Internet

Microsoft, Google, Others Dial Up the Competition to Counter Dominant Amazon

A group of cloud computing companies is taking aim at Amazon.com’s dominant Amazon Web Services by offering free or deeply discounted rates on moving data between their cloud services. The Bandwidth Alliance, as the group calls itself, launched on Wednesday and includes large cloud computing firms such as Microsoft’s Azure and International Business Machines’ IBM Cloud, as well independent firms such as […]

Education

Kate Brown: 4 key positions on education

Preschool. Secured funding to provide free preschool to 1,300 additional low-income children starting in 2016. Pledges to add 10,000 more slots in 2019-21 state budget. “Ninety percent of brain growth happens in first five years.” Teacher pay and benefits. Says pay should be increased and all pension benefits left intact. “These are hard-working people. They give the […]

Internet

Alibaba Developing Quantum Chips to Power Diverse Industries

China’s e-tailer giant Alibaba group is developing quantum chips (processors) to power a range of industries, including e-commerce, logistics, finance, materials and pharmaceuticals, a senior official said on Wednesday. “Our DAMO Academy is developing quantum chips to power solutions for a range of industries, including e-commerce, logistics, finance, materials and pharmaceutics,” said Alibaba Chief Technology Officer Jeff […]