The Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.
Business Wire — NTT America, the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation and WTG a leading global distributor of connectivity services, today announced they have entered into a strategic agreement to equip WTG agents and VAR partners with ICT solutions that facilitate the rapid growth and global expansion of both disruptive and established Internet-centric businesses, mid-market companies and enterprises from Silicon Valley and across the nation.
Datacenter Knowledge — Ramping up its push into the US cloud services market, Chinese internet giant Alibaba’s cloud arm Aliyun is planning a second cloud data center on US soil. The announcement comes about four months after the company announced the launch of its first US data centerin Silicon Valley.
Want Chinat Tmes — China’s largest online direct sales company, JD.com, on Monday announced launch of a “US Mall,” where Chinese customers can buy authentic products that are imported from the United States. At the launch event held on Monday, JD.com founder and CEO Richard Liu made a special mention that his company will feature authentic products from Taylor Swift, including a line of clothes that the artist is designing exclusively for JD.com customers.
Times of India — BENGALURU: Bank of America, which is one of the biggest technology customers of India’s $146-billion IT industry, is now again handing out business worth over $300 million to India’s second largest software exporter Infosys, after a brief drop in business volumes last year. According to Infosys’s latest quarterly report, the company now has a customer that contributes about $300 million of annual revenues.
Guam PDN — One week after the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was disconnected from the world when its lone undersea fiber-optic cable broke, web service in Saipan has been restored. However, connection remains slow. The undersea cable operator, IT&E, announced Tuesday morning it “successfully installed an additional temporary link, between Saipan and Tinian, which has increased capacity tenfold compared to (Monday’s) restoration speeds.”
IT News — Network virtualisation company Megaport will invest $10 million over the next year to fund an aggressive expansion into the United States. The company, which was founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, today announced plans to establish its US headquarters in San Francisco.
China Tech News — Alibaba has agreed to sell four of its American e-commerce assets to U.S.-based social shopping platform OpenSky. Alibaba will give OpenSky 11main.com, Auctiva, Vendio and SingleFeed in exchange for about a 37% stake in OpenSky. No financial details or exact timing on the deal are yet available, according to reports in foreign media.
Datacenter Knowledge — California-based data center provider Server Farm Realty has struck a partnership with Chinese counterpart 21Vianet to provide services to customers in the US and China. Initially, 21Vianet is using SFR’s Silicon Valley data center to host customer equipment. Demand for data center space in the Silicon Valley is currently very high, and a lot of it comes from Chinese technology companies.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The US has backed India’s stand on internet governance, saying both countries share a common vision of ensuring every global citizen has a say in decision-making on the subject. “I heard about your very well-received remark at the ICANN meeting in Argentina. As democracies, India and the United States share a joint vision for ensuring every global citizen can participate in decision making regarding internet governance,” US under secretary of State Catherine A Novelli said in an e-mail to telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
China hacking U.S. became headlines when the American authorities exposed the hackers who could have taken confidential information about former security officials. However, this is the second time in the row that American authorities have come across a breach in their personal information network. In a report by Yahoo, it is revealed that China linked hackers have gained access into sensitive background information that had been submitted by military and intelligence authorities in order to gain security clearances of certain individuals.
Huawei launched its smart band product TalkBand B2 in America and announced a strategic deal with smart band manufacturer Jawbone to integrate data from Huawei’s wearable products into its UP application ecosphere. With the cooperation, Huawei’s existing and future wearable products will be able to access Jawbone’s UP application and enjoy Jawbone’s data integration service. The data will be simultaneously stored in Huawei Wear and Jawbone UP. In the future, Huawei’s smart watch will also be included in the Jawbone UP platform.
Alibaba – the Chinese ecommerce giant – is expanding its IaaS cloud offering named Aliyun into the United States and in doing so will take on America’s largest ecommerce company, Amazon and its cloud computing division Amazon Web Services. Alibaba and Amazon each dominate their countries ecommerce markets, and they both lead the IaaS markets in their respective nations as well. Now, each company is looking to move on to each others’ home turf.
Data stolen from US government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, US officials said on Friday, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks. The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama administration, which said records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.
PORTLAND, Ore., May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors – Samson David of Infosys, Edward Goldman of Intel, and Wanjing Li, of China Unicom Group. The Alliance also introduced nine new member companies, bringing its general membership to an all-time high as the organization approaches its fifth anniversary.
BEIJING (AP) — China responded Friday to allegations it was involved in a hacking attack on U.S. government computers by saying such claims are unproven and irresponsible, and that it wishes the United States would trust it more. The administration of President Barack Obama has increasingly pressed China on the issue of cyberhacking, and on Thursday U.S. officials said China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers.
WASHINGTON: Hackers broke into U.S. government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees, and investigators were probing whether the culprits were based in China, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Cyber investigators linked the breach to earlier thefts of healthcare records from Anthem Inc, the second largest U.S. health insurer, and Premera Blue Cross, a healthcare services provider.
The US reportedly tried and failed to hack North Korea’s nuclear weapon program five years ago by deploying a version of the Stuxnet computer virus, according to people familiar with the covert operation. The campaign began in tandem with the now-famous Stuxnet attack that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program in 2009 and 2010 by destroying a thousand or more centrifuges that were enriching uranium. Reuters and others have reported that the Iran attack was a joint effort by US and Israeli forces.
Xiaomi, a 5-year-old upstart, whose tablets and smartphones have enjoyed remarkable sales in China, is now setting shop in Europe and the U.S.; however, smartphones and tablets will not be featured in the company’s European and U.S. markets. Xiaomi plans to launch an online platform for U.S. consumers this coming Monday evening. Through this online marketplace, consumers will enjoy a variety of accessories that include portable battery backs, headphones, and activity trackers. Later on Tuesday, Xiaomi will also hit the ground running in France, Germany and the U.K., according to Billboard.
Tencent reportedly invested USD60 million in the acquisition of a 20% stake in Pocket Gems, a start-up mobile game company in America. Tencent will gain one position on the board of directors at Pocket Gems, according to reports in foreign media. Founded in 2009, Pocket Gems is headquartered in San Francisco and the company is supported by Sequoia Capital. Its latest product is War Dragons, which was launched in April 2015. This mobile game uses Pocket Gems’ own 3D graphics technology, aiming to attract hardcore players who are willing to spend more time and money on games.