While the industry is telling the world+dog know that 2015 was the year of the cloud, one has to wonder what it would have been like if Edward Snowden had not revealed high level snooping of off-site data centres.
This year Taser discovered first hand some of the problems. more»
German workers at Amazon warehouses have staged a three day strike – starting today.
They want better pay and conditions and are being backed by trade union Verdi. Reuters said the union expected 2,000 workers to walk out with five of Amazon’s nine distribution centres in Germany affected. more»
UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne unveiled his autumn statement today and said he would tax multinationals who avoid paying tax.
He told the House of Commons that the government will raise £5 billion over the next five years by taxing profits from banks and companies like Google and Amazon who make money in the UK and then shift it abroad. more»
The company which designer Jonathan Ive described a week or two back as built on integrity has finally agreed to cough up $450 million after it conspired with five publishers to hike the prices of e-books.
On Friday, US district judge Denise Cole told Apple it must pay $40 million to as many as 23 million people if it lost a hearing that showed it was liable under antitrust laws. more»
Bricks and Mortar outfits in the US have been warned against competing against online retailers, after a fraud emerged which cost Walmart thousands.
Walmart had been running a deal, where it promised to match any price found online.
However some customers worked out that the only thing they needed to show Walmart was an Amazon advert. more»
Royal Mail declared profits of £279 million today, a fall of 21 percent compared to the six months to the end of September in 2013.
And the recently privatised firm, which said when it went public that it would concentrate on parcel deliveries, warned that Amazon schemes to deliver its own parcels would likely threaten its future. more»
Amazon Web Services is having another crack at kicking Oracle in its relational databases.
Aurora is Amazon’s relational database which it claims is just as capable as proprietary database engines and costs 90 percent less.
Aurora is the latest battle in a long war with Oracle which started with Amazon’s RedShift a few years ago. more»
EU watchdogs are investigating how Amazon avoided paying billions in tax using a dodgy deal with the Luxembourg government.
Leaked tax documents from accounting firm PwC in Luxembourg show how Amazon sidesteps the 30 percent tax rates so they can price rivals out of the market. more»
After contemplating the idea of drones dropping your groceries in your back garden, Amazon has apparently come up with a cunning plan to deliver goods using taxis.
That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, which claims that Amazon has already tested delivery of goods in both LA and San Francisco by using a mobile app called Flywheel. more»
Big Blue claimed it is the first company to build an intelligent security profile that protects data, applications and people in the cloud.
The offerings it announced use what IBM described as advanced analytics to react to threats across enterprise, public, private and mobile clouds – so called hybrid clouds. more»
A report said that Taiwanese original design manufacturer (ODM) Quanta will supply search engine giant Google with its servers in 2015.
Google has long abandoned the habit of using “brand name” servers from the likes of Dell, HP or IBM/Lenovo.
The news, reported in Digitimes, confirms a recent survey saying that the ODMs, which often build machines that are then subsequently branded, are taking market share from the brand names. more»
Amazon has admitted that it has lost a pile of dosh on its Fire smartphone.
Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak confessed to investors that the company took a $170 million charge related to the write-down of costs associated with its smartphone. more»
It seems that since he has left Microsoft, the shy and retiring former Vole Steve “there is a kind of hush” Ballmer has been taking some time out to consider the nature of reality.
Now when Buddha hit the same level in his meditations, he concluded that death and suffering was all an illusion, but Ballmer contemplated his navel, he concluded that the online retailer Amazon is not real. more»
A study by a team of researchers at the Northeastern University have discovered that online shops target people based on their profiles and charge some more than others for the same products.
The team said that people regularly receive personalised content, such as specific offers from Amazon. more»
Many people might think that Amazon is where you buy your books, your Hue lights and your CDs but behind the scenes it is becoming a major player in the datacentre business.
And now, according to the Financial Times, Amazon will build several datacentres in Frankfurt in a bid to allay customers’ fears that their data is housed in places where security and privacy are not as high a priority as in Germany. more»