Feb 9, 2017

Snapchat's billion dollar deal with Amazon

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Snap's latest updated paperwork for its IPO includes this detail: The company has a $1 billion deal with Amazon for cloud services.

The details: The deal — first inked in 2016 — was updated this week to commit the company to spending more money each year with Amazon for five years, culminating in $350 in 2021. Amazon will provide Snap with "redundant infrastructure support of our business operations."

In context: Amazon isn't the only cloud provider Snap is relying on as it heads toward going public. The company also has commitments to Google worth $2 billion. That relationship is significant enough to get a mention in the company's list of risk factors for the IPO. Snap said in its filing that "disruption of or interference with our use of the Google Cloud operation would negatively affect our operations and seriously harm our business." That agreement is also notable for Google's business.

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Biden rolls out new policies in effort to court Sanders supporters

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The Biden campaign announced two new policies on Thursday on health care and student debt that are squarely aimed at appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The policies don't go as far as Sanders' platform, but they signal that Biden is serious about incorporating elements of his former rival's agenda in an effort to help unify the Democratic Party and defeat President Trump in the general election.

Reports: Saudi Arabia and Russia reach major deal to cut oil production

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Why it matters: The revival of the OPEC+ collaboration patches up the early March rupture between the countries, which had pushed already depressed prices down much further by threatening to unleash even more new supplies into the saturated market.