Microsoft cancels its in-person Build 2020 developers conference due to COVID-19 coronavirus

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On the heels of cancelling several of its smaller in-person events due to the threat of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Microsoft has announced it is cancelling its in-person Build 2020 developer event. The Build show will go on in a virtual way, officials said, in the same mid-May time slot that the regular conference was planned. 

A Microsoft spokesperson provided me on the evening of March12 the following  boilerplate statement:

“The safety of our community is a top priority. In light of the health safety recommendations for Washington State, we will deliver our annual Microsoft Build event for developers as a digital event, in lieu of an in-person event. We look forward to bringing together our ecosystem of developers in this new virtual format to learn, connect and code together. Stay tuned for more details to come.”

The news of Build’s cancellation isn’t surprising, especially given

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Miguel Rio Tinto, Emirates NBD

Dubai-headquartered banking group Emirates NBD (ENBD) is undergoing one of the most ambitious digital banking transformations in the world, with chief information officer (CIO) Miguel Rio Tinto at the helm.

The bank recently completed the third phase of its international core banking system upgrade, as it forges ahead with a Dhs1bn ($210m) plan to boost innovation and efficiency across its domestic and international operations.

With 14 million customers in 13 countries and assets of around AED 675.6bn ($184bn), the project represents a huge undertaking for Rio Tinto.

By end-2020, all ENBD entities and markets will be consolidated onto one single, updated core banking platform, enabling the bank to offer new financial services more rapidly across all markets while reducing global IT costs.

The global initiative is the bank’s biggest in its ongoing transformation, which entered its fourth and final year in 2020. The huge plan has already delivered many

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Department of Defense seeks to reevaluate JEDI cloud-contract bids after Microsoft win paused

On March 12, the U.S. Department of Defense requested the right to obtain revised bids from AWS and Microsoft for the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative (JEDI) contract, a couple of weeks after work on it was suspended. Though Microsoft was awarded the JEDI win in October last year, the Pentagon is now seeking to go back and reconsider parts of the bids, according to a motion filed with the Court of Federal Claims today.

In that DoD filing, the Pentagon is seeking to reexamine a pricing clause, in particular. The government wants another four months to reevaluate the bids. (Thanks to Federal News Network for posting ta link to today’s filing.)

According to the motion, AWS opposes the Pentagon’s request to suspend its legal challenge and reconsider the bids and plans to file a response. Microsoft doesn’t oppose the motion. I’ve asked both Microsoft and

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ICNIRP finds no health risk with 5G technologies

Research by the by the International Commission on Non‐Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has concluded that there is no specific undue health risk posed by 5G communications technologies if they adhere to recognised standards.

The ICNIRP is an independent organisation that provides scientific advice and guidance on the health and environmental effects of non‐ionising radiation (NIR) to protect people and the environment from detrimental NIR exposure.

After seven years of study looking at improved protection for higher frequency waves covering upcoming 5G technologies, as well as AM and DAB radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the currently used 3G and 4G mobile phones, the ICNIRP has issued new guidelines regarding the protection of humans exposed to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields.

The ICNIRP first published its international guidelines for protection against harmful effects of radiofrequency fields in 1998.

The main changes in the 2020 guidelines that are relevant to 5G exposures are for frequencies

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