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IBM launches smart cities R&D in Sichuan with OpenPower partner

IBM is working with Sichuan Huaxun Zhongxing Technologies, which recently joined the OpenPower Foundation, on smart cities in China

IBM is set to launch an R&D facility based in Southwest China’s Sichuan province with its Chinese partner Sichuan Huaxun Zhongxing Technologies, which has also joined the IBM-led OpenPower Foundation. The facility will focus on developing the latest smart cities and Internet of Things technology, a major initiative of the Chinese government over the past few years.

European Commission releases standard cloud SLA guidelines

The European Commission released standard SLA terms for cloud services, aimed at improving trust and certainty around the cloud in Europe

The European Commission has released a set of cloud service level agreement (SLA) standards designed to give EU businesses more certainty around what cloud service providers and consumers are responsible for when entering into contractual agreements.

Telefónica and Orange grow European startups

Telefónica and Orange have thrown their weight behind a project led by the European Commission to aid growth among the region’s technology startups

European operator groups Telefónica and Orange have thrown their weight behind a project led by the European Commission to help the region’s technology startups to grow into global internet firms. The EC said it plans to “take on Silicon Valley” with the launch of two initiatives; an acceleration programme called the Startup Europe Partnership and a think tank called the European Digital Forum.

Kroes calls for education and employment reform

Kroes calls for education and employment reform

European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, this week outlined her intentions to transform education across the EU using information and communications technology (ICT). Kroes, along with the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, plan to unveil new proposals to reform education in Europe next week.

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