CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for October 29, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for October 29, 2019: Alphabet Makes Bid for FitBit: Reuters is first reporting that, Alphabet Inc (parent company of Google) seeks to acquire Fitbit Inc, a trendy U.S.-based wearable device maker. Sources tell Reuters that Alphabet has been looking to grab a slice of the market for fitness trackers and smart watches. "While Google has joined other major technology companies such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in developing smart phones, it has yet to develop any wearable offerings," writes Reuters. "There is no certainty that the negotiations between Google and Fitbit will lead to any deal, the sources said, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The exact price that Google has offered for Fitbit could not be learned. Google and Fitbit declined to comment." Amazon Lands Major Tax Breaks for Expansion in Eastern OR: Amazon will build their seventh data center in Eastern Oregon, after landing a major, requisite tax break. "There are four operations at various stages of construction or completion in Umatilla County, and three others in neighboring Morrow County," writes local Oregon news outlet KUOW. "The Hermiston City Council and the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners held separate votes last week, at which they unanimously gave Amazon a total exemption from property taxes for 15 years for a new data center campus on the south…