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SES and Gilat tap O3b’s mPOWER

SES has signed Gilat and ST Engineering iDirect as its latest technology partners on its O3b mPower satellites. This means that Gilat and ST Engineering’s ‘next generation’ modems will be developed for use on the satellite operator’s O3b mPower craft. SES says Gilat and ST Engineering iDirect were selected based on their next-generation modem technologies. […]

November 3, 2020By Chris Forrester

Microsoft and SpaceX partner in global satellite project

SpaceX and Microsoft have confirmed a partnership that will see Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing system link with SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service. “The collaboration that we’re announcing today will allow us to work together to deliver new offerings for both the public and the private sector to deliver connectivity through Starlink for use on Azure,” […]

October 21, 2020

US Next G Alliance seeks 6G leadership

Technology and solutions development organisation the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) has launched the Next G Alliance, an industry initiative aimed at advancing North American mobile technology leadership in 6G and beyond over the next decade. The Next G Alliance will encompass the full lifecycle of research and development, manufacturing, standardisation and market readiness. […]

October 14, 2020By Colin Mann

Microsoft buys Bethesda for $7.5bn

Microsoft has confirmed announced plans to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, one of the largest, privately held game developers and publishers in the world. Creators of best-selling gaming franchises including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout among many others, Bethesda brings a portfolio of games, technology, talent, as well as a track […]

September 22, 2020

TikTok rejects Microsoft bid; Oracle favourite

Microsoft has reported that its offer to buy the US operations of video-sharing app TikTok has been rejected, leaving the door open for Oracle to make a last-minute bid. US President Donald Trump gave a September 15th deadline for the Chinese-owned app to sell or shut down in the country, citing national security concerns. Reuters […]

September 14, 2020

Walmart joins Microsoft for US TikTok bid

Walmart, the US retail giant, has confirmed it will partner with Microsoft to make a bid for the US operations of social media app TikTok. TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, has been ordered to sell its US arm to an American firm or face a ban in the country. US President Donald Trump has alleged […]

August 28, 2020

Oracle toys with TikTok race

Oracle has joined the race to acquire the US operations of Chinese-owned social media app TikTok. Microsoft had been the clear favourite to purchase the operations – valued in excess of $20 billion – whilst Twitter has also been touted as a potential buyer. But now Oracle, the software multinational, has emerged as a serious […]

August 19, 2020

Twitter eyeing TikTok?

Twitter has reportedly approached ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, with regards to purchasing its US operations. Social media video-sharing app TikTok has been at the centre of debate recently. Last week US President Donald Trump ordered firms to stop doing business with the company within 45 days over security concerns. Microsoft is also front-runner […]

August 10, 2020

Microsoft still wants to buy TikTok US

Microsoft has confirmed that it is in advanced talks to purchase the US operations of Chinese-owned TikTok. A number of US politicians and regulators are concerned that the app’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, poses a risk to national security because it could be used to collect Americans’ personal data.  Last week, President Donald Trump told reporters […]

August 3, 2020

TNI steps up fight against disinformation

At a recent summit chaired by the BBC’s Director-General, Tony Hall, the TNI agreed to a shared early warning system of rapid alerts to combat the spread of disinformation during the US presidential election. The TNI is an industry collaboration of major news and global tech organisations working together to stop the spread of disinformation […]

July 13, 2020