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Amazon Key: Just a Few Key Concerns

The introduction of Amazon Key as an in-home delivery service stretches trust just a bit too far. InformationWeek: Cloud

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EU orders Amazon to repay $295 million in Luxembourg back taxes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Amazon (AMZN.O) on Wednesday was told to pay about 250 million euros ($ 294.38 million) in back taxes to Luxembourg, the latest U.S. tech company to be caught up in a European Union crackdown on unfair tax … Continue reading

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Amazon joins Kubernetes-focused CNCF industry group

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, created to promote and develop technologies like Kubernetes and core components of the container ecosystem spawned by Docker, welcomed Amazon Web Services into its fold this week. Amazon comes on board as a top-level (“platinum”) … Continue reading

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Amazon Positioned to Use Data to Dominate Where It Wishes

If Amazon expands into food delivery, it will obtain a treasure of consumer information that it can use for its next expansion. InformationWeek: Cloud

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Can Amazon Disrupt More Markets? Let Me Count the Ways

Amazon may be poised to enter the pharmacy as well as grocery business; it trains customers to expect quick delivery. InformationWeek: Cloud

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IDG Contributor Network: Can Amazon be stopped?

Prime retail space is going vacant. The latest example of yet another retailer closing its doors is Payless Shoe Source. Payless has filed Chapter 11 and will be closing 400 stores. It’s ironic really, because their whole premise is Americans … Continue reading

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After Amazon outage, HealthExpense worries about cloud lock-in

Financial services companies as popular targets of cybercriminals for the obvious reason — they’re where the money’s at. And health care companies have medical records, which are very valuable on the black market since the information there can be abused … Continue reading

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Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer fairer deal on cloud storage

Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to give cloud storage subscribers fairer contracts after intervention by the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority. Such cloud storage services are typically used to store photos, videos, music or digital copies of important documents. … Continue reading

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Amazon Chime goes after WebEx, Skype for Business and more

Companies looking for a new video- and teleconferencing system have a fresh face to turn to in the market: Amazon Web Services. On Monday, the public cloud provider announced the launch of Amazon Chime, a new service that’s designed to … Continue reading

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How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

Has Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Google Home taken up residence in your home? If not, you’re probably at least considering adding one of these digital helpers. They are supremely useful after all, providing assistance with everything from weather forecasts to … Continue reading

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Enel Moves Onto Amazon To Implement New Utility Strategy

The giant Italian utility, Enel, is moving to the cloud to support it’s Open Power strategy around the world, adding green power sources. InformationWeek: Cloud

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The top 14 products featuring Amazon Alexa integration demoed at CES

Alexa is everywhere Image by Ford Being cloud based, Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant isn’t limited to Amazon’s own Echo hardware. In fact, she was all over CES last week, in products ranging from home appliances to automobiles. Some devices come … Continue reading

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Amazon Tests New Retail Consumer Checkout System

A store in downtown Seattle lets shoppers pull items off shelves and exit the store, with the cost of the items automatically added to their account. InformationWeek: Cloud

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FINRA Commits Mission-Critical App To Amazon Cloud

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority moved its key market surveillance functionality onto EC2 in 2014, and is making plans to migrate the Oracle database it uses for registration from an internal data center to an AWS service. InformationWeek: Cloud

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Hudl Sports Video Analysis Service Grows Fast On Amazon

Fast-growing Hudl provides coaches and athletes with key feedback based on its customers’ video uploaded to the cloud. Like many other startups, the company relies on Amazon Web Services for its backend support. InformationWeek: Cloud

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Facebook’s beefing up its huge army of Messenger bots as Google and Amazon catch up

The bot revolution is happening fast for Facebook. After launching third-party bots in April offering everything from forecasts to your boarding pass, the social network says there are now more than 11,000 bots active on Facebook. To celebrate, Facebook is adding … Continue reading

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Amazon discovery service marks on-premises apps for assimilation

Sometimes the hardest part of performing a cloud migration is figuring out what has to be migrated in the first place. That’s one idea behind Amazon’s now generally available AWS ADS (Application Discovery Service), which polls existing on-premises systems and determines … Continue reading

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Massive growth shows why Amazon is the public cloud leader

Amazon showed off its dominance in the public cloud market on Thursday as the capstone to a better than expected quarterly earnings report. Revenue from Amazon Web Services during the first quarter of 2016 was up 64 percent year-over-year, showing … Continue reading

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Public cloud review: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Joyent

The message from the cloud has always been simple: Surrender your cares, IT managers, and we’ll handle everything. Forget about skinning your knuckles installing servers, double-checking diesel backups or fretting about 1,000 or 10,000 things that could go wrong. Give … Continue reading

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Microsoft, Google make their pitches to unseat Amazon in the cloud

The past two weeks have been a bonanza of cloud conferences and they provide useful insight into the ongoing IaaS cloud wars between Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Google makes its case in the cloud Last … Continue reading

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Listen… Amazon Kindle Fire encryption was pointless anyway, so chill

Amazon does a U-turn over encryption on the Kindle Fire (and other toys using the Android-derived Fire OS). In a one-line PR statement, Amazon says encryption will come back to the suspiciously-cheap units in the springtime. Really, so what? Amazon was … Continue reading

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Amazon targets compliance-driven markets

Heavily regulated industries with lots of regulation compliance rules, such as healthcare and finance services, have found the cloud to be a bridge too far, since they had such strict controls over data, where it resided and how it was … Continue reading

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Amazon targets compliance-driven markets

Heavily regulated industries with lots of regulation compliance rules, such as healthcare and finance services, have found the cloud to be a bridge too far, since they had such strict controls over data, where it resided and how it was … Continue reading

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Amazon just made it easier to get data OUT of its cloud

One of the under-the-radar announcements at Amazon Web Service’s re:Invent cloud conference last year was the announcement of Snowball. It’s a box the size of a small suitcase filled with storage drives. Amazon will ship you one, customers can load … Continue reading

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Amazon cloud profit up 3x, so stock plummets. Wait, what?

Amazon Web Services profits triple, yet the stock takes a hammering. Actually, it makes complete sense—here’s why… Amazon increasingly looks like a cloud company with a failing retailer attached. AWS is the consistent profit engine that props up the books … Continue reading

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Amazon Adds ‘Scheduled’ Reserved Instances To Server List

Amazon Web Services has created what it calls “Scheduled Reserved Instances,” a variation to its low cost Reserved Instances, which is scheduled to run at specific times. InformationWeek: Cloud

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Amazon WorkMail Is Now In Generally Availability

Amazon’s WorkMail, a potential competitor to Google’s Gmail and Microsoft Outlook, is now in general availability, and it’s integrated with the company’s encryption key management technology. InformationWeek: Cloud

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Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully-managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service. Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint and custom applications built … Continue reading

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Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully-managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service. Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint and custom applications built … Continue reading

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Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service. Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint and custom applications … Continue reading

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