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Amazon Outage Causes Big Issues Across the Internet

Amazon Web Services started having problems around 11am

(Newser) - A major Amazon Web Services outage caused issues far beyond Amazon Tuesday. Problems with the cloud computing service's servers caused failures or slowdowns for large parts of the Internet, reports the Verge . Services that reported issues after the outage began around 11am Eastern included Netflix, Disney Plus, Slack, Venmo,...

Afghans Face Dilemma on Covering Up Digital Lives

Many fear Taliban will find evidence of cooperation with Americans

(Newser) - Afghans who worked with US troops or contractors in the past 20 years—or did anything that might displease the Taliban—are facing difficult decisions about covering up the paper and digital trails that could incriminate them. Destroying records of US employment would seem to make sense, except that they'...

Pentagon Calls Off Deal With Microsoft That Went to Court

Amazon complained about cloud computing contract that could pay $10B

(Newser) - The Pentagon said Tuesday it canceled a disputed cloud computing contract with Microsoft that could eventually have been worth $10 billion. The Defense Department will instead pursue a deal with both Microsoft and Amazon and possibly other cloud service providers, the AP reports. "With the shifting technology environment, it...

The Internet Broke This Morning, but Now It's (Mostly) Back

Multiple websites went down after outage at cloud services company Fastly

(Newser) - Numerous websites were unavailable Tuesday after an apparent widespread outage at the cloud services company Fastly. Dozens of high-traffic websites, including the New York Times, CNN, Amazon, Twitter, Target, Spotify, and the UK government's home page, couldn't be reached, per the AP and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Visitors trying...

Salesforce Says $27.7B Deal Is a 'Match Made in Heaven'

Company hopes to take on Microsoft with Slack acquisition

(Newser) - Business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft. The acquisition announced Tuesday is by far the largest in the 21-year history of Salesforce. The San...

Judge in Amazon Suit Holds Up Microsoft's $10B Cloud Deal

Filing accuses Trump of bias, affecting decision on Pentagon contract

(Newser) - A federal judge ordered a halt Thursday to the cloud contract the Pentagon awarded to Microsoft. Amazon has argued bias in the selection of Microsoft for the contract, which could be worth as much as $10 billion over 10 years, CNBC reports. After the winner was narrowed down to Amazon...

Amazon to File for Restraining Order in Microsoft-DOD Deal

Former says latter was only awarded $10B contract after 'behind-the-scenes attacks' from Trump

(Newser) - Amazon has long been suspicious that it lost out to Microsoft on a lucrative $10 billion cloud computing deal with the US military only because of President Trump's intervention, and now Jeff Bezos' behemoth has taken its latest step to stymie the latter from proceeding with that project. CNN...

Amazon Blames Trump for Losing $10B Contract
Amazon Claims It Lost
$10B Contract Due to Trump
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Amazon Claims It Lost $10B Contract Due to Trump

It wants DOD to cancel the award to Microsoft and re-review the bids

(Newser) - Amazon claims it missed out on a potentially $10 billion contract because of President Trump. That's the assertion in a lawsuit by Amazon Web Services unsealed Monday. The Department of Defense ended up handing the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract to Microsoft in late October, a move that...

Is Google's Latest Move the Future of Gaming?
Is Google's Latest Move
the Future of Gaming?
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Is Google's Latest Move the Future of Gaming?

Introducing Stadia, Google's game-streaming platform

(Newser) - Google on Tuesday unveiled a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business. The platform will store a game-playing session in the cloud and lets players jump across devices operating on Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS, such as Pixel phones and Chromebooks,...

Microsoft Is Taking the Cloud to New Depths

Tech giant is testing undersea data centers

(Newser) - One of these days, the cloud may be underwater. In what the New York Times calls "taking a page from Jules Verne," Microsoft has tested a prototype of an underwater data center powered by renewable energy generated by ocean movement. One of the big benefits of housing data...

Lightning Strikes on Google Wipe Data From Cloud

But only a tiny amount

(Newser) - Mark it down: 2015 is the year Mother Nature officially declared war on the cloud. Lightning struck a Google data center in Belgium four times in rapid succession last week, permanently erasing a small amount of users' data from the cloud, the BBC reports. The lightning caused power failures and...

What Now for Aereo ... and Its Viewers?

After Supreme Court ruling, streaming firm needs a plan B

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled that Aereo's streaming service is illegal —but while execs earlier said there was no Plan B, at least some people at the company appear ready to reconsider, the Atlantic finds. Barry Diller, the year-old service's biggest investor, says "it's over...

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

And rules that police need a warrant to search your phone

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today delivered a major victory for broadcasters by ruling 6-3 that Aereo violated their copyright. Aereo uses thousands of TV antennas to stream content that's freely broadcast over the airwaves to users, who can also choose to record shows to watch later. The ruling may effectively...

Supreme Court Looks Befuddled on Aereo Case

Stephen Breyer referenced phonograph records

(Newser) - The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in ABC v. Aereo, a much-watched case that could have big implications for both cloud computing and broadcast television—implications the justices didn't seem comfortable with. Aereo allows users to record broadcast TV online and watch it at their leisure. The major...

A Supercomputer You Can Afford: What Is Watson?

IBM making a smarter version of our robot overlord available online

(Newser) - Bar trivia contests will never be the same. IBM will today announce a plan to make a more powerful version of its famous Watson supercomputer available online at a sliver of what access to the system has cost, the New York Times reports. Of course, the goal isn't really...

NSA Has Hacked Google, Yahoo: Report

Snowden scoop: 'MUSCULAR' program allows access of all data, without court order

(Newser) - If you thought PRISM was bad, wait until you get a load of MUSCULAR. Documents from Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA has hacked the cables Google and Yahoo use to shuttle information between their massive cloud databases, giving them unfettered access to data from hundreds of millions of users,...

Greenpeace Slams Apple's 'Dirty' iCloud

Company disputes Greenpeace's data center figures

(Newser) - Apple is the worst offender among tech giants relying on "dirty energy" like coal to fuel gigantic data centers, according to a scathing Greenpeace report released this week. The report also slammed Amazon and Microsoft for excessive energy use, while praising Facebook, Google, and Yahoo for their efforts to...

Amazon Launches Government Cloud

GovCloud to meet regulatory requirements

(Newser) - Need somewhere to communally draft a bill? To the cloud! Amazon yesterday launched a new version of its cloud service called “GovCloud,” which it says is “designed to allow US government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory...

Microsoft Office Enters the Cloud

Move ups competition with Google

(Newser) - Google stole a chunk of Microsoft's corporate customers when it introduced its web-only Google Apps, but now Microsoft is pushing back with Office 365. The company is putting its extremely popular Microsoft Office software in the "cloud," introducing the new online version this week. Customers will be...

Google Launching Online Music Service

Cloud-computing music service expected to be announced later today

(Newser) - Google is poised to enter the music business, reportedly with a cloud-computing system similar to the Amazon Cloud service announced in March , according to the Wall Street Journal . Users will be able to upload music to online "lockers" and stream the music to various devices. But because Google has...

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