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Technology The FTC has reportedly opened a probe into Amazon's cloud business

16:00  05 december  2019
16:00  05 december  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Amazon files suit protesting Microsoft's JEDI cloud contract with Pentagon

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A group of FTC investigators has reportedly begun interviewing small businesses that sell products on Bloomberg reports that a team of FTC investigators has begun a probe into Amazon ’ s online marketplace I’ve had several people ask me how to go to the FTC . I give them an email, and the

The FTC will reportedly have oversight over a potential Facebook probe , and it could signal a tidal wave of tech antitrust action. On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that the FTC would be responsible for looking into Amazon . The FTC has already been investigating the social media giant

The US Federal Trade Commission is expanding the scope of its Amazon probe to include its cloud business, according to Bloomberg. In addition to looking into the company's e-commerce business, investigators have reportedly started asking the software companies Amazon works with about Web Services' practices to figure out it's been harming competition or violating any antitrust laws.

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Amazon Web Services has been providing most of the company's operating income over the past four years. It didn't meet analyst expectations in the third quarter of 2019, and its growth seems to be slowing down a bit, but it still posted $9 billion in sales.

Amazon designs faster ARM-based chips for its cloud servers

  Amazon designs faster ARM-based chips for its cloud servers Amazon's cloud hosting business, Amazon Web Services, will soon be getting new server hardware -- an updated processor specifically designed for data centers, as reported by Reuters. Last year, Amazon announced the launch of its ARM-based processor called Graviton which was optimized for performance and cost. According to a source who spoke to Reuters, the new processors are at least 20 percent faster than this first-generation ARM chip. TheLast year, Amazon announced the launch of its ARM-based processor called Graviton which was optimized for performance and cost. According to a source who spoke to Reuters, the new processors are at least 20 percent faster than this first-generation ARM chip.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York. More. (Reuters) - U. S . Federal Trade Commission ( FTC ) has broadened its scrutiny of Amazon .com Inc beyond retail operations to include its cloud -computing business , Bloomberg on Wednesday

A federal probe into Amazon ' s market dominance is reportedly underway. The Wall Street Journal earlier this year reported that the FTC and the Department of Justice agreed to divvy up antitrust investigations into big tech companies, with the Justice Department looking into Google and Apple

The FTC refused to confirm the investigation. As Bloomberg notes, though, AWS sells various products on top of its basic offerings, such as databases and machine-learning tools, competing with software companies selling similar products. It also works with some of those software companies, which, in turn, may also be working with other cloud providers. The FTC may be looking into whether Amazon is favoring the companies that work with it exclusively and is punishing rivals that work with its cloud competitors. Of course, that's just a possible angle, and the investigation may not lead to a fine if the FTC finds that AWS is acting completely above board.

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What is Amazon Lightsail? .
Amazon Lightsail provides a scalable way to host applications in the cloud without needing your own servers or datacenters.Amazon Lightsail provides virtual servers that run in the cloud. The product complements Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) for storage. There are dozens and dozens of other Amazon services and products, many of them part of Amazon Web Services (or AWS). However, Lightsail is the product that companies rely on for running applications without the complexity of running your own servers in a data center.

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