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Amazon Asks Judge to Block Microsoft from Pentagon Project

The US government in October awarded the much-anticipated $10 billion Cloud contract for Pentagon to Microsoft

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the retail giant’s Cloud arm, has asked a US judge to force a stay of work on Microsoft’s $10 billion Cloud contract until the court can rule on Amazon’s protest over the Pentagon awarding JEDI to Microsoft.

Amazon had sought ‘preliminary injunction’ from the court to temporarily block Microsoft from starting work on the billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project.

In a statement shared with Fast Company, an AWS spokesperson said that it is common practice to stay contract performance while a protest is pending.

“It’s important that the numerous evaluation errors and blatant political interference that impacted the JEDI award decision be reviewed. AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the DoD’s modernisation efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible,’ the spokesperson added.

Amazon filed a motion asking a federal judge to block Microsoft from working on any substantive tasks for the JEDI project while the court considers the matter. The motion makes good on Amazon’s previous pledge to try to pause work on the contract while the legal challenge is underway.

FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash.
FILE – Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. VOA

Amazon last year filed a suit with the US Court of Federal Claims contesting the decision.

“AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the Department of Defense (DoD’s) modernisation efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible,” the AWS spokesperson said.

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Microsoft is set to start its work on JEDI Cloud contract from February 11.

The US government in October awarded the much-anticipated $10 billion Cloud contract for Pentagon to Microsoft.

In its complaint against the government decision, Amazon alleged Trump abused his position to put “improper pressure” on decision-makers for personal gains and show his hatred towards Bezos who owns The Washington Post. (IANS)

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In India, One in Three Smartphone User Shops Using M-Commerce Platforms: Survey

According to market research firm techARC, the survey was conducted online with 500 users

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The trend of "casual" m-commerce is not high on mature platforms. Users are repetitively buying from credible m-commerce platforms. For leaders like Flipkart and Amazon, casual shoppers were just under 15 per cent. Pixabay

One in every three smartphone user shops through m-commerce platforms in India and Flipkart and Amazon India are emerging as leading platforms while Club Factory is growing fast as an alternative, said a new survey on Wednesday.

According to market research firm techARC, the survey was conducted online with 500 users. The demographics selected was of age group of 18 and above, who owned a smartphone for more than a year.

“While Flipkart and Amazon lead as the most engaged platforms, new entrant Club Factory is growing up fast among Challengers. The other platforms are not able to garner much attention, primarily due to their limited offerings which makes them as niche m-commerce platforms,” Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC, said in a statement.

Urban locations are leading in m-Commerce with 34.8 per cent users having shopped over these platforms, but rural is also catching up fast as 30.3 per cent of users in the rural areas have purchased a product using m-commerce.

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One in every three smartphone user shops through m-commerce platforms in India and Flipkart and Amazon India are emerging as leading platforms while Club Factory is growing fast as an alternative. Pixabay

The trend of “casual” m-commerce is not high on mature platforms. Users are repetitively buying from credible m-commerce platforms. For leaders like Flipkart and Amazon, casual shoppers were just under 15 per cent.

Eighty nine per cent of users install the m-commerce apps of their choice through the respective app stores of the smartphones they use. Only 5 per cent discover a platform pre-installed on their Smartphones.

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The market is almost evenly spread between shoppers buying regularly once in a month, users purchasing on need basis and buyers triggered by offers and promotions. This is a major shift in the motivation for buying online where offers and discounts are not the only triggers. (IANS)