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Google building its own blockchain-based cloud technology

Google is developing its own blockchain-like technology to improve its cloud by adding digital ledger capabilities. Google's parent company, Alphabet, has built its own distributed ledger system which can be used to log and verify digital transactions.

Confirmed: Salesforce is acquiring MuleSoft for $6.5 billion

Salesforce has officially announced it's acquiring data integration platform MuleSoft in a deal valued at $6.5 billion. MuleSoft provides tools for companies to connect their data sources with apps and devices in cross-cloud environments.

Airbus chooses G Suite for its digital transformation strategy

Airbus is to abandon Microsoft Office in favour of Google's G Suite. The decision is a significant win for Google, which is currently competing head-to-head with Microsoft for cloud productivity dominance. The move will affect over 130,000 Airbus workers.

IBM's Private Cloud for Data simplifies enterprise data science

IBM has announced the launch of a new cloud to help businesses integrate AI into their solutions. The company's new Cloud Private for Data is a dedicated application layer built using containerisation. It hosts microservices for data science and AI.

Microsoft expands its Azure cloud in Europe and the Middle East

Microsoft has announced it's expanding its Azure public cloud network into several new regions. The expansion includes Microsoft's first datacentres in the Middle East, which will be situated in the UAE. The company said it wants to reach 50 regions.

Microsoft launches new cloud solutions for U.S. government

Microsoft has announced a new cloud solution for U.S. government departments. Microsoft 365 Government bundles technologies including Windows 10, Office 365 and Microsoft's Enterprise + Mobility Suite, aiming to enable a government IT "tipping point."

Google announces new cloud APIs for healthcare services

Google's announced an expanded set of cloud services aimed at the healthcare sector. The company wants to organise medical data by addressing "significant" interoperability challenges. It will use AI and new analytics APIs to assist medical teams.

Amazon Web Services power outage took hundreds of sites offline

Amazon has confirmed that a datacentre power outage affected scores of online services including GitHub and Slack. The incident occurred almost exactly a year after a similar failure in the same region of Amazon's cloud. Service was quickly restored.

Cisco expands Tetration analytics platform

Cisco has detailed changes coming to its Tetration data center analytics platform that will add additional cybersecurity tools and improved monitoring capabilities. Cisco is broadening the platform to provide visibility into entire datacentres.

Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, the cloud and hardware

Microsoft and Xiaomi have announced an expanded strategic agreement to collaborate on cloud technologies, AI and hardware products. The companies will be working together on projects including a smart speaker, "laptop devices" and improved AI services.

Accenture's new AI testing tools can accelerate training by 80%

Accenture has announced a suite of services to help companies test AI systems within their own infrastructure. The company has devised a "Teach and Test" approach to provide AI with appropriate data and then ensure its outputs match expected results.

IAmI taps IBM Cloud to defend enterprise networks against attack

IAmI Authentications, a B2B cybersecurity provider, has developed a real-time protection system to defend enterprise networks against intrusion attacks using stolen login credentials. IAmI can issue alerts when an ID is being used without authorisation.

New cloud based tool for connected laboratories

Cloud based computing presents opportunities for researchers to share findings and to collaborate on projects in a secure setting. A new offering from Gilson aims to make this process easier.

Oracle unveils 'self-driving' automated cloud platform

Oracle has announced it will rollout autonomous functions across its entire cloud. Initially launched as a pilot database system last year, Oracle said businesses can reduce risk and accelerate innovation by getting predictive insights from the cloud.

Salesforce announces $2 billion investment in Canada

Salesforce has announced it will invest $2bn in Canada over the next five years as it becomes the latest U.S. tech company to look north. Salesforce will commit to the increasingly crowded Canada tech scene by creating jobs and opening more data centres.

Google could be building Chromecast-powered gaming service

Google's reportedly building a cloud-based game streaming service. If the project gets released, the company would enter a new segment of the entertainment industry. It's thought to be planning an entirely online service which doesn’t require downloads.

Cisco: Cloud datacentres to power 94% of workloads by 2021

Cloud datacentres will serve up to 94% of Internet traffic by 2021, according to a new report from network specialists Cisco. The company found demand for hyperscale public and private clouds will drive demand to "as-a-service" offerings.

Publicis Groupe partners with Microsoft to build new AI platform

Publicis Groupe has announced it's partnering with Microsoft to create a "disruptive" AI platform to digitally transform its operations. The organisation will define the platform's architecture, with Microsoft then providing the tech to build it.

Google's new AI service makes machine learning more accessible

Google has announced a new service designed to help democratise AI. The company is targeting businesses which want to access machine learning but don't have the resources to hire an AI team. Its cloud can now auto-generate machine learning models.

AWS launches auto-scaling feature to automatically add resources

Amazon Web Services has announced full support for auto-scaling, making it significantly easier for cloud customers to dynamically grow their apps in response to demand. The service automatically adds more resources as required, optimising performance.

Report: 60% of enterprises to rely on cloud SaaS by 2019

Digital transformation is creating a "new world order" in IT as more companies transition to the cloud, according to a new report. 60% of enterprises will have abandoned their on-premises systems to operate primarily via SaaS before the end of 2019.

In rare show of unity, cloud firms team up to patch Meltdown bugs

Rival cloud providers are collaborating online as they develop patches for the Meltdown and Spectre processor flaws. Faced with incomplete information from Intel and other hardware vendors, "second-tier" companies are choosing to help each other.

Barcelona Council abandons Microsoft for open-source software

The Spanish city of Barcelona has announced it will phase out its use of Microsoft software in favour of open-source alternatives. Over the next few years, the city will transition away from Microsoft's services to guarantee its "technical sovereignty."

Comcast Cable makes Amazon its 'preferred cloud provider'

Comcast Cable has announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services which will see the two companies enter a new "strategic relationship." AWS will become Comcast's "preferred public cloud provider," another big win for Amazon's flagship cloud product.

AI Translation-as-a-Service provider Unbabel raises $23m funding

Unbabel, a startup developing an AI-powered translation network, has raised $23m in Series B funding. The company combines AI translation with human refinements provided by 55,000 linguists around the world. It targets its service at global enterprises.

Interview: Mining companies use data analytics to beat corruption Special

"The proliferation of technology over the past several years has been a huge boon to companies fighting corruption," said business advisory firm BDO to Digital Journal. Mining companies are using cloud data analytics to turn the tide against corruption.

Oracle purchases Australian cloud provider Aconex in $1.2bn deal

Oracle has announced it will acquire Australian cloud provider Aconex. Aconex offers collaboration tools for the construction industry. Oracle said the purchase, valued at almost $1.2bn, will let it create a "comprehensive" construction cloud offering.

Digital transformation in telecoms to create agile 'open telcos'

Telecoms operators are embracing digital transformation and technological change to develop new networks and improve the customer experience. The telecoms industry is in a leading-edge position for connectivity as businesses start to demand cloud tech.

China reasserts right to 'cyber sovereignty'

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated the country will not cut off the global Internet but is committed to achieving its vision of "cyber sovereignty." During a speech in China, Xi said each country should be able to internally regulate the Internet.

GE's smart lights can now integrate with Alexa, Google Assistant

GE has announced an update to its smart lights range, C by GE. The company's expanding the system with a network-connected hub that adds Wi-Fi connectivity. The lights can be controlled by digital assistants including Alexa and Google Assistant.
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