Teckedin - Daily Curated Tech News - September 2020 - March 2021
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Cape Privacy Raises $20 Million in Series A Funding For Encrypted Learning Platform
Cape is the only platform that through encrypted learning allows companies to collaborate on machine learning models without compromising proprietary or confidential data, according to the company.
Training/Cert
Cerebras launches new AI supercomputing processor with 2.6 trillion transistors
It’s built for supercomputing tasks, and it’s the second time since 2019 that Los Altos, California-based Cerebras has unveiled a chip that is basically an entire wafer.
Automation & Productivity
Oracle makes GoldenGate a cloud-native, fully-managed service
As a general purpose, real-time data fabric, the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) GoldenGate service goes further than other cloud providers' options for real-time data replication,
Data Analytics
Topl Unveils Blockchain-as-a-Service to Make ESG Easier Than Ever
Topl, the blockchain ecosystem built to prove a company’s ethical and sustainable practices, announced its Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) offering, the easiest way to subscribe to the only blockchain purpose-built for Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG).
Blockchain
Mastercard to buy a 2-year-old digital ID verification startup Ekata for nearly $1 billion
Ekata provides businesses worldwide the ability to link any digital transaction to the human behind it. The Ekata product suite is powered by the Ekata Identity Engine, comprised of two proprietary data sets ­— the Ekata Identity Graph and the Ekata Identity Network.
Privacy & Security
Zoom Announces New Feature Updates to Streamline Mass Communications with Expanded Capabilities
Zoom has released a new annotation tool called ‘Vanishing Pen’ for its Windows, macOS, Linux users. The tool allows a user to mark pointers on the shared screen and highlight important information.
Automation & Productivity
Hive’s cloud-hosted machine learning models draw $85M
At this point, our clients basically view that our models are pretty much at or even above human accuracy, which is why they can trust [them] 100% and use [them] in real-time in production.”
Machine Learning
Redis Labs Ushers the Real-Time Era with Redis as a Data Platform
When choosing to build with Redis, companies can now focus on creating functionality that brings value to their customers in addition to having a better understanding of transactions and operations to make better business decisions.
Data Analytics
Email and collaboration security startup Perception Point raises $28M 
Founded in 2015, Perception Point describes itself as a prevention-as-a-service company that offers interception of any content-based attacks across email, cloud storage, customer relationship management app and messaging platforms
Privacy & Security
Government agencies breached in hacking campaign targeting Pulse Secure VPN appliances 
The threat actor is said to be using the access provided by the vulnerabilities to place web shells on the Pulse Connect Secure appliance for further access and persistence.
Privacy & Security
Chargebee joins the unicorn club at a $1.4 billion valuation after raising $125M in funding to grow its subscription management platform
Its SaaS platform helps businesses manage and grow their revenue by automating subscriptions, billing, invoicing, payments, and revenue recognition processes and it provides key reports, metrics, and insights into their subscription business.
Automation & Productivity
Blockchain startup Digital Asset nabs $120M to knock down data silos
The company asserts that the blockchain can transform disparate data silos into synchronized networks, minimizing latency and errors by ensuring that data remains consistent.
Blockchain
RapidAPI capitalizes on booming API economy with $60M in funding
Founded out of San Francisco in 2014, RapidAPI helps developers discover and connect to thousands of public APIs, covering everything from file storage and currency conversion to flight search and COVID-19 statistics.
Apps/DevOps
Zero-day vulnerabilities in SonicWall email security are being actively exploited
In a security alert on Tuesday, the US company said fixes have been published to resolve three critical issues impacting "hosted and on-premises email security products."
Privacy & Security
Zerto’s triple zinger for SaaS, Kubernetes and the AWS cloud
Zerto Backup for SaaS (ZBaaS) runs on a secure private infrastructure, that delivers – the company says – data immutability, compliance, and guaranteed data availability.
Data Storage
New bottleneck emerges in DOD’s contractor cybersecurity program, concerning assessors
The CMMC program requires every contractor in the defense industrial base to hire a licensed assessor to inspect its networks, something that cannot be done if there are no fully licensed assessors to hire.
Privacy & Security
Ericsson’s Cradlepoint Expects Carrier-Backed Private Networks to Wane
Cradlepoint is also receiving more inbound requests from enterprises that are exploring the use of private networks as a replacement for in-building WiFi, but Johnson said she’s still skeptical about the economics of that, at least insofar as things stand today. 
Telecom
Liquid Mortgage Raises Seed Round Funding to Further Develop Its Blockchain Technology for the Future of the Mortgage Industry
“The mortgage market, in many ways, is a “holy grail” for blockchain technology, but the complexities and nuances of the mortgage business have made it a very difficult nut to crack."
Blockchain
Facebook to launch Diem, a stablecoin that will compete with U.S. dollar
Fast forward four months later, the Diem Association it’s aiming to launch a pilot with a single stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar in 2021, according to a report from CNBC, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Fintech
Rockset Enables Real-Time Analytics for MySQL and PostgreSQL
With Rockset’s new MySQL and PostgreSQL integrations, developers can rely on their favorite relational databases for online transaction processing (OLTP), while using Rockset to power real-time analytics at cloud scale.
Data Analytics
Open Grid Alliance aims to support cloud computing at the edge
VMware and Vapor IO this week kicked off an ambitious effort to rearchitect the internet via a vendor-neutral Open Grid Alliance (OGA) that aims to make network services easier for app developers to consume.
Cloud Computing
Druva raises $147M at $2B+ valuation as cloud backup market keeps growing 
The startup provides a software-as-a-service platform hosted on Amazon Web Services that companies can use to back up their business records. 
Document Management
Chain.io Secures $5M Funding Round for Cloud-Based Supply Chain Integration
Chain.io’s integration network processes over 100 million data transformations a month, including data from 10 out of the top 15 largest freight forwarders in the world and has doubled in size over the last year.
Cloud Computing
Google Cloud, Siemens Ink Industrial AI Deal
Combining the two companies’ technology will help joint customers harmonize their factory data, run cloud-based AI/ML models on top of that data, and deploy algorithms at the network edge, the partners say.
Artificial Intelligence
TCP/IP stack vulnerabilities threaten IoT devices
Printers are highly accessible, given that they’re more or less ubiquitous and tend not to draw a lot of security attention, according to Kime, and, once compromised, they could offer a vector through which other vulnerable devices on a network could be accessed.
Privacy & Security
Phrasee Enters $8.5 Billion CX Market With First Technology to Optimize Brand Language in Real-Time
It builds on Phrasee’s natural language generation and deep learning capabilities to enhance its AI-powered SaaS platform. It is a ‘game-changer’ and allows brands to generate, optimize, automate and analyze language in their own brand voice.
Artificial Intelligence
Unity launches synthetic datasets for computer vision AI 
But its software, which relies on AI itself to render its virtual worlds, can also be used to create full-scale models of objects that can aid design in industries such as architecture, engineering and construction.
Artificial Intelligence
Salesforce launches toolkits and guides to help businesses embrace digitization
With prebuilt templates, industry-specific developer toolkits, and customer guides, Salesforce says that Digital 360 is designed to enable businesses to overcome challenges involving data capture, systems integration, and compliance requirements.
Automation & Productivity
Google Project Zero will give a 30-day grace period before disclosing security issues
If a flaw is being actively exploited in the wild, a company will have seven days to issue a patch, and a three-day grace period if requested. But Google Project Zero will wait 30 days before it discloses technical details.
Privacy & Security
CherryRoad Announces Partnership With DocuSign
This partnership provides new opportunities for our clients to digitize paper-based processes, improve data quality, and automate data interaction, allowing them to focus on business-critical initiatives rather than moving paperwork.”
Automation & Productivity
Google introducing a feature in Chrome 90 to create links to highlighted text on a webpage
Visit a web page, highlight the text you want to create a link to, right click, and select “copy link to highlight.” A URL ending in a pound sign (#) is generated, which you can then share with others.
Apps/DevOps
Harness Empowers Developers with Cloud Agnostic End-to-End Software Delivery Platform
Harness was initially developed to deploy pipelines and provide cost management for applications hosted in Kubernetes environments; they are now expanding on that vision with the first CI/CD and cloud cost management platform fully available across the three major public cloud platforms.
Cloud Computing
AWS Launches Free Course on Machine Learning For Business Leaders
These courses are intended to empower business leaders and technical decision makers with the foundational knowledge needed to begin shaping a machine learning (ML) strategy for their organization, even if they have no prior ML experience.
Machine Learning
Google Cloud partners with OSIsoft to simplify industry cloud migration
OSIsoft provides core infrastructure for two-thirds of industrial Fortune 500 companies and supports over 2 billion data streams in industries as varied as energy, mining, oil and gas, utilities, pharmaceutical, facilities, and manufacturing
Data Analytics
F5 Labs Take Down Collusion Fraudsters
They call it “collusion fraud” because it involves two or more parties working together to defraud a third using a single transaction that cuts across different organizations.
Privacy & Security
Mozilla to start disabling FTP next week with removal set for Firefox 90
"To help offset this removal, ftp  has been added to the list of supported protocol_handlers for browser extensions. This means that extensions will be able to prompt users to launch a FTP application to handle certain links."
Apps/DevOps
E-Commerce startup Signifyd raises $205M in funding to provide e-commerce protection and eliminate fraud
Signifyd created a market for guaranteed fraud protection against all chargebacks, including those resulting from consumer abuse.
Privacy & Security
Kryon throws down the gauntlet for better RPA governance
He believes ISO 27701 could become the first widely adopted data privacy standard for RPA vendors. The ISO certification applies to real-time process discovery, as well as bot design, deployment, and management.
Automation & Productivity
OWC partners with Acronis protect your backups from ransomware attacks
Today, OWC announced that it would make Acronis True Image OEM software available on OWC storage solutions that include SoftRAID
Data storage
Harness gets more cloud integrations for its continuous software delivery platform 
Harness is the creator of a continuous delivery-as-a-service platform that relies on machine learning algorithms to monitor new software releases in case they create problems.
Machine Learning
Security Bug Allows Attackers to Brick Kubernetes Clusters
“Through this vulnerability, malicious actors could jeopardize any containerized infrastructure that relies on these vulnerable container engines, including Kubernetes and OpenShift,”
Privacy & Security
Europe to ban the use of A.I. for mass surveillance and social credit scores as the EU plans to regulate and impose strict rules for artificial intelligence
In addition, the proposed rule also wants to prohibit AI systems that cause harm to people by manipulating their behavior, opinions, or decisions; exploit or target people’s vulnerabilities, and for mass surveillance.
Privacy & Security
Informatica Unveils Industry’s First Intelligent Data Management Cloud
“Data proliferation, fragmentation and decentralization across multiple clouds and hybrid environments is the new normal. Those who can connect the right data to the right consumers, with ease and trust will move from digital modernization to true digital transformation."
Data Analytics
IBM acquires myInvenio to add business process automation tools, analytics
According to IBM, myInvenio can use its platform to find the best business processes to automate with AI. Those processes span sales, procurement, production and accounting.
Automation & Productivity
Kyocera launches KYOCERA Capture Manager to redefine digital workflows and agile collaboration
Be it an invoice waiting at the MFP, a delivery note shared via mobile, or an application form received via email, KYOCERA Capture Manager is the blueprint to get teams and departments working as one.
By addressing each part of the process, this solution helps create a robust information ecosystem
Document Management
Alluxio adds Posix and S3 support for faster analytics across its distribute file system 
Specifically, Alluxio 2.5 adds Posix data access via a Fuse-enabled Java Native Interface, which is a programming framework that enables Java code running in Java virtual machines to interact with native applications.
Data Analytics
AI chipmaker Groq raises $300M in Series C round 
“No matter how much money you throw at the problem, legacy architectures like GPUs and CPUs struggle to keep up with the growing demands of artificial intelligence and machine learning,”
Artificial Intelligence
Metis Launches Online Data Science Immersive Courses to Help Professionals Upskill
Metis’s Online Flex short immersive courses are designed for students who want to gain in-demand data science and analytics skills in just one month. Unlike the bootcamps, there is open enrollment, with no admissions process.
Data Analytics
Amazon brings more compute to RedShift nodes with AQUA
“By bringing compute to the storage layer, AQUA helps customers eliminate unnecessary data movement to avoid these networking bandwidth limitations, delivering up to an order-of-magnitude query performance improvement over other enterprise cloud data warehouses.”
Data Storage
AccuWeather Partners With Microsoft to Bring New Capabilities to Microsoft Azure Maps
The integration of AccuWeather’s data, current conditions and weather forecasts and warnings into the Azure Maps platform complements and broadens the current offering of other types of mapping data, such as traffic and public transportation.
Data Analytics
Google backs effort to bring Rust to the Linux kernel
As Google explained last month, Rust -- a language that emerged from Mozilla -- provides memory safety guarantees to the Android operating system, which has historically been written in C and C++.
Apps/DevOps
Juniper Networks Mounts Cloud Metro Vision
“Juniper takes a solution approach by combining scalable IP fabric, service intelligence, and automation to enable network operators to build the next-generation metro,"
Network Management
100,000 Google Sites Used to Install SolarMarket RAT
eSentire’s Threat Response Unit (TRU) discovered legions of unique, malicious web pages that contain popular business terms/particular keywords, including business-form related keywords like template, invoice, receipt, questionnaire and resume, researches observed
Privacy & Security
AvePoint Salesforce Cloud Backup Now Available For MSPs Across Major Distribution Marketplaces
AvePoint’s Salesforce Cloud Backup enables channel partners to manage multiple tenants using the same technology that powers AvePoint Cloud Backup for enterprise customers using Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Salesforce.
Data Storage
Egnyte deals with Microsoft 365 content sprawl
“Mid-sized organisations, in particular, struggle to implement the various compliance, security and privacy tools that Microsoft offers as add-on options to its service"
Data Management
Fractal Offers AI Software on AWS, Accelerating Digital Transformation with Cloud AI
AWS’ infrastructure provides access to compute, storage & services resources that will allow Fractal’s solutions to churn & process huge data sets faster, enabling rapid deployments with high availability.
Data Analytics
Anari AI Raises $2 Million to Rebuild the AI Hardware Industry Through Personalized Cloud Chips
Anari’s platform makes it possible to design personalized AI chips in the cloud with just one click. With this approach, companies are able to build and deploy AI solutions in weeks instead of 12-18 months, and at a fraction of the cost of traditional hardware development
Artificial Intelligence
VMware, Vapor IO, Dell Tech Form ‘Fungible’ Edge Alliance
The alliance said it intends to pull expertise and resources from tech companies that traverse the entire network stack, including infrastructure hardware, SDN, virtualization, automation, and applications, to develop a more expansive framework and principles for interoperable technologies.
Automation & Productivity
Google makes business process tool AppSheet Automation generally available
After several months in early access, Google today announced that AppSheet Automation is generally available with new capabilities, including document processing, a monitoring app, and expanded eventing support.
Automation & Produc
Blockchain software technology startup ConsenSys raises $65M 
Called Codefi Compliance, the service scans blockchains for regulatory compliance including anti-money-laundering, countering the financing of terrorism and “know your customer” guidelines and legal requirements.
Blockchain
Tax Phish Swims Past Google Workspace Email Security
"The email was sent from a Hotmail ID and was titled ‘RE: Home Loan,’ followed by a reference number and the date, making it seem like the email was part of an ongoing conversation to lend it more legitimacy.”
Privacy & Security
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint now protects unmanaged BYO devices
Microsoft's latest preview for its advanced security product Microsoft Defender for Endpoint now supports unmanaged devices running Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS and Android as well as network devices.
Privacy & Security
Berlin-based tech startup Grover raises $70M in Series B funding to offer you the latest tech products as a subscription
“It enables us to double down on creating an unparalleled customer experience for our subscribers and to push the boundaries of the most innovative ways for people and businesses to access and enjoy technology."
Automation & Productivity
Samsung switches up with the lightning-fast PCie 4.0 PM9A1 client SSD
Samsung has launched the PM9A1, a super-fast PCIe 4 client SSD with 2TB capacity, that matches Western Digital’s Black SN850 at 1 million random read IOPS and 7GB/sec sequential read bandwidth.
Data Storage
Indicative Unveils ‘Journeys’ to Give Product Teams Better Insight Into Customer Behavior
Indicative’s newly released Journeys tool is designed for product leaders and data teams to observe, catalog, and action the paths that customers take through an app or website.
Automation & Productivity
FBI hacks compromised Exchange servers as more companies get targeted 
The court order allowed the FBI to copy and remove malicious web shells from hundreds of vulnerable computers that were compromised by so-called Hafnium attacks first revealed by Microsoft security researchers March 2. H
Privacy & Security
NVIDIA Announces Availability of Jarvis Interactive Conversational AI Framework
Utilizing GPU acceleration, the end-to-end speech pipeline can be run in under 100 milliseconds — listening, understanding and generating a response faster than the blink of a human eye — and can be deployed in the cloud, in the data center or at the edge, instantly scaling to millions of users.
Artificial Intelligence
ServiceNow IT Operations Management adds Oracle Cloud integrations
ServiceNow ITOM Visibility will provide a view of Oracle's infrastructure-, platform- and container-as-a-service resources. ServiceNow will also visualize changes, track incidents and ensure that the customer is in compliance with Oracle licenses.
Cloud Computing
Golden Chickens and New Spear-Phishing Campaign 

According to eSentire’s research team, cybercriminals are using spear-phishing emails with a malicious zip file that uses the exact name as a job position listed on the targeted professional’s LinkedIn profile.

Privacy & Security
SambaNova raises $676M to mass-produce AI training and inference chips
Leveraging a combination of algorithmic optimizations and custom board-based hardware, SambaNova claims it’s able to dramatically improve the performance and capability of most AI-imbued apps.
Artificial Intelligence
Pegasystems adds enterprise AI tools to simplify analysis and forecasting
Pegasystems is also adding a feature that lets companies analyze streaming event data in platforms such as the open source Apache Kafka software that is now being widely employed to enable organizations to transfer data in near real time.
Data Analytics
Domino Data Lab Joins Hands with NVIDIA to Simplify Data Science MLOps
“Domino’s enterprise MLOps platform accelerates research, speeds model deployment, and increases collaboration for code-first data science teams at scale,”
Apps/DevOps
Brave browser disables Google's FLoC tracking system
"Users with similar browsing habits -- for some definition of "similar" -- would be grouped into the same cohort. Each user's browser will share a cohort ID, indicating which group they belong to, with websites and advertisers."
Privacy & Security
Samsung’s Galaxy Quantum 2 has quantum cryptography built in
The Quantum 2 includes a chip developed by a company called ID Quantique, which says it’s the world’s smallest quantum random number generator (QRNG) at 2.5mm square. It works by capturing random noise with an LED and a CMOS image sensor.
Privacy & Security
Amazon Re:Freeze makes it easier to transfer Glacier vault archives
The idea is to transfer an entire archive vault of data in a single service operation, with Amazon Lambda functions taking core of the component source vault inventory, restore, archive copy operations and data integrity checks
Data Storage
Google Cloud, Broadcom Team Up on Enterprise Security
Additionally, Broadcom will deploy several GCP data and analytics services internally. These include Cloud SQL, Dataproc, and Bigtable, which the partners say will help Broadcom modernize its infrastructure and analytics capabilities.
Privacy & Security
NetSuite's latest platform updates include new centralized purchasing, email approval tools
The new purchasing and billing features are designed to help multi-subsidiary businesses consolidate purchases, generate vendor payments from a single location, and automate cross-charges.
Automation & Productivity
WhatsApp flaw allows an attacker to suspend an account using a phone number 
WhatsApp sends an email confirming that the account has been suspended without asking the attackers for any information confirming that they are the legitimate owner of the account.  The legitimate owner has lost the account and there’s not much that can be done about it.
Privacy & Security
IBM’s Infrastructure Spinoff Gets a Name
While Kyndryl may be a new name in the infrastructure market, the company itself is already a significant player with more than 4,600 existing clients and a backlog of $60 billion in revenues.
Cloud Computing
Estonia-based online identity verification startup Veriff secures $69M in Series B funding to combat online fraud using machine learning
Veriff ‘s AI-powered decision engine utilizes machine learning to analyze more than 9,000 variations of government-issued IDs from over 190 countries in 36 different languages.
Privacy & Security
Nvidia enters 'science-fiction metaverse' with Omniverse Enterprise for 3D collaboration
The subscription software has been labelled as a "killer app" by the company, is built on the Universal Scene Description (USD) framework from Pixar, and offers designers the ability to "work simultaneously in a virtual world from anywhere, on any device".
Apps/DevOps
Google is making another attempt at personal health records
“It didn’t knock my socks off,” he said, but “I think they’re doing it in a thoughtful, measured, and mature way.”
HealthTech
Nvidia launches TAO, an enterprise workflow for AI development
Using it, a data scientist can take an open source model like BERT, for example, which is designed to understand generic language, and refine it at the margins to comprehend the jargon employees use to describe IT issues.
Automation & Productivity
California launches statewide homelessness data platform

“You can’t fix what you can’t measure and having a statewide data system will help us determine what’s working and what isn’t, important insight we can use to create accountability and strengthen our response going forward,” Newsom said. 

Data Analytics
Enterprise security platform Intrigue expands attack surface management with $2M round
Traditional security tools were designed for fixed assets and have trouble tracking software-defined assets that are constantly changing. The Intrigue platform uses various open, and customer-configured data sources to find assets across hosts, apps, cloud services, and user accounts.
Privacy & Security
Nvidia unveils BlueField 3 DPU. It’s much faster
Doubled Arm core count, doubled network speed and PCIe Gen 5 support will make Nvidia’s third generation BlueField hardware deliver a five times higher SPECINT score than the gen 2 BlueField device.
Automation & Productivity
Mavenir Launches 5G Hyperconverged Edge AI Solution for Enterprise & Telco Market Based On NVIDIA Platforms
“Mavenir is running its market-leading 5G stack on commercial off-the-shelf servers with GPUs, DPUs and associated software modules from NVIDIA and enhancing the solution by integrating Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms running on the same hardware and platform
Telecom
HCL Unica Advances into New Era of Mobile AdTech and Cloud-native Foundation
The newest enhancements to Unica give marketers even more control and speed to plan, personalize and deliver a more engaging customer experience with the addition of mobile push integration to the existing email, SMS and WhatsApp channels.
AdTech
Decentralized Oracle Solution Umbrella Network Adds Massive Exchange Huobi as Validator Node
Huobi will serve as a validator node on Umbrella’s recently launched public testnet, playing a critical governance role ahead of the oracle platform’s launch of its fully operation mainnet system.
Blockchain
Take note: Amazon vets raise $2M for Dendron, a tool to manage large amounts of information
Lin, who has a collection of over 20,000 notes that he manages with Dendron, said his tech makes it possible to “enforce a consistent structure across thousands of documents so that you can always find what you need.”
Document Management
Criminals spread malware using website contact forms with Google URLs
A notable feature of the attack is that the crooks are using the contact forms to send employees legitimate Google URLs that require users to sign in with their Google username and password.
Privacy & Security
Clubhouse data leak: 1.3 million scraped user records leaked online for free
The upstart platform seems to have experienced the same fate, with an SQL database containing 1.3 million scraped Clubhouse user records leaked for free on a popular hacker forum.
Privacy & Security
Trifacta Announces New Community and Certification Programs for Data Workers
Trifacta Community, a new online hub of best practices, how-tos, discussions, and certification programs to support the company’s commitment to self-service in accelerating data engineering and democratizing ETL for cloud data warehousing projects.
Data Analytics
Microsoft in 'advanced' talks to buy Nuance Communications: Report
Nuance works with a variety of partners in a variety of vertical markets. It sells products tailored for the healthcare, omni-channel customer engagement markets, as well as its Dragon speech recognition technology for consumers and enterprise customers.
Automation & Productivity
623M Payment Cards Stolen from Cybercrime Forum
Researchers said the database in question contains 623,036 payment-card records from card-issuers in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S. The lion’s share of the ill-gotten card data came from the U.S., they noted (63 percent).
Privacy & Security
RS21 partners with Canadian company for rollout of data platform to help cities moves past pandemic
Together, the two firms are developing the Urban Pandemic Preparedness Dashboard, meant to enable city leaders and emergency responders to understand the neighborhoods most at risk for contagious disease outbreak
Data Analytics
Accenture Acquires Core Compete to Boost AI-based Cloud Computing
Core Compete’s team of more than 260 professionals will join Accenture’s Applied Intelligence practice, strengthening how the company helps clients shape and execute their cloud-based data and AI strategies to drive more business value.
Cloud Computing
Tableau adds support to Einstein Discovery for user control over AI models
Salesforce’s Tableau arm is making a case for employing AI to drive a new era of business science using analytics applications infused with machine learning algorithms the average end user can easily employ.
Data Analytics
827 million LinkedIn user profiles leaked online and now for sale on a popular hacker forum. Here is how to check if your LinkedIn account info is leaked
According to CyberNews, the new author claims to be in possession of both the original 500-million database, as well as six additional archives that allegedly include 327 million scraped LinkedIn profiles.
Privacy & Security
Cisco leads new investment in AI-powered data privacy and security startup Securiti
Securiti’s product suite is the world’s first PrivacyOps platform that helps automate all major functions needed for privacy compliance in one place
Privacy & Security
IBM releases Qiskit modules that use quantum computers to improve machine learning
“Quantum computation offers another potential avenue to increase the power of machine learning models, and the corresponding literature is growing at an incredible pace."
Apps/DevOps
Ice Lake scales MemVerge in-memory SW to new heights
“Memory Machine v1.2 is designed to allow application vendors and end-users to take full advantage of Intel’s latest Xeon Scalable processor and Optane memory technology.”
Data Storage
Azure Functions Weakness Allows Privilege Escalation
Flushing to disk means that data is handed off to the kernel, where it’s visible to other processes but may not survive a reboot.
Privacy & Security
Oracle Gets SASE With Check Point Security
The deal merges Oracle SD-WAN and Session Border Controller (SBC) with Check Point’s Quantum Edge virtual security gateway and its Harmony Connect cloud-based firewall service.
Network Management
White House proposes even more for Technology Modernization Fund
The proposed increase for CISA would go toward enhanced cyber tools, hiring and support services. Another $20 million would be for a new Cyber Response and Recovery Fund.
Govtech
Q Link Wireless made private customer information accessible with just a phone number
The carrier has reportedly fixed the issue — though it seems it may have done so by just turning off logins to the app altogether
Privacy & Security
Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android is getting these new features
Microsoft has announced a host of improvements for its Teams Rooms on Android including an updated calendar, Windows-inspired improvements to the Android touch console, and the ability to blur backgrounds for users joining from a personal accoun
Apps/DevOps
User and credit card data stolen from darknet marketplace Swarmshop 
Nearly 63% of the stolen credit card data related to U.S. banks, while other records came from financial institutions in China, at about 14%, and the U.K., Canada, France, Singapore, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, all in the single digits apiece.
Privacy & Security
London-based fintech startup TrueLayer raises $70 million to take on Visa and Mastercard
The SAAS platform uses its toolkit to develop consumer and server message block (SMB) applications in the areas of payments, online lending, personal financial management (PFM), robot-advisors, insurance, investment services, p2p marketplaces, and cryptocurrencies
Fintech
Alation Delivers Cloud-Based Platform for Data Intelligence
Alation Cloud Service drives data intelligence with its ability to connect to virtually any data source, in the cloud or on-premises, via cloud-native connectors.
Data Analytics
IBM's new tool lets developers add quantum-computing power to machine learning
IBM is releasing a new module as part of its open-source quantum software development kit, Qiskit, to let developers leverage the capabilities of quantum computers to improve the quality of their machine-learning models.
Apps/DevOps
Swarm64 and EDB Partner to Extend EDB Postgres Advanced with Faster Query Performance
The partnership will help companies reduce IT costs by using the PostgreSQL database in large-scale reporting and analytic projects such as data warehousing and other query-intensive applications.
Data Analytics
MLOps startup Comet raises $13M to launch model monitoring products
Comet provides self-hosted and cloud-based MLOps solution that allows data scientists and engineers to track, compare, and optimize experiments and models.
Machine Learning
Graphistry and Pavilion Partner to Accelerate Graph Analytics Using RAPIDS and NVIDIA GPUs
Pavilion Data Systems, a leader in data storage, announced today its partnership with Graphistry to support large-scale, multi-GPU, and NVIDIA Magnum IO GPUDirect technologies to supercharge how data analysts investigate event and entity data.
Data Analytics
Another 500 million accounts have leaked online, and LinkedIn’s in the hot seat
LinkedIn, however, says the data includes information from many places and wasn’t all scraped from the professional-focused social network.
Privacy & Security
Accenture Acquires Core Compete to Boost AI-based Cloud Computing
Founded in 2012, Core Compete’s team of more than 260 professionals will join Accenture’s Applied Intelligence practice, strengthening how the company helps clients shape and execute their cloud-based data and AI strategies to drive more business value
Artificial Inelligence
OneTrust raises $210M to expand its enterprise compliance solutions
The company streamlines the intake and fulfillment of consumer and subject rights requests and allows customers to benchmark against peers, map and inventory records of processing, and generate custom reports as data flows through their organization.
Privacy & Security
Israeli digital forensics startup Cellebrite to go public via SPAC in $2.4B deal 
“Cellebrite’s vision is to provide industry-leading technology and a holistic DI solution that enables our customers to transform and digitize their entire investigative process."
Privacy & Security
Amazon launches Lookout for Equipment, its predictive maintenance service for factory machines 
The Amazon Lookout for Equipment service was made generally available today, and works by amassing data from sensors installed on manufacturing equipment and analyzing it to detect any early warning signs that the machine might fail or perform at less than 100%.
Automation & Productivity
WhiteSource Scores $75M in White-Hot Open Source Security Market
“Our main differentiator with them, but also with everyone else, is that we focused most of our efforts around automating the remediation of the vulnerabilities
Privacy & Security
Cloud startup Redis Labs raises $110M Series G funding led by SoftBank, Tiger Global; now valued at $2 billion
Redis Labs’ products include in-memory database Redis and Redis Enterprise Cloud, a database-as-a-service offering. The company has an alliance with Microsoft to bring its Redis Enterprise-powered tiers to Azure Cache for Redis.
Data Analytics
Critical Zoom vulnerability triggers remote code execution without user input
As Zoom has not yet had time to patch the critical security issue, the specific technical details of the vulnerability are being kept under wraps.
Privacy & Security
Tyler Technologies acquires ReadySub, which makes scheduling software for school districts
ReadySub works with approximately 1,000 school districts across the U.S. while Tyler Technologies has 2,000 school districts as clients.
EdTech
Unbound Security Delivers Integration with Google Cloud External Key Manager
Via CORE key management platform, Unbound offers Google customers a single pane of glass, to centrally manage and control the encryption keys protecting all of their data stored on Google Cloud.  
Privacy & Security
Gitpod nabs $13M for cloud-based open source software development platform
“Millions of developers are slowed down on a daily basis with tedious tasks to get into a productive state while also facing annoying ‘works-on-my-machine’ problems ."
Apps/DevOps
Fake Netflix App on Google Play Spreads Malware Via WhatsApp
According to a Check Point Research analysis released on Wednesday, the malware masqueraded as an app called “FlixOnline,” which advertised via WhatsApp messages promising “2 Months of Netflix Premium Free Anywhere in the World for 60 days
Privacy & Security
HPE Launches Storage Line Loaded with IBM’s Spectrum Scale File System
HPE today launched a new family of storage solutions bundled with IBM’s Spectrum Scale Erasure Code Edition parallel file system (description below) and featuring license changes so it’s not necessary to license storage capacity separately by terabyte or by storage drive (SSD or HDD).
Data Storage
Computer vision startup CrowdAI launches with $10M Series A funding 
CrowdAI has built a platform that companies can use to build customized visionAI tools that can be used to analyze imagery and video footage for a range of different purposes
Artificial Intelligence
DDN speeds up AI storage system in a flash
The “huge” performance boosts aren’t quantified but are based on ‘Hot Nodes’ caches and ‘Hot Pools’ tiered flash and disk.
Data Storage
Microsoft Teams just got another option to make your presentations better
With PowerPoint Live, Teams users don't need to open a PowerPoint deck and share their PC's screen with an audience. Instead, the presenter can just open PowerPoint Live within Teams to deliver a presentation.
Automation & Productivity
Fujitsu and Trend Micro Demonstrate Solution To Secure Private 5G
The security solution, Trend Micro Mobile Network Security, leverages embedded endpoint security within the IoT device’s SIM card and network security running on a private system.
Privacy & Security
Snorkel AI Launches Application Studio, Raises $35M Led by Lightspeed Venture Partners
Application Studio is in preview and will be generally available later this year within Snorkel Flow, the first AI development platform to programmatically label data and train, deploy and analyze models iteratively.
Artificial Intelligence
Arista adds cloud, automation features
CloudVision provides wired and wireless visibility, orchestration, provisioning, telemetry, and analytics across the data center, campus, and more recently, IoT devices on edge networks.
Network Management
Former Facebook exec Vijaye Raji leads new startup Statsig to help developers build features quickly
The company differentiates itself with a usage-based pricing system tied to a customer’s monthly active user count. It includes a free tier that makes it easy for developers to try out the software
Apps/DevOps
Ataccama expands data management automation tools to meet pandemic-driven needs
It enables organizations to create data profiles, track data quality monitoring, set up data previews to better understand the relationship between different datasets, and enforce the policies that determine which end users are allowed to access what data.
Data Analytics
VMware Carbon Black expands container security through the entire CI/CD lifecycle 
VMware Carbon Black Cloud Container is said to build security directly into the continuous integration and continuous delivery or CI/CD pipeline, helping teams analyze and control application risks before they’re deployed into production.
Cloud Computing
MinIO simplifies onramps to do-it-yourself hybrid cloud object storage
In a trio of announcements this week, independent object storage provider MinIO is making it possible to implement cloud-native storage without requiring its customers to know Kubernetes (K8s).
Data Storage
Ice Lake has arrived: Intel launches 10-nanometer Xeon server chips with 40-core flagship 
Intel Corp. today refreshed its flagship Xeon server processor line with more than three dozen new chips based on its latest 10-nanometer manufacturing process and featuring a raft of specialized features, including a high-speed artificial intelligence accelerator. 
Automation & Productivity
ServiceNow’s Digital Workflows Integrates With Qualtrics’ Experience Management Technology
With the new solutions, companies will be able to bring sentiment data from Qualtrics into ServiceNow Customer and IT Workflows to quickly act on customer insights with digital workflows, increasing employee productivity, and enhancing customer loyalty.
Automation & Productivity
SAP Bugs Under Active Cyberattack, Causing Widespread Compromise
Adversaries are carrying out a range of attacks, according to an alert from SAP and security firm Onapsis issued Tuesday – including theft of sensitive data, financial fraud, disruption of mission-critical business processes and other operational disruptions, and delivery of ransomware and other malware.
Privacy & Security
Google launches Lyra codec in beta to reduce voice call bandwidth usage
The code and demo, which are available on GitHub, compress raw audio down to 3 kilobits per second for “quality that compares favorably to other codecs,” Google says.
Apps/DevOps
FBI, CISA warn Fortinet FortiOS vulnerabilities are being actively exploited
Last week, the FBI and US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a joint alert (.PDF) warning that cyberattackers are actively scanning for systems that have not had patches applied to resolve three severe vulnerabilities.
Privacy & Security
The Oracle of Oracles: AllianceBlock Launches Data Tunnel MVP, Powering the New Data Economy
The Data Tunnel makes it possible to publish, monetize and use data in a decentralized and simple way, without needing to understand blockchain, while ensuring traceability, transparency, and trust.
Blockchain
Google’s FLoC Enters Testing Phase on Chrome to Transform Interest-based Advertising
It is based on the idea that unique groups of people can be identified, tracked, and targeted based on their common interests, which would definitely replace the need to track and target “individual identifiers”.
Privacy & Security
Lumen Lands T-Mobile’s First 5G Edge Contract
The operators intend to pair assets from their respective networks to help enterprises and government agencies build and deploy latency-sensitive applications that require distributed workloads.
Telecom
VAST Data exits hardware business, pivots to software subscriptions
VAST Data, the high performance storage startup, is to stop selling its own hardware. It will concentrate instead on selling software on a subscription basis, and will certify hardware appliances built by Avnet.
Data Storage
GiGstreem raises $50 million to deploy building-wide Gigabit WiFi in apartments across the country
. Unlike the “big guys” in the fiber Internet sphere, GiGStreem offers its customers the power of fiber and micro/fiber hybrid internet, at rocket fast speeds, at affordable prices that suit their budgetary needs.
Telecom
Sunlight Partners with LanternEdge to Unlock True Edge Computing Performance with HCI
Pairing the Sunlight HCI stack with the LanternEdge HarshProTM IP66 Server allows for a fully optimized HCI experience and data center grade edge computing in extreme or inhospitable environments, such as factory floors or oil rigs.
Automation & Productivity
Upsolver enables no-code data analytics in the cloud with $25M funding
Ultimately, the goal is to replace all a customer’s code-heavy approaches with Upsolver’s compute layer, which sits between the customer’s cloud storage and their preferred tools, engines, and apps.
Data Analytics
LinkedIn Spear-Phishing Campaign Targets Job Hunters
A threat group called Golden Chickens is delivering the fileless backdoor more_eggs through a spear-phishing campaign targeting professionals on LinkedIn with fake job offers, according to researchers at eSentire.
Privacy & Security
Anodot and Coralogix Partnership Takes Log Analytics to New Levels of Automation
"Anodot provides a zoom into the exact Coralogix logs that show the root cause. This has improved our time to resolution by 90% which is a true game changer.”
Data Analytics
OneStream raises $200M to bring intelligent financial planning to the enterprise
“OneStream helps organizations turn the data they are collecting into actionable, financially intelligent information. This is critical because traditionally it might take 30 days or more to pull insights from financial reporting. "
Data Analytics
Gluware Deepens Ties With AWS, Cisco SD-WAN
The company’s public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform uses HashiCorp’s Terraform integration with AWS to automate complex deployments, including multiple virtual private clouds, Transit Gateway, and Internet Gateway, among others.
Network Management
Digital health startup Inbox Health closes $15 million in Series A funding to transform patient billing
Inbox Health’s communication platform enables billing teams to respond to patient messages via HIPAA-compliant SMS, email, and real-time chat through a unified support interface.
Automation & Productivity
Portland startup ConductorOne raises $5M for platform to automate IT access requests
Founded late last year by veterans of enterprise ID startup Okta, ConductorOne will use the funding to build a platform that helps IT professionals automate and manage employee permissions for cloud apps and infrastructure.
Cloud Computing
Yellowbrick ventures into the cloud with Kubernetes support, distributed data warehouse manager 
The enhancements for the first time separate the Yellowbrick software from the underlying hardware and permit multiple instances to be installed on customer-owned hardware, cloud platforms and edge devices.
Cloud Computing
Supreme Court rules in Google’s favor in Oracle copyright case over Android Java code use 
“This behavior is exactly why regulatory authorities around the world and in the United States are examining Google’s business practices.”
Apps/DevOps
M-Files acquires Hubshare to gain access to content-sharing portal
M-Files plans to continue to offer Hubshare as a standalone platform while simultaneously working to tighten integration between Hubshare and the ECM platform provided by M-Files,
Content Management
Data from three universities published online in latest Accellion-related data breach 
The universities targeted were Stanford University, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of California at Berkeley, with one commonality among them: The stolen data was published by the Clop ransomware gang.
Privacy & Security
Verizon Adds AWS Outposts to 5G Edge Plan
Outposts is AWS’ on-premises option that involves data center equipment being installed at an enterprise facility. It uses AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools to support a hybrid cloud service
Telecom
Sendbird secures $100M to help businesses add chat, voice, and video calling to their apps
“Brands are increasingly choosing in-app chat over SMS as the way of connecting with users and connecting users with each other within the mobile and sometimes Web experience."
Apps/DevOps
Dell expands its data protection with new PowerProtect Backup Service 
Dell Technologies Inc. is stepping up its cloud data backup capabilities with the launch of a new data protection service designed to safeguard software-as-a-service applications and other cloud workloads
Data Backup
Flight Penguin is a new flight search Chrome app that promises ‘no collusion’
it promises that there will be “no collusion” with the airline industry, specifically noting that “Some of the largest travel sites hide flights from you in exchange for special favors from airlines.
Apps/DevOps
Threat intelligence platform ThreatQuotient secures $22.5M
The company’s product, ThreatQ, is designed to serve as a threat intelligence platform with an integrated, self-tuning library that features a workbench allowing for threat detection and response.
Privacy & Security
Cisco streamlines, upgrades its SASE bundle
Cisco is making it simpler to buy its SASE offerings, adding passwordless authentication, and helping to customize the package through a SASE channel in its DevNet software-developer community.
Apps/DevOps
Israel’s GPS Security Startup infiniDome raises $2.4 million in funding to protect wireless communications from jamming attacks
The startup also creates the world’s first one-stop-shop wireless end-to-end protection solution not only detecting but also protecting from jamming and spoofing of GPS (GNSS), V2X, cellular, and other wireless sensor signals
Telecom
Facebook data on 533 million users posted online
Data posted on a cybercrime forum includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, birth dates, gender and location.
Privacy & Security
Pinterest Open Sources Querybook Collaborative Big Data Hub
We built Querybook to provide a responsive and simple web UI for such analysis so data scientists, product managers, and engineers can discover the right data, compose their queries, and share their findings.
Data Analytics
Seattle-area AI startup Darklight raises $5.1M to help companies automate cybersecurity tasks
It will soon launch its first commercial cybersecurity product that automates the prioritization of vulnerability scanner results.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft files a new patent to let you mine bitcoin using your brain activity
The patent describes an ‘overarching system’ whereby a blockchain provides a server with a computational task that gets handed to a sensor attached to a person
Blockchain
Megaport Ties NaaS Platform Into Cisco SD-WAN
Megaport this week released its Megaport Virtual Edge (MVE) network-as-a-service (NaaS) offering alongside tighter integrations with Cisco’s SD-WAN.
Network Management
OptiPulse Non-Coherent Laser Offers Optical Fiber Installers a Wireless Extension Cord
It is hoped by many current clients waiting for the links that it will reduce the cost and time for fiber installs. The links can also be used in metro areas to not disturb businesses by tearing up roads in major metro areas.
Telecom
IBM and Red Hat form strategic partnership with process mining startup Celonis
IBM’s Global Business Services consulting arm will weave the Celonis Execution Management System into its offering, adding the ability to analyse data thrown off by processes like supply-chain management, finance, or procurement to identify weaknesses and recommend fixes.
Data Analytics
Seattle startup Common Room emerges from stealth mode with $52M in funding
Today, for these community teams, our beta product offers an immediate and organized window into the who, what, where, why, and how of their communities – across Slack, Discord, GitHub, events, private messaging channels, social channels and more.
Apps/DevOps
Privacera Provides Data Access Governance with New AWS EMR Record Server Integration
Apache Ranger’s integration with cloud services like Amazon EMR enables companies to implement access controls as they migrate their analytical workloads to the cloud
Data Analytics
Kintent raises $4M seed round to simplify cybersecurity compliance with AI 
Achieving compliance with such standards is a months-long process that requires tech firms to implement security controls in their systems and receive a certification from an independent auditor. Trust Cloud, Kintent says, speeds up the process using artificial intelligence.
Artificial Intelligence
Scratchpad Command lets you update Salesforce from anywhere on the web
Scratchpad develops a suite of tools that integrate with Salesforce — spanning notes, spreadsheets, tasks, search, and more — bundles them under a nice interface, and sells them as a freemium SaaS subscription. Automation & Productivity
AmaZix Joins Forces With Certik to Offer Exclusive Service Package for Blockchain Projects
AmaZix Limited, a full-service blockchain consultancy agency, announced a strategic partnership with CertiK to offer an exclusive market security service package for selected blockchain projects only.
Blockchain
AT&T Adds Cisco Teleworker Into Its SD-WAN Soup
The system prioritizes business applications over non-business traffic and can be deployed with zero-touch provisioning.
Network Management
Cloud data streaming startup Striim raises $50 million Series C funding led by Goldman Sachs
With Striim, users can get to know their data and sort out what’s important. Striim specializes in integration from a wide variety of data sources, transaction or change data, events, log files, application and IoT sensor data, and correlation across multiple streams
Data Analytics
Cisco takes its first steps toward network-as-a-service 
Cisco has taken a big step forward with its first network-as-a-service offering that ultimately will let customers buy enterprise-network hardware and software components on an as-needed basis.
Network Management
Lenovo Unveils Enhanced Predictive, Proactive SaaS Tool for Smarter PC Fleet Management
Lenovo Device Intelligence, unveiled last September, assists enterprise-level IT administrators in the monitoring, diagnosing and remediation of PC issues while leveraging Lenovo’s AI predictive analytics to help predict potential system failures or performance issues before they occur.
IT Management
Samsung’s first UWB tracker, the SmartTag Plus, appears to be nearly here
Apple has also built its U1 chip that enables UWB into the iPhone 11 and 12 series and even the Apple Watch Series 6, but so far, it hasn’t used the technology for much except for more a precise AirDrop.
Apps/DevOps
Startup TenaFe dumps DRAM for PCIe 4 SSD controller
“PCIe Gen4 DRAMless SSD provides the best cost-performance efficiency and will become the prevailing client storage solution moving forward."
Data Storage
Legacy QNAP NAS Devices Vulnerable to Zero-Day Attack
Some legacy models of QNAP network attached storage devices are vulnerable to remote unauthenticated attacks because of two unpatched vulnerabilities.
Data Storage
No foolin’: Microsoft cloud outage takes Azure, Teams and Office 365 offline 
The first reports of the outage emerged from users on Twitter, and were confirmed by the website DownDetector, which showed that reports began flooding in at about 5 p.m. EDT. It says it received thousands of notices from Xbox Live, Teams and Office users.
Cloud Computing
IoT observability platform startup Memfault raises $8.5M in early-stage funding 
Memfault’s founders have created an observability platform that can identify bugs and other problems in the firmware of a wide range of different connected devices.
IoT/Mobility
Aclaimant, a data-driven safety and risk management platform for the workplace, raises $15M
Chicago-based Aclaimant offers tools that support tracking and the follow-up actions required to improve safety in the workplace, and includes clients from industries such as construction, hospitality, insurance, and HR.
Automation & Productivity
Stratis’ InterFlux Protocol Adds Support for Ethereum, Hyperledger, DEXs & DeFi
Stratis provides an Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Solution developed in C# on the Microsoft .NET Core Framework focusing on Modular Blockchain Solutions for Public and Private Blockchain Solutions
Blockchain
Salesforce Adopts Google Analytics 360 to Restructure Data Democratization and Digital Analytics
With Google Analytics, marketing teams can segment audience groups to deliver the most effective messaging experience that inspires personalized user-journey across all channels, including on mobile and social media.
Data Analytics
MackStor launches 200TB DoItRite spinning NAND hybrid drive
Storage veterans have devised a 3-tiered, 200TB hybrid SSD-HHD device, the DoItRite 2000, containing both spinning disk platters and a non-rotating platter of NAND chips combining NVMe SSD speed and extraordinary capacity
Data Storage
Report: Micron and Western Digital are competing to buy flash memory supplier Kioxia 
“Whoever can acquire Kioxia will be able to reach better economies of scale and achieve better unit prices. The memory chip market is up for some exciting times until the future of Kioxia is determined.”
Automation & Productivity
Penguin teams up with Red Hat Ceph and Seagate for big fast object storage
DeepData comprises Penguin servers, Ceph from Red Hat and Seagate’s Exos E 5U84 disk chassis, to build a Ceph cluster.
Data Storage
Cisco is bringing individual and team insights to Webex video calls
The tricky part, he said, is considering what information is good for an individual to know while not giving people the impression that Webex is, for example, flagging employees who are routinely late to meetings to managers.
Automation & Productivity
DataStax Unveils Cloud Migration Tool to Move Workloads from Apache Cassandra to DataStax Astra
A recent study by industry analyst firm GigaOm reveals that enterprises can save up to 76 percent in the three-year total cost of ownership (TCO) by using a serverless Cassandra offering instead of self-managed Cassandra clusters. Cloud Computing
Cloudmed Acquires Databound, Enhancing Its Revenue Intelligence Platform with Robotic Process Automation
Together, Cloudmed and Databound deliver unprecedented accuracy, productivity, and revenue opportunities through sophisticated automation technology and human expertise.
Automation & Productivity
Denodo Launches New Data Integration Solution in the Cloud with Denodo Standard
Its cloud infrastructure automation and flexible by the hour pricing enables both enterprises as well as small and medium businesses to rapidly deploy it without a large commitment of time and resources.
Data Analytics
Microsoft wins multibillion-dollar contract to supply HoloLens AR headsets to US Army 
The IVAS headsets also display a map and compass and add thermal imaging capabilities that help soldiers to identify people in the dark too
IoT/Mobility
Austin-based tech startup Living Security raises $14M to combat human cybersecurity risk
Gamified learning and immersive experiences engage and educate users, while the science-backed, tech-enabled platform uniquely provides CISOs the ability to measure effectiveness and program ROI.
Privacy & Security
Cisco Jumps Into NaaS Arena
“You don’t actually own any assets; you’re paying a subscription fee,” he said. “Cisco retains title to that equipment, it’s all opex on your books, and you pay just based on what you use.
Network Management
Fungible unleashes ‘composable’ data center, claiming high performance and hyperscale efficiency 
The company is leveraging capabilities in its F1 data processing unit, or DPU, to deliver a composable package of data center infrastructure that it says can deliver scale and cost efficiencies that exceed even those of hyperscale service providers.
IT Management
Deloitte Collaborates With Automation Anywhere to Increase Acceleration of Cloud Intelligent Automation
"Our solutions are designed for Automation 360 to help customers through the migration process to get the most value out of their RPA investment with minimal disruption, all while finding efficiencies and reducing investment costs.”
Automation & Productivity
VMware combines Tanzu, Cloud Foundation platforms to launch new VMware Cloud
The Cloud Universal subscriptions let customers purchase credits to apply to VMware's cloud infrastructure and management services deployed either on premises, on VMware Cloud on AWS, or on VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.
Cloud Computing
GitHub’s secret scanning for private repositories enters general availability
The Microsoft-owned code-hosting platform first debuted secret scanning for private repositories last May as part of its advanced security program.
Apps/DevOps
Edge computing orchestration startup Zededa raises $12.5M
Based in Santa Clara, California and India, the company’s hardware- and cloud-agnostic software enables app deployment over most types of edge networks.
Apps/DevOps
Oracle announces Cloud Lift migration service for moving workloads to its cloud 
The Oracle Cloud Lift Services offering is primarily designed to address the costs and effort of cloud migration, something that Oracle said is one of the biggest pain points of any such undertaking.
Cloud Computing
Pinterest open-sources big data analytics tool Querybook
The company says the tool, which it uses internally, can help engineers compose queries, create analyses, and collaborate with one another via a notebook interface.
Apps/DevOps
StorMagic Acquires SoleraTec Technology, Introduces Active Intelligent Repository
ARQvault is the industry’s first active intelligent repository, according to the company, and it allows customers to gather, store and find data forever—at half the cost of competing solutions.
Data Storage
Cloudera Data Platform hits Google Cloud
All of this puts CDP in a favorable position relative to services like AWS Elastic MapReduce (EMR), Azure HDInsight, and Google Cloud Dataproc, which are designed for their parent cloud platforms
Cloud Computing
Visa becomes first major payments network to settle transactions in USD Coin, a stable cryptocurrency
Visa announced on Monday a major industry first in bridging the worlds of digital and traditional fiat currencies: the use of USD Coin (USDC), a stablecoin backed by the US dollar, to settle a transaction with Visa over Ethereum—one of the most actively used open-source blockchains.
Blockchain
Ariox Releases Lumino, a One-Stop Scalable Integration Solution
Create custom rules and prioritize your integrations, configure data origin and destination, eliminate time-consuming manual entry, and streamline your workflow all from a convenient cloud-based portal right on your own desktop or tablet.
Automation & Productivity
New 3D-Printed Antenna Can Harvest Power From 5G Signals
This technology has the potential to turn wireless data networks into a wireless power grid.
Telecom
CMMC is under an internal DOD review
Many companies have expressed concern over the cost to adhere to the new CMMC standards, which require them to pay for third-party assessors to inspect their networks against a five-tiered set of controls.
Procurement
Ziggy Ransomware Gang Offers Refunds to Victims
Apparently, Ziggy was scared straight in early February after law-enforcement takedowns of fellow purveyors of malware like Emotet and the NetWalker ransomware; and added that they were feeling “guilty
Privacy & Security
John Snow Labs Announces Spark NLP 3: Massive Speedups and Latest Compute Platforms
John Snow Labs announces the release of Spark NLP 3.0, combining a set of major under-the-hood optimizations and upgrades that give the open-source community the most scalable and most tightly optimized NLP library ever. 
Apps/DevOps
Amid rapid growth, ‘knowledge orchestration’ startup Zoomin raises $52M more 
Zoomin’s namesake knowledge orchestration platform makes all the content related to an enterprise technology product available via a centralized search bar.
Automation & Productivity
Bain Capital Ventures leads $87.5M Series A investment in cloud startup HYCU to disrupt the $11 billion data and backup recovery market
By bringing true SaaS-based data backup to both on-premises and cloud-native environments, the company provides unparalleled data protection, migration, and disaster recovery to more than 2,000 companies worldwide.
Data Management
Sysdig launches unified cloud and container security posture management products 
The first offering, Cloud Security Posture Management for AWS, is based on Cloud Custodian, an open-source, stateless rules engine that manages AWS environments by consolidating many of the compliance scripts organizations use
Privacy & Security
Google is making some big upgrades to directions in Google Maps 
One of the biggest announcements is that Google is bringing its Live View augmented reality directions to airports, transit stations, and malls.
Apps/DevOps
Cloudera fills gap in streaming platform with SQL
It fills a gap in Cloudera's streaming platform in that it provides an entry point for SQL developers to query streaming data. Before this, Cloudera Dataflow was accessible only to Java, Scala, or Python programmers.
Cloud Computing
Cere Network raises $5 million to create decentralized data cloud platform
The Cere DDC platform launches to developers today, which allows thousands of data queries to be hosted on the blockchain, the transparent and secure digital ledger.
Blockchain
ClimaCell rebrands as Tomorrow.io and raises $77M to bring weather data intelligence to enterprises
This is what the company refers to as the “weather of things,” and it’s designed to bring super-accurate, localized weather data to businesses that need it — this replaces traditional models that typically use government data gleaned from satellites.
Data Analytics
Measurable AI’s Transactional Data for Emerging Markets Now Available via Bloomberg
 The full granularity and complete wallet history of these datasets can also be useful as Data License clients analyze consumer spending behavior, market share change, and item-level product distribution.
Blockchain
Cloud backup and recovery company HYCU raises $87.5M
For example, unlike a number of other solutions, with HYCU, our customer does not have to tell the software where to store the backups; it automatically matches the customer’s service-level agreement with the capabilities of the network and backup targets to find the right place."
Data Management
Wharton Research Data Services Adds Refinitiv Datastream and ESG Data to its Offerings
"As the market around ESG matures, the need to identify the correlation between risk and performance increases, as does the need to measure the social impact of company operations."
Data Analytics
New York rolls out COVID-19 passports based on IBM blockchain technology 
The app, called “Excelsior Pass,” is the first of its kind to go live in the U.S. It will allow people to use a QR code to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status
Blockchain
Zscaler, CrowdStrike Team Up on Zero-Trust Security
Zscaler and CrowdStrike added integrations for joint customers that the partners say provide identity-centric and zero-trust security across data, people, devices, workloads, and networks.
Privacy & Security
Boston Dynamics unveils Stretch: a new robot designed to move boxes in warehouses
“You can take this capability and you can move it into the back of the truck, you can move it into aisles, you can move it next to your conveyors. It all depends what the problem of the day is.”
Automation & Productivity
Official PHP Git server targeted in attempt to bury malware in code base
As noted by Bleeping Computer, the code appears to be designed to implant a backdoor and create a scenario in which remote code execution (RCE) may be possible.
Privacy & Security
AI could help advertisers recover from loss of third-party cookies
Instead of being able to target an ad to a specific anonymous user, advertisers are presented with an opportunity to target groups of end users that are now organized into cohorts based on data Google still collects.
Artificial Intelligence
McAfee MVISION Cloud Native Application Protection Platform Now Generally Available
MVISION CNAPP delivers consistent data protection, threat prevention, governance, and compliance throughout the cloud-native application development lifecycle for container and OS-based workloads.
Privacy & Security
Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees; removes over 50,000 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each month
Ecosia is available on Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and other browsers as a default search engine by downloading the extension from the Chrome web store or Mozilla’s Addon site respectively
Tech 4 Good
Air Force develops maturity model for zero trust across the department
The Air Force is also working on an enterprise identity, credentialing and access management (ICAM) certification to be able to more securely recognize users.
Privacy & Security
Jeff Bezos-backed accounting startup Pilot joins the unicorn club at $1.2 billion valuation after raising $100M in new funding
After a long week of sales, customer support and product development, I would be left with a pile of manual, tedious accounting work to do. We founded Pilot to be the solution we wanted for our business,
Automation & Productivity
Stolen credit card forum hacked and user details published online 
The forum, called Carding Mafia, operates on the regular internet and offers various forums discussing how to hack and steal credit cards, along with hacking tools, stolen credit numbers, bank account details and PayPal accounts.
Privacy & Security
China is leading global blockchain adoption for digital transformation
The key finding is this: Strategic investments in digital transformation by the government, enterprises, and vendors have propelled China's blockchain adoption ahead of other regions.
Blockchain
Report: Microsoft in advanced talks to buy Discord, deal could come next month
“Few others represent this as succinctly as Discord, which not only destroys Skype and Xbox Live at texting, mobile quality and usability but arguably is even better than Microsoft Teams as an environment for professional use.”
Apps/DevOps
Blockchain analytics startup Chainalysis raises $100M in fresh funding 
Chainalysis gathers data on illicit cryptocurrency transactions carried out via popular blockchain platforms to help government agencies with investigations.
Blockchain
Cloudflare goes deep on API abuse detection
Ultimately, it all boils down the purpose of the API. As Cloudflare notes, the problem “demands a more subjective arbiter,” which Cloudflare is attempting with what it refers to as an “adaptive rate-limiting” technique.
Privacy & Security
Avvir raises $10M for AI that spots construction site errors
Custom computer vision algorithms compare photographs and the scans with the building plans and catch errors and delays. Avvir claims it can identify construction problems like unlevel floors to one-eighth inch of accuracy.
Automation & Productivity
Executive Order Would Strengthen Cybersecurity Requirements for Federal Agencies
The other draft cybersecurity orders in the EO, according to Reuters, include requiring a “software bill of materials” for all packages in use across the government, detailing the source of all code, including open-source and partner pieces
Privacy & Security
Uberflip Launches Sales Assist to Enable Sales Teams to Quickly Create and Share Content
“Uberflip’s Sales Assist makes it seamless for sales reps to send prospects collateral that’s digitally packaged, engaging and—most importantly—delivers exactly what the buyer needs.”
Content Management
Esprezzo Raises $2 Million to Bring No-Code Automation to Crypto Investors, NFT Creators, Collectors and DeFi Enthusiasts
Dispatch provides a simple solution for creating automated notifications and workflows in response to on-chain data and smart contract events.
Blockchain
Apcela Pairs MPLS Backbone With Versa’s SASE
Apcela’s integration with Versa’s SASE shifts the SD-WAN-style routing into the SASE points of presence, thus allowing remote workers to achieve MPLS-like reliability even when accessing applications in geographically remote locations.
Network Management
Elastic Announces Optimized Data Architecture, Enhanced Web Crawler and Autoscaling
With the App Search web crawler, users can leverage simple point-and-click tools to extract publicly accessible web content into their App Search engine without any coding required.
Data Analytics
Dell EMC all-flash array sales soar above NetApp (and everyone else)
“Gartner estimates that NetApp exited2020 with a ~16 per cent all-Flash systems revenue share, following Dell EMC at 27 per cent and ahead of PureStorage and IBM both at estimated ~12 per cent revenue share positions."
Data Storage
ConsenSys Codefi Adds SKALE Network to Its Suite of Tools for Enterprise Developers
Starting now, the financial institutions, global enterprises, and Ethereum projects who work with ConsenSys Codefi will have the ability to ‘rent’ SKALE chains and run full-state smart contracts, access decentralized storage, execute rollup contracts (a layer-2 scaling solution), and deploy machine learning algorithms using the EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine).
Blockchain
Boston-based Notarize bags $130M in funding to enable people to legally sign and notarize documents online
Enter Notarize, a Boston-based tech startup, and the first platform to enable thousands of people each day to sign and notarize documents online. From adopting a child to buying a home, Notarize builds trusted products and services that support and bring trust to life’s most important moments.
Automation & Productivity
Manufacturing’s Cloud Migration Opens Door to Major Cyber-Risk
Those flaws are: Information leakage, insufficient session expiration, cross-site scripting, insufficient transport layer protection and content spoofing.
Privacy & Security
Google sets up Android group for future car keys, national ID, e-wallets
As part of the alliance's inauguration, Google has launched the general availability (GA) version of the StrongBox for SE applet. SE stands for Secure Element, a discrete tamper-resistant piece of hardware, such as Google's Titan M chip.
Apps/DevOps
Replicated open-sources its Outdated container image alert tool 
On-premises software delivery company Replicated Inc. is beefing up security for cloud-native applications with the launch today of a free and open-source image version alert tool called Outdated that helps enterprises ensure they’re running the most up-to-date versions of their container images
Privacy & Security
Amazon launches Lookout for Metrics, an AWS service to monitor business performance
Using the same machine learning technology behind Amazon, Lookout for Metrics ostensibly solves this problem by automatically inspecting business health indicators including revenue, web page views, active users, transaction volume, and mobile app installations
Data Analytics
Google bets on ‘systems on chip’ to power its next-generation cloud compute infrastructure 
“Instead of integrating components on a motherboard where they are separated by inches of wires, we are turning to “Systems on Chip” (SoC) designs where multiple functions sit on the same chip, or on multiple chips inside one package,”
Cloud Computing
Pentagon’s Joint Common Foundation AI platform is up and running
The JCF is meant to be a one-stop-shop for anyone from dabbling data amateurs looking to fill out a slide-deck to full-on machine-learning developers hungry for clean data and an environment to write code
Artificial Intelligence
Pure Storage FlashBlade Nears $1B in Sales and Is Used by More than 25% of the Fortune 100
FlashBlade continues to expand and diversify its customer base at a breakneck speed, adding several hundred new FlashBlade customers in FY21 and reaching nearly $1B in sales four years after GA.
Data Storage
Optimove Combines Realtime Segmentation with Predictive and Historical Data for Hyper-Personalized CRM
With Optimove, brands can now scale their CRM Marketing, leveraging historical and predictive data to answer the question of “who is their customer,” while using realtime data to answer, “what are they doing right now.”
Data Analytics
Morphisec snags $31M for moving target defense that protects mid-sized companies
Morphisec relies on a technique called “moving target defense” that constantly changes the security parameters of a system to thwart cyberattacks
Privacy & Security
Tableau Business Science Brings Powerful Data Science Capabilities to Business People
Tableau, the world’s leading analytics platform, introduced Business Science, a new class of AI-powered analytics that lowers the barrier to data science techniques, enabling business users and analysts to make smarter decisions faster
Data Analytics
BSC Develops Database for Automatic Sign Language Translation Thanks to AI
How2Sign is a public resource that will allow researchers in both the fields of natural language processing and computer vision to advance in the area of automatic sign language understanding and production, which will facilitate the technological accessibility to an estimated 466 million deaf or hard-of-hearing people worldwide
Artificial Intelligence
Active Exploits Hit WordPress Sites Vulnerable to Thrive Themes Flaws
Thrive Themes offers various products to help WordPress websites “convert visitors into leads and customers.” Its suite of products, called Thrive Suite, includes a lineup of Legacy Themes
Privacy & Security
CTERA brings its file services to the Kubernetes party
KubeFiler uses the Container Storage Interface (CSI) to provision file facilities to application containers. It functions effectively as a CTERA edge filer, providing a cache copy of global file system data stored in the public clouds.
Data Storage
Microsoft Teams now has its own bug bounties for researchers who can spot security flaws
Microsoft is offering up to $30,000 to security researchers in its Teams bug bounty with "scenario-based awards for vulnerabilities" if they have a big impact on customer privacy and security.
Privacy & Security
CoScreen exits stealth to bring multi-user screen sharing and editing to remote engineering teams
CoScreen’s core “feature” is that it enables multiple team members to share and edit specific app windows simultaneously on a joint workspace, bypassing the need to share their entire screen with each other.
Apps/DevOps
Seattle-area legal tech startup Advocat wins top prize of $200k at San Diego Angel Conference
Advocat is a legal tech provider that reduces the workload for in-house attorneys. Its system enables a non-attorney business user to talk with Advocat’s system, which uses AI to understand what the user needs.
Automation & Productivity
Insurance company CNA Financial goes offline following a cybersecurity attack 
The company said on its website that it had been targeted by a “sophisticated cybersecurity attack.” The attack is said by the company to have caused “network disruption and impacted certain CNA systems, including corporate email.”
Privacy & Security
Incorta Releases v5 of its Direct Data Platform, Bringing Faster Analytics to Business Users
Expanding on the industry-proven benefits of the Incorta Direct Data Platform, Incorta 5 provides a unified data experience to help anyone, from C-suite executives to IT staff and data teams, easily collect, interpret and act on complex data in order to gain valuable insights for the business.
Data Analytics
Ransomware operators are piling on already hacked Exchange servers
The malware is getting installed on Exchange servers that were previously infected by attackers exploiting a critical vulnerability in the Microsoft email program
Privacy & Security
AWS Announced Strategic Partnership with Hugging Face NLP Startup
A global leader in open-source NLP models, Hugging Face provides one of the most popular ML packages ever developed for the open source community, with a vast library of over 5,000 pre-trained NLP models available in over 140 languages.
Machine Learning
Food supply traceability startup iFoodDS nabs $15M
It also performs risk assessments and management for preseason, daily preplant, and preharvest, leveraging a science team that builds environmental monitoring models
Data Analytics
RealNetworks launches AI robocall blocker KONTXT for VOICE to identify and stop scam robocalls once and for all
KONTXT for VOICE features a unique voice fingerprinting solution that combines audio spectrum analysis with natural language processing.
Apps/DevOps
Office 365 Cyberattack Lands Disgruntled IT Contractor in Jail
A former IT contractor has been sentenced to two years in prison after hacking into a company’s server and deleting the majority of its employees’ Microsoft Office 365 (O365) accounts.
Privacy & Security
Zoom now has an SDK for putting Zoom into other things
According to the company, you can now build your own “video-based applications and websites” on top of Zoom’s platform and can more easily incorporate Zoom’s video and audio features directly into your apps.
Apps/DevOps
Scality Doubles Down on Scale-out File System Enhancements in RING
To address these needs, Scality has strengthened its scale-out file system (SOFS) and streamlined management and monitoring of its RING8 file and object storage system.
Data Storage
Ransomware attack halts production at IoT maker Sierra Wireless
A multinational manufacturer of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has halted production after falling victim to a ransomware attack.
Privacy & Security
UiPath Acquires Cloud Elements to Deliver Expanded API-Based Automation Capabilities
With this acquisition, UiPath continues to lead innovation in the automation market, this time believed to be the first provider to offer enterprise-grade user interface (UI) and API-based automation capabilities in a single platform.
Automation & Productivity
Lockheed Martin teams up with Omnispace to develop space-based 5G network
As more and more countries join forces to challenge Huawei’s dominance in the next generation 5G market, Lockheed Martin announced today that it had teamed up with communications provider Omnispace LLC to develop a space-based 5G network for both commercial and government use
Telecom
Salesforce introduces AI-powered features to improve meetings and identify sales
Beginning this week, following new AI-powered account-based marketing tools, Sales Cloud 360 is gaining Einstein Conversation Insights, an AI-powered technology that analyzes video call transcripts, as well as global models for opportunity scoring and precall summaries with customer histories.
Artificial Intelligence
California Controller’s Office suffers data breach after employee fell for phishing email 
The stolen data involved personal information contained in unclaimed property holder reports. In addition, the State Controller’s Office also notes that the unauthorized user also sent potentially malicious emails to some of the employee’s contacts.
Privacy & Security
Analytics startup Dataminr closes $475M round at $4.1B valuation 
New York-based Dataminr uses artificial intelligence to scan the public web for emerging developments that might be important for its customers, which range from Fortune 500 companies to newsrooms. 
Data Analytics
Cloud spend management provider Kubecost raises $5.5M to help enterprises cut costs
According to RightScale, in 2017 26% of enterprises with more than 1,000 employees spent over $6 million a year in the public cloud. But it’s estimated that a fair amount of that enterprise cloud spend is going to waste.
Cloud Computing
Purple Fox malware evolves to propagate across Windows machines
"Guardicore Labs said that Purple Fox is now being spread through "indiscriminate port scanning and exploitation of exposed SMB services with weak passwords and hashes."
Privacy & Security
Sensemetrics Introduces the Strand IIoT Sensor Connectivity Device; Builds Upon Next-Generation Broadband Portfolio With Cost-Effective Narrowband Solutions
IIoT innovator expands connectivity portfolio for cloud-managed IIoT automation for infrastructure, mining, and other geotechnical and environmental markets
IoT/Mobility
FXT Plans to Build Binance Smart Chain Powered Ecosystem: Suggests Social Media Posts
Binance Smart Chain is a blockchain that runs parallel to the Binance Chain. It focuses on facilitating accelerated and decentralized trading
Blockchain
Spatial launches immersive audio for homes, offices, and theme parks
The company is unveiling a real-time product platform as a service for building soundscapes where we work, play and stay.
Apps/DevOps
y42 Raises $2.9M to Provide a Scalable and Affordable Data Stack to Companies of All Sizes
The focus on readability and transparency enables engineers, analysts, and business users alike to develop a shared understanding of data pipelines and their underlying business logic.
Data Analytics
Microsoft in talks with Discord over $10 billion-plus acquisition: report
Discord’s software is free for most users, but the company makes money through $9.99 monthly Nitro subscriptions that offer more advanced features like higher resolution screensharing, extra sticker packs, and larger upload limits.
Apps/DevOps
OneTrust to Acquire Ethics and Compliance Leader Convercent
The news adds on our deep investments in building the technology platform of trust, bringing together teams across privacy, security, ethics and compliance, data governance, GRC, third-party risk, and ESG into a unified platform to make trust a competitive advantage. 
Privacy & Security
Managed open-source software startup Aiven raises $100M in Series C funding 
The key thing about Aiven is that it allows companies to use those technologies on the public cloud of their choice, with options including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.
Cloud Computing
Digital identity network startup ID.me raises $100M on unicorn valuation of $1.5B 
ID.me isn’t the first company to operate in this market, but it’s well-placed to establish a digital identification network given its numbers. The company said it has 39 million members and is signing more than 70,000 new users every day.
Privacy & Security
IFS Acquires Axios Systems
With Axios Systems’ leading ITSM & ITOM solutions, companies can design, automate and simplify workflows along the value chain and deliver amazing Moments of Service
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft Teams displays are getting a set of handy new features
Microsoft is rolling out new improvements for its Teams displays, including Cortana search for meetings, swappable backgrounds for Teams, and quick replies in chat.
Automation & Productivity
Core Scientific Provides Blockchain and AI Technology to Nation’s Largest Agricultural Opportunity Zone Project
Once fully realized, the Agriculture Technology Campus will be able to provide pesticide-free, locally grown produce for 50 to 60 million Americans in the Southeast from the vine to the shelf in just a couple of days.”
Blockchain
Wiz, a 1-year-old Israeli cybersecurity startup founded by engineers who sold their last company to Microsoft, is now worth $1.7 billion
Wiz analyzes the entire cloud environment to deliver a 360° view of security risks across clouds, containers and workloads. The solution dives deep on risks with an actionable, graph-based analysis and allcompletely agentless.
Privacy & Security
Fast RAID rebuild StorONE preps Azure debut
The Seagate box is a “storage system for the rest of us with a mid-level CPU, affordability and great performance. … 2.5PB for $311,617 is incredible”.
Data Storage
Micro Focus Announces Integration with Snowflake to Provide Data Privacy, Protection
The integration of Micro Focus Voltage SecureData with Snowflake enables Voltage customers to seamlessly and securely shift workloads to Snowflake’s platform without the risk of compromising business-sensitive data, while adhering to privacy regulations.
Data Analytics
Orca Security picks up $210M to simplify enterprise security with cloud-native tools
Orca Security has developed a cloud-native solution that integrates these security features to provide many of the same benefits of tools like agents and sidecars without the complexity that comes with managing them
Privacy & Security
Fortinet Buys Multi-Cloud Security Vendor ShieldX Networks
“ShieldX and Fortinet together elevate security coverage to address the convergence of operation technology, campus, and multi-cloud data center segmentation and lateral movement prevention with an integrated solution,”
Privacy & Security
Domino’s Dishes Up Optimized AI/ML Using Datatron’s AI ModelOps and Governance Platform
We are thrilled to assist Domino’s with their growth and to help the world leader in pizza delivery operationalize and govern their AI/ML models to achieve strategic business objectives, all without burdening their engineering and data science teams.”
Artificial Intelligence
New industry partnership promises to strengthen authentication security
Okta’s single sign-on and multifactor authentication solutions comply with a number of FICAM policies — not just for access controls, but for logging, auditing and even providing attestations that someone should continue to have the rights that they have.
Privacy & Security
Startup Model 9 Software aims to unlock mainframe data troves for analytics 
The company has developed and patented technology that makes it possible for mainframe data to be saved to cloud object storage for use by data lakes and data warehouses.
Data Analytics
LiveU and Blackbird Team Up for End-to-End Live and VOD Production
The pre-integrated solution enables production teams to send reliable, high-quality video from anywhere and remotely edit, enrich and publish their live and VOD content to any destination
Automation & Productivity
Optimizely adds real-time customer data tracking with Zaius acquisition
The addition of a CDP that tracks user behavior in real time will enable organizations to create digital experiences that are personalized down to the individual level.
Data Analytics
Open-source robotic process automation firm Camunda raises €82M in new round 
Camunda is fairly unique in the RPA market in that its platform is based on an open-source architecture that enables enterprises to design, orchestrate, monitor and analyze their robots.
Automation & Productivity
Eluvio LIVE Provides Artists with Novel Blockchain-Based Streaming and Ticketing Platform
Built on the patented Eluvio Content Fabric, it is the world’s first 4K video streaming and ticketing service with all content secured and sold via blockchain contracts– with no distribution or content management fees.
Blockchain
Exclusive: Datera has gone bust
The company developed Elastic Data Fabric (EDF) software, providing block-access, scale-out, server-based storage running in x86 servers.
Data Storage
Celonis claims the low-code movement will push process mining past RPA
The momentum in process mining is a sign that enterprises increasingly want to better understand and optimize business processes before they rush to digitize and automate them.
Automation & Productivity
Office 365 Phishing Attack Targets Financial Execs
These new, sophisticated attacks are aimed at C-suite executives, their assistants and financial departments, and can work around email security and Office 365 defenses.
Privacy & Security
With Spot Wave, NetApp Helps Organizations Drive Down Infrastructure Cost and Complexity for Big Data Applications on Kubernetes
Global cloud-led, data-centric software company, NetApp, announced the launch of Spot Wave by NetApp, and Spot Ocean’s support of Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service
Cloud Computing
Acer reportedly hit with $50 million ransomware demand 
A hacking group is demanding $50 million from Acer, Bleeping Computer reported, in what appears to be one of the biggest ransomware demands to date
Privacy & Security
PrivaceraCloud’s New Integrations Automate Identity Management Across Multi and Hybrid-Cloud Environments
Privacera, a cloud data governance and security leader founded by the creators of Apache Ranger, today announced new integrations with leading authentication tools and SSO frameworks, including Okta, LDAP, Active Directory, Azure AD, and the OAuth, SAML, and SCIM standards
Data Management
Caton Technology raises $50 million in funding to accelerate the growth of next-generation IP delivery networks
As more people share videos over the internet, ISPs (internet service providers ) are finding it more difficult to deliver quality content due to the rapid growth of streaming video traffic. This leads to the need for a new technology known as the content delivery network (CDN).
Network Management
Robotics safety system developer Fort Robotics raises $13M to tackle workplace automation
Fort’s platform allows managers to configure, monitor, and control robots from web and mobile apps
Automation & Productivity
Amid cloud boom, data center firm Stack Infrastructure raises $400M debt round 
The Denver firm is now working to bring more sites online with the help of some $1.8 billion in debt that it has raised over the last two years, which includes the $400 million round announced today. 
Cloud Computing
Crownpeak Acquires Digital Experience Platform Provider e-Spirit
The acquisition brings together Crownpeak’s SaaS-based web content management system (CMS) and other best-of-breed offerings – which wrap digital quality, governance and privacy into experience delivery
Content Management
Box tightens its integration with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams 
 “This enables Box users to bring in content from productivity suites like Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, and Apple iWork as they can use their app of choice to get work done,”
Document Management
White House tees up cyber labeling policy
A big question will be whether industry submits tamely to new regulation or challenges the government's authority to impose labeling through executive order.
Privacy & Security
SalesLoft is shaking up the sales engagement market with the launch of industry-first deal engagement score
Now, the unicorn startup is shaking things up in the sales engagement market with the launch of the industry-first deal engagement score — a new machine-learning capability that gives frontline managers an unbiased way to prioritize deals based on the calculation of over 30 data elements.
Machine Learning
Amazon launches S3 Object Lambda to transform data across applications
To address this modality challenge, Amazon today launched S3 Object Lambda, a new capability that allows developers to add their own code to process data retrieved from Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) before returning it to an app.
Data Analytics
Tutor LMS for WordPress Open to Info-Stealing Security Holes
Security vulnerabilities in Tutor LMS, a WordPress plugin installed on more than 20,000 sites, open the door to information theft and privilege escalation, according to researchers.
Privacy & Security
Logz.io Announces Public Launch of Prometheus-as-a-Service, Bolstering Commitment to Open Source-based Observability
Logz.io’s new Prometheus-as-a-Service significantly enhances the company’s observability platform and enables engineers to more easily scale cloud and Kubernetes workloads without the overhead or complexity of managing siloed open source tools.
Data Analytics
VMware Buys Mesh7, Joins Cloud-Native App Security Feeding Frenzy
VMware today said it will acquire API security startup Mesh7. The deal bolsters VMware’s growing security portfolio and also reflects the increasing importance of securing microservices and cloud-native applications.
Privacy & Security
Facebook is developing a neural wristband for interacting with AR glasses 
Facebook Inc. is developing a smart wristband that it says could one day allow users to perform tasks such as placing e-commerce orders by making hand gestures in the air.
Emerging Tech
Barnes & Noble will reveal a Lenovo-made Nook tablet next week
But it seems the dwindling supply is just due to increased demand, as opposed to Barnes & Noble planning refreshed models or an exit from the e-reader business entirely.
Apps/DevOps
Diamanti extends Kubernetes support to Google Cloud
The software includes ‘Ultima’, a network and storage data plane that provisions storage and network resources for apps in VMware Tanzu, Red Hat OpenShift, Amazon EKS and Azure Kubernetes Service.  
Data Storage
Fraudsters jump on Clubhouse hype to push malicious Android app
The startup is yet to launch an Android version of Clubhouse, but until then, fraudsters are hoping to fool users into downloading malicious software.  
Privacy & Security
Security ratings firm SecurityScorecard raises $180M for global expansion 
Offered with a custom-built software-as-a-service platform, SecurityScorecard helps enterprises gain operational command of their security posture and, in the age of third-party hacks, that of their partners and vendors as well.
Privacy & Security
Stack Overflow for Teams is adding a free tier for the first time
Stack Overflow for Team is the company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product that offers a private stack overflow instance for internal collaboration within companies
Apps/DevOps
FBI: Phishing emails are spreading this sophisticated malware
Now its authors are using a new tactic to attempt to deliver it to victims, warns the joint FBI and CISA alert phishing emails which claim to contain proof of a traffic violation.
Privacy & Security
European Cloud Storage Firm pCloud Launches Data Backup Service
pCloud Backup enables users to back up folders from their computer to the cloud, securely, allowing them to keep and recover old versions for up to a year
Data Storage
Instaclustr Acquires credativ to Expand Open Source Data-Layer Services
credativ expands the breadth and depth of Instaclustr’s open source capabilities by adding new technologies – such as PostgreSQL – and bolstering Instaclustr’s current offering.
Data Analytics
Chrome can now instantly caption audio and video on the web
Live Captions uses machine learning to spontaneously create captions for videos or audio where none existed before, and making the web that much more accessible for anyone who’s deaf or hard of hearing.
Automation & Productivity
Torch.AI raises $30M for AI that unifies disparate enterprise data
Leawood, Kansas-based Torch.AI, which was founded in 2017, offers one such solution in a platform that connects disparate apps, systems, cloud services, and databases to enable data reconciliation and processing
Data Analytics
Akamai Pushes Phish-Proof Multi-Factor Authentication
Akamai Technologies launched Akamai MFA, which the vendor says is a phish-proof product that lets enterprises quickly deploy FIDO2 multi-factor authentication (MFA) without hardware security keys. Instead, the MFA product uses a smartphone app.
Privacy & Security
OctoML raises $28M grow machine learning software used by Qualcomm, Microsoft, AMD
OctoML wants to be a better alternative to the default deployment path from machine learning frameworks such as TensorFlow or PyTorch, or hardware vendor-specific tools
Apps/DevOps
Microsoft is making Azure more resilient with new availability zones 
Microsoft Corp. today said that it will deploy availability zones in all the regions where it maintains cloud data centers to provide Azure customers with increased protection against outages.
Cloud Computing
Copado Acquires Leading DevSecOps Company to Streamline Security and Compliance for Enterprise Digital Transformations
"By combining Copado DevOps and value stream technology with New Context’s breadth and knowledge of DevSecOps, enterprises can more efficiently navigate through multi-cloud digital transformations with less risk and more successful outcomes.”
Apps/DevOps
Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse release brings machine learning to the masses 

The simpler drag-and-drop interface and addition of low-code programming tools recognizes what Oracle said is the rapid emergence of “citizen developers,” which are business users who have become code-savvy enough to satisfy many of their own IT needs. 

Apps/DevOps
NEM Launches Symbol, The Next-Generation Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Platform
Symbol’s feature-rich platform makes it suitable for a number of industries and use cases, spanning the enterprise, financial services, regulated asset and wider blockchain spaces.
Blockchain
State-sponsored Threat Groups Target Telcos, Steal 5G Secrets
The campaigns, dubbed “Operation Diànxùn”, target and lure victims working in the telecom industry. A typical ploy includes a fake website designed to mimic telco-giant’s Huawei career page.
Privacy & Security
Version 6.0 of Teleport Introduces Secure Database Access for Users Who Need To Access Databases in Multi-Cloud Environments
The newest features included in Teleport 6.0 were designed to provide PostgreSQL and MySQL users with convenient access to databases running on private networks, while preventing data exfiltration, compliance enforcement and visibility into access and behavior.
Data Analytics
Israeli cybersecurity startup Vulcan Cyber secures $21M Series B funding to protect enterprises and combat breaches from known and emerging vulnerabilities
The Vulcan Cyber Platform controls and orchestrates Security, DevOps, and IT tasks and tools, allowing enterprises to automate and scale their vulnerability remediation processes
Privacy & Security
Tonkean’s updated no-code platform aims to simplify application deployment
Now it’s updating that platform, which it refers to as an operating system for business operations, with new no-code tools that allow more employees to participate in the creation and deployment of applications.
Apps/DevOps
Latest Mirai Variant Targets SonicWall, D-Link and IoT Devices
A new variant of the Mirai botnet has been discovered targeting a slew of vulnerabilities in unpatched D-Link, Netgear and SonicWall devices — as well as never-before-seen flaws in unknown internet-of-things (IoT) gadgets.
Privacy & Security
NetApp dumps its HCI hardware in favor of Kubernetes
HCI is split into two categories, software and hardware. On the software side, it's roughly an even split in marketshare between Nutanix and VMware.
Network Management
McAfee Rolls Appgate, Axis, TransientX Into SASE Play
McAfee is rolling zero-trust network access (ZTNA) into its Unified Cloud Edge secure access service edge (SASE) platform thanks to integrations with not one vendor, but three.
Privacy & Security
AI patent intelligence platform PatSnap secures $300M
Since then, it’s developed technologies in the AI subfields of machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision that analyze and identify the relationships between millions of unstructured data points across disparate IP sources
Artificial Intelligence
Amazon Web Services debuts new Graviton-powered EC2 computing instances 
That makes them ideal for “memory-hungry workloads” such as in-memory databases like Redis, open source relational databases, real-time analytics, caching services, containers and electronic design automation design and verification, Amazon said.
Cloud Computing
Dropbox will have a free password manager in April — if you’ve got 50 or fewer passwords
Now that LastPass is putting a device limit on its free plans, many are looking for a free alternative, and Dropbox Passwords will indeed allow you to sync your passwords across three devices for free.
Document Management
TIBCO Cloud Messaging Adds Apache Kafka and Apache Pulsar as a Cloud Service
“There is growing demand for open source messaging, particularly as clients look for improved ways of managing event streams in real time, enhancing customer experiences, and refining decision-making, all while deriving analytical insights."
Data Analytics
DH2i Launches DxEnterprise v20 Improving Microsoft SQL Server High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) Performance
DxEnterprise v20 responds to channel partner and end customer requirements for improved SQL Server database resilience, Zero Trust security and scalability across private and public clouds as well as between on-premises and remote locations.
Cloud Computing
AWS slashes Amazon S3 Glacier data movement prices
“We are lowering the charges for PUT and Lifecycle requests to S3 Glacier by 40 per cent for all AWS Regions…"
Cloud Computing
Datagen emerges from stealth to create synthetic datasets for computer vision models
GANs are two-part AI models consisting of a generator that creates samples and a discriminator that attempts to differentiate between the generated samples and real-world samples.
Data Analytics
VMware updates CloudHealth, vRealize with more support across major clouds
VMware acquired CloudHealth in 2018 for multi-cloud management. The platform helps enterprises analyze cost, usage, security and performance of computing environments across public clouds.
Cloud Computing
Microsoft launches Exchange tool to help customers apply critical security updates 
The EOMT has been created particularly to help customers that don’t have dedicated security or information technology teams to apply the relevant security updates, but it’s not limited to those customers.
Privacy & Security
Lookout acquires CipherCloud to secure enterprises from endpoint to cloud
Endpoint security company Lookout has acquired CipherCloud, a cloud-native cybersecurity startup focused on the burgeoning secure access service edge (SASE) security sphere
Privacy & Security
Blend to Acquire Title365 from Mr. Cooper Group
Combined Companies Aim to Power the Entire Homebuying Journey, Including Title, Settlement, and Closing, Through Blend’s Cloud-Based Platform
Automation & Productivity
Expert.ai Launches a New Natural Language User Community
Members can leverage the Community to gain new insights and knowledge, get advice from technical experts to overcome NL challenges and expand skills, interact with peers to ask support and share acquired expertise.
Artificial Intelligence
Civic Announces Integration With Solana Blockchain
The collaboration will allow for improved privacy, regulatory compliance and ease-of-use as digital identity takes center stage as the cornerstone of the new wave of consumer-first blockchain infrastructure.
Blockchain
Datadobi Announces Support for File Data Protection on Microsoft Azure Blob Storage

Azure Blob storage is a massively scalable and secure object storage service for data lakes, archives, cloud-native workloads, analytics, and machine learning. Using Datadobi, organizations can now maintain protection copies of their file data in Azure Blob Storage. 

Data Storage
LoginID secures $6 million in seed funding to accelerate the adoption of a passwordless world
The startup provides APIs and SDKs for enterprises to integrate FIDO-certified biometric authentication in as little as 15 minutes.
Privacy & Security
Robin.io’s cloud native storage now supports IBM Cloud
“Supporting IBM customers that rely on IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is another step in our commitment to integrate Robin Cloud Native Storage with all of the environments that are most important to our users.”
Data Storage
Informatica extends serverless computing reach to Nvidia GPUs
The alliance makes the processing horsepower of GPUs accessible via a set of visual tools to a wide range of subject matter experts and data scientists without requiring them to have coding skills.
Data Management
Automation Anywhere lands Google Cloud as preferred robotic process automation partner 
In addition, Automation Anywhere will work with Google to bring its RPA capabilities to a number of Google Cloud products and services.
Automation & Productivity
New AI Tool Makes Vast Data Streams Intelligible and Explainable
SmartTensors sifts through millions of millions of bytes of diverse data to find the hidden features that matter, with significant implications from health care to national security, climate modeling to text mining, and many other fields.
Data Analytics
Enterprise workflow automation startup DeepSee.ai raises $22.6M
Salt Lake City, Utah-based DeepSee, which was founded in 2019, leverages open source and proprietary machine learning, linguistic comparison and prediction techniques, and sentiment analysis to automate manual business processes.
Automation & Productivity
Qlik makes pulling data from SAP applications simpler
The accelerators combine data integration and analytics software from Qlik to reduce the time and effort required to surface insights from specific processes within an SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) application.
Data Analytics
OneTrust Acquires Redacted.ai for Data Redaction
Bringing Redacted.ai into the OneTrust DSAR solutions also delivers the first fully automated data subject rights (DSAR) workflow including intake, ID verification, discovery, redaction, and secure response.
Privacy & Security
Immuta Simplifies Identity Management and Secure Data Access
The Okta Identity Cloud handles cross-cloud identity management and authorization, while Immuta provides an active catalog of cloud and on-premise data sources, fine-grained data access control policies, and dynamic data masking
Data Management
Metamorfo Banking Trojan Abuses AutoHotKey to Avoid Detection
One is a purported request to download a password-protected file; and the other is an elaborate spoofed notification about pending legal documents, with a link that downloads a .ZIP file.
Privacy & Security
Facebook aims to advance machine learning with two new video AI projects 
Facebook relies on AI to perform tasks ranging from content recommendation to policy enforcement. The company hopes that training its machine learning systems on user-created videos will enhance their capabilities
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft to add new 'Extended Stable' Edge option, updating every eight weeks
But Microsoft also will add an "Extended Stable" option that will update every eight weeks, as well. Any users who don't select the Extended Stable option will get updates every four weeks by default
Apps/DevOps
COVID Relief Bill Boosts CISA, GSA and Digital Service Funding
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will get $650 million for cybersecurity risk mitigation. The agency has been leading the federal government’s investigation into the SolarWinds hack that breached several federal agencies.
Privacy & Security
Ad Lightning raises more cash for new product that helps companies meet privacy standards
There are several other privacy compliance companies, including OneTrust, which acquired Seattle startup Integris last year. Moore said Ad Lightning is unique with its software that lets customers simulate the audience of a website to test compliance.
Privacy & Security
This malware was written in an unusual programming language to stop it from being detected
NimzaLoader malware is designed to provide cyber attackers with access to Windows computers, and with the ability to execute commands – something that could give those controlling the malware the ability to control the machine, steal sensitive information, or potentially deploy additional malware.

Privacy & Security
Judge rules Google has to face lawsuit that claims it tracks users even in Incognito mode
The company said in a court filing that it makes clear to users “that ‘Incognito’ does not mean ‘invisible,’ and that the user’s activity during that session may be visible to websites they visit, and any third-party analytics or ads services the visited websites use.”
Privacy & Security
Startup Green Lights AI Analytics to Improve Traffic, Pedestrian Safety
Its AI edge appliance uses NVIDIA GPUs to process video and other data from cameras and radars to predict crashes before they happen and to warn connected road users.
Artificial Intelligence
Denver-based tech startup Flatfile closes $35M Series A funding to make it easier for companies to onboard data
Flatfile’s products automatically learn how imported data from third parties should be structured and cleaned, which enables customers to spend more time using data as opposed to fixing it.
Data Analytics
Please push me cause I’m close to the edge. CTERA launches remote work suite
The Remote Work Suite has two components, a portable disk drive-sized HC100 NAS filer with 1TB of usable NVMe-accessed flash, and a lightweight file access agent.
Data Storage
Molson Coors Cracks Open a Cyberattack Investigation
Molson Coors has employed forensic IT firms and legal counsel to investigate and “is working around the clock to get its systems back up as quickly as possible,”
Privacy & Security
Oraichain & Ocean Join Forces to Expand their AI Ecosystems
After the Oraichain Mainnet (Oraichain’s blockchain network) launch in February, this new partnership connects Oraichain with Ocean, the leader in Web3 data economy tooling, to help accelerate the rate of adoption of both organizations’ platforms.
Blockchain
Autonomous breach protection startup Cynet raises $40M to expand reach 
The company’s Cynet 360 platform provides cross-layered detection and response along with user and network attack prevention and detection capabilities.
Privacy & Security
LinearB, which brings contextual metrics to software development project management, raises $16M
Los Angeles-based LinearB promises a fresh approach to software development project management and metrics, for example helping developer teams correlate data from their code, Git, projects, and more with project issues.
Apps/DevOps
Okta invests in, partners with Immuta to secure cloud analytics
"the combination of Okta and Immuta allows us to confidently authenticate a diverse set of users and authorize different levels of analyses, while preserving privacy and ensuring compliance with regulations and contractual data rights."    
Cloud Computing
Forma.ai Raises $10 Million to Bring Sales Performance Intelligence and System-Wide Automation to Stagnant Industry
Forma.ai drives the right sales behaviors, at the right time, to the right customers, and frees sales teams from repetitive tasks and gross inefficiencies, so that they can use their talents and imagination to build new value for their companies.”
Automation & Productivity
Robin.io’s cloud native storage now supports IBM Cloud
Robin.io’s Cloud Native Storage (CNS) now provides storage and data management software for containerised apps in IBM’s public cloud.
Data Storage
Cisco Boosts Silicon One Switch Chips to 25.6 Tb/s
At the top of the stack is the Q100, which is a web-scale switching chip capable of 25.6 Tb/s of throughput, making it the highest bandwidth capacity of any chip in the Silicon One family. Automation & Productivity
Sales and marketing firm Inside Sales Solutions exposes 1.5M customer records 
The exposed database, entitled “shared,” was not password-protected. It included invoicing and payment records, references to reports and other potentially sensitive data.
Privacy & Security
Hugging Face triples investment in open source machine learning models
Hugging Face launched in 2016 with a chatbot app designed to be your “AI friend.” Now the NLP company has more than 100,000 community members and is planning to triple its efforts and expand beyond language models into fields like computer vision
Apps/DevOps
Innodisk to Release Blockchain SSD Securing Radical Edge Data Integrity
Innodisk’s new-patented blockchain technology brings to its latest SSD solution “InnoBTS™ SSD” and alleviates these concerns through sophisticated use of digital signature and blockchain that is fully software independent.
Blockchain
TrustArc launches PrivacyCentral to bring data privacy intelligence to enterprises
Data privacy management and compliance company TrustArc has announced a new data intelligence tool that delivers contextual, real-time insights into companies’ data privacy programs.
Privacy & Security
WANdisco teams up with Snowflake to bring enterprises’ Hadoop data into the cloud 
Last year, it launched a tool called LiveData Migrator that’s specifically geared toward moving information from in-house Hadoop deployments to the public cloud. 
Cloud Computing
Google’s Mission Critical Services offering raises the bar for cloud customer support 
MCS, as it’s called, is actually more of a consultative service: Google partners with customers from the get-go to ensure that their application infrastructure will always run without a hitch.
Cloud Computing
How Snyk targeted developers to become a $4.7B cloud-security giant
Our view is you should do security the same way. It’s part of quality control. The sooner you find the problem at the point of creation, the more cost-effective it is to address it.”
Privacy & Security
Vertica in Eon Mode Now Available for Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage
This combined predictive analytics offering gives data-driven organizations more freedom to leverage cloud innovation for analytics wherever their data resides, supporting hybrid deployments and on-premises data center use cases
Data Analytics
ServiceNow debuts new low-code app studio and AI features 
The main highlight of today’s update is App Engine Studio. It’s a low-code development tool that ServiceNow says enables users without software engineering expertise to create simple apps, such as a form interface for sharing files between departments, in hours.
Apps/DevOps
Enterprise service mesh startup Tetrate raises $40M 
TSB Enterprise offers a comprehensive service mesh platform for enterprises that need a unified and consistent way to secure managed services and traditional workloads.
Apps/DevOps
HPE adds modular GreenLake services for mid-market businesses
Starting at 100 virtual machines, the entry-level GreenLake service will become available in the first half of this year, while the bare-metal service is scheduled for the second half of 2021.
Managed Services
Google Maps will soon let you draw on a map to fix it
Google will be updating its map editing experience to allow users to add missing roads and realign, rename or delete incorrect ones.
Automation & Productivity
ionir Eliminates Data Gravity with Unrivaled Kubernetes Native Storage and Data Management Platform
Based on a simple yet revolutionary concept, ionir gives data the same agility that Kubernetes offers applications
Data Management
Fake Ad Blocker Delivers Hybrid Cryptominer/Ransomware Infection
the Monero Miner cryptocurrency ransominer was targeting more than 2,500 users a day, disguised as an antivirus installer. Now, the tricky hybrid malware is on the rise again, this time impersonating an ad blocker and OpenDNS service.
Privacy & Security
WorkFusion raises $220M to automate repetitive enterprise backend processes
WorkFusion’s industry-specific automation solutions are powered by cloud-federated bots, which automate complex, document-heavy operations, particularly in regulated sectors like banking, insurance, and health care
Automation & Productivity
Splice Machine Announces New Capabilities for Real-Time AI with v3.1 of its SQL Database
A new feature of 3.1 enables developers to query the database back in time with AS OF syntax to a specific date, providing a full audit and lineage for a regulator checking for bias or data drift.
Data Analytics
Photoshop now runs natively on Apple’s M1 Macs
Photoshop for M1 Macs completes most tasks 1.5 times faster than when running on Intel. But the speed improvements extend beyond actual editing
Automation & Productivity
Privacera Secures $50M Series B to Advance Cloud-First Data Governance and Security
The team at Privacera bring a phenomenal combination of technical depth and understanding of the customer requirement to enable a single pane of glass for data governance and compliance.
Data Analytics
Security startup Verkada breached as hackers gain access to 150,000 camera feeds 
Verkada Inc., a Silicon Valley-funded security camera startup, has suffered a data breach with hackers reportedly able to gain access to 150,000 live camera feeds from companies, jails, police departments and schools.
Privacy & Security
NetApp makes its big Kubernetes play with Astra
Astra is a SaaSy NetApp-managed service that protects, recovers and moves containerised applications. There is no software to download, install, manage, or upgrade.
Cloud Computing
Adobe Critical Code-Execution Flaws Plague Windows Users
Affected products include Adobe’s Framemaker document processor, designed for writing and editing large or complex documents; Adobe’s  Connect software used for remote web conferencing; and the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite for video editing.
Privacy & Security
Verofax Secures $1.2 Million Seed Round for Automation and Traceability Platform
Verofax offers services such as Item ID serialization, traceability, and transaction certification on private Blockchain with cost and time to market advantage.
Blockchain
App security platform provider Pathlock raises $20M
With Pathlock, enterprises can manage different aspects of access governance — including user provisioning and temporary elevation, ongoing user access reviews, internal control testing, transaction monitoring, and audit preparation.
Privacy & Security
Big Data Acquisition: Stirista to Acquire VDC to Boost Big Data Adoption Across Marketing
Stirista’s privacy-compliant data insights helps clients interact with customers and prospects via digital, email and social channels.
Data Analytics
Hybrid cloud security specialist Securonix raises $24M 
 It provides a SIEM, or security information and event management, platform that analyzes activity data from a company’s infrastructure to identify suspicious events.
Privacy & Security
Akash Network Launches Akash MAINNET 2, the First Decentralized Open-Source Cloud
Through Akash’s platform, individuals, companies, and data centers with underutilized computing capacity will also be able to monetize and lease their cloud compute to those who need it, recouping the high costs of server maintenance and capital expenditure
Cloud Computing
Concordium Raises $15M in Private Sale and Completes MVP Testnet
Concordium will bring its blockchain technology for broad use, which also appeals to enterprises with protocol-level ID protected by zero-knowledge proofs and stable transaction costs to support predictable, fast, and secure transactions.
Blockchain
Newest Intel Side-Channel Attack Sniffs Out Sensitive Data
Unlike previous side-channel attacks, this attack does not rely on sharing memory, cache sets and other former tactics. Instead it leverages a component called CPU ring interconnect contention.
Privacy & Security
VMware and Nvidia team to deliver virtualized AI workloads 
In addition, Nvidia has certified a library of AI and data science applications and frameworks, cloud-native deployment tools and Nvidia infrastructure optimization libraries for use with vSphere
Artificial Intelligence
Indeed launches new hiring platform for faster recruiting
The new platform also promises to speed up the hiring process by automating administrative steps like reviewing resumes and scheduling interviews.
HR Tech
Fake Google reCAPTCHA Phishing Attack Swipes Office 365 Passwords
“The attack is notable for its targeted aim at senior business leaders with titles such as Vice President and Managing Director who are likely to have a higher degree of access to sensitive company data."
Privacy & Security
Data Gumbo Unveils Automated Sustainability ESG Measurement Solution for Industry
Data Gumbo, provider of GumboNet the massively interconnected industrial smart contract network secured and powered by blockchain, announced GumboNet ESG, the automated and accurate sustainability measurement solution that ties a company’s operational data to environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards reporting
Blockchain
Microsoft Exchange hack, larger than originally believed, prompts emergency task force 
“But the length of time attackers had to burrow into organizations with the SolarWinds hack means that they had much more opportunity to hide in places from which it may prove very difficult to root them out."
Privacy & Security
ATTO re-invents the RAM Disk with block storage device
NY-based ATTO develops high performance storage connectivity products for OEMs and end users. The company’s new SiliconDisk connects to host servers using RDMA across 100Gbit Ethernet, to provide latency at the sub-100 nanosecond level
Data Storage
Global Hack Breaches Thousands of Microsoft Business Accounts
A sophisticated attack on Microsoft Corp.’s widely used business email software is morphing into a global cybersecurity crisis, as hackers race to infect as many victims as possible before companies can secure their computer systems.
Privacy & Security
Infor and C3 AI Form Strategic Partnership to Deliver Scalable Enterprise AI Industry Applications
The initial focus will be on predictive maintenance surrounding Internet of Things (IoT) systems with the goal of providing a more proactive and accurate maintenance strategy within Infor’s EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) solution
Artificial Intelligence
London-based Scoro raises $16 million funding to grow its work management software for professional services and creative industries
Scoro’s most recent product launch has been a modernization of the Gantt chart, which had not evolved since its creation at the turn of the 19th Century
Automation & Productivity
Commvault plays nicely with Qumulo at the backup party
Commvault’s product backs up data from physical, virtual and containerised servers and store backups on target appliances such as Commvault’s HyperScale X – and now Qumulo – or send them to the public cloud.
Data Storage
OptiPulse Announces the Discovery of a New Type of Laser That May Replace Microwaves
OptiPulse is trying to prove that light is superior to microwaves for sending high speed wireless data.
Telecom
Xilinx announces new line of adaptable SmartNIC cards
The card comes with Xilinx's Vitis Networking, which supports P4, C, and C++ programming by developers to compose custom offloads and tweak existing offloads to handle new protocols and applications without replacing hardware.
Network Management
Bridgecrew Shifts Cloud Security All the Way Left With Real-Time Scanning and Fixes in VS Code
For the first time, developers will be notified about infrastructure as code (IaC) misconfigurations and policy violations at the earliest possible moment within the DevOps lifecycle: while they are coding on their local workstation.
Apps/DevOps
Full Speed Automation raises $3.2M for no-code solutions that accelerate industrial digitization
The Vitesse platform will be a middleware layer that automatically detects all the digital devices in a manufacturing operation and allows managers to connect them with a simple point-and-click.
Automation & Productivity
Goldman-backed cloud native platform startup Nuxeo sold to Hyland Software
Its platform streamlines and automates complex business processes and can handle digital content of any type and size, from traditional documents and PDFs to more media-rich video and storyboarding needs.
Document Management
Google Charting a Course Towards a More Privacy-First Web
If digital advertising doesn’t evolve to address the growing concerns people have about their privacy and how their personal identity is being used, we risk the future of the free and open web.
Privacy & Security
Doppler closes $6.5M GV-led round to help developers manage application secrets 
Software teams can organize secrets in collections based on what applications they belong to and modify secrets when necessary through a relatively simple command-line tool.
Apps/DevOps
D-Link, IoT Devices Under Attack By Tor-Based Gafgyt Variant
The use of Tor by malware families is nothing new; however, researchers said they haven’t seen Gafgyt leveraging the anonymity network until now.
Privacy & Security
Banzai raises $15M as investors pour cash into virtual event platforms
Banzai has acquired virtual event platform High Attendance and webinar platform Demio over the past six months. The company has more than 3,000 customers and about 100 employees.
Automation & Productivity
Future FinTech Granted Blockchain Technology-Related Software Copyrights from the China National Copyright Administration
The Company has been developing and improving its anti-counterfeiting and tracing system by using blockchain technology for its e-commerce platform Chain Cloud Mall (“CCM”).
Blockchain
Lucid announces Lucidspark integration with Jira for team visual collaboration 
It uses a virtual whiteboard and corkboard with a drag-and-drop user interface that combines notes, drawings, arrows, polygons, emojis, graphics, ideograms and numerous other graphical elements.
Apps/DevOps
DOD adds 6,000 new users to electronic health record system
The new EHR modernizes many of the interfaces for how medical workers interact with patient data and migrates the DOD’s health records to a Cerner Millennium cloud system.
Healthcare Tech
Okta Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Auth0 to Provide Customer Identity for the Internet
Together, Okta and Auth0 address a broad set of identity use cases and the acquisition will accelerate the companies’ shared vision of enabling everyone to safely use any technology, shaping the future of identity on the internet.
Privacy & Security
Full Speed Automation raises $3.2M for no-code solutions that accelerate industrial digitization
The Vitesse platform will be a middleware layer that automatically detects all the digital devices in a manufacturing operation and allows managers to connect them with a simple point-and-click
Automation & Productivity
Elastic Announces General Availability of Searchable Snapshots and Introduces Runtime Fields
With runtime fields built on the Elastic Stack, users now have the ability to choose between the performance and scale of schema on write or the flexibility of schema on read in the same Elasticsearch cluster.
Data Analytics
Facebook’s new AI model SEER can teach itself to recognize images 
Facebook said that SEER, which is an acronym for “Self-SupeERvised,” is a breakthrough that could lead to a “revolution” in computer vision.
Artificial Intelligence
Seagate competes with its OEMs through StorONE
This takes the company into direct competition with OEMs such as Dell EMC, Hitachi Vantara, HPE, IBM and NetApp , which use Seagate disk drives in their arrays and filers.
Data Storage
Unbound Security Launches Unbound CORE To Help Enterprises Advance Key Management and Reduce Risks
CORE enables enterprises to reimagine cryptographic infrastructure security and is the realization of our unique approach to key management and cryptographic infrastructure,”
Privacy & Security
Dell’s PowerProtect and PowerScale friendship with Faction
Dell Technologies has expanded its partnership with Faction, the US multi-cloud managed services provider, to offer three new storage and data protection services.
Data Storage
GAannotations automates contextual data for Google Analytics annotations
It’s worth noting that Google Analytics already has a native annotations feature, but it’s a manual process that offers little in the way of automation via external APIs and integrations.
Data Analytics
Seattle-based startup Kaskada unveils a new platform that opens up machine learning to small and mid-sized companies
The platform is now ready and available for data science teams to use for a wide variety of use cases, including fraud, personalization, and recommendation engines.
Artificial Intelligence
Lenovo Reveals New ThinkEdge Portfolio of Embedded Computers
The new ThinkEdge SE30 and ThinkEdge SE50 – are small, rugged, and powerful enough to meet the demanding needs of enterprise data processing, security and scalability at the edge.
Edge Computing
Microsoft adds new cloud instances and security features to Azure 
n addition to expanding the number of instances available on Azure, Microsoft is also making them easier to manage. The company has debuted a new version of the Azure Automanage management automation service that works with instances running Linux
Cloud Computing
Simplilearn and IIT Kanpur Launch Online Certificate Program in Blockchain Technology
This in-depth program will provide learners with a comprehensive co-created curriculum covering the most in-demand skills in the field of Blockchain.
Blockchain
VMware Ties SD-WAN Into Azure vWAN, Edge Zones
Edge Zones is targeted at customers that need extremely-low latency connectivity to applications. It allows them to provision and network workloads on-prem or in a nearby colocation or carrier point of presence as if they are running in Azure.
Network Management
WhatsApp’s desktop app now has video and voice calls
WhatsApp’s desktop app for Mac and PC is getting voice and video calling today, the company announced, offering end-to-end encrypted calls to other WhatsApp users on both computers and mobile devices.
Apps/DevOps
Israeli artificial intelligence startup Seebo raises $24M to expand its global reach 
The company’s solution uses AI algorithms with deep process manufacturing expertise to deliver the ability to understand each individual production process, potentially saving customers funds by revealing the hidden causes of their production losses.
Automation & Productivity
Iterative.ai updates MLOps platform to streamline and support cloud provisioning
CML is an open source library for automating tasks such as model training and evaluation, comparing ML experiments across their project history, and monitoring changing datasets.
Apps/DevOps
Accellion zero-day claims a new victim in cybersecurity company Qualys
Accellion says it has worked "around the clock to develop and release patches that resolve each identified FTA vulnerability and support our customers affected by this incident."
Privacy & Security
OmniSci Launches Free Edition of Platform to Democratize the Power of Accelerated Analytics
OmniSci Free will allow users to leverage the full power of the OmniSci Analytics Platform, including OmniSciDB, OmniSci Render Engine, OmniSci Immerse, and the OmniSci Data Science Toolkit, to explore and gain insights from their big data at the speed of curiosity.
Data Analytics
Redis Labs Announces General Availability for Integrated Enterprise Tiers of Azure Cache for Redis
The new Redis Enterprise-powered tiers on Azure Cache for Redis are generally available and deliver active geo-replication, up to 99.999% availability, and expanded use cases for customers.
Cloud Computing
Spectra Logic and OpenDrives Partner to Provide End-to-End Data Storage, Management
The combined solution integrates OpenDrives’ high-performance, low-latency primary storage with Spectra Logic’s StorCycle Storage Lifecycle Management software that accelerates workflow productivity and advances business efficiencies.  
Data Storage
Yugabyte raises $48M for open source SQL database alternative
Yugabyte most recently added support for the open Hasura GraphQL Engine to make it possible to run applications that expose GraphQL APIs as an alternative to traditional REST APIs.
Data Analytics
Ryuk Ransomware: Now with Worming Self-Propagation
The agency said that it achieves self-replication by scanning for network shares, and then copying a unique version of the ransomware executable (with the file name rep.exe or lan.exe) to each of them as they’re found.
Privacy & Security
NetApp embraces K8s for hybrid cloud apps management, cans HCI appliance
NetApp is waving goodbye to the NetApp HCI appliance, launched only in 2017. The data storage vendor wants customers instead to join it in the hybrid cloud, using its software-only Project Astra.
Data Storage
Scarf Systems aims to give developers more control of their open-source software
Our goal is to empower open-source maintainers to own their package distribution, build better software and be financially supported for the work they create.”
Apps/DevOps
Pure Storage, Equinix debut joint bare metal as-a-service offering
Equinix Metal Storage powered by Pure offers enterprises embedded storage and on-demand procurement of network and compute, with hosting, deployment and physical support via one vendor, under a single contract.
Data Storage
Microsoft brings RPA to Windows 10 with new Power Platform products
Power Automate Desktop for Windows 10, which arrives after Microsoft acquired RPA startup Softomotive, provides an attended RPA solution to automate tasks in SharePoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, and third-party business apps.
Automation & Productivity
OneTrust acquires DocuVision to automatically find and redact sensitive data in documents
With its Redacted.ai product, companies can automatically redact more than 100 different types of personal information, including signatures, logos, and images of faces — which is what OneTrust is essentially buying.
Privacy & Security
Thycotic Announces Endpoint Privilege Management Solution for Unix/Linux
The latest release of Thycotic’s Privilege Manager solution includes a Sudo plugin that saves Unix/Linux administrators time, while still providing granular control over privileged activities.
Privacy & Security
With Power Platform updates, Microsoft doubles down on low-code app development 
They can be used by people with minimal coding skills to create and deploy customized applications that run on desktops and mobile devices via a low-code interface.
Apps/DevOps
Nuvolo raises $31 million for a connected workplace platform built on ServiceNow
The company connects various departments, such as facilities, HR, IT, and real estate, with a single centralized platform for collecting and reporting on data that “eliminates siloed business units,”
Automation & Productivity
Kaskada launches platform to prep data for AI models
The Kaskada platform doesn’t require setup, and it ingests historical data from data warehouses and data lakes, consuming messages from streaming sources like Apache Kafka and Amazon Kinesis. Data Analytics
Microsoft to add new shared channels, encryption for calls, webinar features to Teams
Called Teams Connect, the feature will enable users to share channels with anyone -- internal or external -- to one's organization.
Automation & Productivity
Curiefense is a cloud-native, open source security platform for enterprise apps
Curiefense, which Reblaze first announced back in November, is designed to protect cloud native applications and APIs from myriad threats, such as distributed-denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and account takeovers (ATOs).
Privacy & Security
Microsoft launches Azure Arc machine learning and container services
Microsoft says Azure Arc-enabled Machine Learning and Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes are designed to help companies strike a balance between enjoying the benefits of the cloud and maintaining apps and workloads on-premises for regulatory and operational reasons.
Cloud Computing
Sub-diffraction Optical Writing Information Bits: Towards a High-Capacity Optical Disk for Big Data
This unique material platform enables low-power optical writing nanoscale information bits (nanoscale refers to sizes of 1–100 nanometers, where one nanometer is one billionth of a meter).
Data Storage
Google Cloud, Allianz, Munich Re team up on cyber insurance program
What's notable about the program is that cyber insurance, which is evolving, could become more mainstream should it be resold via technology providers.
Privacy & Security
Quality Match raises $6 million to build better AI datasets
In fact, in a recent survey conducted by startup CloudFlower, data scientists said that they spend 60% of the time just organizing and cleaning data compared with 4% on refining algorithms.
Data Analytics
IBM launches Cloud Satellite to target expanding edge computing market 
Cloud Satellite lends itself to a number of use cases. One use case in particular IBM hopes to target is running analytics workloads at the so-called edge out of the network, outside traditional data centers.  Cloud Computing
Health Gorilla raises $15 million to build secure APIs for medical records
With a combination of clinical data APIs, HIPAA-compliant user authentication, and a master patient index, Health Gorilla ostensibly makes it easier for providers to pull a patient’s information from a clinical records system.
Healthcare Tech
TripleBlind Secures $8.2M Seed Funding, Support for Data Privacy Approach
TripleBlind’s patented, automatic de-identification and data privacy solution facilitates more efficient and scalable collaboration than alternatives like homomorphic encryption and secure enclaves.
Data Analytics
Spectro Cloud Extends Cluster Management for Existing Kubernetes Deployments
By supporting brownfield environments, Spectro Cloud enables enterprises to get the benefits of consistent cloud management across clusters—in the cloud, on site or any combination—without having to completely rebuild their existing clusters.”
Cloud Computing
RubiX Announces Full-Scale NFT Launchpad on Proprietary Industrial Scale Blockchain
The most popular application for NFT today remains digital art, but the RubiX NFT can also be applied to industries including sports merchandise and memorabilia, luxury goods, real estate and financial institutions like asset management, insurance, payments and fintech.
Blockchain
Cloudera Cloud-Native Operational Database Accelerates Application Development
It enables application developers to deliver prototypes in under an hour on their choice of cloud, with the power to effortlessly scale to petabytes of data.
Apps/DevOps
Google Workspace gets new Frontline Edition and time management tools 
Workspace Frontline includes Gmail, Chat, Docs and several other applications from the standard version, plus more specialized features. Those features will include tools for securing sensitive data on employees’ devices.
Automation & Productivity
PayScale and Payfactors combine into 600-person company, eyeing big market for compensation data
Combined data from the companies will reach a “massive scale,” Torrey said, describing it as “the single largest data set that is the source of truth around employment in the United States,” including compensation data for about 30% of the U.S. working population.
Data Analytics
Catalog management leads GSA’s planned federal marketplace updates for 2021
“We’re continuing to streamline and improve how we manage data associated with the more than 50 million products and services offered through the federal marketplace,”
Procurement
Malware Loader Abuses Google SEO to Expand Payload Delivery
Gootloader is known for its multi-stage attack process, obfuscation tactics, and for using a known tactic for malware delivery called search engine optimization (SEO) poisoning.
Privacy & Security
Screaming AI: NetApp joins DDN, WekaIO and pals with Nvidia-validated setup
“With NetApp all flash storage, you can expect to get more than 2GB/sec of sustained throughput (5GB/sec peak) with well under 1 millisecond of latency, while the GPUs operate at over 95 per cent utilisation"
Data Storage
New unicorn Axonius raises $100M to expand its cybersecurity asset management platform 
The platform allows information technology and security teams to see devices for what they are in order to manage and secure them through a unified, extensible and open system.
Privacy & Security
Red Hat opens the door for both VMs and containers in its latest OpenShift release
Red Hat's doing this with its technology preview, Migration Toolkit for Virtualization (MTV). This will let you easily migrate VMs at scale to Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization.
Cloud Computing
Malicious Mozilla Firefox Extension Allows Gmail Takeover
A newly uncovered cyberattack is taking control of victims’ Gmail accounts, by using a customized, malicious Mozilla Firefox browser extension called FriarFox.
Privacy & Security
Ataccama acquires data visualization startup Tellstory
Tellstory will be made available as a multi-tenant tool, with a free version provided to Ataccama ONE Gen2 GA customers next month
Data Analytics
Atlassian moves into business intelligence with acquisition of Chartio 
Using Chartio’s data visualization features, Atlassian could distill Jira bug tickets into graphs to give managers insights at a glance into metrics such as the amount of time it takes developers to fix software issues and how many are still outstanding.
Apps/DevOps
Privacera Announces Partnership with Talend for Rapid Cloud Data Integration, Governance
“The combination of Privacera and Talend enables our customers to rapidly analyze their data to achieve business-critical outcomes, while ensuring it is secured and governed end-to-end."
Data Governance
Accounting Workflow Automation Platform, Docyt, Raises $1.5 Million
Docyt turbocharges accounting ledgers, like QuickBooks, by using machine learning to intelligently automate financial data collection, digitization, categorization, and reconciliation.
Automation & Productivity
Dell PowerStore positions company for return to storage growth
He revealed that PowerStore is “ramping faster than XtremIO and VxRail, making it the fastest new architecture we have released. "
Date Storage
GSA re-awards spots on $5.5B 2GIT contract
The contract is the first instance of the Office of IT Category including supply chain risk management (SCRM) requirements making vendors self-certify the maturity of their networks and verify they’re sticking to their plans moving forward.
Procurement
Pioneering Decentralised Secure Messaging Platform Manyone Announces Strategic Relationship With University College London Centre Blockchain Technology
The funding from The Peer Social Foundation and Manyone will provide vital resource to explore and evaluate user-controlled identity management, decentralised social networks, and tokenisation as vehicle for authorisation without identification. "
Blockchain
SolarWinds Unveils APM Integrated Experience, Unifying Application Metrics, Traces, Logs, and User Experience Data
The APM Integrated Experience delivers a single platform for common navigation across the APM portfolio to deepen the user’s knowledge of an application’s health and performance
Data Analytics
Transmit Security launches BindID to replace passwords with biometric authentication
“BindID is the industry’s first app-less, strong, portable authenticator that uses device-based biometrics for secure, convenient, and consistent customer authentication,"
Privacy & Security
Anaplan brings its business planning tools to Amazon Web Services’ cloud 
The Anaplan on AWS offering will combine Anaplan’s business planning tools with Amazon’s scalable cloud infrastructure and will enable businesses to work with large, diverse data sets and analyze many different complex scenarios in real-time,
Data Analytics
DataStax Astra goes serverless
For now, Astra is the only pure Apache Cassandra managed cloud service that is delivered as serverless and runs on a choice of public clouds: AWS, Azure, and GCP.
Cloud Computing
Logical Clocks Introduces RonDB, the World’s Fastest Database in the Cloud
Logical Clocks announces the early availability of RonDB, the world’s fastest key-value store with SQL capabilities offered now as a managed service on the cloud
Data Analytics
Seagate Unveils Lyve Cloud Built to Store, Activate, and Manage the Massive Surge in Data
By providing a reliable and cost-efficient cloud storage solution at the metro edge, closer to where their data is generated, Lyve Cloud lets enterprises store and activate their data at scale, securely and efficiently.”
Data Storage
HPE Buys CloudPhysics, Rolls Out ‘Opportunity Engine’
CloudPhysics claims the software client can be installed on a system and begin collating insights in less than 15 minutes.
Data Analytics
Delphix and AppDynamics aim to ‘drive application downtime to zero’
When AppDynamics software detects an application performance problem or failure it can now issue API calls to Delphix to automatically provision the right databases for the affected application from the right point in time.
Automation & Productivity
dotData Launches Cloud for BI Teams to Quickly and Easily Fully Automate AI/ML Development
Sticky.io’s data science and analytics team wanted to apply automated machine learning to quickly analyze customer data to spot specific patterns from the data from the hundreds of millions of transactions they were seeing.
Data Analytics
Pliops raises $65m. Nvidia alliance in the works?
Combining Nvidia data center GPU and DPU product lines with Pliops’ storage processor for accelerated cloud and machine learning solutions will provide exceptional performance and efficiency for our customers.”
Data Storage
Microsoft Lures Populate Half of Credential-Swiping Phishing Emails
“With the number of organizations migrating to Office 365, targeting these credentials allows the threat actor to gain access to the organization as a legitimate user to go undetected,”
Privacy & Security
Cloudera aims to fast track enterprise machine learning use cases with Applied ML Prototypes
By taking care of a lot of the coding and workflow grunt work, data scientists can focus on developing for the enterprise use case and iterating.
Apps/DevOps
Modulus Launches AI-Enhanced Blockchain-as-a-Service for Product Proof of Authenticity, Proof of Origin, Product Tracking, and More
“Modulus enhances the typical components of blockchain-based authentication with the addition of its patent-pending artificial intelligence technologies, blending a mix of image recognition and other types of bio-inspired AI together with blockchain technology."
Blockchain
Applause launches application testing platform with expert community 
With PEP, Applause intends to provide customers and brands the capability of finding bugs in software before code is deployed and providing insight into quality for development pipelines across the entire application development lifecycle
Apps/DevOps
Microsoft unveils three more 'industry clouds' for financial, manufacturing and nonprofit
These industry clouds package together common data models, cross-cloud connectors, workflows, application programming interfaces and industry-specific components and standards.
Cloud Computing
Rows raises $16 million and launches next-gen spreadsheets with built-in data integrations
Moreover, Rows can be configured to automatically import and export data from and to the original source, meaning that sales teams can update their CRM directly from inside a Rows spreadsheet, for example. Data Analytics
Google debuts message scheduling and more in flurry of Android app updates 
Google is topping off the improvements to its existing Android apps by bringing a new service to the operating system that wasn’t available to users before: its Password Checkup tool.
Apps/DevOps
Cutting edge Katana Graph scores $28.5 Million Series A Led by Intel Capital
Pingali noted that Katana offers graph database and graph analytics functionality, plus a Graph API.
Data Analytics
Aviatrix Raises $75 Million in Series D Funding
Our cloud network platform delivers cloud-like simplicity and automation you expect from a cloud native solution, but with the operations and security controls that enterprises demand.”
Cloud Computing
In major product update, Veeam rolls out ‘ransomware-safe’ backup repositories 
Veeam Backup & Replication v11, the new product release, introduces so-called hardened Linux repositories for storing backups. The repositories provide protection against ransomware by storing backups in a format that can’t be deleted or or encrypted
Data Storage
You can now embed Pinterest Pins in Microsoft Word and OneNote
You can embed Pinterest content into a Word document online, and it will be displayed when you open the document on the mobile or web versions of Word.
Automation & Productivity
10K Microsoft Email Users Hit in FedEx Phishing Attack
Both scams have targeted Microsoft email users and aim to swipe their work email account credentials.
Privacy & Security
Reflect Systems Debuts New Release with Features to Maximize Digital Signage Content and Operations Effectiveness
In addition to Xperience, Reflect is also debuting its Spark Framework, an application development framework that provides for the flexibility of deploying and managing interactive and dynamic, data-driven digital signage content applications.
Apps/DevOps
Microsoft will add predictive typing to Word in March
Using AI, Microsoft will peer over your shoulder as you write. If you’re writing a common phrase that it thinks it understands, such as “all that glitters isn’t...” Word might suggest “gold” as the next word
Automation & Productivity
ScienceLogic raises $105 million to grow its AIOps platform
It collects and stores a range of analytics data in a clean, normalized data lake, applying algorithms to spotlight relationships between infrastructure applications and enterprise business services
Apps/DevOps
Pure Storage expands its flash-storage systems and software lines
The updated Purity software adds Windows-application acceleration for the FlashBlade and FlashArray lines and delivers ransomware protection across file, block and native cloud-based apps, among other features.
Data Storage
Privitar’s Latest Data Privacy Platform Release Offers Enhanced HIPAA Compliance Features, Language Support
With Privitar’s new enhanced HIPAA-focused capabilities, customers can now safely remove data from the scope of HIPAA via both the Safe Harbour method and via expert determination while allowing the data to retain analytical utility.
Privacy & Security
Nutanix increases ransomware resistance
The company has made Flow, Files, Objects and Mine more resistant to ransomware, signed up for Microsoft’s Credential Guard and gained independent certification for its immutability.
Data Storage
How DHS plans to improve state and local cybersecurity this week
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has also lobbied for such a move, naming dedicated cybersecurity funding its top federal priority for 2021.
Privacy & Security
LogicMonitor acquires Airbrake to extend app monitoring platform to developers
By integrating Airbrake’s capabilities with its own, LogicMonitor said, its customers will gain visibility into continuous integration and deployment workflows that should help them to ensure that all new code releases will work flawlessly.
Apps/DevOps
TDoS Attacks Take Aim at Emergency First-Responder Services
“The objective is to keep the distraction calls active for as long as possible to overwhelm the victim’s telephone system, which may delay or block legitimate calls for service,”
Privacy & Security
FundGuard raises $12 million to help manage assets with AI
Using FundGuard, managers can add layers of oversight for more detailed reviews of cash, corporate actions, and holdings movements, with day-to-day change summaries FinTech
Israeli IT automation platform startup Atera raises $25M 
Its RMM platform offers professionals proactive, predictive insights that identify and remedy problems within an organization before they cause business stoppage by analyzing more than 40,000 data points per second.
IT Management
Siemens MindSphere, IBM form partnership to target edge computing, industrial IoT
In addition to the hybrid cloud integration, IBM's army of consultants will be preferred partners for managed services and IoT implementations for MindSphere customers.
IoT/Mobility
Google has finally added iOS’s privacy labels to Gmail
The app apparently shares your coarse location and user ID with advertisers, as well as information about your interaction with advertisements.
Privacy & Security
Another unicorn in Seattle: Enterprise sales startup Highspot raises $200M round at a $2.3B valuation
“Salesforce changed sales 20 years ago. Marketo changed marketing 10 years ago. Now, Highspot’s vision is to fundamentally change the way companies go to market"
Sales Management
Star2Star Releases Star2Star Business Voice for Microsoft Teams
It allows users to optimize productivity with seamless calling from within the Microsoft Teams application via Star2Star’s cloud-based, direct routing integration.
Automation & Productivity
Sophisticated hackers snuck sleeper malware into nearly 30,000 Macs
Given all of this, Silver Sparrow is uniquely positioned to deliver a potentially impactful payload at a moment’s notice, so we wanted to share everything we know with the broader infosec community sooner rather than later.
Privacy & Security
Alexa-enabled printer, Amazon’s first product from Kickstarter-like program Build It, hits preorder goal
It’s a low-risk way for Amazon to experiment with potential new products without incurring the full-blown costs of market research and user testing typically required to prove demand.
Automation & Productivity
Candor crowdsources a database of tech job salaries
Candor said it is crowdsourcing a database of salaries for jobs in the technology industry to give employees good intelligence for job negotiations.
Tech Jobs
Clubhouse suffers breach as outside developer pulls audio to website 
The developer said the app was designed to allow anyone to listen to audio on Clubhouse without an invite code, with access to various personal sessions.
Privacy & Security
Windows 10 gains a very handy clipboard feature in this latest preview update
Microsoft's latest Windows 10 preview brings a "paste as plain text" option to automatically get rid of formatting from the clipboard, Arm64 improvements, and Bluetooth pairing improvements.
Automation & Productivity
Redis Labs Delivers Real-Time Query, Index, and Full-Text Search Engine with RediSearch 2.0
Organizations are storing more and more data in Redis to guarantee real-time performance for their applications. RediSearch now allows them to unlock this data by creating secondary indexes to support their queries—instead of writing manual indexes
Data Analytics
Akash Network, the World’s First Decentralized Cloud Computing Marketplace and the First DeCloud for DeFi, Develops Critical IBC Relayer for Inter-Blockchain Communication Protocol
“Participants on existing blockchains will be able to interact and exchange with each other across chains. This ability for chains to transact and interoperate will be revolutionary for the industry,"
Blockchain
Malformed URL Prefix Phishing Attacks Spike 6,000%
“The URLs are malformed, not utilizing the normal URL protocols, such as http:// or https://,” researchers said in a blog post about their findings. “Instead, they use http:/\ in their URL prefix.”
Privacy & Security
Kioxia and Western Digital build 162-layer 3D NAND
Kioxia and Western Digital have announced the sixth generation of their BiCS 3D NAND technology, with 162-layers and a 40 per cent smaller die than their gen 5 BiCS 112-layer technology.
Data Storage
Acast acquires RadioPublic to become the biggest podcasting company in the US
Among the tools that RadioPublic created — and that intrigued Acast — is something called Podsite, which helps podcasters set up a complimentary website for their show as well as a feature called Affinity Promotions,
Podcasting
Microsoft 365 adds new feature so remote staff with no internet don't lose access to apps
"Workers in secure or remote environments who are offline for long periods of time can continue using Microsoft 365 Apps to stay productive on-the-job without worrying about being cut off from the tools they need most after 30 days,"
Automation & Productivity
AI-powered math tutoring app Photomath raises $23 million
Photomath’s core math solver leans on a human-designed rule system and a domain-specific language that’s used to program math-solving procedures.
EDTech
Calligo acquires Decisive Data to advance data science as a service
The goal is to eliminate the need for organizations to build and deploy their own data analytics platforms that they then need to hire full-time employees to manage
Data Analytics
CrowdStrike buys Dell-backed log analytics startup Humio for $400M 
Humio’s product implements an index-free approach that skips this step and thereby allows logs to be processed much quicker, in some cases with subsecond latency.
Data Analytics
Microsoft enhances data security in Power BI business intelligence apps 
The new features include “service tags” that can be used to achieve network isolation and restrict a network from the general internet while accessing Power BI through a public application programming interface
Apps/DevOps
Nielsen Rolls Out ID Resolution System For Global Attribution Measurement
By underpinning its audience and outcomes measurement products with this ID resolution approach, Nielsen is ensuring its products have the flexibility to adjust to ongoing technology and regulatory changes and support cross-media measurement.
Data Analytics
CircleCI releases ‘private orbs’ to enhance security for DevOps teams 
A private orb would not appear on a public registry and would be accessible only within a select organization and therefore would be subject to access controls.
Privacy & Security
Bahwan CyberTek Partners with Sonatype to Mitigate Security Vulnerabilities in Open Source Software
Customers across verticals can now circumvent security vulnerabilities, innovate faster and automatically control risk during the software development lifecycle.
Apps/DevOps
Bosch and Fetch.ai to Collaborate on Preparations for the Launch of a Fully-Functional Blockchain Network
The Fetch.ai collective learning system provides the means to train AIs that operate within these smart devices while maintaining the user’s privacy and agency over their data.
Blockchain
California DMV warns of data breach after a contractor was hit by ransomware
In a statement sent by email, the DMV said that the attack may have compromised “the last 20 months of California vehicle registration records that contain names, addresses, license plate numbers and vehicle identification numbers.
Privacy & Security
GuideSpark Launches New Features to Help Enterprises Plan, Manage & Personalize Employee Communications
The new Communicate Planner functionality gives HR enterprise-wide visibility into the communication experience from employees’ point of view by providing a single dashboard to visualize, manage and measure all campaigns across the organization
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft's next non-cloud Office releases: What's coming when
Microsoft is going to make two different Office perpetual clients available for Windows and Mac. One, called Office LTSC (for Long Term Servicing Channel) will be meant for larger businesses and government users
Automation & Productivity
StorCentric gets out its first Violin, an entry-level NVMe all-flash array
"The Violin QV1020 answers the call for these exact same NVMe capabilities, but for companies that have smaller capacity requirements with corresponding pricing.”
Data Storage
Ransomware Actors Leak Data From 3 More Healthcare-Related Entities
The latest data dumps include troves of health information allegedly stolen from a medical center, a health system, and an IT vendor with some clients in the healthcare sector.
Privacy & Security
Replit raises $20 million for collaborative browser-based coding
Replit touts itself as the “first fully online multiplayer computing environment,” one that enables anyone to begin coding with minimal preparation and no downloads
Apps/DevOps
Chrome OS now has a built-in screen recorder
Google has announced that a built-in screen recorder is coming to Chrome OS in March. Google hopes the tool will make it easier for students and teachers to record virtual lessons.
EDTech
AWS joins PennyLane, an open-source framework that melds machine learning with quantum computing 
PennyLane’s core feature is that it implements a version of the back propagation algorithm, which is the main workhorse for training deep learning models, that’s naturally compatible with quantum machines
Emerging Tech
Google rebrands G Suite for Education to Google Workspace for Education
There are also new features on the way for Google’s Meet videoconferencing service to make it better for virtual learning, and some of those features are coming to non-education customers as well.
EDTech
Denver cybersecurity company adds $81M Series C financing as demand for security booms
“Red Canary’s unique detection and response capabilities are designed to identify more threats, with higher accuracy, and enable teams to respond to those threats faster."
Privacy & Security
Behavox Integrates WhatsApp and WeChat Data into Compliance Platform
“Our partnership with TeleMessage greatly reinforces the capture coverage of the Behavox Compliance solution, allowing our customers to ingest and supervise WhatsApp and WeChat messages, attachments and calls in near real-time."
Data Analytics
Low-code platform maker OutSystems reels in $150M for a nearly $10B valuation 
OutSystems’ platform combines visual, model-driven development with cloudlike services for artificial intelligence, DevOps agile techniques and security.
Apps/DevOps
Microsoft’s open source Dapr hits prime time to help developers embrace microservices
Applications built on smaller, function-based components that connect via APIs can be easier to develop and maintain, with individual developers taking responsibility for a single service (or “microservice”).
Apps/DevOps
No-Cost Malicious Domain Blocking and Reporting for U.S. Hospitals
The Center for Internet Security® (CIS®), in partnership with Akamai, is offering the Malicious Domain Blocking and Reporting (MDBR) service AT NO COST to all public and private hospitals and related healthcare organizations in the United States.
Privacy & Security
Databricks Partners with Google Cloud to Deliver its Platform to Global Businesses
Under the partnership, organizations can now use Databricks to create a lakehouse capable of data engineering, data science, machine learning, and analytics on Google Cloud’s global, scalable, and elastic network.
Data Analytics
Files stolen as law firm Jones Day hit by Clop ransomware attack 
Officially Jones Day is claiming that its network was not compromised and that the theft of data involved a file-sharing company that it uses to store files. Privacy & Security
Calligo Acquires Decisive Data to Accelerate Data Insights Services
Decisive Data was established in 2008 in Redmond, Washington, and now helps some of the largest global brands in technology, retail, telecoms, healthcare and other verticals to use deep data insights to make critical decisions and realize better outcomes in efficiency, growth and profitability.
Data Analytics
Poland-based startup Quantee raises €1 million to invest in Explainable AI for its actuarial data science platform for insurance
Quantee is one of the new promising European InsurTech startups using AI and machine learning to provide actuarial data science solutions in the insurance and reinsurance sec
Artificial Intelligence
Masslogger Swipes Microsoft Outlook, Google Chrome Credentials
"Many organizations will not consider CHM files to be executables so it is more likely they will evade content filters filtering incoming email messages based on the attachment name or type.”
Privacy & Security
Oribi raises $15.5 million to challenge Google Analytics with no-code marketing insights
Oribi is vying for a market that is dominated by Google Analytics, with the promise of clear, data-driven insights without the need to involve developers at any stage of the process.
Data Analytics
Ally raises $50M as remote work drives demand for goal-setting collaboration software
Ally helps companies track and hit their goals, or Objectives and Key Results (OKR), a popular framework for running teams and businesses
Automation & Productivity
Data management startup Matillion closes $100M round led by Lightspeed 
Based in Manchester, U.K., and Denver, Matillion provides a cloud-native “extract, transform, load” or ETL service that can pull data from corporate systems of record into analytics tools to help enterprises extract useful insights.
Data Analytics
Striim Announces New Managed SaaS Preview of StreamShift for Database Migrations on Google Cloud
The new migration service includes automated database profiling, automated migration assessment, migration compatibility assessment, schema creation, transformation and data movement capabilities
Cloud Computing
Unstoppable Domains First to Bring Blockchain Domain Access to Mainstream
Unstoppable Domains, the company building blockchain domain names, has announced a new service offering, using Cloudflare’s Distributed Web Resolver, that will allow decentralized blockchain domains to be accessed by anyone, from any browser, anywhere in the world
Blockchain
Bacula Systems Announces Red Hat OpenShift Snapshot Addition
Bacula Enterprise is the first broad Enterprise backup and recovery software to offer a fully automated, comprehensive backup of OpenShift environments, including volume snapshots
Data Storage
Google Maps will now let you pay for public transportation and parking through its app
Google Maps is integrating two mobile parking payment services into its app, Passport and ParkMobile.
Apps/DevOps
Trello launches platform features to visualize enterprise workflows
The five new board views — Team Table, Timeline, Calendar, Map, and Dashboard — organize projects into different formats depending on a team’s needs.
Automation & Productivity
Google Cloud adds new hybrid file storage partnership with Nasuni
Google Cloud (GCP) is announcing a partnership with Nasuni to resell and integrate its cloud file storage with Google Cloud object storage
Data Storage
Zadara Acquires NeoKarm, Boosts Edge Cloud Services Offerings
With this acquisition, Zadara obtains NeoKarm technology including the former Stratoscale software IP, which enables MSPs to offer an on-demand private cloud built and fully-managed by Zadara.
Cloud Computing
Samsung embeds AI into high-bandwidth memory to beat up on DRAM
Samsung’s HBM-PIM design delivers faster AI data processing, as data does not have to move to the main CPU for processing.
Artificial Intelligence
Let’s Encrypt Gears Up to Replace 200M Certificates a Day
Let’s Encrypt, a free service of the Internet Security Research Group, has secured nearly 250 million websites, toward its goal of “100 percent HTTPS,” the group’s 2020 annual report said.
Privacy & Security
Palo Alto Networks buys Bridgecrew to boost its Prisma Cloud security platform 
Bridgecrew helped pioneer the notion of “shift left,” in which developers and DevOps teams enforce infrastructure security standards throughout application development.
Cloud Computing
Palo Alto Networks beefs up its Prisma Access service for remote workers 
It’s essentially a firewall-as-a-service that provides a secure network for all of a company’s applications. It works by combining threat intelligence with ongoing inspection of network traffic to protect against cyberattacks.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft’s new Office app now available on iPad
This new update means Office is now a full iPadOS app, with access to all of the regular tablet variants of Microsoft’s productivity suite Apps/DevOps
Personetics raises $75 million to bring data-driven insights to banks’ customers
Personetics’ technology works inside financial institutions’ software to analyze customer financial transactions and behavior, and deliver real-time tips and suggestions to improve their longer term financial health. Data Analytics
European Startups Receive EU Funding to Challenge Leading Internet Search Engines, Offering a New Privacy-Preserving, Ad-Free, Bias-Free Option
With a token-based internal currency system and by leveraging Partisia Blockchain’s bespoke privacy-preserving solutions, the two are challenging the current advertisement model by using their proprietary data science technology, combined with the highest levels of privacy and security.
Privacy & Security
DoiT International Acquires ProdOps, a Cloud Services Company
"The acquisition of ProdOps will enhance and extend DoiT’s multi-cloud expertise and strengthen our cloud management platform for customers seeking extended software operations and cloud infrastructure automation expertise. "
Cloud Computing
Axon to Integrate Video Evidence Platform With Cellebrite
“By enabling our solutions to work seamlessly together, we empower investigations with one point of evidentiary management, delivering industry-leading tools that agencies can use to securely manage, analyze and review data, and build prosecution-ready single-case files Automation & Productivity
New Samsung laptops rumored to include OLED screens and S Pen support
There’s a standard S Pen that’s sold separately from the phone, and later this year it’ll be joined by the S Pen Pro, an upgraded version that adds Bluetooth and air gesture support
Automation & Productivity
‘Annoyingly Believable’ Tax Scam Targets Mobile Users
“If you didn’t realize before, you should figure that this is a scam at this point, because there’s simply no reason for anyone to ask for your credit-card data in order to make a refund to your bank account,”
Privacy & Security
Online Blockchain: Umbria Partners with Polygon to Leverage DeFi Protocol

Polygon – which has vast experience and presence in the DeFi space – provides scalable, secure and instant Ethereum transactions using Plasma side chains and a Proof-of-Stake network. 

Blockchain
Microsoft close to unveiling preview of web-based xCloud for iPads and iPhones 
It will also use an Xbox controller and offer users a simple launcher with recommendations, the ability to resume recent titles and access cloud-based games available through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Apps/DevOps
Soda Launches Open Data Monitoring
The data management platform uses SQL requests to extract column profiles and metrics. Query control is provided through declarative YAML configuration files.
Data Analytics
NeuReality Emerges From Stealth With $8 Million Seed to Set a New Performance Standard for AI Compute Infrastructure
“After seeing so many AI companies focusing on deep learning accelerators at the device level, NeuReality intrigued me with their refreshing view of overall AI deployment barriers and their unique system-level approach that will eclipse today’s outdated data center architecture."
Artificial Intelligence
IBM launches AIX-to-cloud app migration program
IBM claims these bundles mean "traditional eight-week deployment is condensed to eight hours" through automation.
Cloud Computing
Internal Revenue Service warns of tax phishing scam 
The scam, which emerged just before the tax filing season began Feb. 12, involves emails that impersonate the IRS with a subject line “verifying your EFIN before e-filing.”
Privacy & Security
4 Projects Using Blockchain to Help Learners Document and Share Educational Records
The Blockchain Innovation Challenge supports collaborations involving K-12, higher education, technology providers and public agencies, to facilitate more secure, streamlined sharing of learning records and create stronger links between education and work.
Blockchain
Elastic Launches New Capabilities Across its Solutions
Searchable snapshots support a new cold tier capability, which is now generally available and also available in Elastic Cloud, cutting infrastructure costs by up to 50% with minimal performance impact.
Data Analytics
Masergy Wraps Cisco Webex Into Managed Services
The offering consolidates Masergy’s existed unified communications platform and Webex into a single application that integrates with the company’s Fortinet-based SD-WAN and SASE services.
Telecom
'Mynerva' teaching platform lets professors design the perfect lesson
A professor and former student at the University of Michigan have developed a new interactive platform that combines conventional learning materials with digital assessments and tools.
EDTech
Accellion to retire enterprise file-sharing product targeted in recent attacks
Accellion FTA (File Transfer Appliance) is a file-sharing product that allows organizations to “transfer large and sensitive files securely using a 100% private cloud, on-premise or hosted.”
Privacy & Security
BlockBall, the Up-And-Coming Company in the Blockchain Game Industry, Listed on the Uniswap DeFi Exchange
BlockBall is a content publishing Dapp (Decentralized Application) platform that provides various and interesting high-quality services, starting with game contents, based on the transparency provided by blockchain technology
Blockchain
mHealth Apps Expose Millions to Cyberattacks
According to the resulting report from Approov, out of 30 popular mHealth apps analyzed, 77 percent of them contained hardcoded API keys, which would allow an attacker to intercept that exchange of information — some of which don’t expire.
Privacy & Security
Varada Can Now Seamlessly Accelerate Queries on Trino (PrestoSQL)
Varada, a data lake query acceleration innovator, has made available a new feature enabling data teams to accelerate by 10x-100x queries running on Trino clusters (formerly known as PrestoSQL), directly on the data lake.
Data Analytics
Dell Lofts Private Cloud Into On-Prem Subscription Service
With Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP) Private Cloud, customers can deploy a private cloud in their own data center with pre-defined instance blocks at $14 per instance per month.
Cloud Computing
Washington state lawmakers seek to ban government from using discriminatory AI tech
The bill would establish new regulations for government departments that use “automated decisions systems,” a category that includes any algorithm that analyzes data to make or support government decisions.
Privacy & Security
JCB Takes Initiative to Create Blockchain-based Micropayment Solution for IoT
JCB Co., Ltd. and Keychain GK have developed a novel infrastructure for processing credit-based micropayments between IoT devices.
Blockchain
Next-generation Data Management Platform Solidatus Raises £14 Million in Series A Funding
Solidatus empowers organisations to effectively map, manage and monetise their key asset – data.
Data Analytics
Responsive Menu plugin exposes WordPress installs to site takeovers 
The first vulnerability makes it possible for authenticated attackers with low-level permissions to upload arbitrary files and achieve remote code execution.
Privacy & Security
Bright Pattern Launches the Most Advanced Integration for Microsoft Teams and Dynamics
Bright Pattern’s integration allows you to bring the full power of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Azure to your contact center with the most robust and advanced integration.
Automation & Productivity
Vulnerabilities in widely used TCP/IP stacks open IoT, OT devices to attack

The vulnerabilities are due to weak Initial Sequence Number (ISN) generation, and could be exploited to mount limited DoS attacks against the vulnerable devices, to inject malicious data on a device, or to bypass authentication. 

Privacy & Security
Rakuten Strikes 5G Platform Deal With Ligado Networks
The deal has the companies initially working to define a strategy that uses the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP) and corresponding ecosystem to support Ligado’s L-Band spectrum holdings in the 1.6 GHz band
Telecom
TCS Launches New Data Modernization Solutions to Accelerate Migration to Snowflake Data Cloud
The enhanced versions of its next generation data estate modernization offerings TCS DAEzMo and TCS Dezypher further help customers achieve superior business outcomes with Snowflake.
Data Analytics
FingerprintJS raises $8 million to expand its enterprise identification API
Developers embed FingerprintJS’ API into their code to address issues like online fraud, spam, and account takeovers with more accurate user identification.
Apps/DevOps
Datadog bolsters app security and observability data management with Sqreen and Timber acquisitions
The underpinning technology is what is known as Runtime Application Self-Protection Security (RASP), which embeds “microagents” into applications to identify and fight threats
Privacy & Security
Software AG and Automation Anywhere Collaborate To Advance Automation Processes
Software AG’s ARIS platform will bookend Automation Anywhere RPA with process mining and process management
Automation & Productivity
Juniper Debuts Paragon Automation Software Suite
"We don’t want to anymore be in a world where no vendors provide boxes and service vendors cobble together networks upon them,”
Network Management
BurstIQ Deploys Proprietary Blockchain-Enabled Technology to Securely Track COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
BurstIQ has partnered with a consortium of other technology and solution providers, including TrackMy Solutions, to power a comprehensive solution that tracks vaccines all the way through the supply chain to the individual patient,
Blockchain
Google Photos is getting these new video and photo editing features
The new photo editing features are available as an enticement for Android users to subscribe to Google One, its consumer-focussed cloud storage and phone backup service.

Apps/DevOps
ThoughtSpot and Microsoft Partner to Unleash the Value of Cloud Data with Analytics
ThoughtSpot Cloud will be available on Microsoft Azure, giving customers a simple, intuitive means to bring analytics and insights from their data in Azure Synapse Analytics and other cloud data warehouses to their entire organization through search and AI
Data Analytics
Box Announces Intent to Acquire E-Signature Innovator SignRequest
Box Sign is expected to be included in Box business and enterprise plans, enabling customers to modernize the way they work and digitize important processes, while ensuring their agreements can be securely managed and governed in the Box content cloud.
Automation & Productivity
Barcode-Scanning App for Android Pushed Malware Onto Millions of Phones
A popular app has been removed from Google Play after it was discovered to have delivered trojanized malware onto millions of users’ phones via an update.
Privacy & Security
Apptio acquires Targetprocess to help enterprises plan IT investments 
Using data visualizations, executives can set business objectives for each investment and track how effectively their teams are meeting those objectives. 
IT Management
SentinelOne bolsters its big data analytics with $155 million Scalyr acquisition
SentinelOne protects all entry points to a company network, from servers to employee mobile devices, and automatically monitors for malware and script-based attacks, among other exploits
Privacy & Security
Pure Storage FlashBlade goes to work with Azure Stack
The integration represents the first time Pure Storage and Azure Stack Hub are physically working side-by-side in the data centre,
Data Storage
HPE intros SSD replacements for 10K RPM HDD server drives
HPE has announced an SSD replacement option for SATA-connected disk drives in its Apollo, ProLiant and Synergy servers called Very Read-Optimized (VRO).
Data Storage
Chrome for iOS will soon keep incognito tabs even more secret with Face ID
Apple’s facial recognition system is used to secure an iPhone or iPad, but many apps have their own Face ID support for extra security
Privacy & Security
IBM speeds up Cloud Object Storage with LucidLink
IBM is to offer LucidLink Filespaces, a fast-file protocol, as a turnkey bundle  with Cloud Object Store.
Data Storage
Labelbox raises $40 million for its data labeling and annotation tools
Users can customize the tools to support specific use cases, including instances, custom attributes, and more, and label directly on photos, text strings, conversations, paragraphs, documents, and videos.
Automation & Productivity
Data compliance startup Anecdotes raises $5 million to scale its enterprise platform
The Anecdotes platform builds on its stored data, normalizing it to satisfy new audits and manage all selected frameworks in one place, including SOC 2, ISO 27001, and PCI-DSS.
Data Analytics
New Relic’s Reimagined Full-stack Observability Offering Provides Visibility Across Entire Stack
With zero configuration required, New Relic Explorer brings together an organization’s telemetry data from across applications and infrastructure to provide an essential live view of an entire software system’s health and performance.
Data Analytics
Box Shuttle updates make it faster, easier and cheaper to move content to the cloud 
The new Box Shuttle is designed to help enterprises migrate large amounts of content, along with its permissions and metadata, from legacy systems to the Box Content Cloud much faster and more easily than before, and at a lower cost.
Cloud Computing
Silk seals block storage co-selling deal with Azure
Part of the Silk Cloud Data Platform, Silk’s VisionOS storage array software is presented as a smart, resilient and invisible software layer that sits between a public cloud infrastructure and databases such as Oracle and SQL Server.
Data Storage
R3 launches confidential computing platform Conclave for enterprises
The idea with Conclave is to use the underlying confidential computing capabilities to allow firms to build new applications and services that can convince their customers that their data will be processed securely when they send it to you.” Cloud Computing
NEM Group Announces Ledger Hardware Wallet Integrations for Symbol and NIS1
The integration allows users to safely hold XEM and XYM assets by owning and securing their private keys with their Ledger hardware wallets, while using the NEM Nano Wallet to manage their tokens.
Blockchain
Tyler to buy payments firm NIC for $2.3 billion as pandemic speeds online payment shift
Tyler is a provider of emergency management and other software programs to U.S. counties and municipalities, while NIC provides digital services that help citizens make secure payments to the government, renew licenses and submit business filings. GovTech
ChaosNative Launches to Accelerate Litmus Adoption in Enterprises
The ChaosNative company we launch today is an early leader in open source cloud native Chaos Engineering
Cloud Computing
Security researcher breaches Apple, Microsoft and others by exploiting open-source repositories 
The technique, also known as a “substitution attack” by Microsoft Corp., allows threat actors to sneak malicious code inside private code repositories by simply registering internal library names on public, open-source package indexes. Privacy & Security
With backing from Bill Gates, Pivotal Commware raises $50M for 5G products
Pivotal calls its metamaterials-based technology “holographic beam forming.” The technology is used primarily to support ultra-wideband 5G communications.
Telecom
From bootstrapped to $40 million, Israeli B2B data community platform startup Lusha secures series A funding
Lusha’s cloud-based platform enables salespeople to share accurate contact and company information with each other, providing sales professionals with vital insights on the customers they target.
Data Analytics
Dynatrace Adds Cloud Automation Module to its Software Intelligence Platform
This addition to the Dynatrace Platform will transform how development, DevOps, and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) teams develop and manage cloud-native applications, enabling them to deliver innovation faster and with less risk
Apps/DevOps
Elder Research Invests in Smarter Contracts to Enhance Pioneering Data Privacy Platform
The two businesses are preparing to launch the first of its kind data privacy platform, by combining the unique features of blockchain technology with artificial intelligence.
Blockchain
BigHat raises $19 million for an AI-powered antibody design platform
The technologies also learn how mutations affect an antibody’s expression yield, affinity, stability, solubility, downstream function, and other molecular properties, charting a course to rare molecules that might otherwise remain undiscovered.
Artificial Intelligence
RS21 Launches Health Lab Division with Acquisition of Versatile MED Analytics
“The combination of VMA’s world-class expertise in healthcare analytics with our state-of-the-art data science and AI capabilities will supercharge our work and make a bigger impact in New Mexico and for health initiatives across the U.S.”
Data Analytics
Armis advances its IoT cybersecurity platform with strategic investment
Armis, which Insight Partners acquired in February 2020, offers a software-as-a-service solution that runs in an agentless fashion and autonomously identifies devices in wired and wireless networks even before they connect to said networks.
Privacy & Security
Starburst joins managed service parade with its Presto-based analytics platform 
The product is functionally identical to the self-managed version Starburst has been offering in cloud marketplaces, but the self-managed features relieve users of much of the overhead of configuration and management.
Cloud Computing
Nuance acquires Seattle digital health startup Saykara to boost healthcare AI products
Saykara’s voice assistant Kara is similar to other consumer-focused assistants such as Alexa and Siri, but built for the doctor’s office. It can automatically document an entire doctor-patient conversation without interruption.
Automation & Productivity
Authomize Announces Collaboration with Microsoft, Providing Customers Secure and Automated Permission Management
Using the Microsoft Graph API, Authomize can now aggregate all the information required to offer IT and Security managers actionable recommendations for their permission granting decision making.
IT Management
Silk seals block storage co-selling deal with Azure
Part of the Silk Cloud Data Platform, Silk’s VisionOS storage array software is presented as a smart, resilient and invisible software layer that sits between a public cloud infrastructure and databases such as Oracle and SQL Server.
Data Storage
Apple Maps is getting Google and Waze-like accident reporting
The feature is currently only available to users with the iOS 14.5 beta, and is similar to user-reporting features found in Waze and Google Maps.
Apps/DevOps
Government Blockchain Association (GBA) Announces New AI Community for Blockchain
The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) is the largest, most robust, and engaged blockchain association in the world.
Blockchain
Attackers Exploit Critical Adobe Flaw to Target Windows Users
If a buffer-overflow occurs, it typically causes the affected program to behave incorrectly. With this flaw in particular, it can be exploited to execute arbitrary code on affected systems.
Privacy & Security
Amazon reportedly planning a wall-mounted Echo device for smart homes 
The report also mentioned that the device would include microphones and cameras so that users could participate in remote videoconferencing or intercom within the household.
Apps/DevOps
Symend raises $43 million more for AI that helps customers resolve past-due bills
Symend’s products employ AI and machine learning to automate processes around debt resolution for telcos, banks, and utilities.
Automation & Productivity
Hacker targets Florida treatment plant in attempt to poison water supply 
The attacker is said to have gained remote access to the water supply system for about five minutes and then tried to increase the sodium hydroxide level in the water by a factor of more than 100 times
Privacy & Security
IBM’s got a brand new pizza box – an entry-level FlashSystem
The FlashSystem 5200 is faster and stores more data than its predecessor, the 5100, but base price averages out at 20 per cent lower.
Data Storage
Solera AI Sets The Global Standard Now With 40% Faster Image Damage Detection And Unrivalled Accuracy
Announced in June of 2020, Qapter is the industry’s only globally available end-to-end solution for full digitalization of the modern claims workflow
Automation & Productivity
Dynatrace Enhances Infrastructure Monitoring with Support for Kubernetes, Multicloud Environments
These enhancements will allow DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering teams (SREs) to easily search, segment, and analyze real-time and historical logs from any source, all in a centralized location, without log-targeting or manual intervention.
Data Analytics
Shopify's online checkout service Shop Pay to integrate with Facebook, Instagram
The e-commerce platform provider said the move marks the first time Shop Pay will expand beyond Shopify merchant stores.
Apps/DevOps
Fake Forcepoint Google Chrome Extension Hacks Windows Users
Cybercriminals have been using a novel approach to exfiltrate data that involves directly injecting malicious Google Chrome extensions onto victims’ Windows machines via the abuse of Google’s cloud synching function.
Privacy & Security
Qualcomm announces its next-gen X65 5G modem, promises up to 10Gbps speeds
The new 10Gbps maximum download speed — up from 7.5Gbps on last year’s model — is the flashiest spec, even if its a largely meaningless one, as virtually no 5G network can provide that kind of throughput yet.
Telecom
IBM and Palantir Partner to Help Businesses Easily Deploy Powerful and Open AI Applications
Today, nearly 75 percent of businesses surveyed in an IBM sponsored report say they are exploring or implementing AI. However, 37 percent cited limited AI expertise and 31 percent cite increasing data complexities and silos as barriers to successful adoption1.
Artificial Intelligence
Biometrics identity startup CLEAR raises $100 million to replace everything in your wallet with touchless ID
CLEAR’s data security framework meets the highest standards for performance and for protecting sensitive information — FISMA High- and SAFETY Act-certified by the Department of Homeland Security.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft details Speller100, an AI system that checks spelling in over 100 languages
Comprising a number of AI models that understand speech in over 100 languages collectively, Speller100 now powers all spelling correction on Bing, which previously only supported spell check for about two dozen languages.
Artificial Intelligence
Billions of Passwords Offered for $2 in Cyber-Underground
The trove is an aggregate database that brings together older stolen data from breaches past – including credentials from Netflix, LinkedIn, Exploit and others
Privacy & Security
Kong raises $100M for its cloud-native application connectivity platform 
 Administrators have access to monitoring dashboards for tracking how traffic flows between services, an automated suspicious activity detector and other features.
Cloud Computing
Microsoft to add 'nation-state activity alerts' to Defender for Office 365
Microsoft is working on adding a new security alert to the dashboard of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 (formerly Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection) that will notify companies when their employees are being targeted by nation-state threat actors.
Privacy & Security
Critical WordPress Plugin Flaw Allows Site Takeover
The NextGen Gallery plugin, which is installed on 800,000 WordPress websites, allows sites to upload photos in batch quantities, import metadata and edit image thumbnails
Privacy & Security
SpeedTest app now measures your network’s ability to stream video
During the test, the app streams a video at a variety of resolutions, before listing details like your internet connection’s maximum resolution, and video streaming load time.
Apps/DevOps
Nexthink raises $180M to accelerate employees’ digital experiences 
The platform installs a widget known as a Collector on each device, be it a laptop, smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, that monitors hundreds of different metrics
Data Analytics
Digital Owl emerges from stealth with AI that analyzes and summarizes medical records
The complete history is contained within a “smart” and “dynamic” PDF. Every condition, date, and entry is clickable, taking users to the source of the information in the record.
Artificial Intelligence
CloudBolt Accelerates Digital Transformation for Enterprises with Significant Advancements to Its Cloud Management Portfolio
Key capabilities in “Winter” include: new cost optimization advancements for VMware vCenter and Azure; new C-level dashboards and reports for improved visibility into cloud cost, security, and compliance
Cloud Computing
Monte Carlo raises $25 million for AI that monitors data reliability
Moreover, it offers a code-free implementation for out-of-the-box coverage with existing data stacks, with a single view of data health spanning data lakes, warehouses, business intelligence tools, and catalogs.
Data Analytics
Editor X launches out of beta with a fully collaborative website creation platform 
According to Editor X, this will make the product the first in the industry capable of this feat, making it the only fully collaborative web creation platform in the world.
Apps/DevOps
PreCheck Solution Now Available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace
PreCheck’s background screening solution on Oracle Cloud Marketplace enables customers to streamline their background screening and hiring processes with support for integrations for Oracle Recruiting Cloud and Oracle Taleo Enterprise.
Cloud Computing
Dispute between Elastic and AWS highlights ongoing battle over open source business model
The evolution of OSS business models has led to some tension, and last week, Elastic and AWS got into a big fight on the future of Elasticsearch and Kibana (two open source projects maintained by Elastic).
Apps/DevOps
Cisco AppDynamics software melds security, application management
The company is adding software, called Cisco Secure Application, to the AppDynamics platform to correlate security and application information by scanning code execution for known exploits.
Privacy & Security
Leading Blockchain E-Wallet Launches its Newest Campaign
They aim to help people around the world to have easy access to digital currencies by using blockchain and fintech technology. Their goal is to become the transaction layer for digital currency.
Blockchain
Google fixes zero-day vulnerability in Chrome’s JavaScript engine 
V8 is responsible for translating web pages’ JavaScript code, which powers interactive page elements such as buttons, into low-level machine code that the processor in the user’s computer can understand.
Privacy & Security
CodeSandbox launches Team Pro for whole product teams to collaborate on code in the cloud
CodeSandbox, a Dutch startup that enablers developers to create a web app development sandbox in the browser, has officially launched a collaborative platform that allows teams to collaborate on code in the cloud.
Apps/DevOps
Refactr, Radically Simple DevSecOps Platform, Improves Platform Usability with Introduction of New Features and Cybersecurity Tools
"I am especially excited about our solution catalog, which is the first opportunity in the market for vendors to share pre-built IT-as-Code™ solution pipelines with its enterprise and government customers."
Apps/DevOps
HappyFox Launches Assist AI, an AI-Driven Conversational Ticketing Tool Allowing Employees to Resolve Issues Inside Slack
Assist AI responds to routine requests by accessing a company’s knowledge base while continuously learning patterns from each ticket it resolves
Artificial Intelligence
Industrial Networks See Sharp Uptick in Hackable Security Holes
Industries with the most disclosures include vital infrastructure components like critical manufacturing, energy, water, wastewater and commercial facilities.
Privacy & Security
RSA NetWitness XDR Adds AI Threat Hunting
RSA added cloud native analytics and machine learning engines to its NetWitness security platform to give the extended detection and response (XDR) an artificial intelligence (AI) threat hunting boost.
Privacy & Security
Relevance Lab Launches RLCatalyst Research Gateway on AWS Marketplace
Available in both SaaS and Enterprise deployment models, this portal provides 1-click access to a curated catalog of cloud IT services, real-time view of budgets and consumption and features that greatly simplify cost and compliance management.
Cloud Computing
Twitter Expands Strategic Partnership with Google Cloud to Improve Data Insights, Productivity
With this expanded partnership, Twitter is adopting Google’s Data Cloud including BigQuery, Dataflow, Cloud Bigtable and machine learning (ML) tools.
Data Analytics
HashCash to Expand Alliance to Help Enterprises with Blockchain Transformation
Owing to this transformation, HashCash is likely to assist clients that include enterprises in regulated industries like telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, utilities, and energy
Blockchain
Patient names and colonoscopy results from US hospitals posted by hackers to the dark web
The tens of thousands of files released were from patients at Leon Medical Centers in Miami and Nocona General Hospital in Texas.
Privacy & Security
Bitglass Boasts SASE Blitz With Fortinet, Other SD-WAN Vendors
Rather than trying to build or buy an SD-WAN, the company has focused on developing a comprehensive security suite and partnering with existing vendors to fill the networking gap in its SASE offering.
Network Management
Microsoft details its legacy Edge browser phase-out strategy
Microsoft will remove the legacy Edge browser from Windows 10 users' machines as of April's Patch Tuesday, a month after ceasing security updates for the old Edge.
Apps/DevOps
Google is reportedly working on an anti-tracking feature for Android
However, it intends to find a less stringent solution than Apple’s so as not to completely alienate its advertising partners.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft launches Viva, a bet on the future of remote work
Microsoft Viva isn’t an app or even a service but more of a platform for improving remote work and helping businesses adjust to it.
Automation & Productivity
Commsor raises $16 million to unlock insights from companies’ online communities
Founded in 2019, Commsor touts itself as a “community operating system” that ties together a company’s community data to help it understand who its members are and what channels they’re using to engage with the company.
Data Analytics
Syxsense Announces a Customizable Dashboard Designer to Easily Deliver Useful Information to IT and Security Teams in Real-Time
These dashboards provide IT and Security intelligence by centrally integrating data from the cloud, on-prem devices, roaming devices and servers into insightful information that clearly illustrates exposed risk.
Privacy & Security
FYX announces Blockchain Based Competitive eSports Platform
FYX, a Raleigh-based eSports infrastructure and technology provider specialising in the development of blockchain-based solutions, announces the upcoming launch of its flagship competitive eSports platform at fyxgaming.com.
Blockchain/eSports
Precisely Expands Relationship with TomTom to Enhance its Data with Location Technology
Precisely will use TomTom’s highly accurate map information as well as its historic and real-time traffic data – sourced from over 600 million connected devices.
Data Analytics
Techstars Seattle grad Insent raises $2M to take on Drift and Intercom with B2B marketing chatbot
The Seattle-based startup sells a “human-first” chatbot that integrates with marketing and sales platforms, and helps start conversations with new site visitors.
Marketing Automation
FBI awards $13.5M risk assessment contract in move to CIA clouds
Telos Corporation announced a $13.5 million contract from the bureau Wednesday to integrate its Xacta solution — which is already used by the CIA — with the FBI’s clouds.
Cloud Computing
Astreya Secures Automation Capabilities with the Acquisition of Yolk Inc.
Yolk’s unique combination of Virtual Support Assistants, No-Code Automation and ML-Powered Knowledge Management provides the perfect enhancement to Enterprise Service Management.
Automation & Productivity
Xilinx to Power Fujitsu 5G O-RAN Gear
Fujitsu last year scored a “large purchase” deal with Dish Network to provide low- and mid-band O-RAN Alliance compliant radios
Telecom
CloudFabrix Announces AIOps 2.0 to Accelerate and Simplify AIOps Implementations
“Enterprises have a lot of hope and expectation from AIOps and we are at a critical juncture where AIOps projects need to be made easy to evaluate & implement."
Apps/DevOps
HPE servers gain SSD performance ‘at 10k HDD price points’
Example storage workloads include vSAN capacity tiers, NoSQL databases, business intelligence, Hadoop, analytics, object stores, content delivery, and AI and machine learning data lakes.
Data Storage
New botnet targets Android devices to facilitate DDoS attacks 
ADB is typically turned off by default on most Android devices but some vendors ship devices with ADB turned on, opening the door to those behind Matryosh to connect remotely via the 5555 TCP port.
Privacy & Security
Esri Releases ArcGIS Velocity for Analysis of Real-time IoT Data
Previously known as ArcGIS Analytics for IoT, Velocity is a new cloud-native capability for ingestion, processing, visualization, and analysis of real-time and high-volume geospatial data on the fly.
Data Analytics
Serverless data-sharing startup Vendia raises $15.5M in new funding 
Vendia debuted last July with a unique data-sharing platform that combines serverless public cloud architectures with a distributed ledger to give companies a simpler and more efficient way to share information stored on-premises or in the cloud with their partners.
Data Analytics
Arista Delivers Multi-Domain Segmentation for Zero Trust Enterprise
Arista Multi-Domain Macro-Segmentation Service is a suite of capabilities for integrating security policy with the network through an open and consistent network segmentation approach across network domains.
Privacy & Security
IBM Gifts $3M to Boost School Cybersecurity
The grants, valued at $500,000 each, will go to six U.S. school districts and be delivered via IBM’s Service Corps Program to help the districts proactively prepare for and respond to cyberattacks.
Privacy & Security
Kite launches Team Server to extend its code-completion ML assistant to enterprises
According to Kite, this new server-scale ML model increases completions per line of code written by 40% more than its original, free desktop model.
Apps/DevOps
DroneDeploy raises $50 million to collect and analyze visual data with drones and robots
With 360 Walkthrough as part of its product suite, DroneDeploy now offers companies companies in construction, mining, agriculture, and more, a more rounded view of their properties by combining data from every angle, and transform it into insights.
Data Analytics
Linux root exploit vulnerability found to also affect macOS 
It allow users to run security privileges of another user in order to gain access to other accounts on the operating system to which they shouldn’t otherwise have access
Privacy & Security
Zoom unveils virtual receptionists for when people start going back to the office
Human receptionists can be at their own homes. They can be anywhere. They can actually be in a different country, and they can support multiple buildings.
Automation & Productivity
Cisco’s AppDynamics launches Secure Application to simplify vulnerability management
"This really gives them an opportunity to use a very similar tool, and understand what vulnerabilities are in the code, and see what is potentially exploitable in real-time within the application.”
Privacy & Security
VMware’s Cloud Foundation gets support for persistent data storage
The latest version, VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2, is the first to include the new vSAN Data Persistence platform that comes with plug-ins for Cloudian HyperStore and MinIO Object Storage.
Data Storage
AWS cloud now available on milCloud 2.0
Now, AWS is the only other commercial cloud service provided under the GDIT-operated milCloud 2.0 — a suite of hybrid cloud services housed under the Defense Information Systems Agency
Cloud Computing
APIS Partners With Horizen to Utilize Zendoo Technology
Zendoo, Horizen’s sidechain and scaling solution, is the first completely decentralized and fully customizable sidechain protocol on the market.
Blockchain
Tencent Cloud and MongoDB Launch Global Cloud Partnership
Available now, the TencentDB for MongoDB-as-a-Service solution ensures best-in-class automation and proven practices that guarantee availability, scalability, and compliance with demanding data security and privacy standards.
Cloud Computing
Fountain Adds Advanced Analytics to High Volume Hiring Platform
“The insights our platform analytics tool is providing to our customers will be critical in telling the story of their candidate’s behavior, driving strategies forward and building better talent pipelines."
Data Analytics
VMware updates vRealize portfolio with improved security, automation tools
The updates to vRealize Automation 8.3 include property groups, security properties and support for NSX-V to NSX-T migration.
Cloud Computing
Extreme Networks Broadens Cloud, Eyes 5G Opportunities
Another update eliminated data-retention limits on network telemetry collected by the company’s APs and switches. Customers can now apply machine learning-based network analysis over historically significant periods.
Network Management
Evinced raises $17M in Series A funding to automate web accessibility 
That’s where Envinced’s tools come in: helping automate accessibility checks throughout the software development cycle and suggest code changes to remediate any issues it finds.
Automation & Productivity
Hazelcast Extends the In-Memory Digital Integration Hub to the Cloud
“As more move to a digital integration hub, operational apps will deliver even more analytical outputs, and lead to new, real-time insights. This is in stark contrast to batch processing, which cannot support day-to-day operational applications.”
Data Analytics
Deepgram raises $25 million to build custom enterprise speech recognition models
The voice and speech recognition tech market is anticipated to be worth $31.82 billion by 2025, driven by new applications in the banking, health care, and automotive industries.
Automation & Productivity
Data center optimization startup Granulate raises $30M round
Granulate has created artificial intelligence-powered software agents that can be used by companies to optimize the performance of their information technology infrastructure so they get the best performance out of each server and central processing unit.
Artificial Intelligence
OneDrive for Android now supports Samsung Motion Photos and 8K video playback
Samsung Motion Photos support is also included in this update, allowing owners of Samsung phones to play back photos captured with motion in the OneDrive app or online.
Apps/DevOps
WekaIO Empowers Enterprise Future-Readiness with a Limitless Data Platform
With new data-intensive workloads at massive scale come new challenges. Weka’s Limitless Data Platform is storage with no equal, helping accelerate outcomes and improve productivity in the hybrid cloud
Data Storage
Scale Computing Announces HC3 Video Surveillance and Security Solutions
HC3 automatically handles hardware failures, making the system easy to manage from day one and easy to “scale out” to expand resources when they are needed without adding additional “islands” to manage in the process.
Privacy & Security
Shell, C3 AI, Baker Hughes and Microsoft Launch Open AI Energy Initiative
The application leverages the BHC3 AI Suite’s ability to integrate enterprise-scale data from disparate data sources and train AI reliability models that cover full plant operations while taking full advantage of Azure, Microsoft’s scalable, enterprise-class cloud infrastructure.
Artificial Intelligence
Zoom aims to meld remote, in-office collaboration to prep for hybrid workplaces
Zoom's iOS and Android mobile apps will pair with a Zoom Room so a device will shift to companion mode during a meeting. With the Zoom Rooms Controller app, controls will be available to individual users.
Automation & Productivity
eccenca and Ontotext Partner to Advance Enterprise Data Management
Building on eccenca’s unique focus on process automation, we are jointly going to expand our offering into IT landscape automation to help organizations unify automation of security, network, cloud and on-premise IT infrastructures.”
Data Management
Microsoft to Introduce Conversational AI in Outlook, Cortana in Microsoft Teams, and Additional New Features for Office Mobile Apps
The list includes conversational AI, integration of Cortana in Microsoft Teams, organizing and transforming physical information such as documents, photos, and live-action video into digital information, and offer secure ways to help protect sensitive information
Automation & Productivity
MongoDB’s Realm Sync enables data sharing between edge devices and public cloud 
MongoDB said Realm Sync helps developers capture data from any mobile device and then process and analyze it, or combine it with other data sets in the cloud.
Data Analytics
Microsoft's quantum cloud computing plans take another big step forward
The Redmond giant has urged developers and researchers in the field to start using the platform's cloud services to explore, build and test applications of quantum technologies that could transform a wide range of industries.
Cloud Computing
Varada Open-Sources its Workload Analyzer to Help Data Teams Optimize Data Lake Queries
Varada, a data lake query acceleration innovator, today announced that it has open-sourced its Workload Analyzer for Presto, including both Trino (formerly known as PrestoSQL) and PrestoDB, making the source code available to everyone via Github.
Data Analytics
Poly’s new monitor has a built-in mic, camera, and even lighting for video calls
The P21 display is particularly interesting. Although it’s fundamentally a 21-inch monitor, it’s designed to make the most of video calls. It’s got a built in webcam with a physical privacy shutter, microphone, and integrated stereo speakers
Automation & Productivity
Agent Tesla Trojan ‘Kneecaps’ Microsoft’s Anti-Malware Interface
Researchers have identified new versions of the Agent Tesla remote access trojan (RAT) that target the Windows anti-malware interface used by security vendors to protect PCs from attacks
Privacy & Security
Amazon, Alphabet, and Salesforce invest in a $28 billion big data startup Databricks; raises $1 billion in Series G funding
The transaction, which values Databricks at $28 billion, shows the top three U.S. cloud providers recognize that the company represents an opportunity similar to Snowflake, another company with cloud software that helps companies manage data.
Data Analytics
Raising $12.2M, vFunction rolls out push-button modernization platform for Java apps
The company said its namesake platform combines dynamic analysis, static analysis, data science and automation to extract any service from a monolithic application and transform it into a microservice that can be compiled to gain cloud-nativelike benefits such as elasticity, reduce cost and reusability.
Apps/DevOps
Superb AI raises $9.3 million to annotate training data
The company’s Auto-Labeling AI can ostensibly annotate thousands of images in a matter of seconds, reducing the time spent on labeling from 80% to 20%. Automation & Productivity
Microsoft, Nvidia join $50M round for high-performance computing startup Rescale 
Rescale provides a management console that enables customers to quickly spin up high-performance computing environments in their cloud of choice. Scientists and engineers can customize the hardware resources in an environment based on a project’s requirements. 
Cloud Computing
Dell partners to provide 5G networking, edge solution
Dell, VMware and SK Telecom team up to offer OneBox MEC, a single device that integrates private 5G and edge-computing.
Network Management
Sangfor’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) Powers Business Transformation like Never Before
By streamlining PaaS and Sangfor HCI, Sangfor has created a unified platform for both traditional VM-based and cloud-native container-based applications
Automation & Productivity
Revolutionary Digital Marketplace, AgriDex, to Launch
By exploiting the efficiencies of smart contracts and the immutability and the quantum-safe security of the L3COS permissioned blockchain operating system, AgriDex enhances transparency, food provenance and reduces transaction costs for every participant.
Blockchain
Digilock Launches 6G Smart Lock Product Line With Cloud-Based Network Management System
Digilock introduces the next evolution in smart lock technology, with Sixth Generation (6G) locks featuring DigiLink, the latest advancement in network management systems.
Network Management
SoCalGas Data Analytics Team Named Most Innovative in the US
The UAI praised SoCalGas’ use of data analytics to increase safety, save money for its customers, improve customer service, help conserve energy, and cut greenhouse gas emissions
Data Analytics
Veritas stirs Trilio OpenStack into NetBackup 9.0 mix
"We maintain our leadership by continually seeking new ways to make our products better and working with innovators like Trilio is a great example.” Data Storage
Led by ex-Starbucks digital chief, Seattle startup Brightloom raises $15M for customer data platform
“Brands have an incredible opportunity to use their data to do personalized marketing — and they’re not doing anything with it,”
Data Analytics
Data breach exposes 1.6 million Washington state residents who filed unemployment claims in 2020
The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) said the incident happened on Dec. 25 when unauthorized access to numerous files held on the service provider’s system occurred.
Privacy & Security
Apple iOS 14 Thwarts iMessage Attacks With BlastDoor System
First detailed in an analysis this week by Google Project Zero’s Samuel Groß, BlastDoor acts as a “tightly sandboxed” service that is responsible for “almost all” of the parsing of untrusted data in iMessages.
Privacy & Security
Cloud do better: Zaraz promises 40% faster websites with a single line of code
Founded out of San Francisco in 2019, Zaraz identifies all the third-party tools that are running behind the scenes on a website and connects to the service itself through the server-side API. Automation & Productivity
Microsoft 365 Becomes Haven for BEC Innovation
In one case, scammers are targeting victims by redirecting legitimate out-of-office (OOO) replies from an employee to them; and in the other, read receipts are being manipulated.
Privacy & Security
Weights and Biases raises $45 million to advance MLOps governance
The Weights and Biases platform is used mainly to keep track of AI experiments and manage different versions of the datasets employed to train an AI model.
Apps/DevOps
Palo Alto Networks Pushes Health Care IoT Security
Palo Alto Networks launched an IoT security product for health care that uses machine learning and crowd-sourced telemetry to profile medical devices on the network, find vulnerabilities, and block threats.
Privacy & Security
Avaya expands its alliance with Google for AI for contact centers
Avaya has extended the capabilities of its contact center platforms to include an enhanced version of Google Cloud Dialogflow CX that can be employed to create virtual agents infused with AI capabilities that can verbally interact with customers.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: There is ‘a big crisis right now’ for cybersecurity
Microsoft (MSFT) is officially a cybersecurity giant. For the first time on Tuesday, Microsoft disclosed revenue from its various security offerings as part of its quarterly earnings — $10 billion over the last 12 months.
Privacy & Security
Apple releases Chrome extension for iCloud passwords
For anyone who uses Chrome as their browser and iCloud Keychain in lieu of a dedicated password manager, this could make bouncing between Windows and Mac computers much easier.
Automation & Productivity
Vulnerability in Azure Functions allows an attacker to escape to the Docker host 
Escaping Docker in this case gave Litvak root access. “Escalating to root within a container is a remarkable achievement, yet escalating privileges within containers is not the final destination for an attacker."
Privacy & Security
Google begins rollout of tab groupings in Chrome for Android
Chrome’s Android app is being updated with a new interface for switching tabs, and a new tab grouping feature to help organize open web pages, 9to5Google reports.
Apps/DevOps
Exabeam joins cybersecurity ecosystem revolving around Snowflake
Exabeam can provide continuous, real-time mapping of logs stored within Snowflake, along with surfacing the attributes of all activity and behavior associated with specific users and devices.
Privacy & Security
Customer data stolen in hack targeting UScellular 
A letter to customers states that a “few employees in retail stores were successfully scammed by unauthorized individuals and downloaded software onto a store computer.”
Privacy & Security
IBM Garage’s agile techniques are remaking the company’s services unit 
Launched in 2014 as a means to onboard customers to the IBM cloud, Garage has caught fire within the historically buttoned-down company, expanding to 16 locations while the diversifying beyond cloud applications to broader business innovation consulting.
Cloud Computing
ZEDEDA Unveils Industry’s First Open Orchestration Solution for the Distributed Edge
Companies can now have full-stack remote management and observability for any distributed edge computing hardware and edge application while connecting to any cloud or on-premises system.
Automation & Productivity
Google releases new database tools for developers 
Google LLC has released two new tools, one a cloud service and the other an open-source software library, that developers can use to troubleshoot database issues slowing down their applications.
Apps/DevOps
GeForce Now comes to Chrome browsers and M1 Macs
Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service has launched for the Chrome web browser and M1 Macs in beta (via XDA-Developers), bringing resource intensive games to laptops and other devices that might not have been powerful to run them on their own.
Apps/DevOps
Smart Algorithm Cleans Up Images by Searching for Clues Buried In Noise
“To solve this problem, we use a pure computational approach to create higher-resolution images, and we have shown in this study that we can improve the resolution up to an extent very similar to what you might obtain using a high beam.”
Data Analytics
Classiq aims to advance software development for quantum computers
That capability not only increases the rate at which those algorithms can be built, Minerbi said, it also enables algorithms to be employed on different quantum computing platforms.
Apps/DevOps
New cybercrime tool can build phishing pages in real-time
A cybercrime group has developed a novel phishing toolkit that changes logos and text on a phishing page in real-time to adapt to targeted victims.
Privacy & Security
Leopard Imaging and Microsoft Collaborate to Develop Time-of-Flight (ToF) Cameras
In this collaboration, Leopard Imaging is developing 3D industrial cameras, which can securely connect with Azure Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud platforms for a broad set of technologies and industry solutions.
Automation & Productivity
Physna raises $20 million for AI that analyzes and digitizes 3D objects
The platform surfaces all duplicate and similar parts, even components within complex assemblies, and shows the exact location and quantity of components within assemblies.
Automation & Productivity
Atlazo Launches the World’s First Edge AI System-On-Chip for Tiny Devices
The device is industry’s first fully integrated AI SoC featuring a highly power efficient Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning processor (Axon I) for audio, voice, health monitoring and sensors.
Artificial Intelligence
Amazon and the University of Southern California will create a machine learning research center
The Center for Secure and Trusted Machine Learning, part of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, will support research that looks at new scalable ways to secure and preserve privacy in machine learning.
Artificial Intelligence
MariaDB Announces Robust Security and Compliance Measures for SkySQL
Demonstrating world-class security capabilities, SkySQL adds ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification to an extensive range of security capabilities
Privacy & Security
Cloud data analytics service Phocas raises $34 million to grow AI, global footprint
Developed to enable businesses to run operations without cross-referencing spreadsheets, Phocas’ tools enable employees to easily track KPIs and similar metrics specific to their roles, using industry-customized data reports that can be accessed from corporate or home offices.
Data Analytics
Rocke Group’s Malware Now Has Worm Capabilities
“This malware is an example that demonstrates that cloud providers’ agent-based security solutions may not be enough to prevent evasive malware targeted at public cloud infrastructure,”
Privacy & Security
Moody’s Launches DataHub, Collating Billions of Data Points for Decision-Makers
“Moody’s is helping customers seamlessly analyze financial and nonfinancial information, combining structured and unstructured data to support better decisions.”
Data Analytics
Facebook reportedly plans newsletter tools after explosion in popularity
A number of high-profile journalists have left traditional publications to start up independent newsletters, lured by the promise of complete editorial control over their work and the ability to profit more directly from the subscription revenue it brings in.
Apps/DevOps
Salesforce cloud backup startup OwnBackup raises $167.5M on $1.4B valuation 
The company’s service provides secure and automated daily backups of SaaS and platform as a service data as well as data comparison and restoration tools for disaster recovery.
Data Storage
Workday to acquire workforce analytics provider Peakon for $700M 
Peakon says companies rely on its service to identify ways of improving recruiting, onboarding and other HR processes.
Data Analytics
Google launches VM Manager for automated infrastructure management
Google has announced VM Manager, a suite of infrastructure management tools it said will simplify and automate the maintenance of large fleets of Compute Engine VMs.
Automation & Productivity
EdTech startup ClassDojo raises $30 million in new funding to meet increasing demand as education shifts online
A Y Combinator education company, ClassDojo’s flagship app is the leading communication app for pre-K-8 teachers, children and families globally
EDTech
Launch of Powered by Trifacta Program Brings Embedded Data Prep to Software Providers, Consultants
Trifacta, a global leader in data preparation, today announced the launch of Powered by Trifacta, a new program that allows software providers and consultancies to embed the Trifacta data preparation platform as part of their analytic offerings.
Data Analytics
Dell’s VxRail is an EPYC story in the works
VxRail systems support Optane Persistent Memory DIMMs, as well as Optane SSDs, also Nvidia Quadro RTX GPUs and vCPUs to accelerate rendering, AI, and graphics workloads.
Data Storage
MTX Group Announces Partnership With Informatica to Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Data Management
This collaboration enables MTX to further boost its growing portfolio of Emergency Response Management (ERM) solutions with Informatica’s state of the art Enterprise Cloud Data Management offerings.
Cloud Computing
Global Privacy Control wants to succeed where Do Not Track failed 
Privacy groups are hoping that a new standard, called Global Privacy Control, will change that. It’s designed as a global opt out, a general signal that users want as little data collection and sharing as possible.
Privacy & Security
Reltio Introduces Identity 360, an Industry-First Free Cloud Service for Mastering Customer Identities
Identity 360 is Free; a first in the master data management segment of the business software market.
Cloud Computing
Dell and SK Telecom team up to offer faster 5G edge connectivity
To do this, they’re partnering on an initiative called OneBox MEC, which is billed as a single box multi-edge computing approach that will deliver simple, integrated and private 5G and edge computing.
Telecom
Apple's new privacy tool lets you choose which apps can see and share your data. Here's what you need to know
Apple's long-awaited "app tracking transparency" tool, which lets users decide whether they agree to their data being tracked across various different apps and websites, will be rolling out in a matter of months.
Privacy & Security
Pinecone exits stealth with a vector database for machine learning 
Machine learning models take data such as documents, videos or user behaviors, and convert this into vectors, which are complex collections of numbers. Performing inference is often a question of finding which vectors are nearest or most similar to others.
Data Analytics
DataStax Acquires Kesque to Deliver Scale-out Enterprise Event Streaming for Modern Data Apps
Apache Pulsar is a cloud-native, distributed event streaming platform that can manage hundreds of billions of events per day, providing API compatibility with Apache Kafka.
Apps/DevOps
Preciate Social raises $4.6M in seed funding to scale up its platform 
Preciate’s virtual socialization platform uses a 2D avatar-based “room” style visualization to put people into the same space with audio in order to bring some of the feeling of being back together in order to provide an entirely new way for large groups to socialize online.
Automation & Productivity
Neo4j outfits its hosted graph database service for enterprise use
Aura “was built it from ground up as cloud-native,” Freytag said. “It’s orchestrated by Kubernetes, which means the system is inherently self-healing.
Data Analytics
Esri Launches ArcGIS Platform
Esri, a global leader in location intelligence, today announced the launch of ArcGIS Platform, a geospatial platform as a service (PaaS) for developers that need to integrate location capabilities into their apps, business systems, and products.
Apps/DevOps
Qumulo goes big on AWS Marketplace
“Our new configurations on AWS allow customers to tackle the toughest data challenges by creating high-performance, unstructured data lakes, machine learning pipelines and modelling data storage at petabyte scale.”
Data Storage
Researchers create new model to evaluate AI-generated navigation instructions
To address this problem, the researchers developed an “instruction-trajectory compatibility” model they claim outperforms existing automatic evaluation metrics without needing reference instructions
Artificial Intelligence
ADT Security Camera Flaws Open Homes to Eavesdropping
Researchers have publicly disclosed security flaws found in ADT-owned LifeShield security cameras, which, if exploited, could have allowed a local attacker to eavesdrop on victims’ conversations or tap into a live video feed.
Privacy & Security
ShipMonk bags $65 million in growth funding for its eCommerce fulfillment and inventory management platform 
“We believe ShipMonk benefits from three growth curves: explosion in e-commerce, consumer preference for digitally native direct-to-consumer brands, and a shift by SMBs to outsource logistics with the technology they can’t build themselves.”
Automation & Productivity
Google’s Dialogflow CX brings more advanced virtual agents to contact centers 
“Dialogflow CX can seamlessly and accurately switch between topics, handle supplemental questions and operate across multiple channels to minimize live agent interventions,"
Artificial Intelligence
Firefox 85 removes Flash and adds protection against supercookies
First reported by ZDNet last month, the network partitioning feature works by splitting the Firefox browser cache on a per-website basis, a technical solution that prevents websites from tracking users as they move across the web.
Privacy & Security
Kaleyra and WebEngage Announce New Strategic Partnership
WebEngage will use Kaleyra’s platform in its state-of-the-art communications channel infrastructure to engage customers and provide an omnichannel brand experience to consumers across the globe
Cloud Computing
Splashtop secures $50 million to expand its remote access platform in the enterprise
Remote access tools such as Splashtop, which can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, allow businesses to open access to a specific device or application rather than opening the entire network, as is the case with a VPN
Privacy & Security
Veritas Extends Cloud Capabilities Across Its Platform
Adding HubStor to the Veritas portfolio allows customers to protect all their data, now including SaaS data, from a single platform, whether in the cloud, in the data center or at the edge.”
Data Storage
RudderStack Adds New Features, Cloud Extract and Warehouse Actions
It lets data engineers use their warehouse as a data source for their whole customer data stack, making it easy to send the results from their analysis, materialized on their data warehouse, to the 80+ destinations RudderStack supports.
Data Analytics
Syxsense Announces the Release of Syxsense Cortex, A Next-Generation, Visual IT and Security Management Process Automation Solution
Syxsense announces its release of Syxsense Cortex, available as part of a Syxsense Secure subscription, a no-code, ultra-advanced interface for IT and security teams to easily perform complex, automated jobs with a drag-and-drop interface
Privacy & Security
Twitter acquires newsletter startup Revue to attract users who want to make money from their followers
Twitter, which did not disclose the deal value, said it would make Revue’s premium features free for all users starting Tuesday and lower the paid newsletter fee to help writers retain more of the revenue generated from subscriptions
Apps/DevOps
DriveNets reels in $208M for its container-based carrier networking platform 
When carriers using DriveNets’ platform need more capacity to meet user demand, they simply add more commodity networking gear to their network
Network Management
John Snow Labs Providing Free Academic Licenses to AI Researchers and Educators
This includes over 1,000 pre-trained models as well as the entire catalog of over 2,220 expert-curated datasets in its Data Library.
Data Analytics
Ukko raises $40 million to address food allergies with AI
The startup is currently building a map of the molecular structure of food allergies and disorders, which it says will enable it to engineer food proteins, eliminating their allergenicity while keeping “good” biochemical and nutritional characteristics intact.
Artificial Intelligence
Veritas’s NetBackup now comes in HCI deployments
Veritas has gone live with NetBackup 9.0, a major release of its flagship data protection software. Enhancements include scale-out and hyperconverged ‘Flex Scale’ nodes, simpler operations, and OpenStack integration.
Data Storage
Data streaming startup Vectorized raises $15.5M to take on Apache Kafka 
The startup’s entry into the crowded data management market is an open-source stream processing platform dubbed Redpanda that was released this morning as well. It aims to provide an alternative to the industry-standard Apache Kafka engine.
Data Analytics
Sitetracker raises $42 million to bring big data insights to critical infrastructure management
Founded out of Palo Alto in 2013, Sitetracker enables companies covering areas like utility, telecom, and electric vehicles (EVs) to remotely deploy and maintain all their physical assets, gleaning real-time data and insights through reports and dashboards.
Telecom
Verizon plans to almost double its mmWave 5G coverage this year
But in its earnings report on Tuesday, the company says it plans to nearly double its 5G UW network this year by adding more than 14,000 new “sites.”
Telecom
DanaBot Malware Roars Back into Relevancy
As previously reported in DanaBot control panel revealed, we believe DanaBot is set up as a ‘malware as a service’ in which one threat actor controls a global command and control (C&C) panel and infrastructure then sells access to other threat actors known as affiliates,”
Privacy & Security
NTT Docomo develops tech to allow 28GHz 5G signals to pass through windows
Japanese telco giant NTT Docomo has developed a new proof of concept that it touts can "efficiently guide" 28GHz 5G radio signals received from outdoors to specific locations indoors.
Telecom
Twitter announces new open source Text Editor API for iOS developers
Twitter announced today a new “standalone, flexible” open source API for iOS developers that provides a text editor for apps, which is the same used as the basis for tweet and Fleet composer on the Twitter app for iOS.
Apps/DevOps
TikTok Flaw Lay Bare Phone Numbers, User IDs For Phishing Attacks
A vulnerability in the popular TikTok short-form video-sharing platform could have allowed attackers to easily compile users’ phone numbers, unique user IDs and other data ripe for phishing attacks.
Privacy & Security
Quantum upgrades hybrid storage appliance
“The H2000 Series represents a generational upgrade, providing better storage capacity and access, while enabling customers to fully tap into their software subscription license through its tight integration with the StorNext 7 file system."
Data Storage
Algolia acquires MorphL to embed AI into its enterprise search tech 
Moreover, it has already integrated the company’s tech to power a new artificial intelligence offering called Algolia AI that the company says will enable developers and marketers to predict someone’s intent when they make an online search.
Artificial Intelligence
Commvault adds new SaaS workloads to its Metallic backup service 
Commvault launched with three separate editions of Metallic that enabled customers to back up their Microsoft Office 365 deployments, employee computers and their backend infrastructure
Data Storage
IRI and Windocks Partner to Provide Container-based Virtualized Test Databases
The integrated “test data repo” delivers IRI-masked, subsetted, or synthesized database images for software testing, QA, and other enterprise needs in seconds, while reducing dev/test infrastructure costs by an average of 50 to 70%.
Data Analytics
DataCore snaps up Caringo for object storage
Today three independent object storage startups are still standing. Cloudian, Minio and Scality. Othe contenders –  Amplidata, Archivas, ByCast, Ceph, Cleversafe, Evertrust, FilePool, OpenIO and others have all been acquired.
Data Storage
Researchers propose LEAF, a frontend for developing AI classification algorithms
The researchers claim that LEAF can learn a single set of parameters that outperforms mel-filterbanks, suggesting it can be used for general-purpose audio classification tasks.
Artificial Intelligence
Google warns of ‘novel social engineering method’ used to hack security researchers
According to Google, the hackers set up a cybersecurity blog and series of Twitter accounts in an apparent attempt to build and amplify credibility while interacting with potential targets
Privacy & Security
Twitter pilots a new misinformation fighting tool: Birdwatch 
The added content won’t appear on Twitter itself, but a page allocated for Birdwatch. As time goes on and the feature rolls out to everyone, the added information will be seen on actual tweets.
Apps/DevOps
Microsoft: Excel on the web just got a whole lot easier to use
Microsoft has shown off performance improvements for Excel on the web, with faster workbook loading, scrolling, selection, navigation and cell modification.
Automation & Productivity
Marxent raises $15 million to expand an enterprise 3D home design platform
Marxent’s expansion is significant for technical decision makers because it demonstrates growing enterprise interest in turnkey solutions that can transform 2D photos and real world objects into commercially viable 3D content.
Automation & Productivity
NAKIVO hardens ransomware defences, takes SharePoint under its backup wing
NAKIVO’s new Backup & Replication 10.2 backs up SharePoint Online sites and sub-sites, recovers document libraries and lists to the original or a different location.
Data Storage
ServiceNow launches COVID-19 vaccine management software
ServiceNow has launched COVID-19 Emergency Response Apps as well as a Safe Workplace suite as employees return to the workplace.
Automation & Productivity
Google Search and Maps will soon show vaccination centers in the US
Updated search results will provide state and regional distribution information for the vaccine in more than 40 countries, in several languages.
Apps/DevOps
uCloudlink and Vision Inc. Power Japan’s Digital Reform with Enhanced Connectivity Services
uCloudlink’s Cloud SIM technology supports a massive number of terminals and users by intelligently choosing the best-performing network in domestic and international markets.
IoT/Mobility
Contest for control over the semantic layer for analytics begins in earnest
"They want the data warehouse to be the entry point for other services,” Leone said. “Otherwise, the data warehouse is too expensive.”
Data Analytics
Broadcom Unveils First Co-Packaged Optical Switch
Co-package optics move the optical interface from the pluggable module into the switch chassis. While this means the optical interface can’t be as easily swapped, it dramatically reduces the physical distance between the switch silicon and the photonics circuits.
Telecom
DreamBus botnet targets enterprise apps running on Linux servers
Some of these apps are targeted with brute-force attacks against their default administrator usernames, others with malicious commands sent to exposed API endpoints, or via exploits for older vulnerabilities.
Privacy & Security
Online Discussion Platform Adds Auto-Grading
"By enabling sequential due dates for posts, comments on posts and replies to comments, instructors can set clear expectations for their students and help them engage more successfully throughout the course,"
EDTech
Brightly raises $1M for eco-friendly e-commerce and content platform, following the Goop playbook
The company now reaches more than 250,000 women daily and has an ambassador program of more than 10,000 members who share ideas and recommendations on Brightly’s apps.
Apps.DevOps
Netflix Gets 'Optimal Listening Experience' Upgrade on Android Devices
The switch to xHE-AAC brings with it the capability to "improve intelligibility in noisy environments, adapt to variable cellular connections, and scale to studio-quality.
Apps/DevOps
Audio-based social app Clubhouse raises funding from Andreessen Horowitz 
Audio chat groups are a sort of 21st century take on various Yahoo Groups that used to offer a similar service in the 1990s. But exactly how popular it can grow outside of the elite audience it’s courting is another matter.
Apps/DevOps
Fuze Accelerates Problem-Solving with New Fuze Patent for Determining User Knowledge Scores
The invention provides systems and methods for analyzing a Fuze user’s communication content to create a user knowledge score—an aggregation of a user’s topical expertise based on their conversational history across telephony, video, or chat
Cloud Computing
VoiceHub provides voice assistants with no programming needed
This week Santa Clara, CA-based   Sensory announced the official release of VoiceHub. VoiceHub is a free online portal for creating and designing accurate voice user interfaces.
Automation & Productivity
Amazon Kindle RCE Attack Starts with an Email
Three vulnerabilities in the Amazon Kindle e-reader would have allowed a remote attacker to execute code and run it as root – paving the way for siphoning money from unsuspecting users.
Privacy & Security
Researchers propose Porcupine, a compiler for homomorphic encryption
But HE offers no magic bullet. Even leading techniques can calculate only polynomial functions — a nonstarter for the many activation functions in machine learning that are non-polynomial
Automation & Productivity
Exclusive: SonicWall Hacked Using 0-Day Bugs In Its Own VPN Product
The San Jose-based company said the attacks leveraged zero-day vulnerabilities in SonicWall secure remote access products such as NetExtender VPN client version 10.x and Secure Mobile Access (SMA) that are used to provide users with remote access to internal resources.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome Roll Out Password Protection Tools
Edge and Chrome’s moves signify a bigger push by browsers to solve the big “password problem” plaguing the security industry.
Privacy & Security
SAP integrates Microsoft Teams to create the ‘frictionless enterprise’
This latest partnership builds on that earlier work, with plans to integrate Teams, Microsoft’s communication and collaboration suite, with S/4HANA, as well as SAP SuccessFactors (HR) and SAP Customer Experience (CRM).
Cloud Computing
Netflairs Technology Launches Slazzer, an AI Based Image Background Remover
This simply means that AI is able to determine which part of the image should be retained and which should be discarded. Once the background is identified, it is completely removed from the foreground instantly in a blink of an eye.
Automation & Productivity
Marena Cosmos Streamlines Enterprise Marketing With IMPGO
IMPGO’s flexible, AI-powered marketing technology integrates brand, content, and digital asset management for enterprise marketing and sales automation success.
Automation & Productivity
AWS, as predicted, is forking Elasticsearch
"In order to ensure open source versions of both packages remain available and well supported, including in our own offerings, we are announcing today that AWS will step up to create and maintain an ALv2-licensed fork of open-source Elasticsearch and Kibana."
Cloud Computing
FireEye releases new tool to fight SolarWinds hackers
According to the blog post and accompanying white paper, organizations can use the free tool to "check their Microsoft 365 tenants for indicators of some of the techniques used by UNC2452." UNC2452 is the term of the global SolarWinds attack.
Privacy & Security
Dell EMC PowerProtect X400 makes quiet exit from the planet
It was both a scale-up and scale-out system but had limited data reduction in that deduplication was restricted to just one X400 enclosure (or cube) in the scale-out design.
Data Storage
Otter.ai’s new Chrome extension can transcribe Google Meet calls in real time
You can now use automated transcription service Otter.ai to transcribe and provide closed captions for Google Meet calls with the help of a new Chrome extension
Automation & Productivity
Geoverse and ClearBlade Partner to Deliver Turnkey Networked Solutions for Enterprises and Communities
The marriage of private cellular networks with a powerful industrial IoT and edge computing platform offers enterprises and communities an integrated solution enabling Automation, Smart Buildings and Smarter Cities
Smart Cities
Soci raises $80 million to power data-driven localized marketing for enterprises
Founded in 2012, San Diego-based Soci claims hundreds of enterprise-scale clients, such as Hertz and Ace Hardware, which use the Soci platform to manage local search, reviews, and content across their individual business locations.
Apps/DevOps
Google Searches Expose Stolen Corporate Credentials
A phishing campaign spoofs Xerox notifications to lure victims into clicking on malicious HTML attachments.
Privacy & Security
Quantifind, an AI startup founded by two atomic physicists, secures $22M in funding to use data science to help automate financial crimes investigations
Using machine learning intelligence and data curation automation using its Graphyte platform, Quantifind is able to help investigators save 40% of their time and provide consistent reporting to regulators.
Artificial Intelligence
VAST Data allies with Nvidia on reference storage architecture for AI
The reference architecture is intended to make it simpler to integrate all Flash storage system dubbed Lightspeed with DGX A100 servers from Nvidia.
Data Storage
Google Forms Set Baseline For Widespread BEC Attacks
A threat actor has been sending thousands of emails to organizations, in what researchers warn is a reconnaissance campaign to identify targets for a possible follow-up business-email-compromise (BEC) attack.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft, Apple, Auth0 vets raise $3.3M for Seattle software integration startup Fusebit
“We see an accelerating trend of unbundling in SaaS application development in which parts of the solution are delivered by partners instead of being built in-house."
Apps/DevOps
Dell EMC to use Druva for Backup-as-a-Service
The tie-up would give Dell a competitive tool to combat the new wave of as-a-service data management suppliers such as Clumio, Cohesity and HYCU.
Data Storage
Google threatens to remove its search engine from Australia if new law goes into effect
Facebook is also in the ACCC’s sights with this particular law, and is threatening to block its news from being shared in Australia, too.
Privacy & Security
Narrative Unveils Universal Onboarding Self-Service Solution for Onboarding Offline Customer Data
“Customers are moving fast, and today’s existing offerings for onboarding offline customer data takes two weeks on average, is error-prone, and has opaque pricing."
Data Analytics
Hackers publish thousands of files after government agency refuses to pay ransom
As a result of the non-payment, Conti has published all of the stolen data on its website, posting over 4,000 documents and databases related to contracts, commercial services and strategy.
Privacy & Security
Robin.io Partners With Trilogy Networks, Joins Rural Cloud Initiative to Ease Deployment of 5G Services for Rural Providers
Robin.io’s cloud native storage and software defined orchestration platform will deploy on Trilogy’s distributed cloud infrastructure, including its ConEx™ edge delivery platform, to enable rural operators to access RAN, Core and services in a matter of minutes instead of weeks.
Cloud Computing
'StateRAMP' group aims to grade state and local vendors' security
Sloan said AzRAMP also made it easier for state technology and procurement officials to review potential contractors by weeding out the weaker ones.
Privacy & Security
TripActions raises $155 million to help enterprises analyze travel and expense data
TripActions is an AI-enabled platform that gives companies of all sizes access to inventory spanning flight, accommodation, and car rentals, alongside 24/7 access to a global network of travel agents
Data Analytics
Wasabi bags $27.5m to build out its S3 alternative to AWS
It’s interesting that Wasabi can provide S3-class storage at a substantially lower cost than Amazon. We trust that this reflects a real lower cost base and not just marketing-led price levels to build custom.
Data Storage
Tinubu Square Announces Technological Collaboration With Microsoft
“This cooperation is strategic for Tinubu Square to continue to offer carriers best-in-class technologies in the long run using the strength of Power BI across all business lines of our SaaS-based, end-to-end Enterprise Solution Platform."
Data Analytics
911 Startup Carbyne Announces $25M Seed Funding Round
Most recently, Carbyne combined its platform with CentralSquare’s computer-aided dispatch system in November 2020, with Cisco’s IoT data platform in April 2019, and with Mark43’s CAD system in February 2019.
Smart Cities
Behavox Partners with Red Box to Enhance Value of Voice Data Analytics
The partnership will ensure the seamless ingestion of audio conversations by Red Box’s new Conversa platform and integration into the Behavox platform, enabling delivery of detailed, actionable analytics for leading financial firms.
Data Analytics
Enea, Nexcom Launch Open Source SD-WAN Kit
Cybereason stated that the new feature basically relies on the integration of Intel’s Threat Detection Technology into Cybereason’s Defense Platform. Together, the two tech giants will help the customers fend-off ransomware attacks via CPU-based ransomware detection.
Attribution link: https://latesthackingnews.com/2021/01/20/intel-introduces-hardware-based-ransomware-detection-for-businesses/
Cybereason stated that the new feature basically relies on the integration of Intel’s Threat Detection Technology into Cybereason’s Defense Platform. Together, the two tech giants will help the customers fend-off ransomware attacks via CPU-based ransomware detection.
Attribution link: https://latesthackingnews.com/2021/01/20/intel-introduces-hardware-based-ransomware-detection-for-businesses/
Cybereason stated that the new feature basically relies on the integration of Intel’s Threat Detection Technology into Cybereason’s Defense Platform. Together, the two tech giants will help the customers fend-off ransomware attacks via CPU-based ransomware detection.
Attribution link: https://latesthackingnews.com/2021/01/20/intel-introduces-hardware-based-ransomware-detection-for-businesses/
“The demand for uCPE-based SD-WAN and security is growing rapidly and this kit is a great way to shorten time-to-market."
Network Management
Kyligence launches revamped cloud-native OLAP-on-big-data platform
Kyligence also utilizes what the company calls "smart query routing," where the back-end data source is queried directly, when detail-level data is needed
Data Analytics
This phishing scam left thousands of stolen passwords exposed through Google search
The recent phishing attack began with one of several fraudulent email templates and would mimic Xerox/Xeros scan notifications including a target company employee's name or title in the subject line.  
Privacy & Security
ScaleOut Software Announces Tools for its Real-time Digital Twins for Streaming Analytics
Now developers can build real-time digital twin models through a widely used technique called a “rules engine” as an alternative to writing application code in programming languages such as Java, C#, or JavaScript.
Data Analytics
AlphaICs raises $8 million for AI-at-the-edge processors
These RAP chips could one day be deployed in computing devices and autonomous cars to make decisions at lightning speeds, or in datacenters on a massive scale.
Artificial Intelligence
Cognizant to Acquire Magenic Technologies, Strengthening Digital Engineering Capabilities
Custom solutions for Fortune 500 clients and others include re-architecting and migrating products to the cloud, building customer-facing web apps, creating APIs, and designing secure payment processing systems.
Cloud Computing
Red Hat introduces free RHEL for small production workloads and development teams
The offering terms formerly limited its use to single-machine developers. Now Red Hat will expand this program so that the Individual Developer subscription for RHEL can be used in production for up to 16 systems.
Apps/DevOps
Brave browser takes step toward enabling a decentralized web
Brave has just taken a step toward supporting a decentralized web by becoming the first browser to offer native integration with a peer-to-peer networking protocol that aims to fundamentally change how the internet works.
Automation & Productivity
StackPulse exits stealth with $28 million to automate incident response and remediation
Businesses of all sizes that deliver cloud-based services to customers need maximum uptime, which is where StackPulse hopes to carve out a niche as an orchestration platform for SREs.
Cloud Computing
Teradici to Bring its High-Performance Remote Access Technology to the Mac
"This will be a great solution for power users and knowledge workers across media and entertainment, gaming, engineering, and others who rely on secure remote access to their Mac.”
Automation & Productivity
Malwarebytes said it was hacked by the same group who breached SolarWinds
"After an extensive investigation, we determined the attacker only gained access to a limited subset of internal company emails."
Privacy & Security
Trovata.io raises $20 million to aggregate enterprise bank accounts with AI
The platform collects and normalizes data and then generates a forecast, leveraging machine learning to establish a baseline and analyze historical trends to increase forecast accuracy.
FinTech
Nutanix goes to work with Google Anthos
Anthos also runs on the big three public clouds, which means that containerised applications can be moved between these environments using a single management tool.
Data Storage
United Arab Emirates: Updates on the Consumer Protection Law
The Consumer Protection Law has also now imposed a restriction on using personal data of customers for marketing and promotion purposes.
Privacy & Security
Quali raises $54 million to automate cloud management and deployment
Users can view dashboards that connect public cloud costs back to business, estimate costs per blueprint, and provide cloud spend visibility.
Automation & Productivity
DNSpooq lets attackers poison DNS cache records
Security experts have disclosed today details about seven vulnerabilities impacting a popular DNS software package that is commonly deployed in networking equipment, such as routers and access points.
Privacy & Security
Integris co-founder reveals new startup that uses software to help companies meet diversity goals
His latest startup, Included, is building a platform that integrates with all employee data systems to help promote a high retention and belonging culture at scale.
Automation & Productivity
The Daily Swig - Introducing Malvuln.com – the first website ‘exclusively dedicated’ to revealing security vulnerabilities in malware
One security researcher is turning the tide on attackers by posting high-impact zero-day vulnerabilities in the very malware that underpins their campaigns
Privacy & Security
Idera acquires API developer Apilayer
Apilayer, which was founded out of Vienna in 2015, provides myriad APIs that serve access to real-time data, such as IP address geolocation, currency conversation, language detection, phone number validation, weather data and forecasts, flight tracking, and stock markets
Data Analytics
HR Tech Startup Personio Announces $125 Million in Series D Funding; Crosses $1.7 Billion Evaluation
Personio is already helping more than 3,000 SMEs across Europe unlock their productive potential by digitizing and automating their people operations.
HRTech
DuckDuckGo surpasses 100 million daily search queries for the first time as users flock to privacy-focused search engines
DuckDuckGo (DDG)’s popularity comes after the privacy-focused search engine expanded beyond its own site and started to offer mobile apps for Android and iOS Apps/DevOps
Cisco coughs up another $1.9B to buy Acacia
Acacia develops, manufactures and sells high-speed coherent optical interconnect products that are designed to transform networks linking data centers, cloud and service providers.
Network Management
OpenWRT reports data breach after hacker gained access to forum admin account
The maintainers of OpenWRT, an open-source project that provides free and customizable firmware for home routers, have disclosed a security breach that took place over the weekend.
Privacy & Security
DISA takes over cloud office from DOD CIO
The transition further consolidates DISA as the IT service provider to DOD, a move it has been making along with its work consolidate support agency networks under its control.
Cloud Computing
CES 2021 Numbers Protocol Leverages Blockchain to Fight AI DeepFakes, Fake News, and Disinformation
The company built three products within its traceability framework. The Numbers Capture app records the birth information of an item of media content at the point of creation and generates a certificate with a unique signature.
Blockchain
uCloudlink and CVITC Pioneer New Applications for Cloud SIM Technology in Smart Containers and Container Logistics
Under the Agreement, uCloudlink will provide CVITC customers with technological platforms such as container sharing operation, transport capacity e-commerce, and truck drop and haul e-operation platforms for domestic and cross-border transportation.
Automation & Productivity
Cisco explains its smart city software exit 
Butaney said Cisco does not have plans to introduce a replacement dashboard product for smart cities, but Kinetic customers will have the option to transfer their data to another platform operated by a Cisco partner, if they so choose
Smart Cities
Microsoft Implements Windows Zerologon Flaw ‘Enforcement Mode’
Starting Feb. 9, Microsoft will enable Domain Controller “enforcement mode” by default to address CVE-2020-1472.
Privacy & Security
Cumulus Digital Systems raises $8 million to expand data monitoring for industrial facilities
Cumulus plans to use this money from GEC to advance its platform with additional connected-tool integrations and advanced data analytics for failure prediction.
Data Analytics
Microsoft's new Windows Admin Center preview brings a pile of new features and fixes
The new preview includes fixes for Azure login reliability issues, the Extension Manager, an upgrade to the SPDY-based HTTP/2 network protocol, GPU management tools, security features and disaster recovery features.
Network Management
AI-powered relocation firm PerchPeek raises $2.7M amid remote working shift 
A relocation service wouldn’t normally attract the interest of the tech media, but PerchPeek offers AI-powered recommendations, including relocation destinations and additional services that may be required once someone has moved.
Artificial Intelligence
Offline Travel App Maps.Me Raises $50M in Funding Round Led by Alameda Research
The funding will go toward the launch of a multi-currency wallet on Maps.me, enabling decentralized finance (DeFi) features for 140 million users.
Apps/DevOps
Report: Citrix poised to buy collaboration software firm Wrike for $2 billion 
The Wrike platform is a digital work management tool that teams can use to track dates and dependencies associated with projects, manage assignments and resources, and track time.
Automation & Productivity
Exagrid goes big with backup appliances
A single scaled-out clustered system of 32 EX84 appliances can take in up to 2.69PB full backup with 43PB of logical data, making it the largest backup storage system in the industry.
Data Storage
CompTIA Introduces New Cybersecurity Advisory Council
“The council will greatly expand outreach with the primary goal of changing collective behavior to reduce attacks and their associated negative impacts on the channel and their clients.”
Privacy & Security
RAIDIX ERA Delivers Enhanced Performance for Kx Streaming Analytics Platform
Built with special focus to the architecture and data path features of the new memory devices, ERA makes NVMe-based storage deliver almost full declared performance of the storage hardware.
Data Storage
Litewallet Integrates .crypto Blockchain Domains to Simplify Transactions
“We are seeing a growing number of use cases for blockchain domains, as the blockchain industry continues to make crypto payments easier and more accessible."
Blockchain
WhatsApp delays take it or leave it privacy terms update until May
WhatsApp has announced that it will delay enforcing its new privacy terms from February 8 to May 15.
Privacy & Security
Health benefits platform Accolade will pay $460M to acquire telemedicine startup 2nd.MD
Accolade will integrate 2nd.MD into its platform, offering users a way to get another opinion when facing high-cost and complex medical decisions
Healthcare Tech
Fractal Acquires Enterprise AI Provider Zerogons to Strengthen its Cloud AI Business
Fractal’s products include Qure.ai to assist radiologists in making better diagnostic decisions, Cuddle.ai to assists CEOs, and senior executives make better tactical and strategic decisions, Theremin.ai to improve investment decisions, and Eugenie.ai to find anomalies in high-velocity data.
Data Analytics
Iconic BugTraq security mailing list shuts down after 27 years
Today, it sounds reasonable for a security researcher to release details about a patched or unpatched bug, but back then, such details were often controversial, sometimes resulting in many legal threats.
Privacy & Security
Fetch.ai is bringing AI travel agents to 770,000 hotels worldwide 
Fetch.ai’s network of Autonomous AI Travel Agents provides a decentralized, multi-agent-based system that creates personalized agents capable of collecting data on behalf of the user in order to book hotel rooms.
Automation & Productivity
Email security firm Mimecast says hackers hijacked its products to spy on customers
The company said it had been alerted to the attack by investigators at Microsoft and that “a sophisticated threat actor” had compromised the certificate used to guard connections between its products and Microsoft’s cloud services
Privacy & Security
Cisco adds to its Nexus data-center-management software
Introduced in October, Cisco’s Nexus Dashboard melds a number of Cisco’s on-premises, cloud and hybrid fabric-management tools into a single interface to administer application lifecycles from provisioning to maintenance and optimization.
Network Management
Zluri Secures $2 Million Funding From Endiya Partners and Kalaari Capital
“Given that we have reached the tipping point in the adoption of SaaS, managing, and securing SaaS applications centrally with a high degree of automation is a big focus area for IT teams in large enterprises as well as mid-size companies, globally.
Automation & Productivity
Incorta Partners with CData Software to Expand Data Connectivity
Combined with Incorta’s ability to harness massive volumes of data at lightning-speed, this partnership allows users to ingest data points from multiple sources and transform them into crucial business insights, giving organizations a competitive edge.
Data Analytics
Apple Kills MacOS Feature Allowing Apps to Bypass Firewalls
Apple has removed a contentious macOS feature that allowed some Apple apps to bypass content filters, VPNs and third-party firewalls.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce join COVID-19 vaccination records system project
With a digital health wallet directly connected to an affiliated lab, users would be able to demonstrate their health status when required, for example when returning to work or school, or while travelling.
Apps/DevOps
SolarLeaks website offers source code stolen in SolarWinds hack for sale 
In the latest twist on the SolarWinds hacking story, a site called SolarLeaks is selling stolen data from the hack, including source code from Microsoft Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., FireEye Inc. and SolarWinds Worldwide LLC
Privacy & Security
Zocdoc offers COVID-19 vaccine scheduler to health care organizations 
At its peak, the Zocdoc-run Mount Sinai scheduler was booking 100 appointments per minute, a traffic volume that could overwhelm a system that wasn’t accustomed to that load. Apps/DevOps
Xayn introduces user-friendly and privacy-protecting web search
Now new privacy app Xayn combines privacy with preference-driven personalization to provide search results without compromising your right to privacy.
Privacy & Security
The AI arms race comes to enterprise content management
In effect, providers of ECM platforms are now in an AI arms race to deliver information management platforms that go well beyond a single type of data.
Document Management
Cloud Attacks Are Bypassing MFA, Feds Warn
"Despite the use of security tools, affected organizations typically had weak cyber-hygiene practices that allowed threat actors to conduct successful attacks.”
Privacy & Security
Logitech Is Raising the Bar for the Video Conferencing Industry
The new Logitech Rally Bar, purpose-built for mid-sized rooms, and Logitech Rally Bar Mini for small rooms, transform meetings with cinema-quality video and crisp, clear audio in an all-in-one design
Automation & Productivity
Automated CI/CD platform Harness raises $115 million at a $1.7 billion valuation
Founded in 2016, Harness offers what it calls “continuous delivery as-a-service,” using machine learning and AI techniques to automate software deployments, monitor their quality, and enable rollbacks when flaws are discovered.
Automation & Productivity
IBM buys cloud consultancy firm Taos Mountain 
San Jose, California-based Taos is said to be one of the largest multicloud consulting firms in North America, working with major enterprises to deliver managed services such as data center migration, platform engineering and hybrid cloud.
Cloud Computing
GigaIO composability switch delivers shared Optane memory
GigaIO announced yesterday it is using silicon from Microchip in its FabreX PCIe 4.0 network fabric to dynamically compose server systems and share memory, including Optane,  between servers.
Data Storage
AgilePoint Announces New Connectivity
The new connector opens up two-way communication between Power Automate and the AgilePoint digital process automation platform.
Automation & Productivity
Samsung says S Pen support is coming to ‘additional device categories’
We’ve made the bold decision to expand the S Pen experience to Galaxy S21 Ultra, and plan to expand the S Pen experience across additional device categories in the future.”
IoT/Mobility
SpectraLogic extends StorCycle into the blue, adds data move instrumentation
Moved file data retains its original format. This means applications can continue to access the data even though it resides in slower access repositories.
Data Storage
Privacera Rolls Out PrivaceraCloud-Industry’s First SaaS-based Data Security and Governance Platform
Organizations can deploy PrivaceraCloud in minutes without leveraging container technology, configuring the services, scaling the portal software, or managing operation and uptime of the environment
Automation & Productivity
Swimm helps developers share knowledge and understand each other’s code
With “snippet studio,” users can create code tutorials and documents directly from the codebase, allowing engineers to highlight specific areas to include comments that explain their logic, and sync it with “playlists” that cover a specific issue in-depth.
Apps/DevOps
Sana Labs raises $18 million to upskill workers remotely with machine learning
With adaptive assessment, learning, and review, the learning assistant personalizes the path to the individual needs of the learner — surfacing just what they need, right when they need it.”
Training/Cert
PAID Network Partners With TomoChain to Support the Fast and Secure Execution of SMART Agreements
Businesses and individuals executing PAID SMART Agreements on the PAID Network will benefit from fast and secure transaction processing at a lower cost on the high-performance TomoChain.
Blockchain
VMware debuts Tanzu Advanced & Project Iris 
VMware Tanzu Advanced is said to build upon VMware Tanzu Standard, adding more focus on DevSecOps, which is a set of practices that combines software development and information technology operation.Apps/DevOps
Instana Becomes First Observability Platform to Deliver Cloud-Native BuildPack for Monitoring Google Cloud Run
A leader in automated Application Monitoring and Observability for Cloud-Native microservice applications, Instana has delivered the fastest and easiest way to deploy observability and performance monitoring into serverless functions running on the Google Cloud Platform.
Cloud Computing
Windows 10X is now Microsoft’s true answer to Chrome OS
While the company has spent years differentiating Windows 10X for foldable and dual-screen hardware, it now looks and feels more like Chrome OS than ever before.
Automation & Productivity
John Snow Labs Announces the Release of Spark NLP 2.7 with Hundreds of New Models, Capabilities
John Snow Labs, a Healthcare AI and NLP company and developer of the Spark NLP library, today announced that it has released Spark NLP 2.7, providing major enhancements to the open-source AI community.
Artificial Intelligence
Ring rolls out end-to-end video encryption after a class action lawsuit
In a whitepaper, Ring explains that end-to-end encryption, which is available as a setting within the Ring app, is designed so users can view videos on enrolled smartphones only.
Privacy & Security
RecVue raises $13 million to modernize order-to-cash processes
As organizations seek to implement multiple types of recurring revenue models, Nair said finance and sales teams will need an order-to-cash platform that spans both emerging and legacy business models.
Automation & Productivity
US issues warning over recent cyberattacks targeting cloud services
The attacks are said to have occurred when employees have been working remotely and used a mixture of corporate laptops and personal devices to access corporate cloud services.
Privacy & Security
Nokia signs up Google for building cloud-based 5G network

Cloud computing units of big technology companies such as Microsoft and Amazon are also tying up with telecoms vendors ahead of deployment of 5G infrastructure to corner a share in new businesses the new technology might enable.

Telecom
Accel Partners heads down to Georgia to invest in DecisionLink, leading an $18.5 million round
“Value Management [sic] as a practice is now a C-suite priority and increasingly considered an enterprise-critical function alongside software systems like CRM, marketing automation, and project management,”
Automation & Productivity
Qualcomm acquires chip design firm Nuvia for $1.4 billion
Qualcomm said the acquisition of Nuvia's CPU and technology design team will help the company "meet the demands of next-generation 5G computing."
Telecom
Hackers compromise Mimecast certificate used to connect to Microsoft 365 
A security certificate issued by Mimecast Services Ltd. that’s used to authenticate some of the company’s products with Microsoft Corp. 365 Exchange Web Services has been hacked.
Privacy & Security
Workato raises $110 million for its business workflow automation platform
With Workato, users can create automations from scratch or opt for over 500,000 prebuilt recipes addressing marketing, sales, finance, HR, IT, and other processes.
Automation & Productivity
Stratis Brings Blockchain as a Service to All Businesses via Its C# Native Platform
Moreover, businesses in need of smart contract support will be pleased to find that Stratis supports virtual machines via Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.
Blockchain
ScyllaDB Unveils ‘Monstrous’ New Capabilities for its NoSQL Database
With Raft, Scylla will support transactions at the same low processing overhead of regular operations — a game changer for NoSQL developers. Data Analytics
Talkdesk Broadens Machine Learning Capabilities With Amazon Web Services Contact Center Intelligence
With the addition of ML innovations from AWS CCI, Talkdesk’s customers gain a new level of flexibility to augment product capabilities and expand use-cases to satisfy business requirements
Automation & Productivity
Post-Backlash, WhatsApp Spells Out Privacy Policy Updates
This week, WhatsApp in a new privacy policy FAQ posted to its website aimed to dispel myths that all user data – across the board – would be shared with Facebook
Privacy & Security
Planview to acquire Seattle-based portfolio management software startup Changepoint
The three companies are similar, offering software for project portfolio management, or PPM.
Automation & Productivity
Startup, Nonprofit Team Up on Hybrid Public Meeting Software
"Nobody had designed something that meets open meeting laws and can handle week-in, week-out, driving up public hearings."
Automation & Productivity
Fintech provider Rapyd raises $300M more for its global payments network 
The platform enables companies to accept payments in more than 65 currencies from more than 100 countries.
FinTech
Hyland and Hedera Hashgraph Present Blockchain Proof of Concept for Records Verification to Texas Secretary of State
The proof of concept focuses on issuing electronic Apostilles, or e-Apostilles. An “Apostille” is a way of authenticating public documents that is recognized internationally.
Blockchain
HornetSecurity acquires backup specialist Altaro
With this announcement, Hornetsecurity takes over 100% of the shares of Altaro, the fast-growing international provider of backup solutions.
Data Storage
CockroachDB creator Cockroach Labs raises $160 million at a $2 billion valuation
With CockroachDB, companies can store multiple copies of their data in different locations to ensure uninterrupted access, so if there is an outage in one location CockroachDB reroutes traffic to a version of the data stored elsewhere
Data Analytics
Jellyfish raises $31.5 million to align engineering teams with business objectives
“This provides leaders of engineering organizations with the visibility needed at every level, from the progress or impediments of roadmap items to the productivity of a single engineer."
Automation & Productivity
Intel adds hardware-based ransomware detection to 11th gen CPUs
These hardware-based detections are accomplished using Intel Threat Detection Technology (Intel TDT) and Hardware Shield that run directly on the CPU underneath the operating system and firmware layers.
Privacy & Security
No-code workflow automation startup airSlate raises $40M 
AirSlate’s automation platform is designed to help non-technical users transform front and back-office business processes such as employee and customer onboarding, sales and ordering workflows, contracts and payments
Automation & Productivity
JumpCloud closes $100 million round as remote work drives cloud directory service demand
“Think of us as the Grand Central Station of your IT network,” JumpCloud CTO and cofounder Greg Keller told VentureBeat. “If you need to access something — say an application, file, server, whatever it may be — we are the ones that safely direct you to it.
Network Management
Netgear unveils high-performance network gear
There's a new high-performance Nighthawk Tri-band Wi-Fi router, the world's first all-purpose WiFi 6E router, and mobile 4G and 5G wireless solutions.
Network Management
Lenovo launches ThinkReality A3 augmented reality glasses for enterprise 
The new glasses can connect to a personal computer or a Motorola phone via a Universal Serial Bus Type-C cable and are designed for use by enterprise customers on factory floors or in the office.
Automation & Productivity
Millions of Social Profiles Leaked by Chinese Data-Scrapers
More than 400GB of public and private profile data for 214 million social-media users from around the world has been exposed to the internet
Privacy & Security
IBM acquires 7Summits to deepen its salesforce consulting expertise
Rather than simply invoking a vanilla instance of these applications, Papas said most organizations are building customer workflows that span multiple SaaS applications.
Automation & Productivity
Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Dashbase
With Dashbase’s logs and events analytics technology, AppDynamics will be able to further streamline case investigation and the resolution process with support for Metrics, Events, Logs and Traces.
Data Analytics
Vuzix’s new microLED smart glasses look like tech you’d actually want to wear on your face
Vuzix says the device will support Wi-Fi and optional LTE as well as stereo speakers and noise-canceling microphones
Automation & Productivity
Targus announces an antimicrobial keyboard light and backpack
The light is designed to sit above your keyboard and mouse and bathe them in UV-C light to help eliminate microorganisms that may be kicking around on your high-touch accessories.
Privacy & Security
Pega Acquires Qurious.io for AI-Powered Speech Analytics 
Qurious.io's software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering uses speech-to-text, natural language processing (NLP), and emotion detection capabilities to analyze the dialog within each customer service call as it happens
Automation & Productivity
Accenture buys Brazilian security firm Real Protect
The Rio de Janeiro-headquartered firm's threat monitoring and the ability to detect and respond to incidents are expected to complement Accenture's offerings in information security.
Privacy & Security
Mirantis Brings OpenStack to Kubernetes, Adding Private Cloud Capabilities to Mirantis Cloud Native Platform
Mirantis, the open cloud company, announced the first in a planned series of enhancements to the Mirantis Cloud Native Platform, enabling customers to ship code faster on a Kubernetes foundation that provides simplicity, cloud choice and security.
Cloud Computing
DarkSide ransomware decryptor recovers victims' files for free
The DarkSide ransomware decryption tool can be downloaded from BitDefender and it will allow you to scan your entire system or just a single folder for encrypted files.
Privacy & Security
Cloud4C collaborates with Citrix for VDI Solutions
As part of a wide range of Hybrid VDI solutions, Cloud4C takes care of the implementation, licencing, infrastructure and end-to-end managed services.
Cloud Computing
Microsoft takes the wraps off Surface Pro 7+ for business, education users
Microsoft officials also reiterated today that the Surface Hub 2S 85-inch touch-screen conferencing system will begin shipping to commercial and education customers later this month in select markets.
Automation & Productivity
Stratis Brings Blockchain as a Service to All Businesses via Its C# Native Platform
Stratis was created for a simple purpose – to provide enterprises with blockchain as a service (BaaS) solutions, designed to implement complex blockchain architecture within mainstream coding languages, used by everyday companies away from the crypto niche.
Blockchain
Equifax will pay $640 million for Kount’s AI-driven identity and fraud prevention tools
As the system builds its intelligence, it is shifting from only analysis to predictive modes with the goal of helping companies prevent digital fraud.
Privacy & Security
Substack is adding theming options to change the look of newsletters
Substack was founded in 2017, and over the past year, has become an increasingly popular choice for journalists who want to run subscription publications.
Automation & Productivity
Report: Google is building a Nest Hub smart display with a radar chip 
The search giant stated last year that the underlying technology behind the Pixel’s radar could theoretically be used to detect objects from up to seven meters or about 23 feet away.
Apps/DevOps
A crypto-mining botnet is now stealing Docker and AWS credentials
After if began stealing AWS credentials last summer, the TeamTNT botnet is now also stealing Docker API logins, making the use of firewalls mandatory for all internet-exposed Docker interfaces.
Privacy & Security
Seattle startup Syndio raises $17.1M as demand spikes for HR software that helps identify pay gaps
The startup’s so-called EquityTech analytics software, and flagship product PayEQ, analyzes salaries, rooting out discriminatory differences in pay that are tied to gender, race, ethnicity or age while providing strategies for fixing those disparities.
Human Resources
MariaDB Releases New R2DBC Connector
Unlike its JDBC predecessor, applications can use R2DBC to take advantage of declarative programming techniques to create more powerful, efficient and scalable Java Virtual Machine (JVM) solutions.
Apps/DevOps
Snowflake Added to NASPO Cloud Solutions Contract, Enabling Local Governments with Data Access
The contract addition enables Carahsoft to provide Snowflake’s Data Cloud technology and platform capabilities to participating states, local governments and educational institutions.
Cloud Computing
UK's competition watchdog to probe Google's browser changes
Google has said the technology, referred to as the ‘Privacy Sandbox’ project, will allow people to receive relevant ads, helping to sustain the current advertising model without tracking users on an individual level.
Privacy & Security
F5 Networks to acquire edge-as-a-service startup Volterra for $500M 
For DevOps teams, Volterra offers management of large sets of applications with less complexity while NetOps teams can simplify app-to-app networking and security across clouds.
Network Management
FBI warns of Egregor ransomware extorting businesses worldwide
Egregor uses Cobalt Strike, Qakbot/Qbot, Advanced IP Scanner, and AdFind for privilege escalation and lateral network movement.
Privacy & Security
Starburst raises $100 million to take on data lake rivals
“We believe we are solving the biggest problem that the big data era couldn’t: offering fast access to data, regardless of where it lives."
Data Analytics
Signal sees surge in new signups after boost from Elon Musk and WhatsApp controversy
All of this has created a perfect storm on social media in which WhatsApp users appear to be fleeing the platform in large numbers to join Signal, a nonprofit-run encrypted messaging app not owned by the largest social network on the planet
Apps/DevOps
Red Hat buys Kubernetes security startup StackRox 
Red Hat said it wants to integrate StackRox’s security tools with its OpenShift platform to make container workloads more secure Privacy & Security
KubeSphere is Now Available as an AWS Quick Start
As an open-source container platform, KubeSphere provides full-stack automated IT operation and streamlined DevOps workflows.
Apps/DevOps
Quantum Metric raises $200 million to help enterprises build digital products faster
Founded in 2015, Quantum Metric uses what it calls a “continuous product design” (CPD) approach to enable businesses to iterate and “build digital products faster.”
Apps/DevOps
FedRAMP Survey Finds 45% of Federal Agencies are Storing Mission-critical Data in the Cloud
The overwhelming majority of respondents confirm that they have at least part of their systems and solutions in the cloud. Likewise, more government officials say they have moved citizen and mission data to the cloud, in part due to confidence in FedRamp
Cloud Computing
Intel adds facial recognition tech to its RealSense portfolio 
Intel Corp. today announced new facial recognition hardware and software that can be used in retail stores to facilitate payments or other settings to provide access to restricted areas.
Automation & Productivity
Amazon working on Alexa-enabled device to track and measure sleep disorder
Business Insider reported this week that the small device that it has exclusively learned about will be used to detect and track sleep apnea.
Apps/DevOps
Berlin-based Mambu raises $134 million for its SaaS banking platform; now valued at over $2.09 billion
Unlike the traditional core banking players, Mambu’s SaaS banking platform accelerates and simplifies the way financial products are built and serviced by any financial institution.
Fintech
UJET CCaaS Cloud Contact Center Unifies Enterprise Customer Data with Oracle Cloud CX Service
But the single greatest barrier to delivering modern, intelligent experiences across marketing, sales, and support is achieving a holistic, unified view of your customer data.”
Data Analytics
Pennylane raises $18.4 million for its accounting service
Pennylane is both a software-as-a-service company that helps you deal with your financial data and an accounting firm.
Automation & Productivity
Unicorn sighting: Data analytics startup Dremio raises $135M in new funding
The software enables users to access information stored in data lakes directly without having to load extracts into intermediary data stores, a task that’s considered a major chore by data scientists.
Data Analytics
Mozilla Firefox disabling backspace key to prevent data loss
Seven years ago, Mozilla opened a bug post to discuss whether the backspace key should be disabled but decided at the time not to make any changes.
Apps/DevOps
IARPA Launches Space-based Machine Automated Recognition Technique Program
“SMART innovations in data fusion and machine learning techniques will enable automated broad area search at unprecedented temporal resolution and area coverage.”
Data Analytics
Glia raises $78 million to digitize customer service interactions
It integrates and tracks bots powered by IBM’s Watson, Amazon’s Lex, Google’s Dialogflow, and other natural dialogue backends, which managers can divvy up into teams.
Automation & Productivity
Wi-Fi’s biggest upgrade in decades is starting to arrive
The Wi-Fi Alliance, the industry-wide group that oversees Wi-Fi, is now starting to certify the first wave of products with support for Wi-Fi 6E. Phones, PCs, and laptops with support should start hitting the market in the first months of 2021,
Telecom
Cloud security provider Lacework raises massive $525M growth round 
Built on top of Snowflake, Lacework scans data on applications, virtual machines, networks and storage repositories, then compares the most pertinent details against security best practices that are defined in advance by users
Privacy & Security
OpenAI debuts DALL-E for generating images from text
OpenAI today debuted two multimodal AI systems that combine computer vision and NLP: DALL-E, a system that generates images from text, and CLIP, a network trained on 400 million pairs of images and text.
Artificial Intelligence
IoT adds smarts to IT asset monitoring
The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to play a key role in monitoring and maintaining internal IT systems and environments
IoT/Mobility
WhatsApp updates its Terms and Privacy Policy to mandate data-sharing with Facebook
It further reveals that these changes will go into effect on February 8th, and users will have no choice but to accept these changes if they wish to continue using WhatsApp.
Privacy & Security
Terbine and Flash Labs Partner to Bring Distributed Security to Smart Cities Transactions
Terbine and Flash Labs Corporation–U.S. affiliate of Hyundai BS&C announced a strategic partnership to bring blockchain-based security to sensor data that moves within and between smart cities
Blockchain
Microsoft Edge history and tab sync features finally start rolling out
The roll out is gradual, but you can check to see if it’s available in your country by navigating to settings > profiles > sync and enabling “history” and “open tabs” in the options.
Automation  & Productivity
Babuk Locker emerges as the first new form of ransomware in 2021 
Each attack is said to be customized on a per victim basis including a hardcoded extension, ransom note and a Tor victim URL. Privacy & Security
AutoDeploy Releases Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on AWS Marketplace
By using the AMIs published on the AWS Marketplace, AutoDeploy is demonstrating to consumers of enterprise software that it is possible to take tasks that typically requires weeks or months, and scale those requirements down to minutes.
Automation & Productivity
Hackers start exploiting the new backdoor in Zyxel devices
Threat actors are actively scanning the Internet for open SSH devices and trying to login to them using a new recently patched Zyxel hardcoded credential backdoor.
Privacy & Security
Twitter acquires community podcast developer Breaker
Currently in a small beta testing phase, Spaces allows users to create a 'Space,' in which the creator can host a session and followers are able to join, listen in, and potentially contribute -- with voice rights controlled by the host.
Apps/DevOps
New Apple iPhone’s privacy feature will no longer let Facebook track you without your consent. Will turn off automatic “opt-in” to prevent Facebook from tracking your data for targeted advertising
The report said that the upcoming Apple’s change will take a privacy option for users to share their advertising ID, or “IDFA,” that was previously buried deep in users’ phones and put it front and center when they open an app
Privacy & Security
ElectroRAT Drains Cryptocurrency Wallet Funds of Thousands
At least 6,500 cryptocurrency users have been infected by new, ‘extremely intrusive’ malware that’s spread via trojanized macOS, Windows and Linux apps
Privacy & Security
John Snow Labs Announces Enhancements to Spark NLP, Resulting in 2.5M Downloads and 9x Growth in 2020
Used by 54% of healthcare organizations, Spark NLP has secured the spot as the world’s most widely used natural language processing (NLP) library in the enterprise, after only four years on the market.
Automation & Productivity
IBM Simplifies Structure of Sales Team 
IBM is putting all of its customers into two groups. One segment includes large, global customers looking for an integrated set of IBM products and services.
Cloud Computing
TIBCO Completes Acquisition of Information Builders
ibi’s leading data quality, preparation, and integration products are a valuable addition to the TIBCO Any Data Hub and TIBCO Responsive Application Mesh strategies
Data Analytics
Seattle healthcare worker-training startup NextStep raises $2.5M to fund continued growth
The company, founded in 2018 and spun out of Seattle’s Pioneer Square Labs, integrates app-based and in-person skills practice to train people to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs), which it calls the largest healthcare role in the United States.
Training/Cert
Pax8 Acquires Wirehive to Accelerate Cloud Transformation Globally
 “The acquisition will enable both organizations to unlock new ways to automate cloud orchestration and optimization and expand our ability to simplify cloud strategies for IT professionals.” 
Cloud Computing
Blue Prism Accelerates Intelligent Automation for Cloud Users on Microsoft Azure
The move enhances access for both Blue Prism and Microsoft customers, and underwrites Blue Prism’s position as the intelligent automation and robotic process automation (RPA) leader in the cloud.
Automation & Productivity
Hacker posts data of 10,000 American Express accounts for free
As analyzed by BleepingComputer, the leaked sample data set of 10,000 records exposes full American Express account (credit card) numbers and customers' personally identifiable information (PII) including name, full address, phone numbers, date of birth, gender, etc.
Privacy & Security
Divvy raises $165 million to give companies greater control and insights into their expenses
Divvy said that it has seen a 500% increase in monthly sign-ups since the global lockdown started last March, as businesses seek capital and greater visibility and control of their spending.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft is building a universal Outlook app for Windows and Mac
The new app, reportedly codenamed “One Outlook,” is said to be a new version of Microsoft’s email client that’s designed for large-screen experiences
Apps/DevOps
Leading Game Publishers Hit Hard by Leaked-Credential Epidemic
Over 500,000 stolen credentials tied to the top 25 gaming firms were found on caches of breached data online and up for sale at criminal marketplaces, according to researchers at Kela.
Privacy & Security
Neo bank startup Oxygen raises $17M Series A funding to offer flexible banking solutions for small businesses
Oxygen is one of the new neo-banks, financial tech startups, that offer internet-only financial services and lack physical branches.
FinTech
Ryuk ransomware is the top threat for the healthcare sector
From November 1, 2020, cybersecurity company Check Point observed a 45% increase in attacks hitting healthcare organizations around the globe. The spike is more than twice the amount of incidents seen in all other industry sectors during the same period.
Privacy & Security
Regulator gives green light for banks to use blockchains and stablecoins for settlement 
The reasoning from the OCC is that the adoption of blockchain and stable coins may “enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and stability of payments activities and achieve the benefits of real-time payments already enjoyed in other countries
Blockchain
Quest Software acquires Erwin to advance its data ops agenda
Erwin is a longtime provider of the data modeling and metadata management tools at the core of many efforts to manage data as a business asset.
Data Analytics
JustChain launches a blockchain-based legal notary platform in UAE
The platform is designed to provide notary capability for legal documents such as power of attorney, memorandum of association, contracts and marriage certificate
Blockchain
Black Knight Launches Webhooks Automation Component for Its Optimal Blue API Platform, Adds Event-Based Push Delivery of Real-Time Transactional Data
This highly anticipated launch is another step forward in the company’s ongoing commitment to an API-first strategy that boosts lender efficiencies and workflow automation by providing real-time access to advanced secondary marketing capabilities throughout the mortgage loan process.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 to allow testing without setup
The soon-to-be-released evaluation experience is designed to help admins focus on evaluating Microsoft Defender for Office 365 capabilities and on eliminating the complexities of environment and device configuration.
Privacy & Security
Converge Technology Solutions Corp. Acquires Vicom Computer Services, Inc.
Vicom will join the existing Converge footprint in the US Northeast, which includes Converge subsidiaries Lighthouse, Essextec, and VSS.
IT Consulting & Services
Malware uses WiFi BSSID for victim identification
Known as a "Basic Service Set Identifier," the BSSID is basically the MAC physical address of the wireless router or access point the user is using to connect via WiFi.
Privacy & Security
Beware: PayPal phishing texts state your account is 'limited'
A new SMS text phishing (smishing) campaign pretends to be from PayPal, stating that your account has been permanently limited unless you verify your account by clicking on a link.
Privacy & Security
IdRamp Offers Market-Ready Decentralized Identity Platform on the Indicio Network
The IdRamp platform allows for the simple management of decentralized identity verifiable credentials in one easy-to-use platform that can be linked to virtually any existing application.
Network Management
AMP Robotics raises $55 million for AI that picks and sorts recyclables
And AMP Insights tracks key commodities to determine things like material composition per bale, known value created or lost on residual lines, and per-hauling load.
Automation & Productivity
Brazil and UK to cooperate on digital transformation and innovation
"Both the UK and Brazil have integrated hundreds of government websites into a single portal, reducing the mazes that their citizens had to traverse to access public services and improving the user experience, offering a more accessible, agile and secure environment."Smart Cities
CISA updates SolarWinds guidance, tells US govt agencies to update right away
In an update posted late last night, CISA said that all US government agencies that still run SolarWinds Orion platforms must update to the latest 2020.2.1HF2 version by the end of the year.
Privacy & Security
Apple removes 39,000 game apps from China store to meet deadline
Qimai also said only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games on Apple store survived the purge.
Apps/DevOps
UNION Partners With Waves to Bring Liquidity & Asset Protection to the Waves Ecosystem
Waves is a gateway blockchain protocol that focuses on a developer-friendly infrastructure for blockchain innovation, smart assets, and inter-chain communication
Blockchain
DL Framework ‘SmallTrain 0.2.0’ Released for Professional and Commercial Use
Geek Guild Co., Ltd. announced the Open-Source Software (OSS) project, “SmallTrain,” which generates user-friendly deep learning models for high accuracy and high functionality as a standalone deep learning library and as a wrapper for TensorFlow and PyTorch
Apps/DevOps
Wisekey launches identity blockchain for commercial and recreational drones 
In the case of Wisekey, a blockchain is used to securely store the identities of drones owned by companies and individuals and match them to their FAA licenses.
Privacy & Security
Adobe now shows alerts in Windows 10 to uninstall Flash Player
Flash Player has always been a security risk, and most sites and internal applications have moved away from it after Adobe announced its end of life in 2017.
Apps/DevOps
Report: Web analytics startup SimilarWeb eyes IPO at $2B valuation 
SimilarWeb also provides customers with access to data about the traffic headed to other companies’ online properties, a feature that lends itself to a broader set of use cases.
Data Analytics
Amazon acquires podcast maker Wondery to boost entertainment business 
The Wondery acquisition could help accelerate Amazon’s growth plans for its entertainment business, which operates in multiple markets spanning music, audio books and video
Apps/DevOps
Appy Pie AppMakr Enables Customers to Create iPhone and Android Apps in Just a few Steps
Appy Pie, a no-code platform, provides a step-by-step guide to its users on how to make an application and publish it on Google Play and iTunes.
Apps/DevOps
ChrysCapital-Backed Infogain Acquires AI and Analytics Provider Absolutdata
“Companies across the globe are increasingly looking towards a combination of Technology and AI/Analytics to drive scalable, sustained & profitable business growth."
Data Analytics
Avalara’s acquisition spree continues: Seattle tax automation company to buy INPOSIA Solutions
"We believe that global demand for compliance automation is inevitable, and we are well positioned to capture the large opportunity in front of us.”
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft updates Azure Stack HCI
Microsoft is playing catch up VMware and Nutanix by adding more features to its Azure cloud services via on-premises hardware and software.
Cloud Computing
HealthEdge Software Completes Acquisition of Altruista Health
Altruista offers customers a highly configurable set of comprehensive modules delivered as a SaaS solution spanning care management, utilization management, population health, appeals and grievances, medication therapy management, member engagement and reporting and compliance.
Automation & Productivity
Hashcash Consultants Provides Blockchain Certification to All Partners Through Its PartnerPRO Program
"HashCash Consultants simplifies the adoption of blockchain technologies, thereby enabling our partners to bring their products and solutions to market faster. Working with them helps us unlock the benefits of blockchain for business together.”
Blockchain
Apple loses lawsuit alleging iOS copyright infringement 
Corellium countered that its software, which creates replicas of the iOS, iTunes and other user interface elements of Apple’s software, is simply designed to make it easier for security researchers to find flaws.
Apps/DevOps
Kawasaki discloses security breach, potential data leak
"As a result of a thorough investigation, the company has discovered that some information from overseas offices may have been leaked to external parties,"
Privacy & Security
RingCentral acquires AI speech analytics startup DeepAffects
AI is the next big battleground, and "speech technology is a big part of that."
Data Analytics
CISA releases Azure, Microsoft 365 malicious activity detection tool
"The tool is intended for use by incident responders and is narrowly focused on activity that is endemic to the recent identity- and authentication-based attacks seen in multiple sectors."
Privacy & Security
Cisco backs off 'smart city' business
The spokesperson said Cisco will continue offering its Connected Communities Infrastructure software, which helps cities manage the network security of their “internet of things” devices.
Smart Cities
Tuvalu Embarks on World’s First National Digital Ledger and Infrastructure Project on Bitcoin SV
The Tuvalu Government has announced its plans to become the world’s first paperless society using Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) and its digital public ledger.
Blockchain
Multi-platform card skimmer found on Shopify, BigCommerce stores
It does that by displaying a fake payment page before the customers land on the real checkout form and using a keylogger to intercept payment and personal information.
Privacy & Security
Graphcore raises $222 million to scale up AI chip production
Beyond the M2000, Graphcore says customers will be able to connect as many as 64,000 GC200 chips for up to 16 exaflops of computing power and petabytes of memory, supporting AI models with theoretically trillions of parameters.
Automation & Productivity
AWS brings Wavelength Zones to Denver and Seattle via Verizon’s 5G network 
The service offers access to cloud infrastructure that has the same features as the infrastructure in the Amazon.com Inc. unit’s main data centers, only it’s located in closer physical proximity to major cities
IoT/Mobility
SAP’s Qualtrics files for IPO of ‘experience management’ software
"Our XM Platform helps organizations both design and improve the experiences that turn their customers into fanatics, employees into ambassadors, products into obsessions, and brands into religions,"
Automation & Productivity
Wozniak’s EFFORCE Adds Gate.io as Third Exchange Listing for WOZX Tokens
By using the blockchain and utility tokens, EFFORCE eliminates many of the challenges impeding progress in the energy efficiency space
Blockchain
Mimik and IBM team up to make edge computing resources more accessible 
Mimik said it intends to integrate its edgeCloud platform with IBM’s Edge Application Manager, which provides autonomous management capabilities for edge computing devices
Cloud Computing
ixlayer Announces Multi-Lingual Support for COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Monitoring Including Spanish, French and Italian
ixlayer’s COVID-19 Clinical Test platform and COVID-19 Vaccine Platform gather real-time data, including demographics on positive and negative tests by age, gender and geographic location – quickly identifying trends and hotspots in disease transmission
Data Analytics
DOD gives $2.5B to consortium to develop 5G tech prototypes
The Department of Defense has awarded a $2.5 billion Other Transaction Agreement to a consortium of nearly 400 companies and academic institutions to prototype dual-use technologies that use the electromagnetic spectrum.
Telecom
Data experts tap their farming backgrounds to lead new Washington state agriculture tech startup
The Loftus Labs team plans to bring digital know-how to farmers in every aspect of the business, including yield forecasts, monitoring crop health, tracking irrigation and pesticide use, and managing supply chains and labor costs
Data Analytics
CrowdStrike releases free Azure security tool after failed hack
To help administrators analyze their Microsoft Azure environment and see what privileges are assigned to third-party resellers and partners, CrowdStrike has released a free CrowdStrike Reporting Tool for Azure (CRT) tool.
Privacy & Security
Bloomberg acquires Second Measure to unlock transaction data insights
Founded in 2015, Second Measure has developed a self-serve analytics platform that supports real-time and daily metric tracking, using data from “billions of anonymized transactions,” including credit card payments.
Data Analytics
HelpSystems acquires data security platform provider Vera Security 
“The market for data security is evolving fast to require a comprehensive approach to discovery, detection, classification and dynamic encryption."
Privacy & Security
Woolpert Acquires Data Cloud Solutions to Expand Data Visualization and Awareness to New, Existing Markets
This merger will blend the firms’ geospatial, software development, SaaS and artificial intelligence capabilities to provide next-generation solutions for public and private clients worldwide
Data Analytics
VOIP hardware and software maker Sangoma struck by ransomware attack 
Conti ransomware, which shares code with the better known Ryuk ransomware, runs through a typical list of behaviors.
Privacy & Security
China Online Education Startup Draws Alibaba in $1.6 Billion Funding Round
On any given day, at least 50 million students -- the equivalent of the entire population of Spain -- are using its platform, the company has claimed.
EDTech
Billon Launches a Verifiable Certificate Platform on Distributed Ledger, a Milestone for the Rollout of Coronavirus Immunization Certificates
“We expect many governments will use paper-based records of who is vaccinated. In today’s world, people need digital solutions to display proof of required vaccinations to enter restaurants, stores, public places and their workplace."
Blockchain

Emotet Returns to Hit 100K Mailboxes Per Day
"Lures use thread hijacking with Word attachments, pw-protected zips and URLs.”
Privacy & Security
Porch makes stock market debut, raising $322M to fuel its ambitions in home services technology
It makes money from software licenses and transaction fees that it receives when connecting homebuyers to movers, insurance agents, home automation and security firms, TV/internet companies and other service providers.
Automation & Productivity
New Smart Thermostats Use Data-Efficient Algorithms to Increase HVAC Efficiency
The algorithms developed for the thermostat employ a methodology called reinforcement learning (RL), a data-driven sequential decision-making and control approach that has gained much attention in recent years for mastering games like backgammon and Go.
Smart Cities
Fake Amazon gift card emails deliver the Dridex malware
When opened, the attachments will state that they were created in an online version of Microsoft Office and prompt the recipient to click on the 'Enable Content' button.
Privacy & Security
Bloomberg acquires Y Combinator-backed data startup Second Measure 
Credit card transaction statistics also provide insight into what kinds of purchases customers are making, from whom and related data points.
Data Analytics
DHS warns against using Chinese hardware and digital services
The DHS argues that Chinese national security laws allow the government to coerce any local company and citizen to alter products and engage in espionage or intellectual property theft.
Privacy & Security
Citrix confirms ongoing DDoS attack impacting NetScaler ADCs
Citrix has confirmed today that an ongoing 'DDoS attack pattern' using DTLS as an amplification vector is affecting Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) networking appliances with EDT enabled.
Privacy & Security
Mission Critical Partners Introduces Three Data Integration Solutions
Each solution leverages open standards-based software that MCP subject matter experts adapt and configure based on the individual needs of each client.
Data Analytics
Goldman Sachs leads acquisition of bot mitigation company White Ops
Founded in 2012, New York-based White Ops uses threat intelligence and machine learning to detect malicious bots that impersonate human behavior.
Privacy & Security
Zoom is reportedly developing email and calendar services 
The tipsters didn’t divulge much information on the calendar offering. However, they did share a few details about Zoom’s ambitions to take on Gmail and Outlook.
Automation & Productivity
Austin-based LoudCrowd scores $2.2 million to help brands attract and retain customers
“The future of marketing will be organic, social, and customer-led"
Automation & Productivity
Cognizant Acquires Inawisdom, an AI and ML Services Expert
Inawisdom marks Cognizant’s ninth acquisition in 2020 to expand capabilities for clients globally in the key focus areas of data and artificial intelligence, cloud, digital engineering, and Internet of Things
Automation & Productivity
FBI warns of ongoing COVID-19 vaccine related fraud schemes
Potential indicators of such fraudulent activity highlight by the FBI include offers for early access to vaccines conditioned by payment in advance, requests to pay out to receive a vaccine or to get added to a waiting list, and offers to ship doses of the vaccine in exchange of money transfers.
Privacy & Security
Cresta Launches Real-Time Intelligence For Customer Service
This results-driven approach has proven highly effective, with many customers seeing more than a 15% faster handle time, 19% better CSAT scores, and millions of dollars in cost savings and new revenue opportunities.
Automation & Productivity
SPEC replaces SPECsfs 2014 benchmark with AI and genomics workouts
The updated benchmark has a new statistical collection mechanism that enables users to extract runtime counter information and load it into a database for graphical representation by, for example, Graphite, Carbon, and Grafana.
Data Analytics
Joker’s Stash Carding Site Taken Down
Joker’s Stash is a popular cybercriminal destination that specializes in trading in payment-card data, offering millions of stolen credit and debit cards to buyers.
Privacy & Security
Kenshoo acquires Signals Analytics to supplement its AI-powered marketing platform
The Signals Analytics service optimizes marketing campaign designs using consumer data from external sources, such as social media feeds, and normalizes it for customers.
Automation & Productivity
Telegram gets Discord-like group voice chats
Telegram is supporting “a few thousand participants,” so even bigger groups for things like live events will include voice chats.
Apps/DevOps
Seattle-based Bloccelerate raises $12M for first fund to invest in blockchain startups
It has already made five investments in startups including Blockapps, Symbiont, and MakerDAO.
Blockchain
Atlanta-Based OneTrust raises $300 million Series C funding for its privacy management platform; doubles its valuation to $5.1 billion
OneTrust has pioneered a true platform approach to trust with its modular products that are built on a single code-base and have been awarded 130 patents
Privacy & Security
Dialpad Raises Additional $10 Million from SoftBank Corp. to Accelerate Product Expansion in Japan and APAC
“Dialpad’s AI-powered single platform for voice, video, and messaging allows remote employees and contact center agents to be productive from anywhere, and have real-time insights that enhance their productivity."
Automation & Productivity
EXMO cryptocurrency exchange hacked, loses 5% of total assets
EXMO says that it has temporarily suspended all withdrawals after detecting suspicious and large withdrawals starting with December 21st, at 2:27:02 UTC. Privacy & Security
Lenovo unveils hybrid-cloud management tools
The platform allows customers to manage and analyze all data types (block, file and object) within a single storage platform
Data Storage
Smart Doorbell Disaster: Many Brands Vulnerable to Attack
Consumer-grade digital doorbells are riddled with potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities ranging from hardcoded credentials, authentication issues and devices shipping with unpatched and longstanding critical bugs.
Privacy & Security
Google leads $145 million investment in InMobi’s Glance and Roposo social platforms
Glance makes a lock-screen platform that helps users see personalized content on the display while their phones are locked.
Apps/DevOps
Big tech companies including Intel, Nvidia, and Cisco were all infected during the SolarWinds hack
Exacerbating the issue is that investigators found another hacking group that had broken into SolarWinds using a similar exploit.
Privacy & Security
Digital contract management startup Ironclad reportedly has raised $100M 
The company’s platform streamlines contract workflows; in the words of the company. its platform “does all the administrative work better left for a computer, freeing legal teams to do substantive work and drive business strategy.”
Automation & Productivity
Law enforcement take down three bulletproof VPN providers
The three services were active at insorg.org [2014 snapshot], safe-inet.com [2013 snapshot], and safe-inet.net
Privacy & Security
Spin touts on-vehicle AI platform in NYC permit application 
Drover AI's platform, dubbed PathPilot, equips scooters with sensors, a camera and on-board computing power to enable real-time sidewalk or bike lane riding detection and parking validation
IoT/Mobility
US seizes domains used for COVID-19 vaccine phishing attacks
The US Department of Justice has seized two domain names used to impersonate the official websites of biotechnology companies Moderna and Regeneron involved in the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
Privacy & Security
Softbank adds $10M to Dialpad’s Series-E funding to grow its AI-powered cloud communications platform
Dialpad’s patented Voice Intelligence enables AI-powered real-time business optimization, delivered through coaching, automated note-taking, sentiment, and transcription analytics.
Cloud Computing
Real estate software and data analytics company RealPage to be acquired for $10.2 billion
RealPage targets companies operating in the multi-family rental real estate realm, serving them many of the technologies needed to manage their myriad properties, from accounting to marketing and business intelligence
Data Analytics
GravityAI Unveils Enterprise Data Science Marketplace for Fintech and Healthcare
“Our Enterprise Marketplace is a perfect solution for companies to host their own secure AI platform that allows all of their internal users to seamlessly collaborate."
Data Analytics
Diamanti blows AWS and Azure away on containerised SQL Server benchmark
When SQL Server runs in containers on Diamanti’s software it outperforms the same software running in containers on AWS’s Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) and in the Azure Kubernetes Service (ALS).
Automation & Productivity
PostHog Raises $12 Million in Funding Led by GV and Y Combinator
PostHog enables software teams to understand user behavior – auto-capturing events, performing product analytics and dashboarding, enabling video replays, and rolling out new features behind feature flags, all based on its single open source platform.
Data Analytics
WISeKey Upgrades Its Wisecoin Blockchain Technology With AI Capabilities and Integrates Physical and Digital World in Terms of Value
WISeCoin AG is a Special Purpose vehicle created by WISeKey in Zug to build the infrastructure for secure intra-object interactions and transactions using AI and blockchain
Blockchain
Project Karavi is Dell’s way to extend Kubernetes CSI
"They want enterprise-class features such as encryption, replication (disaster recovery), etc. “to be offered for Kubernetes, even if the Container Storage Interface does remain ignorant of such capabilities.”
Data Storage
Windows Hello is now being used by 84% of Windows 10 users
Hello allows users to authenticate secure access to their devices, online accounts, web browsers, etc with a Windows Hello supported hardware such as FIDO keys, PINs, or biometric features such as iris scan support, fingerprint scanner, and facial recognition.
Privacy & Security
IBM to Acquire Nordcloud to Turbocharge Its Hybrid Cloud Consulting Capability
It is one of the few providers triple certified in Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.
Cloud Computing
RingCentral acquires conversational AI startup DeepAffects
For example, DeepAffects’ analytics can show “talk-to-listen” ratios, revealing who talked or listened most in a meeting, or perhaps who asked the most questions.
Artificial Intelligence
Adobe releases Apple Silicon version of Premiere Pro in beta
Adobe has released an Arm version of Premiere Pro for macOS, allowing owners of new Apple Silicon M1 Macs to run the video editing software natively.
Automation & Productivity
Cisco targeted in SolarWinds attack as Microsoft uncovers a second hacking group 
Cisco added that although it doesn’t use SolarWinds Orion for its enterprise network management or monitoring, “we have identified and mitigated affected software in a small number of lab environments and a limited number of employee endpoints
Privacy & Security
Dent Introduces Industry’s First End-to-End Networking Stack Designed for the Modern Distributed Enterprise Edge and Powered by Linux
“With the Arthur release, we’re witnessing the makings of an open network operating system, control plane and management plane that will transform how enterprises address their distributed edge challenges,”
Network Management
5M WordPress Sites Running ‘Contact Form 7’ Plugin Open to Attack
"For users who have automatic updates on for WordPress plugin the software will automatically update. For others, they indeed will be required to proactively update."
Privacy & Security
After huge growth in 2020, Seattle startup Rec Room raises $20M to expand virtual hangout game
In a Rec Room blog post, Fajt revealed that the game has surpassed 10 million members, with 1 million creators making more than 4 million unique rooms, with users spending an average of 2.4 hours per day in Rec Room.
Apps/DevOps
Acryl Launches Advanced Integrated AI Service Platform, Jonathan
Jonathan is a complete AI platform that assists companies from planning to developing, operations, and customer support for AI services.
Artificial Intelligence
Firefox to ship 'network partitioning' as a new anti-tracking defense
The difference is that Network Partitioning will allow Firefox to save resources like the cache, favicons, CSS files, images, and more, on a per-website basis, rather than together, in the same pool.
Privacy & Security
Fable Studio unveils two AI-based virtual beings who can talk to you
The new characters are a blend of storytelling and artificial intelligence, a marriage that Fable is pioneering in the belief that virtual beings will become a huge market as people seek companionship and entertainment during the tough climate of the pandemic.
Artificial Intelligence
Europol launches new decryption platform for law enforcement
"We have made a significant step forward in combating the criminal abuse of encryption with the aim of keeping our society and citizens safe while fully respecting fundamental rights."
Privacy & Security
Verizon debuts On Site LTE to let enterprises build on-prem 4G networks 
Connectivity is provided via small cells, a type of miniaturized cell tower with a coverage radius that can range from a few dozen feet to a few miles depending on the specific system.
IoT/Mobility
NSA warns of hackers forging cloud authentication information
An advisory from the U.S. National Security Agency provides Microsoft Azure administrators guidance to detect and protect against threat actors looking to access resources in the cloud by forging authentication information.
Privacy & Security
Kenshoo to Acquire Signals Analytics to Fuel Intelligent Go-to-Market for Brands in Era of Digital Acceleration
Immediately, the companies’ combined assets create a connected knowledge graph across brand, consumer, product, campaign, publisher and market data silos.
Data Analytics
Krux Founders Launch a Free Web Platform that Analyzes Compliance and Security Risk
Through PrivacyGrader.com, any business will know how well its website upholds consumer data protection laws, ensures privacy functionality, and highlights potential gaps and issues.
Privacy & Security
CoachHub nabs $30 million for talent development platform that meshes AI with analytics
Founded in 2018, Berlin-based CoachHub is a digital coaching platform that leverages an AI-based matching system to recommend the three best coaches for each individual.
Artificial Intelligence
LucidLink Rapidly Rolls Out Single Sign-on With Identity Management Firm, Okta
LucidLink has enabled the integration of Okta into LucidLink Filespaces, facilitating enterprise administrators who want to quickly and securely authenticate numerous users with just one set of credentials
Automation & Productivity
IBM and Salesforce team up to help verify workers’ vaccination status 
The companies said today they’re integrating IBM’s Digital Health Pass with Salesforce’s Work.com platform to offer a “privacy-preserving” way for people to share their vaccination and health status
Privacy & Security
Nuclear weapons agency breached amid massive cyber onslaught
They found suspicious activity in networks belonging to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico and Washington, the Office of Secure Transportation at NNSA, and the Richland Field Office of the DOE.
Privacy & Security
Cisco takes additional steps to fight counterfeit network gear
“There is a growth in illicit marketplaces for all types of software and hardware, particularly in transceivers,”
Network Management
Iguazio Launches the First Integrated Feature Store Within its Data Science Platform
The feature store, which sits at the heart of its data science platform, enables enterprises to catalogue, store and share features for development and deployment of AI in hybrid multi-cloud environments and is built to handle real-time use cases.
Data Analytics
ISACA Launches Blockchain Framework and Executive Guide to Help Enterprises Adopt the Emerging Tech
Blockchain Framework and Guidance offers a comprehensive blockchain reference, including overview, history, information about types and their benefits and features, as well as use cases and a framework for enterprise adoption.
Blockchain
Enterprise data backup provider Clumio launches new ransomware protection service 
Called Clumio RansomProtect, the product is described as the industry’s first air-gapped ransomware protection with 30-day retention for VMware Inc., Amazon Web Services Inc. and Microsoft Corp
Privacy & Security
Google to shut down Android Things, a smart home OS that never took off
The smart home project got its start in 2015 under the name Brillo, which was meant to provide the “underlying operating system for the internet of things. "
IoT/Mobility
Bouncy Castle crypto authentication bypass vulnerability revealed
When exploited, the vulnerability (CVE-2020-28052) can allow an attacker to gain access to user or administrator accounts due to a cryptographic weakness in the way passwords are checked.
Privacy & Security
Digital.ai Granted 4 US Patents for Advances in AI-Powered Analytics
Digital.ai’s four new patents pertain to the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to predict change and service disruption risk, in addition to automation innovations embedded in Digital.ai’s Value Stream Platform
Data Analytics
FireEye, Microsoft create kill switch for SolarWinds backdoor
Microsoft, FireEye, and GoDaddy have collaborated to create a kill switch for the SolarWinds Sunburst backdoor that forces the malware to terminate itself.
Privacy & Security
Brainly raises $80M as its platform for crowdsourced homework help balloons to 350M users
“Brainly has become one of the world’s largest learning communities, achieving significant organic growth in over 35 countries."
EDTech
Rubrik picks up Igneous pieces, gains Petabyte scale
Igneous has developed a UDMaaS (unstructured data management-as-a-service) that provides a petabyte-scale unstructured data backup, archive and storage system with a public cloud backend.
Data Storage
10 U.S. states accuse Google of working with Facebook to break antitrust law and boost ads business
Texas and nine other states sued Google on Wednesday, accusing it of working with Facebook in an unlawful manner that violated antitrust law to boost its already-dominant online advertising business.
Privacy & Security
Zoom is lifting its 40-minute meeting limit for several upcoming holidays
The limits will be removed in recognition of Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Kwanzaa.
Automation & Productivity
Google acquires Neverware, a company that turns old PCs into Chromebooks
Neverware, based in New York City, makes a software application called CloudReady that allows you to convert a PC into a system that runs Chrome OS
Cloud Computing
Microsoft will build Inventec’s private 5G networks for smart manufacturing
Today, its networking subsidiary Affirmed Networks announced a significant win in the growing private 5G space, as the companies are now supplying technology solutions manufacturer Inventec with secure private 5G networks
Telecom
Data protection startup BigID raises $70M on $1B unicorn valuation
The company’s platform uses advanced machine learning and what it calls “identity intelligence” that allows users to find, track and “de-risk” identity data stored on servers.
Data Analytics
AWS goes after Google Maps Platform with debut of Amazon Location Service 
Amazon Web Services Inc. today introduced the preview version of Amazon Location Service, a new offering in its cloud platform that enables companies to add location-based capabilities such as package tracking to their applications.
Cloud Computing
New IRS Form Fraud Campaign Targets G Suite Users
A new scam using an IRS form as its mechanism has been found targeting users of Google's G Suite, with as many as 50,000 executives and "important" employees affected so far.
Privacy & Security
Lantronix’s Advanced IoT Technologies Provide Secure, Flexible Device Communications for Healthcare Environments
“Lantronix increases hospital and medical facility efficiency and reduces operational costs by delivering a complete hardware and cloud/on-premises centralized management solution.”
IoT/Mobility
Vercel picks up $40 million to advance React framework
The Vercel platform, based on Next.js, provides developers with a preview capability that makes it possible to visually inspect the front end of web applications and websites within a repository before they are deployed
Apps/DevOps
Microsoft Authenticator brings password autofill to mobile devices
With this new feature, you can now autofill credentials into websites and apps that were saved via Authenticator or Microsoft Edge's built-in password manager to your Microsoft account.
Privacy & Security
Asigra brings better backup ransomware protection to Office 365
The Asigra software enables users to schedule point-in-time backup copies of mailboxes and data residing in Office 365 Exchange Online, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business
Data Storage
Zoomin has raised $21 million to unify enterprise product content
Zoomin ships with various integration options, including REST APIs, Javascript APIs, and command line interfaces (CLIs), while it also offers pre-built apps that can be downloaded, customized, and integrated with Salesforce or ServiceNow.
Automation & Productivity
Scalable log analytics provider ChaosSearch raises $40M in new funding 
ChaosSearch emerged back in January 2017 touting its a secure, scalable log analysis platform that’s hosted in a multitenant or dedicated software-as-a-service environment, using an Amazon S3 as a hot data store.
Data Analytics
Productivity platform startup ClickUp raises $100M on $1B unicorn valuation 
The company’s service includes support for tasks, docs and wikis, email and chat, goals, reminders, time tracking, resource management and more.
Automation & Productivity
Facebook criticizes Apple’s iOS privacy changes with full-page newspaper ads
These changes will impact Facebook’s ad business, and in particular its ad network for developers and businesses, as end users are more likely to opt out of tracking prompts. Privacy & Security
Split Announces Integration with Amazon S3, Enabling High-Volume Data Transfer
“Our new data integration with AWS is the first of its kind to allow companies to bring customer data like engagement, behavioral and transactional data directly from an S3 data lake into our feature delivery platform."
Data Analytics
Datadobi and Wasabi Announce Technology Alliance Partnership
The new joint offering provides channel solutions providers and end clients with an enterprise-class solution for migrating unstructured data from anywhere to Wasabi hot cloud storage.
Data Storage
Okera Introduces Industry’s First Adaptive Security Plane with nScale Elasticity
The Okera secure policy builder within ODAP enables customers to define a policy once and have it automatically and consistently applied for all managed datasets and across all analytics tools in hybrid and multi-cloud environments
Data Analytics
Software-defined power grids: Linux Foundation group debuts platform for utilities 
Seapath is a software platform on which utilities can deploy automation applications and other workloads they need to run inside their substations
Apps/DevOps
RunwayML raises $8.5 million for its AI-powered media creation tools
Using the platform’s model training and hosted models modules, developers can train AI models and access them via an API to incorporate them into third-party apps.
Apps/DevOps
Subway Sandwich Loyalty-Card Users Suffer Ham-Handed Phishing Scam
“As phishes go, this one isn’t terribly sophisticated or believable, and the scam itself requires several clicks, each one more suspicious than the last."
Privacy & Security
Intel claims fastest data centre storage title with Optane-charged P5800X
The Optane P5800X can do 1.5 million IOPS of random 4k reads and writes, and up to 1.8 million in mixed workloads, the chip giant claims.
Data Storage
Sourcepoint Raises $17 Million to Boost Privacy and Compliance Solutions for Publishers and Marketers
Sourcepoint is using this latest funding to continue research and development into scalable and granular ways to monitor and assess degrees of privacy compliance and digital citizenship for digital properties.
Privacy & Security
Israeli cybersecurity startup Reflectiz secures over $5 million in Series A funding to transform third-party application security
Reflectiz mitigates security and privacy blind spots on websites to keep online businesses safe from third-party risks and client-side threats, with no setup or installation demands.
Privacy & Security
AIStorm raises $16 million for low-powered AI edge computing chips
AIStorm calls its tech “AI-in-sensor” processing and claims it has the potential to meet the challenging power, latency, and cost requirements associated with at-the-edge AI
Artificial Intelligence
Windows 10 to get a built-in command-line disk space analyzer
While playing with the new Windows 10 Insider builds 20277 and 21277 released last week, BleepingComputer discovered that Microsoft has quietly introduced a new DiskUsage utility
Data Storage
Lustre and S3 join Atempo’s Miria data moving party
Using parallel data movers, Miria 2020 can migrate petabytes to exabytes of unstructured data between NAS systems and on to disk file or object stores, tape and the public cloud.
Data Storage
New Windows Trojan Steals Browser Credentials, Outlook Files
In addition, the malware can collect file listing information, delete files, reboot machines, collect information from USB drive and record audio;
Privacy & Security
Quantum Acquires Square Box Systems Ltd to Help Businesses Get More Value from Unstructured Data
Square Box Systems’ flagship product is CatDV, an agile media management and workflow automation software platform that helps organizations with large volumes of media and metadata to organize, communicate and collaborate more effectively
Automation & Productivity
Subtask is a simple Trello alternative for tracking and visualizing projects
With Subtask, a web-based tool it is launching out of beta today, Plectica is now taking on Trello and its ilk with a new task-management toolset that promises teams a handful of unique features embedded in a simple, intuitive interface.
Automation & Productivity
AI explainability specialist Truera closes $12M round
Modern neural networks are so complex that even the data scientists who created them can find it difficult to identify the factors behind a given decision.
Artificial Intelligence
Signal adds support for encrypted group video calls
By default, participants are shown in a grid format, but you can swipe up for a view that focuses on individual speakers.
Apps/DevOps
Amazon adds Live Translation to Alexa’s toolbox of skills
Alexa is gaining the ability to do live translations between English and Spanish, German, French, Hindi, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese with a new update Amazon announced today
Automation & Productivity
Earnix Launches its Usage and Behavior-Based Insurance Offering
Earnix’s robust capabilities, combining state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning with traditional analytics, enable insurers to manage and analyze the data and create highly personalized offers.
Data Analytics
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches new crypto token WOZX to revolutionize the $250 billion energy efficiency market
Efforce is a marketplace that enables companies to undertake energy efficiency measures at no cost so that they can invest their liquidity in more critical tasks.
Blockchain
Snap launches Bitmoji Paint to let hundreds of people paint on one shared canvas
Snap is launching Bitmoji Paint, a new game inside of Snapchat where hundreds of players can come together simultaneously to contribute to one massive collage.
Apps/DevOps
Hacking group’s new malware abuses Google and Facebook services
Designed for cyberespionage, the malware attempts to avoid detection and takedown efforts by using Dropbox and Facebook services to steal data and receive instructions from the operators
Privacy & Security
Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs, and other Google services hit by widespread outage
DownDetector indicates that the outage, which appears to be affecting Google’s business and personal services, started at around 6:40AM ET in the case of Gmail.
Cloud Computing
Reddit purchases TikTok rival Dubsmash to muscle in on video market
The company claims that its apps now account for over 350 million installs, with over six billion videos created by user
Apps/DevOps
EdTech boom continues as IntellectoKids raises $3M from Allrise Capital and others M
The platform offers parents of preschool children ‘gamified’ educational content and structured lessons available on mobile devices.
EDTech
KSA Signs AI Agreement with Dell Technologies
The National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI) said recently that it is looking to attract some $20 billion in foreign and local investments by 2030.  
Artificial Intelligence
Suspected Russian hackers spied on U.S. Treasury emails - sources
Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury Department and an agency that decides internet and telecommunications policy
Privacy & Security
iOS 14.3: Brilliant New iPhone Privacy Feature Will Arrive Any Minute Now
Information on the privacy nutrition label includes the data the app collects, whether this can be used to track you, and whether it is linked to you.
Privacy & Security
PgMiner botnet attacks weakly secured PostgreSQL databases
According to researchers at Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42, the botnet operates by performing brute-force attacks against internet-accessible PostgreSQL databases
Privacy & Security
Google heads up Modern Computing Alliance to promote Chrome in the enterprise 
The other members of the alliance are Box Inc., Citrix Inc., Dell Technologies Inc., Okta Inc., RingCentral Inc,. Slack Technologies Inc., VMware Inc. and Zoom Video Communications Inc.
Cloud Computing
Magecart Hijacks PayPal Transactions at Checkout Page 

They used a script called window.postMessage to make the malicious process look legitimate.

Privacy & Security
AnChain.AI Partners with Law & Forensics to Advance Mainstream Adoption of Cryptocurrency
“With the full capabilities of our AI-powered insight and Law & Forensics’ experience and leadership in cybersecurity law combined to drive policy, education, and crypto-forensic solutions.”
Privacy & Security
Rikkeisoft and Oraichain to Expand AI Blockchain Technology Globally
Rikkeisoft, a leading Vietnamese IT and software enterprise has formalized a strategic partnership with Oraichain, the world’s first AI Data Oracle Blockchain company.
Blockchain
Google Workspace gets more Microsoft Office integrations 
One of the most important new capabilities added today makes it possible for Workspace users to open and edit Office files directly from a Gmail attachment.
Automation & Productivity
Qualcomm: Our plug-and-play IoT suite 'cracked the code in smart cities' 
The suite aims to remove the complexity, barriers and fragmentation associated with digitization by enabling users to "bring a solution right out of the box, to be plugged-and-played and monetized
IoT/Mobility
Fast Growing Remote Work Platform Turing.com Announces $32-Million Series B Financing
Turing lets you push a button to hire a pre-vetted remote developer, with all the hassle taken away.
Apps/DevOps
Next Insurance acquires Denver-based insurtech startup Juniper Labs in first-ever acquisition
Using natural language processing, Juniper Labs blends fragmented data sources and unstructured content to provide more structured insights that strengthen the confidence and predictive power of their models, ultimately allowing for more precise risk assessment and a simpler customer experience.
Data Analytics
Twitter bought a startup that lets you virtually hang out with your friends
The Squad team brings “a deep understanding of how people participate in interactive audio and video conversations” and will “accelerate our work to bring people new and creative tools to start and join conversations on the service
Apps/DevOps
Massive Subway UK phishing attack is pushing TrickBot malware
A massive phishing campaign pretending to be a Subway order confirmation is underway distributing the notorious TrickBot malware
Privacy & Security
CVP’s New MPaaS Offerings Deliver Data Insights, Infrastructure Automation
The company’s first two offerings within the suite, CVP Nightingale (“Nightingale”) and CVP Hopper (“Hopper”), are Managed Platform-as-a-Service (MPaaS) solutions that deliver data insights and infrastructure automation
Data Analytics
Teachable AI will help Alexa users set up preferences
Teachable AI leverages machine learning to determine whether a request can be a trigger for a teachable moment. If Alexa makes this determination, it will ask a customer for information to help it learn.
Automation & Productivity
Google and Apple are banning technology for sharing users’ location data
X-Mode works by giving developers code to put into their apps, known as an SDK, which tracks users’ location and then sends that data to X-Mode, which sells it
Privacy & Security
EProvenance launches VinAssure blockchain-powered wine tracking supply chain 
IBM Corp. and eProvenance, a company that monitors wine shipment conditions, announced Thursday the launch of VinAssure, a new distributed ledger blockchain-powered platform that will offer a highly secured way to track wine as it moves from vineyard to wineglass.
Blockchain
U.S. warns of increased cyberattacks against K-12 distance learning
In a joint advisory today, the three government agencies are warning that ransomware, malware delivery, and DDoS attacks are the main threats for K-12 educational institutions.
Privacy & Security
Verint Unveils Engagement Data Management Offering to Slay Customer Data Silos
Verint EDM claims to be the first solution to enable organizations to gain a uniform and cohesive view of interaction data across the organization’s many data silos created by the growing number of communication and collaboration platforms
Data Analytics
Application intelligence startup Bionic emerges from stealth with $17M in funding to help enterprises control chaos created by the onslaught of application changes
The Palo Alto, California-based Bionic is an agentless way to help enterprises get control over their increasingly complex applications so they can manage, operate, and secure them faster and more efficiently.
Apps/DevOps
Dell launches pay as you go Azure Stack HCI
The hybrid cloud system also allows for pay-as-you-go pricing and “optimise[s] the operational experience of Microsoft’s next generation of Azure Stack HCI.”
Cloud Computing
Boast.ai Raises $23M Series A to Revolutionize R&D Tax Credits with AI-Powered Approach
We empower companies from startups to large enterprises to quantify the value of their R&D efforts, then leverage that asset through a successful R&D tax credit application which allows them to grow their business without unnecessary outside capital.”
Automation & Productivity
Apple is now building the chip it needs to ditch Qualcomm like it ditched Intel
At best, it could build a better performing radio and offer better battery life, like it did with its new ARM chips vs. Intel.
Apps/DevOps
Salesforce claims its AI can spot signs of breast cancer with 92% accuracy
Salesforce today peeled back the curtains on ReceptorNet, a machine learning system researchers at the company developed in partnership with clinicians at the University of Southern California’s Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC.
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft warns Adrozek malware is hijacking advertising in search results 
Microsoft Corp.’s 365 Defender Research Team today issued a warning in relation to a malware campaign that seeks to inject ads silently into search results in multiple browsers
Privacy & Security
Bering Waters Solves Critical Issues for Blockchains of the Future With Solana and Arweave
“The issue that every network will face one day is how to indefinitely store the massive number of transactions that highly scalable blockchain solutions inevitably generate."
Blockchain
Israeli tech startup ControlUp acquires Avacee to help companies adapt to the new ‘work from anywhere’ revolution
ControlUp, a Silicon Valley-based SaaS tech startup that helps companies to detect, troubleshoot, and remediate IT related issues in their hybrid cloud deployments, today announced it has acquired Avacee, a cloud-first, scalable platform for managing systems and devices everywhere.
Cloud Computing
ThoughtSpot One Reimagines Search and AI-Driven Analytics for Cloud Data
ThoughtSpot One radically expands the platform’s search capabilities, built and delivered for ThoughtSpot Cloud, the only fully managed SaaS platform for search & AI-driven analytics.
Data Analytics
Microsoft Edge gets a performance boost with sleeping tabs
The feature will force inactive background tabs to automatically "go to sleep" to release system resources (memory and CPU)  after a pre-defined amount of time, resources that can be redirected to newly opened or already existing tabs or other applications.
Automation & Productivity
Red Hat and GitHub Collaborate to Expand the Developer Experience on Red Hat OpenShift with GitHub Actions
Industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform now integrates with GitHub, bringing DevOps automation tools from the world’s largest developer platform into the OpenShift ecosystem
Apps/DevOps
IBM announces new AI language, explainability, and automation services
A new feature called Reading Comprehension surfaces answers from databases of enterprise documents in response to natural language questions, assigning a confidence score to each response.
Automation & Productivity
Shopping is coming to Instagram Reels globally, turning the whole app into a catalog
With this rollout, Instagram now has shopping available in every format on the app — the Feed, Stories, IGTV, and Live.
Apps/DevOps
Israeli cloud security startup Wiz emerges from stealth with $100M in funding
Wiz’s technology builds an up-to-date representation of a company’s cloud setup across network, identity, compute, application, vulnerabilities and secrets, presenting all the information in one place at any scale to deliver quicker insights and informed decision-making
Privacy & Security
Cogito Announces the AI Coaching System for the Enterprise
Our AI Coaching System augments each employee to help them remain motivated and engaged, no matter where they are. It provides novel behavioral insights to organizations to deliver empathy on an enterprise scale — something that just wasn’t possible before.”
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft launches effort to fight corruption with AI and other emerging technologies
We know, for instance, that data can illuminate hidden patterns and relationships to provide governments with better tools to ensure public moneys go to their intended purposes
Data Analytics
SambaNova unveils purpose-built AI machine
The system’s Reconfigurable Dataflow Architecture works with an integrated open-source software stack called SambaFlow that “will configure the right flow to optimally run machine learning models,”
Artificial Intelligence
Mobilize.Net Releases Free Assessment Tool Beta for Database Migrations to Snowflake
The tool also provides a complete issues report (for both SQL and BTEQ files) that will detail every line of code that SnowConvert could not convert, and will report on why it couldn’t be converted.
Data Analytics
Google is opening Fuchsia OS development to the public
In fact, this is the first formal announcement of the Fuchsia operating system’s existence and how Google plans to use it.
Apps/DevOps
Adapdix lands $8M in Series A funding to help companies take the next steps in the Edge AI performance journey
Adapdix’s EdgeOps is a software-only solution that combines advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) analytics with a distributed, edge-based control platform.
Artificial Intelligence
Ransomware forces hosting provider Netgain to take down data centers
On December 4th, customers began receiving emails from Netgain stating that they may experience "system outages or slowdowns" due to a cyberattack on the hosting provider.
Privacy & Security
IDEMIA and OESC Combat Fraud with New Identity Verification Solution
IDEMIA, the global leader in augmented identity, and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) announced the state of Oklahoma has launched a new Identity Proofing & Verification solution (ID&V), to prevent fraud and process unemployment benefits faster and more securely.
Automation & Productivity
Freespira raises $10M for tech platform that aims to ease panic attacks and PTSD
Freespira sells a product that includes software to coach people in better breathing techniques and a device for measuring their CO2 levels
Apps/DevOps
Amazon launches HealthLake, a platform for storing and analyzing health care data
Amazon says that the HIPAA-eligible HealthLake, which is available in preview starting today, can automatically understand and extract medical information including rules, procedures, and diagnoses in real time.
Data Analytics
HPE GreenLake launches HPC cloud services, aims to accelerate mainstream adoption
The HPC systems will include software, storage, networking and come in small, medium and large options and can be ordered through a self-service portal for use on premise or in colocation facilities.
Cloud Computing
‘Amnesia:33’ TCP/IP Flaws Affect Millions of IoT Devices
The flaws impact millions of internet-of-things (IoT) devices and embedded systems, including smart thermometers, smart plugs and printers.
Privacy & Security
JCGS Releases Self-Developed Digital Data Management Tool DigDoc
With DigDoc, users can create databases and tag files with the same folder structure and files they have at hand.
Data Analytics
Couchbase Launches Free Self-Service Trial of Cloud DBaaS Offering
The trial allows users to immediately get up and running with Couchbase Cloud for free, hosted within their own virtual private cloud (VPC) on AWS.
Cloud Computing
Workplace video communication app Voodle raises $6M to combat ‘Zoom fatigue and Slack overload’
Voodle puts a new spin on workplace communication with its TikTok-like app meant to replace long video calls or text-based notes with bite-sized selfie-oriented video clips.
Apps/DevOps
Microsoft launches Azure Digital Twins in general availability
Azure Digital Twins enables users to model environments such as buildings, factories, farms, energy networks, railways, stadiums, and cities by connecting assets like internet of things devices and existing business systems.
Smart Cities
Suspected state-sponsored attackers hack FireEye and steal security testing tools
Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, we have developed more than 300 countermeasures for our customers and the community at large, to use in order to minimize the potential impact of the theft of these tools.”
Privacy & Security
Varada and Firebolt launch cloud analytics query platforms
Varada delivers data virtualization using an index-accelerated implementation of Presto, while Firebolt uses proprietary technology to build a high-performance data warehouse.
Data Analytics
Scammers spoof Target's gift card balance checking page
In one example, the fraudsters are imitating Target's service to such an extent that most users would not see any difference between the fake website and the legitimate one in terms of layout, text, and colors.
Privacy & Security
Salt Security Raises $30 Million in Series B Funding, Cementing Leadership Position in API Security
With its first-to-market API protection platform, Salt extends its significant market lead in technical capabilities, supported use cases, domain expertise, and funding
Privacy & Security
SANS Cloud Security Curriculum Takes Flight – Become A SANS Cloud Ace
SANS Institute is pleased to introduce its new Cloud Security Curriculum. The curriculum has been launched with 11 curated courses written and taught by world-renowned cloud security experts.
Training/Cert
Israeli cloud cybersecurity startup Orca Security raises $55M 
The technology can detect vulnerabilities, malware, misconfigurations, lateral movement risk, weak and leaked passwords, secret keys, unsecured personally identifiable information and more.
Privacy & Security
Arthur raises $2.5 million for its VR office space service
You can also set up a virtual office, as the company is offering small businesses and enterprises a place in VR where they can meet, hold events, and escape the boredom of the Zoomverse.
Virtual Realty
Elon Musk's SpaceX: Starlink lands $885m to bring satellite broadband to 35 US states
The FCC announced SpaceX's grants as part of the first round of the RDOF, valued at $9.2bn over 10 years. RDOF aims to provide high-speed broadband internet services to 5.2 million unserved homes and businesses.
Telecom
Logicmanager Delivers Next Generation Product
Taxonomy Insights streamlines your efforts by drawing connections across silos and identifying how a risk can manifest itself differently across multiple areas of the business.”
Artificial Intelligence
Ehave, Inc. and Identity Key Announce Partnership for Blockchain Based Identity Verification Software for the Medical Industry
Adopting blockchain technology to Ehave’s Dashboard has the potential to transform health care, placing the patient at the center of the health care ecosystem and increasing the security, privacy, and interoperability of health data
Privacy & Security
AWS backs $36.6M funding round for GitOps inventor Weaveworks 
Weaveworks’ efforts in this area led to its development of GitOps, a new method of managing containerized applications that is starting to draw significant interest from both other development tooling providers and enterprises. 
Cloud Computing
Spearphishing Attack Spoofs Microsoft.com to Target 200M Office 365 Users
A  spearphishing attack is spoofing Microsoft.com to target 200 million Microsoft Office 365 users in a number of key vertical markets, including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and utility providers.
Privacy & Security
GridPlus Sets a New Standard for Blockchain Security with the Release of the Enterprise-Grade Lattice1 Wireless Hardware Wallet
Combining a hardware security module and a Linux mini-computer, the Lattice1 is an all-purpose blockchain security hub that lets users accomplish complicated tasks with ease, free from the prying eyes of hackers.
Blockchain
Aruba Announces New Orchestration Software, Switch Models for the Distributed Data Center
New orchestration software for Aruba CX switches that bring a cloud-like-operations to the data center edge, simplifying and speeding service delivery.
Cloud Computing
Google Look to Speak lets you use your eyes to select and speak phrases
The Look to Speak app lets users choose preselected phrases on their phone screen with their eyes. It’s available to everyone and is compatible with Android 9.0 and above, including Android One.
Apps/DevOps
Microsoft announces Azure cloud for top secret government data
"Additionally, mission owners will benefit from greater choice in modernizing legacy systems, with a secure cloud platform that works on open standards and open frameworks with tools that work across a wide range of skill levels, from business analysts to developers to data scientists."
Cloud Computing
Comet ML Debuts Collaborative Workspaces for Data Science and MLOps Teams
Comet Enterprise automates experiment and model management, automatically tracking data sets, code changes, experimentation history, and models all at scale.
Apps/DevOps
Let’s Dive Lands US$1.7 Million to Make Remote Working More Human, Tackling Concerns of Worker Isolation
“Let’s Dive has already gained strong traction and attracted hundreds of teams to our platform – without any marketing. The product’s experience is so unique that teams feel connected within a few hours of usage."
Automation & Productivity
Cisco to acquire online events startup Slido to enhance Webex
For virtual events that use a question-and-answer format, Slido provides a tool that enable hosts to loop viewers into the discussion
Automation & Productivity
Foxconn electronics giant hit by ransomware, $34 million ransom
Foxconn electronics giant suffered a ransomware attack at a Mexican facility over the Thanksgiving weekend, where attackers stole unencrypted files before encrypting devices.
Privacy & Security
Exclaimer raises $133 million to help companies manage email signatures
Exclaimer’s core selling point is that it allows businesses to centrally design and disseminate email signatures to everyone in the company, with consistent footers automatically inserted on all company emails across devices.
Automation & Productivity
Prasaga Launches First Blockchain Operating System
“With XBOM, developers build applications with the object-oriented programming model, and XBOM provides an infrastructure serving them."
Blockchain
Nutanix Extends Storage Services to Its Hybrid Cloud Platform
These storage-focused enhancements build on the recent launch of Nutanix Clusters, which supports Nutanix’s hyperconverged infrastructure software running in AWS and, in the future, Microsoft Azure
Data Storage
Wonder raises $11 million to make large virtual events more sociable
But Wonder’s maplike interface allows guests to see at a glance who is speaking to whom and move their avatars around to join conversations in a virtual room.
Automation & Productivity
Vancouver’s public transport provider hit by ransomware attack 
Services on Translink are back to normal as of the time of writing. The authority said it’s undertaking a comprehensive forensic investigation and no fare payment data had been stolen.
Privacy & Security
Azure Purview plugs black holes in a data universe
Microsoft has released Azure Purview, a tool to uncover hidden data silos wherever they live – on-premises, across multiple public clouds or within SaaS applications.
Data Storage
Cisco to buy software firm IMImobile in $730 million deal
IMImobile provides software and services to businesses to connect with customers through interactive channels including social, messaging and voice.
Cloud Computing
Credit card stealer discovered in social media buttons
End users have very few options available at their disposal when it comes to web skimmer attacks, as this type of code is usually invisible to them and extremely hard to detect, even for professionals.
Privacy & Security
New Department of Ed Portal Gives Snapshot of CARES Act Ed Funding
This portal now provides transparency into what happened next. States that neglected their obligations to provide full-time education, while complaining about a lack of resources, have left significant sums of money sitting in the bank
EDTech
MetaMask phishing steals cryptocurrency wallets via Google ads
On Wednesday, MetaMask alerted its community of the scam and recommended the use of direct links to the legitimate metamask.io URL and to stay away from sponsored ads.
Privacy & Security
Olsztyn claims world-first by linking blockchain to emergency services 
SmartKey connected an Ethereum smart contract to a smart key device and app to enable teams to enter a closed district or secure building without a keyholder or permission.
Blockchain
Red Box and Deepgram Partner on Real-Time Audio Capture and Speech Recognition Tool
Announced a partnership today that will provide enterprises with open access to and control of high-quality unstructured and structured audio data, and the freedom to leverage that data in any application they choose
Data Analytics
Apple developers can now let you share free copies of your in-app purchases with your family 
If you buy a consumable item, like coins in a game, you’ll still be the only one who can use them, but if you unlock an ad-free or pro version of an app it could be eligible for the new Family Sharing program.
Apps/DevOps
AWS enlists partners to encourage mainframe-to-cloud migration
As part of the program, AWS said it had approved four companies—Micro Focus, Blu Age, Advanced – Modern Systems,and TRSI in its AWS Mainframe Migration Technology category. I
Cloud Computing
Australian gaming startup mod.io raises $4.1M to enable game developers add cross-platform “mod support” to their games
Using its clientless API, mod.io allows developers to quickly and easily harness players’ creativity to create a pipeline of fresh game content, and to set up and manage a marketplace for user-generated content (UGC).
Apps/DevOps
US and Australia to develop shared cyberattack training platform
"The long-term goal for PCTE is to provide the DOD cyberspace workforce the capability to build and conduct full-spectrum, combined and joint cyberspace training, exercises, certification, and mission rehearsal in a training environment," USCYBERCOM said.
Training/Cert
FBI: You may be a money mule and not even know it
Scammers are now increasingly trying to ensnare U.S. Job seekers as money mules via "work from home job opportunities" published even on reputable job search sites according to the FBI.
Privacy & Security
Intel’s latest quantum control chip manipulates qubits with radio pulses 
It serves the same function as the traditional control electronics used to orchestrate qubits today, but instead of interacting with the qubits via cables, it performs the task wirelessly using radio frequency pulses. 
Quantum Computing
Ransomware gangs are now cold-calling victims if they restore from backups without paying
In attempts to put pressure on victims, some ransomware gangs are now cold-calling victims on their phones if they suspect that a hacked company might try to restore from backups and avoid paying ransom demands.
Privacy & Security
SUSE’s Rancher acquisition brings containerization support
SUSE’s acquisition of Rancher Labs puts the Germany-based open-source software company in a much stronger position to offer flexible, edge-based services to its customers,
Network Management
Microsoft doubles down on cloud data with new products, makes new appeal to Amazon’s rivals
Microsoft said its previously announced Azure Synapse Analytics technology is now generally available, with capabilities including data warehousing, artificial intelligence, security and compliance.
Cloud Computing
Credit card stealing malware hides in social media sharing icons
The malware's creators use malicious payloads concealed as social media buttons that mimic high profile platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Privacy & Security
The Boss Cat Will Solve Receivables Challenges With Sidetrade’s AI Technology
“This intelligence ensures the best collection strategies for securing prompt payment along with the functionality for non-payment issues, risk management, dispute & deductions. "
Artificial Intelligence
Manetu Selects YugabyteDB to Power its Data Privacy Management Platform
Manetu’s platform connects consumers directly with the data that enterprises hold on them, replacing traditional data subject access requests with a self-service web portal
Privacy & Security
Pure overtakes NetApp in Gartner magic quadrant for primary arrays
Five vendors have dropped out of the 2020 MQ. They are Western Digital, which sold its IntelliFlash line to DDN, NEC, Infortrend, Synology and Kaminario (now rebranded as Silk.)
Data Storage
243M Brazilian health records exposed by password left in website source code 
The personal information of 243 million people in Brazil has been exposed online after a password to access the information was left by the developers in the source code of an official Brazilian government website.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft’s Nudge service leverages AI to speed up completion of pull requests
Nudge also goes one step further, analyzing the request state to determine the pull request author or reviewers holding up the request from completion and notifying them via comments in the pull request environment.
Apps/DevOps
Nutanix extends hyperconverged umbrella to cloud storage
For Nutanix, the mission is extending cloud operational simplicity to support legacy databases and applications that would otherwise be difficult if not impossible to migrate to a cloud -as-a-service offering where housekeeping like patches and updates can be automatically managed.
Data Storage
Kmart, Latest Victim of Egregor Ransomware – Report
The incident has encrypted devices and servers connected to the company’s networks, knocking out back-end services, according to BleepingComputer
Privacy & Seurity
ShipMonk scores $290 million to meet growing demand for its e-commerce platform
ShipMonk, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based tech startup that provides shipping and fulfillment for small and medium-sized business all around the world, today announced it has raised $290 million in a growth equity investment
Automation & Productivity
TrackX and Topl Announce Strategic Partnership Combining Blockchain with Asset Management to Empower End-to-End Supply Chain Transparency
TrackX, a SaaS-based enterprise asset management and supply chain solution provider, and Topl, a blockchain-based ESG technology company, are teaming up to provide a verifiable tracking and tracing solution
Blockchain
Sourcegraph raises $50 million to tackle ‘big code’ problems with universal search
San Francisco-based Sourcegraph brings together the various strands that make up modern developer operations (DevOps) teams, spanning repositories, programming languages, file formats, editors, and more.
Apps/DevOps
ILCOIN Launches Blockchain-Powered VR First on Steam
Age of ILCOIN is coming to the Oculus app store in the very near future and when the game launches, it will be the first blockchain-powered game published on Steam, adding another dimension to in-game purchases.
Blockchain
Virtana Launches First Unified Platform for Migrating, Optimizing, and Managing Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Environments
Using artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) technologies, including machine learning and advanced data analytics, the cloud agnostic Virtana Platform solves the most difficult challenges facing enterprises as they seek to leverage public clouds
Cloud Computing
PagerDuty’s Real-Time AIOps-Powered DOP Integrates with Amazon DevOps Guru
Through PagerDuty’s ingestion of Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) notifications on Amazon DevOps Guru, customers can seamlessly identify and action operational issues more quickly, before they become customer-impacting outages.
Data Analytics
Alkira extends its cloud network-as-a-service offering 
Alkira’s Cloud Network-as-a-Service is built on globally distributed multicloud points of presence that provide a full routing stack and network service capabilities.
Cloud Computing
The next game changer? Amazon takes on the SAN vendors
The immediate fruits of this architecture overhaul include EBS Block Express, the “first SAN built for the cloud”.
Data Storage
Think-Tanks Under Attack by Foreign APTs, CISA Warns
The feds have seen ongoing cyberattacks on think-tanks (bent on espionage, malware delivery and more), using phishing and VPN exploits as primary attack vectors.
Privacy & Security
Kubient’s KAI Identifies SynthNet Ad Fraud
“We continue to urge advertisers to be cautious of the partners they allow into their tech stacks and remain skeptical about suspicious activity or CPMs that appear to be too good to be true. "Privacy & Security
Confluent Launches New Fully Managed Confluent Cloud Connectors in Confluent Hub
“Our platform comes with over 120 production-ready Kafka connectors, so any organization can realize the power of a complete event-driven central nervous system without all the hassle.” Data Analytics
Google Maps now lets you create Street View photos with just a phone
More regions will support this feature soon, and Google will use this user-generated content when it doesn’t have its own Street View imagery available.
Apps/DevOps
Phishing targets US brokerage firms using FINRA lookalike domain
US securities industry regulator FINRA warned brokerage firms earlier this week of ongoing phishing attacks using a recently registered web domain spoofing a legitimate FINRA website.
Privacy & Security
Looking Glass Portrait could put a holographic 3D screen on every desk
For $349, the full-color, 60 frames per second holographic display enables 3D objects to be viewed from multiple angles within a 7.9-inch-diagonal box.
Automation & Productivity
Next Pathway launches an automated cloud migration tool
Next Pathway has announced the next-generation of its cloud-migration-planning technology, called Crawler360, which helps enterprises shift legacy data warehouses and data lakes to the cloud by telling them exactly how to cost, size, and start the journey.
Cloud Computing
In shot at Microsoft, Amazon announces open-source Babelfish database translation tool 
It’s meant to work with Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL, which is a fully managed, PostgreSQL-compatible and ACID-compliant relational database engine that runs in the Amazon cloud
Data Analytics
Nvidia introduces AI for generating video conference talking heads from 2D images
In addition to outperforming other approaches in tests using benchmark datasets, the AI achieves H.264 quality video using one-tenth of the bandwidth that was previously required.
Artificial Intelligence
Monte Carlo launches Data Observability Platform, aims to solve for bad data
With an approach that allows for quick implementations, Monte Carlo aims to show value quickly by solving for the dirty data issue. Data Analytics
Unbabel Launches COMET for Ultra-Accurate Machine Translation
It takes advantage of recent breakthroughs in large-scale cross-lingual neural language modeling, resulting in multilingual and adaptable MT evaluation models of unprecedented accuracy.
Artificial Intelligence
AWS expands cloud compute lineup with new EC2 instances and Outposts edge appliances 
For one, it introduced five EC2 instance types at its virtual re:Invent event, among them the high-speed M5zn series for computationally intensive applications and new G4ad instances featuring Advanced Micro Devices Inc. graphics cards.
Cloud Computing
Blockchains Acquires Cambridge Blockchain
The acquisition of Cambridge Blockchain further increases Blockchains’ capacity to deliver an ecosystem of products set to prepare individuals for web 3.0 and the emerging digital economy, with a blockchain-powered digital identity solution at the core.
Blockchain
Salesforce revamps architecture, aims to run its applications on any public cloud
To date, Salesforce customers pay for software-as-a-service with infrastructure built in. Behind the scenes, Salesforce has its own data centers as well as an extensive partnership with Amazon Web Services.
Cloud Computing
Ivanti completes acquisition of MobileIron and Pulse Secure
The acquisitions of both MobileIron and Pulse Secure are said to allow organizations to proactively and autonomously self-heal, self-secure and self-service devices in the “everywhere enterprise.”
Privacy & Security
AWS launches preview of QuickSight Q, its latest play for the BI market
Amazon Web Services is adding to its portfolio of business intelligence (BI) services with the preview launch of QuickSight Q, a natural language query tool that functions as a companion feature for its QuickSight cloud service
Cloud Computing
New Long-Range Bluetooth I/O Sensor from Laird Connectivity Enables Cloud Monitoring in the Harshest IoT Environments
These configurations enable users to read and report sensor data to the cloud, define alarm conditions, and configure the sensors through an associated mobile app (Android and iOS).
IoT/Mobility
Zoom Impersonation Attacks Aim to Steal Credentials
The Better Business Bureau warns of phishing messages with the Zoom logo that tell recipients they have a missed meeting or suspended account.
Privacy & Security
Cyware targets ‘large market gap’ with CTIX Lite threat intelligence tool 
Its newly announced CTIX Lite service promises to make threat intelligence accessible for midmarket companies with smaller security teams and put them on equal footing with their larger peers.
Privacy & Security
Final CMMC acquisition rule goes into effect
Now, the DOD has moved to a “trust but verify” model that will require all contractors to get a CMMC assessment and be certified on a five-level scale of cybersecurity maturity.
Privacy & Security
Salesforce’s $27.7B Slack deal combines two Amazon allies, creates big new rival for Microsoft
Analysts say the complementary strengths of Salesforce and Slack, in cloud-based customer relationship management and workplace messaging, respectively, promise to create a formidable new competitor for Microsoft in enterprise technology.
Cloud Computing
As AWS re:Invent opens, Amazon debuts first-ever macOS instances on its cloud 
Apple developers can provision and access a macOS environment on Amazon’s cloud in seconds and start developing software for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV or the Safari browser without needing to invest in any specific hardware or software.
Apps/DevOps
Supernormal brings AI-powered asynchronous video messaging to remote teams
But Supernormal is meshing video messaging with some nifty AI smarts to bring more engagement and utility to “async” interactions, where nuance and meaning isn’t lost amid a barrage of emojis.
Artificial Intelligence
Zoom signs multi-year preferred cloud provider deal with AWS 
Zoom Video Communications has signed a multi-year preferred provider deal with long-standing technology collaborator Amazon Web Services (AWS), several months after naming Oracle as a core cloud infrastructure partner.
Cloud Computing
Google Cloud launches data API offering for healthcare organizations 
The bundle, the search giant says, can help healthcare providers identify where they currently stand as far as their systems’ API capabilities are concerned, map out what steps they need to take to comply with regulations and, finally, “increase their readiness.”
Apps/DevOps
Fuze Receives Patent for Processing Heterogeneous Data Streams
The invention enables the Fuze platform to quickly and effectively analyze all voice, meeting, messaging, and email communication data and produce a single, complete view of user activity across organizations, departments, or individual users
Data Analytics
Tenable Announces Availability of Frictionless Assessment in AWS Marketplace
Customers will be able to evaluate cloud assets without interruption, quickly detecting new vulnerabilities as their environment changes without ever having to schedule a scan or deploy an agent.
Cloud Computing
Google Anthos now available on bare-metal servers 
Customers can choose their own operating system too, with support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1/8.2, CentOS 8.1/8.2 and Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 LTS.
Cloud Computing
Credit card skimmer fills fake PayPal forms with stolen order info
A newly discovered credit card skimmer uses an innovative technique to inject highly convincing PayPal iframes and hijack the checkout process on compromised online stores.
Privacy & Security
Facebook to pay UK publishers for content with January launch of News tab
Facebook says it also aims to help publishers expand their audience, potentially benefiting both their subscriber numbers and ad revenue.
Apps/DevOps
Informatica Announces New Governed Data Lake Management Solution for AWS Customers
The new capabilities include intelligent data cataloging, data policy management and enforcement, data protection and privacy controls, and cloud-native data integration to enable customers to scale their cloud-based analytics and digital transformation with trusted data
Data Analytics
Facebook acquires messaging marketing automation startup Kustomer
When the deal closes, Facebook says it will natively integrate Kustomer’s tools with its messaging platforms, including WhatsApp and Messenger, to allow businesses and partners to better manage their communications with users.
Automation & Productivity
AI Startup AuCoDe Receives $1 Million Grant to Tackle Online Disinformation 
NSF’s continued support for AuCoDe’s research recognizes that our patent-pending machine learning approach and strongly qualified team is uniquely positioned to improve the health and veracity of the entire online ecosystem.”
Artificial Intelligence
Report: Salesforce will announce it’s buying Slack on Tuesday 
This year, Salesforce and Slack introduced an app that lets joint users view customer records from Salesforce’s CRM in the chat window
Automation & Productivity
Startup EdgeQ offers 5G and AI for the edge
EdgeQ says its chip will allow enterprises in manufacturing, energy, automotive, telco and other verticals to harness private networking for disruptive applications, intelligent services, and new business models.
Network Management
IBM Cloud gets quantum-resistant cryptography 
Kyber is a third-round candidate currently being evaluated by the U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology as part of a multiyear initiative to standardize quantum-safe cryptography algorithms.
Cloud Computing
ARC Healthcare Launches Fourleaf Solution – Aiding Providers, Billing Agencies and Health Plans Nationally, in Provider Enrollment and Document Storage Solutions
ARC Healthcare launches Fourleaf a “one-click” contract management, and enrollment automation platform, eliminating the leading inefficiencies in Medical Payor provider enrollment
Automation & Productivity
Phishing lures employees with fake 'back to work' internal memos
Phishing emails delivered through this campaign spoof the victims' company mail service and are designed to look like automated internal company memos with attached voicemails
Privacy & Security
Bitcoin Latinum Launches with Aim of Mass Blockchain Adoption
In addition, Bitcoin Latinum adds security around inflight transactions and enhanced mining node protection based on memory scanning technology.
Blockchain
Open Raven Launches Cloud-Native Data Protection Platform to Automate Security and Privacy Operations
To prevent data breaches, it automates asset discovery and data classification, provides real-time mapping and policy-driven protection for Amazon Web Services and S3
Privacy & Security
Masergy Strengthens Its SD-WAN Secure Solution with Deeper SASE Capabilities
Masergy has integrated multiple market-leading security capabilities with its SD-WAN service to deliver a converged, high-performance network and security solution
Network Management
AWS open sources Graph Notebook to make working with graph databases easier 
Jupyter Notebook is a staple data science tool that’s extensively used in analytics projects because it allows users to run code against datasets and quickly see the results
Data Analytics
Kamua’s AI-powered editor helps marketers embrace vertical video
A new AI-powered video-editing platform is preparing for launch, designed to help businesses, marketers, and creators automatically transform landscape-shot videos into a vertical format suitable for TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and all the res
Automation & Productivity
IIoT chip maker Advantech hit by ransomware, $12.5 million ransom
Advantech is a global leading manufacturer of IT products and solutions, including embedded PCs, network devices, IoT, servers, and healthcare solutions, with a workforce of over 8,000 people in 92 major cities around the world.
Privacy & Security
Azure Databricks Achieves FedRAMP High Authorization on Microsoft Azure Government
This authorization validates Azure Databricks security and compliance for high-impact data analytics and AI across a wide range of public sector, industry, and enterprise use cases.
Data Analytics
A hacker is selling access to the email accounts of hundreds of C-level executives
Access to any of these accounts is sold for prices ranging from $100 to $1,500, depending on the company size and user's role.
Privacy & Security
Seattle-area IoT software startup Elevāt raises $9.5M for manufacturing machine monitoring tech
Its software helps customers assess the condition and performance of manufacturing equipment. The technology, which is hardware agnostic, also allows for remote machine updates.
IoT/Mobility
Exclusive: Suspected North Korean hackers targeted COVID vaccine maker AstraZeneca - sources
The hackers posed as recruiters on networking site LinkedIn and WhatsApp to approach AstraZeneca staff with fake job offers, the sources said. They then sent documents purporting to be job descriptions that were laced with malicious code designed to gain access to a victim’s computer.
Privacy & Security
Tuxera makes SMB compression available for Linux
The implementation is based on Microsoft’s documentation, and  the company said compatibility is seamless between Windows, Mac, and Linux environments.
Data Storage
xSigma Corporation Launches its Blockchain DeFi Protocol
xSigma’s DeFi protocol plans to serve as an independent financial tool that provides a new level of transparency and legitimacy to decentralized financial blockchain-based smart contracts
Blockchain
Tech Leaders Come Together to Build Out the Future of AI in Customer Support
“As an industry, we have only begun to touch the surface of what AI can do for customer care and I am excited to work with Forethought to pave the way forward for the future.”
Artificial Intelligence
Salesforce in talks to acquire Slack
Seeking to save money, some companies have also been switching to Teams, which comes with many of Microsoft’s office software packages.
Automation & Productivity
ICE’s $100M cloud deal could renew pressure on AWS, Microsoft over human rights abuses
CE announced its intent to issue a solicitation on Jan. 12, 2021, for cloud infrastructure hosting in AWS and Microsoft Azure environments.
Cloud Computing
Google Chrome now lets you execute commands via the address bar
For example, if you wanted to delete cookies in Chrome, you could type 'clear cookies' in the address bar, and a search result will appear containing a 'Clear browsing data' action that looks like the  button.
Automation & Productivity
Sophos customer data exposed following ‘access permission issue’ 
“Continuous attack surface monitoring is the must-have solution to timely detect, respond and mitigate the growing complexity of IT infrastructure, human omissions and related misconfigurations.”
Privacy & Security
Nervos Partners With Theta Network, the Leading Decentralized Video Delivery Platform
“Theta is leveraging blockchain technology to create something truly innovative, so it’s no surprise its video network is already popular with esports fans, gamers, and blockchain enthusiasts."
Blockchain
SKT Unveils its AI Chip and New Plans for AI Semiconductor Business
The application of an AI chip to a cloud located close to the end users will enable the provision of high-quality AI services with ultra-low latency regardless of customer device.
Artificial Intelligence
Critical MobileIron RCE Flaw Under Active Attack
MobileIron provides a platform that allows enterprises to manage the end-user mobile devices across their company
Privacy & Security
Aspire launches ‘broadcasting on the blockchain’ for storing messages forever 
Digital asset technology creator Aspire Technology today announced its own unique “broadcasting on the blockchain” feature that will allow its customers to generate and broadcast their own messages on its distributed ledger blockchain platform.
Blockchain
Amazon debuts a fully managed version of Apache Airflow for data processing workloads 
The new service, called Amazon Managed Workflows for Apache Airflow, is meant to aid users of the open-source Apache Airflow tool that’s used to author, schedule and monitor data workflows.
Cloud Computing
TermScout’s Beta Platform Launch Showcases how Contracts can be a Competitive Advantage
Today we launched our Beta Platform to a handful of select customers, and made our reviews of the top ten cloud companies, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, publicly available for you to take a look under the hood
Automation & Productivity
New WAPDropper malware stealthily subscribes you to premium services
Named WAPDropper, the malware is a multi-function dropper that can deliver second-stage malware and uses a machine learning solution to bypass image-based CAPTCHA challenges.
Privacy & Security
Narrative Partners with Killi to Deliver Customer-Approved Personal Data Sets
As part of its Fair-Trade Data solution, Killi provides consumers direct compensation via a market-first weekly paycheck for the use of the personal data they are willing to share with marketers.
Data Analytics
Splunk acquires Flowmill for its kernel-level network monitoring technology 
The platform’s eBPF component, in turn, makes it possible to deploy code directly into the operating system kernel to collect low-level activity data about the applications running on top
Network Management
Revation Systems Adds Digital Appointment Scheduling to LinkLive Banking Solution
LinkLive Appointment Scheduling dynamically routes calendar requests for real-time service via audio or video.
Automation & Productivity
Crooks impersonate US govt agencies offering financial aid
For one malicious message, email protection company Inky says that the cybercriminals lured victims with a fake government program that offers up to $5,800 in cash payments.
Privacy & Security
UC Berkeley researchers detect ‘silent speech’ with electrodes and AI
Researchers believe their method can enable a number of applications for people who are unable to produce audible speech and could support speech detection for AI assistants or other devices that respond to voice commands
Artificial Intelligence
Wasabi and Sidepath Partner to Improve IT Infrastructure, Simplify Cloud Storage
Sidepath clients will also have the ability to reduce costs and stay within budget through Wasabi’s Reserved Capacity Storage offering.
Data Storage
Worldsensing Hands over Smart City IoT Solution Builder OneMind Technologies to Affluence Corporation
Through its intelligent IoT solution builder OneMind, the company, creates applications for smart construction and smart city operations.
IoT/Mobility
Facebook under criminal investigation and a $6.1 million fine in South Korea for sharing users’ personal information without consent
he commission said that when someone uses another operator’s service through Facebook’s log-in, the personal information of the user’s Facebook friends was provided to other operators without their consent.
Privacy & Security
KIOXIA’s KumoScale Software Adds Support for PCIe 4.0
KumoScale 3.16 takes advantage of the faster connections offered by PCIe 4.0, enabling cloud deployments to serve more users per storage node – and leading to improved operational costs.
Data Storage
Post-Breach, Peatix Data Reportedly Found on Instagram, Telegram
Upon further investigation, the company found that user names, email addresses,salted and hashed passwords, nicknames, preferred languages, countries and time zones had been compromised.
Privacy & Security
Securechain Launches Finmail Mailbox to Send Digital Currency by Email
“Remote employment has become commonplace during this pandemic. Tools like Finmail Mailbox can help streamline office systems, facilitating hiring, payment, and eventually, helping to foster greater economic recovery.”
Blockchain
Australian semiconductor startup Morse Micro raises $13M in new funding to reinvent Wi-Fi for the Internet of Things (IoT) with its Wi-Fi HaLow chip
Morse Micro’s silicon is 5 times smaller & cheaper, 10 times longer in range, and 200 times lower in power than conventional Wi-Fi chips.
IoT/Mobility
Canadian Company Chata Launches Conversational AI for Interfacing With Databases on Microsoft Azure
AutoQL is an API-first solution that dynamically translates natural language into SQL, so business users can interface with their data directly, simply by asking questions.
Data Analytics
How Hasty uses automation and rapid feedback to train AI models and improve annotation
Hasty ships with 10 built-in automated AI assistants, each dedicated to cut down on human spadework
Apps/DevOps
Tesla Hacked and Stolen Again Using Key Fob
Researchers have demonstrated for the third time how hacking into the key fob of a Tesla can allow someone to access and steal the car in minutes.
Privacy & Security
Fujitsu and LARUS Leverage Graph Database and Explainable AI for Credit Card Fraud Detection
Compared with previous, rule-based approaches created manually by data analysts, the fraud detection rate improved from 72% to 89%, while the false detection rate was successfully reduced by 63%
Data Analytics
Fake Minecraft mods swamp over 1M Android devices with ads
The apps are just empty shells designed to lure kids and teenagers that want to modify their gameplay. They do not deliver any malware but once installed, they make normal use of the phone almost impossible.
Privacy & Security
Glue raises $8 million to automate customer loyalty programs
Glue offers a platform that attempts to gauge loyalty and facilitate the development of daily, weekly, and monthly engagement plans Automation & Productivity
Spotify launches ‘rolling reset’ on customer accounts, passwords linked to data leak
The 72GB database contained over 380 million records, "including login credentials and other user data being validated against the Spotify service," the team said.
Privacy & Security
Intel optimises Ice Lake Servers for the ‘convergence of HPC and AI’
The greater memory capacity of Xeon SP Ice Lake servers translates into fewer IOs slowing down the processor, hence significantly faster app processing speed and storage IO overall.
Data Storage
LA pilots Google tree canopy tech 
Tree Canopy Lab is integrated into Google's existing Environmental Insights Explorer, which helps cities measure and track environmental data such as air quality and emissions from the building and transportation sectors
Smart Cities
Accenture to Acquire End-to-End Analytics
This acquisition builds on Accenture’s growing analytics, data, and AI business around the world, with recent acquisitions of Analytics8 in Australia, Pragsis Bidoop in Spain, Clarity Insights in North America, Mudano in the UK, Byte Prophecy in India, and Sentelis in France.
Data Analytics
Seattle startup vets launch platform that lets employers provide emergency savings accounts
The company’s main competitor is a “side-car” account that employers can offer within a 401(k). Miller said Secure differentiates itself by using research and behavioral science to promote participation
Apps/DevOps
Comcast to impose home internet data cap of 1.2TB in more than a dozen US states next year
After customers hit the threshold, they’ll be charged $10 per 50GB up to $100 Automation & Productivity
Rancher Labs Launches OEM Program as Kubernetes Management Use Cases Proliferate
Rancher’s “open-interoperable” approach to Kubernetes management – lightweight, runs on any OS or certified Kubernetes distribution, manages millions of clusters – is ideally suited to support next-generation edge use cases.
Cloud Computing
Socialeads $1.75M in new funding to analyze social media content and generate real-time prospects for companies using actionable data from their networks
Enter Socialeads, a Milwaukee based artificial-intelligence data science Insurtech startup that combines social science, data science, and advanced technologies to see and know the clients’ personal and professional networks and deliver actionable insights right to their phone.
Data Analytics
GoDaddy staff fall prey to social engineering scam in cryptocurrency exchange attack wave
Staff at the domain name registrar were subject to a social engineering scam that duped them into changing email and registration records, used to conduct attacks on other organizations.
Privacy & Security
ScaleOut Software Announces the Availability of ScaleOut GeoServer Pro
“With the release of ScaleOut GeoServer Pro, we are excited to offer our customers breakthrough capabilities for multi-site storage of their fast-changing data."
Data Storage
Datadobi Announces Support for File Data Migration and Protection to Microsoft Azure
Adding this new capability means enterprise customers have another option to migrate and protect their NAS file data to the cloud, optimizing storage investment while preserving end-to-end data integrity.
Data Analytics
Manchester United forced to take systems offline following cyberattack 
The fact that the attack came before a game is also claimed by the expert to suggest that “the intention was to cause chaos for the club.”
Privacy & Security
IBM takes the next step with Cloud Pak for Data
IBM is in the midst of rolling out Cloud Pak for Data as a managed service on the IBM Cloud
Data Analytics
New Marketplace Opens for Community College Courses
A company with a focus on "working learners" has launched a new marketplace for community colleges to sell their courses online
EDTech
Hacker posts exploits for over 49,000 vulnerable Fortinet VPNs
Present on the list of vulnerable targets are domains belonging to high street banks and government organizations from around the world.
Privacy & Security
DIU awards Army contract to advance RPA using machine learning
The Defense Innovation Unit selected Boston-based AI company DataRobot to help the Army use machine learning to boost the power of its robotic process automation (RPA)in financial accounting.
Automation & Productivity
Google Services Weaponized to Bypass Security in Phishing, BEC Campaigns
Attackers exploiting an array of Google Services, including Forms, Firebase, Docs and more to boost phishing and BEC campaigns.
Privacy & Security
ICON Blockchain Network Launches ICONFi
“We believe ICONFi can be the gateway to other DeFi products like decentralized wallets, as well as an entry point for the ICON ecosystem and blockchain technology as a whole.”
Blockchain
Yellowbrick Data makes its hybrid cloud data warehouse more accessible
A new cluster self-healing feature allows the data warehouse to automatically recover from certain technical issues, which reduces the risk of outages while simplifying maintenance work for administrators.
Data Analyics
Now that’s multicloud: CIA awards multibillion-dollar contract to AWS, Microsoft, Google, Oracle and IBM 
The contract calls for the companies to compete for specific “task orders” issued by the CIA for itself and also 16 other agencies making up the intelligence community
Cloud Computing
IBM claims its AI can improve neonatal outcomes and predict the onset of Type 1 diabetes
The accuracy of cluster transfer was reportedly high, with a mean of the aforementioned 84%, suggesting that the AAb profile can be used to predict Type 1 diabetes progression independently of the population.
Automation & Productivity
Botnets have been silently mass-scanning the internet for unsecured ENV files
Frameworks like Docker, Node.js, Symfony, and Django use ENV files to store environment variables, such as API tokens, passwords, and database logins.
Privacy & Security
Business email compromise startup Abnormal Security raises $50M 
Founded in 2018 and launched in 2019, Abnormal Security offers a data science and behavioral analysis platform designed to protect organizations from sophisticated, targeted email attacks.
Privacy & Security
FileCloud Brings Unmatched Digital Rights Management to Enterprise File Sharing
FileCloud offers new levels of privacy and productivity, bringing advanced digital rights management into the platform and eliminating the need for a separate DRM solution.
Privacy & Security
AlefEdge Partners With EdgePresence to Empower Edge Internet in Micro Data Centers Across the US
EdgePresence has developed a highly efficient Edge data center solution and is actively deploying these data center capabilities nationally, which aligns perfectly with our vision and strategy for expanding the Edge Internet and advancing adoption.”
Edge Computing
Pavilion Data: Our unified storage array is the fastest in the universe
The new capability, modestly called HyperParallel File System, means that Pavilion now provides probably the fastest unified file, block and object storage array in the industry.
Data Storage
G20 invites 2 US cities to adopt global policy roadmap 
The alliance intends to analyze and identify model policies regarding equity, inclusivity and social impact; openness and interoperability; security and resiliency; privacy and transparency; and operational and financial sustainability
Smart Cities
E-commerce intelligence platform Stackline raises $50M from Goldman Sachs as online retail booms
“We have a really unique combination of tools and services that are all seamlessly integrated into one system — no one else in the industry has been able to match that,” Lagoni said.
Automation & Productivity
Red Box Delivers Cloud Configurable Voice Recording to Fuel AI on Microsoft Azure
The on-premise self-install capability provided by Conversa, and powered by Azure Cloud, will simplify the delivery of ‘AI-Ready’, real-time voice capture for those organizations that struggle to gain access to audio data.
Cloud Computing
LogicMonitor Makes Log Analytics Smarter with New Offering
With LM Logs, 100% of an organization’s log data is automatically analyzed using machine learning and AIOps algorithms to help IT Operations teams uncover the root causes of alerts and predictively uncover issues before they disrupt the business.
Data Analytics
Mount Locker ransomware now targets your TurboTax tax returns
In a new version of the ransomware analyzed by Advanced Intel's Vitali Kremez, Mount Locker is getting ready for the tax season as well by specifically targeting files used by the TurboTax tax software.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft Teams takes on Zoom with free all-day video calling on the web
You won’t need a Microsoft Account or the Microsoft Teams app to join calls, as you can join free via a web browser.
Apps/DevOps
Fetch.AI launches blockchain-based AI smart-city infrastructure in Munich
The smart city zoning trial in Munich, called M-Zone will launch in the Connex Buildings and will use multi-agent blockchain-based AI services to optimise parking resources in commercial real estate properties in the city center to reduce the city's carbon footprint.  
Smart Cities
Loadsmart raises $90 million for AI that matches shippers with truck transportation
Loadsmart offers GPS-guided real-time cargo tracking through its web dashboard and mobile app, both of which issue notifications throughout every step of the delivery and fulfillment process.
Automation & Productivity
This messaging app uploads every file you send to the internet, which is bad
Messaging app Go SMS Pro, which has over 100 million installs from the Google Play store, has a massive security flaw that potentially allows people to access the sensitive content you’ve sent using the app
Privacy & Security
Resonai offers enterprises an AR-AI concierge for commercial buildings
Concierge is a quick mobile app download that uses an augmented reality interface to provide live granular navigation guidance, contextually specific information, and individual assistance while walking through a commercial space
Apps/DevOps
Duality Technologies Launches Tool for Privacy-Enhanced Statistical Analysis on Encrypted Data
Duality Technologies, a leading provider of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PETs), announced today the launch of Duality SecurePlus Statistics, the first privacy-enhanced statistical analysis solution based on Homomorphic Encryption (HE).
Privacy & Security
Quantum software startup Zapata Computing reels in $38M round 
The startup provides a software platform called Orquestra that reduces the amount of coding required to write programs for quantum hardware.
Apps/DevOps
Robot Vacuums Suck Up Sensitive Audio in ‘LidarPhone’ Hack
First, they reverse-engineered the ARM Cortex-M based firmware of the robot. They then leveraged an issue in the Dustcloud software stack, which is a proxy or endpoint server for devices, in order to gain root access to the system
Privacy & Security
This smart camera startup helps companies meet COVID-19 cleaning standards by detecting dirtiness
A new Seattle startup called Quivr aims to ride this trend with an AI-powered smart camera tool that can detect proper application of sprayed disinfectant and generate deep-cleaning reports
Automation & Productivity
Rubrik speeds up backup and restore, extends cloud coverage
With Andes 5.3 … companies can add automation to their data operations, protection across hybrid environments including all three major public cloud providers, and mitigate increasing data risks.”
Data Storage
VMware Announces Availability of Enterprise Blockchain Platform
With VMware Blockchain, businesses are provided an extensible and scalable enterprise-grade platform to unlock data silos and free up data to flow securely, privately, and instantaneously.
Blockchain
Apstra arms SONiC support for enterprise network battles
Once running it keeps a real-time repository of configuration, telemetry and validation information to constantly ensure the network is doing what the customer wants it to do.
Network Management
OpsRamp adds automation features to save time for IT teams
Besides its core infrastructure monitoring features, OpsRamp’s platform includes an AI assistant called OpsQ and a tool that enables administrators to create automation workflows to ease repetitive tasks.
Automation & Productivity
Widespread Scans Underway for RCE Bugs in WordPress Websites
According to the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team, more than 7.5 million probes targeting these vulnerabilities have been observed, against more than 1.5 million WordPress sites, just since Tuesday.
Privacy & Security
IBM acquires application observability startup Instana 
The startup’s platform lends itself to monitoring applications running both in the cloud and on-premises, as well as the automated continuous integration and continuous delivery toolchains that development teams use to release new code
Apps/DevOps
Informatica Launches Comprehensive Data Governance Support for Snowflake Data Cloud
Newly announced end-to-end data governance capabilities combine enterprise-scale cloud data management with data cataloging of Snowflake data assets, the organization’s whole data fabric, data quality management and data governance capabilities
Data Analytics
Intermedia Announces Launch of “Easy-IVR”
Intermedia’s “Easy-IVR” solves for this with an intuitive, step-by-step wizard that allows those with little or no technical expertise to create a brand new IVR system from scratch – or modify and optimize an existing one – not in days, but in as little as five minutes.
Automation & Productivity
Google Pay’s massive relaunch makes it an all-encompassing money app
You will even be given the option to allow Google Pay to crawl your Gmail inbox and your Google Photos account to look for receipts. Google will use OCR technology to auto-scan them and integrate them into your finance tracking.
Automation & Productivity
BeyondMinds raises $15 million to drive enterprise AI adoption
BeyondMinds operates like a consultancy, beginning with an AI potential assessment of business needs, data, and constraints
Artificial Intelligence
Google updates Assistant and Fi with family-oriented features
The first new addition is Family Notes, which lets you dictate sticky note-styled messages for to-dos and reminders.
Apps/DevOps
Verbit raises $60 million to improve enterprise-focused transcription software
What sets Verbit apart is its reliance on “cutting-edge” advances in machine learning and natural language understanding, according to Livne. Three algorithms — acoustic, linguistic, and contextual — power Verbit’s captioning.
Automation & Productivity
DDN adds extra shine to Lustre-using EXAScaler array
Separately, DDN has demonstrated data delivered at 173.9GB/sec (162 GiB/sec) from its A3I storage to Nvidia’s DGX A100 GPU server with its eight A100 GPUs.
Data Storage
REvil ransomware hits Managed.com hosting provider, 500K ransom
At the time of this writing, websites for Managed.com hosting clients continue to be unavailable, leading to some clients switching their web hosting to another provider.
Privacy & Security
Deepfence nabs $9.5 million to build AI shields for cloud workloads
Deployed as a set of microservices (i.e., loosely coupled services and protocols), the AI-powered Deepfence platform measures and maps runtime attack surfaces to provide a defense against known and unknown threats.
Privacy & Security
Amazon Web Services APIs can allegedly be exploited to steal user data 
The researchers have detailed 22 APIs across 16 different AWS services that can be used to leak the AWS Identity and Access Management users and roles in arbitrary accounts.
Privacy & Security
Fujitsu Labs Develops High-Comp Tech to Boost AI-based Automatic Video Surveillance
Automatic Video Surveillance technology is one of the most powerful solutions in the field of surveillance and tech-assisted security.
Automation & Productivity
Tanium Teams Up With IBM Cloud, Adds Risk Scoring
The IBM partnership will see the two vendors create a security and compliance monitoring service for hybrid cloud workloads
Cloud Computing
Snowflake rolls out Snowpark for developing data workflows 
Snowpark, the newly introduced developer tool, allows software engineers to deploy custom code on Snowflake’s data warehouse to perform various information management tasks. There’s initial support for the popular Java, Scala and Python programming languages. 
Data Analytics
Fabasoft Presents AI-based Contract Management
The solution uses neural models to extract entities from the contractual documents – such as the contract parties, their contact information and roles, the type of contract, and the notice period.
Automation & Productivity
ThreatList: Pharma Mobile Phishing Attacks Turn to Malware
Cybercriminals previously targeted pharmaceutical company employee credentials. However, new research shows that 77 percent of pharmaceutical mobile phishing attempts in the third-quarter of 2020 sought to deliver malware on victims’ systems.
Privacy & Security
Google’s latest AI tool turns your MS Paint doodles into freakish monsters
This sort of dynamic is becoming a relatively common one in machine learning. Nvidia has done it with landscapes before; MIT and IBM did it with buildings; and now Google is ... doing it with monsters.
Automation & Productivity
Wasabi and DataCore Provide Solution for Automated Transfer and File Archiving to the Cloud
Users of NAS and file systems can use DataCore vFilO file and object storage virtualisation software to pool and easily migrate cold, inactive data to the cloud, unlocking greater storage capacity for hot data on network-attached storage (NAS) and filers on-premises.
Data Storage
Chrome 87 brings tab throttling, Occlusion Tracking on Windows, back/forward cache on Android
Google found that JavaScript Timers represent more than 40% of the work in background tabs. Chrome now prevents background tabs from waking up your CPU too often and rendering tabs that you can’t see.
Automation & Productivity
Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15 percent for most developers starting January 1st
Will allow any developer who earns less than $1 million in annual sales per year from all of their apps to qualify for a reduced App Store cut of 15 percent, half of Apple’s standard 30 percent fee, on all paid app revenue and in-app purchases.
Apps/DevOps
Office 365 phishing campaign detects sandboxes to evade detection
"The campaign uses timely lures relevant to remote work, like password updates, conferencing info, helpdesk tickets, etc."
Privacy & Security
API3 Raises $3 Million to Solve the Blockchain API Connectivity Problem
When live, API3 will enable off-chain API data and service providers to connect their APIs to the blockchain without the use of any middlemen.
Blockchain
Corsight AI Launches Real-Time Facial Recognition Technology
Corsight’s facial recognition technology is the only one on the market that allows for a more comprehensive and accurate detection of identifying features; thereby driving down false positives and enhancing accuracy for user
Privacy & Security
Veeam and Pure snapped up the top two Kubernetes DP suppliers
Three traditional vendors are adapting existing products to support Kubernetes protection – Commvault and IBM. Cloud-native storage suppliers include Arrikto, MayaData, Portworx and Robin.
Data Storage
PingCAP raises $270 million Series D funding for its open-source distributed SQL database TiDB
The idea is for TiDB is to serve as a one-stop solution for both OLTP (Online Transactional Processing) and OLAP (Online Analytical Processing).
Data Analytics
Cato Networks raises $130 million as demand for remote workforce security soars
Founded in 2015, Cato has developed a cloud platform, dubbed secure access service edge or SASE, that centralizes the management of security across a company’s various networks and remote access points.
Privacy & Security
Zilliz Raises $43 Million to Build AI-powered Unstructured Data Processing and Analysis Platforms
Beginning late 2021, Zilliz will provide public, cloud-based unstructured data services that emphasize security, reliability, ease of use, and affordability.”
Data Analytics
Sysdig and IBM Embed Sysdig Secure for Container Security
Now, when operating in IBM Cloud, DevOps, cloud, and security teams can secure the build pipeline, detect and respond to runtime threats, and validate compliance using Sysdig Secure.
Privacy & Security
EdgeQ emerges from stealth to bring AI to the edge with 5G
This model promises to decouple the infrastructure from expensive, closed, and inflexible systems to intelligent software layers running on off-the-shelf hardware.
Telecom
Firefox 83 released with 'HTTPS-Only Mode' that only loads HTTPS sites
By default, the new feature is disabled, but users can enable it by going to the Firefox Options page, to the Privacy & Security section, and then searching for the HTTPS-Only Mode settings. Privacy & Security
Adobe releases Arm beta version of Photoshop for Windows and macOS
The beta releases will allow owners of a Surface Pro X or Apple’s new M1-powered MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini to run Photoshop natively on their devices.
Automation & Productivity
Flashpoint acquires CRFT to expand its security-related lineup
The platform offers a variety of advanced automation uses in key areas of cybersecurity management including threat remediation, incident response, provisioning and governance.
Privacy & Security
Ataccama’s ONE Platform Consolidates Data Management and Governance into a Single Platform
Scheduled for general availability in February, the unified solution enables unparalleled automation through an AI-powered self-driving capability.
Data Analytics
Cybercriminals Use Cloud Technology to Accelerate Business Attacks
This results in more stolen accounts being monetized, and the time from initial data theft to stolen information being used against an enterprise has decreased from weeks to days or hours.
Privacy & Security
Trilio covers more K8s variants and controls with enhanced console
With TrilioVault for Kubernetes 2.0, the company aims to provide an all-in-one SaaS, covering all the distributions and public clouds with a central facility that discovers K8s-built apps and applies protection policies
Cloud Computing
Manetu's Advanced Consumer Privacy Management Platform Surges Past 4.5 million Managed Identities 
Manetu's cutting-edge platform enables companies to empower data subjects to directly self-manage their personal data, including providing or revoking consent to the use of that data.
Privacy & Security
TOMIA and Clear Join Forces to Deliver a New Blockchain-Based Automated Approach for the Global Roaming Ecosystem
This partnership will formulate an end to end solution for both existing as well as new services from set up to settlement, for the enablement of new 5G, IoT and edge services.
Blockchain
Microsoft brings its on-die Pluton security processor to Intel, AMD CPUs
As an integrated processor, it will be able to perform secure cryptographic functions without the risk of data leaking as it is communicating with the CPU.
Privacy & Security
IBM to Acquire SAP Consulting Partner TruQua
Acquisition will bolster IBM Services’ expertise in financial workflows with SAP and further strengthen the company’s hybrid cloud growth agenda
Cloud Computing
Microsoft expands Teams with meetings apps and low-code tools
"They’re really looking for a new home for work. They want to bring together the apps, the business processes, all into the place where work is happening."
Automation & Productivity
Apple Podcasts now competes with Spotify for web embeds
This means that you might see more of Apple Podcasts online, and Apple is setting itself up to compete with other podcast players for coveted embed recognition.
Apps/DevOps
VMware targets firewalls in first rollouts of its Modern Network framework 
The virtualization giant is particularly focused on eliminating the need for the hardware firewall, a mainstay of information technology security that executives said is wholly inadequate for the needs of today’s services-based applications.
Network Management
GitHub reinstates YouTube-dl, promises to overhaul DMCA reviews
YouTube-dl is a command-line program that helps users download multimedia content from YouTube and several other sites.
Privacy & Security
Stravito Rolls Out Smart Information Discovery Powered by AI
Stravito, the AI-powered storage and sharing system for market research, has rolled out a smart information discovery feature to predict and present individuals with market research that they are likely to be interested in
Artificial Intelligence
Graph analytics startup Trovares, led by ex-Cray CEO, raises $1.35M
Graph analytics consists of analyzing data in a graph format, with nodes and connections between them.
Data Analytics
Data belonging to 27.7M Texas drivers stolen in latest case of unsecured storage 
According to the company last week, the data was exposed when someone placed three company files on “an unsecured external storage service that appears to have been accessed without authorization.”
Privacy & Security
OMB gives guidance for agencies to accept records requests digitally
Within a year, agencies must provide a digital service option for people to request records.
Automation & Productivity
Gmail users get new controls for data used to personalize Google’s ‘smart’ features
The launch comes as Google and other internet giants face increasing scrutiny over their data privacy practices, ushering in new regulations designed to protect consumers’ online privacy.
Privacy & Security
Omada Introduces the Omada Identity Cloud Accelerator
Omada A/S, a global leader of Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) software and services, has released its Omada Identity Cloud Accelerator to help companies implement modern IGA in just 12 weeks
Cloud Computng
New TroubleGrabber Discord malware steals passwords, system info
TroubleGrabber, a new credential stealer discovered by Netskope security researchers, spreads via Discord attachments and uses Discord webhooks to deliver stolen information to its operators.
Privacy & Security
Riverbed upgrades cloud and AI capabilities with product refresh
AppResponse enables IT teams to find performance issues such as pages on the corporate website that are loading slowly, or internal business applications experiencing high latency.
Cloud Computing
Penguin Computing to bundle systems, services to juice AI, analytics, data, cloud workloads
Penguin Computing is rolling out four high-performance computing stacks for workloads such as artificial intelligence, analytics and data science and cloud
Automation & Productivity
Amazon Textract adds handwriting recognition and support for new languages
Amazon today announced small enhancements to Textract, its service that extracts printed text and other data from documents, as well as tables and forms, using machine learning.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft says hackers from Russia and North Korea attacked COVID-19 vaccine makers
The hackers used various methods to carry out the attacks, according to the blog post, including brute force login attempts to steal login credentials, as well as spear-phishing attacks where the hackers posed as recruiters seeking job candidates, and as representatives of the World Health Organization.
Privacy & Security
GE launches blockchain-based ‘Wellness Trace’ app to protect airport visitors from COVID-19 
GE’s Aviation division launched a distributed ledger blockchain app called Wellness Trace App, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, which the airport has been using to track COVID-19 cleaning protocols.
Blockchain
Scams Ramp Up Ahead of Black Friday Cybercriminal Craze
These types of attacks are increasingly getting more convincing and harder for recipients to spot. Attackers are using sophisticated tactics – including visual CAPTCHAS to target Office 365 users and token-based authorization methods.
Privacy & Security
Bridgit Bench Announces Integration With Autodesk Construction Cloud
BIM 360 and BuildingConnected are part of Autodesk Construction Cloud, a portfolio of software and services that combines advanced technology, a builders network, and predictive insights.
Cloud Computing
New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?
The complaint contends that Google is using Android users' limited cellular data allowances without permission to transmit information about those individuals that's unrelated to their use of Google services.
Privacy & Security
Canonical brings Juju charms to Kubernetes Operators
In short, an operator implements the lifecycle management of an application. The operator replaces custom hand-crafted institutional ops code with shared, standardized ops code packages
Apps/DevOps
IRS announces move to protect businesses from identity theft
This announcement provides all stakeholders with 30 days to make any adjustments to their tax filing and analysis processes.
Privacy & Security
Italian startup Vikey raises €800K in funding to enable guests to remotely self check-in into hotels and apartments directly from their smartphones
Thanks to Vikey’s contactless technology, hosts can accept all reservations (even last minute), increasing the occupancy rate, while saving time and costs, if compared to traditional check-in procedure.
Apps/DevOps
Data Vortex Announces Memory Semantic Load/Store Switch for AI, HPC, Graph Analytics
This parameterizable switch can be placed at multiple levels within choice AI, HPC, cloud and big graph data analytics hardware.
Data Analytics
Concentric Resolves Unaddressed Data Security Threats with Industry’s First AI-Based Data Access Governance Solution
Concentric’s Semantic Intelligence solution now offers patent-pending Risk Distance analysis for autonomous assessment of file and activity-based risk.
Privacy & Security
Solo.io simplifies container networking with new platform 
Startup Solo.io Inc. today introduced Gloo Mesh Enterprise, a service mesh management platform that promises to simplify networking tasks in enterprise software container environments.
Network Management
Menlo Security raises $100 million to beat back malware with algorithms
Enterprise-scale antimalware tools aren’t exactly novel, but Menlo employs an air-gapped approach that cuts off networks from the web without impeding internet usage.
Privacy & Security
Catalogic enters the Kubernetes backup fray with CloudCasa
It is platform agnostic and, as well as OpenShift, provides backup  for VMware Tanzu and Amazon, Google, Microsoft and IBM Kubernetes services.
Data Storage
Synopsys Announces Industry’s First CXL 2.0 VIP Solution for Breakthrough SoC Performance
Synopsys, Inc. announced the availability of the industry’s first Verification IP (VIP) for Compute Express Link (CXL) 2.0 designed for breakthrough performance in data-intensive system-on-chips (SoCs)
Automation & Productivity
Google: Let the great cloud database migration begin
This isn’t a general database migration service as DMS is a SQL-to-SQL move and uses the source database’s own replication facilities.
Data Analytics
Infobip to Acquire OpenMarket, Creating a Cloud Communications Player With Unparalleled Global Reach
Infobip, a global cloud communications company, announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Amdocs Inc. to acquire OpenMarket, a leading provider of mobile messaging solutions to enterprises
Cloud Computing
FUJIFILM Partners with Cloudian to Provide Instantly Searchable Deep Archive Storage
The integrated solution leverages the new FUJIFILM Object Archive software, which enables data to be stored on tape in object format, thereby combining two highly scalable and cost-effective storage technologies.
Data Storage
L’Oreal debuts ‘virtual makeup’ for work from home video meetings
The cosmetics giant has revealed "Signature Faces," a solution that may remind you of the real-time camera filtering used by influencers worldwide for their selfies and video content.  
Automation & Productivity
RevCatch Launches Comprehensive Ad Blocker Detection and Resolution Platform
RevAnalytics is a free ad block detection analytics tool that allows online media and publishing companies to identify revenue opportunities that are being lost due to ad blockers.
Data Analytics
Blockchains Announces Education Initiative
“The goal of the Blockchains Education Initiative is to develop an innovative and adaptable future workforce for blockchain technology in Nevada."
Blockchain
New tool lets attackers easily create reply-chain phishing emails
By slipping content in the normal email flow, the utility can help bypass protections that verify messages traveling to their destination mail server.
Privacy & Security
NIST methodically releasing guidance on trustworthy AI
NIST continues to identify technical requirements for trustworthy AI worth measuring. So far those fall into the categories of accuracy, security, robustness, explainability, objectivity and reliability.
Artificial Intelligence
The North Face resets passwords after credential stuffing attack
"The perpetrator was not able to view any credit or debit card numbers, expiration data, nor CVVs, because that information is not kept on copy on thenorthface.com," a company spokesperson told BleepingComputer.
Privacy & Security
PayPal now offering cryptocurrency services to all eligible US account holders 
PayPal offering support for cryptocurrency is a huge boost for the overall sector given that PayPal has 286 million active users as of October, with around 60% of Americans making use of its services
Fintech
Mastercard expands City Possible network to 220 cities 
The company added that its City Key tool, which combines identification, access to city services and payment functionalities, is now live in more than 25 communities, while its Transit Partner Program is in more than 330 cities worldwide to help digitize public transportation operations.
Smart Cities
VAIOT Introduces Its First Generation of Intelligent Virtual Assistants for Insurance Sector
IBM Services worked with VAIOT to develop the IVAs, integrating IBM Watson Assistant to conduct the conversation with the customer and collect the required information to create the contract.
Automation & Productivity
Dell, Switch and FedEx to build 100 edge infrastructure hubs across the US 
Edge infrastructure is becoming important because it makes it possible for data produced by mobile and “internet of things” devices to be processed closer to its source, instead of being sent across long routes to centralized data centers or clouds
Cloud Computing
Madrona leads $2.6M round for OthersideAI, a startup using GPT-3 tech to write automated emails
The average U.S. worker spends more than five hours per day checking email. Now a new startup wants to help people save valuable time with a tool that uses cutting-edge machine learning and artificial intelligence tech to automatically compose messages.
Automation & Productivity
Fishtown Analytics Raises $29.5M Series B for Open Source Data Engineering Tool dbt
“The Fishtown Analytics team is capitalizing on a market opening created by the cloud data warehouses and dared to imagine a new way to transform data with the elegance of code, which they call analytics engineering."
Data Analytics
Secure Code Warrior Takes Secure Coding Prowess to New Heights With Missions
Global secure coding company, Secure Code Warrior, has launched Missions—hands-on, interactive coding simulations of real-world applications that encourage developers to experience the real-time impact of poor code practices in a safe environment
Apps/DevOps
Amazon makes data handling easier with AWS Glue DataBrew tool 
Amazon Web Services Inc. today announced an extension to its AWS Glue data cleansing service, adding a visual user interface that helps automate some of the steps involved in cleaning and normalizing data without writing any code.
Data Analytics
Sikoba and Horizen Partner to Bring Transparency to Decentralized Credit Market
Horizen, a technology platform enabling businesses and developers to create their own public or private blockchains, has announced a partnership with Sikoba, a decentralized blockchain-based system for peer-to-peer IOUs
Blockchain
Maven Wave Launches data-describe, an Open Source Accelerator for Exploratory Data Analysis
Maven Wave’s first open source project, data-describe, solves common exploratory data analysis (EDA) challenges such as repetitive tasks, data size limitations, privacy issues with machine learning data, and more
Data Analytics
Seek and ye shall find (unstructured data), with Quantum ATFS
Quantum has displayed the first fruits of its April 2020 acquisition  of Atavium in April – a general file storage product called ATFS. The company has also updated StorNext and ActiveScale products.
Data Storage
ModPipe malware decrypts Oracle point-of-sale database passwords
Security researchers have discovered a new malware geared with modules that target Oracle Micros Hospitality RES 3700 point-of-sale systems, one of the most widely used management software in the hospitality industry.
Privacy & Security
CommScope Collaborates with Nokia on New Interleaved Passive-Active Antenna Supporting 5G Rollouts
The modular IPAA simplifies the introduction of 5G NR by enabling its deployment on the existing sites – without the need for additional footprint.
Telecom
NSF-Funded Research Aims to Help Disrupt Cybercrime Supply Chains 
Maimon says the GSU team will study how the four junctions of the supply chain interact with one another and look for creative ways to disrupt them. This includes enablers, offenders, victims, and guardians.
Privacy & Security
Amazon’s new Alexa feature uses AI to infer what users really want
A machine learning-based trigger model decides whether to anticipate a latent goal by factoring in aspects of the context including text of a user’s session and whether the user has engaged with Alexa’s suggestions in the past
Artificial Intelligence
Apple to Deliver ‘Privacy Labels’ for Apps, Revealing Data-Sharing Details
Developers will have to reveal how data is shared with any “third-party partners,” which include analytics tools, advertising networks, third-party SDKs or other external vendors.
Privacy & Security
Ehave’s Dashboard to Meet the Challenge of Electronic Health Records Security with BurstIQ Partnership Utilizing Blockchain Technology
Ehave, a provider of digital therapeutics delivering evidence-based therapeutic interventions to healthcare patients, announced it has partnered with BurstIQ to deploy its Ehave Dashboard over BurstIQ’s blockchain network to leading healthcare organizations in the United States.
Blockchain
Remote raises $35 million to help businesses build remote teams globally
Companies can manage all employees and contractors from a single dashboard and easily view their location, contract status, salary, and time-off benefits.
Automation & Productivity
IBM Advances Hybrid Cloud Software with New Data and Automation Capabilities to Help Companies Speed Digital Transformations
With these updates, businesses will be positioned to more easily streamline everything from software provisioning and patching, to data discovery and document processing across expanding hybrid cloud environments, enabling employees to focus on higher value work.
Cloud Computing
Hitachi Vantara Partners with AWS to Optimize IoT and AI Projects
Hitachi Vantara and AWS will expand the portfolio of Lumada digital solutions available to customers on AWS, extend joint go to market to offer customers an end-to-end experience, and co-innovate to develop new Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
IoT/Mobility
Michigan State Libraries Moving to Open Source FOLIO Project
FOLIO (which stands for "Future of Libraries is Open") is a collaborative effort first introduced in 2016 involving libraries, vendors and developers to develop a set of open source library applications that are hosted by individual vendors.
EDTech
Xilinx takes Samsung computational storage drive to market
Samsung has announced the SmartSSD CSD flash drive, a compute-on-storage device that uses a Xilinx FPGA to offload a host server’s CPU. Xilinx will sell the drive.
Data Storage
Deloitte Cloud Institute Announces the Launch of Its Fellowship Program
“We are thrilled to welcome Satya into this one-of-a-kind program, as we kick off a fellowship program centered around applied cloud innovation and industry use case-based experiential learning.”
Training/Cert
Infosys Launches Applied AI Offering to Enable Enterprise Transformation
With Infosys applied AI, businesses can create custom solutions in the AI living labs, orchestrating offerings from startups and the Infosys partner ecosystem comprising over 30 leading providers of intelligent automation, AI solutions, data solutions, and enterprise security.
Automation & Productivity
LinkedIn open-sources Dagli, a machine learning library for Java
While machine learning maturity in the enterprise is generally increasing, the majority of companies (50%) spend between 8 and 90 days deploying a single machine learning model (with 18% taking longer than 90 days)
Apps/DevOps
Palo Alto Networks acquires attack surface manager Expanse in $800m deal
"Expanse's data provides CISOs with a view of the enterprise from the outside, representing the view an attacker sees as they probe for points of weakness," Palo Alto says
Privacy & Security
Dell updates its PowerProtect data protection suite for Kubernetes apps 
The Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery solution has gained new machine learning and analytics capabilities that help to monitor data integrity and ensure its continued quality as it’s being used for business operations.
Data Analytics
Google wants you to help train its AI by labeling images in Google Photos
By labeling these images, Google can improve its object recognition algorithms, which in turn make Photos more useful
Apps/DevOps
Virtual events startup Hopin raises $125M to scale up its platform 
The company’s platform differs from other videoconferencing services in that it’s designed from the ground up to provide support for conferences, including the management of stages, networking, breakout sessions, sponsors, tickets and analytics
Automation & Productivity
Cloudbakers Becomes Google Cloud Managed Services Provider (MSP)
“The Google Cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP) initiative gives businesses migrating to Google Cloud the confidence that their partner has demonstrated the strong capability to deliver managed services on Google Cloud."
IT Consulting & Services
Adobe buys marketing software firm Workfront for $1.5B to boost Experience Cloud 
Workfront is seen as an ideal fit for Adobe’s Experience Cloud, since it sells software and application programming interfaces that are used by marketers to manage content, execute workflows across teams, and plan and track their marketing campaigns.
Cloud Computing
New version of RansomEXX ransomware targets Linux systems 
“As usage of cloud resources has ramped up, the ability to have eyes on all of your cloud workloads and potential threats has diminished.”
Privacy & Security
Infosys launches cloud-integrated applied AI offering for enterprises 
The Infosys applied AI solution converges the power of machine learning with cloud capabilities to deliver new business analytics, with an aim to scale up business logic and insights across the cloud.
Cloud Computing
Google Chrome to block JavaScript redirects on web page URL clicks
To prevent this from happening, a rel="noopener" HTML link attribute was created that prevents a new tab from using JavaScript to redirect the page.
Privacy & Security
Paessler Launches Industrial It Monitoring Solution
Paessler introduces new capabilities to its monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor enabling organizations to have a holistic view of both operational technology and traditional IT infrastructure data insights.
Network Management
Chainlink VRF makes blockchain games more trustworthy by using verifiable on-chain source of randomness
Chainlink is an oracle network that sits between blockchains and 'real-world data' such as live prices of assets, events, weather data, or gaming. Its technology generates verifiable, on-chain randomness for smart contracts
Blockchain
Cota Health raises $10 million to aggregate and analyze oncology data
Cota’s providers, payers, and life sciences clients get a curated database of de-identified patient data across 14 cancer types, with expansion to five additional cancer types by the end of the year.
Data Analytics
Millions of Hotel Guests Worldwide Caught Up in Mass Data Leak
A widely used hotel reservation platform has exposed 10 million files related to guests at various hotels around the world, thanks to a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket.
Privacy & Security
Patreon’s latest partnership makes it easier for creators to offer exclusive podcasts
They can still host their podcasts through Patreon, but Patreon is planning to market this Acast solution as the preferred method for distributing shows.
Apps/DevOps
SoftIron Joins iRODS Consortium, Certifies HyperDrive Compatibility with iRODS Architecture
In joining the consortium, whose data management platform is used globally by research, commercial and governmental organizations, SoftIron has certified that its open source, Ceph-based HyperDrive Storage Appliances are compatible with the iRODS Architecture.
Data Analytics
Qumulo hybrid filers offer NVMe performance ‘at the price of disk’
Qumulo has added NVMe SSD caching speed to its hybrid scale-out filers.. Customers are also getting new systems that will ‘end forklift upgrades’. They support automatic encryption, and faster software upgrades.
Data Storage
Amazon unveils automatic archive to deep storage for AWS S3, and a bevy of other storage enhancements
AWS can now automatically move content in S3 into the cheapest storage system when the content has not been used for 90 or 180 days.
Data Storage
Dell launches new HPC systems for genomics, digital manufacturing and AI 
“We’re committed to advancing and democratizing HPC and AI by making these technologies more accessible to the big thinkers who will shape our future."
Automation & Productivity
RS21 Secures IRS Contract to Provide Data Mashing and Procurement Solutions
The contract was awarded through the innovative Pilot IRS program, a new acquisition method that uses a multiphase approach to allow the IRS to test new technologies on faster timelines without added risk.
Data Analytics
Zoom has settled with the FTC over ‘deceptive’ security practices
Under the terms of the agreement with the FTC, which has no financial component, Zoom has to take specific steps to address the problems in the agency’s complaint and review software updates for security flaws.
Privacy & Security
Tim Berners Lee’s startup Inrupt releases Solid privacy platform for enterprises
Inrupt, the startup from World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, announced an enterprise version of the Solid privacy platform today, which allows large organizations and governments to build applications that put users in control of their data.
Apps/DevOps
Mass-market Windows on the cloud will be here in the spring
Ready or not, here comes Windows as a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for all users in the forthcoming Microsoft Cloud PC offering.
Cloud Computing
Trump lawsuit site to report rejected votes leaked voter data
The data included the voter name, address, and a unique identifier. However, reports have surfaced of users alleging the website has SQL Injection flaws that make it possible to collect a voter's SSN and date of birth.
Privacy & Security
Damon Nam is Disrupting the Blockchain Industry with Emerging FinTech Company, Coin
The Coin Exchange, an all-in-one cross-chain P2P decentralized cryptocurrency wallet, exchange, and assistant powered by atomic swap and artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
Blockchain
Singapore-based sales productivity platform Nektar raises $2.15 million seed round
Nektar lets sales teams integrate workplace tools, like Slack, Google Meet, Microsoft Team, Microsoft Exchange and WhatsApp, with CRM platforms, including Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics and Hubspot.
Automation & Productivity
Computational storage firm NGD touts 12TB ruler SSD
Computational drives feature an on-board processor, typically an Arm CPU, which performs repetitive and low-level operations on stored data. Typical workloads include compression, encryption, OCR, indexing, search and video transcoding
Data Storage
Checkmarx Brings Application Security Testing Solutions to AWS Marketplace and Achieves AWS DevOps Competency Status
With these moves, Checkmarx is delivering greater simplicity, flexibility, and confidence to customers looking to deploy application security testing (AST) solutions into their AWS CI/CD pipelines.
Apps/DevOps
DigiCrypts to Offer AI-Based Crypto Currency Trading Tool within the Next 3 Months
Several additional predictive analytic features will be added to the program after the initial launch that can be separately subscribed for in various options packages by the individual user.
Blockchain
Cellwize raises $32M for its RAN automation platform that helps speed up 5G deployments 
The CHIME platform uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to enable zero-touch 5G deployments, with an aim to automate the optimization of 3G, 4G and 5G networks and to deliver mobile network assurance.
Telecom
Amazon Web Services launches Nvidia Ampere-powered instances
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of a new GPU-powered instance called Amazon P4d that is based on Nvidia’s new Ampere architecture, and the two firms are making big performance claims.
Cloud Computing
LDRA’s New Build Import Integrates with Yocto, Facilitating Software Test of Complex Modular Systems
Yocto’s aim to unify and improve software practices in open source embedded systems is strongly complemented by LDRA’s goal to facilitate modular design through the re-use of these components in safety critical systems
Apps/DevOps
Datametica Delivers Pelican Through the Google Cloud Marketplace
Pelican empower customers to automate the comparing, validation and reconciliation of datasets across two heterogeneous SQL data stores
Data Analytics
Oracle adds sales, commerce tools to CX apps
On the buying side of the equation, Oracle is integrating CX Commerce and its Unity customer data platform as well as data types ranging from demographics and IoT.
Apps/DevOps
REEF Technology raises $700M to support the 15-minute city 
The infusion of capital will help the company expand its network of more than 4,500 parking lots and garages, 100 neighborhood kitchens, fulfillment hubs and health care centers, according to the official announcement
Smart Cities
Ayar Labs secures $35 million in Series B funding to enable the next phase of Moore’s Law through optical connectivity
Ayar Labs’ patented approach uses industry-standard cost-effective silicon processing techniques to develop high speed, high density, low power optical-based interconnect “chiplets” and lasers to replace traditional electrical-based I/O.
Automation & Productivity
New Pay2Key ransomware encrypts networks within one hour
In a new report by Check Point, researchers say that the threat actors behind Pay2Key ransomware are likely using publicly exposed Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to gain access to victims' networks and deploy the initial malicious payloads.
Privacy & Security
Satellogic Launches 10 New Satellites, Fueling High-res Data Collection from Orbit
Satellogic’s in-orbit fleet is now comprised of 21 satellites, 14 of which are used to deliver high-resolution data to customers.
Data Analytics
Gitpaste-12 Worm Targets Linux Servers, IoT Devices
Researchers have uncovered a new worm targeting Linux based x86 servers, as well as Linux internet of things (IoT) devices (that are based on ARM and MIPS CPUs).
Privacy & Security
Lob adds cloud big-data magic to plain old snail mail 
Lob provides application programming interfaces for direct mail and address verification that businesses can use to send personalized mails programmatically, track their status, identify returns, pinpoint bad addresses and even estimate open rates
Apps/DevOps
Infortrend Has Developed a Perfect Hybrid Cloud Solution of EonStor GS with Hitachi Content Platform
Enterprises can backup and synchronize all the data between GS and HCP, or they can implement GS as a cache for frequently accessed “hot” data with all the data migrated to the cloud.
Data Storage
Logz.io Announces the DevOps Pulse 2020, The Largest Survey in the Company’s History With Insights From Over 1,000 Engineers
“In this year’s DevOps Pulse survey we found that although cloud-native technologies are an increasingly essential part of modern architecture, they present many challenges related to monitoring and observability
Apps/DevOps
Facebook claims its proposed payments network is 7 times faster than Visa’s
While blockchain technology promises to enable applications like personal wallets and private transactions, their open, distributed nature have come at a high performance cost and questionable scalability.
Blockchain
Google Photos might put some editing features behind a subscription paywall
Google Photos is a superb photo management and editing app. As it has grown in popularity, Google has made the occasional attempt to monetize Photos — most recently by launching a subscription service where customers receive a selection of 10 printed shots every month.
Apps/DevOps
Safe-T Presents Breakthrough in the New Version of its Zero Trust Remote Access Solution
Safe-T Group Ltd., a provider of secure access solutions for on-premise and hybrid cloud environments, announced the release of Safe-T’s ZoneZero version 4.4, the only Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution in the market which unifies all access scenarios for internal and external users.
Privacy & Security
Kahoot to Add Zoom Integration
Learning quiz program company Kahoot has announced an integration with Zoom, allowing users to access, host and play Kahoot games directly in Zoom meetings
EDTech
Apple will require app privacy 'nutrition label' info next month
Starting on December 8th, Apple will require all third-party developers to detail their app’s privacy information. That’s the day we’ll likely see the labels start appearing as well.
Privacy & Security
Three Cities Use Smart City Concepts to Improve Transportation
In various parts of the country, cities are using performance analytics and other mainstays of smart city technology to drive climate, transportation and development goals.
Smart Cities
WekaIO plugs into Amazon S3 object storage
Customers see a single global WekaFS namespace in which there can be an object store accessed through WekaFS. Their existing Weka workflows don’t have to change to accommodate the object store.
Data Storage
2nd Watch Enhances Managed Optimization Service in Partnership With Spot by NetApp
The service works by recommending workloads that can take advantage of the cost savings associated with running instances, VMs and containers on “spot” resources.
Cloud Computing
Microsoft gets ready for Apple Silicon Macs
Apple is expected to introduce the first Macs running on Apple Silicon on Nov. 10, and Microsoft appears ready to make good on its promise to support these new Apple-powered Macs and macOS Big Sur.
Apps/DevOps
U. Houston partnered with Microsoft to build STEM career pipeline
The new training programs will help prepare students for the workforce by arming them with skills needed for STEM career, according to Microsoft, including data science, coding and artificial intelligence
Training/Cert
Army looking for ways to coordinate and expand its cloud offerings
The document seeks a cloud management service provider for the cARMY program, the future go-to location for all of the department’s general-purpose cloud needs
Cloud Computing
Infoworks DataFoundry for Databricks Now Available in AWS Marketplace
“The ability to quickly deploy via AWS Marketplace enables faster time-to-value and rapid creation and iteration of analytics use cases to provide critical business intelligence.”
Data Analytics
Campari hit by Ragnar Locker Ransomware, $15 million demanded
Italian liquor company Campari Group was hit by a Ragnar Locker ransomware attack, where 2 TB of unencrypted files was allegedly stolen. To recover their files, Ragnar Locker is demanding $15 million.
Privacy & Security
Google Cloud debuts new Document AI Platform 
The latest addition to Google LLC’s public cloud is the Document AI Platform, which enables enterprises to extract information contained in digital and printed documents automatically using machine learning.
Document Management
Custodia Technology Launches a Global Cloud Platform for the Recording of Microsoft Teams
Today, Custodia Technology announces the release of Compliance Cloud One for Microsoft Teams following increased demand from compliance departments within the banking and financial sector to remain compliant.
Cloud Computing
Splice Machine Announces Livewire, the Operational AI Platform Designed for Industrial Use Cases
Livewire is the first combined data and AI platform designed to alert plant operators of likely outages or performance degradation soon enough for them to take remedial action to avoid outages and improve performance.
Artificial Intelligence
IBM Cloud for Telecommunications targets 5G and edge innovation
The new offering is touted by Big Blue as a secure and open, hybrid cloud architecture designed to help telecommunications providers address the specific challenges of the highly-regulated telco industry.Telecom
Google Forms Abused to Phish AT&T Credentials
More than 200 Google Forms impersonate top brands – including Microsoft OneDrive, Office 365, and Wells Fargo – to steal victims’ credentials.
Privacy & Security
Affinio Announces Snowflake Integration to Support Privacy Compliant Audience Enrichment
This partnership combines Snowflake’s secure data sharing capability with Affinio’s graph technology to create Affinio’s Graph Analytics and Matchmaker two-in-one solution. Affinio provides its services without ever touching data.
Data Analytics
Hackers are exploiting unpatched VoIP flaws to compromise business accounts
A hacking campaign has compromised VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone systems at over 1,000 companies around the world over the past year in a campaign designed to make profit from selling compromised accounts.
Privacy & Security
Algorithmia debuts a monitoring tool to prevent drift in machine learning models 
It also provides security and governance, and it operates a marketplace for researchers and developers to share ML models they create and get paid when others use them.
Artificial Intelligence
WhatsApp launches new disappearing messages option
The feature will allow WhatsApp users to enable disappearing messages on chat conversations between friends, to automatically delete messages after seven days.

Apps/DevOps
AxiomSL to Launch Automated NSFR Reporting Solution
“NSFR is a complicated requirement that has been talked about in the industry for years, but did not get finalized until October of this year and banks must now be fully compliant in just 8 months."
Data Analytics
Atos joins forces with French tech startup Pasqal to accelerate High Performance Computing using quantum neutral atom technology
The technology would make it possible to strengthen the computing capacities of current computers and thereby develop hybrid quantum-HPC systems that can be used in the short term. Automation & Productivity
Streamloots raises $7.2 million for influencer monetization
Streamloots hopes to make them richer, or at least enable more people to make a living as streamers and influencers by giving them a robust monetization and engagement platform,
Apps/DevOps
Kioxia XD6 ruler SSD hits the hyperscaler scene
Kioxia has announced the XD6, its first ruler format SSD, which is intended for hyperscalers and complies with the Open Compute Project (OCP) NVMe Cloud SSD Specification.
Data Storage
QBot phishing lures victims using US election interference emails
The Qbot botnet is now spewing U.S. election-themed phishing emails used to infect victims with malicious payloads designed to harvest user data and emails for use in future campaigns.
Privacy & Security
New RegretLocker ransomware targets Windows virtual machines
RegretLocker was discovered in October and is a simple ransomware in terms of appearance as it does not contain a long-winded ransom note and uses email for communication rather than a Tor payment site. Privacy & Security
Microsoft Teams to get multi-account sign-in support in December
Microsoft is going to enable Teams users to add additional accounts, change their profile pictures and switch between accounts and organizations through Settings, according to the roadmap.
Automation & Productivity
Attackers Using Google Drive Notifications to Trick the Users in Clicking Malicious Links
An unpatched security loophole within the Drive is being exploited to send seemingly legitimate emails and push notifications from Google that, if opened, could land people on malicious websites.
Privacy & Security
Mastercard joins GrainChain to provide blockchain visibility to grain producers and buyers
Mastercard intends to use its industry-agnostic blockchain technology in combination with GrainChain’s already present supply chain blockchain infrastructure to create digital records for commodity data and thus extend Mastercard Provenance Solution’s influence into Central America.
Blockchain
IBM, Red Hat, and AT&T team up for private edge deployments
IBM’s new Cloud Satellite offering will move the company’s open hybrid-cloud framework into new and different environments, thanks to partnerships with AT&T for 5G connectivity and IBM's Red Hat  unit for containerization.
Network Management
AI startup Brainome aims to change how companies ap