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Faced with increased criticism, Pentagon slashes cloud computing contract awarded to an Amazon partner — The Washington Post

Faced with criticism over how it awarded a contract, the Pentagon on Monday slashed a deal awarded to Rean Cloud, The Washington Post’s Christian Davenport and Aaron Gregg write.

Here is the link – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/03/05/faced-with-increased-criticism-pentagon-slashes-cloud-computing-contract-awarded-to-an-amazon-partner/

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Gordon Bell, an architect of our digital age, dies at age 89 — Ars Technica

Computer pioneer Gordon Bell, who as an early employee of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) played a key role in the development of several influential minicomputer systems and also co-founded the first major computer museum, passed away, writes Benj Edwards in Ars Technica. 

Amazon plans to give Alexa an AI overhaul — and a monthly subscription price — CNBC

Amazon is upgrading its decade-old Alexa voice assistant with generative artificial intelligence and plans to charge a monthly subscription fee to offset the cost of the technology, writes Kate Rooney in CNBC.

Scale raises $1B

San Francisco-based data foundry startup Scale has raised $1 billion in a Series F financing round, pegging the company at a $13.8 billion valuation.