After reaching $40B in revenue in record time, Amazon Web Services hints at its own reinvention

Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy with a chart showing AWS revenue growth at the company’s virtual re:Invent conference this week. (Screenshot via webcast)

Kicking off the annual Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference this week, AWS CEO Andy Jassy pointed to a major milestone for the tech giant’s cloud division: AWS has officially surpassed $40 billion in annual revenue, and not at a leisurely pace. AWS added an incremental $10 billion in revenue in 12 months, faster than ever.

Jassy showed stats that put AWS’s share of the cloud infrastructure market at 45%, more than double its closest competitor, Microsoft Azure. But he sought to assure the virtual audience that AWS is not even close to its zenith, citing the 96% of the estimated $3.6 trillion in global IT spending that has yet to shift to the cloud.

“It means that there’s a lot of growth ahead of us,” he

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Biden advisor Bruce Reed hints that Section 230 needs reform

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden arrives for a meeting with his Chief of Staff Bruce Reed (L) June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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A law protecting the tech industry from being held liable for their users’ posts is on shaky ground as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to come into office.

Bruce Reed, a top tech advisor to Biden during his presidential campaign, said at a virtual book launch hosted by Georgetown Law Wednesday that “it’s long past time to hold the social media companies accountable for what’s published on their platforms.”

Reed, who was chief of staff to Biden during his time as vice president, has advocated for tech reform in his years outside government. He worked as a senior advisor for Jim Steyer’s non-profit Common Sense Media, which advocates for digital media issues impacting children, including content moderation reforms.

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The first duckbill dinosaur fossil from Africa hints at how dinosaurs once crossed oceans — ScienceDaily

The first fossils of a duckbilled dinosaur have been discovered in Africa, suggesting dinosaurs crossed hundreds of kilometres of open water to get there.

The study, published in Cretaceous Research, reports the new dinosaur, Ajnabia odysseus, from rocks in Morocco dating to the end of the Cretaceous, 66 million years ago. Ajnabia was a member of the duckbill dinosaurs, diverse plant-eating dinosaurs that grew up to 15 meters long. But the new dinosaur was tiny compared to its kin — at just 3 meters long, it was as big as a pony.

Duckbills evolved in North America and eventually spread to South America, Asia, and Europe. Because Africa was an island continent in the Late Cretaceous, isolated by deep seaways, it seemed impossible for duckbills to get there.

The discovery of the new fossil in a mine a few hours from Casablanca was “about the last thing in

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Samsung Patent Hints At A Three-Way Folding Smartphone With Slide-Out Keyboard



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Samsung Patent Hints At A Three-Way Folding Smartphone With Slide-Out Keyboard

Samsung was the first company to launch a smartphone with a foldable screen. With three foldable smartphones in the markets currently, the South Korean giant might be looking to experiment further with its foldable designs, if a new patent is to be believed. According to a report in a Dutch publication, Samsung had filed a patent in Korea in 2018 that has now surfaced to hint at the company’s vision for a future folding smartphone. The patent shows a three-way folding system, with two hinges and a slide-out keyboard.

The patent cited by LetsGoDigital shows a dual-hinge smartphone design, indicating at a three-way folding system. Further, there is a slide-out keyboard that slides out of the bottom third of the smartphone. The patent has been filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and contains

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PlayStation Boss Hints At Possible Mergers And Acquisitions

Sony’s PlayStation division is considering the possibility of mergers and acquisitions as it looks ahead to the future of PlayStation 5. The comment came from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, who hinted at the strategy as one way Sony could grow its first-party studio output.

Ryan told Reuters that the company plans to grow its studios organically, but added that “where we can bolster our in-house capability with selective M&A [mergers and acquisitions] that might be possible.”

In the same interview, Ryan said that the company is seeing “very considerable” demand, but is aiming to get enough stock on store shelves to meet that demand. He said that it’s possible that some people who want to buy on launch day won’t be able to find it.

Sony could be eyeing the acquisition strategy as it seeks to more directly compete with Microsoft, which has had a series of high-profile acquisitions in

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Xbox Head Phil Spencer Hints At Streaming Sticks For xCloud Gaming

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  • Xbox’s Phil Spencer hinted that streaming sticks for xCloud gaming could happen in the future
  • Microsoft may also follow a tiered system for Xbox Game Pass with different levels of access 
  • The evolution of cloud gaming is opening up different possibilities for gamers and developers

As the xCloud gaming service evolves, Microsoft may see streaming sticks in the future.

Microsoft executive vice-president for gaming Phil Spencer recently shared that insight in an interview with Stratechery while addressing the possibility of a tiered system for Xbox Game Pass.

“I think you’re going to see lower-priced hardware as part of our ecosystem when you think about streaming sticks and other things that somebody might want to just go plug into their TV and go play via xCloud,” Spencer said.

“You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gave you an ability

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer hints at an xCloud streaming stick

These remarks were part of a conversation around Xbox All Access. Unlike Sony, Microsoft is offering a 24-month payment plan for its next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series S and X. As part of the deal, customers gain access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes a library of downloadable games on PC and Xbox hardware, as well as streamable titles via xCloud. Spencer revealed that the Xbox team has debated internally whether All Access should be pitched as ‘Xbox Game Pass Platinum’ instead. He then talked about a plan that gives you “some kind of hardware guarantee” when new consoles are launched.

“We did that a little bit with Xbox One last year,” he explained. “Where if you got into All Access, you were guaranteed to get front in line when the Series X came out. People didn’t know the name [of the new console] at the time, but yeah.”

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