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Microsoft took the wraps off of a new cloud service for Azure via its partnership with Genesys. Scheduled for release later this year, Genesys Engage will run on Microsoft Azure to offer contact centers a unified customer experience solution. - Ahead of next month's fourth quarter earnings, Windstream touted its 2019 broadband achievements this week. Windstream announced it had delivered faster broadband connections to about 1.3 million locations last year. - Cincinnati Bell announced on Friday that it has received an unsolicited buyout bid from an "infrastructure fund" for $12 a share in cash. That offer is a 14% increase above the buyout deal it made with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in December. - Cisco and IBM Services are out of the starter blocks with new managed private cloud-as-a-service for x86 hardware that is powered by Cisco UCS. Cisco's Keith Dyer said private cloud environments help IT teams simplify the management of their infrastructure while providing the same benefits as traditional public cloud providers. - Highlighted by growth in its number of broadband subscribers, Comcast's net profit in the fourth quarter increased by 26%. In its Thursday morning earnings, Comcast announced it added 442,000 broadband subscribers in the quarter, which partially offset the loss of 149,000 pay-TV customers, and was a 28% increase over the same quarter a year ago. - Amazon has filed a motion that seeks to pause Microsoft's work on the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud contract until a court rules on its protest. After a protracted process that included several lawsuits, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) picked Microsoft over Amazon on Oct. 25 for the 10-year Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract. - Vodafone Group and Sunrise announced a partnership that allows Sunrise's enterprise customers to tap into Vodafone's business services. The partnership enables Sunrise to offer Vodafone's enterprise services, such as mobile connectivity, roaming and central procurement, to businesses in Switzerland. - Verizon and Google have teamed up for a symbiotic relationship that puts Google's Stadia gaming system into the hands of new Fios subscribers. Starting January 29, new Verizon Fios customers that sign up for the 1 Gigabit plan will get a Stadia Premiere Edition and a three-month Stadia Pro subscription. - In order to combat "data-in-motion" security threats, Privafy announced its cloud-native security application to take on legacy security vendors. By taking a cloud-native approach, Privafy claims it can secure data as it moves across different locations and clouds as well as mobile and IoT services. - CenturyLink announced it has won a task order to provide secure connectivity to the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity's learning network. The U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) contract, or task order, was awarded via the General Services Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program. - Edge-computing startup Vapor IO announced it has completed a $90 million Series C round of funding, as well as a new agreement with Cloudflare. Austin-based Vapor IO has now raised a total of $100 million in funding, which it will use to build-out its nationwide Kinetic Edge platform. - VMware announced on Tuesday it's buying Nyansa, a startup that makes network analytics software designed to make enterprise networks smarter. Among other factors, the deal is likely to heat up the rivalry between Cisco, VMware, and other large vendors such as HPE. - Wave Business is building a new fiber-optic ring in Oregon that's scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of this year. The Hillsboro, Oregon fiber ring, which is called Ring II, will feature a mostly 3,456-strand fiber-optic network when it's completed. - Embattled Frontier Communications is working with its creditors to file for bankruptcy by the middle of March as part of its efforts to right the ship. According to a story by the Houston Chronicle, Frontier CEO Bernie Han, who replaced longtime CEO Dan McCarthy last month, met with creditors and advisors on Thursday. - Canonical announced its Anbox Cloud, which allows service providers and enterprises to distribute Android apps from the cloud by using containers. Offloading compute, storage and energy-intensive applications from hardware to the cloud allows end-users to stream applications to their devices using Android as a guest operating system. - Windstream Wholesale is teaming up with Infinera to add 1,000 miles of long-haul fiber for a route that serves the Pacific Northwest. On a separate note, last week a federal judge approved close to $19 million in bonuses for Windstream's executive team as it continues to work through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. - LF Edge, an umbrella organization that's part of the Linux Foundation, announced the second release of its Akraino Edge Stack. Akraino Edge Stack Release 2 (Akraino R2), includes six blueprint families and 14 blueprints overall. - Chris Young is leaving his role as CEO of cybersecurity firm McAfee to become a senior advisor with TPG Capital, which has a majority stake in McAfee. McAfee announced Thursday that former BMC Software CEO Peter Leav was hired to replace Young as CEO. - CenturyLink wins a $1.6 billion contract with the U.S. Department of Interior to upgrade its network services and modernize its IT solutions. - Microsoft announced that it is committing to becoming carbon negative by 2030 and that it will eliminate all past carbon emissions by 2050. In addition, Microsoft also announced it's creating a $1 billion Climate Innovation Fund to accelerate the development of carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies. - Colt Technology Services announced on Thursday that it has hired Annette Geuther as its vice president of new business development. In her new role at Colt, Geuther reports to Keri Gilder, Colt’s chief commercial officer. - Former CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain has landed at Verizon Business as its senior vice president and chief product officer and re-gained a seat on MEF's board of directors. According to his LinkedIn profile, Hussain was hired by Verizon Business last month. - Australia-based Telstra is expanding its global reach to more than 170 cloud providers in 38 global markets by strengthening its ties with Equinix. Telstra is integrating its API with Equinix's ECX Fabric to give its customers direct connections to global cloud providers. - Worldwide IT spending is projected to hit $3.9 trillion this year, which would be a 3.4% increase over 2019, according to Gartner. Gartner predicts that global IT spending will cross the $4 trillion threshold in 2021. - Deutsche Telekom has formed a joint venture with utility company EWE to build out a fiber infrastructure that will serve up to 1.5 million homes and businesses. The new fiber-joint venture is called Glasfaser Nordwest, and it will be headquartered in Oldenberg, Germany -

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