CRN's round-up of last week's stories that might have passed you by.
1. Amazon Business lands £600m public sector deal
Amazon Business has signed a large Yorkshire deal, supplying schools, emergency services and social care providers, reported The Daily Telegraph. It is the first major public sector contract for Amazon Business, which launched in the UK in April last year. It aims to be a one-stop shop from which public bodies across Yorkshire can purchase a range of products.
2. Huawei gets in the way of Apple and Samsung
The Guardian reported that Chinese smartphone vendor Huawei has managed to knock Apple out of the way to become the second-largest phone manufacturer in the world, trailing behind Samsung in the second quarter. It marks the first time in seven years that Samsung and Apple have been split from the top two positions by a third contender. Huawei's success was attributed to a combination of the Chinese market's slowdown easing and growing market share in Europe.
3. IBM wins $83m in battle against Groupon
A US jury found in favour of IBM against discount e-tailer Groupon this week, awarding the tech giant a cool $83m (£63m), reported The Register. The suit alleged that Groupon was guilty of four infringements of IBM's e-commerce patents, and the jury agreed. IBM was initially seeking $167m in damages.
4. Windows 10 as a service
Rumour has it that Microsoft is planning to unveil its Managed Desktop service for enterprise customers, making Windows 10 a subscription service. It is reportedly launching the service as a way to tackle the problems IT departments encounter form the operating system's twice-yearly updates. Microsoft has not commented on the rumours, but the internet is rife with speculation.
5. Google caves to Chinese censorship laws
After citing limitations on free speech as its reason for shutting down its operation in China, Google is allegedly attempting another crack of the whip in the country, revealed The Intercept. This time it will bow to the Chinese government's wishes, censoring search terms about human rights, democracy and communism. The project is codenamed Dragonfly, and is reported to be a "joint venture" with an unnamed partner, presumed to be based in China.
Businesses also admit to holding data without permission of subjects
Zedsphere says end-point security vendor's offerings will be a 'key' feature of its wider portfolio
New acquisition will bring UK cloud service provider's global headcount to over 700
Law firm claims that Oracle lied to investors over what is driving its cloud revenue growth and boosted sales through 'threats and extortive tactics'