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Zach Marzouk

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.

He then joined IT Pro in 2017 where he was introduced to the world of B2B technology as a junior staff writer, before he returned to Argentina in 2018, working in communications and as a copywriter. In 2021, he made his way back to IT Pro as a staff writer during the pandemic.

Contact him at zach.marzouk@futurenet.com or find Zach’s thoughts (and more) on Twitter @ZachMarzouk

Google commits to $690 million Japan investment as Asia priority grows
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cloud computing

Google commits to $690 million Japan investment as Asia priority grows

The tech giant’s CEO also revealed that he hopes the company can lead digital transformation in Japan
7 Oct 2022
Equinix's $74 million Indonesia data centre branded "strategically important" to its Asia-Pacific ambitions
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data centres

Equinix's $74 million Indonesia data centre branded "strategically important" to its Asia-Pacific ambitions

The eight-story facility is expected to have more than 1,600 cabinets and over 5,300 square metres of colocation space
7 Oct 2022
Google opens first cloud region in Africa, following AWS and Microsoft
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Cloud

Google opens first cloud region in Africa, following AWS and Microsoft

The tech giant is intending to open a new region in South Africa, taking around two years longer than its competitors to enter the continent
6 Oct 2022
China cracks down on citizens' anti-censorship tools with Great Firewall upgrades
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Policy & legislation

China cracks down on citizens' anti-censorship tools with Great Firewall upgrades

This new discovery comes a week before a predicted major reshuffle of leadership in the Chinese Communist Party
6 Oct 2022
NCS partners with Singapore government to provide 1,600 tech opportunities
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Careers & training

NCS partners with Singapore government to provide 1,600 tech opportunities

The Singtel subsidiary has launched two new programmes to provide work and training to university graduates
5 Oct 2022
White House proposes fresh Bill of Rights to limit AI threats
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artificial intelligence (AI)

White House proposes fresh Bill of Rights to limit AI threats

The Biden administration is hoping it will act as a guide for the development and use of AI that protects citizens from harms
5 Oct 2022
Tech Nation and PwC partner to scale 20 of the UK's most exciting climate tech companies
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sustainability

Tech Nation and PwC partner to scale 20 of the UK's most exciting climate tech companies

The initial cohort can participate in opportunities from coaching and roundtables with industry leaders, to investor networks and mentorship
4 Oct 2022
Telstra suffers 'sizeable' data breach, mandates two-step security upgrade
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data breaches

Telstra suffers 'sizeable' data breach, mandates two-step security upgrade

The breach affected around 30,000 past and present employees, with their information being posted in the same forum that the Optus attackers used
4 Oct 2022
More than half of all young tech workers are considering changing career
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flexible working

More than half of all young tech workers are considering changing career

More than a third also reported being unhappy in their role, suggesting a looming crisis for the UK's tech-heavy economy
4 Oct 2022
Mars taps Accenture to roll out digital twins across global business
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digital transformation

Mars taps Accenture to roll out digital twins across global business

The two companies are also set to create a new cloud platform for manufacturing applications, data, and AI
4 Oct 2022
The economic crisis will pave the way for a fire sale in British tech
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mergers and acquisitions

The economic crisis will pave the way for a fire sale in British tech

With the pound tanking, the UK tech sector's prized assets could be available at bargain rates
28 Sep 2022
US office space demand sinks below half of pre-pandemic pace
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Business operations

US office space demand sinks below half of pre-pandemic pace

New demand has fallen the most in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles, where office-using employment is relatively concentrated in the finance,…
28 Sep 2022
WatchGuard finds malware volume decreased in Q2, but warns Emotet is resurging
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malware

WatchGuard finds malware volume decreased in Q2, but warns Emotet is resurging

The network security company underlined that Microsoft Office exploits continue to spread more than any other category of malware too
28 Sep 2022
Blackberry revenue falls by 4% as cyber security division takes hit
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Business operations

Blackberry revenue falls by 4% as cyber security division takes hit

Despite this, the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) division increased its revenue by 28% as it attracted new customers from the automotive sector
28 Sep 2022
Toshiba partners with Accenture to support clients’ green transformation
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sustainability

Toshiba partners with Accenture to support clients’ green transformation

The pair are hoping to target industries with high greenhouse gas emissions and provide sustainability services to drive emission reductions
27 Sep 2022
Arm appoints new CFO as it gears up for IPO
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Business strategy

Arm appoints new CFO as it gears up for IPO

The company has hired Jason Child, former Splunk CFO, who has experience in helping companies go public
27 Sep 2022
Saudi Arabian university taps HPE to build region’s most powerful supercomputer
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high-performance computing (HPC)

Saudi Arabian university taps HPE to build region’s most powerful supercomputer

The supercomputer is set to advance insights in areas including clean combustion, Red Sea ecosystems, climate events, and the Arabian tectonic plate
26 Sep 2022
35 cyber startups join largest UK government-backed accelerator
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startups

35 cyber startups join largest UK government-backed accelerator

The startups will benefit from business masterclasses, mentoring and engineering support, and technical product development support
26 Sep 2022
US lawmakers warn Apple against using Chinese chips in next iPhone
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components

US lawmakers warn Apple against using Chinese chips in next iPhone

Senators ask the US director of national intelligence to investigate a Chinese chipmaker’s military ties
23 Sep 2022
Ofcom to probe Amazon, Microsoft, Google cloud services competition
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cloud computing

Ofcom to probe Amazon, Microsoft, Google cloud services competition

The regulator is hoping to publish a final report, including its concerns or proposed recommendations, within 12 months
22 Sep 2022
15-year-old vulnerability found in Python module
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vulnerability

15-year-old vulnerability found in Python module

Hundreds of thousands of repositories have been found to be exposed to the vulnerability
22 Sep 2022
Draft bill could force AWS, Microsoft, Oracle to change public sector contracts
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public cloud

Draft bill could force AWS, Microsoft, Oracle to change public sector contracts

A US senator is reportedly hoping to change the way the 24 federal agencies buy software
12 Sep 2022
US plans big tech regulatory framework
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Policy & legislation

US plans big tech regulatory framework

The White House has outlined six principles it aims to follow in order to reform big tech
9 Sep 2022
US blocks CHIPS-funded companies from investing in China
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Policy & legislation

US blocks CHIPS-funded companies from investing in China

Companies should be able to apply for the $50 billion in funding from February 2023
7 Sep 2022
Japan investigates potential Russian Killnet cyber attacks
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cyber warfare

Japan investigates potential Russian Killnet cyber attacks

The hacker group has said it’s revolting against the country’s militarism and that it’s “kicking the samurai”
7 Sep 2022
New Huawei Mate 50 phone can link up with Chinese satellite system
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mobile networks

New Huawei Mate 50 phone can link up with Chinese satellite system

This makes it the first smartphone maker to bring satellite communication technology to the consumer market
6 Sep 2022
SK Hynix splashes out $11 billion on new semiconductor plant
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components

SK Hynix splashes out $11 billion on new semiconductor plant

The company will produce memory chips, but will reportedly decided closer to the time whether they will be DRAM or NAND flash chips depending on marke…
6 Sep 2022
TikTok reportedly suffers data breach
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data breaches

TikTok reportedly suffers data breach

However, one researcher inspected some of the files and found it included publicly accessible data which could have been put together without a breach
5 Sep 2022
Asian businesses overhaul their approach to cyber security following attacks
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cyber security

Asian businesses overhaul their approach to cyber security following attacks

Organisations in Singapore and Malaysia are also impacted by the introduction of tighter regulations and legislations around cyber security
1 Sep 2022
Microsoft opens first data centre region in Qatar
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data centres

Microsoft opens first data centre region in Qatar

Microsoft will now be able to do far more business with the Qatari government, as well as the region's oil and gas and financial giants
1 Sep 2022
VMware unveils multi-cloud management platform
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cloud computing

VMware unveils multi-cloud management platform

The product is anchored by a hub which will provide customers with a centralised view to help them manage their entire multi-cloud environment
31 Aug 2022
MI5 reveals it has been working with an AI non-profit on national security since 2017
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artificial intelligence (AI)

MI5 reveals it has been working with an AI non-profit on national security since 2017

The security service has been working with The Alan Turing Institute and has decided to unveil the partnership today to allow the pair to work more cl…
31 Aug 2022
Toshiba smashes AI engineer recruitment targets
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Toshiba smashes AI engineer recruitment targets

The company has also outlined seven principles to help train human resources to research, develop, and use AI
30 Aug 2022
Toshiba Tec to open first software development hub in the US
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Business strategy

Toshiba Tec to open first software development hub in the US

The Toshiba subsidiary is hoping to boost sales outside of Japan in a territory where it already has a presence
26 Aug 2022
LastPass breach: CEO says 'no evidence' of customer data being stolen
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hacking

LastPass breach: CEO says 'no evidence' of customer data being stolen

The company said the incident was confined to a single developer account and its associated environment
26 Aug 2022
China’s internet giant Baidu unveils first quantum computer
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Hardware

China’s internet giant Baidu unveils first quantum computer

The company also revealed a “plug and play” computing platform letting customers create their own quantum algorithms
25 Aug 2022