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AWS and NFL to use machine learning to reduce head injuries
AWS and the NFL have announced a new partnership to use machine learning to help reduce head injuries in professional football. The companies will work on a new platform called Digital Athlete, which will analyse various virtual scenarios so injuries can be prevented. The platform will leverage AWS technology, including Amazon Rekognition, to tap into the NFL’s data set and video feeds.
DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman joins Google
Mustafa Suleyman, one of DeepMind's three co-founders, is officially joining Google's AI division. DeepMind was acquired by Google in 2014 but has continued as its own business. Suleyman stepped away from DeepMind in August to "take time out". He previously built the controversial health app Streams. At Google, he will work alongside its Head of AI Jeff Dean.
Microsoft signs $5 billion cloud deal with KPMG
Microsoft has announced a major cloud partnership with KPMG. KPMG will utilise Microsoft's cloud services to accelerate its digital transformation efforts. As well as using Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365, KPMG will adopt Azure and Azure AI as the backbone of its cloud-based computing platform it plans to build. The pair will work closely to explore new possibilities in AI, cybersecurity and RPA.
Volvo VC arm invests in autonomous mobility firm Apex.AI
Volvo Group Venture Capital AB has invested in Apex.AI, a leading software company in autonomous mobility. The investment will fund the development of a safety-certified software framework for autonomous systems. Apex.AI is building an automotive-grade version of Robot Operating System, an established open source software framework commonly used in robotics and autonomous systems research.
AWS to come under US scrutiny
The US Federal Trade Commission has widened the scope of its antitrust enquiry to include AWS. A source told Bloomberg that investigators have been questioning software companies about practices involving Amazon's cloud unit. Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple have previously come under scrutiny from the FTC. AWS holds a 48& market share of the public cloud market.
Huawei sues U.S. government over "unconstitutional" ban
Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the US government over new FCC sanctions, which it claims will add further limits to what little business it has left in the country. Song Liuping, Huawei's chief legal officer, has said that FCC chairman Ajit Pai is targeting Huawei because it "is a Chinese company, that's his only excuse.", and argues that the FCC order is unlawful due to a lack of evidence.
EY acquires technology consultancy AgilityWorks
EY has today announced the acquisition of AgilityWorks, a technology consultancy business. Headquartered in Oxford, UK, AgilityWorks, with its operations in UK, Portugal and India, helps global organisations to shape and deliver digital business transformations with the latest generation of SAP technology. The value of the deal has not been disclosed by either company.
GM and LG Chem sink $2.3bn into battery cell JV
General Motors and LG Chem have announced plans to mass-produce battery cells for future battery-electric vehicles. The companies will invest up to a total of $2.3 billion through a new, equally owned joint venture company. The JV will establish a battery cell assembly plant on a greenfield manufacturing site in the Lordstown area of Northeast Ohio that will create more than 1,100 new jobs.
EU tightens stance on cryptocurrencies
The EU is standing firm around the introduction of cryptocurrencies to the region. Finance ministers have said that the likes of Facebook's Libra should only be legalised once all risks have been clearly addressed. The bloc is considering new rules to regulate cryptocurrencies. Libra itself has had a rocky start, with a quarter of its backers pulling out of the project.
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Issue 11
This month's cover star is VMware's COO, Sanjay Poonen, who tells us how the company is integrating its two big acquisitions, Pivotal Software and Carbon Black, and his ambitions for significant growth. We also have deep dives on Peltarion, Clearswift and Woven Group.
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