Tag: Amazon

Google wants to be the ‘Cloud Company’ by 2020 competing with Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure

Business, Internet, Mobile
Urs Hölze, the senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, predicts that within the next five years, Google’s Cloud Platform revenues could surpass its advertising revenue. Speaking at the Structure Conference, he acknowledged that the company is coming from behind in a market where Amazon GOOG 2.03% Web Services and Microsoft MSFT 1.66% Azure have greater mind share in corporate accounts. But he also said Google has 13 years of experience in big accounts thanks to its Google Search Appliance business and Google Apps. “Our reputation lags reality, but will catch up,” he noted, alluding to product announcements “coming soon.” He did not elaborate. He also held that Google’s cloud growth rate is probably leading the industry in terms of growth, noting that Microsoft

Hacked: 5.6 million fingerprints stolen in U.S. personnel data cyber heist

Cyber Security
Hackers who stole security clearance data on millions of Defense Department and other U.S. government employees got away with about 5.6 million fingerprint records, some 4.5 million more than initially reported, the government said on Wednesday. Reports David Alexander on Reuters The additional stolen fingerprint records were identified as part of an ongoing analysis of the data breach by the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Defense, OPM said in a statement. The data breach was discovered this spring and affected security clearance records dating back many years. The news came just ahead of a state visit to Washington by Chinese President Xi Jinping. U.S. officials have privately blamed the breach on Chinese government hackers, but they have avoided saying so public
Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

Domains, Internet
DCA has called for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN, following the final IRP ruling.  Here is DCA Trust's response   after the ICANN board's resolution and interpretation of the IRP report. The DCA response contained most of the points that would have addressed some of the recent developments on ICANN' reaction to the IRP ruling and public comments. Immediately after the IRP Ruling ICANN was found to have redacted most of the incriminating details, the contents of ICANN’s role in failing DCA before the Initiation evaluation. The report in summary is well detailed in this 3 series blog. John Jeffrey,  ICANN’s Counsel wrote a  Blog titled “.AFRICA IRP Declaration – Clearing Up Some Facts” , which was was meant to explain the reasons behind the redactions and reaction of public opi
Africa Union Commission infringing on Internet Rights

Africa Union Commission infringing on Internet Rights

Governance, Internet
Just this week, the U.S. Department of Commerce gave an update that it would postpone plans to Africa transition oversight of an ICANN till September 2016. The government body also said it plans to renew its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for one year. The main reason is that some US lawmakers have raised concerns about the plan to hand over the stewardship of the ICANN to a global multi-stakeholder body, as they fear it could allow foreign governments that do not adhere to principles of free speech to influence the body. The proposed model could also be facing implementation problems and as such "It has become increasingly apparent over the last few months that the community needs time to complete its work, have the plan reviewed by ...
Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Domains, Governance, Internet
In a landmark ruling announced on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Independent Review Process (IRP) facilitated by the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) declared that DotConnectAfrica Trust was the prevailing party in the two year case was commenced after a suit that was filed by DCA Trust in October 2013 to challenge an ICANN Board decision. The international IRP Panel comprised of Arbitration experts, Mr. Babak Barin (President of Panel), a leading Commercial Arbitration Expert from Canada and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Prof. (Dr.) Catherine Kessedjian, an International Dispute Resolution Specialist and Professor of Law at the University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France; and the Honorable Judge William J. Cahill, a retired San Francisco Supe

Here Is Google’s Internal Response to the Imminent EU Charges (Memo)

Business, Internet
  On Wednesday, the European Union (EU) is expected to drop the hammer on Google, charging the company with violating antitrust rules with its search dominance. It’s the tail end of a five-year investigation from the EU’s competition commission, and a prolonged regulatory headache for the search giant. It could be costly too: The EU is reportedly plotting a fine as large as $6.4 billion, roughly a tenth of Google’s annual revenue. The Financial Times first reported the news. And Google is prepping a response. Re/code obtained an internal memo discussing the impending charges. Google calls the EU’s decision “very disappointing news.” To make its case, the memo includes a trio of charts, from comScore and Google internal data, showing shopping site searches in Germany, France and the

Intel Encourages Women to Pursue Cloud Training

Internet, Mobile
Despite making up slightly more than half the U.S. population and filling slightly more than 50 percent of professional positions in the U.S., the percentage of women in technology jobs in the U.S. has been in decline. Intel sees that as a big problem with many causes, says Raejeanne Skillern, general manager of the Cloud Service Provider Business at Intel. Reports CIO Skillern says that cloud computing is a field of explosive growth in the IT sector, yet between 1.2 million and 1.7 million roles in that area are going unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. At the same time, women spend more time online than men, according to comScore. They also outnumber men on nearly all social networks, according to Pew Research Center. And yet, Skillern says, while women are consuming these s...

Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 million

Internet, Mobile, social media
  Amazon announced Monday it is buying Twitch, a service that lets people watch live streams of other people playing video games, for $970 million. Reports huffingtonpost Twitch, which also lets people broadcast videos of themselves playing and streams professional video-game tournaments, makes money from advertising and from selling subscriptions. The company says that more than 55 million people use its service each month. And those people spend a lot of time on Twitch. According to Vulture, more than half of Twitch's audience spends more than 20 hours per week using the service. R.J. Hottovy, lead consumer analyst at Morningstar, said the acquisition could help Amazon advertise to a new and gaming-savvy group of people. Hottovoy also said Amazon could use Twitch's robust stream...

Amazon triumphs over ICANN’s gTLD objector

Amazon has overcome an objection to its controversial .amazon generic top-level domain (gTLD) after exposing doubts about the objector’s independence. ICANN’s independent objector (IO), Alain Pellet, had complained about the .amazon gTLD based on “substantial opposition” from the Amazon region in South America. He filed three separate objections against .amazon and its Chinese and Japanese-language equivalents in March 2013. The applications are still pending, with ICANN yet to decide whether to accept government recommendations to reject them. In a ruling at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on January 27, panellist Luca Radicati di Brozolo rejected Pellet’s objections in a consolidated ruling, saying that there are “justifiable doubts” about his independence. Amazon clai

3 more new GTLD NGPC denials and an Amazon ‘no resolution’

The New gTLD Program Committee denies reconsideration requests for .hotel, .direct and .merck but is yet to make any decision for .amazon. Will this be made in Argentina? Reconsideration Request 13-6, Hotel Top Level Domain S.a.r.l. Whereas, Hotel Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.l's ("dotHotel") Reconsideration Request, Request 13-6, sought reconsideration of the 8 August 2013 Expert Determination from a dispute resolution panel established by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution dismissing dotHotel's objection to the new gTLD application for .HOTELS. Whereas, the Board Governance Committee ("BGC") considered the issues raised in Request 13-6. Whereas, the BGC recommended that Request 13-6 be denied because dotHotel has not stated proper grounds for reconsideration and the New gTLD Pro...