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Zach Marzouk is a staff writer for IT Pro, Cloud Pro, and Channel Pro where he writes news articles and in-depth feature pieces primarily focused on Asia Pacific and the US. Aside from covering topics like security, privacy, worker rights, and startups, he also contributes to the IT Pro podcast and IT Pro 20/20.

After studying an undergraduate degree in Arabic and Spanish at the University of Leeds, Zach completed a journalism internship at The Argentina Independent in Buenos Aires where he wrote about the country’s history, politics, and technology.

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Microsoft says it's provided over $100 million in tech support to Ukrainian government
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cyber attacks

Microsoft says it's provided over $100 million in tech support to Ukrainian government

The company says its tech platforms will be instrumental to creating Nuremberg-style trials after the war
20 May 2022
Best laptops for working from home and digital nomads in 2022
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Laptops

Best laptops for working from home and digital nomads in 2022

Whether you’re travelling or staying at home, make sure you’re prepared with the one of these devices
19 May 2022
Apple executive rejoins Google over remote work policy
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flexible working

Apple executive rejoins Google over remote work policy

However, it’s unclear what DeepMind’s remote working policies currently are
18 May 2022
India to roll out 6G by end of decade
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Network & Internet

India to roll out 6G by end of decade

Prime minister Modi added that 5G is set to contribute $450 billion to India’s economy
18 May 2022
Ransomware group Conti threatens to overthrow Costa Rican government
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ransomware

Ransomware group Conti threatens to overthrow Costa Rican government

It has urged citizens to go out onto the streets to demand their government pays the ransomware demand
17 May 2022
Microsoft to double salary budget to retain workers
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Careers & training

Microsoft to double salary budget to retain workers

The salary raise will affect early to mid-career employees around the world who work for the tech giant
17 May 2022
Data centres that switch from HDDs to SSDs use 70% less power
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data centres

Data centres that switch from HDDs to SSDs use 70% less power

This is part of Huawei’s strategy to help data centres go green through data storage
16 May 2022
IT admin deletes company’s databases and is jailed for seven years
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Policy & legislation

IT admin deletes company’s databases and is jailed for seven years

Forensic experts correlated WiFi connectivity logs and timestamps with internal CCTV footage to confirm their suspicions
16 May 2022
IT sector urged to take advantage of sustainability "cash cow"
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sustainability

IT sector urged to take advantage of sustainability "cash cow"

Businesses can stabilise global greenhouse emissions at 2015 levels by embracing new technologies
13 May 2022
Australia pledges $5 million to create tech skills passport
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese and prime minister Scott Morrison debate ahead of elections
Careers & training

Australia pledges $5 million to create tech skills passport

The Coalition government plans to introduce the policy if re-elected later this month
11 May 2022
Celonis: How to grow a company in the UK
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Business strategy

Celonis: How to grow a company in the UK

Why the data processing firm decided to significantly ramp up its UK operations over the next 12 months
11 May 2022
Google offers UK SMBs £87,000 scholarships to boost tech skills
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Careers & training

Google offers UK SMBs £87,000 scholarships to boost tech skills

This comes a week after the tech giant offered businesses in the US $100,000 worth of free courses
10 May 2022
Costa Rica declares state of emergency following Conti ransomware attack
Rodrigo Chaves, Costa Rica's president, speaks at his inauguration ceremony
ransomware

Costa Rica declares state of emergency following Conti ransomware attack

The US has released a $10 million bug bounty for information on the attackers
10 May 2022
Japan aims to reduce reliance on major cloud providers
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public cloud

Japan aims to reduce reliance on major cloud providers

This comes after the government selected AWS and Google Cloud for a major cloud computing project last October
9 May 2022
29% of UK SMBs cancelled cyber insurance policies in 2021
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cyber security

29% of UK SMBs cancelled cyber insurance policies in 2021

Even if SMBs are becoming more concerned about cyber attacks, they’re unlikely to be willing to pay even higher premiums to protect themselves
9 May 2022
China plans to dump 50 million foreign PCs within the next two years
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Policy & legislation

China plans to dump 50 million foreign PCs within the next two years

The country is also reportedly planning to phase out Windows in favour of Linux
6 May 2022
Arm China CEO refuses to step down despite being dismissed
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Business strategy

Arm China CEO refuses to step down despite being dismissed

This is the second time Arm has tried to get rid of the CEO, after falling out with him in 2020
5 May 2022
LinkedIn to pay $1.8 million to employees after settling gender discrimination charges
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Careers & training

LinkedIn to pay $1.8 million to employees after settling gender discrimination charges

The US Department of Labor announced the settlement yesterday on behalf of 686 female employees in California
4 May 2022
Australian state transport agency hit by cyber attack
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cyber attacks

Australian state transport agency hit by cyber attack

It warned that scammers might try to capitalise on the incident and told customers not to respond to unsolicited contact from anyone claiming to be fr…
4 May 2022
Microsoft makes Defender for Business generally available
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cyber security

Microsoft makes Defender for Business generally available

Small businesses can look forward to enterprise-grade endpoint security as well as automated investigation and remediation capabilities
3 May 2022
UK plan to abandon big tech regulator powers “makes no sense”
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Policy & legislation

UK plan to abandon big tech regulator powers “makes no sense”

The government will reportedly not give any statutory powers to the Digital Markets Unit, meaning it won’t be able to set any rules or impose fines on…
3 May 2022
Arm finally ousts China CEO to clear way for IPO
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Business strategy

Arm finally ousts China CEO to clear way for IPO

This is the second time the company has tried to get rid of CEO Allen Wu from its Arm joint venture in China
29 Apr 2022
India lures chip firms in bid to become global semiconductor giant
Modi gives a speech with the Indian flag in the background
components

India lures chip firms in bid to become global semiconductor giant

The prime minister claims the country’s talent pool makes up to 20% of the world’s semiconductor design engineers
29 Apr 2022
HPE's new platform lets customers build machine learning models quickly and at scale
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machine learning

HPE's new platform lets customers build machine learning models quickly and at scale

The company is also making it easier for businesses to share information from their AI models with each other, without compromising data
28 Apr 2022
Singapore's data usage set to quadruple by 2030
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data centres

Singapore's data usage set to quadruple by 2030

The country is a already an APAC leader in terms of data centre capacity
28 Apr 2022
The world's fastest-growing cloud-based economies
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Cloud

The world's fastest-growing cloud-based economies

The countries working the hardest to connect their citizens to a digital economy
27 Apr 2022
IT bodies urge businesses to hire Ukrainian tech professionals
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Careers & training

IT bodies urge businesses to hire Ukrainian tech professionals

The country’s cyber professionals are ready to fill the global IT talent deficit
27 Apr 2022
Fujitsu to reportedly sell scanner business to Ricoh for $625 million
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mergers and acquisitions

Fujitsu to reportedly sell scanner business to Ricoh for $625 million

The Japanese IT services giant is hoping to focus more on software development
26 Apr 2022
AWS launches quantum random number generator
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cloud computing

AWS launches quantum random number generator

The cloud giant is using an Australian university’s technology to help customers access random numbers for experiments through an API
26 Apr 2022
Europe's tech sector struggles to find employees with AI skills
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Careers & training

Europe's tech sector struggles to find employees with AI skills

23% of tech recruiters are struggling to find applicants with the right soft skills, according to an IBM study
25 Apr 2022
FBI warns Rust-based ransomware has breached over 60 organisations
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ransomware

FBI warns Rust-based ransomware has breached over 60 organisations

The agency has issued an alert warning that the new ransomware has impacted at least 60 global organisations since last November
25 Apr 2022
Alibaba to share data centre patents to help companies reach climate goals
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data centres

Alibaba to share data centre patents to help companies reach climate goals

The company joins HPE, Microsoft, and Meta in their mission of promoting low carbon technologies
22 Apr 2022
Kraft Heinz taps Microsoft to digitise supply chains and create 34 digital twins
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digital transformation

Kraft Heinz taps Microsoft to digitise supply chains and create 34 digital twins

The food giant is set to digitise its operations after experiencing extreme pressures on its supply chains over the past two years
22 Apr 2022
UK and India align closer with tech investments ahead of FTA negotiations
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Policy & legislation

UK and India align closer with tech investments ahead of FTA negotiations

The two countries are investing £1 billion in new commercial deals while OneWeb has signed an agreement with India’s space agency
21 Apr 2022
Cloudera to invest £50 million into India in next two years
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hybrid cloud

Cloudera to invest £50 million into India in next two years

The company is also opening a newly expanded Centre of Excellence facility in Bengaluru
21 Apr 2022
Microsoft launches free consultation service for UK small businesses
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SMB

Microsoft launches free consultation service for UK small businesses

Small organisations can book a one-on-one appointment to connect online with a company expert
20 Apr 2022