BIAFRA DAY OF ATONEMENT AND PRAYER Tuesday SEPTEMBER 18th to 19th 2017 Below are the Atonement prayers. You can add yours too, for instance, I will be adding Psalm 35 to my own bible reading as well. The three Cardinal Prayer Points are:  (1) Forgiveness,  (2) Grace and Wisdom from Chukwu Okike Abiama,  (3) Restoration of…

Kevin’s Week in Tech: Let’s Check In on the Other Social Networks, Shall We?

Kevin’s Week in Tech: Let’s Check In on the Other Social Networks, Shall We? Photo Twitter reported a profit that was driven, in part, by its data licensing business — the part of Facebook’s business that got it into trouble. Credit Richard Drew/Associated Press Each week, Kevin Roose, technology columnist at The New York Times, discusses developments in the tech industry, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here.
Hello again! I write to you this week from my underground bunker, deep below The New York Times’s headquarters, where I’ve gone to avoid all news about Kanye West’s political views.
As usual, there was some Facebook news during the week: The company reported strong first-quarter earnings and user growth, showing that not even a global privacy freakout can keep those sweet, sweet “likes” and shares coming. The company’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, pulled the short straw and got stuck on crisis cleanup duty this ..

Amazon’s Profit Swells to $1.6 Billion, Lifted by Its Cloud Business

Amazon’s Profit Swells to $1.6 Billion, Lifted by Its Cloud Business Photo Amazon’s revenue for the first quarter jumped 43 percent from a year earlier, rising to $51 billion from $35.7 billion in the same period last year. Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, long ago figured out how to keep Amazon’s sales figures shooting skyward. Now he is doing the same with profit.
The company, which once seemed to have only a passing interest in turning a profit, said its net income for the first quarter more than doubled. Although Amazon is best known as an internet shopping destination, its cloud computing and advertising businesses were big contributors to the jump in profit.
Mr. Bezos singled out the performance of the company’s cloud computing business — known as Amazon Web Services, or A.W.S. — referring in a statement to a “remarkable acceleration” in growth in the segment for a second consecutive quarter.
Amazon often boasts of its co..

Microsoft posts better than expected financial results as revenue grows 16% in a year

CEO says results vindicate focus on cloud products
Microsoft reported steady growth in its latest round of financial results as the company's chief executive praised the performance of its cloud services.
The technology giant reported revenue of $26.8bn (£19.2bn), a 16 per cent increase on the same quarter last year.
The company's net income also rose 35 per cent to $7.4bn (£5.3bn).
Read more Microsoft women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints Tech Giants Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM Keep Their Heads in the Cloud Windows tool shows how much of your personal data Microsoft collects Chief executive Satya Nadella, who has overseen a shift in the firm's focus away from hardware such as smartphones and towards its software and cloud products such as Office 365, said the results reflected industry faith in the move.
“Our results this quarter reflect the trust people and organisations are placing in the Microsoft Cloud,” he said.
“We are innovating a..

Microsoft’s Cloud Has Business Booming Again

Microsoft’s Cloud Has Business Booming Again
Microsoft, more than any other traditional software company, has swiftly and profitably made the shift to delivering software as an internet service.
The technology giant reinforced how well is has made that transition on Thursday, when it reported strong gains in both profits and sales in its fiscal third quarter, led by the rapid growth of its cloud software business.
The company’s net income rose 35 percent from a year earlier, to $7.4 billion. Revenue rose 16 percent to $26.8 billion in the quarter, exceeding the Wall Street consensus forecast of nearly $25.8 billion.
Microsoft’s earnings per share increased 36 percent to 95 cents a share, well above the analysts’ average estimate of 85 cents a share, compiled by Thomson Reuters.


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Since Satya Nadella became chief executive in 2014, the cloud portion of Microsoft’s revenue has soared from 3 percent to more than 21 percent this year, accord..

Amazon's revenue surges by 43 per cent pushing shares to record high

Company has become a recurring target for Donald Trump
Amazon’s profits surged past Wall Street predictions for the first quarter of 2018, pushing company shares to an all-time high.
The company’s revenue grew 43 per cent year over year to $51bn (£36.6bn), a figure that includes its earnings from acquiring upscale grocery chain Whole Foods and exceeded projections. Earnings per share came in at $3.27 (£2.3bn), outpacing analysts’ estimates of roughly $1.26 (£0.9bn).
Its cloud-computing unit Amazon Web Services also posted strong gains, registering a 49 per cent in sales over the previous year and generating some $1.4 bn (£1bn) in operating income. CEO Jeff Bezos who said the numbers vindicated a longstanding focus on the service.
Read more Amazon will now deliver packages to the boot of your car Amazon forces people to buy James Comey book if they want to review it Amazon Prime has passed the 100 million customer mark, says Jeff Bezos “AWS had the unusual advantage of a seven-yea..