There There

Quoting Gertrude Stein, our first contributor says: “There is no there there.”

This in response to recent news about Google and Ascension Health’s controversial “Project Nightingale.”

“Google has contracts all over the world for email and other services with private companies, government operations and even law enforcement. Google’s trusted to keep confidential information private. You use Google everyday; you trust its search capabilities.

“The WSJ is engaging in a bit of black journalism, implying unsupported conclusions… If IBM, CSC or even AWS had the Ascension contract, not a word would be published. But because Google has the contract, WSJ is promoting conspiracy theories.

“Google’s playing by the rules — health data is not co-mingled with advertising profiles. And there isn’t one of the large data integrators that isn’t working with companies that compete on a daily basis.

“Do you not want your doctor to have that level of expertise? Who better? The WSJ’s indictment shouldn’t be a reason to deny healthcare providers support from the best data scientists in the world.”

An interesting viewpoint. The reader mentions the word “competition” amongst Big Data. True or false? (We’ll feature a reader Monday who believes the contrary.)

And why would WSJ have an axe to grind with Google in particular?

Your Rundown for Friday, November 15, 2019:

Mr. Bezos Goes After Arlington

The headquarters of the Department of Defense — the Pentagon — has gotten branded with several monikers since the five-sided structure opened in Arlington circa 1943.

It was dubbed the “Squirrel Cage” when it was built, the “Puzzle Palace” in the 1950s and “Fort Fumble” during the Vietnam War era. Our favorite? “Paper Mill on the Potomac.”

Whatever you call it, the Pentagon’s being served with a lawsuit from none other than Amazon Web Services (AWS; mentioned above).

According to an article at Politico: “Amazon is going to court to overturn the Pentagon’s decision to award Microsoft a cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion, claiming the selection process for the so-called JEDI program was injected with ‘unmistakable bias’ and ‘political influence’.”

[Context: We reported Oct. 28: “In something of a surprise, the Pentagon tapped Microsoft as its cloud-computing partner instead of Amazon.

The Pentagon awarded its $10-billion JEDI contract — that stands for Join Enterprise Defense Infrastructure — to the Bill Gates-founded company rather than Bezos’ juggernaut.]

The suit is being filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims… and Amazon’s not the only one entering the fray. Oracle’s also taking the DoD to court.

In its legal filing, Amazon says: “We… believe it’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence.”

Best of luck with that.

Just out of curiosity… pre-market, AMZN shares are up about 6%. And MSFT? Shares are up a fraction. But what a ride Microsoft’s had year-to-date: Up 42%.

Market Rundown for Fri. Nov. 15, 2019

S&P 500 futures are up 7.5 points this morning to 3,104.

Oil’s down just 17 cents to $56.60 per barrel.

Gold price is down $6.60 per ounce to $1,466.80.

Bitcoin’s lost $18.22 to $8,693.44.

Enjoy your weekend! We’ll talk Monday.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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