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June 2, 2023

Stellantis Update, University Stops Ransomware, and More

This Week In Tech, we talk about the Stellantis battery plant, Loblaws purchase of class-8 hydrogen trucks, the Univerity of Waterloo interrupting ransomware attack, and Microsoft's next billion dollar AI deal.
Written By: AlphaKOR
Chrysler Airflow EV Concept Vehicle
Photo Credit: Rob Pegoraro on Flickr


Negotiations Continue for 5-Billion Dollar Construction Project

The ongoing negotiations between Stellantis, a multinational automotive manufacturer, and the Canadian government regarding the establishment of a battery plant in Windsor, Ontario have not ended. As the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) continues to rise, automakers are seeking to secure a local supply of batteries. Stellantis, formed through the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot maker PSA Group, had previously announced its plans to invest in a battery plant in North America, and Windsor was one of the potential locations. However, despite several months of discussions, no deal has been reached yet.

The discussions come as automakers look to secure a local supply of batteries amid the increasing demand for electric vehicles. However, despite the importance of securing battery production capabilities, no agreement has been reached thus far. The outcome of these negotiations is significant for Canada’s position in the growing EV market.

Kenworth T680 Class 8 Hydrogen Truck
Photo Credit: TruckPR on Flickr


Loblaws Purchases Hydrogen Class-8 Trucks with Toyota Fuel-Cell Tech

Loblaws, one of Canada’s largest grocery retailers, has made a significant investment in hydrogen-powered trucks. Loblaw has purchased a fleet of 10 hydrogen fuel cell trucks, which will be used for transporting goods and products across the country. The move demonstrates Loblaw’s commitment to sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint in the transportation sector. By incorporating hydrogen trucks into its fleet, Loblaw aims to promote clean energy alternatives and contribute to a greener future for the logistics industry in Canada.

Photo of University of Waterloo Campus


On-Premise Users Compromised While Cloud Email Users Not Affected

University of Waterloo successfully halted a suspected ransomware attack on its online systems. The university’s IT team detected unusual network activity and promptly took action to interrupt the attack, preventing further damage. As a precautionary measure, some of the university’s online services were temporarily shut down while investigations and recovery efforts took place. The incident highlights the ongoing threat of ransomware attacks targeting educational institutions and the importance of robust cybersecurity measures. The University of Waterloo’s swift response and proactive approach to protecting its systems demonstrate the significance of vigilance and preparedness in safeguarding against cyber threats. The University of Waterloo stated that 99.9% of their email users were not affected due to them being hosted in the cloud and not on the on-premise server.

Satya Nadella the CEO of Microsoft
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Microsoft and CoreWeave Strike Deal for AI Computing Infrastructure

A new partnership between Microsoft and CoreWeave, a computing infrastructure provider, has been made due to increasing demand for OpenAI’s AI models in the cloud. Microsoft has reached an agreement with CoreWeave to utilize its powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) infrastructure to support OpenAI’s AI models. OpenAI’s models, including the popular GPT-3 language model, require significant computational power, and this partnership will help ensure that Microsoft can meet the growing demand for these models from its customers.

By leveraging CoreWeave’s GPU infrastructure, Microsoft will be able to provide faster and more efficient access to OpenAI’s AI models through its Azure cloud computing platform. This collaboration is seen as a strategic move by Microsoft to bolster its cloud offerings and remain competitive in the AI market. The partnership will also benefit CoreWeave by allowing it to maximize the utilization of its GPU infrastructure and tap into the increasing demand for AI capabilities in the cloud.