Microsoft doubles down on cloud data with new products, makes new appeal to Amazon’s rivals

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduces the company’s new cloud data products. (Screenshot via webcast)

Microsoft is rolling out new cloud technologies for wrangling, protecting and analyzing large amounts of corporate data, escalating its competition with Google, Snowflake and Amazon in the $25 billion global market for data analytics and business intelligence.

Microsoft said its previously announced Azure Synapse Analytics technology is now generally available, with capabilities including data warehousing, artificial intelligence, security and compliance. The company also announced a preview of a new product, Azure Purview, which automatically discovers data across cloud platforms, on-premises servers and online applications.

Speaking via video at a virtual event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made an apparent appeal to Amazon’s competitors, without mentioning the company by name. Nadella said it’s important to be able to trust not just a vendor’s technology capabilities and but also its “business model alignment” with its customers.

“No customer wants

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Amazon Web Services to offer macOS on-demand in the cloud, in new appeal to Apple developers

Amazon Web Services will provide software developers with access to macOS on-demand in the cloud for the first time, promising to speed up the process and reduce the cost of making software for Apple’s computers and devices.



graphical user interface: Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.


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Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.

Announced on the eve of the AWS re:invent conference Monday night, Amazon EC2 Mac Instances represent an unexpected expansion beyond Linux and Windows for AWS. Amazon says it was motivated by a desire to meet the needs of the community of more than 28 million developers who offer apps through the Apple App Store.

“Until now, development of these apps for the Apple platform was not possible within the AWS cloud,” said Dave Brown, AWC EC2 vice president, during the event. “Many of our customers had to manage their own fleet of Macs for their

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US Supreme Court hears Van Buren appeal arguments in light of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ambiguity


Adam Bannister

30 November 2020 at 16:53 UTC

Updated: 30 November 2020 at 17:46 UTC

Ruling over interpretation of ageing law could have a chilling or liberating effect on security research

US Supreme Court hears Van Buren appeal arguments in light of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ambiguity

The US Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments regarding a case that could have seismic ramifications for the future of security research.

From today (November 30), the country’s highest court is considering an appeal launched by police officer Nathan Van Buren over his 2017 conviction on charges including violation of The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

Passed in 1986 in an era far removed from today’s hyper-connected world, the federal act is used by law enforcement to convict cybercriminals, fraudsters, and white-collar crooks, and in civil actions by businesses seeking remedies for the theft of trade secrets.

Van Buren, a former Georgia state police officer, was arrested after being induced by undercover FBI agents into running a

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Ecuador star finds his missing passport after social media appeal

Everyone knows the feeling.



a person on a court: Pervis Estupinan is set to play against Real Madrid on Saturday


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Pervis Estupinan is set to play against Real Madrid on Saturday

You’re on the way the airport and, suddenly, your heart drops: “I’ve forgotten my passport.”

Ecuador defender Pervis Estupinan would have experienced such dread on Wednesday as he attempted to fly back to Spain after helping his country to a stunning 6-1 win over Colombia in World Cup qualifying in Quito.

It was rather important that Estupinan didn’t miss the flight, with his club Villarreal due to play a crunch La Liga clash against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Using the hashtag LasMalasdePervis, or Pervis’s luggage, the left back took to social media to plead for help in finding his lost suitcases.

“I want to make a call to help me find three black bags and a passport I lost in Carapungo [Quito],” he wrote on Twitter. “I would

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