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Report: Microsoft handed OpenAI $500m in Azure credits

Half of the $1bn Microsoft invested into OpenAI last year came in the form of Azure credits, according to a profile on the group published in MIT Technology Review.

In July, when Microsoft announced the mammoth investment into the AI research lab, which is dedicated to the safe and ethical creation of artificial general intelligence, Redmond said it would become the group’s “exclusive” provider of cloud computing services.


MWC technology show cancelled over coronavirus fears

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.


Tech giants’ probed by US regulators over acquisitions

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 to pump $1.6bn into new AWS region in India

Amazon plans to invest $1.6 billion (£1.23bn) constructing two data centres in India to form an AWS region in the state of Telangana.

The company has sought environmental approval for the construction of the two facilities on the outskirts of Hyderabad. One data centre is proposed at Chandanvelly village in Shabad, the other at Meerkhanpet village in Kandukur.


Intel becomes latest tech giant to pull out of Mobile World Congress over coronavirus

Intel has become the latest high-profile technology company to withdraw from forthcoming trade show Mobile World Congress (MWC) over concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The firm follows the likes of LG, Amazon, Sony, Ericsson and Nvidia in withdrawing from the Barcelona trade show, due to take place at the end of the month.


Amazon accuses Trump of ‘well-documented personal animus’ over JEDI cloud snub

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.


Mobile World Congress bans visitors from China’s Hubei province amid coronavirus fears

Major technology trade show Mobile World Congress (MWC) has banned visitors from China’s Hubei province as part of new measures introduced in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The technology convention in Barcelona has announced safety precautions – including a ‘no-handshake’ policy. The annual event, one of the biggest in the industry’s calendar, is due to take place in Barcelona between February 24 and 27.


Oracle opens 5 cloud regions, first in Saudi Arabia

Oracle has opened data centres in five countries and is on track to have 36 cloud regions by the end of the year, as the tech veteran steps up its cloud computing drive.

The company added local regions in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), Australia (Melbourne), Japan (Osaka), Canada (Montreal), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam), adding to the ten opened in the last six months and taking Oracle’s tally to 21.


Microsoft patches Azure Stack and App Service security flaws

Researchers at Check Point have identified two major security flaws in Azure that could have allowed hackers to access sensitive data on on-premises machines running Azure or take over Azure servers in the cloud.

The first flaw in Azure Stack, Microsoft’s hybrid cloud platform that allows companies to launch Azure services from their data centres, could have been exploited by hackers to access screenshots and other sensitive information about on-premises machines running Azure.


Cloud market ends year with a bang

It’s a lucrative market, is cloud computing. Something you’re reminded of every quarter when the tech world’s finest flash their quarterly earnings reports. 

Last quarter, more records came tumbling down. This time, the combined might of the cloud kingpins saw to it that the market posted the highest quarterly cloud infrastructure spending increase in its brief but explosive history.


AMD lifted by 50 percent revenue surge

AMD posted strong quarterly earnings last week, with the chipmaker netting $2.13 billion in revenue, a 49.9 percent increase from the previous year.

Wall Street’s eyes were on AMD following rival Intel’s solid quarterly earnings, helped by its buoyant data centre division. 


Data and security tools overtaking collaboration tools as fasted growing enterprise apps

Cloud identity access and management platform Okta has published its latest Businesses @ Work report, offering fresh insights into the new applications taking over the workforce. 

As Okta is used by thousands of companies to securely integrate their application portfolios, the company’s user data provides a useful indication of application trends.

Whereas previous reports highlighted collaboration tools such as Slack and Zoom as the fasted growing apps, this year’s research suggests we are entering a new period dominated by data and security tools.



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