Tech giants Microsoft , Apple , and Amazon.com are generally considered fierce rivals with competing interests. Yet Apple and Amazon recently came to Microsoft's defense in its ongoing battle with the U.S. government over cloud privacy.
The fight between Microsoft and the U.S. government started in April, after a U.S. court issued a search warrant for a customer's emails stored on Microsoft's Irish servers as part of a drug investigation. It's unclear if the customer was a U.S. citizen or not, but Microsoft flatly refused, stating that its Irish servers remained outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. government.
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