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Snooper’s charter a potential disaster warns lobby of US firms

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The ‘snooper’s charter’ could neutralise the contribution of Britain’s digital economy, according to a representation of US tech corporations including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo.

Yahoo snaps up mobile analytics specialist Flurry

Is Yahoo aiming to stay relevant?

Internet company Yahoo has confirmed the acquisition of mobile analytics specialist Flurry as it seeks to reinforce its commitment to “building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetisation solutions.”

Alibaba Group expands outside mainland with Hong Kong cloud datacentre

Alibaba group announced the launch of its Hong Kong cloud datacentre, its first outside mainland China

Alibaba Group opened a cloud computing datacentre in Hong Kong Monday, marking its first significant expansion outside of mainland China. The move comes as the company looks set to unleash one of the most highly valued technology IPOs in history.

OpenStack vendor Metacloud bags $15m

OpenStack vendor Metacloud scored $15m in venture funding this week, which will go towards enhancing visibility for its products and services

Metacloud, an OpenStack vendor started by former techies at Yahoo and Ticketmaster, announced Thursday that the company has raised an additional $15m in funding. The company said it will use the funds to expand awareness of its enterprise-grade OpenStack distribution and OpenStack-based hosting business.

Yahoo Japan to acquire operator eAccess

Yahoo Japan has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn (US$3.17bn).

Web firm Yahoo’s Japanese subsidiary has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn ($3.17bn).

Cisco veteran Jamie Lerner to join Seagate as cloud head

Jamie Lerner, president of cloud systems and solutions, Seagate

Computer storage maker Seagate announced Monday that the company has hired ex-Cisco executive Jamie Lerner as president of cloud systems and solutions. Lerner, who most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of cloud and systems management technology group at Cisco, will help lead the company’s charge as it seeks to disrupt the cloud market with new storage technologies.

Yahoo COO exits the firm

Henrique de Castro has left Yahoo

Yahoo’s Chief Operating Officer Henrique de Castro left the company Thursday, having been apparently fired. Yahoo announced the news in a US Security and Exchange Commission filing. It offered no reason for his departure but said it was effective immediately.

Cloud firms seek government surveillance reform

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

Yahoo follows Google’s lead, encrypts data between its datacentres

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer moved to reassure Yahoo users that the company will speed up its encryption efforts

Following revelations that the NSA hacked the interconnection between the public internet and private datacentre links of several high-profile internet companies, Yahoo is to encrypt all data flowing between its datacentres by March 2014.

Google ‘outraged’ over NSA datacentre hack

A leaked NSA slide detailing the "Google Cloud Exploitation"

According to National Security Agency documents recently leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the US intelligence agency has hacked the main communications links between the public internet and Google and Yahoo’s datacentres globally. Google is ‘outraged’ by the reports, saying it underscores the need for urgent reform.

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