Europe working on a Russian cloud ban
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New sanctions

The European Union is working on a possible ban on the provision of cloud services to Russia as part of new sanctions against the Kremlin for the invasion of Ukraine.

Amazon pulling Kindle bookstore out of China
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As of June 30, 2023

Amazon has decided to completely end its digital book business in China.

Amazon scores millions of UK government contracts
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Still a bit iffy on paying tax in the country

The UK government seems to have no problem awarding Amazon lucrative contracts, despite criticism that the outfit’s efforts to avoid paying tax.

Amazon extends server life
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We can get another year out of them if we give them golden apples 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) says it will extend the useful life of the servers powering its cloud from four years to five, and its networking equipment from five years to six.

NSA gives cloud computing contract to Amazon
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Return of the Jedi?

The US National Security Agency has re-awarded a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Amazon Web Services after it was forced to review the contract.

Aussies put quantum randomness online
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At least to AWS customers

The Australian National University (ANU) is putting its ANU Quantum Numbers (AQN) online random number generator has been launched on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace.

Amazon Europe pays no tax on 51.3 billion euros of sales
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Apparently it lost 1.16 billion euros

Amazon's main European retail business reported 1.16 billion euros ($1.26 billion) of losses in 2021.

Google copies Apple's pay antics
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If they can get away with it, why can't we?

Google has seen Apple prop up its App store by insisting developers use its Apple Pay systems and thought it was an excellent way to make money.

EU agree to curb Big Tech
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Landmark laws 

Negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member states have agreed on a landmark law to curb the market dominance of United States tech giants such as Google, Meta, Amazon and Apple.

NASA worried about SpaceX's Starlink plans
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30,000 satellites is getting silly

NASA has raised concerns about SpaceX's plan to deploy about 30,000 satellites for its Starlink.