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Muted launch for Google's game-streaming service Stadia

Nov. 20, 2019 5:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling video games and a convoluted pricing scheme. Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit, called...

Microsoft competes for popularity with upstart Slack

Nov. 19, 2019 5:34 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft says that its own workplace collaboration service Teams now has more than 20 million daily active users. That’s 8 million more than what upstart work messaging service Slack boasted of having last month. Microsoft is in a fierce popularity contest with Slack. Slack,...

Esper defends as fair Pentagon contract disputed by Amazon

Nov. 15, 2019 3:13 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday he was certain that the awarding of a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon was done fairly. The Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft in late October, and Amazon said there was “unmistakable...

Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

Nov. 14, 2019 8:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process. Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” project drew criticism from President Donald...

Amazon protests Pentagon’s award of a $10B cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing ‘unmistakable bias’

Nov. 14, 2019 6:22 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon protests Pentagon’s award of a $10B cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing ‘unmistakable bias’

Saudi recruitment of Twitter workers reflects insider risks

Nov. 7, 2019 11:04 PM EST

Allegations that two former Twitter employees spied on users for the Saudi government have spotlighted the threat posed by insiders who exploit their access to the mountains of sensitive data held by tech companies. The Twitter case adds an alarming international dimension to the longstanding problem of rogue...

Google employees call for corporate climate change action

Nov. 4, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google employees are demanding the company issue a climate plan that commits it to zero emissions by 2030. An online petition posted Monday bears signatures from more than a thousand Google employees. It also calls on Google to decline contracts that would support the extraction of...

Pentagon awaits possible Amazon challenge over cloud deal

Nov. 1, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

Amazon must decide soon if it will protest the Pentagon's awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to rival Microsoft, with one possible grievance being the unusual attention given the project by President Donald Trump. Amazon was long thought to be the front-runner in the competition for the huge...

Asian markets follow Wall Street higher after Fed rate cut

Oct. 31, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Most Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Shanghai retreated 0.1% after Chinese factory activity weakened more than expected in October. Investors welcomed the Fed's third rate cut...

Apple shakes off iPhone slump to deliver strong fiscal 4Q

Oct. 30, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is still running a well-oiled moneymaking machine despite cooling demand for its hottest product, the iPhone. Sales and revenue in the July-September quarter exceeded Wall Street estimates as Apple's newest iPhones got off to a better start than expected, even though the devices...