Friday 28 February 2020

Take it Huawei, Pai: Senate passes bill to rip 'dodgy' kit from rural telcos

Now one Donald-shaped signature away from dishing out $1bn to fund the big switch

President Trump is expected to sign a bill that would allocate $1bn to US carriers to replace existing Huawei-built infrastructure after it was unanimously passed by the Senate yesterday.…

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Switchzilla? More like Ditch-your-staff-zilla: Cisco back at the layoffs as revenues shrink

Hardware is hard

Cisco has begun a new round of job cuts as the networking giant's traditional hardware business faces slowing sales.…

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Thursday 27 February 2020

Total Inability To Service User Pulls: GitHub wobbles with a good old Thursday TITSUP

Hey - there's always Visual SourceSafe, right?

Source shack GitHub has taken a tumble today with many users finding pretty much all of its services either degraded or borked beyond belief.…

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Nokia said to be considering sale or merger as profits tank

That US investment would sound pretty good right about now

Nokia is reportedly exploring the possibility of a merger or acquisition in the face of intense pressures on profitability.…

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Wednesday 26 February 2020

Salesforce's revolving door spins amid shopping spree: Co-CEO out, BT alumnus G-Patz up, Vlocity slurped

Plus: World Tour Sydney event goes online only over coronavirus

Lose a chief executive officer, promote a chairman and buy a company: that's how they roll at cloud-based CRM monster…

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Admins beware! Microsoft gives heads-up for 'disruptive' changes to authentication in Office 365 email service

Basic authentication will be OFF for Exchange Online email and other services from October 2020

Microsoft has doled out more details on forthcoming changes to the way mail clients authenticate to Exchange Online, the email service used by Office 365.…

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SecureX gon give it to ya: Cisco muscles into the integrated security game

Push to get punters inhaling one cloudy product

Cisco has belatedly crashed the integrated security party with SecureX - a platform that slaps together Switchzilla's network, endpoint cloud and application security stuff.…

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Webinar: How AWS encryption services keep data in transit safe

Wrap your assets up well before you send them on their journey

Promo  Like those in most organisations, you are probably savvy enough by now to have put in place strong security measures that keep your data safe from thieves and prying eyes wherever it is stored.…

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Firefox, you know you tapped Cloudflare for DNS-over-HTTPS? In January, it briefly knackered two root servers at the heart of the internet

Probe raises serious questions about private v public web management

A bug in software pushed out by Cloudflare resulted in failures at the heart of the web's infrastructure, according to a report published this week by the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC).…

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Tuesday 25 February 2020

MWC now stands for Mighty Wallet Crusher? Smaller firms counting the cost after mobile industry event scrapped

It's going to be hard for the GSMA to come back from this

The cancellation of Mobile World Congress over the coronavirus outbreak has had dramatic repercussions – for Barcelona, where the event was supposed to take place; for larger phone brands, which had to radically re-evaluate their launch strategies; and for smaller brands, for whom exhibiting or attending MWC represents a significant chunk of their marketing capital.…

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Would-be .org gobbler Ethos Capital promises to keep prices down in last-ditch effort to keep $1.1bn deal alive

Private equity outfit makes concessions, key questions still remain

The little-known private equity firm trying to buy the .org internet registry for $1.1bn has made a last-ditch effort to keep the deal alive, promising a series of commitments over pricing and control.…

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US corp Afilias disappears from battle to run Colombia's trendy .co after The Register, industry probe technical docs

Afil-alas, we hardly knew ye

Afilias has vanished from a controversial race to run Colombia’s trendy .co top-level domain – just days after fresh accusations emerged that the tendering process had been rigged in the American corp's favor.…

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Monday 24 February 2020

World Wide Web's Sir Tim swells his let's-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts

Inrupt promises a pro-privacy solution to managing, protecting personal data

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has staffed up his startup, dubbed Inrupt, with a handful of notable hires that make its internet salvation mission a bit more plausible.…

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Afrinic's new CEO promises change of culture at org laid low by allegations of corruption and dysfunction

Eddy Kayihura hopes to fix troubled regional internet registry

Interview  In November, Rwandan IT expert Eddy Kayihura took over as CEO of Afrinic – Africa’s troubled regional internet registry, which is responsible for allocating the continent's IP addresses among other resources. This month he spoke to The Register about his plans for the future, including the overhaul of the registry.…

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Red Hat slips through Platform 16 to OpenStack wizarding world, says customers still want to run their own cloud

With public cloud vendors now offering on-prem, why OpenStack? Cost and avoiding lock-in – Red Hat

Interview  OpenStack allows you to say "I am the Jeff Bezos of my cloud," Red Hat's Sean Cohen, senior manager product management, told The Reg at the launch of OpenStack's Platform 16, its enterprise cloud platform, which has just become generally available.…

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All your base station are belong to us: Intel joins spec race with new 5G chips

Plus: Looking for a 'deep learning boost'? Chipzilla's your man

Intel will sling out fresh silicon aimed at hardware across the nascent 5G market: including new second-generation Xeon processors and a low-latency Atom P5900 for next-gen mobile base stations.…

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Friday 21 February 2020

Third time's a charm, maybe: Bankers suing Oracle over claims of exaggerated cloud sales have another go at convincing skeptical judge

Anecdotes of bullying customers fall short of legal standard to establish fraudulent intent

The financial group suing Oracle for allegedly deceiving investors by inflating its cloud revenue this week took a third stab at articulating its claim against the database giant.…

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Managed services slinger Ensono waves goodbye to staff on both sides of the pond

Says a big hello to low-cost services land, aka India

Managed services pusher Ensono is to chop 137 employees across its UK and US global support desk and technology teams to reduce costs, and has said that hiring in India is a key element of delivering services.…

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Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer

Dangerous levels of EMF: Evidence-based Measurement Findings

UK comms regulator Ofcom today published the results of its latest spectrum measurement tests, which tracked electromagnetic field emissions at 16 of the busiest 5G sites.…

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Breaking bad... browser use: New Mexico accuses Google of illegally slurping kids' private data via G Suite

Web giant hits back, says allegations are 'factually wrong'

New Mexico has sued Google, claiming the ad-slinging web titan broke its promises – and the law – by covertly collecting personal information and the browsing habits of children.…

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Keep cloud innovation rolling at your biz by getting yourself to Gartner’s Infrastructure and Operations Conference

Discover which developments lie ahead: 16 - 17 June, Frankfurt

Promo  “Digital transformation” in practice still basically boils down to hybrid cloud, and while more and more of us are bolting public and private cloud infrastructure together, it’s no less important to keep looking for new inspiration as we put new technology and skills in place within the enterprise.…

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FCC forced by court to ask the public (again) if they think tearing up net neutrality was a really good idea or not

US regulator tries to hide embarrassment behind series of sudden announcements

Comment  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking the American public to tell it if its decision in 2017 to scrap net neutrality regulations was dumb or not.…

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Google product boss cuffed on suspicion of murder after his Microsoft manager wife goes missing, woman's body found, during Hawaii trip

Before he was arrested, Googler appealed to internet, newspaper for help finding his spouse

Sonam Saxena, 43, a product manager at Google Cloud, was arrested in Hawaii this week on suspicion of second-degree murder.…

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Thursday 20 February 2020

Buzzwords ahoy as Microsoft tears the wraps off machine-learning enhancements, new application for Dynamics 365

Introducing Project Operations

Microsoft has announced a new application, Dynamics 365 Project Operations, as well as additional AI-driven features for its Dynamics 365 range.…

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No Huawei gear in vital 5G project to bring virtual-reality Robin Hood to Sherwood Forest

Rural trials will not use equipment 'from high risk vendors' says Ministry of Fun

The UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, aka the Ministry of Fun) has barred Huawei gear from rural 5G trials.…

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Forcing us to get consent before selling browser histories violates our free speech, US ISPs claim

That ain't the way life should be responds the state of Maine

The state of Maine is violating ISPs’ free speech by forcing them to ask for their customers’ permission to sell their browser history, according to a new lawsuit.…

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Wednesday 19 February 2020

Brit telcos score £218m licence fee repayment from Ofcom after penny-pinching regulator loses Court of Appeal case

But will you see your phone bills decreasing?

Ofcom must repay £218m to the UK's four main mobile network operators (MNOs) after overcharging them for spectrum access, the Court of Appeal ruled today.…

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Fire Brigades Union warns of wonky IT causing dangerous delays in 999 control rooms

In some of UK's worst flood-hit areas

IT failures in emergency fire control rooms are creating dangerous delays, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned.…

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Revolution, comrades: Internet Society told to halt .org sale… by its own advisory council

Would-be buyer Ethos attempts closed-room meeting to push deal through

The Internet Society's own members are now opposing its sale of the .org internet registry to an unknown private equity firm.…

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Tuesday 18 February 2020

Google Cloud rolls up in an AMD second-gen Epyc test car, looks you in the eye, pats the passenger seat

Meanwhile: Chip fabs still running just fine in China, FYI, says analyst

Google has added rentable virtual machines powered by AMD's second-generation Epyc Rome server processors to its cloud platform line-up – as a beta, we note.…

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Japan would like to offer 5G firms cheap loans – because subsidies are only bad when Huawei gets them

Look over here! Mmmmm, tax breaks

In an effort to counter the influence and spread of Chinese-built kit, the Japanese government has approved a draft bill that will offer low-cost finance to firms looking to develop 5G and drone technologies.…

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Oracle gets a bit touchy-feely as CEO Catz shares a digital transformation bedtime story

Just what is it you lot actually do anyway?

Comment  Headlining the recent Oracle OpenWorld Europe gabfest in London, Big Red's CEO Safra Catz says big chages are afoot at the company, though the shadow of its colourful chairman continues to loom large.…

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We can simulate him... we have the technology: Virtual humans make jump from super 'puter to Oracle Cloud

Ah Larry, you're all heart. Virtually

While the faithful were gathered for Oracle's OpenWorld Europe (OOW) knees-up at London's Excel centre, boffins using the company's cloud have been busy creating a virtual human.…

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Monday 17 February 2020

Everything OK down there in the Oracle trench? Good. Big Red has a cloud-based data science platform for you

Good hook if you're already all-in. Oh, and there's an elephant in the room: full Hadoop implementation

Analysis  After securing a lofty position in enterprise applications and databases, Oracle has fixed its eyes on data science. And though analysts have expressed doubt about whether Big Red is producing technologies new to the field, its shiny Cloud Data Science Platform might appeal to those already heavily invested in Oracle's software.…

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Sunday 16 February 2020

How the US-China trade is felt stateside: FPGA stalwart Xilinx trims workforce after lucrative Huawei sales pipe blocked

'A combination of losing Huawei and slower than anticipated ramp in 5G'

A small round of layoffs at Silicon Valley's Xilinx was the result of the US government's ongoing war on Huawei, one of the FPGA designer's top customers.…

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Friday 14 February 2020

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia

Techies quit to go it alone, iGiant tries to lure away their staff – then sues – court told

Apple's iPhone chip designers mulled creating their own homegrown server processor for the Silicon Valley giant – but were shot down by Steve Jobs after they presented the idea at an internal meeting.…

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Arista cats beat bunch of networking top dogs to lap up SDN boffins Big Switch

Buy to boost cloud, automation and visibility chops

Arista has beaten several rival suitors to snap up software-defined networking (SDN) specialist Big Switch after months of negotiations.…

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Wuhan coronavirus will knock $100m off our sales, warns Nvidia. Now get a load of our AI-driven data-center numbers

The past twelve months have not been good for GPU giant

Nvidia talked up its data center AI sales and strong just-past quarter to keep everyone's eyes distracted from an otherwise lukewarm financial year.…

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Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations

Pentagon's $10bn winner-takes-all cloud super-contract in stasis as Starship Bezos opens fire

A US federal court today slammed the brakes on the Pentagon's decision to award Microsoft the JEDI cloud mega-contract.…

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Thursday 13 February 2020

Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code

CFO – and daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei – Meng Wanzhou named in fresh criminal indictment

Huawei has been charged by the US government with 16 counts ranging from fraud to conspiracy to launder money and steal trade secrets to racketeering conspiracy.…

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Git your coat – you've pulled: Standalone command-line interface for GitHub hits beta

Limited functionality and cloud only, but improvements are on the way

A beta of GitHub's command-line interface for managing issues and pull requests is available to download for macOS, Windows and Linux.…

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Internet’s safe-keepers forced to postpone crucial DNSSEC root key signing ceremony – no, not a hacker attack, but because they can't open a safe

Online security process stalled by offline security screw-up

The organization that keeps the internet running behind-the-scenes was forced to delay an important update to the global network – because it was locked out of one of its own safes.…

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Cisco: We warned months ago our sales would be a bit glum, we did not disappoint, and don't expect changes soon. PS: We axed Cisco Live Oz

The aristocrats! The aristocrats!

As feared, Cisco saw its sales slip slightly from last quarter as customers held off on buying new network and comms gear.…

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Wednesday 12 February 2020

What's the German word for stalling technology rollouts over health fears? Cos that plus 5G equals Switzerland

Technologieverz√∂gerung? Uh, Kommunikationsb√ľrokratie?

Switzerland has stalled the rollout of next-gen 5G mobile networks over health concerns.…

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Microsoft and Oracle, sitting in a cloud... in-ter-ope-ra-bi-li-ty: Friends-with-benefits deal is working out nicely for both

I'll show you my customers if you show me yours

Oracle has continued its attempt to gain ground on cloud rivals by expanding its data centres and extending last year's love-in with Microsoft.…

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Deutsche Bank calls in AWS, Microsoft and Google to tout for cloud biz: Come in to tender, deal value unknown

One of the Big Three will snap up floaty tech pact within 'months'

Deutsche Bank has reportedly invited bids from Microsoft, Google, and Amazon to pitch for cloud services and other project work as part of a major tech investment scheduled over the next two years.…

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Uncle Sam: Secretly spying on networks around the world without telling anyone, Huawei? But that's OUR job

Chinese mega-maker denies latest allegations of backdoor shenanigans

An almighty row broke out on Tuesday over the cops-only backdoor Huawei builds into its cellular network products and who exactly can access it.…

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You, FCC, tell us again why cities are only allowed to charge rich telcos $270 to attach 5G tech to utility poles?

Well, we just reached inside our ass and pulled it out, regulator tells court

The controversial decision by the FCC to impose a $270 limit on what cities are allowed to charge mobile operators for hosting a 5G cell on their utility poles finally came up for judicial review this week.…

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Monday 10 February 2020

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump

In today's episode of Absolutely Never Happening, Amazon wants the President to testify whether or not he personally ordered AWS JEDI snub

Amazon has taken the extraordinary step of moving to depose the President of the United States as part of its appeal against the Pentagon's decision to award the $10bn JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft.…

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Time to call off Mobile World Congress yet? Nvidia, Amazon and Sony all sidestep trade show over coronavirus fears

Can GSMA really assure the event will be safe?

It's been a brutal few days for Mobile World Congress, with several of its biggest participants withdrawing from the trade show over fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. The latest pack includes household names like Sony, Amazon, NTT Docomo and Nvidia, as well as 5G infrastructure stalwart VIAVI Solutions.…

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Don't tell us to go Huawei, Chinese ambassadors tell UK and France

Locking out network biz 'goes against the principles of a market economy and free trade', says diplomat

The Chinese state has gone on a diplomatic offensive over Huawei and 5G, with ambassadors to the UK and France both accusing their host countries of discriminating against the company.…

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Friday 7 February 2020

Thursday 6 February 2020

Guess we have to do this the Huawei then: Verizon sued by Chinese giant for allegedly ripping off patented tech

So hard to pick a side when it's the Hannibal Lecter and Charles Manson of technology going toe to toe

Huawei and Verizon are squaring off in America over allegations of patent infringement and failed licensing deals.…

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Wednesday 5 February 2020

Internet Society gets tetchy over .org sale delay, half-threatens ICANN over deadlines and jurisdiction

Meanwhile, DNS overseer continues to dither on whether to do anything

The operator of .org has responded aggressively to a further delay in its controversial sale of the registry to a private equity firm, warning DNS overseer ICANN not to spike the deal.…

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'Tens of millions' of Cisco devices vulnerable to CDPwn flaws: Network segmentation blown apart by security bugs

Enterprises face fear of phone fragging fest as Doom spawns on IP phones

Enterprise networking giant Cisco is expected to release a set of software fixes on Wednesday to address five critical vulnerabilities in devices that rely on the Cisco Discovery Protocol, known to its friends as CDP.…

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Outlook more like 'look out!' as Microsoft email decides everything is spam today

Cortana, set a reminder for when their services work. Cortana? CORTANAAA!

Microsoft is having a bad time this week. First it was Teams, and now Outlook has begun treating pretty much every email as spammy nonsense.…

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Vodafone CEO: We will elbow Chinese firm Huawei from our European core networks

Project set to take half a decade and cost €200m

Vodafone will strip Huawei gear out of its core network across Europe at a cost of €200m following last week's fresh guidelines about the use of so-called "high risk vendors" from the UK government and the European Union.…

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Tuesday 4 February 2020

Infor is now a Koch company: Megacorp swallows cloud ERP outfit after investing billions in early-stage funding

Golden Gate Capital jettisons equity before IPO can kick in

Cloudy ERP outfit Infor has been picked up by Koch Industries after investment biz Golden Gate Capital sold off its remaining equity stake.…

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Colombia accused of rigging .co contract for dot-org provider Afilias – is this document a smoking gun?

Technical requirements file appears to include references to US biz's other operations

Analysis  Suspicions have grown deeper that a lucrative contract to run Colombia’s .co registry was rigged to favor US-based operator Afilias, thanks to unusual references in one of the South American government’s official documents.…

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The winners and losers of infrastructure clouds revealed: AWS, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba get fatter

Can you smell the democratisation of IT? Neither can the shrinking 'others' section

AWS remains the biggest provider of infrastructure clouds with a revenue haul of $34.6bn in 2019 but for the first time it has pulled in less than double that of nearest rival Microsoft, which inhaled $18.1bn.…

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Orange has an elegant solution to Huawei question in France: We'll stick with Nokia and Ericsson for 5G networks

C'est simple comme bonjour!

Orange, France's largest telecoms company, will use Nokia and Ericsson to deploy its 5G networks as pressure to ban Huawei from European networks mounts.…

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Somewhere, Google's financial bods are playing on repeat... What do you want from me? It's not how it used to be...

Full-year profit up 14% to $34.3bn, YouTube bringing in $15bn ad sales – and shares down

Google's parent Alphabet on Monday reported $162bn in revenue for its 2019 fiscal year, up 18 per year over year, and $46bn in revenue for its fourth quarter, up 17 per cent.…

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