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IBM will split into two public companies
IBM will split into two public companies
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In order to focus on new high-margin businesses, such as cloud services and AI, IBM will split into two public companies. The company's legacy IT infrastructure work will be handled by a new spin-off company.

The split is expected to be completed by the end of 2021 and following IBM's projections the new spin-off company will be the world's "leading managed infrastructure service provider" with around 90,000 employees, while the remaining of the 352,000 current employees will stay with the main company.

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Microsoft: No facial recognition software without a legal basis
Brad Smith
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After IBM and Amazon, Microsoft has now announced that it no longer wants to make facial recognition software available to the US police.

The basis for further cooperation can only be a legal framework based on human rights.

The reason for the temporary interruption of the cooperation is seen in the criticism that was given in the context of the demonstrations surrounding the death of George Floyd.

"We will not sell facial recognition tech to police in the U.S. until there is a national law in place," said Brad Smith, Microsoft's president ,speaking via video conference at a Washington Post event.

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IBM announces that it will stop working on facial recognition technology

The IBM CEO Arvind Krishna has announced in a letter to the US Congress that IBM will no longer offer software for general-purpose facial recognition and analysis. In addition to not selling the software, IBM will stop developing or researching such technology. In the letter, Krishna stated that "IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency"