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AWS, Microsoft and Google urge datacentre kit suppliers to improve Scope 3 data collection

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and Microsoft claim their ability to accurately assess the Scope 3 emissions generated by their activities is being hampered by lacklustre embodied emissions data provided by the third parties that build and kit out their datacentres. The three hyperscale public cloud firms, along with Meta, Digital Realty and Schneider Electric,…

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CMA looks deeper into Microsoft’s AI hirings

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an initial investigation of Microsoft latest attempt to build out its artificial intelligence (AI ) strategy. In March, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the company had hired Inflection AI’s co-founders Mustafa Suleyman and Karén Simonyan, with Simonyan also being the startup’s chief scientist.  At the time, Nadella…

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Google Gemini AI might be reading your private Google Drive files

If you’re a Google Gemini user, it’s time to review the privacy settings for Google’s AI chatbot. It looks like Gemini might have access to documents in Google Drive that it shouldn’t be able to read. That’s what happened with one Gemini user who was stunned to discover that Gemini could summarize tax returns in…

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The AMD Zen 5 Microarchitecture: Powering Ryzen AI 300 Series For Mobile and Ryzen 9000 for Desktop

Back at Computex 2024, AMD unveiled their highly anticipated Zen 5 CPU microarchitecture during AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su’s opening keynote. AMD announced not one but two new client platforms that will utilize the latest Zen 5 cores. This includes AMD’s latest AI PC-focused chip family for the laptop market, the Ryzen AI 300 series. In…

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Schools hit with cost hike as free Microsoft licences end

Free Microsoft Office licences negotiated by the Scottish government for school pupils are set to end at the start of August, according to the Scottish Herald. The newspaper reported that the free A1 Plus licence will no longer be available to students. Glow, Scotland’s digital environment to support learning, has posted a notice stating that Microsoft…

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How Howdens used GenAI to power app user experience

Howdens, which supplies kitchens to tradespeople, has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered app to provide technical knowledge. Chip uses Microsoft’s generative AI (GenAI) technologies, including Azure OpenAI Service, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure AI Search and Applied AI Services. Chip has been designed to provide Howdens’ trade customers with the information they need to do…

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Troubled AI Processor Developer Graphcore Finds a Buyer: SoftBank

After months of searching for a buyer, troubled U.K.-based AI processor designer Graphcore said on Friday that it has been acquired by SoftBank. The company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank and will possibly collaborate with Arm, but what remains to be seen what happens to the unique architecture of Graphcore’s intelligence…

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Hyper-V zero-day stands out on a busy Patch Tuesday

Security teams will have a busy few days ahead of them after Microsoft patched close to 140 new common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) in its July Patch Tuesday update, including four zero-day exploits – one of them a third-party update via processor giant ARM. The four zero-days are listed, in numerical order, as follows: CVE-2024-35264,…

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Microsoft and Apple drop OpenAI board seats due to antitrust fears

After Bloomberg reported that Apple would get a seat on OpenAI’s board due to its recent partnership with Apple Intelligence features, the Financial Times writes that not only Cupertino won’t join the board, but Microsoft is also dropping its observer seat amid regulatory scrutiny.With that, both companies will have stakeholder meetings instead of board seats…

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Microsoft and CISPE’s settlement in long-running cloud antitrust dispute proves controversial

The Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe (CISPE) trade body stands accused of selling its members down the river, after agreeing a $22m deal to withdraw its long-standing anti-trust complaint against Microsoft. The pair have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that commits Microsoft to making an enhanced version of its Azure Stack HCI offering…

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