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Amazon Seeks to Depose President, Others After Losing $10B Pentagon Cloud Contract

The News: Amazon seeks to depose President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and former Defense Secretary James Mattis over a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract awarded to Microsoft. CNBC reports that in documents unsealed and filed Monday, Amazon’s cloud computing arm AWS is looking to depose seven “individuals who were instrumental” in the JEDI source selection and “played pivotal roles” in the ultimate awarding...

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Retail-as-a-Service: Experiential Retailer b8ta Opens First International Store

The News: Retail-as-a-service b8ta, opened its first store outside the U.S. on January 29,2020, in Dubai, at The Dubai Mall, in partnership with Chalhoub Group, a Dubai-based luxury goods retailer and distributor. Proving to be a trailblazer in experiential retail, b8ta has multiple locations in the United States. The company’s retail-as-a-service model features spaces that brands rent to display high-tech and luxury products, while...

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Market Insight: The Promise of IoT for CSPs

The promise of IoT for CSPs presents a significant opportunity. For the last decade, communication service providers (CSPs) have been especially focused on Internet of Things (IoT) as a means of alternative revenue streams. CSPs have been trying to become a valuable part of the IoT value chain and wanting to be viewed as more than just a dumb pipe. What has transpired in the last 10 years has been the building of IoT-specific networks...

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IoT Cybersecurity Regulations Kick in With the Start of 2020

The New: As of January 1, 2020 both California and Oregon’s IoT cybersecurity laws (SB 327 and HB 2395 respectively) covering “smart” devices went into effect. These laws state that any manufacturer of a device that connects “directly or indirectly” to the internet must equip it with “reasonable” security features. As IoT cybersecurity regulations begin on the local (state) level, federal regulation is looming. Depending...