Here are technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
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1. M&A - Microsoft Partners: Avtex has acquired NuSoft Solutions, a Microsoft Dynamics 365 partner. We'll share more details soon.
2. Funding - Data Protection: JetStream Software Inc. has raised $7.7 million in Series A funding. The company specializes in disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) for MSPs and CSPs. The investment was led by Digital Alpha Advisors.
3. Cognizant Layoffs: The IT outsourcing firm apparently plans to cut executive and mid-level positions, two reports say.
4. AWS Training: Northwest Vista College has become the first community college in south-central Texas to provide Amazon Web Services (AWS) training for students.
6. Alibaba Raising Money?: Alibaba may raise as much as $20 billion through a listing in Hong Kong, lining up a second blockbuster deal following its 2014 record $25 billion float in New York, Reuters reports. The China-based company competes with Amazon's e-commerce and cloud services businesses.
7. More Huawei Challenges: The Microsoft Store has stopped selling Huawei laptops, according to Windows Report. It's the latest setback for the China-based technology giant, which faces security and privacy questions from the U.S. government. Huawei has repeatedly dismissed the concerns as unfounded. A complete look at the Huawei boycott is here.
9. AMD: The chip developer announced numerous computing and graphics products for PC makers that serve gamers, enthusiasts and content creators. Among the technologies to note, AMD says:
- The “Zen 2” CPU core powering AMD Ryzen and EPYC processors;
- the AMD X570 chipset for socket AM4, the world’s first PCIe 4.0 supported chipset with more than 50 new motherboards at launch;
- RDNA gaming architecture designed for PC gaming, console, and cloud-based gaming services; and
- The 7nm AMD Radeon RX 5700-series gaming graphics card family featuring high-speed GDDR6 memory and support for the PCIe 4.0 interface.
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1. Amazon - Small Business Purge?: Amazon plans to purge numerous small suppliers from bulk order opportunities, triggering renewed fears that thousands of 'mom-and-pop' businesses will lose revenues, according to Bloomberg.
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