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Cloud Computing at Microsoft

Tech Review looks into Microsoft's Windows Cloud project, which is still firmly under wraps. Amitabh Srivastava, the head of cloud computing at Microsoft, says that it is "risky," and Tech Review adds that that "is quite something from a guy whose last project was the late and troubled Windows Vista operating system." An unnamed source at the company said that cloud computing is going to affect everything that Microsoft does. Berkeley's Armando Fox points out that, compared to Linux or Amazon's EC2, "Windows virtualization technology is a lot less mature, especially as far as consolidating multiple copies of Windows efficiently onto a single server."

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.