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.

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...

Google

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...

Amazon

Amazon challenges Pentagon’s $10-billion cloud award to Microsoft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it is contesting the Pentagon’s award of an up to $10 billion cloud computing deal to Microsoft Corp, expressing ...

Big Tech

Where US presidential candidates stand on breaking up Big Tech

Reuters – In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, America’s big tech companies are being challenged on many fronts from across the political spectrum, from ant...

Quantum Computing

Samsung, UAE funds lead $55 million investment in quantum computing startup

Reuters – US quantum computing startup IonQ said on Tuesday it raised $55 million in a funding round that was led by venture funds backed by Samsung Electronics and the gover...

Women in Tech

Getting better? More women in tech but not at the top

LISBON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Technology firms are hiring more women and narrowing the gender gap, a poll by Europe’s largest technology conference found on Wed...

Facial Recognition

Twitter wants your feedback on its deepfake policy plans

Reuters – Social media platform Twitter on Monday unveiled its plan for handling deepfake videos and other manipulated media, and called for feedback from the public.

Algorithm

Be more transparent about algorithms, Berners-Lee tells tech giants

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tech companies should be more transparent about how computer algorithms make decisions that affect people’s lives, the inventor of...

MSFT

Microsoft rolls out new cloud tool for analysing business data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp announced on Monday a new service aimed at helping large businesses put to use the huge amounts of data stored in corporate systems.