Old Rivals Microsoft and Sony Team Up to Take on New Rivals

In an unlikely pairing, rivals Microsoft and Sony announced last week that they would cooperate on video gaming and cloud data services. The partnership, which would have been inconceivable years ago, comes as both companies jockey for an early lead in cloud gaming, an emerging business that frees gamers from having to download game software […]

Rivals Microsoft and Sony Strike Pact for Gaming, Cloud Services

Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp., bitter rivals in the game console market, are exploring partnerships in cloud-computing and artificial intelligence, including the use of Microsoft’s Azure for their own video and content-streaming services. By working together, the two companies aim to provide more enhanced entertainment experiences for their customers worldwide, including building better platforms for […]

Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Join Global Pledge to Combat Online Hate Speech

The leaders of France and New Zealand joined with the world’s biggest online platforms in pledging to help curb the internet’s role in spreading hate speech and incitement to violence. At a summit in Paris Wednesday, representatives from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., and Alphabet Inc., committed to use and develop rules, algorithms and direct intervention […]

Amazon Gave Jobs to DOD Staff Working on Cloud Bid, Lawsuit Claims

At least two Pentagon employees were offered jobs at Amazon.com Inc. while working on the Defense Department’s $10 billion cloud contract, a lawsuit filed by Oracle Corp. alleges. The amended complaint, made public on Tuesday, claims Deap Ubhi, a former employee at a high-level Defense Department technology unit, helped design the cloud contract in a […]

Data Sheet—Zuckerberg Needs a Slap, Google I/O vs. Microsoft Build, Bird Rides the Strugglebus

To start you week, three really good tech-oriented things I’ve consumed recently: * Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s cover story on Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is a snappily written and illuminating take on the man who has presided over his company’s reinvention. This story has been told over and over. And yet, the yarn about how and why […]

Data Sheet–Trump Could Throw Tech Under the Bus to Get a Trade Deal with China

This is the web version of Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer were in Beijing today for the latest in their seemingly endless round of trade negotiations with Chinese vice […]

Eye on A.I.— Retail Has Big Hopes For Artificial Intelligence. But Shoppers May Have Other Ideas

Walmart has opened a store in Levittown, N.Y. that is intended to showcase the power of artificial intelligence. The store, announced last week, is packed with video cameras, digital screens, and over 100 servers, making it appear more like a corporate data center than a discount retailer. All that machinery helps Walmart automatically track inventory […]

Dell Technologies, Microsoft, and VMware Just Became Very Big Cloud Partners

Dell Technologies, VMware, and Microsoft are making their data center, workplace software, and cloud computing technologies work better together. The partnership, announced Monday against the background of Dell’s annual user conference in Las Vegas, lets Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing customers use VMware’s virtualization software to manage their IT operations in Azure. It’s similar to a […]

Microsoft Joins the $1 Trillion Club

Microsoft, for a moment on Thursday, was the third U.S. company to see its valuation cross the $1 trillion mark. Shares have since lost some of those gains, putting the company just under the line once again. It’s uncertain if it will close above the milestone The stock spiked after the company beat its earnings […]

Even Melinda Gates Has Struggled to Get Her Husband Bill to Do His Fair Share

Melinda Gates’ new book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, takes readers on a journey through many of the regions where the eponymous foundation she leads with her husband Bill Gates attempts to affect change. But one of the most fascinating chapters of her book, titled “The Silent Inequality,” takes place […]