Amazon to File Lawsuit After Losing $10 Billion Pentagon Cloud Deal, Citing ‘Unmistakable Bias’

Amazon has given notice that it will file a lawsuit challenging the Defense Department’s decision to award Microsoft a cloud computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion over a decade. The e-commerce giant plans to lodge its complaint against the contract in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Seattle-based Amazon confirmed. The company’s
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Microsoft was awarded a hotly contested contract valued at as much as $10 billion to provide cloud computing services to the Pentagon, the Defense Department said in a statement on Friday night. The decision deals a blow to market leader Amazon.com, which had been battling for the 10-year contract and was seen by many industry
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Samsung and a sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates are leading a new $55 million funding round for IonQ, a startup that uses “trapped ions,” or charged particles suspended in a vacuum, as the basis for its hardware. IonQ’s approach holds promise as a possible path toward achieving a so-called general-purpose quantum computer,
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By now, the privacy threats posed by Amazon Alexa and Google Home are common knowledge. Workers for both companies routinely listen to audio of users—recordings of which can be kept forever—and the sounds the devices capture can be used in criminal trials. Now, there’s a new concern: malicious apps developed by third parties and hosted
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A leaked recording of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking to employees in July has revealed the social networking giant’s potential strategy when dealing with competitors, specifically the popular TikTok app. In a transcript of the recorded meeting, which The Verge first reported, a Facebook worker asked Zuckerberg about Facebook’s “plan of attack” on the video-sharing app,
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Consumers may want to do some additional homework before purchasing a security camera that has the “Amazon’s Choice” seal of approval, according to a new study. The six cameras that were reviewed by the e-commerce giant posed a laundry list of security red flags, including weak user names and passwords written directly on the product,
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Amazon’s digital voice assistant Alexa is getting smarter and louder, if the company’s event on Wednesday is any indication. At Amazon headquarters in Seattle, the company unveiled a number of new Alexa-enabled devices, including a high-end speaker called the Echo Studio, the Echo Show 8 combining a screen and a speaker, noise-canceling earbuds, smart eyewear,
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If shipping giant FedEx is often regarded as a canary in the global economy coal mine, this canary is looking a little peaked. FedEx shares tumbled roughly 10% after Tuesday’s market close after the company said revenues in its first fiscal quarter ended Aug. 31 slipped to $17.1 billion, while its net profit fell to
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Amazon changed its search algorithm in ways that boost its own products despite concerns raised by employees who opposed the move, The Wall Street Journal reported today. The change was made late last year and was “contested internally,” the WSJ reported. People who worked on the project told the WSJ that “Amazon optimized the secret
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Did Albert Einstein wear socks? How do you prevent tears when cutting an onion? Did Burt Reynolds marry Sally Field? What makes wasabi green? The average person might not know the answer to these questions, but Amazon Alexa, through the new Alexa Answers portal that was announced Thursday, might. Well, more accurately, an Alexa user
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