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Pentagon awards JEDI contract to Microsoft — again

The Pentagon on Friday reaffirmed that it will be awarding the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to Microsoft after conducting a court-ordered internal review.

"The department has completed its comprehensive reevaluation of the JEDI cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft's proposal continues to represent the best value to the government," the Department of Defense said in a statement.

DOD noted that the contract will not begin right away because the contract is still tied up in the courts. "While contract performance will not begin immediately due to the preliminary injunction order issued by the Court of Federal Claims on February 13, 2020, DOD is eager to begin delivering this capability to our men and women in uniform," DOD said.

The Court of Federal Claims in April gave the Pentagon 120 days to review revised data storage proposals from Microsoft and the previous front-runner for the contract, Amazon Web Services.

Martin Cooper with his original DynaTAC cell phone.

Photo: Ted Soqui/Getty Images

Martin Cooper helped invent one of the most consequential and successful products in history: the cell phone. And almost five decades after he made the first public cell phone call, on a 2-pound brick of a device called the DynaTAC, he's written a book about his career called "Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone has Transformed Humanity." In it he tells the story of the cell phone's invention, and looks at how it has changed the world and will continue to do so.

Cooper came on the Source Code Podcast to talk about his time at Motorola, the process of designing the first-ever cell phone, whether today's tech giants are monopolies, and why he's bullish on the future of AI.

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David Pierce

David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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