million hit from excess devices it might now sell at a disco...

Platform News: Tencent conference and exhibition in China

Tencent to develop cloud game platform with Huawei

China’s Tencent Holdings launched a co-innovation lab with Huawei Technologies to develop a cloud game platform, the world’s biggest game company said in a statement Fr...

Pentagon

Pentagon seeks to reconsider parts of $10 billion cloud contract awarded to Microsoft

The US governments Department of Defence is seeking court permission to reconsider certain aspects of its decision to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft, cou...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank’s founder ends Twitter absence over coronavirus worries

SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son may not be the most prolific Twitter user, but he has ended a three-year absence on the platform to express concern about the coronavirus outbreak, t...

Hong Kong

Hong Kong regulator considers easing strict data storage rules – sources

Hong Kong is considering softening new data storage rules, amid concerns of conflict with confidentiality laws elsewhere as authorities globally look to balance regulatory requirem...

Facial Recognition

Chinese facial recognition business says even mask-wearers can be identified

A company in China says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days becau...

Platform News: Amazon building

US judge says Amazon likely to succeed on key argument in contract challenge

A judge in the United States has said Amazon.com Inc is likely to succeed on a key argument of its challenge to the US Department of Defence’s decision to award cloud computi...

Vatican, Pope, Facial Recognition

Vatican joins IBM, Microsoft to call for regulation regarding facial recognition

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican joined forces with tech giants Microsoft and IBM on Friday to promote the ethical development of artificial intelligence (AI) and call for regulati...

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

Intel buys AI startup Habana Labs for $2 billion

JERUSALEM – Intel Corp has bought the Israeli artificial intelligence business Habana Labs for about $2 billion, the chip-maker has said, as it seeks to expand its AI portfol...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank’s China strategy wobbles as key bets disappoint

HONG KONG/BEIJING – For Tokyo, Japan-based SoftBank Group Inc, the financial technology firm OneConnect’s IPO should have been a vindication of an aggressive China inve...

Platform News: Amazon building

Bezos says Amazon wants to work more with the Pentagon

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – The founder and CEO of Amazon.com Inc, Jeff Bezos said it would support the US Department of Defence as technology companies vie for more defence contra...

SenseTime

Exclusive: China’s SenseTime expects $750 mln 2019 revenue despite US ban – sources

BEIJING – Chinese artificial intelligence start-up SenseTime, which Washington put on a trade blacklist in October, expects its 2019 annual revenue to increase by more than 2...

Big Tech

Big Tech faces growing number of US probes

Reuters – Big tech companies such as Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc face a slew of US antitrust probes by the federal government, sta...

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon faces US antitrust scrutiny on cloud business: Bloomberg

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