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US Supreme Court backs Google in copyright battle with Oracle

The US Supreme Court has sided with Google in an eight billion dollar (£5.7bn) copyright dispute with Oracle over the internet company’s creation of the Android operating system used on most smartphones worldwide.


Flood sends US National Weather Service buoy data centre offline

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA for short, relies on the data centre to observe changes in weather, climate, oceans and coast, tapping data produced by a network of 90 buoys and 60 network stations located on piers, lighthouses and beaches.


US data centre provider Switch taps Tesla battery storage for surplus solar power

US data centre firm Switch and private equity company Capital Dynamics have begun work on three solar and battery storage facilities in Nevada.

The three phases are part of the previously announced Gigawatt 1 project, which combined with an existing phase will provide 555 MW of solar power and 500 MWh of battery storage.


Despite US threats, the Government go ahead with tech tax plans

Companies whose worldwide revenues from digital activities exceed £500 million, with more than £25 million of the revenues from UK users, will fall under the digital services tax. It is expected to bring in an extra £65 million this year.With firms across the Atlantic including Google, Amazon and Facebook set to be the main targets of the tax, US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin has previously warned the US could retaliate with tariffs on UK-made cars. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, he said President Donald Trump would raise the issue personally with Boris Johnson.


El Capitan supercomputer will be 10 times as powerful as anything we’ve seen before

The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) upcoming El Capitan supercomputer will be capable of 2 exaflops of computing performance, making it more powerful than the top 200 fastest supercomputers combined.

The record-breaking supercomputer, which is expected to be delivered in early 2023 and will be located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, will be used by the DoE’s National Nuclear Security Administration to advance America’s nuclear security missions.