Azure N-Series: General availability on December 1


I am really excited to announce that the general availability of the Azure N-Series will be December 1st, 2016. Azure N-Series virtual machines are powered by NVIDIA GPUs and provide customers and developers access to industry-leading accelerated computing and visualization experiences. I am also excited to announce global access to the sizes, with N-series available in South Central US, East US, West Europe and South East Asia, all available on December 1st. We've had thousands of customers participate in the N-Series preview since we launched it back in August. We've heard positive feedback on the enhanced performance and the work we have down with NVIDIA to make this a completely turnkey experience for you.

Baidu posts third-quarter profit just shy of 3b yuan


Baidu has released its third-quarter financial results, announcing an operating profit of 2.787 billion yuan, up 11 percent year on year. The Chinese search engine giant reported total revenue of 18.253 billion yuan for the third quarter of 2016, with online marketing revenues decreasing by 6.7 percent over last year to come in at 16.49 billion yuan. The partnership combines Nvidia's self-driving computing platform with Baidu's cloud and mapping technology to develop an algorithm-based operating system capable of powering complex navigation systems in autonomous vehicles. In the three months to September 30, 2016, Baidu spent 2.614 billion yuan on research and development.