COMPANY NEWS: Federated Wireless, the leader in shared spectrum and CBRS technology, today announced that it has secured US$58 million in Series D funding. An affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. led the round, with existing investors Allied Minds and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, also participating.
British firm Softiron says it will start manufacturing computer hardware in Sydney, having begun the process of commissioning, and aiming for a start in early 2022.
The chief executive of an Australian company that provides managed cyber detection and incident response services, says large multinationals are offering businesses a false sense of security, because the latter lack an understanding of cyber security requirements.
Former Independent senator Nick Xenophon has accused both Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson and local telco Telstra of "engaging in Olympic class word games" to avoid an inconvenient truth: their 5G equipment is being manufactured in China with a joint-venture partner cited by the US as being under the thumb of the People's Liberation Army.
Swedish telecommunications equipment vendor Ericsson claims that its products meet relevant requirements set by the Australian Government. The company was responding to a query as to why its partner in China, Panda Electronics, has been placed on a list drawn up by the US Department of Defence and said to contain firms that are either owned or controlled by the Chinese military.
Australian telecommunications companies will have to limit their 5G purchases to one company — Finland's Nokia — if the government accepts US advice about Chinese military connections to a number of companies, including Huawei.
The US Government has asked the Court of Federal Claims to give the Department of Defence 120 days "to reconsider certain aspects of the challenged agency decision" that awarded a US$10 billion Pentagon cloud deal to Microsoft in October 2019.
A court in the US has agreed to a request from Amazon to stop Microsoft and the Department of Defence from continuing to work on implementing a US$10 billion cloud deal that was awarded to the Redmond software giant in October last year, Reuters reported.
Former US defence secretary Jim Mattis met Amazon chief Jeff Bezos in August 2017 emails obtained by The Wall Street Journal show, raising questions over the company's bid for a massive Defence contract worth US$10 billion.
A Republican Senator from Missouri has written to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, asking him to address the company's refusal to work with the US Department of Defence while at the same time working with China on artificial intelligence.
Microsoft has been awarded a US$1.76 billion five-year contract by the US Department of Defence to provide business services to the DoD, the intelligence community and the Coast Guard.
An anonymous Amazon employee has called on the company's leadership to stop selling its facial recognition software, Rekognition, to law enforcement bodies in the US because it "runs counter to Amazon's stated values".
A number of Microsoft employees have urged their employer not to put in a bid for a massive cloud contract with the US Department of Defence, saying they had joined the software giant in the expectation that technologies they built would not cause harm or human suffering.
A day ahead of the closing of bids for a massive US Department of Defence cloud contract, WikiLeaks has published the locations of Amazon's data centres which, it claims, have been a closely held secret until now. Amazon is a frontrunner to win the US$10 billion contract.
On the same day that it announced it was shutting down its Google+ social network due to a data breach that it had concealed, Google has said it will be pulling out of bidding for a giant cloud contract with the US Department of Defence.
An analyst from Citi Research has suggested that it might be a good idea for Amazon to split, separating its e-commerce business from its cloud division to avoid any regulatory pressure.
Microsoft excised some portions of a January blog post about its close association with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement — which is under fire for enforcing an US Government policy of forcibly separating asylum-seekers from their children — but then restored it after the deletion was spotted.
Google is making a quiet bid to win a US$10 billion cloud contract from the US Defence Department which is to be awarded before the end of the year. However, many of the company's employees believe there would be strong objections to providing cloud services to support combat operations.
Billions of posts scraped from the Internet in what appears to be an US Department of Defence intelligence-gathering operation have been exposed to the public through misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 repositories.
Kaspersky Lab owner Eugene Kaspersky has hit out at reports about the US moving to stop the use of his company's products in the Department of Defence, calling it "cyber-McCarthyism".
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