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Amazon Pursues Bid To Block Microsoft From DoD’s JEDI Pact

Recently, Amazon.com Inc announced in a piece of technology news that it would be asking a judge to block Microsoft Corp provisionally.

The prevention is due to working on a $10 billion cloud contract from the Pentagon. A court filing was proved last Monday.

According to the filing, Amazon was a favorite for the contract.

Moreover, it plans to file a proposal for a temporary restraining order on January 24, and a federal court will subject its decision on February 11.

Meanwhile, the e-commerce giant has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of exercising “improper pressure.”

In addition, a bias that preceded the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to grant the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) pact to Microsoft.

However, the Department of Defense has stood by its verdict.

The decision was along with its Secretary Mark Esper disallowing any implication of bias and stating that the decision was handled freely and fairly, without any outside influence.

On the other side, the JEDI contract is a portion of a stronger modern technology upgrade of the Pentagon. It is for the firm wanting to make it more technically responsive.

In particular, a goal of JEDI is to provide the military with better access to data and the cloud from battlegrounds and other remote settings.

Meanwhile, Microsoft did not have clarification on Amazon’s intent to file the motion.

Amazon did not act in response to an appeal for comment, and the DoD could not be immediately on reach.

Amazon and Flipkart Deals With Antitrust Probe In India

Elsewhere, India’s antitrust regulator has started an investigation into Amazon and Flipkart.

The probe was over accusations that the two retail giants are unlawfully undercutting local industries that the companies deny.

Last Monday, according to the Competition Commission of India, it was investigating the two companies’ e-commerce firms in the country.

Meanwhile, the commission is examining into allegations by a New Delhi trade group.

The alliance is where Amazon (AMZN) and Walmart-owned Flipkart provided privileged treatment to some sellers on their programs.

Moreover, the trade group claimed that the two companies give significant discounts and more leading listings to those sellers, many of which they control or have a stake in.

Amazon and Flipkart also give inclination to goods from their in-house brands. They have also engaged in exclusive deals with a number of companies, especially smartphone manufacturers.

On the other side, the commission stated it is anticipating the investigation to be final in the next 60 days.

A spokesperson for Flipkart, which Walmart (WMT) purchased 77% of in 2018 for $16 billion, indicates that the firm was “fully compliant” with Indian laws and regulations.

The spokesperson added, “We are currently reviewing the document.”

However, Amazon also denied the misconduct and stated it would collaborate with the investigation.

A company representative said, “We welcome the opportunity to address allegations made about Amazon; we are confident in our compliance and will cooperate fully with CCI.”

 

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