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UK competition watchdog to probe Google takeover of Looker

Google’s buyout of data analytics firm Looker is to be probed by the UK’s competition watchdog to determine the deal’s impact on the UK and other markets.

The tech giant announced the 2.6 billion dollar (£2 billion) acquisition of the California-founded firm in June as part of an effort to expand its Google Cloud business.

Both companies were already working together before the agreement was reached, with around 350 customers such as Buzzfeed, Hearst and Yahoo!


AI forces Go world champion to quit as it ‘cannot be defeated’

A former world champion player of strategy game Go has retired because of the rise of AI he says “cannot be defeated”. Lee Sedol said the rise of artificial intelligence left him feeling unable to regard himself as the best. In 2016, Lee Sedol lost a best-of-five series against AI software created by Google firm DeepMind.


Google officially claims quantum supremacy, ignores IBM criticism

Google recently sent the internet in a frenzy after the company claimed in a leaked research paper to have achieved “quantum supremacy”. At the time the quantum community fiercely debated Google’s claim.

While the draft paper was swiftly pulled offline, Google has doubled down by officially releasing a peer-reviewed version in Nature which reiterates its achievement. Crucially, the article repeats the controversial claim that the problem its Sycamore processor solved would take Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer, 10,000 years to complete.

If true, this would effectively mean Google had satisfied John Preskill’s original definition of quantum supremacy, described as the milestone where quantum computers can perform tasks that classical computers cannot.


Size of AWS ‘data transfer costs’ revealed in leaked internal documents

While true that corporate customers on the whole find cloud services to be more flexible and cheaper than running their own data centres, it would be an exaggeration to say their cloud journeys have been smooth sailing.

One of the chief concerns CIOs have with cloud services is the unexpected costs that stack up on monthly bills. According to one recent survey, 37 percent of CIOs regard this as their main cloud complaint.

The cost of migrating data from another cloud provider or back on-premises is one particularly eye-watering charge that can take companies by surprise. While the existence of these so-called ‘data transfer costs’ has been long-documented, for the first time the exact amounts charged to some of the world’s leading cloud customers have surfaced.


Google wins legal fight to keep ‘right to be forgotten’ EU-only

Europe’s top court has told Google it does not have to make the “right to be forgotten” available worldwide.

The measure already allows citizens in EU countries to demand any results about them considered “inadequate, irrelevant or… excessive” to be removed, if the search is carried out in an EU country – even though the web page would still exist, delisting from a search engine makes it harder for people to find.



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