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•  Amazon is saying that it has "more than 50 million monthly active users worldwide for its Fire TV device platform," NextTV reports.

No surprise here.  I'm one of them, and I probably use Fire Tv as much as anything.

•  From Bloomberg, a story saying that Amazon "said the Defense Department wrongfully awarded a highly lucrative cloud-computing contract to Microsoft even after it proposed a cheaper and technically superior bid for the deal … Amazon’s lawsuit alleges the company’s bid offered the Pentagon superior technology, including better tactical-edge devices, which offer cloud-computing services to remote locations, and more robust data centers."

The story says that Amazon made the assertions in an amended complaint filed about two months ago but only unsealed this week.

"Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud unit, filed a lawsuit in November 2019 alleging that political interference by President Donald Trump cost the company the deal," the story says.  "Amazon said in the suit that the Defense Department failed to fairly judge its bid because Trump viewed Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos as his 'political enemy.'

"The contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, is valued at as much as $10 billion over a decade."