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Amazon Gets Order From Court To Temporarily Block Pentagon Project By Microsoft

Microsoft, however, never responded directly to the AWS complaint

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Amazon alleged in its complaint -- filed against the US government's decision to award JEDI contract to the "less competitive" Microsoft -- that Trump abused his position to put "improper pressure" on decision-makers for personal gains and show his hatred towards Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who owns The Washington Post. VOA

Stunned at losing the prestigious $10 billion Pentagon Cloud project, Amazon has sought ‘preliminary injunction’ from the court to temporarily block Microsoft from starting work on the project.

According to a CNN Business report citing a court filing on Tuesday, retail giant’s Cloud arm will seek a preliminary injunction to “prevent the issuance of substantive task orders under the contract”. Amazon’s request will be submitted by Jan. 24. Microsoft is set to start its work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud contract from February 11.

“DoD’s substantial and pervasive errors are hard to understand and impossible to assess separate and apart from the President’s repeatedly expressed determination to, in the words of the President himself, ‘screw Amazon.’ Basic justice requires re-evaluation of proposal and a new award decision,” read the court filing. Amazon last year filed a suit with the US Court of Federal Claims contesting the decision.

Meanwhile, undeterred by Amazon’s lawsuit, Microsoft is going the whole hog on recruiting people for the project it won despite AWS being the favourite. According to Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and chief legal officer, “we have if anything been moving even faster since that contract was awarded”.

Amazon alleged in its complaint — filed against the US government’s decision to award JEDI contract to the “less competitive” Microsoft — that Trump abused his position to put “improper pressure” on decision-makers for personal gains and show his hatred towards Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who owns The Washington Post.

In the formal protest unsealed at the US Court of Federal Claims, Amazon said the US President “launched repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks” against the company in an effort to undermine its bid and hurt its founder and CEO Bezos, “his perceived political enemy”.

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Meanwhile, undeterred by Amazon’s lawsuit, Microsoft is going the whole hog on recruiting people for the project it won despite AWS being the favourite. Pixabay

Microsoft, however, never responded directly to the AWS complaint. The Department of Defense (DoD), however, said that the procurement process was conducted by seasoned procurement experts.

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“The department is confident in the JEDI award and remains focused on getting this critical capability into the hands of our warfighters as quickly and efficiently as possible,” DoD said in a statement. (IANS)

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Amazon’s Music Streaming Service Hits 55 Million Subscribers Globally

Amazon Music Unlimited plan runs $9.99 a month, or $7.99 a month for Prime members who upgrade

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Amazon's music streaming service has grown about 50 per cent in Britain, Germany, Japan, and the US during the past year, and it is also gaining new listeners in countries such as France, Italy, Mexico and Spain. VOA

Amazon’s music streaming service ‘Amazon Music’ has reached 55 million subscribers globally closing in on Apple Music which has over 60 million users.

“Our strategy is unique and, like everything we do at Amazon, starts with our customers. We have always been focused on expanding the marketplace for music streaming by offering music listener’s unparalleled choice because we know that different listeners have different needs,” Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music said in a statement recently.

“As we continue to lead in our investment in voice with Alexa, and in high-quality audio with Amazon Music HD, we’re excited to bring our customers and the music industry even more innovation in 2020 and beyond,” Steve added.

Amazon’s streaming music service has grown about 50 per cent in Britain, Germany, Japan, and the US during the past year, and it is also gaining new listeners in countries such as France, Italy, Mexico and Spain.

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Amazon’s music streaming service ‘Amazon Music’ has reached 55 million subscribers globally closing in on Apple Music which has over 60 million users. Wikimedia Commons

Amazon Music Unlimited plan runs $9.99 a month, or $7.99 a month for Prime members who upgrade.

With the Single device plan, customers can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited at $3.99 per month to access more than 50 million songs on their Fire TV or Echo device.

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While, the family plan allows six family members to access the service for $14.99 per month, or $149 per year for Prime members. (IANS)