Inside CTO/CIO - August 27th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Aug 27th, 2019)

US and France reach digital-tax deal/ Nvidia expands its AI functionality/ Oracle's latest JEDI appeal

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1. The US and France have reached a deal over a digital services tax on America's big tech giants. France passed a 3 percent tax in July that targets dozens of companies including Facebook, Amazon, and Google that provide digital services to French users. The French tax will be dropped once the Organization for Economic Cooperation reaches a multilateral agreement on taxation in the digital era, at which time companies who paid under the French tax system will be reimbursed. - CNBC

2. Chip-maker Nvidia will release software to help companies move artificial intelligence workloads back and forth between their on-premise data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS. The software is dubbed ComputeServer. Nvidia was once known for making chips to make video games run faster, but in recent years has shifted to supplying chips that speed up artificial intelligence tasks. But Nvidia GPUs just became one of the targets in a lawsuit filed by GlobalFoundries against Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for infringement of its patents held in the US and Germany. GlobalFoundries is looking to block imports against processors it says rely on those patents to be produced — which would include all of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, every Google Pixel smartphone and every Nvidia GPU. - REUTERS

3. Oracle will file a new appeal of last month’s federal court decision that found against the company in its legal challenge to the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) procurement process. That challenge argued that Amazon, a finalist for the cloud deal, had an unfair advantage because of a conflict of interest. It was rejected by a federal judge in July. “The Court of Federal Claims opinion in the JEDI bid protest describes the JEDI procurement as unlawful, notwithstanding dismissal of the protest solely on the legal technicality of Oracle’s purported lack of standing,” Oracle said in a statement. The winner of the contract was supposed to be announced this month. - CRN   

4. Alibaba-backed Chinese AI firm Megvii Technology has filed an IPO in Hong Kong. The company, which has developed facial recognition platform Face++, may raise as much as $1 billion in its initial public offering. China has ambitions to become an international leader in AI and Megvii plans to use the IPO proceeds for research and development. The filing comes as companies postpone or slow down listing plans in a recession-bound city that has seen nearly three months of anti-government protests. - VENTUREBEAT

5. Microsoft's top-tier customers running Windows 10 E5, 365 E5 and Government E5 will get extended security updates for their Windows 7 installations for one year at no additional charge. Qualifying subscriptions must remain active until the end of the year and throughout the extended security updates period to continue to receive security updates. Users subscribing to other Windows plans will be charged for security updates as soon as Windows 7 falls out of support in January. - TECHCRUNCH

6. Chase dropped its digital wallet app to focus on working with merchants to provide payment solutions for customers through the Chase Pay button online and directly in merchant apps. It says it will add more retailers that accept Chase Pay through merchant apps including food ordering company Grubhub. The app, launched in 2015, will shut down early next year. Chase has faced significant competition from Apple with Apple Pay, which has been adopted by 43% iPhone Users. - CNBC

7. Cisco will acquire CloudCherry to augment contact center portfolio with advanced analytics, customer journey mapping, and survey capabilities. CloudCherry is one of Cisco's portfolio companies. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.- ZDNET 

8. Robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and DataOps are among eight technologies experts predict will disrupt business in 2020. Technology experts say that "functional utility of robotic process automation is shockingly good"; that AI is playing an important role in defending organizations from security threats; and that DataOps can have ripple effects on an organization’s ability to extract value from its data. Video and unified communications, 5G, containers, VR and AR, and IoT and edge computing round out the list. - CIO

9. IBM has open-sourced its entire Power instruction set architecture (ISA) and The OpenPower Foundation, which it founded in 2013, will now become part of the Linux Foundation. The Power architecture is designed to exploit parallelism at the instruction-, data-, and thread-level and retains popularity in the high-performance computing space. IBM has contributed a softcore design to the open-sourcing effort. - EXTREME TECH

10. Apple reportedly has indefinitely postponed a project to create an iPhone feature for texting in areas without cellular service. It had been partnering with Intel to leverage its chips from upcoming iPhones for the technology that would let iPhones communicate with other iPhones over long-distance radio waves that bypass cellular networks. - BUSINESS INSIDER

Jennifer Zaino is a freelance writer and editor specializing in business, technology, healthcare and education. 

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

Jennifer Zaino is a freelance writer and editor specializing in business, technology, healthcare and education. 

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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