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9H
Zenuity and HPE join forces to develop next generation autonomous cars
Zenuity, a joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer, has selected HPE to provide the infrastructure it needs in order to develop next generation autonomous driving systems. HPE will provide Zenuity with core data processing services, and end-to-end IT infrastructure via HPE Greenlake. The launch is expected in summer 2020, and will be exclusively available in Sweden before a global rollout.
10H
AppsFlyer raises $210 million in Series D funding
The mobile ad attribution programme AppsFlyer has raised $210 million in Series D funding, taking its total funding since 2014 to $293 million. The funding round, which was led by General Atlantic, takes the company's value to $1.6 billion. Since the previous round, AppsFlyer has grown its team fourfold to 850 employees throughout 18 global offices.
12H
HCL opens dedicated HCL Microsoft business unit
HCL has launched a dedicated HCL Microsoft Business Unit focused on Microsoft technologies. It will extend Microsoft’s offerings of Business Applications, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Azure, IoT, and AI/ML, as well as help employees accomplish more in the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 and Windows 10. It will create IP extending the Microsoft platform for customer-specific scenarios.
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13H
NTT Ltd consolidates its data centre companies
NTT Ltd has created a global data centre division. A range of data centre companies had operated under NTT's old NTT Communications brand. Now the likes of e-shelter and Gyron have been consolidated. Clients can hook into more than 160 data centres globally and access full-stack technology and services. "This makes it easier for clients to reach their objectives," said the division's head.
16H
Google strikes deal with Airtel in India
Google's cloud division has partnered with Airtel in a move that will give G-Suite access to thousands of SME businesses in India. The cloud war is hotting up in the country, with AWS and Azure also viewing it as a key battleground. Thomas Kurian said the deal will help firms with "digital innovation". Airtel works with more than 500,000 SMEs in India. Financial terms were not disclosed.
1D
Microsoft to drive Lloyds Banking Group digital transformation
Lloyds Banking Group has signed a partnership with Microsoft focused on accelerating its digital transformation. The new service will provide a modern digital workplace for all its employees. The partnership includes the development of Microsoft Managed Desktop offering productivity tools within Office 365, the security capability of Windows10 and device solutions to support currency management.
1D
"No question" about the need for AI regulation - Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai says artificial intelligence demands regulation - but has encouraged authorities to take a "proportionate approach". Google's CEO urged the European Commission to consider the balance between risk and opportunity ahead of the publication of its initial proposals. He said different sectors will require different regulations. Pichai was talking at a conference in Brussels.
1D
Google Cloud signs infrastructure deal with Lufthansa Group to mitigate delays
Google Cloud has signed a deal with Lufthansa Group to optimise its operations performance. Lufthansa will combine previously disparate systems and data feeds into a unified platform by utilising Google infrastructure and machine-learning tools. “Through this collaboration, we have a significant opportunity to revolutionise the future of airline operations,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud.
1D
Apple lawsuit against former chip engineer gathers pace
Apple has made ground in its lawsuit against former leading chip engineer Gerard Williams III. Williams (centre) left Apple to found chip startup NUVIA, with his ex-employers claiming breach of contract. Williams says law allows workers to create new businesses while employed but a Santa Clara judge has rejected the argument after Williams utilised "employer's time and employer's resources".
1D
Samsung invests $500m in first mobile display plant in India
Samsung is investing $500 million to set up a manufacturing plant on the outskirts of New Delhi to produce displays. Samsung has confirmed that the plant will produce displays for smartphones as well as other various devices. The company hopes the new plant will help it regain its title as India's smartphone market leader - taking the title back from Xiaomi.
4D
Fiat Chrysler and Foxconn form JV for EVs
Fiat Chrysler is teaming up with iPhone maker Foxconn for a new electric car joint venture. The two companies will build EVs, with Fiat owning 50% of the JV and Foxconn no more than 40%. They will initially manufacture vehicles for the Chinese market. The JV will also focus on the "internet of vehicles". Foxconn has been keen to explore new markets as smartphone production slows down.
4D
Digital Realty sells 10 data centres to Mapletree for $557 million
Digital Realty has sold ten data centres to real estate and investment firm Mapletree for approximately $557 million. The company is looking to raise funds ahead of its $8.4 billion purchase of Interxion. Digital Realty's CEO, A. William Stein, said the deal "represents an important step towards our goal of self-funding our growth and diversifying our sources of equity capital".
4D
Microsoft commits $1 billion to become carbon negative
Microsoft is investing $1 billion in carbon reduction technology, with the goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030. The company's Climate Innovation Fund will support companies and organisations, over the next four years, working on technologies that remove or reduce carbon from the earth's atmosphere. “This is the decade for urgent action for Microsoft and all of us,” said CEO Satya Nadella.
4D
McAfee names Peter Leav as CEO
Peter Leav will replace Chris Young as McAfee CEO. Young announced his departure and the security firm straight away announced Leav as his replacement. Leav was most recently CEO of BMC Software and has held numerous leadership roles in the tech industry. Reports had previously suggested McAfee is considering an IPO. "It has been a privilege to work with the McAfee team," said Young.
5D
Gartner forecasts worldwide IT spending to reach $3.9 Trillion in 2020
Gartner has said that global IT spending will reach $3.9 trillion in 2020 - up slightly on last year's total of $3.8 trillion. The growth is driven by enterprises investing more in cloud software and the end of support for Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. Every IT segment is predicted to see growth in 2020, with software-as-a-service coming out on top with a potential growth of 10.5%.
5D
Wipro launches $150 million fund for tech start-ups
Wipro's investment arm Wipro Ventures has raised $150 million to invest in enterprise startups and venture capitalist funds. Fund II follows the $100 million that Wipro invested in 2015 in mid-stage startups specialising in cybersecurity, analytics, cloud infrastructure, test automation, and AI. Wipro Ventures, managed by Biplab Adhya and Venu Pemmaraju, has invested in 16 start-ups so far.
5D
Google improves support for cloud customers
Google Cloud's enterprise customers are now able to benefit from an improved support system. Google Cloud Premium Support offers a response time of 15 minutes and a more flexible and bespoke service, with cases handled by "context-aware" experts. "We know that our customers need support to be available in seamless, simple and straightforward ways," said Atul Nanda, VP Cloud Support.
5D
Report: Apple buys AI start-up Xnor.ai for $200 million
Apple has reportedly purchased edge-based AI startup Xnor.ai for $200 million. GeekWire broke the story, citing sources with knowledge of the deal. Xnor.ai specialises in low-power, edge-based artificial intelligence tools, which Apple could integrate into its iPhone cameras, for example. Both Xnor.ai and Apple are yet to confirm the news.
5D
ZTE plans $1.7 billion A-share sale to fund 5G R&D
Chinese telecom equipment giant ZTE hopes to raise $1.6 billion from a private sale of A-shares. The company plans to use the funds for research and development of 5G networks as well as working capital. ZTE said the deal will enable it to maintain its high level of investment in R&D, ensure its technological competitive edge, whilst developing its main products and businesses.
5D
Tesla to open China R&D centre
Tesla plans to open a research centre in China. It is recruiting for staff to create the facility, where it will make "Chinese-style" vehicles. No location has been set but Tesla already has a factory in Shanghai. It started delivering China-made Model 3 vehicles this month and is producing 3,000 vehicles a week. It has also said it wants to completely localise its Chinese supply chain.
6D
Equinix signals edge intent with Packet acquisition
The data centre and interconnection company Equinix has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Packet, the bare metal automation platform, signalling its intention to move to the edge. It said the move will help enterprises more seamlessly deploy hybrid multicloud architectures on Platform Equinix. Equinix anticipates the Packet acquisition to close during the first quarter of fiscal year 2020.
6D
Cloudflare to supply U.S. political campaigns with free security tools
In an effort to secure upcoming elections against cyberattacks and election interference, Cloudflare is providing U.S. political campaigns with free security tools. The company's Cloudflare for Campaigns offering will include distributed denial-of-service attack mitigation, load balancing for campaign websites, a website firewall, and anti-bot protections.
6D
Blue Prism builds out SaaS proposition
Blue Prism has released three major new SaaS solutions to consolidate its market position in robotic process automation (RPA). Following on from its acquisition of Thoughtonomy last year, it is now able to offer RPA to SMEs working in any IT environment through the Blue Prism Cloud. These new capabilities are being made available through the company's Digital Exchange.
6D
Google buys no-code application dev platform, AppSheet
Google has announced that it is acquiring AppSheet, a no-code application development platform used by a number of enterprises across a variety of industries. Google said the deal would help enterprises empower millions of citizen developers to more easily create and extend applications without the need for professional coding skills. Neither company has disclosed the value of the deal.
6D
IBM wins €1 billion Banco Sabadell IT contract
Banco Sabadell will pay IBM €1 billion to overhaul its IT systems over the next ten years. The Spanish private banking giant will consolidate its data and applications in a new hybrid cloud environment. IBM has expertise in this area following last year's acquisition of Red Hat. TSB, a British bank owned by Banco Sabadell, will also work with IBM after suffering a major IT meltdown in 2018.
7D
LexisNexis Risk snaps up ID Analytics for $375 million
Cyber safety firm NortonLifeLock has sold its ID Analytics business to LexisNexis Risk Solutions for $375 million. ID Analytics provides credit and fraud risk solutions for enterprises with patented analytics and near real-time insight into consumer behaviour. Vincent Pilette, CEO, NortonLifeLock, said the sale was part of a change into a pure-play consumer cyber safety leader.
7D
Google adds IBM Power Systems support to cloud
Google Cloud has added support for IBM Power Systems, it has announced. “Enterprises looking to the cloud to modernise their existing infrastructure and streamline their business processes have many options,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, Google Cloud’s corporate VP for its global ecosystem. “At one end of the spectrum, some organisations are re-platforming entire legacy systems to adopt the cloud.
7D
HPE Chief moves to Intel as CIO
Intel has hired former HPE Chief Technologist, Archana Deskus to be its new CIO. Deskus will join Intel on Jan. 30 and will run its global technology as well as leading the company's digital transformation efforts, including the use of analytics and machine learning. Deskus will report to Chief Financial Officer George Davis and manage around 5,000 employees.
7D
AWS partners with Bundesliga to enhance the fan experience
Amazon has confirmed that Bundesliga has chosen AWS to be its official technology partner. Bundesliga will use AWS AI, ML, analytics, compute, database, and storage services to deliver real-time stats to predict future plays and game outcomes, and recommend personalised match footage across mobile, online, streaming, and television broadcasts. Fans can expect to see the features from January 17.
7D
Visa to pay $5.3 billion for Plaid
Plaid, the fintech startup behind the key technology that connects payments apps with personal bank accounts, has been sold to Visa. The transaction will be worth a sizeable $5.3 billion. Visa believes the network will power new opportunities for its global customers. Zach Perret and William Hockey (pictured) founded Plaid in 2013. One in four people with a US bank account have used its services.
7D
Project JEDI: Amazon seeks temporary block on Microsoft
Amazon wants the courts to prevent Microsoft getting started on its $10 billion cloud project with the Pentagon. It believes political interference influenced the contract award last year and it has requested a motion for a temporary restraining order. Neither company made official comment but Microsoft is expected to strongly oppose the motion. The Pentagon is undergoing a major IT restructure.
8D
Samsung buys TeleWorld Solutions to speed up 5G roll-out in U.S.
Samsung has announced the acquisition of network services provider TeleWorld Solutions to accelerate U.S. 5G network expansion. Samsung said that the combination will help network operators accelerate and simplify rollouts of 5G networks across the country. TWS, a privately owned company, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8D
Azure inching ahead of AWS, new research finds
Microsoft's Azure cloud platform is inching ahead of AWS when it comes to cloud infrastructure and platform as a service, according to Goldman Sachs. A survey of more than 100 IT executives from Global 2000 companies found that found that 56 were using Azure for cloud infrastructure, with 48 saying they used AWS. Sixty-six CIOs said Azure will be their main cloud service in the next three years.
8D
Peter Radich becomes New Zealand Health Group CDO
Former Abano Health Group CIO and industry veteran, Peter Radich has joined New Zealand Healthcare Group as its new Chief Digital Officer. Radich served as CIO for more than eight years, and oversaw the migration of Abano Health Group's brands to the public cloud using Microsoft 365 and Azure.
8D
IBM Research open-sources its SysFlow cloud security toolkit
IBM's research division has announced that it's open-soucing its SysFlow cloud security toolkit. SysFlow reduces the amount of information security teams have to sift through in order to tackle threats and breaches. It does this whilst also preserving hardware resources. According to IBM, the toolkit reduces security data collection rates by “orders of magnitude” compared to traditional tools.
11D
UK Home Office commits £100m to AWS cloud deal
The UK Home Office has committed to a four-year, £100m cloud deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Home Office confirmed to Computer Weekly that the deal is effectively a renewal of a pre-existing project. Already a heavy user of cloud technologies, The Home Office is keen to aggressively pursue cost-saving methods, and "is confident it can increase cloud cost savings by at least another 20%".
11D
LinkedIn to build new Dublin hub
LinkedIn is expanding its presence in Dublin, making it a European headquarters for the tech giant. It is adding space for 3,000 extra workers at Wilton Park in the Irish capital, having already promised to employ 2,000 new people by the middle of this year. Wilton Park is part of a €350 million investment by real estate firm IPUT. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft.
11D
Automation Anywhere appoints its first CIO
Global RPA leader Automation Anywhere has appointed industry veteran, Yousuf Khan as its very first Chief Information Officer, as part of its global expansion. Khan will be responsible for leading and overseeing the vision, strategy and operations of Automation Anywhere's IT department globally. Khan will also oversee the leadership and direction of all business units and functions.
11D
UK's ICO fines DSG Retail for data compromise that affected 14 million people
The ICO has fined DSG Retail Limited £500,000 after a ‘point of sale’ computer system was compromised as a result of a cyber-attack, affecting at least 14 million people. An attacker installed malware on 5,390 tills at DSG’s Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores between July 2017 and April 2018, collecting personal data during the nine month period before the attack was detected.
11D
Blockchain and IoT will help combat climate change - KPMG leader
KPMG's blockchain lead in the United States predicts that the technology will have a vital role to play in the climate crisis. Along with IoT, Arun Ghosh says blockchain was discussed as a climate management tool at Davos 2020. "This year, we expect to see increased experimentation with hybrid blockchain models," he said. IoT-enabled devices provide regions with solutions to limit emissions.
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11D
Nokia reveals it has signed 63 commercial 5G contracts
Nokia has announced that it had reached 63 commercial 5G contracts worldwide. The figure includes customers such as AT&T, KDDI, Korea Telecom, LG Uplus, NTT DOCOMO, O2, SK Telecom, SoftBank, Sprint, STC, T-Mobile US and Verizon. The 63 signed commercial contracts exclude any other type of 5G agreements, such as paid network trials, pilots or demonstrations.
12D
HP to launch cloud services for retail and hospitality industries
HP has announced new cloud services for retailers and hospitality operators, which it says demonstrates its commitment to transforming the customer experience. HP Engage Console and HP Engage Catalog are designed to deliver easy-to-use retail solutions to help increase productivity, reduce manual IT work, and facilitate fast time-to-market. The releases are expected to be available in February.
12D
Insight Partners to pay $5 billion for Veeam
Veeam Software is to be acquired by Insight Partners for $5 billion. Veeam supports the biggest public cloud providers with application support and data management. It will now focus on conquering the growing hybrid cloud market. The Swiss firm will move to the United States once the purchase is complete but its co-founders will transition out of the business within the next two years.
12D
Bux acquires social cryptocurrency investment platform Blockport
Amsterdam-based fintech investment startup BUX has acquired "social" cryptocurrency platform, Blockport. Blockport's founders and core members will join Bux and will "take ownership" of the Bux cryptocurrency offering - rebranding the Blockport Token to the BUX Token. Once launched, Bux users will have access to a variety of assets including Bitcoin, Etherueum, and XRP.
12D
Xerox $33 billion offer for HP a 'significant undervalution' - HP CEO
HP has responded to Xerox's latest attempt to buy the company, saying its $33 billion proposal falls well short of its valuation. "Your letter dated January 6, 2020 regarding financing does not address the key issue – that Xerox's proposal significantly undervalues HP – and is not a basis for discussion," HP CEO Enrique Lores and Board Chair Chip Bergh said in the letter addressed to Visentin.
12D
Delta joins IBM Q Network to accelerate quantum research
IBM has announced at CES 2020 that it's expanding its IBM Q Network, a cloud-based quantum computing service that gives users access to IBM's plethora of computing systems, experts and developer tools. IBM's Q Network currently services over 100 organisations including major banks, airlines, and facilities. Delta becomes the latest member and hopes to address travel and transport challenges.
12D
Huawei wants to raise $2 billion
Huawei is looking to raise $2 billion from banks. The Chinese tech firm is keen to show it can work with international financial institutions despite US sanctions. The Information reports that Huawei wants to raise the money outside of China - but it is unclear whether any banks are yet to make a firm commitment. Huawei has previously worked with a number of international banks.
13D
Lyft has open-sourced its machine learning management tool
Ride-sharing giant Lyft has open-sourced its machine learning management tool, Flyte. Lyft has been using Flyte to debug its AI data and help teams looking at pricing, locations, mapping and self-driving development for the last three years. Lyft has described Flyte as a “structured and distributed platform for concurrent, scalable and maintainable machine learning workflows.”
13D
Arduino develops open-source modular platform for IoT
Arduino has announced the launch of its new low-code platform and modular hardware solution for IoT development. The idea is to give SMEs the tools to develop IoT solutions without the need for heavy investments in specialised engineering resources. The H7 module is available now for beta testers, with a general release targeted at February 2020.
14D
Accenture takes on Symantec's security services
Accenture has announced the acquisition of Symantec's security services arm from Broadcom. Broadcom completed its $10.7 billion buyout of Symantec in November but has been keen to divest its new asset. The terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed. "Cybersecurity has become one of the most critical business imperatives," said Accenture's CEO Julie Sweet.
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