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The UK National Health Service has enlisted the services of some of the world’s largest tech firms to help it thwart the coronavirus outbreak.
First reported by BBC, the NHS has joined forces with Microsoft, Google, Faculty AI and Palantir to create data dashboards that use AI to display up to date information about Covid-19 transmission.
The novel coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the globe and once bustling industrial economies are grinding to a halt.
Companies and their employees are being forced to rapidly adapt to a new way of working, civil liberties are being withdrawn to ease pressure on already-squeezed health services, and emergency services on the frontline of the pandemic are making unthinkable sacrifices to attend the infected.
A federal judge has weighed in on the ongoing legal battle surrounding the $10bn military cloud contract awarded to Microsoft last October.
In February, AWS launched a legal battle over the decision to award the JEDI contract to its cloud rival, in which it accused President Trump of “well-documented” bias against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and improper interference in the review process.
The 2020 Mobile World Congress (MWC) technology show has been cancelled after a growing number of firms pulled out over coronavirus fears. Some 100,000 visitors attend the event every year in Barcelona, but companies including Amazon, BT, LG, Sony, Intel and Facebook withdrew due to concerns about the outbreak.
US federal regulators are stepping up their investigation of the market dominance of five giant tech companies, demanding detailed information on their acquisitions back to 2010. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued orders to Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Google’s parent firm Alphabet.