AWS increases free data transfer limits
AWS has expanded its free data transfer limits after criticism from Oracle and Cloudflare. The costs of transferring data were too high, the two companies complained. AWS customers will now be able to transfer 100GB of data per month, up from 1GB per region. In addition, aata transfer from Amazon CloudFront is now free for up to 1TB of data per month and isn't limited to the first 12 months.
Tata eyes $300m semiconductor assembly unit
Indian conglomerate Tata is taking steps to help overcome the semiconductor crisis. It is in talks with the three states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana to build a $300m chip assembly and testing unit, and is currently looking for land to fulfil the project. Tata has previously been vague about its interest in the semiconductor market, but this is the biggest sign of its intent yet.
Apple to partner with TSMC for chips - report
Apple is partnering with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm, according to a Nikkei Asia report. It said that Apple has plans to have the Taiwanese chip manufacturer make 5G iPhone modems from 2023. The report also claims that Apple is developing complementary “radio frequency and millimeter wave components".
Mobile DevOps company Bitrise riases $60m
Mobile DevOps company Bitrise has raised $60m in a Series C round, taking its total funding to $100m. The round was led by New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm Insight Partners, and was joined by existing investors including Partech, Open Ocean, Zobito, Fiedler Capital, Y Combinator and H14. Bitrise works with more than 6,000 mobile firms to get apps to market faster.
Nokia and Yadro team up to accelerate 5G roll-out in Russia
Nokia will set up a joint venture with Russian software firm Yadro to accelerate the roll-out of 5G networks in the region. They will team up to build 4G and 5G base stations across the country. Russia wants to promote domestic technology and IT services as much as possible as it delivers its 5G infrastructure. Yadro will hold a 51% majority share in the joint venture, reported the Kommersant.
ServiceNow acquires DotWalk
ServiceNow has acquired DotWalk, which automates upgrades and testing of ServiceNow applications. ServiceNow and DotWalk will map business processes and workflows on the Now Platform to identify the tests needed for application changes. DotWalk’s tech uses automation to identify and validate error sources that can arise within application upgrade processes when analysing logs in the background.
Apple sues NSO Group
Apple is suing spyware firm NSO Group. The lawsuit has been filed because NSO Group's Pegasus software has worked against Apple devices. Apple had previously played down the impact of NSO Group's technology. It now claims that NSO harms Apple users for its own commercial gains. The lawsuits aims to stop NSO from targeting Apple users, and to prevent NSO from using any Apple product or service.
Niantic gets $300m investment for metaverse project
Niantic has raised $300m from crypto investor Coatue. The creator of Pokemon Go will use to cash to further its metaverse project. It aims to build a "real-world" metaverse to bring people closer to the outside world. Niantic was spun out of Google in 2010 but is now valued at $9bn in its own right following the Coatue investment. Its technology utilises mobile devices rather than headsets.
Japan to invest $5.2bn to boost chip manufacturers
Japan has set aside 600 billion yen ($5.2bn) of its fiscal 2021 supplementary budget to support chip manufacturers, according to Nikkei. The report says 400 billion yen ($3.48bn) in a new factory set up by TSMC. The remaining 200 billion yen ($1.74bn) will go toward setting up other new factories, with projects under consideration including Micron Technology and Kioxia Holdings, the report said.
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GoDaddy hit by attack, 1.2m customer records stolen
GoDaddy has revealed that data of 1.2 million of its customers has been stolen in another breach. In a filing to the SEC, it revealed that 1.2 million active and inactive Managed WordPress customers had their email address and customer number exposed. "We are sincerely sorry for this incident and the concern it causes for our customers," said Demetrius Comes, Chief Information Security Officer.
Samsung expected to choose Texas for $17bn chip plant - report
Samsung looks set to build its $17bn chip plant in Taylor, Texas, according to The Wall Street Journal. It has been mulling over its decision over the past few weeks. Samsung refused to confirm the story but an official announcement is due later on Tuesday. Texas's Williamson County offered Samsung the best incentives. The South Korean tech giant wants to ramp up production of semiconductors.
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas hit by cyberattack
Wind turbine company Vestas has confirmed it suffered a cyberattack. The incident took place on 19 November, with the company taking much of its IT infrastructure offline. "The company’s preliminary findings indicate that the incident has impacted parts of Vestas’ internal IT infrastructure and that data has been compromised. At this stage, the work and investigation are still ongoing," it said.

Pentagon invites cloud hyperscalers to bid for cloud contracts
Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle and Google have been invited to submit bids for the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) cloud computing procurement programme. The JWCC is a replacement for the JEDI contract that was scrapped earlier last year after legal wrangling between AWS and Microsoft, which had been awarded the deal. Contracts are likely to be three years, with options for a further two.
Ericsson to pay $6.4bn for cloud communications company Vonage
Ericsson is to acquire cloud communications firm Vonage for $6.4bn. Vanage's API-led approach to software connectivity will allow Ericsson to broaden its services for customers as 5G becomes more widespread. "Customers will be able to better monetise investments in network infrastructure by creating API-driven revenues," said Ericsson's CEO. The deal is one of the biggest in Ericsson's history.
Workday to buy VNDLY for $510m
Enterprise cloud application outfit Workday has announced its intention to acquire VNDLY, a specialist in cloud-based external workforce and vendor management technology. Workday will pay around $510m to secure the deal. Customers will be able to use Workday to manage the end-to-end process for permanent employees, while unifying the external workforce data from VNDLY.