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Amazon Faces US Antitrust Scrutiny on Cloud Business: Report

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US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has broadened its scrutiny of Amazon.com beyond retail operations to include its cloud-computing business, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The US antitrust enforcers have been asking software companies about practices around Amazon’s cloud unit Amazon Web Services, the report said.

Big tech companies such as Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Apple, and Amazon face a slew of antitrust probes by the federal government, state attorneys general and congress.

FTC’s Technology Enforcement Division was focusing its probes of multi-sided platforms on illegal conduct and mergers that previously won antitrust approval.

FTC declined to comment, while Amazon did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

In cloud computing, one of the fastest-growing areas in the technology industry, businesses rent out servers from Amazon instead of running their own data centres.

Amazon is the biggest cloud services provider, competing most closely with Microsoft. Smaller companies also compete to provide services on cloud networks to developers and corporate customers.

Analysts expect Amazon’s cloud unit, which is the global leader in terms of market share, to generate $34.9 billion in sales in 2019, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

In addition to the FTC probes, the Justice Department and House of Representatives Judiciary Committee are investigating all four big tech companies.

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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: Everything we know so far

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Google Pixel 6 is hot in the rumor mill with multiple leaks presenting a deeper peek into the upcoming Google smartphone. It is also speculated that the Pixel 6 will be accompanied by the bigger Pixel 6 Pro phone. It is highly likely, the Pixel Fold and even an XL model may debut alongside the Pixel 6 series smartphones. The … Continue reading

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Watch woodpecker destroy hidden camera one obnoxious peck at a time

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You’ve probably seen or heard a woodpecker in action at some point; they’re the small birds that can spend hours driving everyone in the vicinity to madness with incessant taps against trees or wood buildings. What you probably haven’t seen is what it looks like to be the object subjected to the woodpecker’s wrath — until now, that is. A … Continue reading

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MacBook Pro M1X and Mac mini may release Intel from service in 2021

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The release date for a new M1X version of the MacBook Pro from Apple, along with a new Mac mini appear to be headed for a special event. It’s been rumored that the most powerful and updated Mac mini with M1X chip inside will be revealed at an event in the forth quarter of this year, 2021. It’s also tipped … Continue reading

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