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Amazon launches Marketplace for desktop apps in the cloud

Amazon has today launched a public cloud Marketplace for desktop apps. The e-retail and cloud services giant will now sell subscriptions to software such as Office and Visual Studio on a pay-monthly basis. The new desktop software offered across the Marketplace will run on Amazon’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) service, AWS WorkSpaces which launched in… Read More

Amazon set to build more data centres if Oregon tax issue resolved

Amazon is planning to expand its data centre holding with up to 11 new facilities in Oregon should a state issue be addressed. Last week, an Amazon official stood in front of state lawmakers to testify on ‘central assessment’ – an issue regarding the levying of property taxes on utilities and telecom organisations. Amazon currently owns… Read More

Alibaba pilots drone delivery service in China

Following the lead of online retail giant Amazon, Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba has today tested its first drone delivery service. Asia’s largest e-retailer promises to deliver ginger tea within an hour to customers across its flagship consumer-to-consumer marketplace Taobao, which holds an estimated 90 per cent market share in the country. The remote-controlled black and… Read More

EU commission: Amazon’s Luxembourg tax deal may have been illegal, and mammoth taxes due

Online retailing giant Amazon may have broken the law with its ‘sweetheart tax deal’ with Luxembourg, a preliminary finding from the European Commission has asserted. The Seattle-based company officially came under investigation by the commission last October, following revelations in May that it had paid only £4.2mn tax on £4.3bn of turnover during 2013. The… Read More

VMware launches German data centre focused on data sovereignty

As Switzerland is to banking, it seems increasingly that Germany will be to inviolable data storage. In 2015 virtualisation tech giant VMware will bring a new German data centre online, the latest company to join the growing trend for German data centres that protect their contents from falling into the purview of other countries. Germany… Read More

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