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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.

Big data strategies disappoint with 85 percent failure rate

Big data projects aren't delivering the transformations companies had anticipated. 85% of all big data strategies are failing due to a combination of challenges, including the problems presented by legacy technologies and pre-existing corporate biases.

Apple's HomePod was meant to be much more competitive

Apple's upcoming HomePod smart speaker has been in development for five years and was once a much more ambitious device, according to a report today. Apple delayed the launch of the HomePod last week but it's far from the first time it has been setback.

Toronto and Waze partner to share real-time traffic data

Toronto's announced a partnership with commuting app Waze that will facilitate two-way data sharing intended to improve the city's road traffic. Motorists will be provided with real-time information to help them navigate the city efficiently.

Google makes it easier to move marketing data to the cloud

Google's announced availability of the cloud migration tool for its BigQuery analysis platform. The service was announced earlier this year and allows data from several apps to be moved into BigQuery's "data warehouse," providing immediate insights.

Amazon is launching a 'Secret' cloud service for the CIA

-Amazon Web Services introduced Secret Region, a new service specifically for the CIA and the rest of the intelligence community. -It's not really a secret service: It's name just indicates it can handle data that's been classified at the "secret" level.

Cisco: 75% of IoT projects are failing due to lack of expertise

Three quarters of Internet of Things device implementations are failing due to a lack of expertise, according to networks giant Cisco. The company found that businesses are struggling to find IoT talent to put their forward-thinking plans into action.

Amazon selling China cloud business for $300 million

Amazon has announced it's selling its cloud computing business in China to the service's local partner. It comes as China seeks to tighten Internet regulations and make it more difficult for foreign tech firms to operate within its borders.

Salesforce and Google unite to help enterprises unlock their data

Salesforce and Google have announced a new joint partnership intended to help customers utilise the cloud in their business. The firms have integrated several of their products together, creating new "collaborative experiences" for companies in the cloud.

Cloud sales constrained by lack of digital skills

Sales of cloud services are being held back by a lack of skills, a report by intY has found. Over a third of platform resellers said they can't find sales staff with the expertise to sell cloud products. It's the latest sign of a lack of cloud resources.

Microsoft to triple cloud capacity in China as demand grows

Microsoft has announced it's to triple the capacity of its Azure cloud network in China after observing "rapid momentum" in the service's growth. Azure launched in China three years ago and now has over 80,000 enterprise customers.

'Widening gap' between digital transformation winners and losers

Global digital transformation investments will increase to $1.7tn by the end of 2019, up 42% from 2017. Enterprises are spending big on new tech as the race to transform heats up. However, there are concerns over the divide between leaders and laggards.

90% of enterprises to use cloud services by 2021

Over 90 percent of all enterprises will use cloud platforms to innovate and improve agility by 2021. Companies are spending "aggressively" on new technologies as they compete to grow their digital presence and improve customer experiences.

Microsoft's Outlook.com Premium gets folded into Office 365

Microsoft has quietly announced the end of its Outlook.com Premium email service less than nine months after it launched. The subscription gave customers their own domain and an ad-free inbox. Some features are now being added to the regular Outlook.com.

Chevron and Microsoft create 'digital core' for fuel business

Chevron has announced a partnership with Microsoft that will see the company use cloud tech and the Internet of Things to streamline its business. The company intends to digitize oilfields around a cloud-based core, giving it more data insights.

Ubuntu 17.10 delivers new desktop and cloud enhancements

Canonical has launched Ubuntu 17.10, a significant milestone for the Linux OS. On the desktop, Ubuntu now comes with GNOME preinstalled by default, replacing Canonical's own Unity experience. There's also changes aimed at developers working in the cloud.

Samsung announces plans to 'democratise' the Internet of Things

Samsung launched several new Internet of Things services this week during the company's annual Developer Conference. The company said it wants to enable "connected, seamless experiences" to assist consumers, including voice control and augmented reality.

Microsoft Cloud puts healthcare in the classroom for Indian kids

A cloud app developed by a determined Indian doctor is helping millions of impoverished children to access healthcare. The app uses biomedical sensing technology and AI to generate a clinical-grade "health report card," based on responses to questions.

Firms allocate bigger IT budgets as interest in AI and IoT mounts

IT department budgets are set to increase in 2018 as firms dedicate resources to experimenting with AI and the Internet of Things. The drive towards the digital economy, automation and cloud-based analytics is leading businesses to prioritise IT spending.

Public cloud revenue to reach $260bn this year due to SaaS demand

The public cloud services market is expected to grow by 18.5% during 2017 to a total of $260bn. Market analysts Gartner said the increase is being led by "faster than expected" growth in SaaS and IaaS products, supplemented by growing confidence in PaaS.

Ford invests in start-up to create open-source mobility platform

Ford has invested in Silicon Valley start-up firm Autonomic Inc. The company's software provides services useful to autonomous ride-hailing businesses, including networked data streams between vehicles and operators. Ford will build open-source services.

Microsoft CEO: Abandoning fans in push to the cloud was 'mistake'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has described his decision to "abandon" the company's consumer fans as one of his most significant mistakes. Under his leadership, Microsoft has pushed towards an enterprise focus at the expense of its most dedicated customers.
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