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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.
Amazon wants to depose US President Donald Trump over the tech company’s losing bid for a 10 billion dollar (£7.7 billion) military contract. The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing project to Microsoft in October. Amazon later sued, arguing that Mr Trump’s interference and bias against the company harmed Amazon’s chances of winning the contract.
A report by the Guardian suggests Jeff Bezos’s phone was accessed through a malicious message from the account of Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The mobile phone of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message from the account of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, it has been claimed.
Google is the latest major cloud provider to set its sights on the thriving Indian market, joining fellow “big three” players AWS & Azure in stepping up commercial efforts in the country.
The technology giant’s cloud arm has penned a deal with Airtel which will see India’s third-largest telco offer G Suite’s cloud-based applications to small and medium businesses.
The telco, which boasts over 325 million subscribers, currently serves over 500,000 small and medium-sized businesses and startups in the country, in addition to 2,500 large businesses.
The UK Home Office has confirmed it has struck a four-year £100m deal with AWS for its cloud services in a renewal of a pre-existing contract.
An awards notice published on the government’s contract finders website confirms the contract started on 12 December 2019 and will run until 11 December.
A Home Office spokesperson told Computer Weekly that the contract was a “continuation of services” already provided to the department, adding the contract “provides significant savings for the department of a four-year term.”