In today’s Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news:

  • Jeff Bezos disputes a New York Times story critical of the company’s work environment
  • GSK reopens its plant in Zebulon
  • Lenovo launches a new storage product
  • A New York Times report links AT&T with the NSA

The details:

  • Bezos disputes NYT story

In a statement emailed to employees at Amazon and obtained by MarketWatch, Jeff Bezos disputes a New York Times story critical of the company’s work environment.

“I strongly believe that anyone working in a company that really is like the one described in the NYT would be crazy to stay,” the Amazon founder and CEO wrote. “I know I would leave such a company.”

Bezos said the NYT story “claims that our intentional approach is to create a soulless, dystopian workplace where no fun is had and no laughter heard. Again, I don’t recognize this Amazon and I very much hope you don’t, either.”

Read more at:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jeff-bezos-says-hed-quit-the-amazon-described-in-new-york-times-bombshell-2015-08-17

  • GlaxoSmithKline reopens plant where Legionnaires’ found

GlaxoSmithKline says a North Carolina plant is reopening after the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease was discovered last week.

Spokeswoman Marti Skold Jordan says the plant in Zebulon that produces inhaled medications reopened early Monday, six days after it was closed following the finding of bacteria in cooling towers.

The London-based company says the towers have been cleaned and disinfected. About 600 of the 850 people GSK employs in Zebulon were affected by the building closure until the towers were cleaned.

The company has said no medications were compromised.

The same bacteria found in water tanks in the Bronx section of New York City caused 12 Legionnaires’ disease deaths this summer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 8,000 to 18,000 Americans are hospitalized with the illness annually.

  • Lenovo’s new storage offering

Lenovo is teaming with StorMagic, a provider of software-defined storage technology, for a new suite of data storage offerings.

“”he StorMagic/Lenovo Hyperconverged Solution leverages Lenovo’s portfolio of powerful enterprise servers and StorMagic’s software-defined storage platform, SvSAN, which enables enterprises to eliminate downtime of business critical applications through virtualized shared storage,” Lenovo says. “In addition to eliminating the need for complex Storage Area Networks, benefits of the new hyperconverged solutions include:

·  “Lower cost of entry into shared storage in virtualized environments
· “Up to a 40 percent decrease in total cost of ownership through reduced power, cooling and maintenance costs and a minimized need for dedicated IT resources
· “Solution support on three enterprise class Lenovo server to offer customers a reliable, scalable option for every environment
· “Standardized, central management capability for distributed enterprise customers
· “Flexible and scalable solution that supports future growth and multiple hypervisor platforms for simple data center integration”

  • Report: Documents reveal details behind AT&T-NSA partnership

The New York Times reported Saturday that documents provided by former systems analyst Edward Snowden provide new details about ties between the National Security Agency and telecom giant AT&T.

The Times and ProPublica jointly reviewed the documents dating from 2003 to 2013. In a story posted Saturday on its website, the Times reports that in 2003 AT&T led the way on a new collection capability that the spy agency said amounted to a “live” presence on the global net.

The Times says that in one of its first months of operation the new collection capability forwarded 400 billion Internet metadata records.

The newspaper also reports that the documents show that AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, including help with spying on Internet communications at U.N. headquarters.