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Donald Trump to warn UK against ‘discriminatory’ tax on online tech giants

The US Treasury Secretary has also highlighted the prospect of retaliatory trade tariffs if the UK presses ahead with the planned levy. Donald Trump will heap pressure on Boris Johnson to drop a tax on US tech giants, Washington indicated as the UK insisted it will implement the measure in April.


IBM Q4 financials buoyed by Red Hat wins

IBM’s latest financials reveal the tech giant’s $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat is already positively impacting its bottom line.

IBM closed Q4 with solid growth in its cloud and software businesses, helping to end a five-quarter streak where the company posted consecutive falls in revenue. 


TSB signs hybrid cloud strategy partnership with IBM Services

Announcement follows Bank’s pledge to invest £120 million to transform digital channels over the next three years TSB today announced it has selected IBM Services as its partner to accelerate the Bank’s ambition to become a truly digital business with IBM cloud capabilities. The services agreement will see IBM build and manage TSB’s private cloud… Read More


Lloyds Banking Group lines up Microsoft Azure as part of £3 billion tech splurge

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) has partnered with Microsoft to accelerate the group’s digital transformation as part of a multibillion-pound tech investment pledge announced two years ago.

The strategic partnership will see the tech giant develop a “modern digital workplace” for the group, which has committed to investing £3 billion in technology to bring its offerings up to speed with agile challenger banks like Monzo and Revolut.

Under the partnership, LBG will get the full force of Microsoft Managed Desktop: Office 365 productivity tools, Microsoft-managed security and feature updates, and a cloud-based “advanced device solution” to support the group’s currency management. 


Google joins battle to capture India’s growing cloud market

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.


Microsoft vows to remove historical carbon footprint by 2050

Microsoft has pledged that within the next 30 years it will remove all the carbon it has emitted since it was founded in 1975.

While the company has vowed to be carbon negative by 2030, it is going further by aiming to remove its historical carbon footprint completely by 2050.

The company also announced a one billion dollar climate innovation fund to help boost the development of carbon reduction and removal technologies.

In a blog post on Thursday, the company’s president Brad Smith said: “While the world will need to reach net-zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so.


AWS to ask court to block Pentagon’s $10bn cloud contract

Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to ask a judge to halt Microsoft from commencing “substantial” work on a lucrative Pentagon cloud contract until its lawsuit challenging the contract’s validity is resolved.

Microsoft secured the $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) with the US Department of Defense in October 2019, ending a two-year-long procurement process in which rival and cloud market leader AWS was considered the frontrunner throughout.


UK media giants team up with University of Bristol on carbon calculator for digital content

A group of computer scientists at the University of Bristol are teaming up with nine major media companies to create an online tool for measuring the carbon impact of digital content.

Sustainability consultancy Carnstone will facilitate a 12-month collaboration between University of Bristol researchers and sustainability and tech teams at the BBC, Dentsu Aegis Network, Informa, ITV, Pearson, RELX, Schibsted, Sky and TalkTalk, to map the “carbon hotspots” of digital media content and services.


Insight Partners snaps up data backup giant Veeam for $5B

Insight Partners has announced the acquisition of Swiss software startup Veeam for $5 billion, just months after the private equity firm invested $500 million in the data management company.

Veeam, which posted revenues of $1 billion last year and has 365,000 customers worldwide, helps companies manage data backup and recovery across public clouds and their in-house data centres. Following the deal, Veeam will become a US company.


Home Office pens £100m cloud deal with AWS

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.”


Delta, Goldman Sachs latest additions to IBM quantum computing network

IBM is on track to lead the quantum computing revolution with the news that over 100 organisations have signed up to the company’s initiative to advanced practical uses of the technology.

The latest members to the program, which gives participants access to quantum experts, developer tools and cloud-based quantum systems via IBM Q Cloud, include Delta Airlines, Wells Fargo and Stamford University.


Microsoft trumps Amazon to become “most popular” cloud services supplier

Microsoft has overtaken rival Amazon to become the world’s most popular cloud services supplier, in another sign that Satya Nadella is poised to win the next stage of the cloud war long-dominated by Amazon’s AWS.

According to Goldman Sachs’ latest biannual survey of IT spending at large companies, first reported by CNBC, Microsoft has “demonstrated continued momentum” in IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) and PaaS (platform-as-a-service), placing the tech giant’s cloud arm, Azure, ahead of AWS in terms of workload volume in the two cloud deployment areas.



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