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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 approach machine learning 
What Brainome’s Daimensions tool does is measure the information content in the data that’s used to train machine learning models against the target type, before the models are built and trained.
Artificial Intelligence
Cato Networks ‘solves’ threat intelligence false alarms with new AI system 
Cato Networks is a heavily funded networking startup that offers a so-called SASE platform. The platform provides access to a global wide-area network operated by the startup that enterprises can use to connect their offices, data centers and public cloud deployments with each other
Network Management
Now profitable, Udacity raises $75M in debt to drive enterprise growth 
 A company looking to adopt software containers, for example, could partner with the startup to develop a series of Kubernetes courses. 
Training/Cert
Sabre Unveils First Product Powered by its Proprietary Sabre Travel AI Technology
This advances the Company’s vision to build and connect the right offer to the right traveler at the right time – increasing traveler satisfaction and providing airlines the opportunity to drive optimized and incremental revenue.
Artificial Intelligence
Sneaky Office 365 phishing inverts images to evade detection
"Because image recognition software is improving and becoming more accurate, this new technique aims to deceive scanning engines by inverting the colors of the image, causing the image hash to differ from the original." Privacy & Security
Human API raises over $20M in Series C funding to give consumers the easiest way to connect and share health data with companies they trust
The company provides a single, secure connection to data from 90% of US hospitals, electronic medical records, pharmacies, and labs, along with 300+ wearable devices and wellness apps Data Analytics
Amazon Web Services will build its own public registry for Docker container images 
Because bandwidth isn’t free, Docker said, it will try to stop that small group from hogging it all by imposing pull rate limits on free and anonymous Docker Hub users.
Cloud Computing
Moogsoft Announces Advanced Observability in the Cloud with Self-Service Platform
It turns metric and event data into actionable insights by automating anomaly detection, surfacing important alerts and correlating everything together.
Data Analytics
CDC wants a cloud platform to centralize COVID-19 testing data
Some organizations stated they provide daily reporting of test results to over 70 public health departments, each differing in format and elements required,” the RFI says.
Cloud Computing
Now Adobe strips Flash from Reader and Acrobat – pushes out critical security bug fixes.
Adobe says the Flash-dependent forms options have been replaced with a 'secondary toolbar' containing action buttons to Update, Add, Delete, Export, and Archive those Form responses.
Automation & Productivity
Researchers develop AI that solves a matrix-based visual cognitive test
The coauthors claim that their algorithm is not only able to generate a plausible set of answers competitive with state-of-the-art methods, but that it could also be used to build an automatic tutoring system that adjusts to the proficiencies of individual students.
EDTech
Intel has acquired Cnvrg.io, a platform to manage, build and automate machine learning
It was only a week ago that Intel made another acquisition to boost its AI business, also in the area of machine learning modeling: it picked up SigOpt, which had developed an optimization platform to run machine learning modeling and simulations.
Automation & Productivity
Linbit builds Kubernetes on-ramp for WD OpenFlex
“With the open-source LINSTOR we bridge the gap between the workload orchestrator (Kubernetes) and the efficient OpenFlex storage devices from Western Digital."
Data Storage
‘MeowTalk,’ an app that translates cat sounds, is a pet project for this former Alexa engineer
Using data science and machine learning, MeowTalk listens to the sounds a cat makes and offers up a human language translation, promising to remove the barrier between pet and person
Apps/DevOps
Privacy-focused Brave browser grew over 130% in the past year
Brave attributes its growth to end user's increasing frustration with the lack of privacy seen in more established browsers and a new advertising ecosystem that allows users to take control of how they browse the web.
Privacy & Security
Swarm64 DA 5.0 Brings Hybrid Transactional/Analytical Processing to PostgreSQL
Swarm64 DA is turnkey software that extends free, open source PostgreSQL with much faster query performance to help customers lower costs, scale more easily, and simplify database application development.
Data Analytics
SHI Launches Stratascale, New Subsidiary Focused on Delivering Digital Agility and Technology Consulting
Stratascale engagement starts with connecting customers to advisory capabilities rooted in research, innovation, and plausibility.
IT Consulting & Services
Scammers Abuse Google Drive to Send Malicious Links
According to reports,, the recent attack stems from Google Drive’s legitimate collaboration feature, which allows users to create push notifications or emails that invite people to share a Google doc
Privacy & Security
Supply chain automation startup Apkudo raises $14M to accelerate global expansion 
Using artificial intelligence-enhanced test software and high-volume robotics for diagnostics and cosmetic grading, Hive connects internal systems across the enterprise allowing customers to unlock powerful data from silos to enable real-time decisions.
Automation & Productivity
Bridgefy launches end-to-end encrypted messaging for the app used during protests and disasters
Offline-messaging app Bridgefy — which innovatively uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi — became known as the go-to app by thousands of protesters around the world to keep communications going even when oppressive regimes blocked or shut down the internet
Apps/DevOps
TikTok ban once again blocked by judge, this time thanks to three influencers
The judge sided with their argument that TikTok videos constitute “informational materials,” which are protected under the relevant law.
Apps/DevOps
Coupa acquires LLamasoft for $1.5 billion
"Together, we will deliver a more powerful Business Spend Management platform to help organizations everywhere maximize the value of every dollar they spend in a smarter, simpler, and safer way."
Data Analytics
HashCash Extending Blockchain Aid to Retail Industries for Smart Loyalty Program
“Integration of blockchain technology transforms the conventional loyalty rewards program into a particular client management system that assists businesses to enhance their brand contributions."
Blockchain
Cazena Launches Instant AWS Data Lake to Accelerate Analytics Migration to AWS
With the Instant AWS Data Lake, Cazena now provides a first-in-industry “easy button” for AWS analytics and moving enterprises’ AI/ML initiatives forward
Data Analytics
CBTS Unites Cisco Webex with Broadworks Cloud Calling and Collaboration for Powerful Hosted UC
This allows CBTS to provide its Hosted UC clients with a fully integrated infrastructure of hosted VoIP, video endpoints, unified applications, video conferencing, and work stream collaboration
Telecom
Otter.ai adds live captions to its Zoom integration
Video conferencing platform Zoom has unveiled an Otter.ai integration, providing users with access to live captioning, alongside post-meeting transcriptions and notes.
Automation & Productivity
New Wroba Campaign Is Latest Sign of Growing Mobile Threats
A new malware campaign targeting smartphone users in the US is the latest sign that mobile devices are becoming the next big target for cyberattackers.
Privacy & Security
DEOS re-awarded to GDIT at a discount after prolonged procurement battle
DEOS also covers word processing, spreadsheets, file sharing and storage in Microsoft 365 cloud environments at Impact Levels 5 and 6 both nationwide and for overseas garrisons and operations.
Cloud Computing
Ambarella launches computer vision chips for edge AI
It combines advanced image processing, high-resolution video encoding, and computer vision processing in a single, low-power chip.
Automation & Productivity
1D Network Launches Blockchain Health Passport to Support the Las Vegas Events Recovery
Data on the 1D Network is transformed into secure credential tokens which are automatically authenticated on the network, and individuals control access to their data through a scannable QR-code pass.
Blockchain
Tencent Backs its Former QQ Head’s Zoom-for-Business Startup
Globally, the so-called communications platform-as-a-service market is expected to grow from $3 billion in 2018 to more than $17 billion in 2023, according to IDC estimates.
Automation & Productivity
Coldago: VAST Data joins the ranks of file storage leaders
The 2020 Specialists’ column is crowded, with new entrants such as CTera, Cohesity, Hammerspace, Panzura and Softiron contributing to the melee as well as the arrivals from the Niche segment.
Data Storage
Google Meet will now let you use custom backgrounds on video calls
If you use Meet in Google’s Chrome browser you should be able to access the feature in Chrome OS as well as on Windows and Mac laptops and desktops.
Automation & Productivity
Surecomp Marketplace Goes Live with Financial Crime Solution ThetaRay AML Tech
Entering the market to great acclaim last year, ThetaRay is built on big data, artificial intelligence-based analytics used to detect suspicious behavior, real-time anomalies and to uncover previously unidentified risks.
Data Analytics
IBM Unveils New Capabilities Across IT Infrastructure Portfolio to Help Clients Modernize and Accelerate Path to Hybrid Cloud
The new and enhanced solutions include containerized software across IBM IT Infrastructure via IBM Cloud Paks and advancements in data storage for containers.
Cloud Computing
Onfleet raises $14 million to power last-mile deliveries for ecommerce companies
Founded in 2012, San Francisco-based Onfleet has built a routing and dispatch platform to manage the entire delivery process between a store, restaurant, or warehouse and the customer
Automation & Productivity
Google One gets a built-in virtual private network 
The newly introduced VPN tool, announced Thursday, will be bundled into all Google One subscription plans with 2 terabytes or more of storage.
Network Management
FBI: Hackers stole government source code via SonarQube instances
SonarQube is an open-source platform for automated code quality auditing and static analysis to discover bugs and security vulnerabilities in projects using 27 programming languages.
Privacy & Security
Fuze Expands Integrations Ecosystem to Advance Enterprise Productivity
The new offerings enhance end-user productivity and efficiency by embedding seamless calling, meeting, and chatting features deeper within the workflows across these adjacent technologies.
Automation & Productivity
StorCentric buys former flash storage darling Violin Systems 
StorCentric is already a strong player when it comes to block storage and file storage software, and the acquisition of Violin means that it can add high-performance NVMe storage software to its extensive portfolio.
Data Storage
Google’s AI converts webpages into videos
Google envisions the system could be useful to businesses that host websites containing rich visual representations about their services or products.
Automation & Productivity
Intel acquires AI software optimization platform SigOpt
SigOpt’s platform and API optimizes hyperparameters — parameters whose values are used to control the AI model training process — to generate high-performing models in production
Apps/DevOps
Honeywell reveals 10-qubit trapped-ion quantum computer 
Computations are performed by encoding information into the spin state of the ions using lasers, then manipulating this information in a way that facilitates data processing.
Automation & Productivity
Apple develops alternative to Google search
That web search capability marks an important advance in Apple’s in-house development and could form the foundation of a fuller attack on Google, according to several people in the industry.
Apps/DevOps
Spectra Logic Releases StorCycle 3.2 Storage Lifecycle Management Software
Interoperable with Linux and Windows, StorCycle scans primary storage for inactive files and migrates them to a lower cost tier of storage, which includes any combination of cloud storage, object storage disk, network-attached storage (NAS) and object storage tape.
Data Storage
Educause Identifies Top IT Issues for an Uncertain Future
The report is scheduled to be released on Nov. 2 and made available on the Educause website.
EDTech
Eightfold AI raises $125 million Series D funding for its AI-powered talent intelligence platform
Eightfold AI is a San Francisco-based tech startup and a provider of an AI-powered talent intelligence platform that helps companies to identify promising candidates, reach diversity hiring goals, and retain top performers
Artificial Intelligence
$2.3M stolen from Wisconsin Republicans in phishing attack 
The hackers altered invoices so that when they were paid, the money did not go to the vendors but to the hackers instead.
Privacy & Security
AnalyticsIQ Joins Narrative’s Data Streaming Platform
Today’s partnership announcement underscores the value that Narrative brings to the data acquisition and data monetization market by enabling fast, transparent and privacy-compliant access to unique data without the need for a data broker.
Data Analytics
Techstars Seattle grad Shotcall raises $2.2M for esports fan engagement platform
Founded in 2018, Shotcall enables content creators and influencers to host tournaments, coaching sessions, Q&As, charity events, 1-on-1 competitions, and more with their fans
Esports
Cisco fortifies and simplifies its security portfolio with eye toward cloud, zero trust
Cisco expands its SecureX integrated security platform, which has gained 11,000 customers since June, and streamlines its renamed Cisco Secure portfolio.
Privacy & Security
Comlinkdata Acquires ShareTracker, Creating Global Provider of Consumer and Business Telecom Insights
The addition of ShareTracker assets will allow Comlinkdata to help network operators acquire, retain, and delight customers across wireless, wireline, video, broadband, device, and many other segments.
Telecom
University Email Hijacking Attacks Push Phishing, Malware
Attackers are compromising email accounts from popular universities, including Purdue and Oxford, to launch attacks that get around DMARC and SPF.
Privacy & Security
YouTube brings in $5 billion in ad revenue as Alphabet and Google bounce back
Google parent company Alphabet’s third quarter revenue increased 14 percent from the year before, led by a rebound in advertising revenue for both Google and YouTube
Apps/DevOps
Acronis Cyber Protect Integration Enhances Security for Citrix Workspace
By integrating with Citrix, Acronis Cyber Protect delivers a cohesive and cost-effective solution that enables MSPs to protect virtual desktop environments from direct attacks
Privacy & Security
Big Blue’s Red Hat shift towards containers
IBM Storage yesterday took the wraps off a storage software family for Red Hat OpenShift (RHOS).  It also proclaimed its intention to deliver a software-defined, container-native, storage solution for Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes container environments.
Data Storage
Panoply Raises $10 Million in Funding to Revolutionize the Data Analytics Stack
"Panoply’s innovative cloud data platform provides cost savings and allows enterprises to leverage all their data to enable analysis and AI applications to strengthen decision making and competitive advantage."
Data Analytics
McAfee debuts remote browser isolation solution, XDR platform
The first release of note is the integration of remote browser isolation (RBI) technology with the UCE real-time protection stack.
Privacy & Security
CodeSandbox raises $12.7 million to boost application development collaboration
In addition, coding projects are presented in a way that allows product designers and managers, who may not have coding skills, to directly make or accept changes
Apps/DevOps
AWS announces general availability of secure computing EC2 Nitro Enclaves 
Nitro Enclaves, first announced as one of three new security products from Amazon last December, offers the ability to customers to partition compute and memory resources within an instance to create an isolated compute environment.
Privacy & Security
TCS Launches Blockchain Quality Engineering Services Suite
TCS provides smart contract testing services as part of this offering to thwart vulnerabilities in the business logic codified in smart contracts.
Blockchain
With a female CEO SINAI raises $3.8m for decarbonization cloud platform
The data is used by companies to reduce their carbon emissions, track their progress according to their decarbonization plans, and to comply with changes in local regulations.
Cloud Computing
Siren Releases Next Gen Investigative Intelligence Analytics Tool
“The original version of Siren focused on advancing the exploration of big data. With Siren 11 we are extending that vision to incorporate the required features for the SIGINT, CYBINT and OSINT domains."Data Analytics
StackRox open-sources KubeLinter, a tool to identify configuration errors in Kubernetes 
The newly open-sourced static analysis tool StackRox has created is called KubeLinter. It gives developers an easy way to automate the analysis of Kubernetes YAML files and Helm charts before they’re deployed inside a cluster.
Apps/DevOps
Xfinity, McAfee Brands Abused by Parked Domains in Active Campaigns
“Parking services either show users a list of ads (and get paid based on the number of user clicks on these ads) or redirect users automatically to the advertisers’ webpages (and get paid based on the number of user visits)."
Privacy & Security
Digital.ai and BMC to Provide AI-driven Change Management and Service Desk Analytics Solution
This patented technology is deployed in weeks, not months, and empowers users across the organization by giving them the information they need when they need it, with interactive visualizations that support all types of analytics, from pre-configured dashboards to ad hoc queries.
Data Analytics
Microsoft's first 'vertical cloud,' the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, is now generally available
Microsoft's Cloud for Healthcare builds on Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform and is designed to deal with both structured and unstructured health data.
Cloud Computing
Capacity raises $11 million to automate enterprise help desk tasks
Capacity’s software learns from knowledge and interactions within a business to build a knowledge base that automates help desks, workflows, and decisions
Automation & Productivity
Denver builds data analytics hub for easier COVID-19 analysis
The city kicked off its data transformation initiative soon after Kresser was promoted to CDO in March 2019, with the goal of condensing several petabytes worth of data that had previously been stored in on-premise systems and was only accessible through individual applications, he sai.
Data Analytics
Information security startup Enso Security launches with $6M in seed funding 
Enso claims to be the first application security posture management platform to create comprehensive application inventories and implement dedicated workflows to manage risk reduction in development.
Privacy & Security
Adobe launches Google Assistant integration with Adobe XD
The integration is meant to make it easier for designers to export and preview Adobe XD voice prototypes to Google Assistant devices, such as phones, smart speakers and smart TVs.
Apps/DevOps
Rackspace Technology Manages Basware Cloud Transformation with AWS Public Cloud Migration
The Software-as-a-Service company can now spin-up testing environments more quickly, with more than 50 running at any given time compared to one or two previously. By taking advantage of AWS Spot Instances, Basware halved its continuous integration spend.
Automation & Productivity
SAP and Partners Expand Industry Cloud Portfolio to Retail, Professional Services and IM&C
Our industry cloud portfolio delivers solutions to help drive business transformation profitably and sustainably, enabling our customers to adapt to changing business environments in their industries.”
Cloud Computing
Home Depot blunder emails customer order info to strangers
BleepingComputer has obtained copies of these emails that divulge information such as the customer's name, home address, order number, ordered items, and partial payment card information.
Privacy & Security
Gimmal Completes Acquisition of ECM Wise, Expands Its Migration Capabilities
Gimmal LLC, a leading provider of information governance software and solutions, has announced the acquisition of Calgary-based ECM Wise Corp, an enterprise content management solutions provider
Document Management
Microsoft: Disposable emails now available in Exchange Online
Plus addressing (also known as subaddressing or detailed addressing) allows users to create an indefinite number of custom and unique email addresses by adding suffix text strings to their standard address using a '+' delimiter.
Apps/DevOps
Intel Geospatial is a cloud platform for AI-powered imagery analytics
Intel today quietly launched Intel Geospatial, a cloud platform that features data engineering solutions, 3D visualizations, and basic analytics tools for geovisual workloads
Cloud Computing
Weka Announces Cloud-native, Unified Storage Solutions for the Entire Data Lifecycle
The filesystem metadata resides on flash while seamlessly extending capacity over object storage, private or public. All the I/Os are serviced by the flash tier while leveraging the object tier for capacity scaling.
Data Storage
Accenture Acquires Cloud-Native Provider Enimbos
"Cloud-native capabilities are essential to designing next-generation systems that power the innovation that businesses need today at speed and at scale.”
Cloud Computing
Apple reportedly acquires AI and vision startup Vilynx for $50M 
The platform catalogs raw video to make it searchable along with the creation of metadata for video, text and images. The core audience for Vilynx was media companies facing competition from the likes of Netflix Inc. and other media giants.
Automation & Productivity
Fungible launches DPU-driven storage server to start data centre revolution
The lavishly funded startup intends also to deploy DPUs in servers. Its goal is to link its products across a TrueFabric network – development is still in the works –  using its Composer control plane to build massively scalable and efficient data centres linking GPU and X86 servers
Data Storage
78% of Microsoft 365 admins don’t activate MFA
According to SANS, 99% of data breaches can be prevented using MFA. This is a huge security risk, particularly during a time when so many employees are working remotely.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft Teams usage jumps 50 percent to 115 million daily active users
Microsoft has also opened Teams’ doors to third-party apps, made the service available to consumers, and promised features like breakout rooms by the end of the year.
Automation & Productivity
Singapore opens smart cities development lab
The research and development facility would help bring together players across the ecosystem, such as local tech startups, systems integrators, and international enterprises to "co-create solutions for smart cities,
Smart Cities
Amazon is turning Audible into a true podcast app, but it’s got a long way to go
The shows are now available through the app and will soon show up on Audible’s podcast landing page. Listeners won’t need a subscription to access these shows.
Apps/DevOps
Business application configuration startup Salto launches with $27M round 
Pitching “company as a code” as an analogy, Salto seeks to define company business logic as code that can make fundamental changes in a way business applications are delivered.
Apps/DevOps
Akamai Technologies Advances 5G Security Strategy with Acquisition of Asavie
Asavie’s mobile, IoT (“internet of things”) and security solutions will become part of Akamai’s Security and Personalization Services (“SPS”) product line sold to carrier partners that embed the solution within the technology bundle sold to their subscribers.
IoT/Mobility
Alethea AI makes it easy to create AI avatars from a single photo
They do and say whatever you tell them to. This opens new possibilities for content creation, storytelling, or customized interactive experiences.”
Apps/DevOps
After months of delays, VA launches modernized Cerner EHR at first medical center
The VA’s EHR modernization program is a 10-year endeavor to update the aging Veterans Health Information System Technology Architecture (VistA) and migrate VA and DOD data to a common Cerner-built cloud system.
Document Management
Millions of Users’ Unencrypted Location Data Being Shared with Twitter-Owned MoPub
Twitter has been aware of this issue since the global cybersecurity company Kaspersky released a 2018 report detailing how over three million Android application packages were found transmitting unencrypted data over the Internet.
Privacy & Security
Amazon Fire tablets to get Smart Home Device Dashboard
The Smart Home button will be accessible from any screen, including the lock screen, so you can easily control your compatible Alexa-enabled smart home products without having to close apps you are using.
Apps/DevOps
Massive Nitro data breach impacts Microsoft, Google, Apple, more
Cybersecurity intelligence firm Cyble has told BleepingComputer that a threat actor is selling the user and document databases, as well as 1TB of documents, that they claim to have stolen from Nitro Software's cloud service
Privacy & Security
Dremio says its query engine eliminates the need for cloud data warehouses 
Self-service analytics company Dremio Corp. today announced new technology that it claims can deliver sub-second query response times on cloud data lakes across thousands of concurrent users and queries.
Data Analytics
Rockset boosted with $40 million Series B venture round
The cloud platform that promotes itself as a real-time indexing database is tripling its funding with a Series B round and is adding a new virtual private cloud option for its customers.
Cloud Computing
C3.ai, Microsoft and Adobe Combine Forces to Re-invent CRM with AI
Customers today demand industry-specific, fully AI-enabled solutions that provide AI-enabled revenue forecasting, product forecasting, customer churn, next-best product, next-best offer, and predisposition to buy.”
Artificial Intelligence
Blue Systems smart mobility innovates during pandemic, partners with contactless delivery robot company Kiwibot 
Kiwibot is also working closely with officials from the City of San Jose. The city's Mobility Department will be able to locate and monitor each robot in real time via the Mobility Data Specification (MDS).
IoT/Mobility
Cloudify Unveils New Multi-Cloud Orchestration Capabilities to Eliminate Automation Overflow to Enable Cloud Modernization
With several incentives for migrating to public cloud, a vast number of organizations are veering towards adopting ‘hybrid cloud’ practices which in turn create unforeseen challenges for on-premise infrastructure.
Cloud Computing
Google open-sources MT5, a multilingual model trained on over 101 languages
Not to be outdone by Facebook and Microsoft, both of whom detailed cutting-edge machine learning language algorithms in late October, Google this week open-sourced a model called MT5 that the company claims achieves state-of-the-art results on a range of English natural processing tasks.
Automation & Productivity
Zoom’s end-to-end encryption has arrived
Zoom’s end-to-end encryption (E2EE) has arrived, letting both free and paid users secure their meetings so that only participants, not Zoom or anyone else, can access their content.
Privacy & Security
KashmirBlack botnet behind attacks on CMSs like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, others
A highly sophisticated botnet is believed to have infected hundreds of thousands of websites by attacking their underlying content management system (CMS) platforms.
Privacy & Security
Kite adds support for 11 new languages to its AI code completion tool
The new languages are Java, Kotlin, Scala, C/C++, Objective C, C#, Go, TypeScript, HTML/CSS and Less.
Apps/DevOps
SAP goes all in on cloud, scraps mid-term margin goals
Cloud revenue - from subscription-based services hosted at remote data centres - is now expected to triple to 22 billion euros ($26 billion) by 2025. That will eclipse traditional licence sales that have for decades been SAP’s cash cow.
Cloud Computing
Microsoft begins to finally kill off Internet Explorer
Starting in recent versions of Microsoft Edge, when Internet Explorer visits an incompatible site, the browsing session will automatically be launched in Microsoft Edge to continue the browsing session.
Apps/DevOps
Veea and SK E&C Collaborate to Create Smart Edge Construction Safety Management System
The Smart Safety Platform combines edge computing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver a comprehensive safety management system, providing real-time risk and safety information to site operators and safety managers.
IoT/Mobility
WordPress deploys forced security update for dangerous bug in popular plugin
This version contained a security fix for a dangerous SQL injection bug that could have allowed hackers to take over WordPress sites running older versions of the Loginizer plugin.
Privacy & Security
OpenText Announces Flexible Cloud Platform for Developers
The OpenText Developer Cloud provides industry leading services for developers looking to extend, integrate, and develop new business applications
Apps/DevOps
Ketos raises $18 million to monitor drinking water quality with AI
Ketos’ suite principally targets industrial and agricultural enterprises and leverages sensors and an AI-driven backend to prevent contaminants from seeping into water supply lines
Artificial Intelligence
Amperity and Zendesk to Help Brands Offer Customer Personalization
By applying cloud-scale computing to the challenge of resolving identity across systems without a common unique identifier, Amperity transforms raw data into individual profiles that can plug directly into Zendesk open CRM software.
Data Analytics
Facebook takes its first small steps into the world of cloud gaming
Unlike Amazon or Google, which both offer standalone cloud gaming services for a fee, Facebook is introducing cloud games to its existing app — several of which are playable right now.
Apps/DevOps
Huawei’s Urban Rail Cloud Solution Brings 5G / IoT at Center of Public Mobility
Huawei’s Urban Rail Cloud Solution is a powerful smart urban mobility platform that streamlines the production, management, and service subsystems of urban rails and fully integrates service data.
IoT/Mobility
NetApp debuts new ‘storageless’ storage platform for Kubernetes apps
The most important of the new services is Spot Storage, which the company described as a “serverless and storageless” solution for software containers that host the components of modern applications that can run anywhere.
Data Storage
Deleting Facebook Also Deletes Oculus Purchases And Account Information
Conversation surrounding the account deletion policy continues to unfold and there was a recent House subcommittee report which seemed to suggest Congress should view policies like Facebook’s as anticompetitive.
Apps/DevOps
Global Artificial Intelligence Spending to Surge by 120% and Hit $110 Billion by 2024
Automated customer service, sales process automation, automated threat intelligence and prevention, and IT automation were the leading use cases for AI in 2020, accounting for nearly a third of total AI spending this year
Artificial Intelligence
IBM and R3 Collaborate to Expand Blockchain Capabilities and Services Across Hybrid Cloud
As part of the collaboration, R3 announced a new open beta program to bring R3’s enterprise blockchain platform, Corda Enterprise, to IBM LinuxONE next month across the hybrid cloud—both on-premises and the IBM Cloud—delivered via IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services.
Blockchain
ServiceNow teams up with Accenture to accelerate enterprise automation 
ServiceNow sells a cloud automation platform that’s designed to help enterprises automate parts of their business that involve service delivery
Automation & Productivity
Minitab Launches Launches New Solutions to Help Organizations Accelerate Digital Transformation
Minitab Connect is a new cloud-based platform that empowers organizations to access, blend and enrich data from both external and internal critical sources
Data Analytics
JBS Will Use Blockchain Technology to Enhance Conservation of the Amazon
By using blockchain technologythe company will guarantee the confidentiality and security of the personal, commercial and sanitary information of the producers, as well as transparency in the analyses of the suppliers.
Blockchain
Seven Local Governments Sign Up for CivStart Tech Program
The startups CivStart is working with this year have developed technology for, among other things, affordable housing applications, road tolls, aerial imagery and communication with prison inmates.
Smart Cities
MongoDB Atlas Is the First Cloud Database to Enable Customers to Run Applications Simultaneously on all Major Cloud Providers
For the first time, customers can deploy a fully managed, distributed database across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure simultaneously.
Cloud Computing
Language learning game Drops hits 25 million users
The Drops app is free to use for five minutes a day. But you can buy the premium app on iOS and Android for $8.50 a month with no time limit. The average user uses it for about seven minutes a day.
EdTech
Database of 186M registered voters distributed on hacking forums 
A database containing voter registration details of 186 million people in the U.S. is being distributed on hacking forums, putting voters at risk of scams and disinformation campaigns.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft now lets you bypass Windows 10 update blocks
With the release of the Windows 10 October 2020 Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft has added a new Group Policy titled "Disable safeguards for Feature Updates" that allows you to bypass any safeguard holds placed on your device
Apps/DevOps
DARPA awards Xerox's PARC another Oceans of Things contract
The drifters provide data on ocean pollution, aquafarming and transportation routes. The DARPA drifters are powered by solar and have 20 onboard sensors including a camera, GPS, microphone, hydrophone and accelerator.
Data Analytics
Just AI Officially Launches World’s Open-Source First Kotlin-based Conversational AI Framework
The framework can be easily used by Kotlin, Android, and mobile developers to enter the voice tech field while utilizing programming languages they already know.
Apps/DevOps
Microsoft and Honeywell strike industrial IoT analytics partnership 
The integration will enable enterprises to make relevant diagnostics information from Honeywell Forge available to their technicians via the Dynamics 365 Field Service interface.
Automation & Productivity
Judge again blocks Trump administration push to ban WeChat in the US
The government has not presented enough evidence that WeChat is a security risk, the judge ruled.
Apps/DevOps
NetApp’s flash upgrade for its AFF and FAS arrays
The FAS arrays are optimised for mix of performance and capacity and, until now, consist of hybrid flash-disk systems while the AFF line is optimised more for performance and uses all-flash media.
Data Storage
Another agency draws attention of senators for warrantless use of phone data
This is the second time in two months senators have asked an IG to investigate an agency’s warrantless use of the Northern Virginia-based company’s database.
Privacy & Security
ClipDrop finally makes AR practical
ClipDrop, a new app that lets your phone’s camera quickly grab objects from your environment and place them into desktop apps, is now available to try.
Apps/DevOps
IBM and Pfizer claim AI can predict Alzheimer’s onset with 71% accuracy
The IBM and Pfizer team analyzed the transcriptions of participants’ samples with natural language processing, which allowed them to tap into AI to pick up subtleties and changes in discourse they might have otherwise missed.
Artificial Intelligence
Russian state hackers stole data from US government networks
"The Russian-sponsored APT actor is obtaining user and administrator credentials to establish initial access, enable lateral movement once inside the network, and locate high value assets in order to exfiltrate data."
Privacy & Security
Microsoft Teams Salesforce tie-up: Now you can share customer data in Teams chat
The integration and app are being offered to Salesforce's Sales and Service Cloud customers with Enterprise or Unlimited edition at no additional cost.
Apps/DevOps
Report: PayPal in talks to acquire cryptocurrency wallet and custodial services startup BitGo 
BitGo also offers institutional investors with security, compliance and custodial solutions for blockchain-based currencies
Blockchain
Microsoft, MITRE and partners release adversarial AI framework 
Microsoft Corp. and the federally funded MITRE research organization today released the Adversarial ML Threat Matrix, a framework designed to help cybersecurity experts prepare against attacks targeting artificial intelligence models.
Artificial Intelligence
VA looks beyond multi-factor authentication to secure extended telework
In specific, the VA has been looking at “bump and go” options for user authentication, referring to physical tokens that can be used as an added layer of security, the VA CISO said.
Privacy & Security
Precisely Delivers First End-to-End Data Integrity Suite for Confident Business Decisions
Eighty-four percent of CEOs do not trust the data on which they base decisions, 68 percent of organizations are hindered by siloed data, and nearly half (47 percent) of all new data records contain at least one critical error.
Data Analytics
Facebook, News and XSS Underpin Complex Browser Locker Attack
Facebook issues a pop-up to users, asking them to confirm the redirection – but the destination is obscured by the fact that the link is a bit.ly shortened URL, he added.
Privacy & Security
California Unveils Strategy to Help Navigate Data Landscape
In the strategy, Bonaguro says that there is confusion about the roles and responsibilities of data management and use, and in particular a division over whether the business or technology staff should drive data work.
Data Analytics
Microsoft Teams Phishing Attack Targets Office 365 Users
The initial phishing email displays the name “There’s new activity in Teams,” making it appear like an automated notification from Microsoft Teams.
Privacy & Security
Amazon embraces end-to-end models to improve Alexa’s speech recognition
Alexa is now running “full-capability” speech recognition on-device, after previously relying on models many gigabytes in size that required huge amounts of memory and ran on servers in the cloud.
Apps/DevOps
Exclusive: HPE takes giant axe to sales teams
According to sources, HPE is laying off entire external sales teams in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has reduced the need for in-person sales calls. The company is reorganising to focus more on inside sales.
Data Storage
Microsoft Forms survey app now available for personal use
Forms for consumers is free for anyone with a Microsoft account. To unlock "premium" features, like an expanded number of respondents and more templates, users need to subscribe to either Microsoft 365 Personal or Family.
Apps/DevOps
Machine Learning Capabilities Come to the Majority of Open Source Databases with MindsDB AI-Tables
Through the use of AI-Tables, database users can apply machine learning models straight from their database and automatically generate predictions as simple as querying a table.
Data Analytics
TeleSense raises $10.2 million to monitor crops with AI and sensors
The sensors work anywhere with a cellular data connection and monitor stationary storage units, as well as storage units in transit — like barges, railcars, ground piles, grain bags, bunkers, bins, warehouses, and crates.
Artificial Intelligence
PayPal to offer cryptocurrency services to customers from their existing accounts 
The service will initially provide support for bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin and will be available to PayPal users in the U.S. in the coming weeks
Fintech
Dropbox Family plans arrive with 2TB storage, new ‘Family Room’ feature, more
As Apple is about to make its Apple One family friendly bundle plans available this fall, Dropbox is beating it to the punch with new Dropbox Family plans.
Automation & Productivity
NASicide; CTERA V7 continues on local filer-killing path
Its Enterprise File Services Platform has faster data transmission to/from the cloud, zoned security, a file migration engine and Apple Mac UI integration.
Data Storage
Syte, an Israeli visual AI startup, raises $30M Series C funding for the world’s first product discovery platform
Syte.ai, encompasses many verticals, providing solutions for retailers, publishers, influencers, and consumers.
Artificial Intelligence
Quibi video service shuts down 6 months after launch, 1 day after Apple TV app release
The idea of the service was that the shows would be divided into short-form “quick bites” and would be formatted to watch on an iPhone display in portrait orientation.
Apps/DevOps
STaaSification; Dell APEX project includes Storage-as-a-Service
The idea to make the on-premises IT world similar to the public cloud in terms of IT component delivery, scalability and payment.
Data Storage
Amazon Expands AWS Cloud Training Program
Each tuition-free program is intended to help unemployed and underemployed people — especially those in underrepresented demographics — gain new skills in cloud computing to help them get entry-level jobs in a high-demand field.
EDTech
T-Mobile launches venture capital fund to invest in startups building 5G-related tech
T-Mobile unveiled a venture capital fund called T-Mobile Ventures that will invest in companies building 5G-related products and services for the T-Mobile network in areas including edge compute, security, future of work, and industrial IoT.
Telecom
Google tests smart displays that activate without a wake word
The speculation is that the Nest Hub Max is using its existing ultrasound sensing to sense a person’s presence and start listening.
Apps/DevOps
InterSystems Partners with AtScale on New Adaptive Analytics Within IRIS Data Platform
InterSystems IRIS Advanced Analytics makes it fast and easy for data designers to manage a common analytic data model and for business users to create and modify BI dashboards without needing IT involvement.
Data Analytics
New chip design lets agencies save big on data center operations
“By improving the density, you begin to deliver greater virtual machine counts and reduce the total cost of ownership,” he says, “and reduce the support and maintenance services required, because you’re taking care of fewer machines.”
Automation & Productivity
pCloudy Launches Browser Cloud for Desktop Web Testing
In the browser cloud, you can have access to a set of real-time laptop systems in which you can perform web-app, website and cross-browser testing.
Apps/DevOps
Cyber Intelligence startup 4iQ scores $30 million in Series C funding to accelerates growth in the digital risk protection space
The company’s proprietary 4iQ IDLake, 4iQ curates, and archives more than 45 billion identity records collected from data breaches and leaks found in open sources, on the surface, social and deep, and dark web.
Privacy & Security
Neo4j Announces New Version of Neo4j for Graph Data Science
Neo4j, the leader in graph technology, announced the latest version of Neo4j for Graph Data Science, a breakthrough that democratizes advanced graph-based machine learning (ML) techniques by leveraging deep learning and graph convolutional neural networks.
Data Analytics
Cisco Accelerates Secure Cloud Adoption with Launch of New WAN Edge Platform
A foundational piece of Cisco’s intent-based networking portfolio, the Catalyst 8000 Edge family provides customers with an innovative and high-performance routing platform
Cloud Computing
Microsoft researchers develop assistive eye-tracking AI that works on any device
Like iTracker, the coauthors’ model takes the left eye, right eye, and face regions from camera images as input along with a 25-by-25 face-grid indicating positions of the face pixels in the captured images.
Artificial Intelligence
Pharma Giant Pfizer Leaks Customer Prescription Info, Call Transcripts
Hundreds of people were exposed, with some of the information dating back to October 2018. Researchers discovered the bucket open to the internet (with no passwords or usernames required) in July.
Privacy & Security
Low-code enterprise app maker startup Retool raises $50M on $925M valuation 
Although the growing no-code segment is pitched at nontechnical staff, Retool with its low-code model is built specifically for engineers who may have some level of coding experience but want the ease of being able to build a custom app without having to code the whole thing from scratch.
Apps/DevOps
New Percona Report Shows Massive Growth in DBaaS Adoption, Especially Hybrid Hosting Strategies
The share of companies using Database as a Service (DBaaS) increased to 45% of respondents compared to 40% the previous year. More than half of large companies (56%) stated they use DBaaS.
Data Analytics
New in Microsoft Teams: Now you can make notes with Zoho's Notebook note-taking app

The Zoho Notebook app can be installed as a tab in Teams and lets Teams users create, access and edit note cards without switching browser tabs thanks to the integration between the two apps.
Apps/DevOps
Synthetic biology startup AbSci raises $65M to expand ‘Protein Printing’ tech
“We believe AbSci’s Protein Printing technology has a unique opportunity to support the commercialization of next-generation biologics which have long been considered unmanufacturable."
Healthcare Tech
Microsoft takes Azure cloud computing into outer space
The goal is to serve as a bridge between satellites and new services from both the public and private sectors, spanning military, telecommunications, agriculture, energy, and more
Cloud Computing
NetApp adds S3 to ONTAP, SW-only SolidFire and pay-as-you-grow pricing
The SolidFire Element all-flash array’s noisy neighbour-killing software is now available in SW-only form to run on commodity server hardware. This new Enterprise SDS (eSDS) offering is packaged in containers and contains selectable components.
Data Storage
Dell simplifies its ‘as-a-service’ offerings with Project APEX 
Project APEX, announced late Tuesday night, unifies Dell’s existing Dell Technologies On Demand and Dell Technologies Cloud offerings under one umbrella. The idea is to deliver a more consistent “as-a-service” experience to its customers for on-premises, cloud and edge workloads.
Cloud Computing
Splunk debuts Observability Suite, which integrates SignalFx, Omnition technology into one platform
The suite leverages no sample streaming, full-fidelity ingestion and machine learning capabilities to collect and correlate across metric, trace and log data in real-time and at any scale,
Data Analytics
Hyperscience scores $80M Series D funding for the world’s first Software-Defined, Input-to-Outcome automation platform
The Hyperscience Platform allows businesses to use a combination of horizontal, stackable blocks and workflows to build vertical solutions that automate business processes, such as claims processing and loans origination.
Automation & Productivity
TigerGraph Demonstrates Scalability to Support Massive Data Volumes, Complex Workloads and Real-World Business Challenges
TigerGraph, the only scalable graph database for the enterprise, announced the results of the first comprehensive graph data management benchmark study using nearly 5TB of raw data on a cluster of machines – and the performance numbers prove graph can scale with real data, in real time.Data Analytics
Unit21 raises $13 million to turn AI into a fraud-fighting machine
The platform offers over 100 out-of-the-box machine learning and threshold-based rules driven by a case management system, and it provides reporting and experimenting tools for big data analytics.
Data Analytics
The Future of the Data Economy Is Here: Filecoin Is Live
Filecoin, the world’s largest decentralized storage network, has launched its mainnet, enabling people from all over the world to store, request, retrieve and transfer data, independently of privately owned gatekeepers.
Data Storage
Justice Department seizes websites used to trick Amazon customers into buying device tech support
The DOJ reported that so-called “technicians” working for the website operators would take remote control of the customers’ computers and convince them that there were “technical issues” that prevented their Echo devices from working properly
Privacy & Security
Juniper Networks to buy virtual router maker 128 Technology for $450M
“When session smart networking is deployed without tunnels, approximately 40% of WAN overhead is reduced automatically, which substantially lowers bandwidth utilization expenses and minimizes cloud hosting costs."
Network Management
Intel and Katana Graph Team on Large-scale Graph Analytics
Our collaboration with Katana Graph will accelerate the adoption of graph analytics on market-leading Intel Xeon Scalable processors as well as our upcoming GPUs, enabling more customers to take advantage of graph computing,
Data Analytics
JBS Will Use Blockchain Technology to Enhance Conservation of the Amazon
By using blockchain technologythe company will guarantee the confidentiality and security of the personal, commercial and sanitary information of the producers, as well as transparency in the analyses of the suppliers.
Blockchain
Facebook opens Messenger API to Instagram messaging for businesses
Facebook is expanding its Messenger API to support Instagram messaging, enabling developers and businesses to integrate messaging from Instagram with other business applications.
Apps/DevOps
Google’s Lending DocAI service uses AI to fast-track mortgage applications 
Google LLC is jumping into the mortgage industry with the launch of a new artificial intelligence-driven cloud service aimed at helping lenders reduce the time it takes to process loan applications.
Artificial Intelligence
Gartner sees 'internet of behaviors,' automation, AI, experiences key 2021 technologies
Gartner argues that IoB combines technologies focused on tracking individuals such as location and facial recognition and connects the data and maps them to behavioral events. By 2025, half the world's population will be subject to an IoB commercial or government program.
Automation & Productivity
Facebook open-sources its M2M-100 multilingual model to improve translation accuracy 
The company is open-sourcing its latest creation, M2M-100, which it says is the first multilingual machine translation model that can translate directly between any pair of 100 languages.
Apps/DevOps
Windows GravityRAT malware now also targets Android, macOS
They are now also signing their code using digital signatures to make their booby-trapped apps look legitimate.
Privacy & Security
TCS’ Workforce Analytics Solution to Help Companies Attract and Retain the Right Digital Talent
Digital transformation calls for a new kinds of talent, with diverse skillsets and capabilities, which traditional recruitment methods are ill-suited to assess
Training/Cert
AWS Announced Amazon DocumentDB With MongoDB Compatibility
Amazon DocumentDB is a non-relational /NoSQL database service designed specifically to manage MongoDB workloads at scale. AWS has decoupled storage and compute capabilities to ensure both operations are managed and scaled independently.
Data Analytics
Fugue Introduces Next-Generation CSPM
The new features leverage Fugue’s cloud state machine, which captures every resource configuration over time in a cloud environment, and Fugue’s policy engine based on Open Policy Agent (OPA), the open-source standard for policy-as-code.
Cloud Computing
Microsoft is the Most-Imitated Brand for Phishing Emails
Behind Microsoft (related to 19 percent of all phishing attempts globally) were: shipping company DHL (9 percent); Google (9 percent); PayPal (6 percent); Netflix (6 percent); Facebook (5 percent); Apple (5 percent); WhatsApp (5 percent); Amazon (4 percent); and Instagram (4 percent).
Privacy & Security
Xiaomi announces ridiculous 80W wireless charging technology
The company's 30W wireless charging takes 25 minutes to go to 50% and 69 minutes to reach 100%, so this is a substantial improvement.
IoT/Mobility
Silent Eight leverages AI to detect and solve financial fraud
Silent Eight says its systems can scan structured, semi-structured, and unstructured databases in a range of formats, such as online news articles, screening engines, and case management systems.
Privacy & Security
IBM expands the role of its hybrid-cloud security package
“Customers are overwhelmed with point security products—the average customer has more than 50—that make gaining insights and quickly responding to threats and attacks difficult."
Privacy & Security
Showbie Adds Popular Augmented Reality and Coding Apps to a Growing Kit of Educational Tools
Hologo is the maker of the top-rated app for 3D & Augmented Reality based lessons across STEM topics while Kodable is a popular K-5 programming curriculum trusted by over 50% of elementary schools in the United States.
EDTech
Celonis Launches IT’s First Execution Management System 
The new EMS’s whole purpose is to eliminate system complexity, considered by most IT admins as the No. 1 capacity killer in business.                                                            
Automation & Productivity
Arize AI and Paperspace Partner to Bring Deep ML Observability Solutions to Data Science Teams
The integration allows Paperspace customers the ability to monitor data drift, model drift, and model performance issues with a simple activation.
Data Analytics
Bits and bytes in bacteria: DNA data storage in living cells
"This means the fragments can be retrieved from a larger number of cells than the starting population, meaning “higher stability and longer storage periods could be expected.”
Data Storage
AWS and Carrier team up to combat food waste with analytics 
 Under the hood, Lynx will store data in the Amazon S3 object storage service while using the cloud giant’s AWS IoT suite to process the information.
Cloud Computing
Semantic Web Company Continues Global Expansion with New Presence in the US
"I am proud of what our highly skilled team has accomplished to date in solving some of the most complex data and knowledge management challenges for many of the world’s largest corporations and government organizations."
Data Analytics
Temporal raises $18.75M Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital to grow its open source microservices orchestration engine
Temporal provides a code-first open-source runtime, which companies are using in multiple production scenarios to orchestrate microservices, provision resources, build data pipelines, and other tasks.
Apps/DevOps
Sternum gives the enterprise greater visibility into IoT network security with advanced detection 
The solution can easily detect all suspicious activity and attempts to breach a device, as well as further learn insights about a device’s internal operations, software functions and third-party code.
Privacy & Security
Boomi Partners with Aible to Equip Business Users with AI Insights
With the partnership, business users are expected to be able to utilize their data, fueled through Boomi, to quickly deploy AI solutions without code to power AI-driven insights – freeing up time for data scientists to tackle more complex problems.
Data Analytics
Azure Defender for IoT enters public preview
Azure Defender for IoT can help companies keep track of IoT/OT networks without having to install anything on their smart devices and industrial equipment.
IoT/Mobility
OpenRoaming promises simple, seamless, secure Wi-Fi connectivity, like cellular networks
The OpenRoaming initiative, managed and promoted by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), aims to create a more cellular-like experience by authenticating your laptop or cell phone and joining participating Wi-Fi networks as you roam from one to the next.
Telecom
BigPanda and Datadog Form Partnership for Integration and Go-to-Market
The integration provides support for all eight of Datadog’s monitoring tools, and it’s the first integration to utilize Datadog’s rich topology datasets out of the bo
Data Analytics
Prezi introduces dynamic video teaching tools as education moves online
With gesture controls — now in the pilot phase — Prezi’s software leverages a laptop’s camera and computer vision smarts to recognize the location of a presenter’s hand. It then composites the desired visuals and follows the hand to deposit a visual in the desired spot.
EDTech
Zerto beefs up backup, DR and in-AWS-cloud protection
Its local journaling technology enables customers to recover without the data loss, downtime, or production impact that Zerto says are inherent to traditional backup systems ensuring business continuity and availability.  
Data Storage
King & Union Introduces Fractional Ownership of Premium Threat Intelligence 
Today King & Union and its threat intelligence partners democratized threat intelligence data for thousands of organizations by launching Avalon Marketplace. Avalon marketplace is the first in the industry to "tokenize" fractional datasets via partners feeds, integrations, and enrichment sources
Data Analytics
Cloudtamer.io Announces New Feature, Savings Opportunities, to Reduce Cloud Spend
New Feature Will Scan Customer’s Cloud Environments to Detect Abandoned and Underutilized Resources by Identifying Rightsizing and Decommissioning Opportunities
Cloud Computing
Sonrai Security raises $20 million to protect public clouds with automation
The platform is built on a graph that identifies and monitors relationships between entities (e.g., admins, roles, compute instances, serverless functions, and containers) and data within public clouds and third-party data stores.
Privacy & Security
Acceldata lands $8.5M for data observability platform 
Observability is a growing category of instrumentation software that goes beyond flagging errors to diagnosing root causes. Most observability tools target infrastructure, applications or websites but Acceldata is the first to focus on data.
Data Analytics
Google Cloud Unveils AI and Machine Learning Privacy Commitment
“This [AI/ML Privacy Commitment] is the first of its kind in the industry, and demonstrates the company’s focus on building trust with customers."
Privacy & Security
Engageli launches with $14.5 million to bring digital learning to universities
The platform facilitates polls, quizzes, and interactive exercises to test students’ knowledge, while a gallery view with fixed seating arrangements allows instructors to familiarize themselves with class layouts and access real-time engagement data.
EDTech
BlackSwan Technologies Launches World’s First AI Operating System, Raises $28 Million in Funding to Pioneer Next Generation of Enterprise Software
The company’s signature Platform as a Service (PaaS), ELEMENT, accomplishes this by combining multiple AI technologies — including machine learning, natural language processing, deep learning, neural network and data operation facilities — into a single platform.
Artificial Intelligence
IBM brings more threat intelligence into Cloud Pak for Security
The enhancements announced today include what IBM describes as a “built-in data security hub.” The hub shows where sensitive datasets are stored inside a company, identifies who has access to them and makes it possible to track how records are used. 
Privacy & Security
EBSCO Information Services Partners with Three Institutions to Develop Analytics Platform
The platform will combine and streamline data sets from library and campus systems, allowing library staff to demonstrate a library’s impact while making informed decisions on collections and services.
Data Analytics


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