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Alibaba pulls dust covers off its new London cloud presence

Alibaba Cloud has launched in the UK, the Chinese cloud purveyor has declared, as it prepares to take on dominant player AWS and the other also-rans. Yeming Wang, GM of Alibaba Cloud’s EMEA outpost, who spoke to journalists at a briefing last week, noted that Britain’s “public cloud market is the largest in Europe.” Alibaba’s …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Oct 2018
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Alibaba wants to ship its own neural network silicon by H2 2019

Alibaba has created a subsidiary to design and build silicon for artificial intelligence. The AI business will be called Pingtouge, the Chinese nickname of the small but aggressive honey badger. The chipset, the product of the company's Damo Academy R&D arm, is dubbed Ali-NPU. The company spoke of its plans at its annual …
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Biz! Formerly! Known! As! Yahoo! Settles! Data! Breach! Cases! To! The! Tune! Of! $47m!

The company formerly known as Yahoo! is close to settling cases related to the mammoth data security breach it covered up almost four years ago at a cost of around $47m. In its latest SEC filing, Altaba, as Yahoo is now known, said various legal actions spawned by the 2014 attack were nearly resolved. Yahoo! execs knew that …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Sep 2018
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Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud ... outside China

Alibaba and Elastic, the purveyor of scalable open-source search engine Elasticsearch, are to offer their joint Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch product outside of China for the first time. “With the expanded footprint, customers outside China will now have access to the real-time search, ingestion, analytical capabilities and …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Aug 2018
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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

An ex-Apple engineer has been hit with trade secret theft charges after allegedly pinching copies and samples of Cupertino's autonomous car technology. A US federal district court in northern California will hear the case (PDF) of Xiaolang Zhang, a techie who in 2015 was hired to work on the Cupertino music seller's ultra- …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jul 2018
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Alibaba and pals: We all SQream for GPU-powered databases – here, take $26.4m

GPU-accelerated analytics company SQream has won $26.4m in B-round funding with lead investor Chinese multinational Alibaba tossing in cash following its cloud collaboration deal earlier this year. SQream provides a data warehouse DBMS that has repetitive low-level code running on Nvidia GPUs to speed up analytics. The …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2018
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Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

Analyst firm Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has again found that Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are the most mature clouds, but has omitted more than half of the vendors it covered last year on grounds that customers now demand more than just rented servers and storage. “Customers …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2018

Alibaba fires up a cloudy quantum computer

Alibaba reckons the world needs another quantum computer in the cloud, so it's opened up access to an 11-qubit system. The system landed almost exactly a year after IBM announced its five-qubit quantum offering. In November last year, Big Blue embiggened the system to 20 qubits. So as well as being the second cloudy quantum …
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OnePlus Android mobes' clipboard app caught phoning home to China

UPDATE OnePlus has admitted that the clipboard app in a beta build of its Android OS was beaming back mystery data to a cloud service in China. Someone running the latest test version of OnePlus's Oreo-based operating system revealed in its support forums that unusual activity from the builtin clipboard manager had been detected by a …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2018
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Honda pores over in-car navigation software with Alibaba – report

Honda and Alibaba are teaming up to work on connected car services, becoming the latest big companies to leap aboard the smart vehicle technology bandwagon. Alibaba will get the opportunity to put its Autonavi mapping services into the Japanese carmaker’s future vehicles, with customers also being able to make online payments …
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Open source, says me: Alibaba chucks MariaDB a $27m funding round

Chinese Amazon-chaser Alibaba has chucked a chunk of cash at open-source-database-flinger MariaDB, leading a $27m funding round in the biz. Alibaba is already a core sponsor of the MariaDB Foundation, and the Finnish company already offers Database-as-a-Service solutions on Alibaba Cloud. The continued partnership will give …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Nov 2017

Alibaba's Jack Ma says: Relax, we're too wise for robots to take our jobs

Everybody chill. Alibaba founder Jack Ma says we don't need to worry about robots taking our jobs. Phewee. A paper published in March by US non-profit the National Bureau of Economic Research found that employment and wages in industries using robots fell between 1990 and 2007. Some thinkfluencers *cough* Elon Musk *cough* go …
Andrew Silver, 12 Oct 2017
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Alibaba beats Google for IaaS market share, with IBM out of sight

Google is the world's number four infrastructure-as-a-service vendor, according to analyst outfit Gartner's first ever attempt at calculating market share in the field. The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market is growing like a weed: it hauled US$22.1 billion through the door in calendar 2016, up from $16.8 billion in …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2017
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Alibaba: We're no haven for pirates – we'll yank fake goods from our web bazaars within 24 hours

Alibaba says it has taken significant steps to speed up how it cracks down on counterfeit goods sold on its online marketplaces. China's Amazon reckons its freshly overhauled intellectual property protection website can strip knockoff gear from its web souks within 24 hours of legit complaints from registered rights holders. …
Andrew Silver, 11 Aug 2017
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Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

When Yahoo! boss Marissa Mayer leaves the merged Verizon-AOL-Yahoo! behemoth, as is expected soon, she'll walk away with stocks and cash today worth $186m. In paperwork submitted to America's financial watchdog on Monday, Yahoo! revealed that its CEO, who presided over its plunge into obscurity, owns 4,492,286 shares of stock …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2017
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IBM, Microsoft, US Govt all to blame for globalisation backlash: Jack Ma

Silicon Valley’s tech plutocrats have kept a relatively low profile at Davos, the WEF’s schmoozefest for corporate, government and NGO elites. But into the void stepped Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba. Alibaba is the gigantic, tat bazaar that has eclipsed the company it copied: eBay. Ma used to encourage new hires to perform …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2017
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We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has put Alibaba's Taobao, the Chinese internet giant's online auction site, on its "notorious markets list" of sites that regularly deal in counterfeit goods. In a bulletin this week [PDF] the USTR noted that Taobao, which is the world's largest online shopping destination by gross …
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2016
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Alibaba's lights are on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home

Alibaba's Aliyun cloud may have switched on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home: the company has hired only a modest support team and is yet to hire the consultants, evangelists and other staff to help it achieve its stated aim of encouraging organisations to take their on-premises apps into the cloud. At a press event in …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2016

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