Links 12/18/2013: Amazon to bring AWS Cloud Services to China; Blackberry hires former SAP global chief to lead enterprise business

Amazon Raises Its Game Against Alibaba, Will Expand AWS Cloud Services To China In 2014 (TechCrunch)

BlackBerry Ltd hires former SAP mobile boss John Sims to lead global enterprise business (Financial Post)

Oracle Earnings: What to Watch (Wall Street Journal: Digits)

Oracle profit slips, but results beat estimates

Oracle Shakes Off Wall Street’s Worries, Beats Estimates in Q2 (AllThingsD)

Ellison defends Oracle's cloud strategy and pricing against Amazon, Microsoft (ZDNet)

Tech executives to Obama: NSA spying revelations are hurting business (Washington Post)

Reform NSA, Tech Execs Tell Obama (Information Week)

IMS Health hires JPMorgan to lead IPO -sources (Reuters)

IBM Closes Acquisition of Fiberlink Communications (Press Release)