Microsoft and Yahoo spar with U.S. government [Government IT Week]

The big online and tech companies suffer from an interesting conflict: the government is both customer and the one carrying the biggest stick in the privacy battle. Unless there's a major policy change, you're going to see more stories like these.

ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.

Top stories this week

Chinese DC suppliers to grow on anti-US sentiment: Gartner
Gartner has predicted that over the next four years, the datacentre market will see dramatic changes, including Chinese suppliers increasing their market share by 2 percent at the expense of Western companies. 

Dropbox received 268 gov't requests this year; none for Business users
Previously just an annual update, Dropbox now plans to issue transparency reports twice per year.

Yahoo says U.S. gov't threatened $250K in daily fines over data requests in 2008
But Yahoo didn't score an all-out victory being that "portions of the documents remain sealed and classified to this day, unknown even to our team."

Microsoft refuses to hand over foreign data, held in contempt of court
Although the agreement with the U.S. government does not land the technology giant in any trouble for now, it could still face repercussions.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Treasury risk manager leaps from Microsoft Access to Azure cloud
New Zealand Treasury's Debt Management Office is a risk-management agency, but for years it relied on a risky IT environment.

Dotcom, Greenwald, Assange, and Snowden target New Zealand
Glenn Greenwald says he has spent the last few months working on a story that will reveal the role of the Five Eyes network's smallest partner.

NBN Co's mixture of technology not set in stone: Morrow
NBN Co won't be forced to use a percentage of fibre to the node or fibre to the premises just because that was what the strategic review said, according to CEO Bill Morrow.

NBN Co fears fibre floodgates opening on TPG decision
NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has said that should TPG roll out fibre networks along with Telstra and Optus in competition with the NBN, it would undermine the business model for the company.

ACCC won't stop TPG's fibre-to-the-basement NBN threat
Australia's competition watchdog will not prevent telecommunications company TPG from rolling out fibre to the basement in metropolitan areas directly in competition with NBN Co.

AFP to embark on international placements in cybercrime fight
The Australian Federal Police is about to embark on a number of strategic placements within international crime-fighting agencies, in a bid to take its fight against cybercrime offshore, according to its head of Cyber Crime Operations Glen McEwan.

Australian TV broadcasters encouraged to switch to MPEG-4
Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that the switchover to the MPEG-4 video compression standard for broadcasting will free up spectrum for new uses.