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Amazon announced a pair of significant cloud deals Tuesday, with ViacomCBS moving its media business to Amazon Web Services and Thomson Reuters having completed its own migration of thousands of servers to Amazon's cloud.

Why it matters: Amazon remains the leader in cloud services, but faces growing competition from Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

Details:

  1. ViacomCBS is moving its entire broadcast operation to Amazon's cloud, comprising 425 TV channels and 40 global data centers. Amazon notes this is one of the first large-scale shifts by a media company to the public cloud and says the move will help the company add new channels faster.
  2. Thomson Reuters, meanwhile, has completed its own move to AWS, including thousands of servers and hundreds of applications. The effort began back in 2018.

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The fall of Parler

Parler, the social media platform for conservatives and far-right extremists, is currently offline after being booted from Amazon's cloud hosting service. The move came just days after Parler was also removed from the Apple and Android app stores, for allegedly violating terms of service related to violent threats its platform.

Axios Re:Cap digs into what happened at Parler, including how most of its public posts and metadata were scraped and archived, with New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth.

GOP digital operatives aim to avoid "deplatforming"

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Republican digital operatives are worrying about themselves and their clients after major technology companies cracked down on prominent conservative websites and organizations.

Why it matters: Amazon’s decision to remove the popular conservative social media site Parler from its hosting services, and Twitter’s suspensions of President Trump and tens of thousands of his supporters, have segments of the online right fearing they will be "deplatformed" themselves.

The billionaires' brawl over satellite broadband

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Elon Musk is under siege by fellow billionaires at Amazon and Dish as he tries to get his fledgling space-based broadband service off the ground, with clashes involving airwave overload and the threat of satellite collisions.

Why it matters: Musk's Starlink service could extend broadband to unconnected customers in hard-to-reach rural areas. But competitors are pressing the Federal Communication Commission to stymie Musk's plans.