Microsoft doubles down on cloud data with new products, makes new appeal to Amazon’s rivals

Microsoft is rolling out new cloud technologies for wrangling, protecting and analyzing large amounts of corporate data, escalating its competition with Google, Snowflake and Amazon in the $25 billion global market for data analytics and business intelligence.



Satya Nadella wearing glasses: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduces the company’s new cloud data products. (Screenshot via webcast)


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduces the company’s new cloud data products. (Screenshot via webcast)

Microsoft said its previously announced Azure Synapse Analytics technology is now generally available, with capabilities including data warehousing, artificial intelligence, security and compliance. The company also announced a preview of a new product, Azure Purview, which automatically discovers data across cloud platforms, on-premises servers and online applications.

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Speaking via video at a virtual event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made an apparent appeal to Amazon’s competitors, without mentioning the company by name. Nadella said it’s important to be able to trust not just a vendor’s technology capabilities and but also its “business model alignment”

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Amazon Web Services to offer macOS on-demand in the cloud, in new appeal to Apple developers

Amazon Web Services will provide software developers with access to macOS on-demand in the cloud for the first time, promising to speed up the process and reduce the cost of making software for Apple’s computers and devices.



graphical user interface: Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.


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Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.

Announced on the eve of the AWS re:invent conference Monday night, Amazon EC2 Mac Instances represent an unexpected expansion beyond Linux and Windows for AWS. Amazon says it was motivated by a desire to meet the needs of the community of more than 28 million developers who offer apps through the Apple App Store.

“Until now, development of these apps for the Apple platform was not possible within the AWS cloud,” said Dave Brown, AWC EC2 vice president, during the event. “Many of our customers had to manage their own fleet of Macs for their

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Review: Big in Size and Specs, Not Appeal

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Review: Big in size, specs, and camera, but not in appeal

“The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro has plenty of power and ability, but the big, heavy body and LCD screen means it doesn’t feel as up-to-date externally as other phones.”

  • Long battery life
  • Great camera
  • Good performance and audio for gaming
  • Large and heavy
  • No wireless charging

Getting massive phones right is difficult, as proven by the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. It’s a whopper, and matches the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in overall size, but Samsung’s big phone is considerably more comfortable and natural to hold than the Mi 10T Pro. The reason why comes down to a few ergonomic choices that add up to making it more unwieldy than we would want. However, there’s no denying the phone’s ability, or its competitive price. I’ve been using it, and this is what it’s like.

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Trump Files Emergency Nevada Appeal Over Ballot Count

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump’s campaign asked Nevada’s top court to halt ballot counting in the state’s biggest county amid disputes over the accuracy of its signature-matching technology and public access for election observers who claim they’re being kept too far from the action.



a group of people standing in a room: Voters register to cast ballots at an early voting polling location for the 2020 Presidential elections in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 17.


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Voters register to cast ballots at an early voting polling location for the 2020 Presidential elections in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 17.

The campaign and the Nevada Republican Party asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to expedite its review of the case, which a judge rejected last week due to a lack of evidence of any wrongdoing by Clark County officials.

Trump’s campaign said it will suffer irreparable harm if the ruling isn’t overturned. It seeks a court order barring Clark County from “authenticating ballots using artificial intelligence” or tabulating additional ballots unless observers can “meaningfully observe the process.”

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UN agency chiefs appeal for ‘open science’ beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denial



27 October 2020 – The heads of three UN agencies joined forces on Tuesday to appeal for a global push towards “open science”, citing the value of cooperation in the response to COVID-19 and the dangers of treating evidence-based knowledge as an exclusive asset, or simple matter of opinion.

Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Michelle Bachelet, UN human rights chief (OHCHR), said it was time to ensure the benefits of science could be shared by all.

Science not ‘only for the few’

“In these difficult times, the best health technologies and discoveries cannot be preserved only for a few”, the WHO chief said.

“They must be available to all. After all, what’s the purpose of having cutting-edge technologies if they cannot reach the people that need them the most? Sharing data

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Uber, Lyft Lose Appeal, Must Classify Drivers As Employees In California

Uber and Lyft lost a court battle on Thursday and must classify their drivers in California as employees who are due benefits and labor protections. 

Under the ruling by California’s court of appeals, the companies must comply within 30 days. 

But in the Nov. 3 election, California voters will decide on Proposition 22, which could exempt Uber, Lyft and others from the state law that mandates their drivers be employees, not contractors.

California’s AB5 law, which went into effect earlier this year, requires gig-economy companies to reclassify many of their workers as employees, rather than independent contractors. As employees, the car-service drivers are entitled to benefits and protections like a minimum wage, health insurance, overtime pay, sick leave and the right to form a union. 

After Uber and Lyft refused to comply, California sued the companies in May. A lower court ruled against them in August, prompting the

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