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In a big surprise, Pentagon grants Microsoft $10B JEDI cloud contract over Amazon

Microsoft Corp. today won the Department of Defense’s hotly contested $10 billion, 10-year cloud computing contract, beating out frontrunner Amazon Web Services Inc. Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud computing unit had been the presumed favorite for the plum contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure or JEDI, for well over a year partly thanks to its …

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IT spending stays flat but cloud sees more acceleration

Enterprises are tightening the purse strings in the fourth quarter of 2019, with spending on information technology infrastructure set to remain flat from a year ago. That’s according to the latest forecast from Enterprise Technology Research. Dave Vellante, chief analyst at SiliconANGLE sister market research firm Wikibon and co-host of theCUBE, ran down the details …

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Big blow to Facebook’s Libra: Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, eBay and Mercado Pago all pull out

The floodgates opened today on Facebook Inc.’s Libra Association as no fewer than five more companies exited the group overseeing the social network’s proposed cryptocurrency: Mastercard Inc., Visa Inc., eBay Inc., Stripe Inc. and Mercado Pago. Reports that some companies were looking to withdraw their support from Libra surfaced Oct. 1, with PayPal Holdings Inc. becoming the first to …

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Not just a barking dog: Open-source developers grow to embrace software as a service

The open-source movement has a history that captures both its community spirit and renegade impact. Sometimes, that history even involves a yapping animal. In Linux, the “biff” command notifies users when mail arrives and identifies the deliverer. Was “biff” a cleverly conceived acronym for a remarkably sophisticated programming language? No. It was named after a …

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Google reveals hackers are using a new flaw to attack Android devices

A month after revealing a set of previously unknown “zero-day” vulnerabilities in iOS, Google LLC has exposed a zero-day flaw affecting its own Android operating system. The search giant published a technical description of the bug late Thursday. Project Zero, the Google security team behind the report, usually waits 90 days before publicizing a software vulnerability …

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US, UK and Australia want Facebook build a back door into messaging apps

The governments of the U.S., the U.K. and Australia want Facebook Inc. to allow a back door into the company’s messaging apps citing safety concerns, it was revealed Thursday. In an open letter, U.K. home secretary Priti Patel, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and Australian Minister for Home …

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