Teckedin - Curated Tech News - March 2024 - September 2024
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Document AI startup Upstage raises $72M for global expansion

Under the hood, Upstage’s “Document AI” solution uses optical character recognition, or OCR, technology that can quickly digitize and understand typed and handwritten documents to extract information. The company says it has a 99% classification accuracy rate that can recognize not only text but also graphs and checkboxes, even when it is in different forms such as rotated, slanted or wrinkled.

Automation & Productivity

MLCommons announces first benchmark for assessing AI safety

To solve this, MLCommons set about creating a broad benchmark that covers an extensive range of hazards, such as violent crime, child abuse and exploitation and hate. For each category, it sets out to test different kinds of interactions where an LLM’s response might create a risk of harm.

AI/Safety

ZTE unveils next-gen LLM-based lossless network service at prestigious industry congress

Additionally, ChatZ harnesses the Q&A and man-machine interaction capabilities of the large model across various high-frequency O&M scenarios such as resource checks, fault investigations, network health assessments and network migration simulations, thereby boosting overall O&M efficiency by over 90%.

LLM/Network Management

Amazon Bedrock adds Anthropic’s Claude 3 family and Mistral Large

AWS says this should help customers test, build and deploy generative AI apps. With responsible AI built in, Amazon Bedrock provides a range of fully managed large language models and foundation models, as well as ease-of-use capabilities, and it is the easiest way to build and scale gen AI applications.

AI/LLMs

Hugging Face introduces Idefics2, an 8B open-source visual language model

Short for Image-aware Decorder Enhanced à la Flamingo with Interleaved Cross-attentionS, Idefics is a general multimodal model that can respond to text and image prompts. While its predecessor has a parameter size of 80 billion, Idefics2 is a tenth of the size at 8 billion, comparable to DeepSeek-VL and LLaVA-NeXT-Mistral-7B.

AI/LLMs

Google Cloud Announces Generative AI, Cybersecurity, and Data Analytics Trainings with New Skills-Based Interview Accelerator for Hiring Partners

The new Google Cloud Data Analytics and Cybersecurity Certificates, and courses in generative AI provide dynamic, hands-on learning experiences that validate skills with industry-recognized credentials. The learning journey is powered by generative AI tools, like Interview Warmup, to prepare learners for in-demand cloud roles in data analytics, cybersecurity, software development, systems operations, and more—particularly as jobs start to require advanced AI knowledge.

Training/Certs

Open-source vector database Qdrant launches hybrid cloud for enterprise AI apps

Qdrant Hybrid Cloud ensures complete database isolation, which allows customers to safely deploy a vector database in any chosen environment all without giving up on a managed service. Zayarni said this gives customers the best of both worlds without sacrificing the benefits of either, giving customers control over their data and giving them vector search capabilities to power their AI apps.

AI/Data

Kong expands API gateway availability on AWS with new dedicated cloud gateway

Available exclusively via Kong Konnect, the company’s unified API platform, the new service is claimed to set a “new standard in simplicity” for deploying global, dedicated API management. Kong’s Cloud Gateway gives users the ability to establish a multicloud and multiregion distributed API management infrastructure, either at the edge or internally, with dedicated cloud resources.

Cloud

Salesforce is reportedly in talks to acquire Informatica for more than $11 billion

Interestingly, this potential acquisition comes hot on the heels of reports suggesting that Google’s parent company Alphabet is eyeing a purchase of Salesforce competitor HubSpot, indicating a period of significant consolidation within the tech industry.

Marketing Tech

Widely-Used PuTTY SSH Client Found Vulnerable to Key Recovery Attack

"An attacker in possession of a few dozen signed messages and the public key has enough information to recover the private key, and then forge signatures as if they were from you, allowing them to (for instance) log in to any servers you use that key for."

Security

New Tanium Automate offers automated insights for endpoint security

Called Tanium Automate, the new service combines real-time endpoint visibility and data with the ability to contextualize that data and turn it into real-time action. Claimed to be the first “autonomous endpoint management-enabled platform,” the service allows organizations to mitigate risk autonomously on a continuous basis for cyber readiness.

Security

Zoom gets its first major overhaul in 10 years, powered by generative AI

Zoom Workplace includes a new multi-speaker view that places speaking participants on a "stage". The other participants are placed underneath in a traditional gallery view, as seen below. This approach aims to foster better discussion between participants.

Automation & Productivity

Poe introduces multi-bot chat and plans enterprise tier to dominate AI chatbot market

The most significant new capability is “multi-bot chat,” which allows users to simultaneously interact with multiple AI models in a single conversation thread. Poe provides context-aware recommendations to compare bot responses and enables users to call any bot into the chat simply by @-mentioning it, akin to using Slack.

AI/Chat

Pegasystems offers every worker access to a personalized, generative AI-powered coach

Announced today as part of the update Pega Infinity 24.1. release, Pega GenAI Coach is designed to proactively advise workers on whatever task they’re performing, so as to help them achieve more successful outcomes, the company explained. The tool is integrated with every employee’s workflow so it can analyze exactly what they’re trying to achieve, and provide intelligent, contextual advice that can help them accomplish outcomes faster.

Automation & Productivity

Personal Data Exposed in Massive Global Hack: Understanding the Implications & Guarding Privacy- Axios Security Group

The breach was identified as Midnight Blizzard, from the Russian state-sponsored actor known as NOBELIUM. It has affected Millions of individuals and government agencies worldwide, underscoring the far-reaching consequences of cyberattacks and the critical importance of protecting sensitive information.

Data Priacy

FTC Fines Mental Health Startup Cerebral $7 Million for Major Privacy Violations

The company is said to have provided the sensitive information of nearly 3.2 million consumers to third parties such as LinkedIn, Snapchat, and TikTok by integrating tracking tools within its websites and apps that are designed to provide advertising and data analytics functions.

Data Privacy

Backblaze introduces Event Notifications for enhanced workflow automation

“Companies increasingly want to leverage best-of-breed providers to grow their business, versus being locked into the traditional closed cloud providers. Our new Event Notifications service unlocks the freedom for our customers to build their cloud workflows in whatever way they prefer.”

Cloud

DataRobot, the Leading AI Platform Supercharged With NVIDIA

Use NVIDIA NeMo Guardrails and DataRobot’s custom metrics to keep an eye on and control LLMs. Align models with safety and security criteria by applying NVIDIA NeMo Guardrails to DataRobot LLM designs. Alter and combine these models with DataRobot’s bespoke metrics to support particular monitoring needs.

AI/Data

Adobe's PDF-reading AI Assistant starts at $4.99/month - here's how to try it for free

With a chatbot-like interface, AI Assistant is designed to let users ask questions about a document -- to surface the information they need quickly and easily. It parses PDFs for their content and then prompts users with recommended questions that let you "chat" with your documents. 

Automation & Productivity

Reka releases Reka Core, its multimodal language model to rival GPT-4 and Claude 3 Opus

Available today via API, on-premise, or on-device deployment options, Core is the third member in Reka’s family of language models and offers the ability to understand multiple modalities, including image, audio and video. Most importantly, despite being trained in less than a year, it matches or beats the performance of top models from leading, deep-pocketed players in the AI space, including OpenAI, Google and Anthropic.

AI/LLMs

Muddled Libra Shifts Focus to SaaS and Cloud for Extortion and Data Theft Attacks

"The Okta cross-tenant impersonation attacks that occurred from late July to early August 2023, where Muddled Libra bypassed IAM restrictions, display how the group exploits Okta to access SaaS applications and an organization's various CSP environments," security researcher Margaret Zimmermann explained.

Security

YouTube’s ad blocker crackdown now includes third-party apps

Last year, YouTube “launched a global effort” to encourage users to allow ads while watching videos or upgrade to YouTube Premium. It also began disabling videos for users with an ad blocking extension enabled.

Data Privacy

Adobe plans generative AI video editing tools for Premiere Pro

Generative extend allows editors to seamlessly extend video clip content using the generative AI model so it can be transitioned easily into another clip. This capability helps solve a problem that editors routinely run into daily when attempting to tie together different clips and need to edit them together when one clip is cut short, thus creating a jarring experience for viewers.

Automation & Productivity

Elon Musk-backed xAI debuts its first multimodal model, Grok-1.5V

According to the company, Grok-1.5V is more than able to compete with existing multimodal models in various domains, specializing in what it calls “multidisciplinary reasoning.” It incorporates smart spatiotemporal perception capabilities, otherwise known in the AI industry as “real-world spatial understanding,” giving it the ability to reason with complex text, interpret scientific pictures and interact with visual content in a humanlike way.

AI

QStar Technologies targets expanding tape archive needs

The technology is a multi-node gateway solution that supports the massive archive needs of high performance computing (HPC), AI/ML, hyperscalers, media and entertainment, and video surveillance environments. It creates a multi-node Windows or Linux-based archive using Global Namespaces for SMB shares, NFS mounts or S3 buckets.

Data Storage

Google Cloud Introduced Custom Google Axion Processors for AI Inference Workloads

Google Cloud has access to a large pool of cloud clients with deployed workloads thanks to Arm. Google has a long history of optimizing Android, Kubernetes, and Tensorflow for the Arm architecture. Our collaboration on initiatives like the SystemReady Virtual Environment (VE) certification and OpenXLA will accelerate the time to value for Arm workloads on Google Cloud, building customer confidence.

Cloud

Salesforce launches ‘Einstein 1’ generative AI tool for government

Other software companies — such as IBM and Microsoft — have also announced new AI tools for government in recent months, as interest in the technology continues to grow in the public sector. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is working to create guidance for procurement of those tools. The Office of Management and Budget is planning action on federal procurement of AI later this year and released a request for information on that work.

Automation & Productivity

AI startup Procurement Sciences AI lands $10M to speed up government contracting

The company’s suite of generative AI-powered automation tools is designed to streamline the entire procurement workflow for business development and proposal teams. By integrating with historical customer data from platforms like SharePoint and Google Drive, Procurement Sciences’ tools significantly reduce the time spent on bidding-related tasks, enabling teams to focus on growth.

Automation & Productivity

Palo Alto Networks optimizes XIAM for better cloud visibility

“The Prisma cloud is focusing on preventing breaches to proper configuration, whereas XSIAM is focusing on detecting threats that are active, and then the agent itself looks for blocking security is serving both platforms,”

Security

Quantum getting SMB speed boost for StorNext and Myriad

Tuxera’s Fusion File Share SMB technology is being added to both StorNext and Myriad, which furthers Quantum’s vision of offering an end-to-end unstructured data and AI platform, available in both software-only and appliance options.

Data Storage

Akamai reportedly in advanced talks to acquire Noname Security for $500M

Founded in 2020, Noname Security offers a holistic security platform that allows enterprises to see and secure managed and unmanaged application programming interfaces. Designed to “eliminate API blind spots,” the company’s platform protects enterprises from data leakage, authorization issues, abuse, misuse and data corruption.

Security

Fujifilm to release new data archiving animal into the wild

On that last point, Fujifilm maintains that storing data on tape reduces carbon emissions by 95 percent, when compared to other hard disk data storage options. The Kangaroo is primarily designed to be used offline, so that squares with the comparison, when considering that data stored on hard disks is usually primed with a constant power source to deliver instant access, whether it is immediately needed or not.

Data Storage

Google’s RecurrentGemma brings advanced language AI to edge devices

Google yesterday unveiled RecurrentGemma, a new open language model that enables the use of advanced AI text processing and generation on resource-constrained devices like smartphones, IoT systems and personal computers. Continuing its recent push into small language models (SLMs) and edge computing, Google’s novel architecture drastically reduces memory and processing requirements while maintaining excellent performance on par with larger language models (LLMs).

AI/LLMs

OpenAI rolls out upgraded GPT-4 Turbo model to ChatGPT’s premium tiers

OpenAI compared the two models using Simple Evals, an internally developed benchmarking tool it has open-sourced on GitHub. The tool evaluates the accuracy of an LLM’s output by having it tackle six collections of questions spanning dozens of topics. According to OpenAI, gpt-4-turbo-2024-04-09 performed better than its predecessor across all six question sets.

ChatGPT

Salesforce Introduces Data Cloud Spring

These updates make it easier to use data from Data Cloud in Salesforce’s CRM apps and platform services. For example, they introduced features like Data Cloud Related Lists and Data Cloud Triggered Flows. These let you see how customers interact with a website on their Salesforce record and automatically notify a salesperson about it.

Data & Analytics

Palo Alto Networks discloses critical vulnerability in its firewall operating system

The exploit is caused by “improper neutralization of special elements used in a command,” Palo Alto Networks detailed. One way hackers can compromise an operating system is by entering input that contains malicious code. Programs typically have mechanisms that filter such as input, but in the case of Pan-OS and GlobalProtect, malicious commands sent by hackers can get through.

Security

ScienceDaily - Breakthrough promises secure quantum computing at home

The full power of next-generation quantum computing could soon be harnessed by millions of individuals and companies, thanks to a breakthrough by scientists at Oxford University Physics guaranteeing security and privacy.

Quantum Computing

Cohere Introduces Rerank 3: A New Foundation Model for Efficient Enterprise Search & Retrieval

Our model is compatible with any database or search index and can also be plugged into any legacy application with native search capabilities. With a single line of code, Rerank 3 can boost search performance or reduce the cost of running RAG applications with negligible impact to latency.

Data Management

Adobe’s New Frame.io Integrations With Photoshop And Workfront

Adobe has launched Frame.io V4, a new tool that makes it easier for creative teams to work together on making videos and other content. It helps teams collaborate better by bringing everything into one place, reducing the number of times they have to make changes, and speeding up how quickly they can share their work. This new version of Frame.io is being tested by some customers now and will be available for more people later this year.

Automation & Productivity

Report: Apple is planning to bring new AI-focused M4 chips to entire line of Macs

Gurman says the iMac, low-end 14-inch MacBook Pro, high-end 14-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini machines will be the first to receive the M4 chips in 2024, followed by updates to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models sometime in the middle of 2025. The Mac Studio and the Mac Pro will get the update a bit later that year if the reports are correct.

Automation & Productivity

Exclusive: Writ bags $3.8M seed to make data dashboards collaborative and trackable with AI

Writ’s vision at its core is simple: a dashboard for the AI-infused era — one that speaks proactively to all departments of a company, not just data science or leadership, and provides a trackable record of what decisions the company made with the data, and the outcomes of said decisions.

AI/Data

Arize launches prompt variable monitoring to detect when models go awry

“And those templates take… prompt variables, the data you extract from your system. And there are so many ways that the data causes the LLM to go wrong, hallucinate, [or break].”

AI Ethics

Meta AI releases OpenEQA to spur ’embodied intelligence’ in artificial agents

The dataset, which Meta is positioning as a key benchmark for the nascent field of “embodied AI,” contains over 1,600 questions about more than 180 different real-world environments like homes and offices. These span seven question categories that thoroughly test an AI’s abilities in skills like object and attribute recognition, spatial and functional reasoning, and commonsense knowledge.

AI

Former Google DeepMind researchers launch AI-powered music creation app Udio

The app allows users to create music by simply typing a description of the desired genre, providing lyrics or a subject, and indicating inspiring artists. Within 40 seconds, Udio generates a fully mastered, high-quality audio track. Users can then edit and iterate on their creations using the app’s “vary” feature, which enables them to adjust the sound and length of the track.

Automation & Productivity

CISA issues emergency directive to federal agencies amid Russian hacks of Microsoft accounts

The directive requires all agencies to analyze the content of exfiltrated emails, reset compromised credentials and take additional steps to secure privileged Microsoft Azure accounts.

Security

Quantum to Offer Advanced Filesharing Technology and Performance in StorNext and Myriad Solutions

This initiative, paired with Quantum’s integration of advanced Ethernet-based connection technologies, such as NVMe-oF TCP and NVMe-oF RDMA, furthers Quantum’s vision to offer an end-to-end unstructured data and AI platform, available in both software only and appliance options.

Data Management

PeerDB raises $3.6M to accelerate PostgreSQL data movement

PeerDB co-founder and Chief Executive Sai Krishna Srirampur said Postgres is becoming the de facto primary database at thousands of enterprises and smaller businesses. “[But] existing data movement and ETL tools are not built for Postgres,” he said. “They often fail at scale due to painfully slow syncs, lack of reliability and lack of native features. The time has come for someone to give enough care to the world’s most adopted open source database.”

Data Management

Pulitzer Center launches program to train 1,000 journalists on AI reporting

The Series is a two-year program of the Pulitzer Center’s AI Accountability Network, a global community of journalists who report on AI and with AI in the public interest.

AI Ethics

Get Paid to Train AI: Masa launches AI marketplace for user-contributed data

Today, Masa Network, a prominent decentralized AI and LLM network, launched its AI Data Network and Marketplace mainnet, granting users control over their digital footprint while providing opportunities to earn from training AI models. Through the Masa Network, users can anonymously contribute data and compute power, earning token rewards in return.

AI/Data

VAST Data ports software to Google Cloud

“Now we’re enabling Google Cloud customers to take advantage of VAST natively on their preferred cloud platform, simplifying hybrid cloud data management, protection and access to accelerated computing cloud services no matter where their data resides, enabling faster time to value and accelerating innovation.”

Data Management

Snowflake previews genAI-based SQL Copilot

The development of Copilot benefits from Snowflake’s deep understanding of SQL complexities, the vendor touted, as it processes more than 4 billion queries running daily on its Data Cloud platform. This also fuels and fine-tunes Snowflake’s text-to-SQL model.

AI/Data

New AI service from meQuilibrium aims to illuminate and tackle workforce risks

MeQ, officially New Life Solutions Inc., offers a digital resilience platform that operates in the workforce well-being and performance sector. The platform uses data analytics to predict workforce risks such as burnout, turnover and behavioral health risks and prepares employees for growth. The new AI service is designed to add both an additional interface and to uncover and explain patterns when they are detected.

Automation & Productivity

Docusign unveils Intelligent Agreement Management platform to transform business contracts

Docusign IAM has been designed to help businesses transform agreement data into insights and actions, accelerate contract review cycles and boost productivity organization-wide. The service seeks to address the issue wherein companies fall into what Docusign calls an “Agreement Trap,” where outdated agreement systems and processes slow their businesses down and trap business-critical information inside static, flat files, unconnected to existing systems of record.

Automation & Productivity

Simbian raises $10M to automate security operations with generative AI

The startup reckons it’s the first generative AI-powered security copilot that’s able to adapt to diverse IT environments, covering the full gamut of security functions. The vast majority of enterprises today use a mixture of third-party software along with their own, in-house security tools, and each one has its own unique security concerns, the startup says. As such, they need a copilot tool that can learn and adapt to meet their exclusive security needs, which is precisely what Simbian says it’s delivering.

Security

Informatica Expands Partnership with Google Cloud, Launches Extension for Trusted Customer Data Analytics and Enterprise Gen AI Applications

“By collaborating with Google Cloud, a trailblazer in AI innovation, we’re empowering our joint customers with a trusted data foundation for their generative AI applications and Customer Data Platform on Google Cloud. The MDM Extension for BigQuery makes it fast and easy for customers to enhance their enterprise data foundation in BigQuery with Informatica’s industry-leading Master Data Management,”

Data & Analytics

DuckDuckGo launches $9.99 per month privacy bundle with VPN

DuckDuckGo is announcing a new bundled subscription service, Privacy Pro, that offers an additional layer of privacy beyond its existing offerings. Users who pay $9.99 per month will get access to a VPN that uses the open-source WireGuard protocol, on-device personal information removal, and 24/7 identity theft restoration.

Privacy & Security

NetApp, Google preview retrieval-augmented generation AI toolkit

NetApp’s ONTAP software is provided as a first-party service in Google’s public cloud, called Google Cloud NetApp Volumes (GCNV). A new Flex offering means users can now choose from four service levels with varying capacity and throughput performance. Vertex AI is Google’s combined data engineering, data science, and ML engineering workflow platform for training, deploying, and customizing large language models (LLMs) and developing AI applications

AI/Cloud

DataChat’s Latest Update, DataChat 2.0, Empowers Users with AI-Driven Data Analysis and Visualization Tools

The next generation of the DataChat platform enables enterprise users to quickly ask questions of their data in plain English via either a chat-based conversation, a spreadsheet interface or a combination of the two, and receive straightforward answers, insights and visualizations, as well as detailed information on how those answers were generated.

Data & Analytics

Zscaler acquires microsegmentation startup Airgap Networks

Airgap Networks’ platform blocks systems from exchanging data with one another unless they strictly require the ability to do so. An application used by the marketing team, for example, can be prevented from connecting to the finance department’s databases. Blocking unnecessary connections between technology assets makes it more difficult for hackers to spread malware from system to system.

Security

BackBox strengthens automation platform with configuration management capabilities

BackBox NCM now incorporates configuration management automation into its NetOps workflows, adds a searchable repository, and integrates with ServiceNow. NCM capabilities can be used by organizations to keep network and security devices running efficiently, and the technology can also help maintain accurate, secure configurations that are compliant with company or other policies.

Network Management

Meta unveils second-gen AI training and inference chip

Meta -- as with other tech giants, such as Microsoft, Google, and Tesla -- is investing in custom artificial intelligence (AI) hardware to hedge against the monopoly power of the chief GPU supplier, Nvidia.

AI/Training

SQream Launches In-Database Model Training to Boost AI and ML Performance

SQream’s solution, in contrast with most market offerings that deal with ML use cases, does not require customers to export prepared datasets into a different platform in order to reduce the need to increase predictive accuracy and reduce processing time.

AI/Training

New bill aims to force AI firms to disclose use of copyrighted material

The bill, known as the Generative AI Copyright Disclosure Act, was introduced by California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, and if it’s passed it will require AI creators to submit information on any copyrighted work that was used in their training datasets to the Register of Copyrights. They’ll have to do this at least 30 days before they publicly release any new models trained on copyrighted material. Failure to do so could result in significant financial penalties.

AI Ethics

Google Cloud Next 2024: AI networking gets a boost

Google announced new cloud networking capabilities that aim to help enterprises securely connect AI and multicloud workloads. The new features expand on the company’s Cross-Cloud Network service and are focused on high-speed networking for AI/ML workloads, any-to-any cloud connectivity, AI-specific load balancing options, security enhancements, and AI-powered network management capabilities.

Network Management

Vultr Launches Sovereign Cloud and Private Cloud to Bring Digital Autonomy to Nations and Enterprises Worldwide

Enterprises meanwhile must adhere to a growing number of regulations governing where data can be collected, stored, and used while retaining access to native GPU, cloud, and AI capabilities to compete on the global stage. Fifty percent of European CXOs list data sovereignty as a top issue when selecting cloud vendors, with more than a third looking to move 25-75% of data, workloads, or assets to a sovereign cloud, according to Accenture.

AI/Data

Descope introduces new features to enhance user onboarding and self-service

The new additions include embeddable widgets for user management tasks such as inviting team members and assigning roles, A/B testing for optimizing onboarding paths, analytics to understand user journey effectiveness and drop-off points, self-service workflows for setting up SAML and integration with marketing platforms for seamless identity synchronization.

Automation & Productivity

DataStax Unveils New Integrations to Enhance RAG Applications with Google Cloud’s Vertex AI

Enterprises have hundreds or even thousands of existing apps and data sources, and DataStax is among some of the first Google Cloud partners to collaborate on building new Vertex AI platform integrations that make it easier to connect generative AI models to existing code, data, and APIs, simplifying enterprise retrieval augmented generation (RAG).

AI/Data

Mistral AI drops new ‘mixture of experts’ model with a torrent link

While the capabilities of Mixtral 8x22B remain undisclosed, AI enthusiasts were quick to point out that this is a big release from Mistral – with the torrent leading to four files totaling 262GB – and might be difficult to run locally.

AI

Google updates its Gemma AI model family with variants for coding and research

One of the two new variants is CodeGemma, a lightweight model for code completion and generation tasks, combined with instruction-following capabilities. The other is RecurrentGemma, an efficient model designed for research purposes. Google also showcased performance upgrades to Gemma itself, including performance updates and bug fixes.

AI/Coding

Sama Among First to Offer Comprehensive Red Teaming Solution for Generative and Large Language AI Models

Leveraging the expertise of machine learning (ML) engineers, applied scientists and human-AI interaction designers, Sama Red Team helps evaluate a model’s fairness and safeguards, checking compliance with laws and safely exposing and rectifying issues across text, image, voice search and other modalities.

AI/LLMs

PVML raises $8M to secure access to sensitive data with Differential Privacy tech

The startup has created a secure data access platform that makes it possible to analyze and apply machine learning to the most sensitive data. Its system is based on the concept of mathematically guaranteed private outputs that are achieved by introducing randomization to its computations.

Data Privacy

Collibra tackles the ‘shadow AI’ problem with new governance application

Chief among the new offerings is an AI Governance application that provides a command center for the scattered AI initiatives across an enterprise. The tool aims to solve the disconnect between data science teams prototyping models and risk and compliance stakeholders who need to sign off before they reach production.

AI/Governance

Auditoria.AI introduces domain-specific small language model for finance, accounting and procurement

This specially built small language model comprising 3 billion tokens uses artificial intelligence designed to understand and generate human-like text but is smaller in scale and yields more accurate results for a specific discipline such as finance and accounting as compared to the larger, more widely recognized models.

AI/LLMs

Egress launches AI-powered Abuse Mailbox Automation to cut phishing investigation time by 98%

Integrated cloud email security provider, Egress, has launched Abuse Mailbox Automation for user-reported phishing emails. The new AI-powered feature instantly inspects and remediates attacks, cutting analyst investigation time by 98%*.

Security

Data security startup Cyera reels in $300M more at $1.4B valuation

The platform can find datasets that are kept in an unencrypted format or might be accessible through the public web. It also spots more subtle issues, such as cases when a sensitive file might be shared with an inactive employee account. Inactive accounts pose an unnecessary risk because they can potentially be compromised by hackers to gain data access.

Data Management

UserTesting expands AI-powered experience research for deeper trend analysis

With today’s update, UserTesting is introducing a new Feedback Engine, based on capabilities from UserZoom and infused with generative AI to help better understand feedback from user surveys.

Data & Analytics

Spectra Logic unveils denser Cube tape library and LumOS management software

“The escalating costs of public cloud storage have forced a reckoning, leading to significant interest in moving data to more economical locations including on-prem clouds and hybrid clouds. Compared to typical public cloud options, Spectra Cube solutions can cut the costs of cold storage by half or more, while providing better data control and protection from existential threats like ransomware.”

Data Storage

OpenAI makes GPT-4 Turbo with Vision generally available through its API

In addition, requests for using the model’s vision recognition and analysis capabilities can now be made through the text format JSON and function calling, which generates a JSON code snippet that developers can use to automate actions within their connected apps — “sending an email, posting something online, making a purchase, etc,” though OpenAI notes on its API page that: “We strongly recommend building in user confirmation flows before taking actions that impact the world on behalf of users.”

AI/DevOps

Onum raises $28M to help organizations extract their most valuable data in real time

Onum lists benefits such as data reduction, data management, data exfiltration and real-time data enrichment as the main use cases supported by its technology. In a nutshell, businesses can use it to identify and extract the most important data they generate through their daily business operations and send it to the most appropriate analytics platform where it can be put to good use.

Data Management

Panzura goes on the attack against ransomware

“When it comes to ransomware recovery, time really is money … Panzura Detect and Rescue applies machine learning to take roughly 12 billion data snapshots on any given day, giving us an incredibly accurate benchmark from which to identify anomalous patterns and potential threats.”

Security

Sapien raises $5M to gamify data labeling for AI models

The company states that its platform uses a “gamified” approach to the data labeling experience with blockchain-based rewards, such as crypto tokens, that incentivize human labelers to deliver accurate notations.

AI/Data

Google Workspace gets new genAI pricing options, Vids app

The AI Meetings and Messaging add-on, which costs $10 per user per month, offers a range of Gemini features via Google’s Meet video conferencing tool, with functionality for Chat — the team messaging app in Workspace — to follow eventually.

Automation & Productivity

Starburst to release its Iceberg-based lakehouse as a managed service

Icehouse is an open-source lakehouse that combines Trino and Apache Iceberg storage. A lakehouse is a new type of data architecture that combines the flexibility of data lakes with the performance of data warehouses. Iceberg is an open-source data table format designed for data warehouses and data lakes that supports SQL tables on large amounts of storage.

Data Storage

Intercom’s new Fin AI Copilot gives customer service agents their personal AI assistant

The company is launching its Fin AI Copilot, giving every team of humans troubleshooting customer problems their own AI assistant. Its release is over a year after Intercom debuted its Fin AI bot. However, unlike its sibling, which was powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4, Copilot derives responses from multiple content sources.

Automation & Productivity

Software AG applies generative AI to process modeling and IT asset management

Both are based on the off-the-shelf Azure OpenAI service from Microsoft Corp. ARIS is used to represent processes within an organization and to model improvements. Alfabet has similar capabilities but is aimed at information technology portfolio management. It helps organizations understand their assets, identify gaps and redundancies and prepare for technology deployments and migrations.

IT Management

Raspberry Robin Returns: New Malware Campaign Spreading Through WSF Files

"The WSF downloader is heavily obfuscated and uses many an-analysis techniques enabling the malware to evade detection and slow down analysis."

Security

Wiz acquires cloud cybersecurity startup Gem Security for reported $350M

“Tool sprawl, silos, and visibility gaps have spurred organizations to actively push to consolidate vendors. To own the market, Wiz must solve this pain, while continuing to stretch the boundaries of innovation and make the complex simple — at speed.”

Security

HP’s AI Creation Center, the World’s Most Comprehensive Workstation Solution for AI Development

Customers now have easy access to processes anywhere thanks to the integration of NVIDIA® data and pre-trained models into HP’s AI Studio. GPUs from NVIDIA® quicken training, which means more time to value. By integrating NVIDIA® NGC into the system, users can access and use selected models and data through a unified interface. HP’s AI Studio is set to integrate NVIDIA® NGC from an OEM workstation, making it the first AI development platform to do so. This integration is made possible by NVIDIA® technology.

Automation & Productivity

Gathid launches new identity governance solution using directed graph model

The offering integrates with existing infrastructure to help organizations tackle increasingly complex identity security challenges. Gathid uses a novel application of a directed graph model for identity and access improvements, with a resource-efficient approach that can function across disconnected systems in hybrid and multicloud environments.

Secrity

NeuroMesh: Spearheading the New Era of AI with a Distributed Training Protocol

The team behind NeuroMesh, composed of researchers and engineers from Oxford, NTU, PKU, THU, HKU, Google, and Meta, pioneers a democratic AI training process. This visionary approach addresses the limitations of centralized AI development by enabling GPU owners worldwide to contribute to a vast training network, empowering entities of all sizes to leverage this service for their training needs.

AI/Training

Beware: GitHub's Fake Popularity Scam Tricking Developers into Downloading Malware

The idea is to manipulate the search rankings in GitHub to bring threat actor-controlled repositories to the top when users filter and sort their results based on the most recent updates and increase the popularity via bogus stars added via fake accounts.

Security

Ship4wd transforms digital freight forwarding with an innovative solution for SMBs

The ZIM brand already offers companies a range of digital logistics tools, from the ZIMonitor for cargo tracking to the eZ Quote system. Ship4wd leverages ZIM’s vast experience and knowledge of the shipping industry to deliver a one-stop-shop digital platform specifically tuned to the needs of SMBs, helping them navigate the complex world of international shipping and streamline their logistics operations.

Automation & Productivity

POKT Network Welcomes Three New Gateways & Brings Open Data Access to Millions of End Users

POKT Network, the user-governed platform building a Universal RPC Base Layer, announced today the launch of three new Gateways: Developer DAO, Porters (backed by Raid Guild), and Chainstack. The new Gateways are a key part of POKT Network’s growth strategy to scale API access to every open data source on the internet.

Blockchain

Cohesity Brings Intel’s Confidential Computing Capabilities to Cohesity Data Cloud

Cohesity, a leader in AI-powered data security and management, today announced it is collaborating with Intel to bring Intel’s confidential computing capabilities to the Cohesity Data Cloud. Leveraged with Fort Knox, Cohesity’s industry-leading cyber vault service, this data-in-use encryption innovation will be the first of its kind in the data management industry.

Data Management

Beyond Transformers: Symbolica launches with $33M to change the AI industry with symbolic models

Symbolica approaches building AI models through structured models that define tasks through manipulating symbols, as opposed to Transformers, which use the contextual and statistical relationships between inputs and learn from past content given to them. Symbols in symbolic AI represent a set of rules, allowing them to be pretrained for particular tasks — such as coding or word processing capabilities.

AI

US lawmakers strike deal on data privacy legislation

In a joint statement, the lawmakers said the plan gives the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general broad authority to oversee consumer privacy issues and establish "robust enforcement mechanisms to hold violators accountable, including a private right of action for individuals."

Data Privacy

Beeper was just acquired by Automattic, which has big plans for the future of messaging

There’s a fascinating backstory here on all sides of this acquisition. For Beeper, it comes a couple of months after Beeper launched a new app called Beeper Mini that found a way to let Android users tap into the iMessage protocol and become blue bubbles in the Messages app. Apple didn’t like that; the two sides played a cat-and-mouse game for a while, and eventually, Beeper just gave up. (Now that fight is prominently featured in the antitrust complaint against Apple.)

Automation & Productivity

Meta may release smaller Llama AI model before the big version

The move underscores the growing trend of AI developers adding lightweight AI model options. Meta already has a smaller version of its Llama 2 model, Llama 2 7B, which it launched in February last year. Google came out with the Gemma family of models in February, and the French AI company Mistral also has Mistral 7B.

AI

New Adobe Express App Brings the Magic of Adobe Firefly AI Models

Embedded into mobile workflows, the Adobe Express app is transforming everyone’s ability to create standout content with features like Firefly Generative Fill, Text to Image, and Text Effects, as well as fast and simple video editing capabilities.

Automation & Productivity

Mode Inc. raises $8.75M to build generative AI assistant for the internet of things

“BizStack AI Assistant solves these two problems at once: the AI Assistant is given access to sensors and cameras of the site — it can give site managers what they need instantly from anywhere via their smartphones,” Ueda said. “The AI assistant joins the team just like another team member on a real-time chat system and site managers can ask about the status of the work site.”

Automation & Productivity

AI book publishing platform Spines raises $6.5M to disrupt centuries-old industry

Spines uses AI to automate much of the publishing process. It has developed various algorithms that can handle essential tasks such as editing, proofreading, formatting and cover design, though authors also have the option of paying extra for a human editor. In any case, each book is assigned a human production manager who will oversee the entire process, guiding authors through every step, from the time they first upload their manuscript until the book is actually published.

Automation & Productivity

Sprinto raises $20M to enhance compliance management with AI

Sprinto’s service helps companies that are struggling to build a robust, responsive risk and compliance program due to the amount of manual work involved and the limited availability of resources. Sprinto’s platform creates intelligent workflows using artificial intelligence, tearing down silos to produce a connected view of assets, risks, controls and compliance.

Compliance

Dremio Solidifies Its Position as Premier Apache Iceberg Data Lakehouse Platform with New Ingestion Automation and Optimization Capabilities

Available immediately, the latest version reduces tedious, manual tasks critical to data management with new capabilities that include ingestion, processing, and migration. By automating Iceberg management processes, Dremio not only reduces total cost of ownership (TCO), but also enhances data team productivity and improves overall time-to-insight.

Data Management

Google Cloud enhances AI Hypercomputer cloud infrastructure with new GPUs, TPUs, optimized storage and more

TPU v5p is built to deliver enormous computing power, with a single pod containing 8,960 chips running in unison, which is more than twice as many as the number in a TPU v4 pod. According to Lohmeyer, the TPU v5p delivers some impressive performance gains, with twice as many floating point operations per second and three-times more high-bandwidth memory on a per-chip basis, resulting in vastly improved overall throughput

Cloud

The AI-Based Smart Contract Audit Firm “Bunzz Audit” Has Officially Launched

Bunzz, a Singapore-based web3×AI tech startup launches “Bunzz Audit,” an AI-driven smart contract auditing service offering fast, cost-effective audits with actionable insights for security improvements, scanning contracts from over 100 perspectives using AI and an extensive database.

Automation & Productivity

GlobalMeet Introduces New Artificial Intelligence Capabilities for Immersive Event Experiences

Presenter Framing: Algorithms automatically detect faces that come into camera view to adjust framing in real time. This feature promotes greater visibility and inclusivity by automatically featuring active speakers and ensuring all presenters stay in focus

Automation & Productivity

Google Workspace adds AI features to help with meetings and improve data security

The first of two paid plans Google offers Workspace customers involves using Gemini to tackle the pesky work needed for meetings. Subscribers can use AI-powered features like “Take notes for me” (currently in preview) to have important items jotted down and let you focus on the conversation instead.

Automation & Productivity

Move over, deep learning: Symbolica’s structured approach could transform AI

“We’re not building a model. While we will productize a model, our company is fundamentally focused on building a description of how to generate architectures in a way that’s fundamentally more powerful than has been possible,”

AI

New Synopsys Black Duck Supply Chain Edition aims to mitigate risk in software supply chains

Black Duck Supply Chain Edition combines multiple open-source detection technologies, automated third-party software bill of materials analysis and malware detection to offer a view of software risks inherited from open-source, third-party and artificial intelligence-generated code. The offering allows development and security teams to track dependencies across the entire application lifecycle to identify and resolve security vulnerabilities, malicious packages and license violations and conflicts.

Security

Google updates Workspace with ‘Google Vids,’ generative AI-powered video

In essence, it will allow anyone to “cut through the noise” and bring their own style to the forefront. In a demo, Google showed off how it will even offer multiple different previews of potential production-worthy videos that could be chosen from and cut together, allowing for a collaborative editing experience with the AI assistant.

Automation & Productivity

LogRhythm partners with RedLegg for enhanced enterprise security solutions

RedLegg customers will be able to leverage LogRhythm Axon’s features, such as cloud-to-cloud security measures, parsing engine insights and simplified incident response tools to detect and respond to cybersecurity threats in real-time.

Security

Attackers Using Obfuscation Tools to Deliver Multi-Stage Malware via Invoice Phishing

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered an intricate multi-stage attack that leverages invoice-themed phishing decoys to deliver a wide range of malware such as Venom RAT, Remcos RAT, XWorm, NanoCore RAT, and a stealer that targets crypto wallets.

Security

Google Cloud brings Gemini to security, introduces new secure enterprise browser

To help organizations protect those critical access points, Google Cloud is today introducing Chrome Enterprise Premium, which brings security capabilities including zero trust, access policy controls and security reporting into its popular web browser.

Security

Darktrace launches ActiveAI Security Platform to enhance cyber resilience

The platform is built on Darktrace’s Self-Learning AI engine, which applies different types of AI directly to the data in each business so that it can learn unique business operations in real time and understand what’s normal and what’s not in an organization. The AI detects known and novel threats in real time and provides an autonomous response that shuts down active threats without disrupting business operations.

AI/Security

GTM Buddy raises $8 million to fix “leaky” B2B sales funnels

Other products under the Sales Success umbrella include the “Ask Buddy” generative AI feature which utilizes a prompt engineering studio to provide instant answers to sales representatives, offer sales guidance and assist sales reps with emails.

Marketing Tech

Google integrates its Gemini Pro large language model into Android Studio

Android Studio is a so-called IDE, or integrated development environment. It’s a kind of word processor in which developers can write the code for new apps. Android Studio also offers other features, including an emulator that makes it possible to run virtual Android handsets on a Windows machine and use them to test new code.

AI/LLM

Cognni Elevates Data Intelligence with AI Solution for Effortless Data Mapping and Classification

Data At-Rest Discovery and Classification is a zero-effort solution that leverages Cognni’s proprietary AI technology to autonomously scan, map, and classify data stored in databases, files, and cloud services. This solution provides actionable insights and recommendations, as well as assigns sensitivity labels and information types to each data element, mitigating data risks and ensuring compliance with data privacy regulations.

AI/Data

Sam Altmann and Jony Ive are reportedly in talks to raise $1 billion in funding for secretive AI device startup

The collaboration between Altman and Ive represents a convergence of design expertise and AI innovation, potentially positioning the venture as a formidable challenger to established hardware giants in the burgeoning era of on-device AI. However, the venture also prompts scrutiny regarding the evolving relationship between OpenAI and Altman’s diverse array of ventures and interests.

AI

Open source Apache Airflow 2.9 advances data orchestration as AI usage grows

The Airflow project has a concept for data pipelines known as Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs) to organize and execute tasks on data. With the new Airflow 2.9 update, open-source technology has expanded how DAGs can be used to more effectively create and schedule datasets. There are also a series of enhancements to dynamic task wrapping for more parallel processing capabilities and visibility into task status.

AI/Data

Bring down the HAMR: Multi-layer disk tech could triple storage capacity

HAMR technology uses a different magnetic recording medium, which is stable at ambient or room temperature, but needs heating to allow its magnetic polarity to be changed. This has enabled the bit regions to be reduced in size to 1.5 Tbit/in² and down to 4 Tbit/in². Beyond that they become unstable as well.

Data Storage

What Microsoft’s error-correction milestone means for usable quantum computing

That means that commercially viable quantum computing, which requires at least 1,000 reliable, logical qubits, is now years away, instead of decades, Svore says. And scientifically useful quantum computing, which only requires 100 qubits, is even closer.

Quantum Computing

Trellix aims to help accelerate zero-trust adoption

Rivas said that software components include Trellix Helix security orchestration automation and response (security, orchestration, automation, response (SOAR)) platform, Endpoint security, network detection and response (NDR), data security and the cloud workload protection platform (CWPP).

Security

Apple’s $25-50 million Shutterstock deal highlights fierce competition for AI training data

Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that Apple, along with Meta, Google, and Amazon, has struck licensing agreements with Shutterstock in recent months to access hundreds of millions of images, videos, and music files from its library.

AI/Data

Stability AI brings 12B parameters to Stable LM 2 model update

Stable LM 2 12B includes a base version and an instruction-tuned variant designed to enhance conversational skills across seven languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, and Dutch. The new models are available for commercial use via a Stability AI membership, which is the company’s model for generating revenue.

AI

NY Times accuses OpenAI, Google and Meta of skirting legal boundaries for AI training data

“AI has become a desperate hunt for the digital data needed to advance the technology,” the report claims, before adding that “to obtain that data, tech companies including OpenAI, Google and Meta have cut corners, ignored corporate policies and debated bending the law.”

AI Ethics

Spotify’s latest AI feature builds playlists based on text descriptions

After experimenting with AI playlist generation in its DJ feature last year, Spotify is now launching a beta tool that allows users to create a curated tracklist based on text descriptions. Its new AI Playlist beta is initially rolling out to Spotify Premium subscribers on mobile devices in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Automation & Productivity

Watch Out for 'Latrodectus' - This Malware Could Be In Your Inbox

Attack chains leverage contact forms on websites to send legal threats regarding alleged copyright infringement to targeted organizations. The links embedded in the messages direct the recipients to a bogus website to trick them into downloading a JavaScript file that's responsible for launching the main payload using msiexec.

Security

Qualtrics Launches Three New AI-Powered Suites for CX, EX, and Research

Organizations can use Qualtrics AI capabilities to create, deliver, analyze, and improve multi-experience while dealing with customers, employees, managers, and remote associates. The CX + EX component of Qualtrics AI would be supported by a third solution – software for advanced quantitative and qualitative research for product experiences.

Automation & Productivity

Hypernative joins Flare to proactively safeguard Web3 ecosystem

Hypernative’s platform stands out in the Web3 security landscape with its advanced technology, designed to stay ahead of exploits by continuously scanning for weaknesses across assets, protocols, and applications. Having already identified over 270 potential exploits, representing a staggering $14 billion in potential damages, Hypernative boasts a formidable track record, serving major Web3 ecosystems with a combined value of $37 billion

Web3

Zluri gets ahead of SaaS privacy demands with data vault

The SaaS operations management platform provider is designed to give organizations full visibility and control over their SaaS applications, access, and costs. It promises to enable IT and security teams to “effortlessly discover 100 percent of shadow IT”, mapping the SaaS apps used, optimize cost efficiencies, and govern all user access.

IT Management

OpenAI transcribed over a million hours of YouTube videos to train GPT-4

OpenAI spokesperson Lindsay Held told The Verge in an email that the company curates “unique” datasets for each of its models to “help their understanding of the world” and maintain its global research competitiveness. Held added that the company uses “numerous sources including publicly available data and partnerships for non-public data,” and that it’s looking into generating its own synthetic dat

AI Ethics

Zycus’ Integration with Microsoft to Bring World’s First GenAI with S2P Platform

It will develop the power of advanced AI and reshape overall source-to-pay processes, offering efficiency, accuracy, and simplified processes. Zycus has incorporated various Generative AI capabilities in the existing S2P Suite under the Merlin Assist offering. It is available through an App published on Microsoft Teams and the Zycus web app.

Automation & Productivity

Vawlt fleshes out distributed ‘supercloud’ storage system

With Vawlt, data is distributed in multiple clouds or on-premise nodes, creating what it calls a “supercloud” – essentially a cloud of clouds – that enables customers to take advantage of multiple storage environments through a single pane of glass. All data is encrypted at the client side, and it never goes through Vawlt’s servers. It travels directly between the users’ machines and the storage clouds.

Data Storage

Gretel releases world’s largest open source text-to-SQL dataset, empowering businesses to unlock AI’s potential

The dataset, boasting over 100,000 meticulously crafted synthetic Text-to-SQL samples spanning 100 verticals, is now available on Hugging Face under the Apache 2.0 license. This bold move by Gretel aims to equip developers with the tools they need to create powerful AI models that can understand natural language queries and generate SQL queries, effectively bridging the gap between business users and complex data sources.

AI/Data

Microsoft boosts Azure AI Search with more storage and support for big RAG apps

Microsoft says the newest update will let developers scale their apps to a “multi-billion vector index” within a single search without being penalized on speed or performance. It boasts an increase in vector index size of 11 times, a six-fold increase in total storage, and double the improvement in indexing and query throughput.

Data Storage

Precisely says it’s smoothing migration of Db2 analytics data to AWS cloud

Precisely allows Amazon RDS for Db2 to be a target for IBM Z mainframe and i Series (AS/400) replication, enabling customers to move current Db2 data and workloads to AWS. As a result, organizations can derive maximum value from existing infrastructure investments.

Data Management

Race to the gen AI edge heats up as Dell invests in SiMa.ai

This underscores the potential of edge AI to drive new use cases for Dell’s products and unlock value for enterprises. SiMa.ai’s approach to simplifying AI deployment and management at the edge aligns closely with Dell’s product portfolio and go-to-market strategy, positioning the tech giant to capitalize on the growing demand for AI at the edge.

Edge Computing

Healthcare Triangle Breaks New Ground in AI-Powered Patient Data Management with readabl.ai

The deployment of an advanced AI solution of readabl.ai that automates the categorization and matching of crucial patient information from diverse unstructured data sources. By leveraging Healthcare Triangle’s expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning, the system adeptly identifies and extracts vital data from documents, faxes, and narrative reports

Data Management

Business planning platform startup Pigment raises $145M to drive innovation

Pigment AI includes data querying, pattern identification, smart insights, automated analysis and reporting, and assisted modeling and scenario building. The AI functionality allows users to use natural language in a chatlike interface to obtain answers to questions in a quicker and more intuitive way.

Data & Analytics

Vawlt fleshes out distributed ‘supercloud’ storage system

With Vawlt, data is distributed in multiple clouds or on-premise nodes, creating what it calls a “supercloud” – essentially a cloud of clouds – that enables customers to take advantage of multiple storage environments through a single pane of glass. All data is encrypted at the client side, and it never goes through Vawlt’s servers. It travels directly between the users’ machines and the storage clouds.

Data Storage

Microsoft Reveals Pricing for Windows 10 Extended Security Updates

The announced $61 per device will be for the traditional activation of extended support through an activation key. Microsoft said IT can manage these devices through Configuration Manager or Windows Server Update Services.

Automation & Productivity

DataStax acquires Langflow to accelerate enterprise generative AI app development

Langflow’s platform has garnered attention in the AI community for its ability to simplify the development of RAG applications, which are critical for enhancing the relevance and accuracy of generative AI outputs. By integrating Langflow’s technology into its portfolio, DataStax aims to provide enterprises with a comprehensive, user-friendly solution for building and deploying generative AI applications at scale.

AI

AXA and AWS team up to develop secure risk management platform

By combining industry, business, and environmental data with geospatial analytics and gen AI technologies, the secure risk management platform helps clients globally monitor their assets and navigate complex and interconnected risks, including natural disasters, supply chain disruption and cyber threats.

Risk Management

Cloudflare Challenges AWS By Bringing Serverless AI To The Edge

Cloudflare's Workers AI is an inference platform that enables developers to run machine learning models on Cloudflare's global network with just a few lines of code. It provides a serverless and scalable solution for GPU-accelerated AI inference, allowing developers to leverage pre-trained models for tasks such as text generation, image recognition and speech recognition without the need to manage infrastructure or GPUs.

Automation & Productivity

First draft of PCIe 7.0 spec doubles data transfer speeds

The Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bus is used by PCs and servers to connect CPUs, networking, graphics cards, and storage devices. It is used to transmit data between them. As with preceding PCIe generations, this one doubles the PCIe bus transfer speed, from gen 6’s 64 Gbps link bandwidth to 128 Gbps. That’s 512 GBps bandwidth across 16 lanes.

Data Management

Cloudflare Announces Major Updates for R2 Including Event Notifications and GCS Support

One of the key updates is event notifications for R2 storage in open beta. Each time there is a change to the data, the event will now be received by Cloudfare Queue, which can then generate a notification in Cloudfare Worker for users to take further actions as needed. This new feature enables developers to get notifications for different types of events including changes to Worker namespaces and updates to the D1 database.

Data Storage

Trellix launches new AI-powered zero-trust solution for enhanced cybersecurity

Features of the solution include identities, with Trellix partnering with leading identity vendors such as Okta Inc. and service providers such as Trustwave Holdings Inc., Illumio Inc. and Duo Security Inc. to help implement zero trust alongside the Trellix platform. The use of identifies with third-party support provides visibility, analytics and automation.

Security

Facteus Announces Availability of Largest Consumer Spending Dataset for Generative AI Startups

Facteus offers one of the largest consumer spending datasets commercially available, providing AI startups access to a wealth of transactional information that includes 61 billion transactions and spans various industries and consumer behaviors. By utilizing Facteus’ data, startups can enhance the capabilities of their AI models with real-time, at-scale consumer spending behaviors, enabling them to deliver more impactful solutions to their customers.

AI/Data

Salesforce strengthens Mulesoft with AI tools to extract data, automate workflows

The offerings, which are set to become generally available over the coming months, include an Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) tool to extract and organize data from diverse documents and the integration of the Einstein assistant across the board to help users drive their workflows with natural language prompts.

Automation & Productivity

Coalesce Raises $50M in Funding to Accelerate Innovation for Data Teams

Since publicly launching in 2022, Coalesce has revolutionized data transformation within the ELT (Extract, Load, Transform) workflow on the Snowflake Data Cloud. By focusing on the crucial data transformation phase — the process of making raw data ready to use by cleansing, modeling, and documenting it — Coalesce ensures that quality data is primed for business intelligence and advanced analytics use cases

Data Management

‘XZ Utils’ Open-Source Software Threat Prompts Concern

The malicious code compromises versions 5.6.0 and 5.6.1 libraries, according to open-source software company Red Hat. The code, only included in the tarball download package, “… could potentially enable a malicious actor to break sshd authentication and gain unauthorized access to the entire system remotely,” according to a Red Hat blog.

Security

JetBrains brings local AI code completion to its developer tools

AI models that run in the cloud can be as large and complex as they need, but local code completion doesn’t require targeting complex tasks. That means a local model can be refined to run leaner, Savenkov explained. The new model is also a brand-new branch from previous full-line code completion models that already exist in JetBrains IDE paid subscriptions.

AI/Coding

Hercules AI unveils assembly line approach for building enterprise-grade gen AI apps

Dubbed an “assembly line” process, organizations can choose prefabricated components to develop and deploy virtual AI workers. Everything is premade, tested, and pre-configured in advance—no custom ordering. Hercules AI says doing this will produce AI agents that are “high quality, cost-efficient, and easily scalable.” All that would need to be done is fine-tune the model so the bot follows the specified workflow.

Automation & Productivity

LightLink closes $6.2M extended seed round for Ethereum L2 blockchain with no fees

LightLink sets itself apart from other L2 blockchain networks by providing enterprise developers the ability to subsidize transactions on its blockchain for users through a monthly subscription. Under the service, enterprise customers pay a fixed fee for up to 50,000 daily transactions, thus avoiding volatile demand-driven fees that come with normal blockchain activity, and dapp users can interact with apps without gas fees.

Blockchain

OpenAI rolls out new AI optimization features to its fine-tuning API

Fine-tuning an LLM using external data is a complicated process with the potential for technical errors. If a malfunction emerges, the LLM may fail to properly ingest the information it’s given, which can limit its usefulness. The first new enhancement that OpenAI introduced for its fine-tuning API today is designed to address that challenge.

AI/LLMs

SiMA.ai reels in $70M to develop AI chips for edge computing devices

The MLSoc includes a set of AI-optimized circuits that can provide 50 TOPS of performance when crunching eight-bit integers, units of data commonly used by AI models. One TOP corresponds to 1 trillion computations per second. The circuits are integrated with a 25-megabyte memory pool, which allows them to store the data they process internally rather than in slower external RAM.

Edge Computing

Cohere releases Command R+ AI model designed for enterprise-scale use

Businesses can readily customize Command R+ with their own proprietary data and it has been optimized for advanced retrieval-augmented generation. RAG improves the accuracy of LLMs by using authoritative knowledge bases outside of training data sources when generating responses. That allows Command R+ to provide highly accurate responses and greatly reduces the potential for hallucinations, Cohere said.

AI/LLMs

Report: Alphabet could make an acquisition offer for HubSpot

HubSpot also competes in several other areas besides the marketing software segment. For sales teams, it offers a customer relationship management platform that can be used to store data about current and potential buyers. Customer service departments, in turn, can use a HubSpot application called Service Hub to manage their day-to-day work.

Marketing Tech

Codium announces Codiumate, a new AI agent that seeks to be Devin for enterprise software development

It works alongside a human software developer or team. It takes any existing code snippets a human developer highlights in their environment and automatically drafts step-by-step development plans based on it, writes code according to the plan, identifies duplicate code, drafts documentation for the code so that developers can reference it going forward, and suggests tests to ensure the code works properly before it is deployed for real in a live, production environment.

AI/DevOps

Aerospike reels in $109M to accelerate its high-speed database

Aerospike’s flash-optimized in-memory model scales from gigabytes to petabytes with high consistency and low latency. Its core markets are advertising technology, financial services, telecommunications, retail and healthcare. The model is available in an open-source community edition and as a commercial product with enterprise features.

Data Management

Unanimous AI Awarded Core Patent in Pursuit of Collective Superintelligence

The newly issued U.S. patent relates to a core technology called Conversational Swarm Intelligence (CSI). It enables human groups of potentially any size to hold real-time conversations that efficiently combine the participants' collective knowledge, wisdom, expertise and insights, and significantly amplify the groups collective intelligence. In a recently published study ( https://arxiv.org/abs/2401.15109 ) CSI technology was shown to amplify IQ.

Emerging Tech

Optimizing AI for Advanced Data Extraction from Reports

Now you can train, validate, adjust, and deploy AI models at scale with Deep Search IBM’s enterprise studio for AI builders. Deep Search uses AI to collect and convert data in big volumes into something searchable. Presented at this week’s 2024 AAAI conference, Document Question Answering (DocQA) is a new Deep Search function. Users can attach their documents to the system and then converse with a chatbot about them.

AI/Data

Assembly AI claims its new Universal-1 model has 30% fewer hallucinations than Whisper

In a blog post, the company describes Universal-1 as “another milestone in our mission to provide accurate, faithful and robust speech-to-text capabilities for multiple languages, helping our customers and developers worldwide build various Speech AI applications.” Along with a better understanding of four major languages, the model can code-switch, transcribing multiple languages within a single audio file.

AI

Microsoft launches public preview of unified security operations platform

Microsoft argues that a need for the new unified platform comes from the current challenges faced by SOCs. Burdened by an avalanche of alerts and the often cumbersome tasks of navigating through disparate security tools, Microsoft claims SOC teams struggle to manage security threats. Added into the mix is the significant talent gap in the cybersecurity industry, with demand far outstripping supply

Security

Resemble AI launches tool to make AI voice clones in a minute

When using Resemble’s web platform, users can create a digital replica of their voice by uploading an audio sample or recording a series of sentences. The company has been offering this feature for a while, but the process took time. Users had to record around 25 sentences or upload at least three minutes of voice content to set up the system, which would then take another hour or so to provide a clone.

Auomation & Productivity

Zilla advances hybrid enterprise security with latest identity governance solution

Designed to protect applications and systems that organizations use every day, Zilla PO Box is deployed as a container and extends into customer environments to support on-prem databases, directories and legacy applications. The goal of the new service is to make it easier for hybrid enterprises to bring both on-prem and cloud systems under a unified governance umbrella.

Security

IBM Has a New Solution- Synthetic Data Generation

LAB was also instrumental in helping IBM refine its own Granite models on IBM Watson with an eye toward enterprise application. Large-scale Alignment for chatbots (LAB) is IBM’s latest offering in this space. It’s a way to construct synthetic data for the jobs you want your chatbot to do and to incorporate new skills and knowledge into the base model without erasing its previous learnings.

AI/Data

Cisco, Google, IBM, Accenture and others form AI workforce consortium

Work inside and outside the consortium will likely include deploying modules that provide AI skills training for specific roles, foundational self-paced AI courses and pathways for independent learners or instructor-led courses for educational institutions, Helmer explained.

AI/Jobs

Cloudflare makes it simple to deploy AI apps with Hugging Face, launches Workers AI to public

The Cloudflare-Hugging Face integration was announced nearly seven months ago. It makes it easy for models to be deployed onto Workers AI. With one click, developers can distribute them instantly. Fourteen curated Hugging Face models are supported by Cloudflare’s Workers AI across text generation, embeddings and sentence similarity.

Automation & Productivity

Browser-based IDE startup Replit debuts generative AI coding assistant

The new product, called Replit Teams, is similar to GitHub’s Copilot tool, It provides access to an AI agent that works alongside developers in real time to suggest fixes for coding errors or recommendations to improve the efficiency of the code they write.

AI/Coding

Apple’s new AI model ReALM outperforms GPT-4

According to Apple’s research team, ReALM possesses the unique ability to not only comprehend on-screen tasks and conversational context but also to surpass GPT-4’s performance in benchmark tests. This claim, backed by early research findings, heralds ReALM as a potential game-changer, particularly for Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant.

Automation & Productivity

Stability AI brings new clarity and power to gen AI audio with Stable Audio 2.0

Stable Audio had its initial release in Sept. 2023, introducing the ability for users to generate short audio clips with a simple text prompt. With Stable Audio 2.0, users can generate high-quality audio tracks of up to 3 minutes, double the 90 seconds the initial Stable Audio release enabled.

AI/Audio

Cloud permissions firewall for AWS, Google, Microsoft cuts security risks

Sonrai Security’s cloud permissions firewall, however, monitors all permissions usage and eliminates unused permissions, identities, services and regions. “This acts as a barrier to malicious actors gaining a foothold in the cloud or executing an attack through lateral movement or privilege escalation,

Security

Permiso raises $18.5M to enhance cloud identity protection

Permiso argues that tracking threat actor activity across authentication boundaries poses serious challenges for security teams. By tracking all entities that are configured to access an environment, whether through federation, role assumption, access tokens or direct login, Permiso says, its runtime graph and activity analysis engine creates high-fidelity alerts with immediate attribution and context.

Security

Microsoft enhances Priva service with five new privacy management features

Priva Privacy Assessments automates the creation of privacy assessments, allowing users to discover and document personal data usage across an organization’s data estate through easily created custom assessments; monitor personal data usage, including monitoring for changes in data processing activities that require privacy compliance actions; and evaluate privacy risks using automated risk analysis based on the data usage information obtained from a privacy assessment.

Data Privacy

Yahoo acquires AI news app Artifact from Instagram co-founders a year after shutdown

Artifact will no longer operate as a standalone app, but the proprietary AI-powered personalization technology and other features will be integrated across Yahoo, including the Yahoo News app, in the months to come. The technology Artifact has created will be even more impactful with the scale of the Yahoo News network, ranked the #1 news and information property in the US in 2023,” Yahoo said in a news release.

AI/News

Quantum flashifies ActiveScale object storage

Quantum claims that, with its high throughput and flexibility to densely store metadata for billions of objects in flash, plus its integrated ability to durably store massive amounts of data in nearline tape storage, the ActiveScale Z200 reduces the overall cost of data lakes, storage clouds, and long-term archives, and enables easy data access to massive data sets for additional analysis, model recalibration, and re-monetization.

Data Storage

Microsoft upgrades Copilot for 365 with GPT-4 Turbo, unlimited messaging, 100 image gen boosts, and more

Ultimately, that means that users of GPT-4, and now, Copilot for 365, can enter in much larger chunks of text or information into their prompts and have the AI respond, analyze, and edit or work with them.

Automation & Productivity

New Adlumin ransomware protection feature thwarts encryption attacks

The new feature is focused on speed, with Adlumin detecting and killing ransomware as part of an added layer of protection to help stop ransomware threats at organizations that rely on Adlumin for Managed Detection and Response. The new feature adds capabilities that enable Adlumin and its partners to provide comprehensive ransomware defense that can block ransomware, quickly kill ransomware that’s executed, take automated responsive actions to contain an attack and assist with recovery.

Security

OctoAI Unveils OctoStack for Seamless Deployment of Generative AI Models Across Environments

OctoStack offers businesses a complete and self-contained solution for deploying generative AI models in their environment—e.g., any cloud in their virtual private cloud (VPC) provider and / or on-premises. Organizations can run any model or fine-tune in their preferred location, adjacent to their enterprise-data, and within their security guardrails

AI

Startup Datavolo raises over $21M to transform how generative AI models access unstructured data

It has built what they says is a revolutionary new data pipeline system based on the open-source Apache NiFi project that they originally designed while working for the U.S. National Security Agency. Apache NiFi was built to automate the flow of data between software systems, and Datavolo is repurposing the software to handle multimodal data for generative AI workloads.

AI/Data

Read AI raises $21M to unify communications across meetings, emails and chats

The startup says it’s hoping to transform the future of work by improving people’s digital interactions with AI in order to make them more efficient. It has built a generative AI model that essentially listens in to video meetings on platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams, taking in everything that’s said so it can quickly summarize the conversation once the meeting concludes. It’s all about saving time, eliminating the hassle of taking notes in meetings and ensuring nothing important is missed.

Automation & Productivity

Microsoft Launches Measures to Prevent Tricking AI Chatbots

For example, “groundedness” detection can identify artificial intelligence “hallucinations,” while prompt shields can identify and prevent quick injection assaults. One of the tools is called a “prompt shield,” and its purpose is to prevent intentional attempts to manipulate an AI model into doing something it shouldn’t. “Indirect prompt injections,” in which hackers introduce harmful instructions into data, is another issue that Microsoft is working to resolve.

AI/Security

New compliance solution from Securiti aims to simplify enterprise AI regulation management

The new solution uses technology to reduce manual labor, automate compliance and comply with all recent AI regulations, such as the European Union AI Act, the NIST AI Risk Management Framework and the Singapore Model AI Governance Framework. The solution also assists in helping businesses navigate complex overlapping regulations, reduce costs for compliance and streamline collaboration across organizational silos.

AI Ethics

Now in beta, Einstein Copilot for Tableau aims to help everyone to become an expert data analyst

Using Einstein Copilot for Tableau, those analytical skills are no longer a prerequisite, Salesforce said. Instead, every kind of worker will be able to use it to dive deeper into their data, using natural language commands to surface useful insights. The company says it works with any data source, including Salesforce Data Cloud, Excel spreadsheets and cloud and on-premises data warehouses.

AI/Data

Supersimple Raises $2.2M to Rethink How Companies Work with Data in the Age of AI

Supersimple’s AI-native data analytics platform combines a semantic data modeling layer and state-of-the-art explainable AI to give users reliable, consistent data to power their day-to-day work. Supersimple was designed specifically for teams at B2B SaaS companies to answer their own ad-hoc data questions, letting even non-technical team members go far beyond pre-built dashboards to get to data insights and make better decisions.

AI/Data

Hasura debuts supergraph features to simplify complex API data integrations

The company said Hasura V3 is available now in beta, touting a new “domain-centric supergraph modeling framework” that sets a new standard for application programming interface composability. In addition, it comes with a new, distributed supergraph execution engine and various open-source data connectors to help address some of the challenges of data and API integration.

Data Management

Exclusive: Reltio expands master data management with AI-powered Customer 360 Data Product

The Reltio Customer 360 Data Product is built on top of the Reltio Connected Data Platform which has been increasingly adding enhanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to help improve MDM. While MDM is about mastering and having the most accurate version of all types of data, the new Reltio Customer 360 Data Product is specifically focussed on providing organizations with a unified view of customers.

Data Management

Lacework’s latest update empowers security teams with faster, more efficient tools

The new Lacework Explorer combines a next-generation security graph and resource explorer to quickly find the assets a security professional wants to assess and dynamically shows the complex relationships between them. The dashboards give security leaders insights into how their security program is tracking against its overall goals, with granular visibility to assess progress at the individual business, team, or functional levels within their organizations.

Security

Hannibal AI Announces Diverse Suite of Artificial Intelligence Solutions

Autonomous Recruiter, Hannibal AI's second AI solution streamlines the employee recruitment process, using AI to communicate directly with potential candidates via text message, and guiding them throughout their journey of job search, onboarding and documentation. Operating 24/7, Hannibal AI's Autonomous Recruiter bot ensures that no query goes unanswered, no matter the hour.

Automation & Productivity

Axle AI and Cloudian Introduce AI-powered Integrated Media Management Solution

To solve this problem, Cloudian and Axle AI have jointly announced a new AI-powered integrated media management solution for a hybrid environment. The pair would combine their expertise in media search performance with hybrid data lake solutions. This would result in improved data sovereignty, reduced IT costs, and simplified media workflows. Users can store digital content on-prem or in the cloud, maintaining single-point management and unified media search.

Data Management

AI Redefines Facility Management: Introducing ARIA by BrainBox

BrainBox AI has introduced ARIA (Artificial Responsive Intelligent Assistant), hailed as the world’s inaugural virtual building assistant. Propelled by cutting-edge generative AI technology with Amazon Bedrock, ARIA aims to revolutionize building efficiency by easily integrating it into daily building management processes. Such as the iconic relationship between Iron Man and Jarvis, ARIA is an innovative aid for facility managers, particularly in the commercial and retail sectors. Equipped with predictive capabilities, it addresses operational challenges while overseeing blind spots and reshaping conventional facilities management

Automation & Productivity

Hailo raises $120M and debuts first chip for generative AI at the edge

The startup, which also provides software tools for developers to build applications that are customized to run on its hardware, has since built on that initial offering, launching a range of more powerful, focused chips for different AI workloads. One of its more recent additions is the Hailo-15 processor family, which launched in March 2023. The Hailo-15 chip is designed for vision AI, especially smart cameras that can analyze the footage they record locally.

Automation & Productivity

US and UK governments agree deal to collaborate on AI safety testing

According to Reuters, the deal is the first bilateral agreement on AI safety in the world, and it comes at a time when various governments have been pushing hard to increase regulation in the AI industry, amid fears that the technology could be misused in various ways. Some of the risks include AI being used to stage damaging cyberattacks or design new bioweapons, while luminaries such as Elon Musk have warned that the technology might “kill us all.”

AI Ethics

Lumana launches with AI-powered video surveillance system

The company says its technology transforms any security camera into an AI-powered device capable of identifying complex events and risks. Its platform is built on a distributed hybrid cloud architecture that integrates cloud and on-premises resources and dynamically chooses processing options for optimal performance. Embedded deep learning artificial intelligence models continuously improve over time, and customers can define what types of events should generate alerts.

Security

OpenAI's Voice Engine can clone a voice from a 15-second clip. Listen for yourself

OpenAI is aware of the risks of a voice cloning model and, as a result, has not yet released it to the public, despite first developing Voice Engine in late 2022. "We recognize that generating speech that resembles people's voices has serious risks, which are especially top of mind in an election year," the company said in its blog post.

AI Ethics

Microsoft is working on an Xbox AI chatbot

I’m told the Xbox chatbot is similar to what Microsoft encourages its own customers to build to automate support tasks. Microsoft has its own Azure AI Bot Service that businesses like Vodafone, PwC, and others use to build conversational AI bots.

Automation & Productivity

Cloudflare bolsters full-stack development with new suite of management tools

The first GA release, D1, is a global, serverless SQL database designed to be ultra-reliable and scale up while not losing data. D1 offers support for 10-gigabyte databases and 50,000 databases per account. It also offers enhanced query debugging that allows users to understand what queries are consuming the most time or cost, or are simply inefficient.

Data & Analytics

ChatGPT no longer requires a login, but you might want one anyway. Here's why

Whether you have an account or not, the company retains the right to use your conversations with ChatGPT to train its models. Even without an account, however, you can opt out of the company using your data for model training. Simply click on the question mark in the bottom left-hand corner, click on Settings, and turn off "Improve the model for everyone."

ChatGPT

US Congress bans staff use of Microsoft's AI Copilot, Axios reports

"The Microsoft Copilot application has been deemed by the Office of Cybersecurity to be a risk to users due to the threat of leaking House data to non-House approved cloud services," the House's Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor said, according to the Axios report.

AI/Data Privacy

Google agrees to destroy browsing data collected in Incognito mode

If approved by a California federal judge, the settlement could apply to 136 million Google users. The 2020 lawsuit was brought by Google account holders who accused the company of illegally tracking their behavior through the private browsing feature.

Data Privacy

Apple researchers develop AI that can ‘see’ and understand screen context

The system, called ReALM (Reference Resolution As Language Modeling), leverages large language models to convert the complex task of reference resolution — including understanding references to visual elements on a screen — into a pure language modeling problem. This allows ReALM to achieve substantial performance gains compared to existing methods.

AI/LLM

New Tanium-Microsoft partnership provides endpoint data to Copilot for Security

Tanium is a real-time cloud-based endpoint management and security company with a platform that unifies information technology operations and security teams on a single platform through real-time visibility, control and remediation. The company says its platform enables organizations to break down traditional silos and reduce complexity, cost and risks.

AI/Data

Malicious Apps Caught Secretly Turning Android Phones into Proxies for Cybercriminals

The findings come from HUMAN's Satori Threat Intelligence team, which said the cluster of VPN apps came fitted with a Golang library that transformed the user's device into a proxy node without their knowledge.

Security

Microsoft unbundles Teams and Office 365 for customers worldwide

Current users can now choose to keep their current deal or switch to one of the separate offerings — especially helpful for anyone who uses the Office suite but prefers another communication service like Zoom or Google Meet. Commercial customers new to Microsoft's offerings can pick up Teams on its own for $5.25, while Office sans Teams is going for anywhere from $7.75 to $54.75.

Automation & Productivity

NICE announces brings contextual memory to contact center AI

The solution brings together a wide range of customer data, including conversational information, metadata and analytics, and creates a memory graph for each customer. This information is fed into the large language models’ deep data memory to create what NICE calls “hyper-personalized” customer journeys.

AI/Data

Hackers Target macOS Users with Malicious Ads Spreading Stealer Malware

One such attack chain targets users searching for Arc Browser on search engines like Google to serve bogus ads that redirect users to look-alike sites ("airci[.]net") that serve the malware.

Security

Amazon Sets $148B To Expand Data Centers

The spending is a show of force as the company looks to maintain its grip on the cloud services market, where it holds about twice the share of No. 2 player Microsoft Corp.

Data Management

SydeLabs raises $2.5M seed to develop an intent-based firewall guard for AI

At the core, SydeLabs has developed three key AI-focused products: SydeBox, SydeGuard and SydeComply. The first, currently available in beta, is a self-service red-teaming solution that allows teams to stress-test their AI apps and models to find if they are susceptible to any vulnerabilities. The other two, slated to go live soon, are aimed at providing intent-based protection in real-time and highlighting/fixing the gaps in AI systems that could lead to compliance issues in different parts of the world.

AI/Security

MineOS aims to illuminate the AI ‘black box’ for enterprise

MineOS, an enterprise data privacy and governance platform, announced this week the launch of a new AI Asset Discovery and Risk Assessment module designed to peer inside the “black box” of artificial intelligence and give companies the visibility they need to govern these powerful but opaque technologies.

AI/Data

Snowflake’s Data Clean Room promises to ease analysis of PII data

Data clean rooms, according to Snowflake, provide a controlled environment that allows multiple enterprises, or divisions of an enterprise, to securely collaborate on sensitive or regulated data while fully preserving the privacy of the data. It allows personally identifiable information (PII) to be anonymized, processed, and stored in a manner that complies with data privacy laws.

Data Management

Entangle to Launch Fastest Cross-Chain Messenger in Web3

The team at Entangle designed Photon with the belief that smart contracts are only as valuable as their communication reach, and that Web3 adoption is hindered with disparate ecosystems strongly siloed against each other. Cross-chain communication is key to creating real Web3 value in order to increase the reach and opportunities for a given dApp.

Web3

OpenAI Tests New Voice Clone Model

For the call center market, the speed and quality of custom voice will very likely lead to a massive shift in labor needs. “The change we’re going to see there is that it’s going to automate those jobs. And the job of an agent, the agents that are left, it’s going to be a more challenging job -- but a much more valuable job.”

AI/Voice

Microsoft, OpenAI plan $100 billion data-center project, media report says

Altman and Microsoft have spread the supercomputers across five phases, with Stargate as the fifth phase. Microsoft is working on a smaller, fourth-phase supercomputer for OpenAI to be launched around 2026, according to the report.

AI/Data

HPE Builds AI Customization into Its Aruba Networking Central Platform

HPE has already invested significantly in AI for network management, developing technologies for tasks like configuring environments and understanding device connections. According to Alan Ni, senior director of edge marketing at HPE Aruba Networking, the introduction of generative AI and LLMs further improves the platform’s search capabilities and enables more intelligent, human-like responses to queries.

Network Management

Google DeepMind unveils ‘superhuman’ AI system that excels in fact-checking, saving costs and improving accuracy

The paper, titled “Long-form factuality in large language models” and published on the pre-print server arXiv, introduces a method called Search-Augmented Factuality Evaluator (SAFE). SAFE uses a large language model to break down generated text into individual facts, and then uses Google Search results to determine the accuracy of each claim.

AI Ethics

Cloud data privacy solutions provider Skyflow raises $30M to enhance data privacy vaults

Founded in 2019, Skyflow offers a data privacy vault that integrates with any tech stack and, the company says, makes it easy to enforce privacy policies across any app, data cloud and large language model. The vault was designed to simplify how companies isolate, protect and govern their customers’ most sensitive data. It offers a global network of data privacy vaults for companies looking to securely implement LLMs and meet complex data localization requirements.

Data Privacy

SambaNova announces new AI Samba-CoE v0.2 that already beats Databricks DBRX

This model, operating at an impressive 330 tokens per second, outperforms several notable models from competitors such as the brand new DBRX from Databricks released just yesterday, MistralAI’s Mixtral-8x7B, and Grok-1 by Elon Musk’s xAI, among others.

AI

Decile Launches Second Generation Predictive Models, Revolutionizing Customer Data Analytics

Decile’s latest upgrade leverages machine-learning and proprietary data models to forecast customer attributes such as propensity to repurchase and future lifetime value. Unlike standardized one-size-fits-all models that generalize data, Decile’s models analyze individualized customer-level data points within a brand’s first-party data, providing more accurate and actionable insights.

Data & Analytics

Elon Musk announces Grok-1.5, nearing GPT-4 level performance

Set to release next week, Grok-1.5 brings enhanced reasoning and problem-solving capabilities and closes in on the performance of known open and closed LLMs, including OpenAI’s GPT-4 and Anthropic’s Claude 3. It is also capable of processing long contexts but remains behind Gemini 1.5 Pro’s context window of up to 1 million tokens.

AI

Introducing Kognitiv Amplify: A Native AI AdTech Tool for Cross-channel Campaigns

Kognitiv Amplify is powered by Kognitiv’s proprietary AI engine, Kognition, which combines hundreds of AI/ML models including customer lifetime value, propensity, churn, and more, to deliver one-to-one personalization at scale. Kognition evaluates millions of attributes, predicts future customer behavior, and prescribes the perfect interaction for every customer to meet the brand’s predefined business goals

AI/Marketing

AI21 Labs juices up gen AI transformers with Jamba

Transformers however are not the only path forward with generative AI. A new approach from AI21 Labs dubbed “Jamba” looks to go beyond transformers. Jamba combines the Mamba model, which is based on the Structured State Space model (SSM), along with a transformer architecture to create an optimized gen AI model. Jamba is an acronym that stands for Joint Attention and Mamba (Jamba) architecture, and it aims to bring the best attributes of SSM and transformers together.

GenAI

Google.org launches generative AI accelerator program with $20 million in funding for 21 nonprofits

The inaugural cohort boasts 21 diverse organizations concentrated on critical realms such as climate action, economic empowerment, healthcare accessibility, education enhancement, and crisis management. Beyond financial backing, beneficiaries of this intensive six-week accelerator regimen will gain access to a rich array of resources including specialized technical training, immersive workshops, seasoned mentors, and pro bono assistance from a dedicated AI mentor.

AI/Startups

What are Content Credentials? Here's why Adobe's new AI keeps this metadata front and center

This addition highlights Adobe's continued commitment to helping audiences differentiate between authentic and fake content -- an issue exacerbated by the growing presence of generative AI tools -- by including tamper-evident metadata that includes information about how the content was created.

AI Ethics

Lightning AI debuts source-to-source Thunder compiler to accelerate AI training

The company’s newly debuted Thunder tool is a so-called source-to-source compiler. It can take the code of a neural network and rewrite it into a more hardware-efficient form. According to Lightning AI, the optimizations made by Thunder reduce the amount of infrastructure necessary to train AI models.

AI Training

Amazon’s palm-recognition tech gets its own mobile app, with new AI matching capability

Amazon One looks at both your palm and its underlying vein structure to create a unique numerical, vector representation—called a palm signature—for identity matching. To ensure Amazon One continues to deliver the same accuracy (99.9999%), our new AI innovation compares vector representations of palm images from the Amazon One app with the vector representation of palm and vein images from an Amazon One device

AI/Security

Microsoft’s Copilot for Security Ready to Roll on 1st April

Copilot for Security furnishes users with real-time insights into their security landscape, facilitating ongoing evaluation and fortification against potential threats. Users can swiftly detect, analyze, and counteract security breaches with unparalleled efficiency through its intuitive, natural language-based interface.

AI/Security

The White House plans to regulate the government's use of AI

The White House guidance orders every government agency to comply with its safeguard requirement. Only in certain circumstances would a government agency be allowed to operate an AI tool without such safeguards.

AI Ethics

FLock.io raises $6M for decentralized blockchain AI training platform

The platform uses a concept known as “federated learning,” a method of training AI models where training data remains decentralized on individual devices or servers, instead of being sent to a centralized server. Using this model, user-submitted data is not exposed to other users or the internet at large, which reduces the likelihood that private data could be leaked or potentially misused.

Blockchain

Sprocket Security raises $8M to enhance cybersecurity penetration testing platform

The company also offers attack narratives, allowing users to browse attack paths expert testers are taking and any resulting findings, allowing them to identify patterns in perimeter weaknesses. Users can validate their posture against real-world threat actors using expert testers targeting their organization with modern tactics, techniques and procedures

Security

MIT scientists have just figured out how to make the most popular AI image generators 30 times faster

Scientists have devised a technique called "distribution matching distillation" (DMD) that teaches new AI models to mimic established image generators, known as diffusion models, such as DALL·E 3, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion.

Automation & Productivity

Oracle NetSuite expands gen AI features across its product line

The generative AI services, provided by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, are based on prebuilt and custom models. Privacy and security features ensure no customer data is shared with large language model providers or seen by other customers. An individual customer is the only entity allowed to use custom models trained on its data. Role-based security is embedded into workflows and only recommends content that end users are entitled to view.

GenAI

Microsoft launches new Azure AI tools to cut out LLM safety and reliability risks

To fix both these forms of prompt injection, Microsoft is adding Prompt Shields to Azure AI, a comprehensive capability that uses advanced machine learning (ML) algorithms and natural language processing to automatically analyze prompts and third-party data for malicious intent and block them from reaching the model.

AI/Security

AppViewX and Fortanix join forces to simplify machine identity management

“The collaboration between AppViewX and Fortanix not only addresses the immediate security needs of enterprises but also ensures a seamless and pure software-as-a-service deployment of machine identity management and secure code signing solutions,”

Security

Rubrik and CrowdStrike link arms for enhanced threat detection

The company says it generates security telemetry and enriches it with adversary intelligence and human expertise via its Falcon platform. The Rubrik data feed to Falcon’s LogScale functionality provides data target indicators, particularly for critical data, aiding attack behavior characterization.

Security

Hume AI raises $50M after building the most realistic generative AI chat experience yet

Hume AI’s flagship product is an emotionally intelligent voice interface that can measure human speakers’ emotional expression so it can better understand the nuances of what they’re saying. Available now in beta test, Hume AI’s Empathic Voice Interface is a conversational AI that sets itself apart from the likes of ChatGPT by comprehending the tone of voice used by the people it’s talking to, adding depth to each interaction and tailoring its responses accordingly.

AI/Chat

With Quiet-STaR, language models learn to think before speaking

The researchers have introduced Quiet-STaR — an extension of the Self-Taught Reasoner (STaR) model — which is trained on a wide corpus of internet data and learns to generate rationales at each token to explain future text and improve predictions.

AI/LLMs

Facebook's Onavo VPN used to wiretap competitor data, court filings reveal

So-called Project Ghostbusters—echoing the iconic rival's logo—appears to have been just the beginning of the wider In App Action Panel (IAAP) program which aimed to spy on competitors' traffic to gain commercial advantage. It's thought to have run between June 2016 and approximately May 2019, with YouTube and Amazon being the next targets.

Data Privacy

XenData launches media asset viewer for archived files

The Media Portal for Cloud runs on a physical or virtual Windows machine with a gateway to one or multiple public clouds, including AWS S3, Azure Blob Storage, and Wasabi object storage. It displays previews of all video and image files written via the gateway, including files stored on offline storage tiers such as AWS Glacier and the Azure Archive Tier.

Data Management

Cloud cybersecurity firm Coro raises $100M to strengthen protection for smaller firms

Coro says it simplifies the implementation of the cybersecurity stack by using a single pane of glass, one endpoint agent and one data engine to configure, operate and manage every security module. It claims its security modules automatically identify and remediate threats, eliminating the security gaps caused by multiple tools in the security stack

Security

Grammarly’s strategic suggestions launch signals the company is far more than an editing solution

The challenge is that while many executives are adept at using generative AI, their knowledge worker counterparts are not as far along on the adoption curve. From that 2024 State of Business Communication report, data indicated that while knowledge workers spend a whopping 88% of their work week communicating, only five in 10 use generative AI in their communication efforts — compared with nine in 10 business leaders’ use of generative AI for business purposes and yes, Houston, we’ve got a divide.

Automation & Productivity

Vonage Announces Advanced Gen AI Capabilities to Boost Conversational Commerce

By improving and accelerating live chat responses to customers, as well as rephrasing functionality to ensure precise communication by allowing agents to refine their tone and responses, the power of AI is helping businesses to enhance agent productivity and overall communication effectiveness.

Automation & Productivity

Amazon invests $2.75B more in OpenAI competitor Anthropic

Anthropic said at the time that it will invest the capital in foundation model development and AI safety research. The company intends to build its next-generation LLMs using Amazon Web Services Inc. infrastructure. Anthropic will leverage instances powered by the cloud giant’s AWS Trainium and AWS Inferentia chips, which are optimized for AI training and inference, respectively.

AI

ValidMind raises $8.1M to streamline AI model risk management processes

What’s more, model validation is a reactive process that occurs at the end of the development process, which means any potential issues usually aren’t discovered until several months into a project. In addition, organizational silos between developers and model validators result in slow and inefficient communications and information sharing that further hampers progress and extends time to market.

AI

Observe raises $115M from Sutter Hill, Snowflake Ventures to supercharge data cloud observability

Executives from Snowflake, Splunk, Wavefront and Roblox saw this challenge back in 2017 and started Observe as the answer. The idea was simple: develop a centralized data lake that could ingest all telemetry data in one place and curate it into a “data graph” that could enable easy analysis and provide users with relevant context to quickly identify and resolve incidents.

Data Management

New service from Proofpoint prevents email data loss through AI

The service combines Proofpoint’s threat and data loss protection technology and intelligence with Tessian Ltd.’s AI-powered behavioral and dynamic detection to provide organizations with comprehensive defense against human layer risks. Human layer risks refer to the risk of data loss incidents caused by the inadvertent or intentional actions of employees, such as sending sensitive information to the wrong recipient or mishandling email attachments.

AI/Security

Samsung to roll out AI features to Galaxy S23 and foldable models, with one big surprise

The trickling of Samsung's latest Galaxy AI features will begin on March 28, this Thursday, the company confirmed today. With the latest One UI 6.1 update, older Samsung devices including last year's Galaxy S23 series, Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5, Tab S9 series, and more will gain access to key Galaxy AI features, such as Circle to Search, Chat Assist, and Generative Edit.

Automation & Productivity

Viam, a cloud-based platform for smart machines and robotics, raises $45M

Horowitz argues that Viam solves this problem in a unique way by combining hardware and software under a single umbrella in a way that’s not the usual: It includes low-level hardware application programming interfaces, software algorithms, cloud collectivity, integrated fleet management, remote monitoring, tele-operations, predictive maintenance, mobile access and AI.

Automation & Productivity

Airtable brings AI summarization to paying users

Companies like Microsoft and Google have integrated AI features into their productivity offerings. But a recent survey from Slack, which also has AI features now available, found that most office workers use generative AI mainly for summarization and writing help. The new features would make Airtable the latest platform to see generative AI’s potential as a productivity tool that can generate content based on information companies have on their workspaces.

Automation & Productivity

Flaw in Ray AI framework potentially leaks sensitive data of workloads

Oligo researchers said in a March 26 blog post that the bug lets attackers take over a company’s computing power and leak sensitive data. The flaw — CVE-2023-48022 — has been under active exploitation for the last seven months, affecting sectors such as education, cryptocurrency, and medical and video analytics companies.

Security

PeakMetrics and Reality Defender partner to combat digital deception and deepfakes at scale

The partnership will leverage PeakMetrics’ machine learning capabilities in mining and assessing billions of cross-channel online data points with Reality Defender’s deepfake detection technology to offer a new joint solution that is claimed to offer unparalleled protection for brands and executives against fraud, scams and impersonation on a macro data level.

Security

OpenVoice creator MyShell gets $11M to build out crypto-AI platform

With creators in Singapore and Tokyo, MyShell emerged from stealth last year, and is perhaps best known for its AI character and user-generated bot creation platform as well as its open-source voice cloning model OpenVoice, unveiled at the start of 2024. The platform is accessible on the web though users can also interact with MyShell’s chatbots on Discord and Telegram.

AI

Intel launches new program to accelerate development of apps for AI PCs

“Today, with the addition of the AI PC Developer Program, we are expanding our reach to go beyond large ISVs and engage with small- and medium-sized players and aspiring developers. Our goal is to drive a frictionless experience by offering a broad set of tools including the new AI-ready Developer Kit.”

Apps

Databricks open-sources its own large language model, DBRX

The company said it’s open-sourcing the model to encourage customers to migrate away from commercial alternatives. It cited a recent Andreessen Horowitz LLC survey that found that nearly 60% of artificial intelligence leaders are interested in increasing open-source usage or switching when fine-tuned open-source models roughly match the performance of proprietary ones.

AI/LLMs

Nitel expands NaaS, SD-WAN with WAN Dynamics deal

Nitel has since continued to acquire new assets, like its acquisition of Hypercore Networks in mid-2022. It’s also been adding new connection features to its NaaS and SD-WAN service, including a new satellite connectivity option earlier this year that allows customers to add more performance to their SD-WAN and secure access service edge (SASE) deployments in remote locations or even rely more exclusively on just that satellite connection.

Network Management

0G Labs raises $35M for modular blockchain storage for decentralized AI

0G Labs said that it has achieved high scalability for decentralized data by providing what it calls the first “data availability system with a built-in general purpose storage layer.” It does this by separating the workflow of data availability into a publishing lane and a storage lane. Since the blockchain system, which provides the decentralized publishing and tracking capability only handles a tiny amount of data, it avoids broadcast bottlenecks and storage can remain decentralized to wherever it rests.

Blockchain

DataStax and Microsoft Collaborate to Make it Easier to Build Enterprise Generative AI and RAG Applications with Legacy Data

This integration enables developers to more easily build RAG applications and vectorize data with Astra DB and Microsoft‘s ecosystem of AI products and copilots using Semantic Kernel’s open source SDK for AI applications and agents.

AI/Data

Bedrock Security raises $10M to enhance big data security with AI-based reasoning

Bedrock Security says its AIR Engine uses AI-powered reasoning to improve data visibility, going beyond the fixed rules associated with data discovery, classification and mapping. It enables data classifications that weren’t possible with rules-based systems, with its ability to perform data similarity identification, topic detection and identity and activity analysis.

Data Security

LLM Fine-Tuning Startup OpenPipe Raises $6.7 Million

OpenPipe’s key insight is that smaller models can match or exceed the performance of much larger ones when specialized to a specific task. This specialization is done through a process known as “fine-tuning.” Fine-tuning massively improves response quality and correctness, but many developers aren’t able to perform this task because of the complex workflow required.

AI/LLMS

Exclusive: Standard AI shifts focus to computer vision analytics for retailers, now valued at $1.5 billion

The company says its new suite of products will help retailers gain valuable insights into shopper behavior, optimize merchandising strategies, reduce out-of-stock items, and prevent loss — all without using facial recognition or collecting personally identifiable information.

Data & Analytics

Sakana AI’s evolutionary algorithm discovers new architectures for generative models

A new technique developed by much-hyped Tokyo, Japan startup Sakana AI automatically creates generative models. The technique, called Evolutionary Model Merge, is inspired by the process of natural selection and combines parts of existing models to create more capable ones.

AI

Adobe introduces structure reference for Firefly AI and GenStudio for brands

Called “Structure reference,” the new feature allows users of the Adobe Firefly stand-alone text-to-image generator app to upload an image that guides subsequent image generations, not in terms of style or content, but rather, the arrangement of the image and the objects and characters within it.

Automation & Productivity

InterSystems Expands IRIS Data Platform with Vector Search to Support Next-Gen AI Applications

Vector search will make massive, disparate datasets easily searchable, especially for GenAI tasks related to natural language processing, text or image analysis. For developers, this will make it easier for them to create more powerful GenAI applications on the IRIS platform.

AI/Data

Activeloop raises $11M to grow its specialized tensor database for AI training and inference

The startup, which is officially known as Snark AI Inc., has created a specialized database called Deep Lake that’s designed to streamline the flow of unstructured information, such as audio, video, image, text files and embeddings, into machine learning and large language models. It also provides data storage and knowledge retrieval capabilities for managing complex datasets for AI

AI/Data

Neo4j, Microsoft add graph features to Azure AI services

Azure users will also get access to GraphRAG, which uses a large language model to create a knowledge graph based on a private dataset. GraphRAG is an enhanced form of retrieval-augmented generation. It’s superior to conventional RAG for questions that traverse disparate pieces of information through their shared attributes and require a holistic understanding of summarized semantic concepts over large data collections.

AI/Data

HealthTech startup Tennr raises $18M series A funding led by a16z to fix fax machines for healthcare using AI

He added, “Lots of people can build tools that make admins marginally faster–that just doesn’t move the needle. Instead, our research team is building models based around this very complex information flow, being able to parse it for one practice at a time, and then do the work so well that you can turn it into very clear growth for a business. And yes, the e-fax ends up being in the middle of it all.”

Automation & Productivity

Confluent unveils Tableflow to unite analytics and operations with data streaming

Confluent Tableflow easily transforms Apache Kafka topics and the associated schemas to Apache Iceberg tables with a single click to better supply data lakes and data warehouses. Confluent’s fully managed connectors have been enhanced with new secure networking paths and up to 50% lower throughput costs to enable more complete, safe and cost-effective integrations.

Data & Analytics

Vectara adds anti-hallucination features to its generative AI service

The score assesses a direct probability; for example, 0.98 indicates a 98% probability of factual consistency. The company said most other classifiers disregard calibration. Users can set thresholds for response acceptance based on a detailed accuracy score, giving them the flexibility to set thresholds for action.

AI/Ethics

HPE advances AI-powered network operations with Aruba Networking Central

The updated platform announced today brings in new generative AI (genAI) power to help networking administrators perform tasks like provisioning, monitoring, troubleshooting and more. Aruba Networking Central makes use of Aruba’s massive database of historical network data and insights to power the AI.

Network Management

KnowBe4 Announces Artificial Intelligence Defense Agents or AIDA

KnowBe4 AIDA enables organizations to automate the dynamic selection of security awareness training and testing to give users a more individualized learning experience based on their specific needs. Preliminary testing has already demonstrated the effectiveness of AIDA, and as AI-enabled technologies become more integrated into KnowBe4’s operations, defenses against all types of attacks are expected to improve.

AI/Security

Launching SIOS LifeKeeper for Linux: A Powerful New Web Management Console for Critical Enterprise Applications

SIOS Technology Corp., an industry leader in application high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR), announced the latest version of SIOS LifeKeeper for Linux featuring a new Web Management Console that simplifies the way IT administrators deploy and manage high availability clusters used to protect critical applications such as SAP, HANA, Oracle and others from downtime and disasters.

IT Management

Swimlane and Dragos integrate platforms to improve threat detection in IT and OT environments

Swimlane and Dragos argue that the convergence of modern IT and legacy industrial control systems presents a critical cybersecurity challenge due to outdated ICS technology struggling to integrate securely with modern systems and the limitations of traditional IT security solutions in ICS/OT environments. Those factors, along with a 50% rise in reported ransomware attacks targeting industrial organizations, require urgent prioritizing and implementing effective ICS-specific security controls.

Security

Stonefly serves up triple-decker air-gap sandwich

Air-gapped repositories consist of one virtual storage controller connected to two target storage repositories. One target repository is network-facing, always accessible and available to user-groups, applications, etc. The second target repository is air-gapped, detached, and isolated.

Data Storage

Telesign Verify API Rises in the Battle Against Cyber Fraud

With Verify API, Telesign makes it easy to mitigate risk and streamline verification. Developers only need to connect to one API to access seven verification channels. Extensive channels allow for the end-user to be verified on their preferred channel, which supports a positive end-user experience. Automatic fallbacks to the customer’s preferred channel also ensure that end-users will receive a one-time password (OTP), no matter their original verification method or geographic location.

Security

Canva acquires Affinity to fill the Adobe-sized holes in its design suite

Canva’s design platform attracted around 170 million monthly global users. That’s a lot of people who probably aren’t using equivalent Adobe software like Express, but unlike Adobe, Canva doesn’t have its own design applications that target creative professionals like illustrators, photographers, and video editors.

Automation & Productivity

Sophisticated software supply chain attack hits Top.gg, compromises GitHub accounts

The threat actors gained access using multiple tactics, techniques and procedures, including account takeover via stolen browser cookies, contributing malicious code with verified commits, setting up a custom Python mirror and publishing malicious packages to the PyPi registry. The net result was a silent software supply chain attack, stealing sensitive information from victims.

Security

Newly detailed ‘Tycoon 2FA’ phishing kit bypasses multifactor authentication

Tycoon 2FA operates in various stages to carry out its malicious activities. The kit starts by attempting to trick victims into visiting a page featuring a Cloudflare security challenge to prevent unwanted traffic. Users then encounter a fake Microsoft authentication page where their credentials are harvested. The phishing kit then relays this information to the legitimate Microsoft authentication API, intercepting session cookies to bypass multifactor authentication.

Security

Bigeye Launches Bigeye Dependency Driven Monitoring to Ensure Reliable Analytics

Bigeye Dependency Driven Monitoring uniquely solves this challenge by combining enterprise-grade lineage technology with data observability to automatically trace the entire enterprise data pipeline at column-level precision through traditional and modern technologies, ETL stages, and even across the boundary from cloud to on-premises environments.

Data Management

New solution from Nametag targets AI-generated deepfake security threats

Called Nametag Autopilot, the new service has been designed to prevent social engineering and impersonation attacks while saving organizations millions by deflecting time-consuming password and multifactor authentication resets to self-service.

Security

Exclusive: Foundational emerges from stealth with $8 million to tackle data quality and AI readiness challenges

Under the hood, the Foundational platform combines static code analysis, dynamic runtime analysis, and AI-powered techniques to build a comprehensive map of an organization’s data pipelines. It can identify issues like circular references, inefficient queries that may spike cloud costs and fields that are no longer being used and could be pruned.

AI/Data

Zoom adds collaboration platform and expands AI support

Zoom Workplace will be included at no additional charge for eligible paid plans. It includes streaming chat in meetings, email, phone, Zoom Docs, notes, clips and a whiteboard. It can also be extended with workplace reservations, dedicated rooms, digital signage and visitor management.

Automation & Productivity

VPS AI Launches Decentralized AI & Blockchain $VPS GPU Cloud Ecosystem

VPS AI is one of the first in the market to offer AI-as-a-Service (AIaas). With a team specializing in AI and decentralized cloud computing, VPS AI has the necessary setup distributed amongst several providers to ensure flexibility and resilience and capacity to scale. The pre-built AI services on VPS (Virtual Private Server) cloud infrastructure allow small and mid-size enterprises to benefit from advanced data analysis, boost operational efficiency, and improve customer service with minimal initial investment.

AI

CrateDB Partners with HiveMQ to Advance IoT Data Management and Analytics Across Industries

The joint solution delivers a pioneering data management architecture beyond pure time series, able to handle structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, while using standard protocols like MQTT and query languages like SQL

IoT

Pure Storage, Nvidia partner to democratize AI with new infrastructure solutions

Using Pure Storage’s data storage infrastructure for retrieval-augmented generation, customers can enhance standard large language models (LLMs) with custom corporate data to provide greater relevance, accuracy, and currency to chatbots and avoid the massive investment of building their own custom large language models,”

AI/Data

Redis expands data management capabilities with Speedb acquisition

Redis is a distributed NoSQL database, keeping data on storage drives for persistence, and promoting it to DRAM when needed. It can be used as a database, including vector functions, cache, RAG, streaming engine, or message broker. Redis Enterprise Cloud, a real-time managed database-as-a-service, is offered on AWS.

Data Management

Five9’s new GenAI Studio simplifies generative AI model customization for contact centers

GenAI Studio, Five9 says, is an easy-to-use portal that will power multiple new generative AI applications within Five9’s contact center software, beginning with Agent Assist AI Summaries. It’s designed to make it simple for customers to create, deploy and test generative AI prompts, with responses derived from their own, business-specific, contextual data.

Automation & Productivity

Database startup Regatta emerges from stealth mode

Regatta is pitched as being linearly scalable, running across a cluster of nodes either on-premises or in the public cloud, and analytic queries execute against up-to-date transactional data. OLAP queries do not interfere with OLTP operations. The database can, Regatta says, be dropped in as a Postgres replacement, having Object-Relational Mapping (ORM), Client Libraries, and ANSI SQL support.

Data Management

Akamai to Deploy Advanced AI Across its Global Edge Network

“Lower cost can be achieved because the service provider (Akamai) can use general-purpose servers that uses traditional infrastructure, rather than expensive dedicated AI/GPU servers and infrastructure.”

Network Management

Google Suddenly Reveals Surprise Android Update That Beats iPhone

I’ve already reported on Google’s push to include an emergency satellite service as a new feature, which will see Android finally match the satellite SOS functionality that Apple has had on its iPhone for a few years. Google’s offering even seems to add a readymade Garmin rescue service into its plan. This is clearly a big step forwards for the safety and security of its vast user base.

Automation & Productivity

Rackspace Launches SPOT, an Innovative Open Market Auction for Cloud Servers with Managed Kubernetes

Rackspace SPOT offers instant online sign-up, a customer-driven bidding process that allows users to set compute market prices, with capacity delivered as turnkey, fully managed Kubernetes clusters.

Cloud

Accenture’s $1 billion LearnVantage platform tackles the growing AI skills gap

“According to Accenture research, business leaders say their No. 1 challenge is their inability to upskill their workforces, with 51% of organizations starting to see negative impacts from worsening IT skills shortages.”

Tech Jobs

Zilliz Unveils Game-Changing Features for Vector Search

The multi-vector search simplifies searches and improves recall of retrieving information. In addition, this feature makes integrating and optimizing custom reranked models straightforward and enables users to model data more efficiently for real-world applications. Users can also use prebuilt reranking algorithms to help further enhance retrieval performance.

Data Management

Meta updates Threads to connect with Mastodon and other fediverse social networks

The fediverse is a larger decentralized network of social media servers linked by the open protocol ActivityPub, widely popularized by the decentralized social network Mastodon. The word, combining “federation” and “universe,” represents the ability for anyone to run their own independent server and connect to the broader social network, which runs as a decentralized network with no central authority.

Social Media

Researchers uncover unfixable vulnerability in Apple CPUs affecting cryptographic security

Dubbed GoFetch, the vulnerability can be exploited by a side-channel attack, which exploits indirect information to uncover secret data, such as cryptographic keys. In the GoFetch scenario, the method employs CPU prefetcher behavior, a mechanism within processors designed to predict and load data into cache before it’s actually needed by running programs, to reveal cryptographic keys through cache-timing analysis.

Security

Matillion Introduces Generative AI Capabilities, Enhancing Data Pipeline Construction for Business Applications

Cloud Data Integration provider Matillion today becomes the first platform to unify pushdown ELT and pushdown AI to allow data engineers to build Analytics & AI pipelines faster on top of platforms like Snowflake, Databricks and AWS.

Data & Analytics

Tarsal Raises $6 Million for Security Data Movement Platform

According to Tarsal, its one-click extract, transform and load (ETL) platform provides seamless data ingestion, normalization, and analysis on various platforms, including major data lakes, SIEMs, and XDRs.

Data Management

Microsoft integrates its Copilot chatbot on new devices

By “optimized,” Microsoft means it has added a Copilot key to the keypad, which opens the chatbot for quick use. The Copilot key is located on the right side of the keypad between the Alt key and arrows.

Automation & Productivity

AI startup Borderless AI launches with $27 million in funding to speed up global hiring

The allure of AI technologies, particularly those capable of generating human-like responses to written prompts, has fueled an unprecedented demand for AI applications. Borderless AI’s innovative model, dubbed Alberni, epitomizes this trend. Alberni boasts the ability to craft employment contracts, analyze legal agreements, and address tax queries, empowering HR teams to slash costs and expedite operations.

HR Tech

Nokia pumps more automation into its WaveSuite optical platform

The updates include new support with the platform’s service enablement application that will allow users to integrate business support system (BSS) billing with optical network functions. This includes the capability to provide real-time KPI assurance metrics that can be used to support differentiated services like latency-aware layer-1 services and on-demand capacity features.

Network Management

United Nations gives green light to first resolution on artificial intelligence

“So let us reaffirm that AI will be created and deployed through the lens of humanity and dignity, safety and security, human rights and fundamental freedoms,” she said. “Let us commit to closing the digital gap within and between nations and using this technology to advance shared priorities around sustainable development.”

AI Ethics

Foundry launches with $80M in funding to build an AI-optimized public cloud

Foundry says its cloud lends itself both to AI training and to inference, or the task of running neural networks in production after they’ve been trained. According to the company, customers can quickly increase or decrease the amount of infrastructure in a deployment based on workload requirements. Foundry says that its platform is “often able to provide computing power at an order of magnitude lower costs than our users could access otherwise.”

Cloud

Stardog Innovates with Voicebox and Karaoke, Offering Solutions for Generative AI in Regulated Sectors

Stardog has announced the general release of Stardog Voicebox, its Large Language Model Platform (LLM). Additionally, Stardog launched Stardog Karaoke, an appliance version of Voicebox that will enable highly-regulated businesses who utilize a hybrid cloud strategy to reap the enormous benefits of Voicebox and Generative AI (GenAI).

AI/LLMS

Database startup Regatta emerges from stealth mode

Regatta is ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) compliant, meaning database operations are completed properly or do not complete at all, ensuring the database is in a consistent state. In other words, a bank’s OLTP database will ensure that money has either been paid out from your account or has not. There is no in-between state.

Data & Analytics

JumpCloud Acquires Resmo to Revolutionize IT Cloud and SecOps Management

The acquisition broadens JumpCloud’s open directory platform to discover, manage, and control IT assets for secure and streamlined user provisioning, access request management, and utilization monitoring. Resmo’s integration into the JumpCloud platform offers organizations a robust all-in-one solution to proactively meet emerging SaaS management, IT security, and asset management needs.

IT Management

Quantum announces i7 Raptor tape library for hyperscalers

Quantum claims the i7 RAPTOR – it capitalizes the name – delivers the highest storage density of any tape library on the market, and offers unique anti-ransomware features like Tape Blocking, which prevents a library robot from moving tape cartridges from their slots via software commands.

Data Management

Cisco, Intel expand Wi-Fi 7 partnership

Wi-Fi 7 also known as 802.11be, is expected to reduce latency, increase network capacity, boost efficiency, and support more connected devices. It’s still early days for Wi-Fi 7, however. The IEEE is expected to agree to the final spec later this year, and the Wi-Fi Alliance has only just begun its official certification program for Wi-Fi 7 devices and products.

Network Management

Fauna Launches Distributed Document-Relational Database On Google Cloud Marketplace

Fauna delivers an intuitive developer experience with a seamlessly scalable distributed architecture that provides strong consistency, low millisecond latency, and high availability — all delivered as a secure cloud API with zero operations required.

Data Management

Japanese startup Sakana releases AI models created through ‘evolutionary’ processes

Typical evolutionary algorithms randomly pick traits from two parents, in the case of AI models, Sakana’s researchers technique found ways to select and reorder layers from parent models and pull them into a brand-new model. A second approach would be to mix the parameters – the trainable, or learned, and fixed components — of the parent models numerically. By combining these methods, this process can be used to produce successive generations of models to be bred and selected from, using criteria such as efficiency and performance.

AI

Exclusive: Snowflake teams up with Reka to add multimodal LLMs to data cloud

Reka Flash is a state-of-the-art 21-billion parameter model that serves as an optimized “turbo class” offering and matches the performance of many larger models across various language and vision benchmarks. The Core model, on the other hand, is said to be Reka’s largest and most performant model that approaches GPT-4 and Gemini Ultra in terms of performance. However, unlike the Flash model, the Core version is not available publicly at this stage.

AI/LLMs

Redis acquires storage engine startup Speedb to enhance its open-source database

The fact that Redis keeps data in memory rather than storage helps improve performance, but also increases costs because DRAM is more expensive than either flash or disk. The Speedb-powered Auto Tiering tool that ships with the database’s paid versions allows companies to move some of their data from DRAM to flash. According to Redis, the feature can help customers reduce their infrastructure costs by up to 70%.

Data Storage

'Conversation Overflow' Cyberattacks Bypass AI Security to Target Execs

The emails can escape AI/ML algorithms' threat detection through use of hidden text designed to mimic legitimate communication, according to SlashNext threat researchers, who released an analysis on the tactic today. They noted that it's being used in a spate of attacks in what appears to be a test-driving exercise on the part of the bad actors, to probe for ways to get around advanced cyber defenses.

Security

Exclusive: Runway partners with Musixmatch, allowing musicians to generate AI lyrics videos

The partnership will give the more than a million musicians and artists using Musixmatch access to Gen-2, Runway’s latest and greatest AI video generating model, which has been steadily upgraded with features such as a Multi Motion Brush and region selector.

Automation & Productivity

Nvidia’s latest generative AI model LATTE3D can create 3D images and shapes in seconds

Sanja Fidler, Nvidia’s vice president of AI research, said LATTE3D represents astonishing progress, noting that one year ago it would have taken its most advanced text-to-3D models an hour to generate visuals of the same quality. Now, it can do the same in just 10 to 12 seconds, she said. “We can now produce results an order of magnitude faster, putting near real-time text-to-3D generation within reach for creators across industries,” she added.

Automation & Productivity

Newcomer BlueFlag Security raises $11.5M for developer-centric security platform

The pair founded BlueFlag to tackle the need for a holistic approach to SDLC security at a time of rising software supply chain attacks. They argue that traditional security approaches, which have primarily concentrated on safeguarding against risks in open-source software or developer tools, fail to address the most critical threat vector within the SDLC: developer identities, both human and machine.

Security

The first ‘Fairly Trained’ AI large language model is here

Fairly Trained (L) certification is awarded only to those companies who can prove through an application and review process, that their AI model training data was obtained and used under “a contractual agreement with a party that has the rights required to enter such an agreement” or is public domain/open license. It also costs a fee ranging between $150 upfront and $500 annually to $500 upfront/$6,000 annually. Clearly, KL3M qualified for these requirements.

AI Ethics

Startup Borderless AI nets $27M to bring generative AI to global hiring practices

It’s targeting employers of record, which are third-party organizations that take on the formal responsibilities of employment — such as payroll, tax withholding, benefits administration and compliance — on behalf of other companies. Essentially, they hire and pay employees on behalf of the employer. Most of Borderless AI’s initial customers are likely to be U.S. businesses hiring overseas, said co-founder and Chief Executive Willson Cross (pictured, left, with co-founder Sean Aggarwal).

HRTech

Israeli AI startup NeuReality closes $20M in funding to democratize AI access amidst GPU scarcity

According to Naveen Rao, VP of Generative AI at Databricks and a NeuReality board member, NeuReality’s system-level optimization represents a crucial milestone in democratizing access to compute for generative AI. Rao emphasizes the urgency of removing market barriers, praising NeuReality’s innovative architecture as a game-changer in the industry.

GenAI

JumpCloud Acquires Resmo to Revolutionize IT Cloud and SecOps Management

The acquisition broadens JumpCloud’s open directory platform to discover, manage, and control IT assets for secure and streamlined user provisioning, access request management, and utilization monitoring. Resmo’s integration into the JumpCloud platform offers organizations a robust all-in-one solution to proactively meet emerging SaaS management, IT security, and asset management needs.

Security

Cyber risk startup CyberSaint raises $21M for platform development and expansion

The company also offers the CyberSaint Free Cyber Risk Analysis, a free service that allows anyone to input their industry, company size and revenue and uncover their top industry risks and related NIST 800-53 controls in seconds. The service is said to give the public unfettered access to tailored insights based on the largest cyber loss dataset in the world.

Security

Cato adds AI-driven XDR to SASE to reduce network outages

Network Stories for Cato XDR, which is part of the Cato SASE Cloud platform, uses AI algorithms that are trained to analyze network signals and detect threats and security anomalies. The AI-powered tools evaluate the alerts to identify the root cause behind network blackouts, downed links, BGP session disconnects, and SLA-related incidents.

Network Management

Samsung to offer SSDs on subscription

The system provides 232GB/sec sequential read bandwidth and 98GB/sec sequential write bandwidth, 9.5 million random read IOPS, and 5.1 million random write IOPS. Samsung proposes to offer this on a subscription basis: “Customers place an order for the desired storage capacity in increments of 244TB (one PBSSD unit) and subscription duration (1, 3, or 5 years) at a fixed monthly fee. No hidden or usage-based costs.”

Data Storage

Surgeons Get AI Assists: Nvidia and Johnson & Johnson team up to develop new AI applications for surgery

By harnessing Nvidia’s AI computing prowess, J&J MedTech aims to furnish surgeons with real-time decision-making support. But the scope of AI’s impact won’t be confined to the operating room alone. It could extend to analyzing patient data beforehand to enhance pre-surgical planning and even aid in post-surgery recovery monitoring.

MedTech

Exclusive: Dymium launches with platform that takes protection to the data

Dymium uses “ghost data services” to govern how data is presented. “Our platform contains no data,” said Chief Executive Denzil Wessels. “When people access the data through ghost databases, we display the data in real time, including all the transformations and everything that needs to be around data. Think of it like a hardened security front end for data services.”

Data Management

New Open License Generator helps ensure AI is used responsibly

Since their first introduction in 2018, there are now 41,700 model repositories with RAIL licenses. Notable models with behavioral use clauses include Hugging Face’s BLOOM, Meta’s Llama 2, Stable Diffusion and Grid.

AI Ethics

Kinetica Delivers Real-Time Vector Similarity Search

Real-time vector similarity search also opens up new applications in domains for retrieval augmented generation (RAG) that are beyond just language and rich media. Vector embeddings of time series and spatial data can capture features and patterns that convey meaning about time-variant phenomena like stock prices, weather, and objects in motion.

Data & Analytics

New IONIX Threat Center provides immediate insights into zero-day vulnerabilities

The new IONIX Threat Center delivers up-to-the-minute detailed insights into exposures posed by the latest zero-day vulnerabilities — previously unknown security flaws in software or hardware that hackers can exploit before the developers have issued fixes. The threat center identifies specific assets that are exposed or potentially exposed to the zero-day exploit, alerts customers and highlights suggested remediation actions.

Security

Nile Bets on AI Networking with Performance Guarantees

Network provider Nile just announced that its Nile Access Service is getting a new solution architecture, including Nile Service Blocks and Nile Services Cloud, along with a few AI application categories (Nile Copilot and Nile Autopilot). The company says this announcement combines cloud-native service delivery and AI-powered closed-loop automation for campus and branch IT infrastructures.

Network Management

ServiceNow injects more generative AI capabilities into its workflow platform

The new features in today’s update include Now Assist for IT Operations Management AIOps, which applies generative AI to speed up issue resolution by analyzing alerts and providing useful context for operations teams. More specifically, the generative AI agent helps to translate complex, jargon-littered alerts generated by machines into simple natural language notifications that will help teams to better understand the issues they need to deal with.

Automation & Productivity

Morph raises $20M to build consumer-focused Ethereum scaling blockchain solution

Morph is building what is known as a Layer 2 network for Ethereum, the second-largest blockchain after Bitcoin. A Layer 2 blockchain is a separate chain that operates alongside another, in the case of Morph, it processes transactions more quickly using optimizing rollup technology says it’s the first to build with a “digitized sequencer” that will organize and batch off-chain transactions efficiently before submitting them to the Ethereum blockchain.

Blockchain

Lookout and Fortra join forces for enhanced data security solutions

The partnership sees Fortra introducing its new Digital Guardian Secure Service Edge solution, powered by the Lookout Cloud Security Platform. The Security Service Edge offering provides continuous monitoring of user and device risk posture, with dynamic and granular zero-trust access based on app and data sensitivity.

Security

Samsung opens lab dedicated to next-gen AI chips

Samsung’s definition of AGI is a type of AI in which the models have intelligence capabilities even greater than, or at least equal to, humans and learn on their own without the need to be trained on human data first. This type of technology is significantly more computationally intensive than the current large language models (LLMs) associated with today’s AI technology, which must be trained by humans on various data sources.

AI

Venafi integrates SPIFFE standards to strengthen workload identity security

SPIFFE is a set of open-source standards for securely identifying software services in dynamic and heterogeneous environments. The framework aims to provide a universal identity control plane, facilitating service-to-service authentication and secure communication.

Security

WEKA intros turnkey appliance to plug into SuperPOD

WEKApod is a turnkey hardware and software appliance, purpose-built as a high-performance data store for the DGX SuperPOD. Each appliance consists of pre-configured storage nodes and software for simplified and faster deployment. A 1 PB WEKApod configuration starts with eight storage nodes and scales up to hundreds.

Data Management

Kubecost Targets Enterprise Carbon Cost Monitoring and More Cloud Cost Savings with New Release

Kubecost’s new Carbon Cost Monitoring feature, enabled by the underlying OpenCost project, allows organizations to meet regulatory requirements and achieve sustainability goals more quickly and thoroughly. Customers can use Carbon Cost Monitoring to conduct energy audits and easily compare financial and environmental costs across any business cost center (department, application, etc.).

Cloud

We’re one step closer to a global cybersecurity standard for smart home devices

Device makers who adhere to the specification and go through the certification process can carry the CSA’s new Product Security Verified (PSV) Mark. If that security camera or smart lightbulb you’re buying carries the mark, you’ll know it has met requirements to help secure it from malicious hacking attempts and other intrusions that could impact your privacy.

Privacy & Security

HEAVY.AI Introduces HeavyIQ, Delivering Powerful Conversational Analytics Focused on Location and Time Data

“In the past, most analytics solutions required users to write their own SQL queries or learn complex drag and drop interfaces that required dozens of clicks. They would also have to bring in engineering and operations teams to clean and load data.”

Data & Analytics

Exclusive: Data governance startup Euno emerges from stealth to manage business logic at scale

Euno’s solution focuses on mapping business logic across platforms, providing a catalog of definitions and automating the shift of logic from BI tools into the data layer. Euno works with a growing number of data warehouse and BI tools, including Snowflake, Databricks, Amazon and Redshift.

Data & Analytics

New Phishing Attack Uses Clever Microsoft Office Trick to Deploy NetSupport RAT

NetSupport RAT is a malicious offshoot of a legitimate remote desktop tool known as NetSupport Manager, allowing threat actors to conduct a spectrum of data gathering actions on a compromised endpoint.

Security

Databricks acquires Lilac to supercharge data quality efforts for gen AI apps

Traditionally, teams have had to use time-consuming manual methods to explore unstructured data and address its gaps. Lilac, founded by former Google engineers Daniel Smilkov and Nikhil Thorat in 2023, addresses this challenge with a scalable open-source solution that offers an intuitive UI and AI-driven features to analyze, understand and modify unstructured text data, at scale.

AI/Data

Healthcare industry chatbot firm Hippocratic AI raises $53M at $500M valuation

The company said that the objective of these generative AI agents and chatbots would be to help solve the massive shortage of nurses, social workers and nutritionists that the healthcare industry is currently facing in the U.S. and worldwide. Examples include a virtual agent handling questions regarding chronic care management, medication checks and post-discharge follow-up for specific conditions such as kidney failure and congestive heart failure. However, the AI agents cannot speak to patients unsupervised until phase three of the safety testing is completed.

MedTech

Anyscale Partners with NVIDIA to Scale Generative AI Models into Production

Customers will benefit from the combined power of Ray and Anyscale’s managed runtime environment, providing capabilities like container orchestration, observability, and autoscaling, as well as access to NVIDIA AI Enterprise to improve security and LLM performance.

Automation & Productivity

Stability AI launches new model that turns images into 3D videos

“By adapting our Stable Video Diffusion image-to-video diffusion model with the addition of camera path conditioning, Stable Video 3D is able to generate multi-view videos of an object,” the company said in the announcement. “Additionally, we propose improved 3D optimization leveraging this powerful capability of Stable Video 3D to generate arbitrary orbits around an object.”

AI/Video

Kinetica Launches Generative AI Solution for Real-Time Inferencing Powered by NVIDIA AI Enterprise

Generative AI applications utilize RAG to access and integrate up-to-date information from external knowledge bases, ensuring responses go beyond a large language model’s (LLM) original training data. However, the prevalent methods of enriching context (through vector similarity searches) are inadequate for quantitative data, as they are designed primarily to understand textual content.

AI/Data

Amazon and Snowflake partner to enable modern data streaming pipeline with Snowpipe and Kinesis Data Firehose

“Really, the way to think about streaming in the modern streaming data pipeline is that customers are telling us they want simplification and they also want to see reduced cost,” Ferguson said. “So that was part of how, how and why we built this.”

Data Management

Fujitsu: Malware on Company Computers Exposed Customer Data

"The reliance on defensive strategies is no longer sufficient and all organizations must refocus on data security," Williams explained in a statement. "As we have seen countless times, cybercriminals will always find a way in, and once they have your data, there is no limit to what they can do to leverage it."

Security

Balbix’s BX4 engine leverages Nvidia AI to transform cybersecurity risk management

The BX4 engine is said to take on a core challenge in cybersecurity: converting raw data into actionable insights that facilitate effective risk reduction. Balbix BX4 leverages the full-stack Nvidia AI platform and Nvidia GPUs while also integrating Nvidia Triton Inference Server and Nvidia TensorRT-LLM to train large language models.

AI/Security

Dekube Unveils Revolutionary Decentralized Computing Power Network to Democratize AI Development

This approach significantly reduces the marginal cost of acquiring computing power, making it virtually nonexistent. With the capability to expand into millions of nodes with GPUs, Dekube provides an elastically, efficient, cost-effective alternative to traditional centralized cloud platforms, boasting up to 30% more efficiency on LLM training & fine-tuning, through decentralization by using consumer-grade GPUs.

AI/DevOps

Hitachi Vantara Announces Collaboration with NVIDIA to Create New Portfolio of Industrial AI Solutions

Hitachi Vantara will develop a portfolio of solutions, Hitachi iQ, to drive targeted AI outcomes by layering industry-specific capabilities on top of its AI solution stack, so outcomes can be more specific and relevant to an organization’s business.

AI

Meta offers to reduce Facebook and Instagram monthly fees by about 50% to address privacy and antitrust concerns

Notably, users who consent to tracking will continue to access a free service funded by advertising revenues, while companies risk substantial fines for breaches of the DMA, potentially amounting to 10% of their annual global turnover.

Data Privacy

Sonatype debuts SBOM Manager to make enterprise software more transparent

Sonatype provides a collection of developer tools with more than 15 million users worldwide. The cornerstone of its product portfolio, Nexus Repository, allows software teams to store frequently used code components in a centralized location for easy access. Sonatype also sells tools that help developers prevent insecure open-source code from finding its way into their software.

DevOps

Anthropic Introduces Opus: A Challenger to OpenAI’s ChatGPT

According to Anthropic, Opus has surpassed OpenAI’s GPT-4 across various tasks. The Claude 3 family also comprises Sonnet, currently available alongside Opus, and Haiku, the least powerful model, set for release at a later date. In rigorous evaluations, Opus has demonstrated superior performance to GPT-4 and Google’s Gemini across a spectrum of industry benchmarks, including reasoning, mathematics, and general knowledge.

ChatGPT

Oracle and NVIDIA to Deliver Sovereign AI Worldwide

The combination of NVIDIA’s full-stack AI platform with Oracle’s Enterprise AI—deployable across OCI Dedicated Region, Oracle Alloy, Oracle EU Sovereign Cloud, and Oracle Government Cloud—offers customers a state-of-the-art AI solution that provides greater control over operations, location, and security to help support digital sovereignty.

AI

Dell teams with Nvidia on AI ‘easy button’ for data center and cloud deployments

AI factories are crucial to building intelligence on an industrial scale and turning proprietary data into meaningful insights. This partnership represents the first end-to-end AI enterprise service that integrates Dell’s compute, storage, software, services and client device capabilities with Nvidia’s AI infrastructure and software portfolio.

AI

Talkdesk Expands Healthcare AI and Integration with Autopilot Enhancements

Patients and members call or chat with their providers and health plans for many important reasons before and after clinical visits. Talkdesk Autopilot for Healthcare now automates an expanded set of use cases that support the whole patient journey — including new patient acquisition, making and managing appointments, completing PCI-compliant payments, finding a nearby clinic, and managing claims and prior authorizations

MedTech

DHS introduces AI pilots to enhance public safety and immigration processes

The roadmap also sets as a goal of DHS leading in AI through strong cohesive partnerships, with an aim to foster relationships with the private sector, academia, state, local, territorial and tribal governments, international partners, non-government organizations, research institutions and thought leaders to accelerate the development and deployment of AI solutions.

AI

Synopsys enhances software integrity platform with fAST Dynamic Testing solution

Supported by cloud architecture and scalable multitenant software-as-a-service delivery, Synopsys says, Polaris makes it easy for developers to onboard and start scanning in minutes while enabling security teams to track testing activities and manage risk across thousands of applications.

DevOps

LogRhythm and SOC Prime join forces to elevate threat detection capabilities

The joint solution is also said to address the challenge of alert fatigue by enabling security teams to fine-tune detection rules and prioritize responses based on accurate threat intelligence. With enhanced and accurate alerts, organizations can focus their efforts on mitigating real threats rather than having to deal with false positives.

Security

Job interview analysis platform Sapia launches generative AI chatbot to explain its hiring decisions

Melbourne recruitment startup Sapia.ai has launched a generative AI model it’s called SAIGE to give candidate feedback. It uses the platform’s large language model (LLM) capabilities developed over six years, to evaluate candidates using a blind chat interview, then deliver comprehensive scoring along with a set of job-related competencies, including explanations for its assessments, with the ability coach candidates as to how they can improve, or say what it was looking for to give a higher score for a particular skill or trait.

HR Tech

YouTube creators will now have to label certain AI-generated videos upon upload

Built into Creator Studio for both YouTube's website and its mobile apps, the AI confirmation labels will appear in the expanded description or on the video player itself. You'll then need to check a box or otherwise indicate if the content makes a real person appear to say or do something they didn't say or do, alters footage of a real event or place, or generates a realistic-looking scene that didn't actually occur. A label for particularly sensitive content may even appear on the video itself.

AI Ethics

Google researchers unveil ‘VLOGGER’, an AI that can bring still photos to life

The technology, called VLOGGER, relies on advanced machine learning models to synthesize startlingly realistic footage, opening up a range of potential applications while also raising concerns around deepfakes and misinformation.

AI

Deloitte introduces CyberSphere to enhance cyber operational efficiency with automation and AI

CyberSphere allows clients to leverage a curated set of modular capabilities supported by an ecosystem of third-party technology providers augmented by Deloitte services. Initial modules offered through CyberSphere include digital identity management, managed extended detection and response, attack surface management, managed secure access services edge and incident response, with plans to offer additional modules in the future.

Security

Productiv launches Sidekick, an AI-powered assistant for smarter SaaS management

“More than just a chatbot, Sidekick understands the intent of questions, particularly in a conversation sequence of back and forth, running complex analyses to provide digestible data, summarized answers, and intelligent recommendations,” he said.

IT Management

Cado Security Expedites Response to Microsoft 365 Compromises with SaaS Environment Support

Cado Security, provider of the first cloud forensics and incident response platform, announced that the Cado platform now enables customers to acquire Microsoft 365 Unified Audit Log (UAL) to help investigate and respond to Microsoft 365 compromises such as business email compromise (BEC), account takeover (ATO), and insider threats. With this new feature, security teams can seamlessly analyze UAL logs alongside other critical sources captured across on-prem and cloud environments.

Security

New DEEP#GOSU Malware Campaign Targets Windows Users with Advanced Tactics

"Its capabilities included keylogging, clipboard monitoring, dynamic payload execution, and data exfiltration, and persistence using both RAT software for full remote access, scheduled tasks as well as self-executing PowerShell scripts using jobs."

Security

Bloxcross Introduces AI Financial APIs for Payments

Central to Bloxcross’s success is its proprietary technology, Adaptive Intelligence Conversion (AIC). Powered by artificial intelligence, AIC delivers instant insights and optimal currency conversion strategies in real-time, empowering businesses to make informed decisions swiftly. This revolutionary technology mitigates risks associated with currency devaluation, enabling companies to maximize profits and navigate the complexities of international finance with confidence.

FinTech

Apple’s AI ambitions could include Google or OpenAI

If a Google deal comes to fruition, Apple wouldn’t be the first company to have tapped the search giant to provide AI features on its phones. Earlier this year Samsung added a series of Galaxy AI-branded features to its Galaxy S24 smartphones, which are powered by Google’s AI technology.

Automation & Productivity

LeapXpert introduces ‘Maxen’ to transform client relationships with AI

Called “Maxen,” the new AI is designed to produce communications intelligence by fusing data from external communication channels, such as WhatsApp, iMessage, SMS, phone calls, collaboration platforms such as Slack and Microsoft Teams, client data and enterprise knowledge. In doing so, Maxen provides relationship managers, such as account managers and financial advisors, with live insights into recent communications and recommendations for impactful message topics and content.

Data & Analytics

xAI open sources Grok

A company blog post explains that this open release includes the “base model weights and network architecture” of the “314 billion parameter Mixture-of-Experts model, Grok-1.” It continues saying the model is from a checkpoint last October and hasn’t undergone fine-tuning “for any specific application, such as dialogue.”

AI

Selector adds genAI and advanced analytics to AIOps platform

Selector specifically targets the challenges of tool sprawl within network operations centers (NOCs). Traditional setups in NOCs vary greatly among companies and often rely on ad hoc communication methods like phone calls, emails or ticket systems. Using conversational AI, Selector facilitates a more structured approach to incident management, allowing team members to ask questions and receive responses in a shared space.

NEtwork Management

Apple researchers achieve breakthroughs in multimodal AI as company ramps up investments

The work, described in a research paper titled “MM1: Methods, Analysis & Insights from Multimodal LLM Pre-training” that was quietly posted to arxiv.org this week, demonstrates how carefully combining different types of training data and model architectures can lead to state-of-the-art performance on a range of AI benchmarks.

AI

Resonance launches ‘full-spectrum’ cybersecurity platform for Web3 projects

While most Web3 security platforms focus primarily on detecting vulnerabilities and monitoring the blockchain side, Resonance additionally combines automated security analysis and audits for traditional networking and app vulnerabilities in the information stack. Its platform includes vulnerability scanners, hacker honeypots, data leak detectors. and other tools.

Web3

Deci announces new AI dev platform and small model Deci Nano

Now, the company is releasing a new, even smaller and less computationally demanding LLM, Deci-Nano, that is closed source, as well as a full Gen AI Development Platform for enterprises and coders, another paid product. Deci-Nano is available exclusively, for now, as part of the Deci Gen AI Development Platform.

AI/DevOps

Creatio’s Copilot Integrates GenAI with No-Code for Unparalleled Synergy

The platform includes Copilot Studio, a dedicated workspace empowering no-code creators to access and develop AI models, deploy new use cases, and modify existing ones effortlessly. Integrated with Creatio Studio’s no-code tools, Copilot provides GenAI support throughout development, including generating applications from narratives and designing UI based on textual descriptions.

Automation & Productivity

Syntropy Secures Fresh Funding to Build Out Its Web3 Data Layer

The new investors were attracted to Syntropy’s vision of creating real-time, chain-agnostic data infrastructure for developers. This solves one of the biggest pain points in web3 today: accessing reliable, low-latency onchain data across different blockchains

Web3

Snowflake and Landing AI combine forces to tackle unstructured data challenges with computer vision

Earlier this month, Snowflake, the data warehousing giant, announced a strategic investment and partnership with Landing AI, a computer vision startup founded by AI luminary Andrew Ng. The collaboration aims to integrate Landing AI’s advanced computer vision platform into Snowflake’s Data Cloud, unlocking new possibilities for enterprises seeking to harness the untapped potential of visual data.

AI/Data

Session AI Announces World’s First Solution for Real-Time AI Incentive Optimization

Session AI, the pioneer of in-session marketing, announced AI Incentive Optimization, a real-time AI solution for ecommerce retailers to achieve commercial goals. AI Incentive Optimization is the first technology of its kind to autonomously deploy, test, and manage on-site incentives in real-time – all without using any consumer personal data.

e-Commerce

Google Introduces Enhanced Real-Time URL Protection for Chrome Users

Up until now, the Chrome browser used a locally-stored list of known unsafe sites that's updated every 30 to 60 minutes, and then leveraging a hash-based approach to compare every site visited against the database.

Security

Oracle Adds New Generative AI Capabilities to Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications Suite

Built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and leveraging its leading AI services, Oracle supports over 50 generative AI use cases that are embedded within Oracle Fusion Applications and designed to respect customers’ enterprise data, privacy, and security. With OCI Generative AI Service, no customer data is shared with large language model (LLM) providers or seen by other customers.

GenAI

OptraSCAN combines pathology imaging with ‘affordable’ storage

The OptraSCAN IMAGEPath image management system is an open platform that can easily integrate with scanners from multiple manufacturers and over 20 different image formats, in addition to being compatible with external third-party AI applications for pathology.

Data Management

HPE, Pure Storage unveil enterprise storage products

Storage is a vital, if overlooked, element in AI, especially generative AI. Large language models are built on data, and unstructured data at that. Companies are drawing in terabytes of data from data lakes, all of which is to be processed before the actual training and inferencing can begin. So, while GPUs get all the attention in the AI arms race, storage is just as important.

Data Storage

Report: Apple quietly acquired AI-powered quality assurance startup DarwinAI

In February, Bloomberg reported that Apple is working on a new AI-powered version of its Xcode platform. The platform, which developers use to write software for the company’s operating systems, is expected to gain a built-in programming assistant. It will reportedly be capable of generating code for tasks such as testing newly developed applications.

Automation & Productivity

The AI Developer Alliance looks to bring developers into the AI conversation

According to Chris Kent, Clarifai’s SVP of marketing, the goal is to “really focus on the idea of advocacy and knowledge sharing as well as bringing together expertise within the industry around best practices, do’s and don’ts, focusing on the betterment of building AI.”

AI/DevOps

Zscaler acquires cybersecurity data processing startup Avalor for reported $350M

Large enterprises use upwards of dozens of cybersecurity products. As a result, there are situations where multiple products detect the same vulnerability and generate duplicate alerts. Avalor’s platform can compress duplicate alerts into a single item to ease analysis, as well as add contextual details such as data on which business units are affected by a vulnerability.

Security

Microsoft’s ‘Copilot for Security’ brings generative AI to the frontlines of cybersecurity

The launch comes at a critical juncture for the cybersecurity industry. Jakkal highlighted the alarming pace and scale of cyberattacks, with Microsoft tracking 300 unique nation-state and financial crime actors, up from 200 the previous year. Ransomware has also become a thriving gig economy, according to Jakkal, with cybercrime projected to cost the global economy $8.5 trillion this year alone.

Security

AI-focused big data startup Unstructured raises $40M to make raw data LLM-ready

Unstructured is getting a lot of attention because it’s a pioneer in the area of converting unstructured data such as images, written notes, audio, video and so on into formats that can be read easily by large language models. It’s an extremely interesting proposition for many companies, as LLMs are the class of AI models that power generative AI services such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google LLC’s Gemini, and few people will need reminding how popular they are these days.

Data Management

TransUnion launches new data analytics platform powered by AI

The Chicago-based credit bureau officially debuted the platform, known as OneTru, on Wednesday. Through the new platform, TransUnion combines its preexisting hybrid cloud framework with an AI-powered platform it acquired in part through the 2021 purchase of the digital identity firm Neustar to offer financial institutions AI and machine learning tools for addressing credit, marketing and fraud needs.

Data & Analytics

Zscaler buys Avalor for AI-enabled security analytics

This integration with Zscaler’s Zero Trust Exchange cloud security platform is designed to help customers proactively identify and predict critical vulnerabilities and improve operational efficiencies by leveraging more than 400 billion daily transactions processed by Zscaler with Avalaor’s 150 pre-built integrations.

Security

Introducing PhishTitan's Auto Remediation Feature: Empowering MSPs and Administrators to Enhance Email Security for Advanced Phishing Attacks on M365

PhishTitan's current performance has been sensational - for every 80,000 emails received, PhishTitan is catching 20 unique and sophisticated phishing attacks that Microsoft's elite and expensive E5 premium security is missing.

Security

Perception Point launches GPT-4 powered AI model to boost cybersecurity threat detection

GPThreat Hunter activates automatically when the company’s normal solution tripwires flag a situation as ambiguous. This makes it a perfect situation for AI to handle, which can then compile a detailed examination of the situation, complete with context, including evidence from the detection engine and all data points that led to the flag. The data is then interrogated by custom-trained large language models that have been trained by Perception Point and combined with GPT-4, which delivers an explanation of its determination.

AI/Security

Exclusive: A German AI startup hoping to be a UiPath killer secures $3 million in seed funding

Now a tiny startup based in Munich, Germany, called Interloom thinks it can disrupt this entire market by rebuilding process automation on top of the new wave of large language models and generative AI assistants.

Automation & Productivity

C1 launches C1 Elly, the ‘one intelligent virtual assistant to rule them all’

C1 Elly stands out for its ability to access and use data across an organization, even from systems that usually don’t share information. It also evaluates the quality of AI interactions to ensure they’re helpful and accurate, reducing errors and improving over time.

AI/Data

Proton Mail desktop app officially launches, but remains for premium subscribers only

It’s worth noting that while Proton Mail has been available to desktop users from the company’s inception, initially through the browser and more recently a “bridge” which opened up access to Proton Mail through third-party desktop clients such as Apple Mail and Outlook, today’s news brings a dedicated Windows and MacOS app to the fray. This means that emails can be cached and accessed when offline, while users can funnel into Proton Mail directly from the MacOS dock or Windows Start menu.

Automation & Productivity

Kolena debuts platform for testing AI models and fine-tuned variants

This includes monitoring “data quality, model testing and A/B testing, as well as monitoring for data drift and model degradation over time.” It also offers debugging.

AI Ethics

Startup brings quantum-safe security encryption to Cisco routers

But how can quantum-safe cryptography get onto existing routers and networking gear today? That’s a challenge that San Mateo, Calif- based startup QuSecure set out to solve. Today QuSecure launched its QuProtect Core Security platform designed to bolster router-to-router communications on Cisco hardware against looming quantum threats.

Security

Opaque Systems announces new product for enhanced AI deployment security

Called Opaque Gateway, the new service seeks to address the issue wherein enterprises are grappling with generative AI deployments amid a rapidly evolving regulatory and security environment. The company says the new service breaks down the barriers to AI adoption through a new approach to deploying large language models that removes the most common obstacles — data privacy, security and sovereignty — with a verifiable audit trail and hardware root of trust.

AI

Anthropic launches its fastest and cheapest AI model yet

Anthropic argued that Haiku is not only affordable but also efficient. “Businesses can rely on Haiku to quickly analyze large volumes of documents, such as quarterly filings, contracts, or legal cases, for half the cost of other models in its performance tier. For instance, Claude 3 Haiku can process and analyze 400 Supreme Court cases or 2,500 images for just one US dollar,” the blog noted.

AI

One Identity launches new SaaS solution for privileged access management

“Unlike existing solutions in the market that often entail long and costly deployments, PAM Essentials can be up and running in minutes, without the need for additional infrastructure investments,” Chief Executive Mark Logan. “This solution can save customers thousands of dollars on implementations, making sophisticated PAM security attainable for even the smallest of organizations.”

Security

Foxit PDF Editor Suite Enhances AI Features

Foxit PDF Editor Suite users can now leverage Smart PDF Commands, a powerful new feature designed to streamline document processing workflows. Smart Commands supports over 80 pre-defined actions, including the ability to effortlessly create and edit PDFs from various sources including images, text files, and webpages as well as combining files, organizing documents and managing forms

Automation & Productivity

CircleCI launches new service to automate release orchestration for developers

With CircleCI releases, developers now have the ability to automate the entire pipeline and focus on customer risk in a rollback-friendly way, Zuber said. This means that as deployments happen, code can be sectioned out so it slowly rolls out to the user base in segments, defined by the developers, so that they can watch it happen through cohorts or other predefined stages so that if something begins to go wrong it can be pulled back quickly without affecting the entire user base.

DevOps

Microsoft Azure removes exit fee as EU regulations kick in

The announcement comes close on the heels of a couple of regulatory updates. In January, the EU announced the enforcement of its Data Act, aimed at facilitating access to industrial data and providing legal clarity on data usage. The act is set to enable customers to switch between different cloud providers more seamlessly, with an eventual provision for such transitions to be free of charge.

Cloud

Together AI closes on another bumper funding round and its value soars to $1.25B

Using its cloud platform, customers can train, fine-tune and finally run AI models in production, and the startup claims its prices are much lower than the most popular cloud infrastructure providers, such as Amazon Web Services Inc., Google LLC and Microsoft Corp.

AI

Latest Quantexa Decision Intelligence Platform Roadmap Puts Focus on Helping Enterprises and Government Agencies to Get Data Ready For AI

Quantexa debuted the platform’s new case management capabilities and an early adoption update to Q Assist, which is being deployed by customers in banking, telecommunications, and government agencies, in pilot programs to tackle financial crime, fraud, and risk, and to identify new revenue opportunities with customer intelligence.

AI/Data

Microsoft Teams is finally moving to a single app for personal and work

“We received consistent feedback from personal and work users: you prefer a single Teams app that allows you to easily access and switch between personal and work accounts,” says Microsoft in a blog post. “This update lets you use one app for all kinds of Teams accounts.”

Automation & Productivity

IoT security startup Nozomi Networks closes $100M funding round

The company’s Vantage platform, which debuted in 2021, can automatically map out all the connected devices used by an organization and scan them for vulnerabilities. The platform could, for example, identify if a system runs an outdated version of Linux with a known security flaw. Vantage ranks the vulnerabilities it finds based on the associated breach risk to help administrators tackle the most pressing issues first.

IoT

Nanonets grabs $29M for AI back office agents

A key innovation by Nanonets lies in its ability to ensure straight-through processing (STP), where data is processed without any manual intervention. Unlike other AI models that struggle with STP due to data hallucinations, Nanonets’ Autonomous Agents excel at performing end-to-end tasks with over 90% STP rate. This capability has led to substantial productivity and cost savings for its customers.

AI/Data

Alert: Cybercriminals Deploying VCURMS and STRRAT Trojans via AWS and GitHub

The attack chain commences with a phishing email that urges recipients to click on a button to verify payment information, resulting in the download of a malicious JAR file ("Payment-Advice.jar") hosted on AWS.

Security

OpenAI powers a robot that can hand people food, pick up trash, put away dishes, and more

In a scene straight out of a sci-fi film, the video begins with the human saying “Hey Figure One, what do you see right now?” The robot responds: “I see a red apple on the plate in the center of the table, a drying rack with cups and a plate, and you standing nearby with your hand on the table.”

Automation & Productivity

Salesforce launches ‘Pro Suite’ to capture more of the SMB market

The launch comes as part of the company’s effort to take on the growing competition from players like Zoho and Hubspot in the SMB segment and provide businesses with a platform where they can start from the most basic tier and upgrade all the way up to the enterprise suite as their business needs evolve.

Automation & Productivity

AI startup Axion Ray raises $17.5M to enhance technical issue detection for manufacturers

Axion Ray claims that, on average, poor product quality costs manufacturers up to 10% of their annual revenue. By leveraging the AI platform, customers have increased product quality while decreasing downtime by an average of 27%, leading to improved customer experience and, on average, a 16% reduction in warranty and service costs.

Automation & Productivity

Inflection AI unveils Inflection 2.5, a friendlier AI assistant that rivals GPT-4 performance on 60% less compute for training

Inflection-2.5 isn’t just another model; it’s the powerhouse behind Pi, the startup’s user-friendly AI assistant. With claims of being as potent as OpenAI’s GPT-4 but requiring a mere 40% of the computational resources for training, Inflection is making bold strides toward efficiency and effectiveness in AI communication. What sets it apart is its emphasis on empathy and helpfulness, marking a departure from the cold, calculating nature of traditional models.

AI

Tenable enhances attack path analysis and mitigation guidance with generative AI

Tenable said that includes explainability and summary functionality so that security practitioners can view a textual description of the attack path rather than a technical readout. This provides a comprehensive overview of the entire attack path in a format that is much more easily digested and allows them to more rapidly understand how the attacker can breach the system within the live environment.

Security

Vawlt seals in €2.15M for its distributed data storage ‘supercloud’

Data is distributed in multiple clouds or on-premise nodes, creating that supercloud which enables companies to take advantage of “best-of-breed” multiple storage environments through a single pane of glass. All users’ data is “always available”, promised the firm: “even if some of the clouds are down, if they lose or corrupt the data, and also in the case of a ransomware attack”.

Data Storage

Perplexity brings Yelp data to its chatbot

As The Verge’s David Pierce recently pointed out, how Perplexity mixes text and links when answering questions was already a selling point compared to other chatbots like Copilot, Gemini, or ChatGPT. Srinivas says that consideration is part of why the company eventually chose Yelp. Srinivas says Yelp’s data allowed Perplexity to offer a variety of ways to provide answers, like adding maps, photos, or even quote reviews.

Automation & Productivity

Northspyre Unveils “Northspyre AI”, Including Industry-First Generative AI Tool for Bidding Process

Northspyre, the leading real estate development platform for project delivery and capital management, announced the launch of Northspyre AI – the first real estate-specific generative artificial intelligence (AI) tool designed to drive down costs by eliminating scope gaps in the construction bidding process and proactively flagging cost-saving opportunities on every line item.

Automation & Productivity

Luminary Cloud launches with $115M funding for cloud CAE platform meant to dust desktop competitors

“If a customer wants to perform a big simulation, we can spin up hundreds of GPUs,” he said. “When that job is done, we spin them all down so the customer gets essentially a supercomputer on demand and pays by the minute.”

Automation & Productivity

US pushes to weaken international human rights treaty on use of AI software

The US government is lobbying Council of Europe members to weaken an international treaty on human rights and AI software by exempting private vendors from compliance.

AI Ethics

Creatio unveils LLM-powered Copilot for its CRM

Today, the company is embracing the emergent tech even more tightly, announcing the launch of Creatio Copilot, a virtual assistant and CRM app builder that can easily navigate through all the data the user/customer has stored in their CRM, fetch specific pieces of data on command such as a particular customer’s name or last correspondence, build bespoke apps, generate visualizations, charts, projections and analysis on command.

Data Management

Polar Signals reels in $6.8M to ease application performance analysis

When a piece of code activates within an application, it receives a certain amount of RAM that it can use to store data. Once the code completes its task, the RAM it received is recovered by the application in a process known as garbage collection. Failing to recover memory resources can increase a workload’s hardware use, which may lead to unnecessary costs.

Automation & Productivity

This Software Engineer AI Can Train Other AIs, Code Websites by Itself

In one video, Cognition Labs CEO Scott Wu shows how Devin users are able to view the AI tool's command line, code editor, and workflow as it moves through various steps to complete coding projects and data research tasks. Once Devin receives a request, it's able to scour the internet for educational materials to learn how to complete tasks and can debug its own issues encountered during the engineering process. Users are able to intervene if desired, however.

AI/Coding

NetBox Labs brings open-source network automation platform to the enterprise

“If you really distill NetBox down to the most basic description of what it is, it’s a relational data model for all the resources of that network and how they’re connected and configured,” Beever said. “So it’s a database, but it’s a very purpose built database that captures the real world topology and characteristics of an enterprise network.”

Network Management

Cohere releases powerful ‘Command-R’ language model for enterprise use

Command-R represents a significant leap forward for Cohere’s technology, offering enhanced performance on key AI tasks like retrieval augmented generation (RAG) and tool use, longer context windows up to 128,000 tokens, and more affordable pricing.

Automation & Productivity

Alphabet spinoff Sidewalk launches new venture to build battery-supported data centers

It plans to build a network of battery-supported data centers for hosting artificial intelligence models and other workloads. According to the company, its facilities are set to be based on a design that will allow them to “provide resilience and flexibility to the grid — becoming assets to their communities rather than constant, inflexible drains.”

Sustainability

Nightfall AI Transforms Enterprise DLP with AI-Native Platform

Nightfall AI unveiled new capabilities to transform data security for the modern enterprise. The industry’s first generative AI (GenAI) DLP platform now offers coverage for SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM), data encryption, data exfiltration prevention and sensitive data protection.

Data Management

PostgreSQL and Databricks founders join forces for DBOS to create a new type of operating system

“The state you have to keep track of has gone up by five or six orders of magnitude in the last 40 years, so without me saying another word, that means keeping track of operating system state is a database problem.”

Data Management

ZeroFox launches external attack surface management service to fortify digital assets

The solution seeks to address the issue wherein digital transformation, hybrid work and complex software supply chains have led to an expansion of unknown and unmanaged assets, systems and exposures across the external attack surface. ZeroFox claims that nearly 70% of organizations have experienced a cyberattack due to the exploitation of an unknown, unmanaged or poorly managed internet-facing asset

Security

Actian Doubles Down on Data Readiness for Generative AI

“We bring our extensive heritage in data and analytics to the table as we work closely with customers to ensure they’ve implemented thorough data preparation pipelines. This helps accelerate and validate their generative AI projects, ensuring our customers achieve their desired objectives with confidence.”

Data & Analytics

Israeli cloud security startup Wiz reportedly in talks to raise $800M on $10B valuation

The service ranks vulnerabilities through a risk-weighted view that allows users to assess vulnerabilities and misconfigurations based on severity, exposure, exploitability, blast radius and business impact. Wiz’s platform provides support for Amazon Web Services Inc., Microsoft Corp.’s Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Kubernetes application programming interfaces.

Security

Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes Improves Support for AI and Windows Workloads

MOSK 24.1 introduces GPU virtualization as a technical preview, letting multiple cloud applications efficiently share resources of physical NVIDIA GPU boards. GPU virtualization helps optimize costs – maximizing utilization of expensive GPU hardware – while letting more teams and business units take advantage of processing power

Automation & Productivity

Google Cloud rolls out new AI tools for healthcare and life sciences

Google Cloud said its Vertex AI Search for Healthcare, available today, will help developers build better systems for health systems workers to deal with administrative issues and vast numbers of clinical records. It will allow developers to connect search and generative AI conversational question-answer capabilities to a broad spectrum of data across healthcare systems, including using MedLM, Healthcare Data Engine and Cloud Healthcare application programming interfaces for access to data.

Automation & Productivity

Midjourney debuts feature for generating consistent characters across multiple gen AI images

Yet, as is the case with text-based large language models (LLMs) such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT or Cohere’s new Command-R, the problem with all generative AI applications is in their inconsistency of responses: the AI generates something new for every single prompt entered into it, even if the prompt is repeated or some of the same key words are used.

GenAI

Akamai and Neural Magic team up to accelerate AI workloads on edge CPU servers

Neural Magic’s software makes it possible for developers to run deep learning models on cost-effective CPU servers with almost the same performance of those that run on much more expensive and hard to come by GPU servers. Its software achieves this by accelerating AI workloads using automated model sparsification techniques, which are made available as a CPU inference engine.

Automation & Productivity

Pika adds generative AI sound effects to its video maker

This weekend, Pika added a new feature that allows users to automatically generate sound effects for their AI videos made on the web platform, pika.art. The move promises to add a whole new dimension to AI generated videos, most of which are soundless and previously required a user to add their own sound files through other editing software. Now, with Pika’s new addition, they can do it right within the app and create new sound files without sourcing them separately.

AI/Video

Ocient closes on $49.4M funding round to streamline always-on data analytics

Ocient provides hyperscale data warehouse and analytics software to help enterprises perform massively parallelized processing of enormous amounts of data. This enables its customers to obtain real-time insights from trillions of data records at once. It can do this thanks to the unique design of its data warehouse architecture, where compute is adjacent to storage on NVMe solid-state drives.

Data & Analytics

Alation Launches End-to-End Business Lineage to Cultivate Data Trust and Enable Data-Informed Decision-Making

By 2026, more than a quarter of Fortune 500 CDAOs will have become responsible for at least one top-earning product that is based on data and analytics. This requires organizations to understand and effectively use the data they have collected for years. The proliferation of data is immense and must continue to fuel analytical insights and new AI applications.

Data & Analytics

Elon Musk’s xAI to open-source its Grok language model

It’s unclear how xAI would go about monetizing its work in the event that it open-sources Grok. The company may take a similar approach as Mistral AI, another venture-backed LLM startup. Mistral released its first two LLMs under an open-source license and recently introduced a trio of paid language models with more advanced features.

AI/LLMs

Zapier Acquires Vowel, Launches Zapier Central to Lead AI Automation Evolution

The Vowel team’s valuable expertise in AI has been instrumental in the development of Zapier’s newest product, Zapier Central. Available today in public preview, Zapier Central is a new AI workspace where customers can build, teach, and work hand-in-hand with AI bots—customized with their data—to handle tasks across 6,000+ apps and help them accelerate their business.

Automation & Productivity

Box Expands its Collaboration with Microsoft with New Azure OpenAI Service Integration

The integration of Azure OpenAI Service enables Box customers to benefit from the most advanced AI models in the world, while bringing Box and Microsoft’s enterprise-grade standards for security, privacy, and compliance to this groundbreaking technology. Box also announced that Box AI is generally available to customers on Enterprise Plus plans, starting today.

AI

Persistent Accelerates Digital Engineering with AI-Powered SASVA Platform

SASVA adopts a distinctive method by constructing a comprehensive knowledge base from vast datasets, including millions of code repositories and documents. Hybrid language models enable efficient utilization, with continual secure training on customer data sourced from various platforms like version control, ticketing systems, project management tools, and collaboration platforms

Automation & Productivity

Usher’s New Look Embarks on AI-Focused Collaboration with IBM to Set Students up for Career Success

With a focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and professional workplace skills, IBM will provide UNL with training and customized learning plans for student learners. This effort aims to benefit thousands of UNL’s young learners nationwide, including high school and college-age youth from communities traditionally underrepresented in technology.

Training & Certs

Citrix Introduces New Incentives to Ease Customer Migration to Citrix Platform

For VMware customers seeking to make a switch to Citrix and capitalize on the added value of the Citrix platform, Citrix offers a one-year rebate of service when they migrate their infrastructure to Citrix and commit to a three-year agreement with an annual expenditure exceeding $50,000.

Vendor Management

Firewall raises $3.7M to take smart contracts mainstream with programmable finality

Akin to a digital version of a traditional network’s firewall, Firewall’s technology introduces “programmable finality”. It extends rollups to use programmable transaction finalization rules, which act as automated checkpoints that block harmful transactions, inserted before later stages when the data is finalized by a DA layer such as EigenDA or Celestia. The founders envision Firewall as a part of every smart contract network, acting as an embedded security system that intelligently guards against threats.

Security

Cognizant launches state-of-the-art San Francisco lab to boost enterprise AI adoption

The lab is staffed by a team of top researchers and developers, including many AI pioneers and Ph.D. holders. The company boasts an impressive portfolio of 75 issued and pending patents that lay the groundwork for innovation.

AI

Russian state-backed hackers accessed Microsoft’s core software systems, company says

Microsoft first revealed the breach in January, days before another Big Tech company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said the same hackers had breached its cloud-based email systems. The full extent and exact purpose of the hacking activity isn’t clear, but experts say the group responsible has a history of wide-ranging intelligence gathering campaigns in support of the Kremlin.

Security

PetSmart alerts customers to credential-stuffing attacks targeting user accounts

First reported by Dark Web Performer on X, formerly Twitter, an email sent to affected customers states that PetSmart’s internal security tools had seen an increase in “password guessing attacks” on petsmart.com — referring to credential-stuffing attacks — and that during this time, the customer’s account had been logged into.

Security

Workers with AI skills can expect higher salaries - depending on their role

Employers also are willing to fork out 39% more to hire AI-skilled workers in sales and marketing as well as in business operations, while they will pay 37% more for those in finance.

Tech Jobs

Reach Security raises $20M to enhance AI-driven cybersecurity tools

Reach offers an AI purpose-built platform to reprogram an organization’s security infrastructure based on who they are and how they’re being attacked. In contrast to solutions that are limited to cloud security, it says, the platform acts across the entire security estate, interrogating each tool and gathering data on who is being targeted and how those attacks work.

Security

Brevian launches with $9M in funding to simplify AI agent development

Determining whether unusual network activity may be the result of a breach often requires administrators to analyze logs from multiple systems. Manually retrieving and analyzing those logs can take a significant amount of time, which slows investigations. Brevian says its platform makes it possible to create AI agents that automatically retrieve data about potential breaches.

AI/Security

HP Unveils Industry’s Largest Portfolio of AI PCs

HP Smart Sense is designed to automatically anticipate and adjust to your PC usage behavior, ensuring the best balance of performance and power. In addition, Poly Studio audio and Dynamic Voice Leveling, AI Noise Reduction12, and automatic framing13 offer improved, natural on-camera interaction and collaboration for a seamless user experience.

Security

JustPaid Unveils Enhanced Financial Chatbot Capabilities, Powered by AI

Part of JustPaid’s overarching vision for the chatbot is to integrate with Stripe and other tech-leading money movement vendors, allowing company operators, bookkeepers and accountants to process transactions seamlessly and directly within the chatbot, and thus providing a more straightforward experience for payments and services.

FinTech

Cloudera Unveils Next Phase Of Open Data Lakehouse To Unlock Enterprise AI

To help unlock the full potential of datalakes, Cloudera, an enterprise AI-based data company, has announced the next phase of its open data lakehouse on a private cloud. The company has now become the only provider to offer an open data lakehouse with Apache Iceberg for private and public clouds.

AI/Data

Meet ‘Liberated Qwen’, an uncensored LLM that strictly adheres to system prompts

Abacus AI, the startup building an AI-driven end-to-end machine learning(ML) and LLMOps platform, has dropped an uncensored open-source large language model (LLM) that has been tuned to follow system prompts – in all scenarios.

AI/LLMs

Cayosoft Secures $22.5 Million to Make Instant Active Directory Recovery an Industry Standard

Today, over 90% of organizations rely on Active Directory to run their daily operations. AD is an attractive target for cyber attackers, due to the access it provides and the fact that attackers can reuse the same methods time and again. As organizations experience unprecedented numbers of AD outages, due to escalating cyberattacks, AD recovery has become an urgent concern. Forest-wide AD outages have increased 172% in the past two years [source: Cayosoft].

Security

Inflection AI launches new model for Pi chatbot, nearly matches GPT-4

Since its inception, Inflection AI has been building an “empathetic, useful and safe” AI that acts more personally and colloquially than other models, including the GPT series. The company used unique empathetic fine-tuning to give the model behind Pi a signature personality and an exceptional EQ (emotional quotient).

AI

Patronus AI Launches Industry-first Solution to Detect Copyrighted Content Generated by LLMs

Initial research by Patronus AI shows that state-of-the-art LLMs generate copyrighted content at an alarmingly high rate. AI researchers at Patronus AI developed a 100-prompt adversarial test set to study how often models generate exact reproductions. Each prompt contained text excerpts or requested the first passage of a text

AI Ethics

Pentera Launches Automated Cloud Penetration Testing, Reducing Cloud-Native Attack Risks

Pentera Cloud is the first software product enabling on-demand security testing and resilience assessment of corporate cloud accounts against cloud-native attacks. As part of Pentera’s automated security validation platform, Pentera Cloud empowers security teams to reduce exposure to cloud-native attacks stemming from anywhere in the IT attack surface: On-premises, external, and cloud.

Security

New open-source tool CloudGrappler aims to strength AWS and Azure security

CloudGrappler queries activity across notorious threat actors in the cloud and is said to excel in detecting and analyzing singular log events. It does so while offering a comprehensive view of potential security incidents that are occurring or have occurred in an organization’s environment, leveraging the capabilities of cloudgrep to extend detection capabilities to find threats more effortlessly in AWS and Azure environments.

Security

InvGate’s AI Hub automatically generates knowledge articles from IT incidents

In other words, IT team customers of InvGate who choose to access the new AI Hub (it’s available as an included update in current pricing) can select which incident response conversations they wish to turn into knowledge base articles, run them through the InvGate AI Hub tool, and out comes not only a new article, but a conversational chatbot version of it that you can ask questions and receive responses about that specific type of issue.

Automation & Productivity

Pathlock Launches First SAP Cybersecurity Platform Safeguarding Business Data

By combining detective cybersecurity controls like Vulnerability Management, Threat Detection and Response, Code Scanning, and Transport Control with preventative controls like Attribute-Based Access Controls (ABAC), Dynamic Data Masking, and Data Loss Prevention (DLP), SAP customers can ensure access to their systems and data is fully aligned with the strictest data governance and cybersecurity policies.

Security

Hugging Face is launching an open source robotics project led by former Tesla scientist

Hugging Face, the New York City-startup that maintains the popular open source repository of machine learning and AI code of the same name and the open source ChatGPT-rival Hugging Chat, is launching a new robotics project under former Tesla staff scientist Remi Cadene, according to a post from Cadene on X this morning.

Robotics

Blockchain-focused cryptography startup Zama raises $73M to protect data in use

Zama reckons that its FHE technology will transform data privacy, and it is focused on building a suite of open-source cryptographic libraries and tools that will make it accessible to developers, so they can build a new generation of privacy-preserving applications.

Data Privacy

Hacked WordPress Sites Abusing Visitors' Browsers for Distributed Brute-Force Attacks

The activity is part of a previously documented attack wave in which compromised WordPress sites were used to inject crypto drainers such as Angel Drainer directly or redirect site visitors to Web3 phishing sites containing drainer malware.

Security

Zapier Central debuts as no-code tool for building enterprise AI bots

Unlike those other aforementioned direct-to-consumer tools, Zapier Central includes more fields allowing users to specify a “trigger,” that initiates the bot’s behaviors, a “trigger phrase” that can deploy it when typed by the user, and the “actions” the bot can perform, as well as which additional apps and services. ithas access to.

Automation & Productivity

Sentra Announces Industry-First Generative AI Assistant for Cloud Data Security

This new capability enhances the functionality of Sentra’s core Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) and Data Detection and Response (DDR) platform by enabling users to promptly address emerging threats and vulnerabilities with real-time insights, as well as extending its usability to other governance roles such as audit, compliance and privacy

Data Management

Startup Highway 9 Networks delivers private mobile networks for enterprises

Sequeira explains Highway 9 is taking advantage of a few factors that make it possible for the company to equip enterprise organizations with private mobile networks. “The combination of availability of free 3.5 GHz bands on smartphones, tablets, and other devices, and the new software-defined 5G stack, as well as a large ecosystem of 5G capable devices, gives us a great starting point to develop the appropriate solution,” Sequeira says.

Network Management

Facebook is using AI to supercharge the algorithm that recommends you videos

Meta has made competing with TikTok a top priority ever since the app, which serves up vertical video clips and is known for its powerful recommendation engine that seems to know exactly what will keep users hooked, started exploding in popularity in the US in the last few years. When Facebook tested the new AI-powered recommendation engine with Reels, watch time went up by roughly 8 to 10 percent, Alison revealed

Social Media

Salesforce launches two new AI tools for doctors and healthcare workers

At the forefront is the innovative “Einstein Copilot: Health Actions,” a tool empowering physicians to seamlessly manage appointments, summarize patient information, and facilitate referrals through AI-driven conversational prompts. This breakthrough, detailed in a recent release, underscores Salesforce’s commitment to revolutionizing healthcare workflows.

Automation & Productivity

Huawei developing magneto-electric drive for cold storage

“Huawei’s MED (magneto-electric disk) brings brand-new innovation against magnetic media. The first generation of MED will be as a big capacity disk. The rack capacity will be more than 10 PB and power consumption less than 2 KW. For the first generation of MED, we will position it mainly for archival storage. It will be released overseas about 2025H1.

Data Storage

Gupshup Redefines Customer Engagement with Conversation Cloud Launch

Gupshup Converse helps businesses build rich two-way conversational journeys across the customer lifecycle. Business users can leverage advanced no-code tools to configure customer journeys, bot flows, and auto-trigger contextual messages. Interactions across the customer funnel leverage Gupshup Customer360’s unified profiles based on customer attributes and real-time conversational events.

Automation & Productivity

UK AI startup Fluent raises $7.5 million in funding for its AI-powered data analytics platform

At the helm of Fluent is CEO Robert Van Den Bergh, whose vision drives the company’s mission to empower non-technical personnel to directly interrogate their data in plain English, obviating the need for arduous manual data requests. Van Den Bergh remarked, “With Fluent’s natural language interface, we’re helping team members self-serve on their data questions, liberating data teams to focus on strategic analysis.”

Data & Analytics

Quantum adding AI focus and GPUDirect support to Myriad

Elvester said the main Myriad customer interest lies in using its high performance for AI applications. It currently supports NFS v3/4 and SMB, and has a client providing parallel access. Myriad services include encryption, replication, distributed and dynamic erasure coding, data cataloging, and analytics. S3 access, a POSIX client, and GPUDirect support are roadmap items.

Data Management

LinkedIn Suffers An Outage— Thousands of Users Report the Incident

This is a hectic week for large organizations. Earlier this week, reports speculated that three cyber threat groups – led by Skynet, shut down Meta’s Instagram, Facebook, and Threads. Users were automatically logged out of the Meta platforms, preventing users from accessing their accounts for nearly 2 hours.

Social Media

Claroty secures $100M to enhance cyber-physical system security

However, access to sensitive systems is often isolated from the rest of the network and can only be accessed through a jump server — a server that acts as a tunnel between the less sensitive part of an industrial company’s network and the high-priority isolated parts. Claroty’s platform negates the need for a jump server to make secure connections to industrial equipment, simplifying the connection process.

Security

Arista looks to become numero UNO with new Universal Network Observability offering

Dubbed CloudVision Universal Network Observability, or CV UNO, the new software is aimed at reducing enterprise risk, improinge fault detection and correction, and simplifying cross-functional coordination using systems-level capabilities. The company says this approach speeds up time to recovery regardless of the root cause.

Network Management

Bolt Express Develops New AI /ML System to Revolutionize Digital Freight Matching

This new digital system streamlines the freight matching process by seamlessly integrating via API, EDI, or XML with high-volume shipping accounts. For all other ad-hoc customer shippers, Bolt simplifies shipment set-up by using the power of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to read and instantly process new requests submitted via email, phone, or text, to ensure they receive a timely solution to their most challenging and urgent shipping problems.

Automation & Productivity

Microsoft AI engineer warns FTC about Copilot Designer safety concerns

When testing Copilot Designer for safety issues and flaws, Jones found that the tool generated “demons and monsters alongside terminology related to abortion rights, teenagers with assault rifles, sexualized images of women in violent tableaus, and underage drinking and drug use,” CNBC reports.

AI Ethics

AWS follows Google Cloud in canceling egress fees, allowing customers to leave its cloud platform for free

The company said in a blog post that customers will need to contact its support staff prior to ditching its cloud and migrating their data to an alternative platform. Once the customer is approved, it will be granted a sufficient number of “data transfer out” credits to complete its planned migration. Those DTO credits will then be valid for a period of 60 days, during which time the customer is expected to complete the entire migration.

Cloud

Cloudflare acquires Nefeli Networks for ‘magic’ multicloud networking

Nefeli relies on the APIs provided by public cloud providers to build a unified abstraction layer across native cloud constructs. This layer provides multicloud network management and operations without the need to deploy or manage separate virtualized network function.

Network Management

Microsoft’s new Orca-Math AI outperforms models 10x larger

Yesterday afternoon, Arindam Mitra, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research and leader of its Orca AI efforts, posted on X a thread announcing Orca-Math, a new variant of French startup Mistral’s Mistral 7B model (itself a variant of Meta’s Llama 2), that excels “in math word problems” while retaining a small size to train and run as an inference. It’s part of the Microsoft Orca team’s larger quest to supercharge the capabilities of smaller-sized large language models (LLMs).

Automation & Productivity

Salesforce launches Einstein 1 Studio low-code AI customization tools

The company’s AI copilot, said Salesforce AI Chief Executive Clara Shih, differs from other copilots and consumer AI models because consumer AI models are trained on public datasets from the internet and enterprise models are grounded in trusted business data. The biggest problem that businesses face is that they have a great deal of data trapped in islands – databases, PDFs, email, files and so forth – that is largely inaccessible.

Automation & Productivity

SAP’s genAI-powered tools aim to help enterprises put their data to work

SAP’s tools are built on the business data fabric concept, which centralizes, connects, manages and governs data across different systems and applications.

Data Management

Cloudera Reveals Next Phase of Open Data Lakehouse, Focused on Enterprise AI

With its latest round of enhancements, Cloudera has become the only provider to offer an open data lakehouse with Apache Iceberg for public and now private clouds, helping customers to unlock the enterprise AI potential of all their data.

AI/Data

Appian Unifies Generative AI, Enterprise Data, and End-to-End Process Automation

The release also introduces Appian Case Management Studio, an AI-powered case management designer with out-of-the-box modules to quickly launch apps for complex casework. The new release also enhances Appian’s Data Fabric Analytics across the Appian data fabric, empowering every Appian user with a powerful AI-assisted business intelligence capability.

Automation & Productivity

AI video startup Haiper emerges from stealth, plans to build AGI with full perceptual abilities

Haiper claims that the platform and the proprietary visual foundation model underpinning it can cater to a wide range of use cases, right from individual applications such as content for social media to business-centric uses like generating content for a studio. However, the company has not shared anything about the commercialization plan and continues to offer the technology for free.

AI/Video

Huntress Unleashes New Admin-Friendly Features in its Security Awareness Training

“The reality is small to medium-sized businesses don’t have the time or expertise to create and manage effective SAT programs, a critical first line of defense against cyber threats. With Huntress SAT, our MSP partners can offer a value-added service to their SMB customers that is easy to use and doesn’t require time and resources to manage.

Security

Israeli startup Sweet Security raises $33M to strengthen cloud security operations

The company’s suite includes detection, response, discovery and prevention, all in runtime, with the runtime sensor said to take under five minutes to deploy. Once up and running, the suite provides cloud-native cluster visibility, streaming critical application data and business logic to profile workload behavior anomalies and contextualize them with traditional tactics, techniques and procedures.

Security

Arista goes big with network observability platform

The company’s CloudVision Universal Network Observability (CV UNO) system is designed to handle a data lake’s worth of network telemetry and analytical data and meld it with artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to offer real-time network flow and application performance details, risk and incident analysis, and change impact management.

Network Management

Exclusive: Metaplane nets $13M to detect data anomalies with AI

“We integrate with as much of the data stack as possible, whether that’s ingestion tools like Fivetran, cloud data warehouses like Snowflake and BigQuery, transformation and orchestration layers like dbt and Airflow, reverse ETL tools like Census and Hightouch, and BI tools like Sigma, Tableau, and Looker.”

AI/Data

HPE optimizes GreenLake for File Storage to support more scalable AI workloads

The company is making some big claims about the improved performance of its updated offering, saying it’s delivering four times the capacity and two-times the performance per rack unit. With these improvements, HPE says, enterprises will be able to scale AI throughput by two times while significantly reducing power consumption, with energy-efficiency gains of up to 50% in some use cases.

Data Storage

Snowflake partners with Mistral AI, taking its open LLMs to the data cloud

Announced during last year’s Snowday event, Snowflake Cortex provides enterprises using data cloud with a suite of AI building blocks, including open-source LLMs, to analyze data they have on the platform – with security, privacy and governance of Snowflake – and build applications targeting different business-specific use cases.

AI/Data

Multiverse Computing raises €25M to deliver more efficient LLMs using quantum-inspired algorithms

Its main offerings include a product called Singularity, which helps users with no quantum background solve challenges around AI and optimization applications using quantum and quantum-inspired computers. The startup has also built a product called CompactifAI, which is designed to compress large language models using quantum-inspired tensor networks in order to reduce their size by up to 80% without affecting their performance.

AI/LLMs

Fosfor Announces the Fosfor Decision Cloud to Amplify Business Outcomes With AI

The GenAI-powered assistant that helps with frequent tasks across the data-to-decisions journey such as constructing data pipelines, generating ML model code, constructing natural language prompts, and curating data stories. Fosfor AI radically increases productivity for virtually any user persona, thereby reducing time-to-insights and accelerating the realization of business outcomes.

AI/Data

NetApps bulks up ransomware protection for AI workloads

NetApp BlueXP ransomware protection provides a single control plane to coordinate a complete workload-centric ransomware defense. It offers one-click workload data protection, can automatically detect and respond to a potential attack and recovers workloads within minutes. The software is now in public preview.

Security

Cloudflare Expands Capabilities to Protect Organizations Against Emerging Threats with Defensive AI

“By understanding ‘normal baselines’ in a customer’s environment and mitigating the threats that will move the needle towards increased resilience, Defensive AI is the crucial edge defenders need to stay ahead of today’s adversaries.”

Security

India asks tech firms to seek approval before releasing 'unreliable' AI tools

"Safety and trust is platforms legal obligation. 'Sorry Unreliable' does not exempt from law," deputy IT minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on the social media platform X in response to Google's statement.

AI Ethics

Cycode expands its security offerings with acquisition of DevOps startup Bearer

For Cycode, the acquisition of Bearer is aimed at boosting its mission to deliver safe code faster and supercharge its application security posture management, or ASPM. It says the combination delivers scanning speeds 31% faster than the competition by using AI for more contextual remediation and enhanced precision, offering an enhanced developer experience for faster shipping.

Security

CrowdStrike and Dell unleash an AI-powered, unified security vision

Dell and CrowdStrike are joining forces today to help businesses battle against cyberattacks using AI to protect against generative AI, stealth social engineering and endpoint attacks. Dell is adding CrowdStrike’s Falcon extended detection and response (XDR) platform to its current managed detection and response (MDR) service.

AI/Security

Google just solved one of its biggest spreadsheet issues - but you might not ever notice how

Google Workspace says the tool will work with all Sheets features, including frozen rows, hidden columns, charts, buttons, comments, and on right-to-left layouts. It will even work when you use scrollbars instead of a mouse or trackpad, with both new and existing spreadsheets being compatible.

Automation & Productivity

Xage Security, Darktrace Partner to Strengthen Zero Trust in Commercial Critical Infrastructure

This collaboration brings together Xage Security’s leading zero trust protection with Darktrace’s AI-powered anomaly-based threat detection. The integration between Darktrace/OT and Xage Fabric makes it easy to identify and respond to breaches in progress at any stage in operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) environments.

Security

Discuss’ Latest Innovations are the Next Gen Unlock to Human Centricity on a Global Scale

“I’ve used Discuss to enable cross functional teams to talk to consumers across five countries in five different languages all within one week” said Sai Pisapit, Consumer Insights and Analytics Manager for Reckitt. “We’re now leveraging Discuss’ Consumer Reach solution to further unlock our consumer empathy efforts across our US teams and we’re seeing incredible results.”

Data & Analytics

Pluralsight Introduces AI Sandboxes to Help Organizations Master AI Tools and Techniques

AI sandboxes allow users to safely experiment with preconfigured AI cloud services, generative AI notebooks, and a variety of large language models (LLMs), helping organizations save time, reduce costs, and minimize risk by eliminating the need to provision their own sandboxes.

AI

OpenAI adds ‘Read Aloud’ voiceover to ChatGPT, allowing it to speak its outputs

According to an email sent to VentureBeat by an OpenAI spokesperson: the feature “can come in handy when using ChatGPT on the go, in moments when you need to be hands-free, or in instances where hearing a message out loud helps you understand it better.”

Automation & Productivity

Brave's AI assistant is now available for Android

As far as privacy is concerned, according to Brave, "As with all of Brave's other features, privacy remains paramount for Brave Leo. Chats with Leo are private and secure. Leo doesn't record chats, or use them for model training, and no account or login is required to use Leo.

Automation & Productivity

Cloudflare announces new defensive AI products for protecting LLMs and companies from attack

The new Firewall for AI will provide security teams the capability to rapidly detect new threats, the company said, as it could be deployed in front of any LLMs running on Cloudflare’s existing Workers AI offering. Workers AI allows developers to deploy AI models at the edge at scale on Cloudflare’s global network, which in turn puts any LLM running as close to enterprise customers as possible allowing extremely low latency responses.

AI/Security

Anthropic unveils Claude 3, surpassing GPT-4 and Gemini Ultra in benchmark tests

Amodei explained that Opus outperforms top AI models like GPT-4, GPT-3.5 and Gemini Ultra on a wide range of benchmarks. This includes topping the leaderboard on academic benchmarks like GSM-8k for mathematical reasoning and MMLU for expert-level knowledge.

AI

Over 100 Malicious AI/ML Models Found on Hugging Face Platform

"This silent infiltration could potentially grant access to critical internal systems and pave the way for large-scale data breaches or even corporate espionage, impacting not just individual users but potentially entire organizations across the globe, all while leaving victims utterly unaware of their compromised state."

Security

Agiloft Enhances Data-First Agreement Platform with New Google Docs App and Custom API Platform

Agiloft App for Google Docs – enables users to utilize Agiloft’s CLM functionality within widely-used Google Docs platform. The new Agiloft for Google Docs app enables users to quickly and efficiently review their agreements in Google Docs, make redlines, and tag key terms and clauses with all document changes synced back to Agiloft.

Automation & Productivity

Veeam launches Azure-based managed Data Cloud service

“As the #1 global provider of data protection and ransomware recovery and the leader in backup for Microsoft 365, we’re bringing those trusted capabilities – for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure – and delivering them as-a-service.”

Data Management

Keysight Unveils Benchmarking Solution to Accelerate AI Infrastructure Deployment

The Keysight platform enables large scale validation and experimentation with fabric design in a realistic and cost-effective way. This solution complements testing AI / ML workloads using GPUs, providing AI operators with a more scalable, robust, and integrated AI test platform.

AI

Akamai’s latest update bolsters Layer 7 attack defense with machine learning

Akamai’s new enhanced Layer 7 DDoS protections are designed to precisely detect and mitigate short DDoS attack bursts and use client reputation scores for improved rate limiting. Protection is enhanced through a new capability called URL Protection that ensures the availability of mission-critical URLs, application programming interfaces and microservices by prioritizing legitimate traffic during highly distributed attacks

Security

Fast Forward Backs Autogon to Advance No-Code AI Solutions Delivered in Minutes

Autogon’s platform offers a drag-and-drop interface that enables users to build AI models in minutes – without prior knowledge or technical skills. The interface also features a marketplace with ready to go AI models.

Automation & Productivity

Addressing operational-technology security concerns, Cyolo announces new remote access solution

The new solution includes virtual private network-less connectivity — connectivity that does not require the use of a VPN for remote access — to eliminate risks associated with network access while adhering to zero-trust principles. Even without using a VPN, the solution ensures robust identity authentication by verifying the identity, instead of the user, behind the access, even for legacy applications, enhancing overall security measures.

Security

New Online Course From Scrum Alliance Educates Professionals for the AI-Integrated World of Work

The report’s survey of agile professionals and hiring managers also found that employers need to hire people with both technical and soft skills. In addition, the report stated that 55% of organizations will pay higher salaries for individuals with relevant agile certifications compared to a non-certified counterpart.

Training & Certs

Introducing Gemma: Google’s Lightweight Open Source Llama Challenge

With the free tier for Colab notebooks and free access in Kaggle, users can begin working with Gemma now. Furthermore, $300 in credits are available to first-time users of Google Cloud. Google Cloud credits, which researchers can request for in amounts up to $500,000, can also be used to speed up studies.

AI/LLMs

Futurism - Wikipedia No Longer Considers CNET a "Generally Reliable" Source After AI Scandal

It was a grim fall that one former Red Ventures employee told us could "put a huge dent in their SEO efforts," and also a cautionary tale about the wide-ranging reputational effects that publishers should consider before moving into AI-generated content.

AI /ethics

Former AWS engineers raise $3M to take on tech giants with ‘world’s fastest spreadsheet’

The software can import 31 million rows from Snowflake in 12 seconds. The largest dataset imported thus far has been 270 million rows of genomic data.

Automation & Productivity

Huawei Launches 3 Innovative Data Storage Solutions for the AI Era

There are two major challenges in data infrastructure construction in the AI era. First, to extract knowledge from data, independent and scattered data sources must be aggregated in AI data factories to mine value from the data. This sets high requirements for data mobility

AI/Data Management



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