The need for an enhanced and faster social media experience is more essential than ever. Understanding that need, GBI, a global cloud, connectivity and content enabler that owns and operates a smart, fully managed service network, is teaming up with social media platforms, content delivery networks and global cloud providers in the Middle East. Regional users will now experience a faster connection to the media and contents hubs, reducing the waiting time for content to reach the viewer.

Read more: The Middle East Gets an Upgraded Social Networking Experience

Huawei and American IT company Riverbed announced an important partnership that will bring together the power of Huawei's CloudEPN (Cloud Enterprise Private Network) and market-leading Riverbed SteelHead, which accelerates the delivery of applications, to make it easier for enterprises to manage their networks and optimize performance in the cloud.

Read more: Huawei and Riverbed partner to accelerate digital transformation initiatives

Businesses in Saudi Arabia are rapidly embracing cloud infrastructure (IaaS) to boost performance and innovation levels, new research from Oracle has revealed. While negative perceptions around security, complexity and loss of control still present barriers to adoption, they are shown to be outdated myths, with those that have moved to IaaS proving the reality is far more positive.

Read more: Cloud infrastructure reality is outperforming perception finds Oracle study

WeDo Technologies, a worldwide leader in revenue assurance and fraud management, announced that TPx Communications, a US-based premier provider of unified communications, managed IT and network connectivity, has selected its RAID Fraud Management Solution (FMS) to protect its expanding network and its customers from fraud.

Read more: TPx Communications selects WeDo Technologies to manage fraud protection

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service, according to a European Commission statement. The company must now end the conduct within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google's parent company.

Read more: European Commission fines Google €2.42bn for abusing dominance as search engine

Accenture and Apple have partnered to help businesses transform how their people engage with customers through innovative business solutions for iOS. The partnership will take full advantage of the iOS platform, and Accenture's capabilities as a leader in industry and digital transformation, to help companies unlock new revenue streams, increase productivity, improved customer experience and reduce costs.

Read more: Accenture and Apple partner to create iOS business solutions

Today, Visa announced that its Everywhere Initiative, an innovation program designed to encourage the development of the "next big thing" in payments, will expand into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Entrants in Visa's first-ever MENA Everywhere Initiative will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to win up to US$50,000 to support a development program with Visa, or through business partnership with Visa's clients, and potentially have access to Visa APIs, executive mentors and technologists.

Read more: Visa launches first Everywhere Initiative in MENA to foster regional payments innovation and...

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