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For one night only: Net neutrality punch-up between Big Cable, Big Web this September

The American spectator sport that is net neutrality has just got its own Rumble in the Jungle. On September 7, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled "Ground rules for the Internet eco-system," its chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) announced during a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, and it is …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2017
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Hey, hipsters. Amazon has 'space' for 450 new R&D roles in Shoreditch

Amazon today announced it plans to "double" its R&D roles in the UK capital. However, it won't say when all of the new roles will be recruited. Amazon, like Google and Microsoft, has been recruiting in London. CEO Jeff Bezos announced earlier this year that his biz hopes to create 5,000 jobs in the UK by 2017's end, increasing …
Andrew Silver, 25 Jul 2017
Losing money

Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are finding the Trump Administration a very expensive prospect, at least according to their newly released lobbying figures. In the second quarter of 2017 – April through to June – Google spent $5.93m on sending its representatives to meet with Senators. Amazon came next with $3.21m, then …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2017
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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

Special report Amazon may still get hold of its namesake top-level domain .amazon after an independent review panel lambasted the decision by DNS overseer ICANN to deny its application. The panel found – for a third time – that ICANN's board had failed to do its job and had broken its own bylaws by accepting a recommendation from its …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2017

Why the Kubernetes Kids can't hurt Bezos' Amazon beast

Kubernetes may be the hawtest thing in container orchestration, but Redmonk analyst James Governor has a different label for it: the "Anyone but Amazon" club. It's an interesting name for a club that includes, ironically, Amazon, but as AWS continues its march to enterprise IT domination, Kubernetes increasingly looks like a …
Matt Asay, 18 Jul 2017
Amazon data center

Amazon supercharges GPU power, spits out Nvidia-backed G3

Amazon has rolled out its latest GPU computing box instance line, G3. It comes in three flavours: g3.4xlarge (1 GPU), g3.8xlarge (2 GPUs), and g3.16xlarge (4 GPUs). The line is meant for 3D modelling, visualisation, video encoding and other graphics-intensive apps. Amazon's G2 line first came out in 2013. The high-horse, …
Andrew Silver, 14 Jul 2017
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Amazon mumbles into its coffee when asked: Will you give app devs people's Alexa chats?

Amazon is apparently considering a plan to provide app developers with transcripts of people's conversations with their Alexa boxes. We're told the Bezos Bunch is mulling whether to change their developer policy to give the third-party coders who create Alexa "skills" app software the raw transcripts of what users say to Alexa …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2017
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AWS Summit London queues caused by security, not snafu

The AWS Summit in London has opened – and queues of several hundred people are already building around the venue as rumours of an IT failure on the ticket desks swirl. Sources trapped in the queue sent us pictures from outside East London’s Excel exhibition centre, where AWS Summit London 2017 is taking place. They also …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Jun 2017
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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

The fight between Bezos' poster child and Walmart just got real – Amazon has officially called out the groceries juggernaut for petty schoolyard tactics. Earlier this week, Walmart made waves by advising its tech vendors to use anything except Amazon Web Services. In a statement, Walmart admitted its call for boycotts was …
Andrew Silver, 23 Jun 2017
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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

Retail giant Walmart says it doesn't want its developer partners using Amazon Web Services to host their cloud apps. Following reports that it was asking technology partners who develop for or sell products at its stores not to patronize the Amazon-owned cloud service, Walmart issued a statement explaining its stance. "Our …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2017

TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website

Certain UK TalkTalk customers have been unable to load Amazon's website since last week. The issue emerged on TalkTalk's community page on Monday. The original poster wrote: "Hi for two days now i have had an issue with amazon not loading on three browsers IE, Chrome and Edge." Other users commented to say they have …
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017
Failure

US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

A massive cloud-hosted database containing personal information on nearly 200 million people in America was left wide open by consultants hired by the US Republican National Committee, it is claimed. Security firm UpGuard said the records of 198 million US voters, including dates of birth, addresses and phone numbers, were …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2017

You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

Today, Amazon announced it will be acquiring the devilishly expensive Whole Foods Market to the tune of $13.7bn. “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said health-conscious Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement. The transaction …
Andrew Silver, 16 Jun 2017
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Amazon and others sniffing around Slack

Slack is attracting interest from potential suitors including Amazon that are reportedly eyeing up the white collar messaging and collaboration software slinger. The cost of such a buy could be as high as $9bn, loquacious sources told Bloomberg today, though talks are at the preliminary stage and there are no assurances an …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2017

Amazon pulls snouts from all-you-can-eat cloud storage buffet

Amazon has shuttered the flat fee-based unlimited cloud storage plan for Amazon Drive to all but paid-up members of the premium "Prime" service – who will only be able to store unlimited numbers of photos. "Primers" pay $99/year in the States; £79 a year in the UK; €69 in Germany; and varying prices across the rest of Europe, …
Jude Karabus, 8 Jun 2017

Foxconn, Amazon, Apple join Toshiba chip plant feeding frenzy

Apple, Amazon and Foxconn are preparing to "chip in" for ailing Toshiba's NAND flash memory chip-making division, according to reports. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told Japan's Nikkei Business Daily newspaper that the two American firms would be lending "financial support" to the Chinese manufacturer's bid for the foundry – but …
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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

Amazon has been given a patent on a system to deliver packages from the sky via on-board parachutes. The Bezos Bunch has filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office and been granted a patent for a system that will cram parachutes into shipping labels. The on-board parachute functions as you would think: an adhesive label on …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Jun 2017

Samsung's Bixby assistant fails English, gets held back a month

Samsung has confirmed that it will be delaying the release of its Bixby voice assistant in the US, after the software showed problems with processing English-language requests. The Korean consumer electronics giant on Thursday confirmed that Bixby's voice features will not be going live until around the end of June while it …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jun 2017

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