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Latest from Nicole Cappella


Hydrogen: Fueling Innovation in the Data Centre

As demand for data centre services continues to grow, and more companies make pledges to go green, controlling energy consumption and seeking out alternative energy sources is a top priority. In addition to popular renewables like solar, wind and hydro power, one area that data centres are exploring is using hydrogen fuel cells as an energy source.


The Rise of the TowerCo

In a year where American Tower bought €7.7 billion worth of cell masts from Telefonica, Nicole Capella investigates these new network challengers and how they came to be


Most in-demand cloud roles in 2021

Many companies delayed hiring new employees during 2020. This year, expect companies to change tack and hire more cloud specialists than ever before.


Remote Data Centre Management in 2021

As data centre spending rebounds in the upcoming months, businesses will focus on making the best use of remote tools for data centre management. This will help them to maintain flexibility, agility, and adaptability in the face of changes to come. 


International cloud regulations: the right approach?

A cohesive cloud regulation strategy is necessary to avoid regulatory conflict, safeguard sensitive data, and protect consumers, writes Nicole Capella


Modern Computing Alliance: a tech monopoly under another name?

As Facebook faces allegations of illegally monopolising social media, other tech giants are forming a new alliance. But how is the Modern Computing Alliance, and other groups like it, different from monopolising technology to shut out smaller companies?


Record data transmission speed set by UCL researchers

A research team at University College London has set a new record for internet speed – double the data transmission speed of any system currently at use in the world. The university announced that the team, working with Xtera and KDDI Research, achieved a data transmission rate of 178TB/second: a speed at which one could… Read More


Datapod wins $20M AU contract with Australian Government

Datapod, a leading provider of modular data centre infrastructure solutions, has secured a contract with the Australian Department of Defense. Under this contract, Datapod will supply portable data centre systems to the Australian military. The Datapod components can be shipped by air and deployed in a variety of environments. Prefabricated modules can be constructed quickly… Read More


Stonepeak helps raise $1B for digital edge data centres

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, a North American private equity firm, has announced the formation of an independent data centre platform operating under the name Digital Edge. This enterprise will focus on the acquisition and development of data centres and digital infrastructure in the fast-growing APAC region. Digital Edge will launch with $1B in equity capital raised… Read More


Scotland announces plan to pioneer driverless technology

The CAV Roadmap for Scotland, newly released by the government, aims to make Scotland a leader in driverless technology with a plan that combines the efforts of government, industry, academics and key stakeholders to drive adoption of connected and automated vehicles.

Anticipated benefits of the new plan include reducing air pollution and congestion, reliability, and improved access to public transport for elderly, disabled, and underserved populations.

Driverless technology could also significantly impact the economy in the UK, with one report from Frost & Sullivan estimating that early adoption could result in the creation of 420,000 new jobs by 2030. Another report noted that by improving access, automated vehicles could provide an additional 1 million UK citizens with better access to higher education.


Microsoft seizes 50 domains operated by NK cybercriminals

A U.S. district court has provided Microsoft with a court order allowing the company to seize control of 50 domains operated by Thallium, a cybercrime ring believed to be of North Korean origin. By taking control of the domains, Microsoft will be able to suspend ‘spear phishing’ activities conducted on these websites.

Microsoft investigators have been tracking Thallium’s criminal activities, as they used their online network to target victims and compromise online accounts, infect computers with malicious code, and steal sensitive data.


Facebook fined $1.6M for improper sharing of user data

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has leveled a $1.6 million fine on Facebook, after finding that data from almost half a million app users was shared with developers of “thisisyourdigitallife.”

Data harvested by “thisisyourdigitallife” in the form of a voluntary user personality test was shared with Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm charged with influencing the 2016 US presidential election. Earlier this month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued a unanimous ruling that the now-defunct company had used ‘false and deceptive tactics’ to harvest user information, which was then used to train algorithms for targeted political advertising.