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This week in the world of technology, the European data bill was delayed, Alibaba partnered with Nvidia, Twitter suffered a major outage, and Microsoft donated $1B in cloud computing.
U.S. lawmakers delay bill on European data privacy deal – Reuters, January 20
It looks like the ongoing debate about European data will continue. Legislation that would allow European citizens to defend their privacy in U.S. court is currently delayed in the Senate. The delay complicates matters as the January deadline for a new data transfer pact looms. The 15-year-old Safe Harbor agreement laid the framework for companies to freely transfer data between the United States and Europe. However, with Europe’s stricter regulations on the privacy of personal information, the pact was deemed invalid. Now, with the delayed legislation, executives and regulators are worried that the new agreement will not meet the January deadline. According to a panel aide, the bill is “likely to be held” from a scheduled vote on Thursday.
Key takeaway: With the end of January quickly approaching, the passing of this legislation is critical in determining a new “Safe Harbor” agreement that both the European Union and the United States agree upon. If a framework is not presented by the deadline, EU privacy regulators are meeting on February 2nd to determine next steps in enforcing action against companies that violate European rules and potentially freeze any data transfers under existing laws.
Alibaba Teams With Nvidia in $1 Billion Bet on Cloud Computing – Bloomberg, January 20
Watch out Amazon, Alibaba may be coming for you. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is teaming up with Nvidia Corp. on cloud computing and artificial intelligence. The company plans to invest $1 billion investment on research and development with the hopes of ultimately competing with the big (cloud) dogs, Amazon, and Microsoft. AliCloud, a subsidiary of Alibaba, is launching 20 initial solutions through its newly developed platform, Big Data Platform. The service will be widely accessible in China and will use Nvidia’s chips to run its services, in addition to providing support in deep-learning and high-performance computing. Alibaba plans to enlist 1,000 developers to work on its platform over the next three years.
Key takeaway: Alibaba’s push into the cloud computer market and billion dollar investment prove its commitment to growing its cloud offerings. As the cloud computing market becomes incredibly more competitive, Alibaba must differentiate themselves in order to earn a spot with its competitors. With Nvidia’s silicon, however, it might be just what the company needs to join the $120 billion global market.
Twitter Went Down Because of an ‘Internal Code Change – Re/code, January 19
On Tuesday morning, Tweeters around the world had a moment of sheer panic – Twitter was down, or #Twitterdown. For more than eight hours, the microblogging service experienced an outage across all platforms due to an apparent internal code change (aka someone wrote bad code that caused a longtime crash). The company is going through what some would call a “rough patch.” The company’s stock price is at an all-time low and it’s experiencing user growth issues, all while the CEO is trying to prove he can run two (major) companies. Twitter should not be having outages that last hours, especially since it’s service is based on “real-time” communication.
Key takeaway: While it is inevitable for major software companies to deal with occasional outages, Twitter is not in the position to suffer a worldwide outage. Despite Twitter handling the issue somewhat quickly, the company cannot afford to suffer such outages. Hey, Twitter! We know an application intelligence platform that could prevent this from happening…
Microsoft earmarks $1B for public cloud projects – USA TODAY, January 19
This week, Microsoft announced its plan to donate $1 billion in cloud computing to non-profits and researchers over the course of three years. In an effort to “advance the public good,” the tech company aims to provide the benefits and accessibility to communities that cannot afford such services. The majority of funds will provide free or discounted cloud services while other donations include free access to Azure and providing Internet connectivity to developing areas. With rising competition, Microsoft is working to grow its cloud services business through usage and expansion of its products. While we would like to think that Microsoft’s donation is purely philanthropic, the company could potentially pull in a number of potential long-term users.
Key takeaway: The donation stems from the ongoing discussion on how to make the benefits of cloud technology universally accessible to less affluent societies. Currently, only the wealthy are gaining access to data, intelligence, analytics and insights from cloud computing. With Microsoft spearheading the donation for public cloud projects, it would be great to see its competitors follow suit to help societies gain access and reap the benefits of cloud computing.
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