Zoltan Szabadi

Amazon and Google wrestle over corporate secrets in cloud employment dispute

Google is seeking to formally intervene in a lawsuit filed by Amazon against a former Amazon Web Services employee who left the Seattle company and took a job with Google’s cloud computing division. The move by Google is revealed in a new filing in King County Superior Court in Seattle. By intervening in the case, Google says it wants to limit what it describes… Read More


Amazon takes aim at Microsoft Azure with new Mobile Services push

Amazon wants make it easier for mobile app developers to integrate cloud services into their apps. The company today unveiled a quartet of new services all targeted at developers who want to build cross-platform applications for mobile devices. The move is a strike against Microsoft Azure Mobile Services, which is also designed to give developers a simple way… Read More

Werner Vogels

Amazon CTO: Cloud isn’t a winner-take-all market

SAN FRANCISCO–The way Amazon CTO Werner Vogels sees it, there isn’t going to be one winner in the cloud space as Microsoft, Amazon, Google and others duke it out to attract new customers to their different cloud platforms. “We’ve always said that this is too good a business,” he said. “This is not a winner take all market.”… Read More


Protecting the cloud: Amazon gains key certification from Department of Defense

Amazon announced today that Amazon Web Services has received a provisional certification from the Department of Defense under the department’s Cloud Security Model, showing that the company has met the DoD’s requirements for securing cloud information against attack. The certifications apply to all of Amazon’s four regions across the U.S., including its GovCloud region that’s… Read More

Curt Beardsley

Zillow poaches one Move exec, gets sued for hiring another

For the second time this month, Zillow has poached a leading executive from rival Move Inc. Zillow announced today that it has hired Curt Beardsley as vice president of industry development, responsible for bolstering relations with multiple listing services across the country. He most recently held that role at Move, which operates the Realtor.com Web… Read More

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Security researchers: Amazon hosts nearly half of the top 10 malware distributors

Thousands upon thousands of people use Amazon Web Services to host their websites — including some of the most tenacious malware distributors in the world. A new study from IT security firm Solutionary reveals the top 10 sites that distribute the most malware. Amazon hosts four of them, including the top malware hosting site, download-instantly.com. The… Read More


Amazon Web Services makes big move into China

Amazon Web Services will open a new China region starting with a limited preview in the country early next year, the latest step in the Seattle-based company’s worldwide expansion of its cloud computing platform. The move, announced this morning, gives Amazon a new beachhead in the world’s most populous nation, and steps up the company’s… Read More


Amazon’s new ‘Kinesis’ will crunch a firehose of real-time data from the cloud

Amazon this morning introduced a new cloud service called “Kinesis” — promising to let developers stream and process “terabytes of data an hour from hundreds of thousands of sources” and incorporate the results into their apps. The announcement was the capper in a series of new services shown by Amazon Web Services at its re:Invent… Read More

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AWS server issues take down Instagram, Airbnb, Flipboard

People posting photos, recording videos, making room reservations and reading the news on Sunday afternoon had to take a break for a few hours as an Amazon Web Services outage took down several popular websites. Sites like Instagram, Airbnb, Vine and Flipboard all went out of service for a short period on Sunday due to… Read More


Tech Moves: Amazon vet joins Relaborate; MG Siegler leaves CrunchFund; Jawfish; and more

Last week, we noted how difficult it is for startup companies to compete against Amazon.com and other tech giants in the region for software engineers. Well, here’s a counterexample. Relaborate, a new technology  startup, just tapped software developer Grant Gavares as chief technology officer. Gavares most recently spent three years at Apptio, and before that… Read More


Netflix nightmare explained: Amazon apologizes for outage

What happened at Amazon Web Services to take down the Netflix streaming service for hours on Christmas Eve? It was a combination of human error and flawed access controls: An AWS developer was able to accidentally delete a key data set in the AWS Elastic Load Balancing Service, causing the disruption. That’s the word from AWS in… Read More


Seattle cloud services startup 2nd Watch raises $4.2 million

Madrona Venture Group is finishing the year with a bang, bankrolling a series of startup companies.  The latest is 2nd Watch, an Amazon Web Services premier partner and cloud services startup that just pulled in $4.2 million in funding. The 2nd Watch technology allows companies to operate more efficiently in the cloud, helping customers like… Read More

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Amazon debuts cloud-based push notification system for Kindle Fire developers

Today Amazon launched Amazon Device Messaging API, its own cloud-based push notification platform for Kindle Fire apps on Amazon’s cloud. Amazon already has a system called SNS which offers push notifications for web apps, but the new beta system features a uniform way for developers to offer push notifications for apps on the Kindle Fire tablets…. Read More

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Jeff Bezos: 7 gems from his Amazon Web Services talk

Jeff Bezos spoke this afternoon at the Amazon Web Services re: Invent conference in Las Vegas, interviewed on stage by Amazon technology chief Werner Vogels. It was a wide-ranging talk, covering not just AWS but also Bezos’ entrepreneurial advice, the principles of Amazon’s business, and even two of Bezos’ side projects: the 10,000 year clock… Read More


Amazon Web Services’ Andy Jassy: The ‘economics of what we’re doing is extremely disruptive’ to the old-guard

Why is Amazon.com going to kick the butt of Microsoft, IBM and everyone else in cloud computing for a long time to come? Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy essentially laid out the case today at the company’s Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, telling some 20,000 attendees that the company’s focus on high-volume, low-margin businesses… Read More