Teckedin - Curated Tech News - October thru December 2021
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APT ‘Aquatic Panda’ Targets Universities with Log4Shell Exploit Tools
Wiley said researchers uncovered the suspicious activity tied to the target’s infrastructure. “This led OverWatch to hunt for unusual child processes associated with the VMware Horizon Tomcat web server service during routine operations,” he wrote.
Security
DeFi startup Umee raises $32M to prepare for mainnet launch
The initial objective of the tools will be to permit developers to provide services in three areas: establishing cross-chain interest rates, interchain leverage and multichain staking.
Blockchain
Chinese APT Hackers Used Log4Shell Exploit to Target Academic Institution
A never-before-seen China-based targeted intrusion adversary dubbed Aquatic Panda has been observed leveraging critical flaws in the Apache Log4j logging library as an access vector to perform various post-exploitation operations, including reconnaissance and credential harvesting on targeted systems.
Security
'Smart' to 'AI' Paradigm Shift in Edge Computing
Uniquify, a Silicon Valley neural network technology and AI edge computing company, is announcing a proprietary neural network and AI modeling technology that introduces a new paradigm to transition consumer smart devices to consumer AI devices
Edge Computing
Storage Devices of Major Vendors Impacted by Encryption Software Flaws
Earlier this month, SecurityWeek reported that Western Digital had updated its SanDisk SecureAccess product to address vulnerabilities that can be exploited to gain access to user data through brute force and dictionary attacks.
Security
Microsoft investigating Defender issue with Log4j scanner
Additionally, Microsoft said it has launched a new schema in advanced hunting for Microsoft 365 Defender, “which surfaces file-level findings from the disk and provides the ability to correlate them with additional context in advanced hunting.”
Security
CES 2022 will introduce HDMI 2.1a, another confusing new spec
The HDMI Forum does note that it’ll be possible for set-top box, gaming companies, and TV manufacturers to add support through firmware updates for HDMI 2.1a and its source-based tone mapping “depending upon their design.
Automation & Productivity
Vital Announces SOC 2 Type 1 Completion, Furthering Its Commitment To Security And Compliance
Vital is now used in more than 80 hospitals across 15 healthcare systems nationwide, including CommonSpirit Health and Emory Healthcare. The service is on track to serve one million patients and caregivers by the end of this year.
Healthcare Tech
Microsoft launches new Defender capabilities for fixing Log4j
Defender for Containers debuted December 9, merging the capabilities of the existing Microsoft Defender for Kubernetes and Microsoft Defender for container registries and adding new features such as Kubernetes-native deployment, advanced threat detection, and vulnerability assessment.
Security
Dish Missed Every 5G Commitment It Made in 2021
The consistency of these unfulfilled promises amplify questions about Dish’s ability to meet obligations imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and how much money it will cost Dish to achieve its long-coveted spot in the wireless space.
5G
Decentralized Mateverse Social Startup BOOM Fund $1 Million To Support Creators Whilst The Launch IOS And Android App
The platform aims to create a space for users to share their knowledge of certain topics – from in-depth analytical content, refined fragmented thread to entertainment; users can collaborate with a group of similar-minded individuals to innovate and bring new ideas
Social Media
D-Wave opens up to gate-model quantum computing
D-Wave’s embrace of gates is notable. To date, the company focuses solely on quantum annealing processors. Using this probabilistic approach, it has achieved superconducting qubit processor counts that it claims outpaces most others.
Quantum Computing
FCC win clears the way for a massive Wi-Fi 6E upgrade
The FCC said that low-power indoor use protects licensed 6GHz tech like AT&T’s microwave links and TV broadcasts from interference, while “standard power” devices used indoors and outdoors could include automated frequency control to prevent interference.
5G
LastPass users report attempted logins using their master passwords
That they were blocked is a positive, since LastPass managed to stop the attempts. But the obvious question is: How were the LastPass master passwords seemingly compromised?
Security
Cyber provisions, workforce initiatives take effect as Biden signs NDAA
It includes a long-awaited measure to create an occupational series job classification for data science and data management, which will allow federal agencies to hire staff directly for their data expertise.
Data & Analytics
Huobi NFT Introduces On-chain Credentials To Represent Users’ Web3 Identities
Decentralized identities like Huobi NFT ID act as a gateway to the metaverse, providing users with an access point between Web2 and Web3. A decentralized identity is the first prerequisite for anyone looking to enter the metaverse, not only granting users access but also recording and verifying all information and activity on blockchains.
Blockchain
Zoom buys Liminal assets to boost its virtual event capabilities 
The ZoomOSC add-on helps users to enhance professional meetings and events using the Open Sound Control protocol to integrate Zoom with third-party software, media servers and hardware controllers
Automation & Productivity
Shutterfly reports ransomware incident
We do not store credit card, financial account information, or the Social Security numbers of our Shutterfly.com, Snapfish, Lifetouch, TinyPrints, BorrowLenses, or Spoonflower customers, and so none of that information was impacted in this incident," Shutterfly explained.
Privacy & Security
Nubeva Announces Third-Party Validation Of Its Upcoming Ransomware Reversal Solution
The findings validate previous claims that Nubeva can intercept encryption keys and decrypt (reverse) ransomware 96.84% of the time. Over four weeks, tests were conducted against thousands of random ransomware samples never seen by Nubeva
Security
HUMAN Protocol announces full launch of the HUMAN App with over 200,000 users
The HUMAN App is a gateway to work processed on the Protocol. Users access it to complete data-labeling tasks and earn HMT for each task successfully completed. It is not only a functional product but also a complete open-source implementation that lets teams building on HUMAN quickly create their own solutions.
Automation & Productivity
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Download Installs Cryptominer
“The Spiderman malware is actually a new ‘edition’ of a previously known malware that was disguised as various popular apps in the past such as ‘windows updater,’ ‘discord app,’ and now the Spiderman movie, "
Security
Deepen’s AI-Powered Auto-Labeling Technology Significantly Brings Down Labeling Effort
Deepen AI’s proprietary auto-labeling technology helps enterprises automate labeling for up to 80 categories – increasing productivity by 7X while maintaining high levels of accuracy.
Automation & Productivity
AWS, Google, Microsoft Measure Cloud Customers' CO2
Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability includes software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings that connect to data sources in real time, increase the speed of data reporting, accurately count carbon, and utilize intelligent insights to help its customers take effective environmental action.
Sustainability
Multiple Log4j scanners released by CISA, CrowdStrike
The open-sourced Log4j scanner is derived from scanners created by other members of the open source community, and it is designed to help organizations identify potentially vulnerable web services affected by the Log4j vulnerabilities.
Security
Mux Acquires Stream Club to Enable Developers to Build Live Streaming Studios into their Applications
Stream Club’s platform enables customizable live streaming experiences via its API and SDK for developers, and also provides a drag-and-drop studio experience for designing, customizing, and broadcasting live streams within minutes.
Automation & Productivity
NTT DATA to Acquire Chainalytics, Strengthening Its Supply Chain Consulting and Analytics Capabilities
“Supply chain is a critical source of competitive advantage for our clients across industries. Together with Chainalytics, we will support clients’ digital transformations, improve their resilience and help advance their sustainability and net zero initiatives.”
Data & Analytics
HashCash to Build a Prototype for Blockchain-based DNA Sequencing
Global blockchain development company HashCash Consultants announces its foray into DNA genome sequencing by building a prototype that will safeguard a person's genetic information with blockchain technology.
Blockchain & Privacy
Business process automation firm Hyperscience raises $100M in late-stage round 
Hyperscience reckons it can tackle some of the problems enterprises face on a daily basis, such as how to manage processes and change, how to manage the process of changes, how to organize hierarchies and talent, and how to build processes that can adapt so as not to become obsolete over time.
Automation & Productivity
Singtel, Ericsson Hit 5.4Gbps over 5G SA New Radio-Dual Connectivity
This milestone was achieved in a demo with Ericsson’s 5G radio access network products and solutions and dual-mode 5G Core network solutions, as well as a test device from Qualcomm Technologies powered by its Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System.
5G
Automation Anywhere acquires FortressIQ to boost process mining
Unsurprisingly, major RPA vendors are starting to invest in building out process mining. Automation Anywhere rival UiPath developed some of its own tools before buying Process Gold and StepShot for their process mining capabilities. Blue Prism recently released a task mining solution called Capture, while other vendors including ABBYY and Kryon are slowly expanding their own process mining offerings.
Automation & Productivity
All in One SEO Plugin Bug Threatens 3M Websites with Takeovers
A popular WordPress SEO-optimization plugin, called All in One SEO, has a pair of security vulnerabilities that, when combined into an exploit chain, could leave website owners open to site takeover. The plugin is used by more than 3 million websites.
Security
Vulnerability in Azure App Service exposed hundreds of source code repositories
The vulnerability, which has existed since September 2017, exposed the source code of customer applications written in PHP, Python, Ruby or Node that were deployed using “Local Git.”
Security
C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute Announces Call for Proposals for AI to Transform Cybersecurity and Secure Critical Infrastructure
"We aim to develop AI techniques to identify and neutralize malware, ransomware, phishing attacks, and prevent the weaponization of innocent insiders,"
Artificial Intelligence
New Relic expands enterprise full-stack observability to include MLOps
New Relic has updated its full-stack analysis and observability platform, One, to allow data scientists and machine learning (ML) engineers to import data from different systems, monitor ML application performance and retrain models.
Machine Learning
Half-Billion Compromised Credentials Lurking on Open Cloud Server
According to the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit in the U.K., nearly 586 million sets of credentials had been collected in a compromised cloud storage facility, free for the taking by any cybercrime yahoo who happened to stop by.
Security
Iron Mountain acquires ITRenew in sustainability move
Now it’s making inroads into the broader data-center supply chain with the acquisition of ITRenew, which specializes in IT asset disposal. With ITRenew, Iron Mountain sees opportunities to enhance the value of its environmental, social and governance offerings.
Sustainability
Verizon Bumps 5G Standalone Core to 2022
Verizon’s 5G core won’t be fully deployed and commercially available until 2022 — a delay that affords T-Mobile US continued bragging rights as the only U.S. carrier with 5G services running in standalone (SA) mode. 
5G
DPU wars: NVIDIA claims BlueField-2 faster than Fungible – and test details show it
NVIDIA says its BlueField-2 smartNIC/DPU can link a storage system to a server and run four times as fast as Fungible’s competing hardware and software
Data Storage
Meta acquires VR and AR optics technology company ImagineOptix 
The applications of ImagineOptix technology in the VR business include OLED display panel enhancements, integrated infrared and visible sensors, compact wide field of view pancake lens systems, focus accommodation and eye-tracking.
AR/VR
ZenML Raises $2.7M to Advance Open Source MLOps Framework
ZenML is a tooling and infrastructure agnostic standardization layer that allows data scientists to iterate quickly on promising ideas. On the other end of the abstraction, teams can plug and play their infrastructure and tooling needs right into their ML pipeline, with a few simple configuration changes.
Data & Analytics
Cloud marketplace tech startup Tackle.io joins the unicorn club after raising $100M in Series C funding co-led by Coatue and Andreessen Horowitz
Tackle.io is a Boise, Idaho-based tech startup that helps software providers generate revenue through the clouds by initiating revenue channels with the cloud marketplaces such as AWS, Azure, and GCP. Tackle’s platform simplifies the listing process and eliminates the need for dedicated engineers to learn and continually manage the technical aspects of the three cloud marketplaces.
Cloud
Microsoft acquires AT&T’s Xandr unit to grow its advertising business 

Amazon.com Inc. is also emerging as an increasingly important player in the digital advertising market. The online retail and cloud computing giant’s revenue from its “other” segment, which is mostly ad sales, jumped 50% last quarter on a year-over-year basis to $8.09 billion.

Digital Advertising
Now DuckDuckGo is building its own desktop browser
Weinberg attempts to distinguish the DuckDuckGo desktop browser from the likes of Chromium-based Brave and Mozilla Firefox by arguing it is not a "privacy browser". Instead, it's just a browser that offers "robust privacy protection" by default and works across search, browsing, email and more.
Privacy
Police found 225 million stolen passwords hidden on a hacked cloud server. Is yours one of them?
The technique has been used to compromise 50,000 online bank accounts since 2017, the FBI warned last year, and works because many people still use the same password to protect multiple accounts; if any of those accounts protected with the common password was breached, the person's other accounts become vulnerable to credential stuffing.
Privacy & Security
Veriff Releases Metaverse-Focused Identity Verification Solution
Secure IDV enables businesses to unlock the full potential of the virtual world and to build trust with their users. Veriff’s solution can discard bots and block sold accounts so that metaverse users can be certain that they are interacting with real people within the digital environment
Privacy & Security
Open source Calendly alternative Cal.com promises greater data control
Cal.com ships with a bunch of pre-built integrations, including Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar, and Apple Calendar, while it also offers support for Stripe, so service-providers such as teachers can easily accept payments. Elsewhere, an open API enables users to integrate Cal.com with their own platform.
Automation & Productivity
Identity and access control startup PlainID raises $75M
Its offerings center around its policy-based access control management layer, which uses a real-time decision engine to control who has access to what within an organization’s information technology environment.
Security
FBI: Hackers are actively exploiting this flaw on ManageEngine Desktop Central servers
ManageEngine is the enterprise IT management software division of Zoho, a company well known for its software-as-a-service products.
Security
Blockchain infrastructure firm Figment raises $110M at a $1.4B valuation 
As Figment expands its support for PoS blockchains and increases participation in staking, it’s also seeking to enable greater development of middleware and decentralized applications built on blockchain infrastructure
Blockchain
Security-as-a-service startup ContraForce launches into general availability with $2M in funding 
The platform creates and adapts security detection and response capabilities in real-time, ensuring the environment is secured in hours across the cloud, network, endpoint and users. An organization without dedicated security personnel can respond to threats without learning or writing complex security detection code and response workflows.
Security
SalesHood Launches Enablement And Digital Learning For The Entire Organization With SkillsHood
The platform improves onboarding and ongoing learning with prescriptive learning paths, video role-playing, manager coaching, video storytelling, employee recognition and peer feedback
Automation & Productivity
Airbyte: Open-source ETL startup goes from zero to unicorn in 2 years
Airbyte started up in January 2020 with the aim of building open-source connectors from data sources to data lakes and warehouses. These would replace proprietary tools and also enable feeds from less popular data sources ignored by proprietary suppliers as being of too little value – long tail connectors.
Data & Analytics
Mperativ aims to leverage AI in new revenue analytics platform
For instance, decision-makers can view the revenue supply chain across marketing and sales teams through a single screen, with searchable filters and time-series data that enables them to calculate how much they need to spend on generating leads to develop a specific amount of revenue.
Marketing Tech
Meta cracks down on phishing scams that use its trademarks
Meta is taking legal action against the bad actors who allegedly impersonated Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram to conduct a phishing scam. The company claims that since 2019, the defendants created over 39,000 websites in an attempt to replicate Meta’s services, subsequently deceiving users and collecting their login information.
Privacy & Security
Teradata and Dataiku join forces to improve data analytics
The integration adds to the existing in-database options available when using Dataiku’s solution to design, deploy, and manage AI and applications with Teradata.
DAta & Analytics
As Apache releases new patch, researchers discover new Log4j attack vector 
Discovered late last week by researchers at Blumira Inc., the new attack vector relies on a Javascript WebSocket connection to trigger a remote code execution on internal and locally exposed unpatched Log4j applications.
Security
Oracle buys health IT specialist Cerner for $28.3 billion
It will also use its increased assets to accelerate new and ongoing product development at Cerner, with a particular focus on increasing usability and integrating voice-enabled user interfaces across its healthcare IT product lines.
Automation & Productivity
Databricks SQL Now GA, Bringing Traditional BI to the Lakehouse
By storing the unstructured data that’s typically used for AI projects alongside the more structured and refined data that is traditionally queried with BI tools, Databricks hopes to centralize data management processes and simplify data governance and quality enrichment tasks that so often trip up big data endeavors.
Data & Analytics
Arm device virtualization startup Corellium raises $25M 
Corellium’s answer to the challenge is creating virtual versions of devices in the cloud. The startup specializes in devices that are based on Arm silicon. Corellium enables developers to create virtual versions of Arm-powered handsets, internet of things systems and servers.
Automation & Productivity
Malicious Joker App Scores Half-Million Downloads on Google Play
The Joker malware is back again on Google Play, this time spotted in a mobile application called Color Message. The app was downloaded more than 500,000 times before its removal from the store.
Privacy & Security
Continual raises $4M to help companies build continuously improving AI models 
Software teams can use Continual’s service to monitor their neural networks’ performance. When developers identify an opportunity to increase accuracy, they can use the service to retrain a machine learning model using new data
Artificial Intelligence
No-code cloud analytics startup Sigma Computing raises $300M 
Sigma offers what it calls a “unified collaborative canvas” that combines spreadsheets with charts and narratives. It keeps all data projects synchronized in a single, self-contained platform
Data & Analytics
No-code data pipeline platform Hevo raises $30 million led by Sequoia Capital India
Hevo Data has built a data pipeline platform to make it exceedingly easy for firms to integrate and fetch data from different sources to one dashboard as well as to supply it to popular cloud data-warehouses such as Snowflake, Google BigQuery, and Amazon Redshift,
Data & Analytics
New Blockchain Academy Provides Accelerated Training Opportunities for High-Demand Blockchain Technology Jobs
With the fast-rising workforce demand for blockchain technology skills across all sectors, CNM Ingenuity has partnered with The Blockchain Academy to provide a wide-ranging list of blockchain training for students and businesses.
Blockchain
Meta releases Bean Machine to help measure AI model uncertainty
“We on the Bean Machine development team believe that the usability of a system forms the bedrock for its success, and we’ve taken care to center Bean Machine’s design around a declarative philosophy within the PyTorch ecosystem.”
Artificial Intelligence
Panzura sets up white glove migration service to its cloud
Managed Migrations includes dedicated engineering experts, start-to-finish implementation, and technical resources to move data, applications, and workloads to the cloud so customers can use its CloudFS global file system and Data Services — its SaaS data management offering
Data Management
Verizon Sweeps Cloud Giant Trio Into 5G Edge Service
Verizon today extended its mobile edge compute offering to Google Cloud, making it the only U.S. carrier with edge services slated to ride on all three of the world’s largest hyperscalers. 
Edge Computing
SAP Kicks Log4Shell Vulnerability Out of 20 Apps
As of yesterday, Patch Tuesday, the German software maker reported that it’s already patched 20 of those apps, and it’s still feverishly working on fixes for 12. SAP provided workarounds for some of the pending patches in this document, accessible to users on the company’s support portal.
Security
Google unleashes security 'fuzzer' on Log4Shell bug in open-source software
OSS-Fuzz is Google's free service for fuzzing open-source software projects and is currently used by over 500 critical projects. Fuzzing involves throwing random code at software to produce an error, like a crash, and uncover potential security flaws.
Security
Blockchain Analytics Firm Nansen Raises $75Million Series B Led by Accel, To Help Investors And Businesses Gain Competitive Insights Into Emerging Crypto Trends
Nansen analyzes billions of on-chain data points, millions of wallet labels and thousands of entities on leading blockchains such as Ethereum, Polygon, Binance Smart Chain, Fantom, Avalanche, Celo, and more. Using the company’s quality market intelligence and actionable analytics, investors and financial institutions can make more informed decisions when it comes to project discovery, due diligence, and trading
Blockchain
Vast Data unveils flash-based storage unit to up datacenter efficiency
In an announcement made today, the company is celebrating the release of a flash-based storage unit with claims that it will deliver “11 times better power efficiency” than mechanical disk drives.
Data Storage
Microsoft is pushing the Control Panel aside in its latest Windows 11 updates
In new test versions of Windows 11, Microsoft has moved the advanced network settings into a new page in the Settings app, which includes sharing options for folders, printers, and network discovery options.
Automation & Productivity
Report: Oracle targets healthcare data analytics firm Cerner for $30B acquisition 
Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Patrick Moorhead told SiliconANGLE that Oracle has seen huge success with its enterprise sofware-as-a-service applications, which cut across business functions such as finance, human resources, marketing, operations and sales. “Acquiring Cerner would provide another layer of strength for Oracle, vertically, in the healthcare industry,” he said.
Data & Analytics
Elementary raises $30M for AI that automates physical product inspections
Elementary’s no-code platform and hardware allows customers to create routines and train AI models to inspect products for quality assurance by labeling data through a dashboard.
Automation & Productivity
Fantom Adds DIA’s Open-Source Oracles to Propel dApps with Customisable Data Feeds
In line with the DIA deployment on Fantom, DeFi developers on Opera mainnet can leverage DIA’s broad set of data feeds to develop extensive use cases including stablecoins, stakings rewards, lending and borrowing, DEXs and more.
Blockchain
DataRobot Core Unveiled, Complete with Capabilities for the Expert Data Scientist
Alongside Core, the launch of DataRobot 7.3 introduces over 80 new features and capabilities designed for all users to enable AI-driven decisions across all lines of business, within a single platform.
Data & Analytics
Gtmhub Raises $120 Million Series C Largest Funding Round in the OKR Software Space
Businesses often have internal silos, and employees don’t understand how their work contributes to the long-term success of the organization. Gtmhub’s OKR platform helps companies stay laser-focused on goals while maintaining transparency and visibility across the organization
Automation & Productivity
CData bags $140M from a single investor to expand its cloud data connectivity scope 
It sells connectors to more than 200 data sources ranging from relational databases to popular cloud applications that can be mixed and matched for analytics or to build new applications.
Data & Analytics
Unbabel acquires Lingo24 to bolster AI-driven translations for enterprises
Founded in 2013, Unbabel offers a language operations platform that integrates with leading CX/CRM platforms and uses a combination of machine and human translation layers to deliver multilingual customer service across digital support channels such as email.
Artificial Intelligence
Continual Launches With $4M in Seed to Bring AI to the Modern Data Stack
Powered by a declarative approach to operational AI and end-to-end automation, Continual enables modern data and analytics teams to build continually improving machine learning models directly on their cloud data warehouse without complex engineering.
Automation & Productivity
OctoML introduces ultra-efficient AI models in latest platform release
The neural networks are optimized versions of popular open-source AI models that OctoML has fine-tuned. According to the startup, the optimized versions cost less to run than the original AI models and require less power as well. 
Artificial Intelligence
Data privacy and consent engagement platform provider raises $5M
Qonsent uses an encrypted and auditable ledger-based system to help brands maintain a record of customers’ consent to meet CCPA, GDPR, CPRA compliance requirements, and other applicable privacy laws.
Data Privacy
Ory lands $22.5M for zero trust security powered by open source
“If it’s not open, it’s not secure,” he said. “Ory believes that open source software is not a fad. It’s an artisan creation model that will shape an entire generation of applications in the cloud.”
Security
Unified business communications platform Dialpad nabs $170 million
“It’s no longer acceptable for a company to expect its customers or employees to utilize and navigate multiple platforms or channels. Dialpad helps customers simplify business collaboration, and avoid the growing phenomenon of ‘app overload’ for both internal and external communications.”
Automation & Productivity
Secure Thingz And Intrinsic ID Partner To Ensure Supply Chains Of Trust For The Embedded Industry
With this partnership, companies will be able to develop products with unique identities and integrated confidentiality. This can then be carried through the entire development, manufacturing, and lifetime of a product through a secure microcontroller execution environment and an immutable boot path to a root of trust boot manager that verifies subsequent software before execution.
Security
Boston-based EdTech startup Esme Learning secures an additional $15 million in funding to close out 2021
Esme Learning is an AI-powered digital learning platform that supports individual executives, universities, and corporations to deliver technology and the latest business trends that enable learners to transform their careers, launch new ventures and improve business acumen.
EdTech
Apache’s Fix for Log4Shell Can Lead to DoS Attacks
A barrage of attackers immediately set upon Log4Shell, initially to unleash malicious code on either servers or clients running the Java version of Minecraft by manipulating log messages, including from text typed into chat messages. Then attackers began to branch out, spawning 60 or more bigger mutations of the original exploit in one day.
Security
BaishanCloud Officially Launches Serverless Product
With function@edge, enterprises and developers no longer need to set up and maintain any IT infrastructure and can simply complete the development, deployment, and management of application programming by running function codes on Baishan’s edge service nodes.
Cloud
DISA is ending milCloud 2.0
The end of the program comes while DISA Director Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner is conducting an evaluation of the agency’s programs. Skinner recently said that any program that cannot demonstrate its value could be axed by the defense mission support IT agency.
Cloud
OpenAI begins allowing customers to fine-tune GPT-3
Developers can use fine-tuning to create GPT-3 models tailored to the specific content in their apps and services, leading to ostensibly higher-quality outputs across tasks and workloads, the company says.
DevOps
Distributed database startup Cockroach Labs raises $278M in late-stage funding round 
The name is a nod to CockroachDB’s resilience, with the company claiming the database will remain accessible even in the event of a major technical malfunction, such as if an entire rack of servers inside a data center goes offline.
Data & Analytics
Community safety app Citizen launching in Seattle after attracting 10M users across U.S.
Citizen monitors 911 communications, ambulance dispatches and more to gather information in real time. Citizen app users within a quarter mile of an incident receive alerts.
Apps
Sisense Unveils Sisense Notebooks for Advanced Analysis Using SQL & Python
Notebooks will enable data analysts to query data from any data source, visualize results in custom charts, and take their analytics efforts further using procedural code before visualization.
Data & Analytics
IoT platform Samsara raises $805M in IPO, valuing it at $11B+
It sells a cloud-based platform that businesses with physical operations can use to gather and analyze IoT data – that is, information from things such as connected sensors, cameras, robots and machines.
IoT
Web Browsing Security Firm Guardio Raises $47 Million
The company offers an in-browser extension specifically designed to keep users safe from threats targeting them when using digital services such as messaging, shopping, banking, and crypto custody.
Security
NetApp ONTAP Becomes First Enterprise Storage Platform to Receive Validation from NSA for Security and Encryption
CSfC validates commercial IT products that have met the highest level of strict encryption standards and rigorous security requirements for both hardware and software solutions. Recently, the NSA has recommended that federal agencies hosting secret or top-secret data utilize storage solutions that have been CSfC validated.
Data Storage
Roostify Launches AI-Powered Premium Offering With Next Phase Of Its Document Intelligence Service
Through document data validation, Roostify Beyond not only verifies that the correct document was submitted, but also that all data fields satisfy the requirements of a given task. This significantly minimizes time spent on manual ‘stare & compare’ and eliminates the possibility of human error
Automation & Productivity
Scaleflux computational storage doubles Redis-on-Flash SSD life
Redis is an in-memory NoSQL database and Redis on Flash (RoF) uses SSDs to extend the in-memory capacity by keeping the dataset’s “hot values” — keys and the data structure behind the keys, the Redis dictionary — in DRAM, and putting  the “warm values” — the lesser-used portion of the dataset — in local Flash storage.
Data Storage
Cyber insurance firm Cowbell Cyber boosts security for Microsoft customers 
Cowbell said the connector provides its customers with more direct visibility into the deployment of security best practices on Microsoft Corp.’s Azure cloud, along with real-time recommendations to improve any weaknesses it discovers.
Security
Enterprise API security startup Noname Security raises $135M on $1B valuation
Designed to “eliminate API blind spots,” the company’s platform is aimed at protecting enterprises from data leakage, authorization issues, abuse, misuse and data corruption.
Security
Israeli cybersecurity startup Reposify raises $8.5M in seed funding to tackle security threats from unknown internet-facing assets
Enter Reposify, an Israeli cybersecurity startup that delivers the only Google-like search platform that enables enterprises to safely evolve in the cloud by seamlessly detecting and managing all exposed internet-facing assets. Reposify helps enterprises discover unknown exposed assets and shadow IT risks in real-time before attackers exploit them
Security
API security startup Cequence raises $60M to expand product offerings 
Cequence says its API Sentinel service allows customers to keep track of all their APIs with 360-degree visibility, inventory tracking and traffic analysis of public-facing and internet APIs. This includes APIs on the edge and the data center through to service mesh environments.
Security
Cloud security startup Ermetic closes $70M funding round 
The platform allows administrators to define policies specifying how user access to cloud resources should be managed. From there, Ermetic continuously scans the company’s cloud environment to find cases where access is not managed in accordance with internal rules. 
Cloud Security
Sysdig lands $350M for ‘end-to-end’ cloud and container security
“The fact that we’ve built an end-to-end platform allows us to have a much better sense of how to prioritize, what to focus on, and how to remediate issues at the source—at the time when you’re building your software rather than much later when you’re deployed in production,”
Security
Tufin Introduces Security Policy Builder (SPB) App to Marketplace
The new app automates the design of corporate security access policies across the hybrid environment, reducing the complexity and time it takes to create security policies from months to days.
Security
Ascend.io Brings Autopilot to Snowflake with Data Automation Cloud
Ascend’s Data Automation Cloud unifies the core capabilities a data engineer needs—data ingestion, transformation, delivery, orchestration, and observability—into a seamless experience.
Data & Analytics
Equinix expands adds more processors to its bare-metal service 
Bare-metal service means customers lease the hardware--cores, memory, storage, and networking--and have to provide their own operating environment. In traditional IaaS/PaaS, the basic operating system and apps or dev tools are provided, and customers have to use the platform the provider offers.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft to make Windows Terminal the default Windows 11 command line experience
It’s a change that modernizes the overall Windows console environment, particularly as Microsoft has put a lot of effort into making Windows Terminal a solid home for developers.
DevOps
Alkira Ropes Cisco Into Multi-Cloud Menagerie
Alkira’s CSX integrates with the major cloud providers to automate and abstract the process of deploying, managing, and networking multi-cloud workloads into a point-and-click service. The platform also supports WAN networking over the cloud provider’s backbone networks for branch-to-branch connectivity.
Cloud
IBM and Samsung say their new chip design could lead to week-long battery life on phones
In essence, the new design would stack transistors vertically, allowing for current to flow up and down the stack of transistors instead of the side-to-side horizontal layout that’s currently used on most chips.
Automation & Productivity
Papaya raises $50M for computer vision that facilitates bill payment
Papaya recognizes the bill using computer vision — whether a parking ticket, utility or phone bill, car payments, or insurance or medical invoice — and automatically routes payments to the appropriate party.
Automation & Productivity
Log4j flaw: Now state-backed hackers are using bug as part of attacks, warns Microsoft
"The vast majority of observed activity has been scanning, but exploitation and post-exploitation activities have also been observed. Based on the nature of the vulnerability, once the attacker has full access and control of an application, they can perform a myriad of objectives."
Security
SaaS app security startup Atomsec exits stealth with $6M seed funding round 
Atmosec argues the chaotic and expanding SaaS ecosystem is a primary target for cyber attackers looking to exploit those connections, which are monitored by very few companies
Security
MLCommons releases open source datasets for speech recognition
The consortium claims that the People’s Speech Dataset is among the world’s most comprehensive English speech datasets licensed for academic and commercial usage, with tens of thousands of hours of recordings, and that the Multilingual Spoken Words Corpus (MSWC) is one of the largest audio speech datasets with keywords in 50 languages.
AI/Speech Recognition
Second Log4j vulnerability discovered
Many companies are already experiencing attacks leveraging the vulnerability; security platform Armis told ZDNet that it detected log4shell attack attempts in over a third of its clients (35%). Attackers are targeting physical servers, virtual servers, IP cameras, manufacturing devices, and attendance systems.
Security
OpenAI rolls out feature for creating customized versions of GPT-3 
OpenAI provides GPT-3 through an application programming interface with on-demand pricing. Developers can integrate the API into their applications to perform tasks such as translating text and generating software code. T
Artificial Intelligence
MetricStream Launches Advanced Cyber Risk Quantification, Risk Assessment Capabilities
The new Cyber Risk quantification is built on MetricStream Intelligence, an advanced analytical and AI engine that enables multiple scoring models and data science tools. Unlike other companies that focus only on the FAIR® risk quantification model, MetricStream Intelligence allows creation of any type of models and variables.
Data & Analytics
Bigeye Launches Dashboard and Issues to Create a Complete Data Quality Workflow
Dashboard gives data team leaders a bird’s eye view of data health, making it simple to monitor data quality coverage, impact on SLAs, time to resolution, and other key analytics. 
Data & Analytics
Ransomware strikes workflow solutions provider Kronos via suspected Log4shell exploit
UKG Inc., the parent company of Kronos, said today that the ransomware attack could result in its services being out for “several weeks.” The company even suggested that its customers should seek other ways to facilitate payroll payments and human resources-related activities.
Security
Spatial analytics startup Carto raises $61M in funding 
Carto’s platform runs on cloud data warehouses such as Amazon Redshift and Snowflake. The platform can turn geospatial records from the data warehouse on which it’s deployed into a map to make it easier for business users to identify useful patterns. 
Data & Analytics
Dazz, from ex-Microsoft team, gets $60M to automate cloud security
And secondly, Dazz traces back misconfigurations and vulnerabilities to the team and individual developer who owns the problem, pulling up the corresponding code snippet and recommending new code to prevent future incidents, he said.
Security
IC Manage Launches Holodeck on AWS Marketplace for Instant Cloud Bursting
IC Manage Holodeck provides instant cloud bursting for applications with large data sets while reducing cloud storage costs and enabling HPC applications to execute without I/O bottlenecks.
Cloud
Techstars alum Punchlist lands $2 million in seed funding to change and improve the way creative work is done
Punchlist removes this friction and reduces the need to meet with its intuitive solution, which allows teams to instantly provide, receive and collaborate on feedback – without any training – whether it’s for a PowerPoint presentation, social media graphics, or a live website.
Automation & Productivity
UncommonX adds $9.5M as enterprises continue to prioritize cybersecurity
“We combine open source, subscription, and proprietary feeds, giving us a rich … perspective of known threats. Intelligence developed from our proprietary feeds comes from global points of presence and provides unique threats not found elsewhere,”
Security
Learning from history: QNAP’s ULINK AI tool predicts SATA drive failures
It has a partnership ULINK Technology — a supplier of IT storage interface test tools — which enabled QNAP to launch the DA Drive Analyzer. This a cloud-based tool with a user portal providing access to statistics generated from historical usage data of millions of drives provided by users
Data Storage
TealBook to power supply chain visibility with AI and latest $50M
“Tealbook uses advanced technologies like AI and machine learning to collect and aggregate vast amounts of supplier data across millions of sources to create a universal supplier profile becoming the trusted source of supplier data."
Artificial Intelligence
Intel teams with hardware vendors for high-performance network card
 It can support cloud-infrastructure workloads such as Open vSwitch, NVMe over Fabrics (NVMEoF), and Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet v2 (RoCEv2). Like previous IPU cards, the C6000X is made by Silicom, not Intel.
Automation & Productivity
Productivity startup Airtable closes $735M funding round at $11B valuation 
The main feature provided by the platform is the ability to create spreadsheets, or bases as the startup calls them. Unlike a traditional spreadsheet, an Airtable base can include not only text and numbers but also a variety of other elements, from file attachments to graphs that visualize quarterly sales data.
Automation & Productivity
Red Hat launches beta test of automated image-building service for hybrid clouds 
IBM Corp. subsidiary Red Hat today launched a public beta test of a new hosted service called Image Builder that the company said can streamline the process of assembling customized Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system images for hybrid cloud environments.
Cloud
Frost & Sullivan Recognizes AdTheorent For Highly Differentiated Performance-First And Privacy-Forward Programmatic Advertising Solutions
The tech-led digital advertising solution uses ML and advanced data science to organize, assess, optimize, and operationalize non-sensitive data in real time to deliver provable value to advertisers, measured by advertiser-defined and campaign-specific key performance indicators (KPIs).
Marketing Tech
SnapLogic raises $165M to accelerate enterprise automation via data integration 
SnapLogic facilitates these integrations using “Snaps,” which are pre-packaged software connectors. It claims to have developed more than 600 Snaps to date. The startup’s platform also includes a graphical interface in which users can customize and combine these Snaps.
Automation & Productivity
Nerdio Brings Significant Backup And Disaster Recovery Capabilities To Azure Virtual Desktop
Nerdio Manager automatically enables and configures FSLogix Cloud Cache on disaster recovery-enabled host pools. Users’ profiles are asynchronously replicated across multiple storage locations making them available during regional outages.
Security
Transposit Introduces Activities, The New Auto-Ticket That Brings Modern Automation To Service Management
Transposit, the company that delivers connected workflow for DevOps, announced new Activities that harmoniously bring together ITSM processes and automation, providing a single source of truth across issues, incidents, tasks, requests and all associated operational data.
Automation & Productivity
Polymer lands $4M to bring no-code data loss prevention to SaaS apps
The product provides automated remediation of data breaches and leak risks from third-party SaaS apps such as Slack, Dropbox, Google Drive, Zendesk, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft OneDrive, and Microsoft SharePoint.
Security
Chainalysis Launches Support For The Lightning Network
For the first time, VASPs can now offer support for Lightning transactions aligned with global regulatory best practices. Chainalysis KYT will support pre-screening for Lightning withdrawals and behavioral alerts.
Blockchain
Log4j flaw: Attackers are making thousands of attempts to exploit this severe vulnerability
Attackers are already attempting to scan the internet for vulnerable instances of Log4j, with cybersecurity researchers at Check Point warning that there are over 100 attempts to exploit the vulnerability every minute.
Security
Replit raises $80M at $800M valuation for its browser-based IDE 
Besides removing the need to set up a desktop-based IDE, Replit’s platform provides collaboration features that allow multiple users to edit a code file at the same time. An integration with GitHub makes managing the code files used in a software project easier
DevOps
Show us what you got: Showa Denko opens Toshiba door to 30TB+ drives
Toshiba says that there has been a joint development program in which SDK, Toshiba, and TDK have proved that a combination of a TDK-developed read/write head equipped with dual spin-injection-layer, and disk recording media equipped with a new SDK-developed magnetic layer, “can substantially increase HDDs’ data-storage capacity through manifestations of the MAS effect.”
Data Storage
AI Weekly: AI researchers release toolkit to promote AI that helps to achieve sustainability goals
As the coauthors told VentureBeat in an interview, the goal is threefold: (1) lower the barriers to entry for researchers to contribute to achieving SDGs; (2) provide metrics for evaluating SDG-tracking algorithms, and (3) encourage the development of methods where improved AI model performance facilitates progress towards SDGs.
Sustainability
CISA ordered to automate collection of cybersecurity metrics by April 2022
The system will include machine-readable automatic cybersecurity incident reporting, which is part of the bedrock of zero-trust IT architecture. OMB and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will assist CISA with the project.
Security
Ahana goes deep on AWS to help Presto users set up and query secure data lakes
Ahana Cloud is basically “Presto-as-a-service,” easing the deployment and integration of Presto with AWS for companies to query their AWS S3 data lakes.
Data & Analytics
H2O.ai Announces H2O Document AI to Automate Document Processing
H2O Document AI “learns as it goes,” continuously improving processing accuracy using H2O.ai’s latest innovations in machine learning and deep learning to achieve automation across business verticals and use cases not previously possible.
Automation & Productivity
Katana Graph and Intel Collaborate on Graph Analytics Python Library
Through full Intel CPU optimization, Katana Graph provides a rich high-performance library for native graph applications such as pathfinding, clustering, and node ranking, among others.
Data & Analytics
Instabase adds deep learning to make sense of unstructured data
Instabase’s new deep learning features offer low-code and no-code functionality that’s designed to let Instabase customers tap into sophisticated deep learning models and train, run, and make use of these models for their business’s needs.
Data & Analytics
Ataccama Partners with UST to Transform Enterprise Data Governance
The Ataccama ONE Data Quality Fabric delivers high quality data to relevant teams and algorithms with governance, quality, and compliance assured automatically.
Data Governance
Startup Software raises $15M to grow its DevOps metrics platform 
The platform collects data across the stack to provide engineering organizations with the data they need to measure their DevOps performance, see how they compare to global and industry benchmarks and ignite continuous improvement
DevOps
EDB 14 Supercharges PostgreSQL for Mission-Critical Applications
"With EDB 14, we’ve pushed Postgres even further to support our customers’ most demanding workloads and help them migrate faster at a lower total cost of ownership."
Data & Analytics
Venn diagram-inspired data sharer gets great revenue growth
Vendia today announced 900 per cent year-on-year revenue growth, a pay-as-you-go self-service pricing plan, and the beta launch of Azure support in Vendia Share — the world’s first serverless service platform for Web3 applications.
Data Management
BrainBox AI brings machine learning to building controls
BrainBox AI focuses primarily on controlling the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems within a building, which accounts for the majority of the energy consumption in most buildings, Venne said
Sustainability
WATI.io, a WhatsApp customer engagement tool, raises $10M to accelerate growth and expand its global reach
Built on WhatsApp’s Business API, it is an easy-to-use customer engagement software that focuses on automation and one-click integrations to help businesses do more with less.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft Teams search just got this major update
Results should be more relevant since Microsoft is using AI to ensure results are influenced by the people and content users engage with most in Teams and other Microsoft 365 applications
Automation & Productivity
Enterprise software delivery platform CloudBees raises $150M
This can be a hugely time-consuming endeavor, which is why CloudBees recently launched a dedicated compliance product that automates many of the compliance processes.
Automation & Productivity
Headroom launches AI-enhanced video conferencing to bring humanity back to meetings 
Using real-time, interactive transcription, Headroom can allow participants to select transcribed text and turn it into notes for later. That also means that the meeting can be easily searched later by its attendees and those who couldn’t make it. Opening it up for greater information sharing opportunities.
Automation & Productivity
IBM offers one-stop-shop for mainframe hybrid cloud initiatives
IBM rolled out a portal  it calls the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center which offers an assortment of tools, training, resources and ecosystem partners to help IBM Z clients accelerate the modernization of mainframe applications, data and processes to work with hybrid-cloud architectures
Cloud
Logistics tech startup TrueNorth bags $50M in Series B Funding to reshape and disrupt the $514.7 billion trucking industry
While TrueNorth doesn’t lease trucks, it helps truckers have a platform to manage insurance, fuel, and maintenance. The startup also helps truckers with route optimization, dispatch and load coordination, and automated tracking.
Automation & Productivity
IPaaS provider nabs $48M to grow its process automation
Celigo delivers automations  that work across multiple cloud apps using embedded business logic developed from learnings across thousands of customer deployments, as well as tens of thousands of uniquely implemented processes.
Automation & Productivity
Malicious npm Code Packages Built for Hijacking Discord Servers
The npm repository is an open-source home for JavaScript developers to share and reuse code blocks. The packages can represent a supply-chain threat given that they can be used as building blocks in various web applications
Security
NetSPI Adds IoT Penetration Testing to its Suite of Offensive Security Services
“Our team is currently gearing up for game changing IoT pentesting projects in 2022. We were selected to test smart city technologies and ATM networks for some of the most transformative organizations in the world."
IoT
Edge Impulse lands $34M as the TinyML market continues to grow
It claims that nearly 30,000 developers from thousands of companies including Oura, Polycom, and NASA have created upwards of 50,000 custom projects using Edge Impulse solutions, building industrial, logistics, consumer, and health solutions.
Machine Learning
NewtonX raises $32M for AI that connects customers with subject-matter experts
Customers start with a business problem, which NewtonX turns into a custom search query across its database of 1.1 billion experts in 140 industries (e.g., “CRM software decision makers who work at Fortune 500 health care companies”).
Artificial Intelligence
Adobe buys social media marketing startup ContentCal
ContentCal allows users to collaborate, share, plan and publish content to drive engagement on social media. Features include tracking performance, creating reports and getting insight into what works on various channels.
Marketing Tech
Kyndryl Taps Google Cloud for Data Analytics, AI
To support these efforts, Kyndryl is also working with Google to launch the Google Cloud Academy for Kyndryl, which aims to get its more than 80,000 technical employees up to speed on the cloud-provider’s services.
Cloud
Gadget Raises $8.5Million Led By Sequoia To Build Developer Productivity Stack
Gadget solves this by bundling the tools, libraries, APIs, and best practices of the most experienced engineers, stitching them together in a single experience, and offering it to ecommerce developers right out of the gate.
DevOps
WhatsApp launches cryptocurrency payments pilot in the US
Novi’s site notes there are no fees for sending or receiving money, no limits on how often payments can be sent, and no fees to keep a balance in your Novi account or to withdraw it to your bank account. Payments are transferred instantly.
FinTech
5G Open Innovation Lab, CoMotion At The University Of Washington, And T-Mobile Collaborate To Accelerate 5G Hardware Innovation
With a new Ultra Capacity 5G network deployed at CoMotion Labs on the UW campus, the facility is now the first 5G-equipped incubator in the region focused on supporting the growth of the hardware startup ecosystem.
5G
Cloudflare acquires Zaraz to speed up websites with a single line of code
And this is where Zaraz helps, by identifying all the third-party tools running under the hood (e.g., Mixpanel or Google Analytics) and then loading them on its own backend infrastructure (i.e., server-side). This negates the end-user’s browser from having to execute what could be dozens of scripts, thus slowing down their entire experience on that website. Automation & Productivity
Zaloni Expands Data Cataloging to Over 250 Data Sources
“Our partnership with CData opens up endless possibilities for our customer’s analytics and AI/ML initiatives through seamless connections to over 250 real-time sources.”
Data & Analytics
Zscaler Pushes Zero-Trust Security to Public Cloud Workloads
The new cloud-delivered service extends Zscaler’s secure internet and web gateway  — called Zscaler Internet Access or ZIA — and its private app segmentation service — called Zscaler Private Access or ZPA — to public cloud workloads. Cloud Security
Claroty acquires IoT security company Medigate after raising $400M in new funding 
“Becoming a part of Claroty means our customers will not only continue to receive the best security for their healthcare IoT devices but will also gain coverage for the wide array of industrial IoT assets in their networks, without having to stitch together disparate tools for each.” IoT
New Relic allows enterprises to monitor ML model performance
Most engineers build and train models in siloed environments, resulting in reduced collaboration to monitor and govern the models in production. Such situations mean teams could fail to notice models that might be becoming irrelevant over time, particularly models based on static data, and consequently lose out on millions. Machine Learning
Cloudentity Launches New SaaS Platform and Announces Patent for Modern Application Authorization Service
Cloudentity’s new service provides a first-of-its-kind solution that enables Zero Trust API access by externalizing fine-grained authorization, privacy consent and personal data exchange enforcement at cloud-scale.
Cloud Security
Posh Technologies fuels call center automation with $27.5M funding
The platform provides chatbots that automate customer questions and workflows on the web, SMS, and messaging apps for tasks like checking hours and making payments.
Automation & Productivity
Red Hat brings Ansible IT automation engine to Azure
Ansible, for the uninitiated, is a Python-based IT automation engine that companies use for configuration management, network automation, application deployment, and infrastructure provisioning, among other IT processes that are repeated frequently, such as issuing software security patches.
Automation & Productivity
Cloud Hypervisor project now hosted by the Linux Foundation 
As the name suggests, Cloud Hypervisor is designed to create and run cloud-based virtual machines. It’s written in the Rust programming language and has a strong focus on security, with useful features including central processing unit, memory and device hot plugging, meaning those components can be swapped out without disrupting the system.
Cloud
Synthesia, which is developing AI to generate synthetic videos, secures $50M
“Synthesia is focused on reducing the friction of video creation and making it possible for anyone to create professional-looking videos in minutes, directly from their browser,"
Artificial Intelligence
Meet OceanHero, a new search engine that has helped recover 23 million ocean-bound plastic bottles
OceanHero is a search engine that helps you save the oceans from plastic pollution with every click. The social business partners with and funds nonprofit organizations to recover ocean-bound plastic, create recycling infrastructure, and provide pollution education.
Sustainability
Amazon migrates offline tape data to Glacier with Snowball Edge VTL-in-a-box
The idea is to offer a tape data migration service via a shipped disk drive container rather than by sending the tape cartridges direct to Amazon or networking the data.
Data Migration
Pure Storage rolls out FlashArray//XL for top-tier applications
Pure said the FlashArray//XL is already resonating with customers that want to standardize their storage environments with Pure's subscription model but needed higher levels of scale.
Data Storage
Weka and HPE Provide Jointly Validated Solution for Containerized Workloads
Built on WekaFS, it offers the simplicity of NAS, the performance of SAN or DAS and the scalability of object storage
Data Management
Suki, a Siri-like voice platform for doctors, raises $55 million
Doctors and other health care professionals can use the Suki Assistant on Android, iOS, Windows, and the web, which integrates with their electronic health record (EHR) system to bring voice-controllable actions to their daily workflows.
Automation & Productivity
TRM Labs raises $60M for blockchain forensics and risk management 
TRM Labs provides sophisticated analytics systems to financial operations that allow them to track blockchain-based assets such as cryptocurrencies to mitigate risk and comply with regulations
Blockchain
Hyperscience Acquires Boxplot to Deliver Data Processing and Graph-Based Data Storage in One Platform
The Hyperscience Platform enables organizations to take unstructured data that arrives in various different formats – such as policies, invoices and emails – and read and understand them at scale, which speeds up processing times tenfold.
Data & Analytics
First certified 'secured-core' Windows Servers and Azure Stack HCI servers are now available
Secured-core servers use the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 and secure boot to make sure only trusted components load in the boot path.
Security
Market research startup YipitData raises late-stage funding round worth up to $475M 
One of the key use cases that YipitData targets with its platform is competitor tracking. Retailers can use the startup’s data to measure the market share of rivals, while an automaker could monitor how many vehicles other manufacturers are selling and through which dealerships.
Data & Analytics
Qlik and UiPath Launch Partnership to Bring Together Active Intelligence and Enterprise Workflows
The integration complements the automation that’s already possible with Qlik Application Automation, and will help organizations in their journey to Active Intelligence, where technology and processes trigger immediate action from real-time, up-to-date and trusted data to accelerate business value across the entire data and analytics supply chain.
Automation & Productivity
Torq lands $50M to bring no-code automation to security
Torq offers a no-code platform used to connect security infrastructure with communication tools, while also bringing automation to workflows across all of the systems.
Automation & Productivity
Operational intelligence startup NetSpring lands $13M
The solution, working as a unified command center, integrates into the everyday operations of a business (transactional and collaboration applications) and uses AI/ML to generate continuous actionable insights from streaming event data-in-motion and static reference data-at-rest, enabling faster analytics and operational decision-making.
Data & Analytics
Aruba extends remote-work network support to home offices
Near-real-time updates on WAN availability, utilization and throughput simplify troubleshooting by detecting latency, jitter and other connectivity issues in the user’s connection to an internet service provider are difficult for IT administrators to see.
Automation & Productivity
 Grip Security gets $19M to automatically lock down SaaS apps
The Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup was founded in February of this year and offers an automated product that can displace Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solutions, enabling customers to quickly regain control over their entire SaaS inventory,
Security
Pento lands $35M to automate payroll processes
In addition, Pento has developed an open payroll API, currently in beta, which will allow businesses to build custom integrations to automate workflows such as time-tracking or shift planning.
Automation & Productivity
This new Firefox browser feature could stop zero-day bugs in their tracks
"By compiling to Wasm before native code, we get sandboxing for free: We can ensure that all memory access and control flow will be instrumented to be confined to the module boundary," said Narayan.
Security
Liqid raises $100M as demand for composable data center infrastructure grows 
Composable infrastructure refers to the decoupling of resources from the hardware they reside on, pooling them into a form easily accessible from anywhere in the data center, and then provisioning workloads with exactly the amount of resources they need via software
Data Management
Identity verification startup Incode raises $220M
The kits offer liveness check technology that leverages machine learning, light modeling, and computer vision in addition to fraud and tamper checks designed to detect potential threats.
Security
MuleSoft rolls out universal API management capabilities
The new tools allow developers to design, build, deploy, operate and discover all of their APIs in a single place -- no matter where they were built, what language they were built with, or where they were deployed.
DevOps
GitGuardian raises $44M to offer ‘comprehensive’ code security
GitGuardian has made its name operating in just one vertical of the code security market: secrets detection. The company’s app scans selected code repositories for sensitive data such as API keys or passwords, and then sends an alert if one of these secrets is discovered
Security
Rubrik looks to protect sensitive cloud-based data from ransomware attacks
The service is designed to protect sensitive data by isolating the vault from the rest of the organization’s cloud environment to reduce the risk of data being modified, deleted, or encrypted during a ransomware attack.
Security
Aryaka Gets SASE, Flips Switch on L3 Core
Aryaka unveiled its in-house secure access service edge (SASE) platform today, alongside a new layer-3 core network and a small to midsized business (SMB)-focused SD-WAN tier.
Security
Heap raises $110M to automate analytics for digital experiences
The platform attempts to algorithmically identify events and behaviors that most impact a digital experience and provides tools to help teams locate the insights they need without help from engineers.
Data & Analytics
Jumio Acquiring 4Stop, Redefining The End-To-End Identity Platform
4Stop’s technology, when combined with Jumio’s award-winning solutions, will enable organizations to manage the entire customer identity lifecycle within a single, unified platform and will allow for rapid configuration and integration through one easy and intuitive API layer.
Security
Cloudflare Expands Its Zero Trust Platform
With Cloudflare’s new cloud firewall functionality, CIOs can better secure their entire corporate network, apply Zero Trust policies to all traffic, and gain deeper network visibility. And since Cloudflare’s firewall runs everywhere, CIOs no longer need to rely on centralizing traffic on one box in one location, physical or virtual.
Security
Google’s Gmail app now lets you make voice and video calls
It’s a simple addition, but it’s one that furthers Google’s goal of making Gmail the central hub for all its communication services. In fact, Google’s post says you’ll be redirected to the Gmail app, even if you start a call from within the Google Chat app.
Automation & Productivity
Observability startup LogDNA raises $50M in funding 
LogDNA’s observability platform can notify administrators of technical issues in their company’s IT infrastructure via alerts. To obtain more context about an issue, administrators can retrieve relevant technical information using natural language queries. LogDNA also provides the ability to visualize troubleshooting data in graphs
IT Management
Bot protection firm Kasada lands $23M to abolish the CAPTCHA
“We are the first to apply a zero-trust philosophy to mitigating bots, allowing us to stop new, never seen before bots, without having to analyze their behavior,”
Security
Rewind brings data backup and recovery to Microsoft 365
While most SaaS platforms provide some disaster recovery and security tools at an infrastructure level so that they can help companies recover from systemwide catastrophes, the customer is ultimately responsible for their data at an individual account level, including password management, permissions, and — crucially — backing up data.
Data Management
Bubblehouse Partners with Polygon to Become the First Carbon-Neutral and eco-friendly NFT marketplace
Bubblehouse announces it will launch as the first carbon-neutral and eco-friendly NFT marketplace, built on the Polygon blockchain, a climate sustainable blockchain that is over 99.99% more carbon efficient than Ethereum.
Blockchain
Sense raises $50M to bolster recruitment efforts with AI
With the platform’s services, which sync with Workday, Greenhouse, and other existing applicant tracking systems, companies can deduplicate pools of new applicants against existing databases and send targeted follow-up messages, among other tasks.
Automation & Productivity
Placer.ai Launches API to Seamlessly Integrate Data Into Any Third-Party Application
Placer API enables developers and analysts to send requests that return a range of Placer.ai data and insights into executive and customer dashboards, internal reporting, predictive and competitive analysis tools and more.
Data & Analytics
Mysten Labs, a crypto infrastructure tech startup founded by Ex-Facebook crypto engineers, raises $36 million led by Andreessen Horowitz
“Our partners get the benefit of having access to the technology, and we become co-owners in their network. We take back a portion of the network shares in return. So it’s a mutually beneficial kind of relationship.”
Blockchain
Apache Kafka Cloud Clusters Expose Sensitive Data for Large Companies
Kafdrop is a management interface for Apache Kafka, which is an open-source, cloud-native platform for collecting, analyzing, storing and managing data streams.
Security
Silent Push Threat Intelligence Now Available in Splunk
“Meeting our customers where they need us is a priority for us and as many customers use Splunk we have provided an add-on in Splunkbase for them. Now we can help to shine a light on the 98% of attacker infrastructure that is unknown for Splunk users."
Security
The Verizon app might be collecting your browsing history and more
My Verizon's "Custom Experience" and "Custom Experience Plus" settings appear to let the company collect your device location, phone numbers you call, and your browsing history
Privacy
Intel building tri-partner SmartNIC/IPU ecosystem around Oak Springs Canyon
Intel is partnering a Chinese server vendor, a Chinese network system supplier and an Israeli server NIC supplier to push its Oak Springs Canyon IPU server offload technology into the market.
Automation & Productivity
AWS Cloud WAN Parries Google, Microsoft
The disjointed nature of these products created a patchwork of networking and security policies that was unnecessarily complicated to configure and manage, Amazon claims. Cloud WAN, which is available in preview now, unifies this functionality under a single dashboard with this specific use case in mind.
Network Management
SAASTEPS and BUYJOUR Partner Strategically to Launch a B2B Frictionless Selling Solution
As customer preference for digital engagement over human interaction expands into the latter stages of the buying journey, SAASTEPS is moving to the forefront of this new selling landscape.
Sales Tech
Australian enterprise cybersecurity firm Kasada raises $23M to fuel growth 
Kasada pitches itself as stopping bot attacks that others cannot through mitigation designed to beat cybercriminals at their own game. The company claims that its service restores trust in the internet by foiling even the stealthiest cyberthreats, from credential abuse to data scraping. 
Security
Orbital Insight Integrates with Esri’s ArcGIS Platform to Streamline Satellite and Sensor Imagery Analysis
Customers of Esri, the world leader in location intelligence, who also use Orbital Insight GO can now seamlessly work between both systems, making it easier to meet spatial challenges with Esri basemap visualizations directly within the Orbital Insight GO platform and export their analysis to ArcGIS.
Automation & Productivity
Report: Phishing campaign is actively targeting U.S. military families
Likely for economic reasons, the threat actors chose cheap, shared hosting services for the scam websites. This can present an obstacle to research, as hundreds or even thousands of domains may share the same virtual resources and resolve to the same IP address.
Security
Bonfire Gives Free Access to Thousands of Procurement Docs
The company's new portal gives public procurement officials the ability to search for requests for proposals and other similar documents for a wide range of purchases as they seek to conduct their own projects.
Procurement
Omicron Phishing Scam Already Spotted in UK
U.K. consumer watchdog “Which?” has raised the alarm that a new phishing scam, doctored up to look like official communications from the National Health Service (NHS), is targeting people with fraud offers for free PCR tests for the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
Privacy & Security
Privacy Dynamics Launches One-Click De-Identification Tool, Eliminating Data Privacy And Disclosure Risks Within Minutes
Privacy Dynamics, a startup that simplifies ethical and responsible use of data, launched a SaaS application that can anonymize thousands of records per second with the click of a button. Privacy Dynamics saves data and analytics teams valuable time while also ensuring organizations pull compliant, accurate information from a central data warehouse.
Data Privacy
OPM makes competing for cybersecurity talent a priority
“We know this particular occupation is in huge demand across all the different agencies,” Ahuja said. “There’s just a challenge around equalizing the playing field.”
Tech Jobs
Two into one: Quantum deduplicates virtual DXi product line with free version
There are physical DXi appliances using Quantum-supplied hardware and software, and V-Serirs virtual appliances — software downloaded by customers to run as virtual machines on their own server hardware
Data Storage
Privitar Supports Broader Use And Sharing Of Data Across Borders With Introduction Of NOVLT Tokenization
NOVLT protects sensitive data using a format preserving encryption algorithm for consistent tokenization. It uses certified secure cryptography to derive consistent and unique tokens with custom formats.
Data Privacy
Microsoft and KPMG will try out quantum algorithms on real-world problems
“The shared goal for these initial projects is to build solution blueprints for common industry optimization problems using Azure Quantum, which we can then provide to more clients at scale.”
Quantum Computing
Kioxia adds sophisticated admin tools and wider support to KumoScale
The software uses so-called Operator functions said to be declarative in nature. Admin staff specify a desired end-state — such as an empty SSD — and the software carries out the necessary steps to achieve it.
Data Storage
Army awards Cole Engineering Services $957.7M cyber training contract
The contract is one of several large procurements awarded by the Army in recent months, including a $192.6 million contract for training simulation and management software, which was also awarded to Cole Engineering in June.
Security Training
VMware Adds MDR for Faster Cyberattack Response
The new VMware Carbon Black Cloud Managed Detection and Response builds on the vendor’s existing managed threat detection service, which uses machine learning and VMware’s security analysts to monitor and analyze threat data in the Carbon Black Cloud 24/7.
Security
Threat Group Takes Aim Again at Cloud Platform Provider Zoho
“In the days that followed, we observed similar activity across six other organizations, with exploitation against one U.S. defense organization and one tech organization beginning as early as Nov. 3,” researchers said.
Security
Stacklet’s New Intelligent Communications Capabilities Help Organizations Accelerate Cloud Adoption Through Governance as Code
Stacklet, developers of the industry-first cloud governance as code platform based on the open source Cloud Custodian project, announced new intelligent communication capabilities within Stacklet Platform to accelerate collaboration and conformance with organizational cost, operational, security, and compliance policies.
Cloud Governance
State continues to reduce number of data centers, says CIO
The adoption of cloud-based storage is a central pillar of the State Department’s recently announced enterprise data strategy, in which the agency said it would seek to enable greater access to data, while also improving data governance.
Data Governance
AWS Announces Two New Initiatives That Make Machine Learning More Accessible
The program uses AWS DeepRacer and the new AWS DeepRacer Student League to teach students foundational machine learning concepts by giving them hands-on experience training machine learning models for autonomous race cars, while providing educational content centered on machine learning fundamentals.
Machine Learning
Amazon unveils AWS Cloud WAN for geographically dispersed networks
Cloud WAN "actually builds it for you in minutes using the big AWS backbone for you, to give you a highly reliable, highly available, software-defined wide area network running over AWS infrastructure,
Cloud
Privacy Dynamics debuts app that lets developers rapidly anonymize data
“The tool analyzes re-identification risk at the cell level, which drastically reduces data distortion compared to a column-wise approach."
Data Privacy
Latest Weka Features Extend Capabilities of Visionary Data Platform
One single data platform offers the simplicity of NAS, the performance of SAN or DAS and the scale of object storage along with accelerating every stage of the data pipeline from data ingestion to cleansing to modeled results.
Data Storage
BigID Introduces Tableau Metadata Exchange App to Deliver New Insights for High-Value Data
BigID provides Tableau users ML-based capabilities for finding high-value, correct, and meaningful data that simplify data protection and governance strategies.
Data & Analytics
Smartling lands $160M to help companies translate their content automatically
Smartling leverages a combination of AI-powered translation tools and human translators, localizing content for particular markets to ensure its intended meaning and connotation remains the same — and isn’t misunderstood.
Artificial Intelligence
Seagate launches 20TB hard disk drives for enterprises and data freaks
With low latency of 4.16ms and repeatable response times, Exos X20 provides enhanced caching that performs up to three times better than solutions that only utilize read or write caching
Data Storage
Soveren launches from stealth with $6.5M seed funding to automate GDPR compliance
The company analyzes real-time data flows inside an organizations’ infrastructure to discover personal data and detect privacy risks to make it easier for CTOs and CISOs to recognize and address privacy gaps.
Data Privacy
Microsoft aims Teams Essentials at small-biz customers
Teams Essentials includes a range of core features also available in the free tier, including persistent chat and video call functionality such as virtual backgrounds, meeting lobby, and the immersive Together Mode. There’s also a Google Calendar integration on the way “soon,”
Automation & Productivity
CogniCor Launches First Wealth Management Knowledge Graph For AI-Based Digital Assistants
Knowledge graphs are conceptual maps that group together firm- and industry-specific topics, terminology and content to give AI-enabled solutions a knowledge base to interpret user intent and return guidance that fits their needs. Without them, AI algorithms must learn from scratch, at times an inefficient process that may not lead to optimal responses.
Artificial Intelligence
IoT security startup Karamba raises $10M to accelerate product roadmap 
That’s where Karamba steps in. By embedding cybersecurity measures into connected devices, the devices can deterministically self-protect against attacks without relying on frequent updates or connectivity.
Security
Hackers are turning to this simple technique to install their malware on PCs
By altering an RTF file's document-formatting properties, it's possible for attackers to weaponise an RTF file to retrieve remote content from a URL controlled by the attackers, enabling them to secretly retrieve a malware payload that gets installed on the victim's machine.  
Security
AWS targets IPv6 migration for serverless, container workloads
“Additionally, with this launch, customers will be able to meet the requirements for adoption of IPv6-only network environments set by US federal government agencies and minimize the need for translation software or systems, thereby creating a simplified IPv6-only architecture.”
Cloud
Aqua Acquires Argon, Shifts Cloud Security Further Left
Argon maps and protects the continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines while using a zero-trust approach to detect unusual changes in the development environment.
Security
CyCognito nabs $100M to fight cyberattacks with bots
Using risk evaluation methods like authentication and misconfiguration testing, network design analysis, and data exposure spotlighting, the company’s attack simulator orchestrates assessments without affecting business operations.
Security
VMware's Carbon Black offers more analyst assistance to respond to attacks
"We have approximately a million endpoints under active monitoring at any given point in time... versus an individual [at a customer organization] -- their visibility is limited to what's happening in their particular environment."
Security
Dell brings air-gapped ransomware protection to Amazon’s cloud 
The service works by moving critical data away from the attack surface, physically and logically isolating it through a secure, automated operational air gap.
Security
IBM Watson Health Introduces New Opportunities for Imaging AI Adoption
In addition, IBM is announcing IBM Imaging Workflow Orchestrator with Watson, a new solution that modernizes the radiologist's reading experience while reducing the demands on IT and imaging system administrators.
Artificial Intelligence
Frontegg raises $25M to lighten the load for SaaS software developers 
The idea is to eliminate the grunt work of building essential but common features into SaaS apps so developers can spend more of their time working on the valuable, unique features that differentiate their products.
DevOps
Duality And Intel Collaborate To Offer Accelerated Homomorphic Encryption-Based Machine Learning Applications On Amazon Web Services (AWS)
This is the first time that such capabilities are available at scale for large data sets and for a variety of ML models – a major step for the adoption of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies.
Machine Learning
ReliaQuest, maker of open XDR platform, reaches $1B valuation with new funding
The Universal Translator capability pulls security data from a customer’s different sources, translates the data into a common format, and then enables action to be taken based on this unified picture, he added.
Security
IBM invests in SingleStore to get faster AI and analytics on distributed data
IBM has invested in SingleStore — the re-branded MemSQL that’s building a distributed, relational SQL database for both transaction and analytic workloads and is runs on-premises and in the three main public cloud clouds.
Data & Analytics
Wispr AI Secures $4.6M from NEA and 8VC to Build Thought-Powered Neural Interface
"Recent advancements in EMG sensors, signal processing and machine learning approaches to deciphering these signals make it an exciting time to bring this neurotechnology to market.”
Emerging Tech
AWS Muscles Into Private 5G, Spoils Carriers’ Role
AWS’ foray into private cellular networks for enterprises poses the clearest threat yet to global operators’ enterprise aspirations. A long-desired dream to become the connectivity provider for enterprises, beyond smartphones and rudimentary IoT devices, is now Amazon’s for the taking. 
Telecom
Goldman launches Goldman Sachs Financial Cloud for Data, new cloud-based software created in partnership with Amazon (AWS) to offer data and analytics for financial institutions
The new product will enable Goldman to quickly provision cloud-based data management, analytics, and security services to hedge funds and asset managers, among other firms.
Data & Analytics
AWS wants to get your mainframe apps into the cloud – fast
Migration Acceleration for Mainframe is an extension of the existing AWS MAP program, but adds new development, test, and deployment tools as well as a mainframe-compatible runtime environment.
Cloud
Meta, AWS expand partnership, aim to enhance PyTorch adoption
The companies' overall mission is to accelerate how developers build, train, deploy and operate AI and machine learning models.
Artificial Intelligence
Panasonic’s Data Breach Leaves Open Questions
NHK reported that internal network monitoring was the source of the incident detection, seemingly implying that the depth of intrusion is more than a misconfigured external server
Security
Cycode raises $56M to scan apps for security vulnerabilities
By drawing on a knowledge graph of customers’ software lifecycles, Cycode attempts to detect anomalous behavior that should arouse suspicion in any development environment.
Security
Aviatrix Wades Into Multi-Cloud Security Waters
The security functionality is baked into the Aviatrix cloud networking platform — a cloud-native abstraction layer between virtual private clouds running in any of the major public cloud provider’s networks and on premises. The new security service announced today embeds threat inspection and policy-based enforcement into those nodes.
Cloud Security
Trustpage lands $5M to boost security transparency for SaaS vendors
Companies use Trustpage to create a page — that’s added to their website — that covers all the steps they’ve taken to secure user data, prevent cyberattacks, and meet compliance requirements.
Privacy & Security
Sumo Logic debuts new AWS Lambda monitoring features and cloud integrations 
Sumo Logic’s newly updated platform adds the ability to monitor Lambda workloads by drawing on three different types of operational data: logs, metrics and traces. 
Cloud
Access control: Cerbos brings open source to user permission software
Cerbos is applying a self-hosted, open source approach to the user permissions problem, one that works across languages and frameworks — and crucially, one that gives companies full visibility into how it’s handling user data.
Data Management
Google warns: 86% of hacked Google Cloud accounts used for illegal cryptocurrency mining
The tech giant also added that crypto mining software was downloaded within 22 seconds after an account was compromised. Google said that “Malicious actors were observed performing cryptocurrency mining within compromised Cloud instances.”
Security
Quinyx lands $50M to help companies find gig workers
“This success reflects the strenuous demand for organizations hiring an hourly workforce to do more with less as a labor shortage puts a squeeze on businesses’ operations.”
Automation & Productivity
Property management platform Lessen raises $170M in new funding 
It offers what it says is an “end-to-end solution for property services” that includes connecting property managers to various carefully vetted service professionals that can help them to maintain and clean their buildings.
Automation & Productivity
Coinbase to acquire leading cryptographic security company, Unbound Security
Based in Israel, it is a pioneer in a number of cryptographic security technologies, including the emerging field of secure multi-party computation (MPC), a highly advanced technology for which Unbound Security’s co-founder, Yehuda Lindell, is a world leader.
Security
Linux Foundation adopts the Apptainer project for containerized HPC workloads 
The Apptainer project, as it’s now known, is a container platform for high-performance computing workloads, designed to execute applications at bare-metal performance while ensuing they remain secure and portable.
Automation & Productivity
Colony lands $18.5M in funding to power next-generation applications in the Avalanche ecosystem
Colony is a first-of-its-kind platform that invests in projects building on Avalanche with a fund governed by its community. Colony also aims to bring the structural integrity of traditional finance to DeFi, specifically the Avalanche ecosystem for any tech startup building new projects.

IKEA Hit by Email Reply-Chain Cyberattack
The phishing emails were coming from internal IKEA email addresses, as well as from the systems compromised at the company’s suppliers and partners.
Security
NuLink Raises $4M to Develop Privacy-Preserving Technology
NuLink provides privacy-preserving technology for decentralized applications via APIs. Its out-of-the-box solution enables and makes it easy for developers, startups, small businesses and enterprises to use the power of the blockchain to build their own applications and still provide best-in-class security and privacy.
Privacy & Security
Starburst now runs distributed queries across all three major cloud platforms
Starburst has an existing product called Stargate that operates across cloud platforms but it is limited to working with the company’s own clusters. The new release of Galaxy essentially bundles in that feature and extends it to popular data sources such as Amazon S3 object storage, its Glue meta store and MySQL/PostgreSQL relational database management system.
Data & Analytics
SkyPoint Cloud Launches SkyPoint Resolve, Machine Learning-Based Identity Resolution
SkyPoint unifies fragmented demographic, transactional, behavioral, and observational data from multiple systems and applications into comprehensive “customer 360” profiles, providing business and technology users with the tools to secure, govern and access relevant customer data.
Data Management
Armis expands past IoT with $300M for ‘comprehensive’ asset security
While initially known as a provider of security for IoT, Armis says its visibility and security platform now offers “comprehensive” protection for every asset in a customer environment. The platform covers assets in IT, medical, enterprise, IoT, industrial IoT, and operational technology (OT
IoT Security
Hacking people is too easy: CultureAI announces $4m seed round to measure and mitigate human cyber security risk
We built CultureAI to detect human security risks and automatically use those insights to drive technical interventions and coaching - not simply 'train' people. It's a very different way to managing human risk."
Security
Immuta Announces the Availability of SaaS for Modern Data Stacks
Immuta SaaS, which recently received its SOC 2 Type 2 Certification, enables data teams to automate data access control while eliminating the need to self-manage and maintain the deployment.
Data & Analytics
EU complaint claims Microsoft anticompetitive for bundling services with Windows 
“Microsoft is integrating 365 deeper and deeper in their service and software portfolio, including Windows,” the coalition claimed in a Nov. 26 statement, making it “nearly impossible to compete with their SaaS services.” Specific mention is made of OneDrive and Teams being a default part of Windows 11.
Automation & Productivity
Zephyr High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) Achieves Connectivity In Trial Conducted By Airbus And NTT DOCOMO
Airbus and NTT DOCOMO, INC. have demonstrated the ability to use its solar-powered Zephyr High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) to deliver future wireless broadband connectivity. The trial took place in the United States in August, when the Zephyr S aircraft undertook approx. 18-day stratospheric flights to test various capabilities.
Automation & Productivity
Amazon launches AWS RoboRunner to support robotics apps
Alongside IoT RoboRunner, Amazon announced the AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator, an incubator program in collaboration with nonprofit MassRobotics to tackle challenges in automation, robotics, and industrial internet of things (IoT) technologies.
Automation & Productivity
NinjaOne expands data backup, security features to thwart ransomware
NinjaOne furnishes managed services providers and corporate IT teams with a unified view of both RMM and the Ninja Data Protection backup and disaster recovery offering.
Security
Report: Apple’s AR headset to launch in 2022 with M1-level computing power
The first important reveal from Kuo is that he believes the device will be a standalone wearable that will not require a secondary device, such as a Mac or an iPhone. Instead, it will contain its own embedded processor “with the same computing power level as the Mac,” which would be a comparable level to the M1.
AR/VR
193 Countries Adopt First-Ever Global Agreement On The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence
"We see increased gender and ethnic bias, significant threats to privacy, dignity and agency, dangers of mass surveillance, and increased use of unreliable Artificial Intelligence technologies in law enforcement, to name a few."
Artificial Intelligence
ServiceNow, Thirdera join ngena for SD-WAN as a service
"We built a platform that automates a lot of the work that normally partners do for workloads -- specifically around the design work, the implementation work, and the managed services around it,"
Automation & Productivity
Google proposes Privacy Sandbox commitments to address UK regulator’s concerns
The vision behind FLoC is to group users with similar interests into “cohorts” for ad personalization purposes. Advertisers would receive data about the interests of a cohort and not the individual users who make it up, an approach that Google says offers more privacy than third-party cookies. 
Privacy
Privacy-Focused Web Browsing Altcoin Rises 37% After Launch of New Crypto Wallet
“Today, we launched the Brave Wallet, a crypto wallet built into the Brave desktop browser, enabling Brave users to store, manage, grow, and swap their crypto portfolio from a single wallet.
Blockchain
ShieldIoT raises $7.4m to deploy coreset-AI for IoT cybersecurity
It has its own unique coreset technology for anomaly detection in IoT. Based on over 15 years of academic research and 50 academic papers, its coreset-AI patented technology claims to revolutionize IoT mass-volume data analysis through a transformation of big data into small datasets
IoT
Artivatic launches smart AI underwriting platform named AUSIS to provide faster life and health insurance
AUSIS is a smart, AI-based underwriting platform with personalized pricing, risk, and decisions too. This platform enables in-depth individual health-risk analysis and suggests the underwriting decision in less than 60 seconds.
Artificial Intelligence
UNESCO's ‘Cookie Factory’ Raises Awareness of the Potential Risks and Ethical Challenges of AI
In order to alert the general public of the problem of digital privacy, UNESCO is launching The Cookie Factory. This extension allows you to assume a new identity as you browse the internet, using fake cookies, and shows you exactly how your data is harvested in real time.
AI Ethics/Privacy
Kasm Technologies Collaborates with Arm to Build Arm-Powered Remote Work Solutions
“Leveraging the secure, high-performance and flexible cloud-to-edge computing benefits of Arm Neoverse allows the Kasm Workspaces container streaming platform to enable the next-generation of remote work solutions.”
Automation & Productivity
IoTeX launches MachineFi, a combination of machine and DeFi that unlocks trillion-dollar opportunities in the Metaverse
MachineFi's main objective is to transition traditional IoT and machine verticals into MachineFi decentralized applications (Dapps) that will enable millions of users to participate in the machine economy with billions of smart devices.
IoT/Smart Tech
NexuStorage says blocks and files can come from object storage
Nexfs delivers, he said, a unified, intelligent, cost-effective, massively scalable, data-lifecycle-enabled, storage system that can provide an up to 95 per cent reduction in primary storage capacity.
Data Storage
Amazon’s AWS expands free ‘egress’ data transfer limits
Amazon’s AWS cloud division has announced a notable expansion of its free tier, increasing the amount of data that customers can transfer from AWS regions to the internet, and from its CloudFront content delivery network (CDN), before they have to start paying.
Cloud
Zenity raises $5M in seed funding to bring security and governance to low-code apps 
Zenity works by continuously scanning each application component to identify any security policy violations and notify users if any problems show up. It also provides a way to mitigate potential issues and help set up a governance policy for entire organizations that can then be automatically enforced.
DevOps
This stealthy malware delivers a 'silent threat' that wants to steal your passwords
The initial entry point for attacks is a phishing email that claims to contain a text file about a product order. Clicking the malicious file will run the process for installing RATDispenser malware.
Privacy & Security
DeFi privacy protocol Panther raises $22M in a public token sale
Using this technology, it is possible to secure sensitive financial transactions between parties even on highly transparent systems such as blockchains where visibility is the norm.
Blockchain
Dutch-based STRM Privacy secures €3M to build data streams for the privacy age; here’s how
 STRM Privacy is a data platform designed around privacy. By deeply integrating data shape, consent and classification, privacy is embedded into data generation instead of as an afterthought.
Data Privacy
Promethium Announces Issuance of a U.S. Patent for Natural Language Processing Technology
Taking a question written in natural language, the patented technology automates the process of finding the best fit data across disparate data sources, preparing the data, generating the SQL, executing the federated query and returning the results. NLP
Cross-chain Aggregator Cloud NFT Successfully Closes A Pre-Sale With $2.25 Mln Raised
Cloud NFT is an ecosystem called to allow users to conduct all the operations with non-fungible tokens within one interface. It includes wallet for NFT storage, built-in exchange, cross-chain aggregator and business API.
Blockchain
Yugabyte Announces GA of YugabyteDB 2.11: PostgreSQL-Compatible Distributed SQL Database
This release extends YugabyteDB’s lead as the most PostgreSQL-compatible distributed SQL database in the world. YugabyteDB 2.11 brings widely used PostgreSQL features to the database, including Foreign Data Wrappers (FDW), GIN indexes, collation support, follower reads, improved space amplification and read-committed isolation levels for concurrent transactions.
Data & Analytics
AWS embraces Fedora Linux for its cloud-based Amazon Linux
This new Amazon Linux also provides frequent and flexible quarterly updates. For example, each AL2022 update locks to a specific version of the Amazon Linux package repository. You need only update when you want to make a move, not when any new version is released.
Cloud
Nutanix Builds Airbnb-Style Hybrid Cloud Platform
“In some ways, we are like an Airbnb here. We have a platform, customers can come to our platform and use it and run in any cloud they want. And if you’re a cloud provider, you can come to us, use our platform and go capture those enterprise customer workloads.”
Cloud
All Versions of Windows Are Vulnerable to a New Zero-Day Exploit
Abdelhamid posted details on GitHub and explained how this variant is more powerful than the original because it completely bypasses the group policy included in the administrative install feature of Windows. The knock-on effect being that an attacker can replace any executable file on the system with an MSI file and can run code as an administrator.
Security
22dot6 Releases TASS Cloud Suite: Transcendent Abstractive Storage System for Enterprise Cloud
22dot6 today introduced an expanded collection of cloud specific features to enhance its universal storage software Valence, the industry’s first software-defined TASS (Transcendent Abstractive Storage System) unifying physical, virtual, on-premise, and cloud storage resources locally and globally.
Data Storage
CRM platform startup Attio raises $7.7M to bolster staff for early 2022 public launch 
Attio pitches itself as engineered to handle all the CRM needs of a modern business, giving companies an overview of every relationship and process from sales to recruitment. The platform allows users to dive into the history of each contact, including emails, calls and attributes, which can be used to gather insight at each stage of a process.
Automation & Productivity
New UK law will hit smart home device makers with big fines for using default passwords
The first one is a ban on easy-to-guess default passwords, including classics like "password" and "admin." All passwords that come with new devices will "need to be unique and not resettable to any universal factory setting," the law states
Privacy & Security
Okera Announces Okera for Snowflake, a SaaS Solution to Deliver Universal Data Authorization on Snowflake’s Data Cloud
Designed to remove technical complexity while still delivering exceptional data security performance, the solution gives all data stakeholders the opportunity to collaboratively build dynamic data privacy and security policies, automatically enforce those policies, and continuously monitor access to sensitive data.
Data Privacy
Aidoc creates operating system to orchestrate and scale up AI in healthcare 
Aidoc is applying advanced AI to the area of radiology to help clinicians make faster and more accurate diagnoses of a range of medical issues. The company has built a range of AI models that help radiologists to analyze computerized tomography or CT scans in real-time.
Artificial Intelligence
Brookhaven National Laboratory - Revolutionizing Data Access Through Tiled
Their freshly rolled-out software tool—called Tiled—allows researchers to see, slice, and study their data more conveniently than ever before. This new data access tool makes finding and analyzing the right piece of data a walk in the park compared to previous methods, paving the way for the next scientific breakthrough.
Data & Analytics
No-code conversational sales solutions provider Whatslly gets $11M
With instant messaging growing rapidly, allowing more customer-facing interactions to take place via WhatsApp, companies want to stop a large portion of their customer-facing interactions from happening outside the reach of their CRM systems.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft’s Tutel optimizes AI model training
Tutel, which is open source and has been integrated into fairseq, one of Facebook’s toolkits in PyTorch, is designed to enable developers across AI disciplines to “execute MoE more easily and efficiently,
Artificial Intelligence
Lenovo Launches Industry-Leading Data Protection Solution Comprised of ThinkSystem Hardware, Veeam Backup & Replication And Quest QoreStor
This solution also accelerates backups to reduce risks posed by data loss, slashes backup storage requirements and minimizes costs on-premises and in the cloud, empowering users to leverage cloud object storage for long-term data retention.”
Data Management
Tardigrade malware used to target biomanufacturing facilities
There is some contention, however, as to the origins of the code behind Tardigrade. While BIO-ISAC suggests that it’s based on SmokeLoader, Bleeping Computer reported today that some security researchers claim that Tardigrade is a form of Cobalt Strike HTTP beacon and nothing remarkably new.
Security
Simpro raises $350M as demand grows for field service automation software
The company’s platform provides quoting, job costing, scheduling, and invoicing tools in addition to capabilities for reporting, billing, testing assets, and planning preventative maintenance.
Automation & Productivity
ArmourZero's Launch Revolutionize Cybersecurity Landscape with Groundbreaking Security as a Service Platform
With a robust cloud infrastructure in place for global access, ArmourZero, built in partnership with premier security technology providers Automox, Avanan, CrowdStrike, DNS Filter and F-Secure, provides IT security protection that is seamless, easy, and cost-effective.
Security
Spherium Finance unveils a cross-chain incubation and grant program
The primary motive of HyperLaunch is to act as a bridge for aspiring projects who are deployed on a single chain and help them ingress into the varied ecosystem of multi-chains.
Security
AuriStor breathes life into Andrew File System
AuriStorFS (a modern, licensed version of AFS) is a networked file system providing local access to files in a global namespace that has claimed higher performance, security and data integrity than public cloud-based file-sharing offerings such as Nasuni and Panzura.
Data Management
Corporate spend management platform Payhawk raises $112 million
Founded in 2018, Payhawk is pitched as an easy way for finance teams to replace manual processes and disconnected tools with a unified platform for SMEs and enterprises to easily integrate and automate myriad financial processes.
Automation & Productivity
Bitrise hooks $60M as mobile app development skyrockets
"There’s no more putting off investment, or half-assing an effort. They are seeing that, regardless of how big or established they are, doing mobile right is a matter of surviving and thriving as a business.”
Automation & Productivity
FBI and CISA warns that critical infrastructure could be attacked over the holidays 
These include identifying information technology employees that are available on weekends and holidays to protect against ransomware attacks, implementing multifactor authentication, mandating strong passwords, securing remote desktop protocol logins and reminding employees not to click on suspicious links.
Privacy & Security
Siren 12 Enhancing Flexible Big Data Investigations With Global Search And Visual Graph Creation Capabilities
Siren’s latest release makes it much easier for users to organize and join data in a way that suits their requirements, with intuitive UI driven schema editing and ETL. It allows organizations to forensically analyze device data and link it to other available data sources
Data & Analytics
Rescale raises $50M more to meet demand for high-performance compute
The company’s network spans 8 million servers with over 80 specialized architectures and resources like Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs, Intel Skylake processors, and over 1TB RAM, delivering a combined a 1,400 petaflops of compute.
Automation & Productivity
Researchers developed a new superconducting camera that could finally help us detect aliens and extraterrestrial life and dark matter
The micrograph of NIST’s high-resolution camera is made of 1,024 sensors that count single photons or particles of light. The camera was designed for future space-based telescopes searching for chemical signs of life on other planets.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft SynapseML Launched: A Rebranded Version of Open-source ML Library MMLSpark
The new platform would empower developers to extract more out of scalable ML pipelines and unify each of these into a simplified ecosystem that works well with a variety of AI ML programming languages such as Python, R, Scala, and Java, and others.
Machine Learning
Web app dev platform Vercel lands $150M
"Vercel is a modern web development platform to develop, preview, and ship high-quality, high-performance websites fast. With Vercel, web developers no longer need to be highly skilled in building both the front and backends of websites. Now, developers can focus on the frontend in Vercel and offload backend tasks to plug-in APIs.”
Automation & Productivity
Data of 1.2M customers stolen in GoDaddy’s latest data breach 
The information stolen included the emails and customer numbers of active and inactive Managed WordPress GoDaddy customers. Original WordPress administrator passwords were also stolen, along with Secure File Transfer Protocol and database usernames and passwords Privacy & Security
IoT anomaly detection startup Shield-IoT lands $7.4M
The product is the first to use the mathematical construct known as coresets to provide anomaly detection for IoT networks, Solomon said. Shield-IoT’s “coreset-AI” technology, which leverages 15 years of research in the field of coresets, can enable IoT networks with “unlimited” scalability, he said.
IoT/Mobility
Cyber insurance firm Resilience raises $80M to aid battle against ransomware
The San Francisco-based firm said it stands out in the cyber insurance field with a model it calls “insure plus secure.” Resilience brings a focus on helping companies to defend against ransomware in addition to recovering from attacks.
Security
Jina.ai raises $30M for its for its neural search platform
“In this case, it’s mostly a mathematic vector — 100-dimensional vectors. And then, the matching [algorithm] does not count how many letters match but counts the mathematical distance, the vector distance between these two vectors. In this way, you can basically use this kind of methodology to solve all kinds of data search problems or relevance problems.”
Machine Learning
Red Hat OpenShift Data Science aims for more open approach to machine learning development 
Red Hat OpenShift Data Science is a fully managed cloud service for OpenShift that promises to deliver an advanced yet simplified machine learning experience on the OpenShift platform.
Data & Analytics
Deliverr raises $250M to grow its ecommerce fulfillment network
“The most effective way to address supply chain congestion is to move inventory closer to the end customer. Deliverr is the only company working to solve this problem through stronger inventory placement, while leveraging cutting-edge machine learning and optimization technology to build a smarter fulfillment network,"
Automation & Productivity
Conduktor, which brings a user-friendly GUI to Apache Kafka, nabs $20M
Companies that need continuous access to real-time data in their applications use Kafka, an event streaming platform built to handle common business use-cases such as processing ecommerce payments, managing signups, matching passengers with drivers in ride-hailing apps, harnessing hardware sensor data, and more.
Data & Analytics
Hackers used this software flaw to steal credit card details from thousands of online retailers
The majority of the online shops that cyber criminals exploited for payment-skimming attacks were compromised by known vulnerabilities in e-commerce platform Magento. Most of those affected and alerted to the compromises and vulnerabilities are small and medium-sized businesses.
Security
No-code webhooks provider Svix snags $2.6M to simplify software management
The release of no-code webhooks solutions like Svix lets developers connect webhooks to applications without having to build the underlying infrastructure. At the same time, it means decision-makers spend less time and money building and maintaining webhooks systems.
Automation & Productivity
Fonoa raises $25M to automate tax compliance
The Dublin, Ireland-based company offers an API for companies that helps to understand whether their customers and suppliers are taxable, determine and calculate what taxes apply to their transactions, and report their transactions to tax authorities.
Automation & Productivity
Schwarz Group Acquires Israeli Hybrid Cloud Cybersecurity Innovator XM Cyber
XM Cyber brings an innovative approach to proactively prevent cyber-attacks using the attacker’s perspective. By discovering critical attack paths across on-premises and multi-cloud networks, it helps organizations cost-effectively close security gaps before systems are compromised.
Security
Panzura update brings array of power-user features
Panzura says its global cloud file system acts like an enterprise NAS, and looks like a standard Windows file share to applications and users. The software has automated, distributed file locking and real-time data consistency for every location in a global cloud network
Data Storage
Ericsson to acquire Vonage for USD 6.2 billion to spearhead the creation of a global network and communication platform for open innovation
"Imagine putting the power and capabilities of 5G, the biggest global innovation platform, at the fingertips of developers. Then back it with Vonage’s advanced capabilities, in a world of 8 billion connected devices"
5G
Facebook Messenger and Instagram may not get default end-to-end encryption until 2023
The company merged Messenger and Instagram chats last year, as a part of its plan to create a unified messaging system across all of its platforms. And while messages sent through Messenger and Instagram can be E2EE, that option isn’t turned on by default — and likely won’t be — until sometime in 2023. WhatsApp already supports E2EE by default.
Privacy
Restart Energy Innovative Technologies AG Is Launching The First Sustainable STO On The Swiss Blockchain Platform DAURA
“Our goal is to use bleeding-edge technology and innovative business models to democratize a sector burdened by bureaucracy and transaction costs: freeing up capital, saving money, helping local power producers earn more, and laying the groundwork for a sustainable future"
Blockchain
Nearly 600,000 records stolen from Utah medical services provider 
Data stolen involved personally identifiable information of 582,170 people. The data consisted of first and last name, mailing address, date of birth, Social Security number, health insurance policy number and medical information. The company did not provide any details on how the data theft took place.
Privacy & Security
Xilinx launches a data-center accelerator for HPC 
The smaller form factor provides more compute density in the same space, suitable for creating dense Alveo accelerator-based clusters. It’s built for high-density streaming data, high I/O math, and scale-out applications like big-data analytics and AI
Data & Analytics
Insurance companies cutting cybersecurity coverage amid surge in ransomware attacks 
“Insurers are changing their appetites, limits, coverage and pricing,” Caspar Stops, head of cyber at insurance company Optio Group Ltd., told Reuters. “Limits have halved – where people were offering £10 million ($13.5 million), nearly everyone has reduced to five [million].”
Security
FileMaker Pro now supports Siri Shortcuts on Mac, iPhone, iPad
You can now run FileMaker scripts using Apple’s Siri Shortcuts app on Macs, iPhones, and iPads, a promising move that makes more automation possible for some business users.
Automation & Productivity
A new DuckDuckGo tool is supposed to prevent apps from tracking Android users
The company says that although its App Tracking Protection tool isn’t a virtual private network (VPN), your device will behave as if it is one. “This is because App Tracking Protection uses a local ‘VPN connection’ which means that it works its magic right on your smartphone."
Privacy
Enterprise 5G is a software 'revolution,' says startup Celona
What is key for Celona is that rather than sell telco software, it is offering software with an enterprise focus, software meant to be used by CIOs and sys admins.
5G
Passwordless authentication platform Stytch raises $90M
Stytch offers passwordless infrastructure via application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs). Among its products are so-called “magic links” that users click on via their email address, SMS passcodes, WhatsApp passcodes, OAuth logins, and more
Privacy & Security
AI-powered marketing copy generator Anyword secures $21M
Statista reports that 87% of current AI adopters are already using — or considering using — AI for sales forecasting and for improving their email marketing. And 61% of marketers say that AI is the most important aspect of their larger data strategy.
Artificial Intelligence
AWS Expands Access to Free Cloud Skills Training on its Mission to Educate 29 Million People by 2025
Additionally, workers who take the time to learn new skills are seeing significant benefits, with 86% reporting greater efficiency in doing their jobs, 85% experiencing greater personal satisfaction, and 80% reporting improved employability.
Cloud
Managed detection and response provider Expel raises $140.3M
MDRs detect intrusions, malware, and malicious activity in a network and assist in response to mitigate those threats, leveraging a combination of analysis and technology.
Security
Spam smackdown: Hiya claims ‘massive step forward’ using AI against illegal phone calls
Adaptive AI “observes the patterns left by spammers in the network traffic and adapts in real-time to block them without the need for human retraining or historical data,”
Artificial Intelligence
Swish.ai raises $13M to automate IT service desk tasks
Swish uses AI to automate ticket orchestration in existing IT service management workflows. With Swish, tickets can be automatically routed to relevant, available agents based on skill set, load, and cost criteria, ideally improving the resolution time.
IT Management
Facebook is paying musicians and creators up to $50,000 to use its live audio features
When you make as much money as Meta does, buying success is a reasonable tactic, at least in the short term. The Meta-owned Instagram, for example, has been doing the same to boost its TikTok-rival Reels, paying creators up to $35,000 to post to the platform.
Apps
Google Cloud encourages more conversational AI with Bot-in-a-Box
GCP Business Messages is a conversational messaging service designed to enable organizations to connect with people to answer questions that come through Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, or their own business channels.
Automation & Productivity
Comet Raises $50M Series B to Accelerate ML Development for the Enterprise
While other products provide either experiment tracking or model monitoring tools, Comet delivers both in one ML development platform. Combining these two, previously distinct categories provides significant value and allows customers to iterate faster from early experimentation all the way to production.
Machine Learning
Engineering software startup nTopology lands $65M
“NTopology’s digital engineering software, which combines generative design (for example, lattices and topology optimization), workflow management, and production preparation, is bridging the limitations of existing computer-assisted design (CAD) programs for the advanced manufacturing sector.”
Automation & Productivity
Seattle appraisal startup Aloft lands $20M from real estate heavyweights
Aloft aims to make the appraisal process more efficient and accurate with the help of technology. It gives appraisal quotes in two minutes, and facilitates the actual home inspection, which is done by its appraisers
Automation & Productivity
Google releases TF-GNN for creating graph neural networks in TensorFlow
Used in production at Google for spam and anomaly detection, traffic estimation, and YouTube content labeling, Google says that TF-GNN is designed to “encourage collaborations with researchers in industry.”
Data & Analytics
Logik.io, which simplifies complex enterprise sales processes, gets over $10M
Logik.io claims its modern configuration solution extends CPQ (configure, price, quote) tools, which help companies  generate quotes for orders. Logik.io says it provides logic, math calculations, and more, and works on top of  Salesforce’s CPQ tools and and other ecommerce applications.
Automation & Productivity
Social Security numbers stolen in California Pizza Kitchen data breach 
Having detected something untoward, California Pizza Kitchen then secured the computing environment and engaged third-party computer specialists to launch an investigation. By Oct. 4, it says, it had confirmed that certain files could have been accessed without authorization.
Privacy & Security
Otter.ai is limiting its free plan to 30-minute transcriptions starting December 1st
The company says that the changes are “due to increased costs and to maintain high standards of service.” Otter.ai is still offering the same 600 minutes of transcription per month to free users, however.
Automation & Productivity
Kyndryl forges VMware partnership, SAP agreement
With VMware, Kyndryl will expand a partnership that will focus on app modernization and multi-cloud services. VMware, also newly independent after separating from Dell Technologies, and Kyndryl will also open an innovation center.
Cloud
Workday buys contractor management platform VNDLY, delivers strong earnings but stock falls 
VNDLY is a cloud contractor and vendor management startup that sells software used by companies to manage external workforce personnel. Workday, which sells tools for enterprises to manage their finances and human resources, clearly thinks it will be a good fit for its latter offering.
Automation & Productivity
FBI warning: This zero-day VPN software flaw was exploited by APT hackers
The vulnerability allowed the attackers to gain access to an unrestricted file upload function to drop a webshell for exploitation activity with root access, leading to elevated privileges and potential follow-on activity
Security
Cloud security unicorn Lacework lands record-busting $1.3B funding round 
Its patented Polygraph technology creates a baseline model of activity within a specific organization’s computing environment and then looks for patterns that appear to be out of bounds, similar to the way a heart or blood pressure monitor detects deviations from normal levels
Security
Ditto raises $9M to connect devices peer-to-peer
Drawing on his work with database technologies, Fish and cofounder Max Alexander created software that enables devices to sync data in real time, securely, using a combination of Bluetooth, ad hoc Wi-Fi, and local area networks.
Network Management
LogicMonitor Announces Industry First Unlimited Log Data Retention
With LM Logs, now logs data can be available whenever customers need it through hot storage, with no need to wait for log rehydration, leading to faster troubleshooting and RCA (root cause analysis).
Data & Analytics
Justt emerges from stealth with $70M to fight chargeback fraud with AI
Justt’s product combines AI with human reviewers to gather evidence refuting illegitimate chargeback claims and work with credit card companies on behalf of merchants. Justt integrates with merchants’ payment providers, kicking off dispute resolutions when the platform’s algorithms detect potentially incorrect chargebacks.
Artificial Intelligence
DataCore acquires MayaData to solve the software container data conundrum
MayaData is an emerging player in Kubernetes storage. The company leads the open-source OpenEBS project, which is a cloud-native storage platform that provides persistent and highly scalable block storage for container environments. OpenEBS has the effect of transforming Kubernetes into a data layer that can act as a storage service for individual workloads.
Data Storage
Apple device management platform startup Kandji raises $100M 
The platform saves information technology teams hours of manual, repetitive work with features such as one-click compliance templates and more than 150 pre-built automations, apps and workflows.
IT Management
ChaosSearch Data Lake Platform is First to Unlock JSON Files for Analytics at Scale
ChaosSearch has created JSON Flex, which allows organizations to store all their JSON content and analyze it, as if structured, at different permutations and nested levels. ChaosSearch enables organizations to both keep and analyze all data efficiently and compactly without losing fidelity of insights.
Data & Analytics
Threat intelligence platform DomainTools acquires Farsight Security
“This acquisition enhances our ability to drive mitigation outcomes for our joint customers while accelerating our data science advancements for predictive risk scoring of domain names, hostnames, IP addresses, name servers, and other DNS indicators.”
Security
PlanetScale Announces General Availability of Infinitely Scalable Serverless MySQL Database
PlanetScale’s cloud database can be created in seconds and grows as its users’ needs grow, with no limitations on scalability. The latest version of the PlanetScale platform builds on other industry-first capabilities including branching and sharding with the addition of PlanetScale Imports.
Data & Analytics
Lightbend enables serverless deployment for more apps with Akka Serverless
Akka Serverless debuted in beta in June, with Lightbend proclaiming that it will set a new standard for serverless application development by eliminating the need for a database. With that, Lightbend says, serverless deployment becomes a viable option for the most complex applications.
Cloud
Mabl aims to automate software testing, nabs $40M
“Mabl envisioned and delivered an end-to-end testing solution for the enterprise that would combine a low-code framework, a software-as-a-service delivery model, deep integration with enterprise environments and workflows, data analytics, and machine intelligence to disrupt the testing industry.”
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft open-sources SynapseML for developing AI pipelines
With SynapseML, developers can build “scalable and intelligent” systems for solving challenges across domains, including text analytics, translation, and speech processing, Microsoft says.
Artificial Intelligence
Fortinet Fortifies Microsoft Azure vWAN With SD-WAN, Firewalls
The security vendor claims the integration will enable customers to extend consistent security policies across their WAN whether they’re connecting to an on-premises data center, a workload running in Azure, or between clouds.
Security
Grammarly raises $200M to expand its AI-powered writing suggestions platform
According to a survey from John Snow Labs and Gradient Flow, 60% of tech leaders indicated that their budgets for natural language processing — which encompasses technologies like Grammarly’s — grew by at least 10% compared to 2020, while a third said that their spending climbed by more than 30%.
Automation & Productivity
Truyo And Egnyte Launch COVID-Related Health Data Collection And Privacy Compliance Solution
“Most haven’t had to deal with this type of medically sensitive information in the history of their operations. There’s a lot more to consider beyond simply collecting this information from a submission form or email.”
Privacy & Security
OTA Insight raises $80M to provide business intelligence tools for hotel operators 
The startup offers Revenue Insight alongside a second service called Parity Insight. That offering is designed to help companies detect if they’re advertising hotel room prices inconsistently across marketing channels, an issue that can hurt sales if left unfixed
Data & Analytics
No-code customer journey company EasySend gets $55.5M
The company, which targets small to midsize enterprises, says it uses a cloud-based no-code builder that leverages AI, third-party integrations, and analytics to provide seamless customer experiences, at a low cost
Automation & Productivity
StorONE jumps on ransomware protection train with fast-recovering backup system
S1:Backup is a backup target for Commvault, HYCU, Rubrik ands Veeam’s data protection software to provide fast ingest to ransomware-proof storage based on a 4–8 SSD flash tier with automated movement of older backups to high-capacity RAID-protected disk — more than 15PB of it.
Data Storage
Palo Alto software advances end-to-end enterprise cloud security
The company rolled out a new version of its core cloud-security package, Prisma Cloud 3.0, which includes the ability to code security directly into SaaS applications. The package includes a cloud-access security broker (CASB) to control access to cloud resources.
Security
SkyPoint Cloud launches predictive insights product
Equipped with predictive analytics on each customer, brands can deliver personalized experiences, granular segmentation, and personalization; support advanced analytics; and do more in order to keep customers engaged.
Data & Analytics
Bit bags $25M to bring microservices to frontend development
Bit makes it easier for companies to split frontend development into smaller features and codebases, allowing teams to develop features independently, while continuously integrating as part of a unified application.
DevOps
Fujitsu And RIKEN Claim 1st Place For MLPerf HPC Benchmark With Supercomputer Fugaku
Fujitsu and RIKEN leveraged approximately half of Fugaku’s resources to achieve this result, demonstrating the world’s fastest performance in this key benchmark.
Automation & Productivity
Instagram to shut down Threads as Meta consolidates its messaging platforms
Meta is also in the process of consolidating its many messaging platforms. Messenger and Instagram now both support cross-platform messaging, and the company has said it intends to incorporate WhatsApp as well.
Apps
Tokyo-based virtual reality startup HIKKY raises $57M to develop the open metaverse and expand its global footprint
Founded in 2018, HIKKY is a developer of a proprietary VR engine called Vket Cloud, which is used to create metaverse content that users can access by clicking a URL and doesn’t require a dedicated computer or mobile application.
Virtual Reality
Speedb is a drop-in replacement for RocksDB that wants to take the embedded key-value store world by storm
In early 2020, Gelvan and his co-founders decided that they could re-implement log-structured merge (LSM) trees, the data structure at the core of RocksDB, in a way that is more efficient than what RocksDB offers. They also figured out that if they did it in a way that maintains compatibility with the RocksDB API, they would be able to address RocksDB users, and that all adds up to a sizeable market.
Data & Analytics
Public cloud data protection startup Laminar exits stealth and closes on $32M funding 
Legacy data protection tools typically make use of agents or filter data traffic through proxies, slowing things down. So Laminar has created a novel agentless and asynchronous approach that it says has no impact on performance or data flow.
Data Management
Ketch Partners with Snowflake to Integrate Programmatic Privacy with Comprehensive Data Governance
"Data analysts and data scientists have the tools they need to fully mask customer data in order to query it for critical insights, trends and other use cases, without violating customer privacy, or running afoul of the privacy regulations,”
Data Privacy
Hightouch, which syncs data from warehouse to cloud apps, raises $40M
Reverse ETL, essentially, involves “copy and pasting” data between tables. So if a company wants to shift data from Zendesk into Salesforce to figure out how much support specific customers are requesting through Zendesk, they would use an ETL tools such as Fivetran to move the data into the warehouse, and then use Hightouch to get that data into Salesforce.
Data & Analytics
SustainLife launches beta sustainability-as-a-service software to measure climate impact
Its SaaS platform is designed to be widely accessible, meaning a user doesn’t need to have a degree in computer science or in environmental studies to use the tools and understand how to implement change.
Sustainability
VR tech studio Aexlab launches NFTs as part of push to Blockchain
Its NFT drop, released in partnership with Metadrop, is a series of AI-generated 3D virtual reality pets, Vailiens, minted for players in the company's tactical first-person shooter game, Vail VR. This game combes virtual reality technologies with social gaming – and NFTs
Blockchain
With $105M in new funding, Jamstack creator Netlify buys GraphQL startup OneGraph 
One of Netlify’s banner features is that it directly integrates with code hosting services such as GitHub. Developers can connect the startup’s platform to the repository in which they host a project’s code files and, with a few commands, automatically turn those files into a functioning site.
DevOps
Nexar, which sells analytics services on top of dash cam footage, raises $53M
“[We wanted] to turn the vehicles of the world into a massive live mesh network of smart cameras and sensors continuously mapping our public spaces. Nexar aims to crawl and index the physical world just like Google crawls and indexes the web,"
Data & Analytics
Voice assistant and conversational AI tech startup SoundHound is going public via a $2 billion SPAC deal
The Santa Clara, California-based SoundHound is the leading innovator in voice-enabled AI and conversational intelligence technologies. It enables people to interact with the things around them in the same way people interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, and every other part of the emerging ‘connected’ world
Artificial Intelligence
Hammerspace Global Data Environment’s anti-gravity field for data is ready for the big time
This can give applications on-demand access to unstructured data in on-premises private, hybrid or public clouds. The idea is to keep data access points updated with the GDE metadata so that all data is visible and can be accessed from anywhere.
Data Management
Darktrace aims to expand into ‘proactive’ security AI by end of year
While Darktrace is a pioneer in the realm of security AI with its self-learning technology for detecting and responding to cyber threats, the company is now part of a fast-growing field of companies that are turning to AI and machine learning to counter increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.
Security
Datavid and Graphifi Partner to Offer Scalable Solutions for Building Smart Data Applications
New tools will provide better insights from data. An example is the creation of business vocabularies in Graphifi’s Graphologi product and their use to extract and auto classify data in Datavid’s entity extraction platform: Datavid Rover.
Data & Analytics
People Data Labs, which offers data as a service via APIs, raises $45M
PDL has built a duo of APIs for developers, engineers, and data scientists to access people-related data. This includes an enrichment API, for those seeking to augment their existing records with additional data; and a search API for those wishing to query PDL’s full dataset without hosting any of the data themselves
Data & Analytics
Sharp Unveils Newest Large-Format 4K Ultra-HD Collaboration Display To Meet Evolving Classroom And Meeting Room Needs
Additionally, Sharp Pen Software features a handwriting recognition function that can convert selected onscreen handwriting into standard text.
Automation & Productivity
Noteable expands analytics tools for programming with new $21M
“We are also focused on continuing to invest in our collaborative suite of features, which include commenting, versioning, intuitive and flexible organizational structure, role-based access control, and real-time updates across the entire notebook platform."
Data & Analytics
AI code discovery platform CatalyzeX raises $1.64M
The startup offers a website that curates AI research papers and studies from the web, giving devs a one-stop-shop to discover ML techniques and know-how, along with the corresponding code, for their respective projects.
Artificial Intelligence
Data management platform Bigeye unveils rapid dataset validation tool
Data platform Bigeye released Deltas, a new feature that enables data teams to automatically compare and validate datasets. Deltas replaces SQL queries, manual spreadsheet matching, and one-off Python scripts with automated comparisons and instant validation.
Data & Analytics
Robots to scale alternative to plastic packaging
ABB's robotic cells will help Zume speed up and scale production of 100% compostable packaging made from plant-based agricultural material.
Sustainability
App analytics provider Mixpanel becomes latest unicorn
The solution itself is dashboard-driven, enabling users to analyze product use with graphs and charts that detail behavior trends and highlight what days users are most active, what types of content result in highest user retention, and average order values.
Data & Analytics
PLACE raises $100M at $1B valuation for its real-estate platform 
One of the main highlights of the startup’s software portfolio is a customer relationship management platform built specifically for companies in the real-estate industry. Brokerages can use the platform to manage the business data they generate as part of their sales efforts and coordinate deal-making activities
Automation & Productivity
Aktana and Cantab Pi Bring Together 2M+ Data Sets and Predictive Analytics at Scale
Cantab Pi’s sophisticated analytical models and social listening tools allow life sciences organizations to sharpen digital targeting and optimize their omnichannel marketing mix—even in markets where traditional HCP-level data is commercially unavailable.
Data & Analytics
ZeroWasteStore Launches The World’s First Sustainable Shopping App
ZeroWasteStore announced its flagship app, a first-of-its-kind shopping experience designed to increase access to sustainable shopping. The ZeroWasteStore app is an extension of their industry-leading online sustainable marketplace; providing a new way for consumers to shop their favorite zero waste and sustainable products.
Sustainability
Cymbio raises $20M to help ecommerce brands manage marketplaces with automation
“Cymbio’s low-code integration platform, combined with the company’s product content automation capabilities, enable brands to reduce the ‘go live’ time with marketplaces and retailers, enable fast scaling — eliminating long and cumbersome processes such as long manual integration, product upload, imagery adjustments, taxonomy, and mapping,"
Automation & Productivity
Alluxio to funnel data to apps across hybrid cloud platforms with $50M
Alluxio claims to have developed a solution in a platform that enables companies to orchestrate and serve data to apps in various environments including on-premises, cloud, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud.
Cloud
OpenAI rival Cohere launches language model API
Cohere, a startup creating large language models to rival those from OpenAI and AI2Labs, today announced the general availability of its commercial platform for app and service development.
Artificial Intelligence
OutSystems unveils its next-generation low-code cloud app dev platform 
OutSystems provides a visual, model-based development environment that permits users with less technical coding skills to rapidly design user interfaces and drag-and-drop business logic for apps. The platform also uses artificial intelligence and templates to predict the next steps, suggest solutions and validate work patterns to automate development.
DevOps
FICO launches next-generation Originations Solution for digital-first account openings
FICO announced today a new loan origination solution powered by its FICO Platform - and delivered globally on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud - enabling financial services businesses the ability to make faster, smarter and more profitable decisions by further automating the loan origination process.
Automation & Productivity
Open XDR startup Stellar Cyber raises $38M to expand its platform
Under the hood, the platform users artificial intelligence-powered detection, correlation and response to give security analysts full visibility through normalized and enriched data across the entire attack surface. The data is collected from all sources -= network, cloud, endpoints, applications, logs, users and more
Security
Bit bags $25M to bring microservices to frontend development
These so-called “micro frontends” help developers to collaborate on a mammoth app, allowing them to ship incremental upgrades on a single component, and even work on each other’s codebases when required.
DevOps
New Cisco/Intel feature provides troubleshooting-data from Intel Wi-Fi endpoints
The feature is supported by Intel-based PCs deployed with Wi-Fi 6/6E chipsets and Cisco Wi-Fi offerings including the Cisco Catalyst 9800 series wireless-controller family, its Embedded Wireless Controller, and the full range of Meraki cloud-managed access points.
Network Management
Ericsson Pitches Sweeping RAN Automation Platform
Initial applications for the Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform will use artificial intelligence and automation to help operators deploy new services more efficiently, heal networks, and improve and optimize network performance, according to the vendor.
Automation & Productivity
Palo Alto Networks updates Prisma Cloud to secure the full app lifecycle
Embracing the concept of DevSecOps, Palo Alto Networks on Tuesday rolled out Prisma Cloud 3.0, bringing a number of updates to the platform focused on the security of the entire application development lifecycle. That includes infrastructure as code (IaC) security, agentless security and a next-gen CASB.
Cloud
CyberLink’s FaceMe Certified by iBeta – Anti-Spoofing Technology Detects & Rejects 100% of Facial Presentation Attacks
Adding to CyberLink’s long list of achievements, the iBeta certification confirms FaceMe®’s trustworthiness and its ability to accurately protect people’s identity, even when under spoofing attacks.
Privacy & Security
Impossible becomes possible: MemVerge supporting distributed HPC app checkpointing
Checkpointing is the saving of an application’s state so that it can be restarted if the system fails. Saving the state of a single application is a well-understood technique, but saving the collective state of an application that is distributed across several compute nodes and also multi-threaded is vastly more difficult
Data Management
Intel Bug Exposes Encryption Keys
The high-severity vulnerability (CVE-2021-0146) allows an attacker to extract encryption keys and obtain enhanced privileges on devices running Intel’s Apollo Lake- and Gemini Lake-based Pentium, Celeron, and Atom processors
Security
Groundbreaking Crypto Industry Partnership To Support Law Enforcement In Fighting Cybercrime
Investigating and recovering crypto assets is a highly complex task. As part of the partnership, Digivault will support Asset Reality’s law enforcement clients by providing their best-in-class, secure storage for seized digital assets.
Security
T-Mobile hits its goal of 200 million covered by ‘ultra capacity’ 5G a few weeks early
 The low-band network — which is closer to 4G LTE in actual speed — has an even wider reach, with T-Mobile boasting that it “covers 308 million people across 1.7 million square miles.”
5G
Slack revamps platform as it aims for workflow automation, app integration
Slack said that its approach will enable everyday users to create apps and workflows without code. Slack also added developer tools that make it easier to integrate the system with other applications and workflows. Developers will get access to the new Slack platform this week in a closed beta program.
Automation & Productivity
DataRobot launches AI Cloud for industries including banking and health care
The development comes as industry clouds become an emerging trend in the enterprise technology space owing to the need for sector-specific tools. Even Microsoft has announced cloud for retail, manufacturing, finance, health, and nonprofits.
Cloud
ThoughtSpot Introduces New Data Workspace
ThoughtSpot today is also unveiling SpotApps, fully integrated applications that allow analysts and developers to launch analytics projects for the most common SaaS applications with just a few clicks. SpotApps are powered by ThoughtSpot Blocks, pre-packaged pieces of code.
Data & Analytics
DHS launches new effort to attract cybersecurity talent
An interim rule for the program was issued on Monday. Once finalized, it will allow DHS to hire cybersecurity professionals at salaries of up to $255,800 — the same amount Vice President Kamala Harris gets paid — and, in certain circumstances, as much as $332,100 as part of a bid to compete with the more lucrative private sector.
Security
Zesty Raises $35M Series A to Simplify Cloud Management with AI-Driven Automation
“No one wants to have to babysit the cloud, yet cloud resource management has become a huge burden on DevOps teams, who, given the choice between stability, performance, and cost-efficiency, almost always prioritize stability and performance – to the chagrin of the financial department,
Cloud
SambaNova is enabling disruption in the enterprise with AI language models, computer vision, recommendations, and graphs
SambaNova just announced its GPT-as-a-service offering, its ELEVAITE membership program for customers, and is working with one of the biggest banks in Europe to build what it claims will be Europe's fastest AI supercomputer.
Artificial Intelligence
AI-driven background check startup Intelligo raises $22M
The company’s Clarity intelligence system employs multiple layers of AI and automation to comb through more than 400,000 public data sources and gather all relevant information (legal, professional, regulatory, financial, online media) required to make a decision on a particular individual or company.
Artificial Intelligence
Astera Labs announces memory acceleration to clear datacenter AI/ML bottlenecks
The goal is to create a faster connectivity backbone that provides low-latency interconnects, shares resources, and stays efficient with tricky technologies like cache. Also, Astera Labs says its fully cloud-based approach provides significant advantages in design productivity and quality assurance.
Automation & Productivity
NewBlue, Inc. Launches Major Upgrade To Broadcast Graphics And Titling Software For Live Streaming Video Productions
Video professionals and producers from a variety of industries, including broadcast, corporate, education, sports, house of worship, event production, and government, can now affordably, easily, and reliably, bring post-production polish to live video production.
Automation & Productivity
Tableau’s new Slack capabilities democratize data
For the last few years, Tableau has been building up a conversational interface it calls Ask Data that enables users to drill down into large datasets using natural language. Now, it’s allowing users to ask questions of their data—and share the answers—via Slack
Data & Analytics
Codeless test automation platform Virtuoso raises $13M
The solution uses an advanced NLP and capture engine to allow coders and non-coders to write automated tests in plain English and reduce the time typically taken to test software for bugs and errors.
DevOps
Netography Scores $45M for Deep Packet Inspection Alternative

Netography, however, built a cloud-native, software-as-a-service offering. “So we have a lighter-weight deployment, we give you broader visibility, we give you faster time to value as well,” he added.

Network Management
AI-powered writing assistant Writer nabs $21M
"Most teams don’t have the editorial resources to ensure strong writing and consistent messaging across large amounts of content, so we provide a seamless way to help everyone at a company write well, write fast, and be on-brand.”
Artificial Intelligence
IBM debuts new quantum processor with 127 qubits 
Eagle is the first chip from the company to feature more than 100 qubits. According to IBM, Eagle’s high qubit count also makes it the first quantum processor that’s too advanced to be simulated on a classical supercomputer.
Automation & Productivity
Business planning platform startup Pigment raises $73M 
The platform offers an intuitive, full-spectrum view of a company that allows users to play with multiple future scenarios in real-time through charts, simulations and continuous modeling. That modeling includes the ability to animate future scenarios and bring them to life to assist strategic decision-making.
Data & Analytics
Cisco partners with JupiterOne for cloud security platform
The Cisco Cloud Security Insights with JupiterOne hopes to offer enterprises greater visibility into all of their cyber assets, paths toward identifying security and compliance gaps and ways to fast-track investigations as well as responses to issues.
Security
Hacker gains access to FBI server, sends out fake cybersecurity warnings 
The LEEP portal allowed anyone to sign up to it and even included instructions. Applicants would then receive confirmation from the FBI, but according to Pompompurin, the LEEP portal included a onetime passcode in the HTML code of the web page.
Security
Unity moves robotics design and training to the metaverse
Unity’s execution engine, Unity Simulation Pro, offers headless rendering — eliminating the need to project each image to a screen and thus increasing simulation efficiency by up to 50% and lowering costs, the company said.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft blocks EdgeDeflector to force Windows 11 users into Edge
Microsoft has decided to prevent app developers from invoking microsoft-edge protocol links, which are now restricted to the Edge browser.
Automation & Productivity
Blackbaud and Campaign Monitor Release Powerful Email Marketing Solution for Social Good Organizations
Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, has teamed up with marketing technology company Campaign Monitor to integrate its email marketing solution with Blackbaud’s fundraising and donor management software solution, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT.
Automation & Productivity
Apple’s Business Essentials subscriptions support small businesses that only use Apple
In line with Apple’s recent shift toward selling services, it’s a subscription package aimed at small businesses with three different plans and a move that has been anticipated since it acquired the device management platform Fleetsmith a little over a year ago.
Automation & Productivity
Babbel launches Babbel Live, making online language learning come to life
Because after succeeding with its app-based approach, Babbel has now launched Babbel Live, which offers live, interactive online language classes to teach language the way many of us have learned it for decades: face to face with a knowledgeable teacher in a classroom setting.
EdTech
Nvidia jumps into Zero Trust 
Nvidia is blending its BlueField data-processing units with its Morpheus AI security framework to contribute to a Zero Trust architecture.
Security
Costco Confirms: A Data Skimmer’s Been Ripping Off Customers
Costco didn’t go into detail about what type of skimmer it found, but it sounds like it was old-school, as in, a physical gadget glommed on top of a regular card scanner so that a payment-card thief can intercept card details from their magnetic strips, then use the details to imprint fresh, new, fraudulent cards.
Security
ConsenSys: Over 350K Web3 Developers Now Use Blockchain Development Platform Infura
The Infura platform offers API services to quickly connect to Ethereum and other networks such as IPFS, Arbitrum, Polygon, and Optimism, making it easier for Web3 developers to build applications and Web2 developers to join the blockchain ecosystem
Blockchain
Google discovers ‘watering hole’ hacking campaign that used zero-day macOS flaw 
“The watering hole served an XNU privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2021-30869) unpatched in macOS Catalina, which led to the installation of a previously unreported backdoor.”
Security
Forte raises $725M in funding for its blockchain gaming platform
Using Forte’s platform, a game company can mint and sell its own NFTs. The startup also provides tools that make it possible to provide players with digital wallets.
Blockchain
CISA warns of equipment vulnerabilities from multiple vendors
CISA has released a notice urging administrators to apply updates to a variety of industrial control systems after discovering vulnerabilities in multiple open-source and proprietary Object Management Group (OMG) Data-Distribution Service (DDS) implementations.
Security
Twitter has decided to form a Data Governance Committee to help it take better decisions with data and privacy on the platform
The DGC team will overview the privacy and policies, will make sure that all Twitter departments are adhering by the rules and will make the final decisions on how to maintain, use and disclose data, which data can be used and which should now be used, etc.
Data Governance
Fujifilm and iRODS Partner to Provide Scalable Data Archive Solution
This joint solution leverages the benefits of a tape storage tier for infrequently accessed “cold” data, providing an automated archiving workflow for research, commercial, and governmental organizations that require storing large – and in most cases, rapidly growing – amounts of data.
Data Storage
This sneaky trick lets attackers smuggle malware onto your network
HTML smuggling lets an attacker "smuggle" an encoded malicious script within a specially crafted HTML attachment or web page. It's a "highly evasive" malware delivery technique that uses legitimate HTML5 and JavaScript features warns the Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team.
Security
Pentagon ‘zero trust’ cyber office coming in December 
David McKeown, DoD’s chief information security officer, said the office will fall under DoD’s chief information officer and be led by a yet-to-be-named senior executive. The move is part of an acceleration to ongoing zero trust implementation spurred by the Russian-orchestrated SolarWinds intrusion of federal systems.
Security
World’s first USB-C iPhone sells on eBay for $86,001
Although the prototype has now been sold, Pillonel has previously said he intends to continue working to improve elements like the USB-C iPhones’ fast-charging, waterproofing, and adding support for USB-C accessories.
Emerging Tech
Google revives ‘Google Labs’, but not as we know it 
Area 120 is said to be incubating up to 20 projects at any one time, with some of the most interesting current ones being the document scanner service Stack, the Wi-Fi spectrum marketplace Orion, and the workplace video platform ThreadIt.
Emerging Tech
RHEL 8.5 caters to multicloud, predictive analytics, containerization
Red Hat Insight, the company’s predictive-analytics service—available through most RHEL subscriptions—now has more robust abilities in the areas of vulnerability identification, compliance, and remediation, the company said.
Data & Analytics
Back-to-Back PlayStation 5 Hacks Hit on the Same Day
A pair of PlayStation 5 breaches shows the consoles don’t have protection from attackers taking over its most basic functions.
Security
It’s a RoCE road: Kioxia’s Ethernet JBOF SSDs
Kioxia has launched EM6 SSDs accessed over RoCE NVMe-over-Fabric links and installed in a 24-slot EBOF — an Ethernet Bunch of Flash box — capable of pumping out 20 million random read IOPS.
Data Storage
IBM Divorcee Kyndryl Inks Microsoft Partnership
Kyndryl and Microsoft plan to launch a series of new managed services designed to accelerate hybrid-cloud adoption, advance artificial intelligence, enhance cybersecurity resilience, and modernize enterprise IT operations.
IT Management
Disney partners with TikTok for official text-to-speech voices from Stitch, Chewbacca, Rocket Raccoon, and more
Disney is partnering with TikTok for new themed character test-to-speech voices, a feature that will surely be used only in a mature and appropriate fashion.
Apps
‘BotenaGo’ malware found targeting millions of routers and IoT devices 
The name of the malware comes from how it’s being distributed. BotenaGo is targeting IoT devices and Linux-embedded routers through botnets, which are networks of hijacked computers and other devices
Security
Google warns of hackers using macOS zero-day flaw to capture keystrokes, screengrabs
Once root access was gained, the attackers downloaded a payload that ran silently in the background on infected Macs. The design of the malware suggests a well-resourced attacker, according to Google TAG.
Security
Synthetic Data Company Mindtech Releases New Application Pack for Training Smart City AIs
Mindtech’s Chameleon platform has been specifically designed to create synthetic training data to help computers see, understand and predict human-to-human and human-to-world interactions – essential for next-generation Smart City applications.
Smart Cities
New Jeeng Email for Publishers Drives 2x Higher Revenue with Automated, Personalized Email Content Delivery
With Jeeng Email, we’re giving publishers a simple, effective solution to cut through that clutter with curated, personalized content that feels like every email has been created specifically for each subscriber.”
Marketing Tech
Lacework Strengthens Data-Driven Cloud Security Platform with Acquisition of Infrastructure as Code Company Soluble
Powered by the patented Polygraph® self-learning engine, the Lacework platform automatically learns how cloud environments run, and identifies behavioral anomalies — delivering the handful of highly accurate alerts that matter,
Cloud
Google open-sources ClusterFuzzLite to secure the software supply chain
Fuzz testing, or “fuzzing” as it’s often called, is an automated software testing technique that involves throwing invalid or random data (“fuzz”) at a computer program before it’s deployed to see how it reacts
Security
US joins the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace
The principles call to protect individuals and infrastructure, protect the internet, defend electoral processes, defend intellectual property, prevent malware proliferation, ensure the lifecycle security of digital products, ensure cybersecurity hygiene, avoid private hack-backs and promote the acceptance of international norms in cyberspace.
Security
Cybersecurity education company touts 3 to 6 month program for unemployed veterans
Cybersecurity education company Cybint is doing its part to address veteran unemployment -- which stands at 11% right now -- and the cybersecurity talent shortage through a new 3 to 6 month program that trains novices in all things security.
Tech Jobs
Cisco's ThousandEyes can peer into SaaS performance
In addition to its existing Internet Insights platform, ThousandEyes has a new program called Application Outages that promises to provide views into the availability of the SaaS applications employees are using.
IT Management
Juniper CTO Touts DPU Breakthrough on Nvidia BlueField
The platform provides a northbound API that enables network fabric managers — like Juniper’s Apstra intent-based networking platform — to automate configuration and deployment.
Network Management
Anodot to Acquire Pileus; Expands Offering to Control Cloud Costs
"Anodot joins forces with Pileus to combat this growing problem. Pileus is the only technology on the market able to provide granular intelligence, visibility and control over cloud billing.”
Cloud
Infinitus Systems Announces $30 Million Series B Financing and General Availability of DynamoBV
Infinitus is announcing the general availability of DynamoBV. DynamoBV is Infinitus’ unified benefit verification offering that combines proprietary payer APIs, electronic data interchange (EDI), predictive electronic benefit verification (eBV) technology, and digital assistant (DA) technology
Automation & Productivity
IBM to Add New Natural Language Processing Enhancements to Watson Discovery
These planned updates are designed to help business users in industries such as financial services, insurance and legal services enhance customer care and accelerate business processes by uncovering insights and synthesizing information from complex documents.
Data & Analytics
MoveAI Technology by WizeCare Shapes the Future of Physical Rehabilitation
“Using AI, the notion of in-person, clinic-based treatment can be improved upon with the ability to measure and analyze a range of parameters that physicians and clinical personnel simply cannot achieve outside a specialized movement lab,”
Artificial Intelligence
iCloud for Windows gets a built in password generator
A new update for Apple’s iCloud Windows app has added a password generator, as well as support for Apple’s ProRaw and ProRes photo and video formats to the cloud storage utility.
Automation & Productivity
CoreWeave, a provider of cloud services for GPU-powered apps, gets $50M
Data scientists, machine learning engineers, and software engineers, to name a few roles, can utilize CoreWeave to deploy artificial intelligence applications and machine learning models.
Artificial Intelligence
LogDNA Makes Observability Data More Accessible With Log Data Restoration
But retaining logs in hot storage can be costly, and manually searching archived logs can be extremely time consuming. Log Data Restoration enables customers to restore archived log data into the LogDNA platform, then quickly view and search their logs.
Data & Analytics
BazarBackdoor now abuses Windows 10 apps feature in 'call me back' attack
This is how it works: the phishing lure will direct potential victims to a website that uses the Adobe brand and asks users to click on a button to preview a .PDF file. However, if you hovered over the link, the prefix "ms-appinstaller" is displayed.  
Security
Meet PACT, the world’s first connected smart massage system developed by MIT engineers to help you through muscle recovery
The Pact system relieves muscle pain and improves muscle readiness by creating a data-backed recovery experience. It operates with two core devices: Pact Sense and Pact Pulse, both connected with the user’s smartphone via the Pact app
Healthcare Tech
ScaleOut Software Announces Azure Digital Twins Integration for its ScaleOut Digital Twin Streaming Service
With this integration, ScaleOut Software’s real-time components can perform low-latency message ingestion and processing with immediate access to their corresponding Azure digital twin’s properties instead of requiring Azure serverless functions to perform these functions.
Data & Analytics
Freshworks expands into IT operations management running its familiar playbook
The debut of Freshservice, the IT operations management suite rolled out at the company's Refresh conference, will offer AI-enhanced alerting to anticipate service issues before they escalate.
IT Management
ZeroShotBot Launches AI Chatbot That Requires Zero Training Data or Coding
ZeroShotBot harnesses the power of zero-shot learning, which refers to the process by which a machine learning model is capable of performing tasks they have never seen before. Z
Artifical Intelligence
Data Society launches AI-driven meldR platform for data science training
It curates courses according to the organization’s goals and the learner’s needs, and even works with proprietary datasets, allowing teams to offer courses using their own data.
Data & Analytics
Meta and Microsoft announce partnership to integrate Workplace and Teams
The integration gives customers access to Workplace content inside the Teams app. Likewise, users can view Teams video meetings in the Workplace app.
Automation & Productivity
Codeless campaign creation platform Knak raises $25M
The tool has already been adopted by the marketing teams at hundreds of companies, including those at giants such as Google, Citrix, Roche, DISH Network, Slack, Purestorage, Foursquare, and Databricks.
Marketing Tech
Neuro-ID tracks user behavioral data to help companies boost conversion
Neuro-ID’s “Human Analytics JavaScript” service sits behind digital interactions and in real-time translates the taps, types, and swipes of digital users into actionable insight.
Data & Analytics
AI chip startup Cerebras nabs $250 million Series F round at over $4 billion valuation
Cerebras, which competes with AI chip Titan Nvidia, as well as fellow startups Graphcore and SambaNova Systems, among others, is building whole computer systems and services wrapped around a set of components based on the world's biggest chip, what Cerebras calls its Wafer-Scale Engine, or WSE.
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft is bringing a managed Grafana service to Azure
Grafana is an open source platform that helps businesses such as Salesforce, PayPal, and Verizon take their disparate pools of data and visualize the unified data in a single dashboard.
Data & Analytics
BigPanda Accelerates AIOps Adoption With New Integrations and Self-Service APIs
An all-new Jira integration allows teams to automatically create Jira Issues based on correlated BigPanda incidents and keep them in sync bi-directionally. This allows both traditional IT Ops and NOC teams, as well as agile DevOps and SRE teams, to collaborate and remain synced while still following their existing workflows and processes.
DevOps
Vertica to Leverage NetApp StorageGRID to Deliver Cloud-Scale Analytics to On-Premises Environments
This combined analytics offering enables data-driven organizations to elastically scale capacity and performance as data volumes grow and as analytics and machine learning become a strategic business driver – all from within their enterprise data centers.
Data & Analytics
DDN doubles performance of high-end AI array
The A3I arrays are based on DDN’s EXAScaler arrays running Lustre parallel file system software. They are optimised for artificial intelligence (AI) applications and support Nvidia’s DGX servers — the A100, the Pod and the SuperPod
Data Storage
You.com is a new search engine that aims to challenge Google’s dominance; raises $20M led by Salesforce founder Marc Benioff
Unlike Google, You.com co-founder and founder and CEO Richard Socher said the new search engine will not track users across the web nor sell “privacy-invasive ads.” He also added that You.com will not log searches and clicks when users opt for an incognito mode.
Automation & Productivity
Mavenir Accelerates AI for CSPs and Enterprises with Intelligent Video Analytics on 5G
The solution applies artificial intelligence (AI) to video stream analysis, enabling enterprises and communication service providers (CSPs) to gain instant insights and actionable intelligence.
Data & Analytics
Ambitious enterprise automation firm Workato nets $200M in late-stage funding 
Key to Workato’s platform is its “recipes” for common business processes that can be created just once and shared across multiple users within an organization or even the entire Workato community, so they can be reused again. The recipes are a set of steps that Workato will follow to get work done between various apps
Automation & Productivity
Tufin Extends Security Policy Management Leadership to SASE, Providing Unified Visibility and Simplified Policy Management for Cloud-Enabled Organizations
The integration enables organizations to easily achieve unified visibility and standardize security policy management of Zscaler SASE policy rules alongside other vendors’ policies, directly from the Tufin console.
IT Management
ClickUp Revolutionizes Team Collaboration with All New Whiteboards and Revamped Docs for Modern Teams
“Legacy tools in this market lack in one key area: turning ideas into actual work. With ClickUp Whiteboards and Docs, we’re changing the game by enabling teams to turn their ideas into actionable projects in real-time, all within ClickUp."
Automation & Productivity
Density, which provides occupancy-tracking sensors to companies, raises $125M
Density leverages depth-measuring hardware and an AI backend to perform crowd analytics that overcome the challenges posed by corners, hallways, doorways, and conference rooms
Data & Analytics
Google is taking sign-ups for Relate, a voice assistant that recognizes impaired speech
Google launched a beta app today that people with speech impairments can use as a voice assistant while contributing to a multiyear research effort to improve Google’s speech recognition.
Accessibility
NXP’s i.MX 93 Applications Processor Family Powers a New Era of Secure Edge Intelligence
NXP Semiconductors announced the i.MX 93 family of applications processors designed for automotive, smart home, smart building and smart factory applications, which leverage edge machine learning to anticipate and automate based on user needs
Automation & Productivity
Sprinklr Introduces AI Studio: No-Code Machine Learning for Increased Productivity and Real-Time Insights
Now, brands can eliminate manual categorization of customer messages across digital channels – helping customer service agents, social media teams, brand analysts, and more focus on priority, engageable comments.
Data & Analytics
Bipartisan bill aimed at curbing use of engagement algorithms in social media feeds 
The bill, called the “Filter Bubble Transparency Act,” is aimed at curbing the use of what the lawmakers said are “opaque” algorithms, meaning those that filter and suggest content to users without those people providing any specific information.
Data & Analytics
Lucidum’s Asset Discovery Platform Raises $15M to Help Cybersecurity Professionals
“Lucidum has created an advanced solution that gives customers a real-time view of their assets by automatically detecting and managing data across security and IT operations."
IT Management
Data reliability platform Datafold raises $20M
The solution automates multiple tedious workflows in the process of developing data products, starting from finding high-quality data to testing changes/fixes before deploying them into production and monitoring data pipelines already in production.
Data & Analytics
Lucata Launches Next Generation Computing Platform for Graph Analytics
A single rack of Pathfinder chassis provides the same full Breadth-First Search (BFS) performance as over 1,000 Xeon processors, while using 1/10th the power of a comparable Xeon-based system
Automation & Productivity
Lusha nabs $205M to expand its crowdsourced database of sales prospects
Lusha offers a sortable, filterable database of customer contact information maintained by a community of nearly 80,000 salespeople across 273,000 sales organizations, including teams at Facebook, Google, Dropbox, and Uber.
Maketing Tech
Mirakl Acquires Invoice Compliance Startup Octobat
The acquisition will allow Mirakl-powered Marketplace operators to manage invoicing compliance directly as part of the Mirakl solution, removing the need for customers to invest in expertise in-house or develop a custom solution.
Automation & Productivity
Socure lands $450M as the identity verification market heats up
Socure’s ID verification solution leverages machine learning technologies to authenticate people from email, phone, address, social media, and IP data points, calculating a “trust score” for people.
Security
Nvidia brings highly realistic, walking, talking AI avatars to its Omniverse design tool 
Nvidia Omniverse is a real-time collaboration tool that’s designed to bring together graphics artists, designers and engineers to create realistic, complex simulations for a variety of purposes.
Artificial Intelligence
C-band 5G Delay Bites AT&T, Verizon
Spectrum interference remains a constant point of debate and concern impacting the wireless network space, but this near-the-finish-line delay after years of studies poses significant harm to AT&T and Verizon’s 5G network expansion plans.
5G
Belgian data governance startup Collibra raises $250M to compete with Microsoft in the cloud market; now valued at $5.25 billion
Collibra competes with cloud giants like Microsoft, Snowflake, and Informatica in the data management and governance space. For example, Collibra Lineage, which automatically maps relationships between data to show how data sets are built, aggregated, sourced, and used, competes with Microsoft Azure Purview.
Data & Analytics
Cisco tool makes it easier to meld SD-WAN, security domains
Cisco has introduced what it calls Integrated Domain, which combines the domain controllers of Cisco DNA Center and Cisco SD-WAN vManage to tie together network connectivity between the two domains as well as ensuring security-policy consistency end-to-end
Security
Salesforce sister companies Slack and Tableau look to bring Marc Benioff’s master plan to fruition
Tableau, the Seattle-based data visualization company, is slated to announce the new “Slack-First Analytics” at its virtual Tableau Conference on Tuesday morning. The new tools let users visualize data, understand underlying trends, and generate predictions from data inside Slack.
Data & Analytics
Social engineering attack on Robinhood affects 7M customers
While not providing specific details, Robinhood said that the attack vector involved the third party socially engineering a customer support employee by phone and obtaining access to certain customer support systems.
Security
TidalScale Announces Availability of its Software-Defined Server Technology on IBM Cloud
TidalScale’s software-defined server technology allows customers to address this ever-growing data challenge by providing in-memory computing capacity on-demand by dynamically aggregating compute and memory resources across multiple lower-cost servers.
Cloud
ITRenew integrates Pluribus Networks software with its hyperscale servers
ITRenew sells the servers under the Sesame brand, which will now include Pluribus’s open networking software with their hyperscale-grade compute, storage and networking infrastructure for a fully integrated hardware and software solution.
Sustainability
A $1.9B FCC fund to replace banned 5G telco gear might be too little
The fund is open only to carriers with 10 million or fewer subscribers, and that means mostly rural providers who were attracted to the Chinese companies at least in part because of their less expensive product lines.
5G
Zoho Password Manager Flaw Torched by Godzilla Webshell
The threat actors have managed to exploit the Zoho weakness in at least nine global entities across critical sectors so far (technology, defense, healthcare, energy and education), deploying the Godzilla webshell and exfiltrating data.
Security
HP announces new remote collaboration subscription offerings
The ultimate goal of the new plan is to increase productivity for 3D design creators without compromising security,
Automation & Productivity
FADU’s PCIe 5 SSDs flash into existence – and they are FAST
FADU says the Echo drives consume, on average, less than 5.2W. They support the OCP NVMe Cloud 2.0 Specification, and the startup claims its “revolutionary controller architecture continues to gain qualifications at major hyperscale datacentre vendors.”
Data Storage
BlueHalo acquires AI-powered drone startup Citadel Defense to bolster its directed energy and layered perimeter defense capabilities
Citadel’s cUAS products leverage proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning (“AI/ML”) algorithms to enable operators to locate drone threats, track flight paths, and autonomously neutralize threats.
Artificial Intelligence
Invoca now spots which missed calls deserve the fastest response 
Invoca’s new Lost Sales Recovery service analyzes what it calls “voice energy” to determine customer sentiment and applies it to recordings of inbound calls. “We categorize voice mail, answer-by-human and no answer and report that back to marketers or call center managers,”
Data & Analytics
Compliance and security automation startup Drata reaches unicorn status after $100M funding round
The one-year-old startup helps companies streamline their SOC 2 compliance through continuous, automated control monitoring and evidence collection, resulting in lower costs and time spent preparing for annual audits.
Security/Compliance
SCYTHE Announces $10 Million Series A Investment to Support Expansion of Enterprise-Level Cybersecurity
SCYTHE enables offensive security, defensive security, and hybrid “purple” teams to build and emulate real-world cybersecurity threats in minutes. This helps customers validate the risk posture of their business and employees.
Security
H2O.ai raises $100M to expand its AI development platform
Based on the information supplied by the company, H2O.ai’s platform automatically finds a neural network suitable for the task and then optimizes the neural network’s configuration settings, or hyperparameters, to maximize performance.
Artificial Intelligence
You’ll go glassy eyed: 5-dimensional storage in silica glass
University of Southampton optical scientists say that a 127mm diameter silica glass disk could store 500TB of data using a five-dimensional recording technology.
Data Storage
HECO Launches DAO to Initiate Decentralized Governance of its Permissionless Blockchain Ecosystem
A DAO is a form of governance that gives specific privileges, including members’ voting rights, so they can confer and agree on critical decisions regarding the project.
Blockchain
MLOps platform Landing AI raises $57M to help manufacturers adopt computer vision
Landing AI’s flagship product is LandingLens, a platform that allows companies to build, iterate, and deploy AI-powered visual inspection solutions for manufacturing.
Artificial Intelligence
Symbl.ai, provider of conversational intelligence APIs and tools, gets $17M
The company helps developers ingest conversation data from voice, email, chat, and social, and provides understanding and context around the language, without the need for upfront training data, wake words, or custom classifiers.
Artificial Intelligence
Toronto tech startup Trufan bags $2M seed funding to grow its browser extension that lets consumers earn rewards and money for sharing data
Unlike the big tech companies, Surf allows them to take control of the data that is shared – the extension provides users with an activity log that allows them to see every piece of data they have shared. Users can edit and manage the data they share at any time.
Data Privacy
As interest in fusion energy ignites, Helion lands $500M from OpenAI CEO, Facebook co-founder
The investment is notable not only for its size, but also as a bellwether for the potential of fusion energy to deliver on the promise of generating theoretically limitless, carbon-free power.
Sustainability
CIS partners with CrowdStrike on cybersecurity platform protecting local governments
The platform provides antivirus solutions, endpoint detection and response, asset and software inventory, USB device monitoring, user account monitoring and host-based firewall management.
Security
Ondat’s Kubernetes SaaSification
It provides operators with a holistic view of their Kubernetes and data resources enabling them to manage those from one place. It is also possible for customers to deploy their own database-as-a-service (DBaaS) to their users.
Data Management
Teradata Forms Global Strategic Collaboration with AWS
Teradata and AWS are collaborating to deliver ready-to-use reference architectures and use case-specific recipes that leverage the power and speed of Teradata Vantage to drive impactful business outcomes.
Cloud
Feds Offer $10 Million Bounty for DarkSide Info
BlackMatter, which emerged in July, targeted two U.S. agricultural cooperatives in the United States in one week in September alone–Iowa-based farmers feed and grain cooperative NEW Cooperative and Minnesota-based supply and grain marketing cooperative Crystal Valley.
Security
The FBI has put out a PSA about an interesting crypto scam
The FBI is warning people of a new breed of scam involving cryptocurrency ATMs. A con artist convinces a person to put cash into a cryptocurrency ATM and send the purchased coins to the scammer using an address stored in a QR code (via CoinDesk)
Security
Solana, Lightspeed and FTX announce $100M investment focused on blockchain gaming
“High-performance blockchains like Solana are now capable of delivering the kind of web2 experiences gamers expect while providing the advantages of decentralized web3 systems.”
Blockchain
Proofpoint Phish Harvests Microsoft O365, Google Logins
“Clicking the link took victims to a splash page that spoofed Proofpoint branding and contained login links for different email providers. The attack included dedicated login page spoofs for Microsoft and Google.”
Security
New AI products from Microsoft include Context IQ and Azure Cognitive Services for Language
The highlight might be Context IQ, a Microsoft 365 technology that can predict, seek, and suggest information employees might need. Others have to do with tasks like translation and summarization, as well as inferencing across hardware from the edge to datacenters.
Artificial Intelligence
Nessus 10 is out, with Raspberry Pi support
Tenable has released Nessus 10 and extended supported platforms to include Raspberry Pi, allowing penetration testers, consultants, security teams and students to deploy the power of Nessus anywhere.
Security
Univoip launches automated onboarding workflow for direct route for Microsoft Teams
UniVoIP Service Control is a cloud-native application with an intuitive user interface that simplifies communications application and user profile management with real-time controls and visibility.
Automation & Productivity
WhatsApp may be working on a Communities feature
According to WABetaInfo, the Communities feature appears to give group admins more power over groups. This includes the ability to create groups within groups, which may be similar to how channels are arranged beneath an umbrella Discord community.
Apps
WhyLabs raises $10M for its AI observability platform that helps data teams monitor the health of their AI models 
WhyLabs helps data scientists and data teams monitor the health of their AI models and the data pipelines that fuel them. WhyLabs has also built an open-source library called “whylogs” to enable a lightweight data monitoring layer throughout the MLOps pipeline at scale.
Artificial Intelligence
Reltio, which unifies enterprise data to unlock insights, raises $120M
This is all about creating a universal ID — “one person, one profile” — with Reltio combining data, identifying and removing duplicates, and merging attributes from different sources.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft just expanded its malware protection for Linux servers
It makes sense for Microsoft to develop security products for Linux, given that Linux distributions dominate virtual machine OSes on its Azure cloud.
Security
Rockport Networks debuts the “switchless” network 
In a Rockport Switchless Network, switching functionality has been reassigned to intelligent endpoint network cards where these devices (nodes) become the network. Each device has an FPGA and can connect up to 24 endpoints to a dedicated 1U SHFL (pronounced “shuffle”) optical device using passive cabling.
Network Management
Palo Alto Networks Teams With Siemens on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
Under the agreement, Siemens will sell its Ruggedcom networking and security platforms with Palo Alto Networks’ VM-Series firewalls built in
Security
Report: Google seeking to join Pentagon’s JWCC multicloud procurement program
A key difference between JEDI and JWCC is the number of cloud providers involved. The former contract was structured as a single-supplier deal. JWCC, in contrast, is a multisupplier program through which the DOD intends to procure cloud computing products from multiple providers.
Cloud
MemVerge puts elephantine big memory movability in the cloud
It has developed Big Memory Computing technology capable of encapsulating stateful apps, including all of their memory state, into AppCapsules. These can now be used in cloud fault-tolerance services to deliver instant recovery, and in-cloud mobility services for cloud bursting and cloud-to-cloud migrations.
Cloud
Free Discord Nitro Offer Used to Steal Steam Credentials
“Just link your Steam account and enjoy,” the message says, and it includes a link purportedly to do just that. The malicious link takes users to a spoofed Discord page with a button that reads, “Get Nitro.”
Privacy & Security
ShaikhTech Introduces Matterport’s Innovative AI Digital Twin Technology to the UAE’s Real Estate and Construction Market
Through the introduction of Matterport’s 3D virtualisation technology in the region, ShaikhTech is facilitating remote monitoring capabilities for the construction and real estate sector by enabling virtual tours and the creation of 3D digital twin models using artificial intelligence (AI).
Artificial Intelligence
Cowbell Cyber Partners with Sayata to Further Advance Cyber Insurance Digitization
“We are proud to serve cyber insurance applicants with one of the fastest turnaround times on quotes and policy issuance in the industry.
Automation & Productivity
Open-source browser fingerprinting startup FingerprintJS raises $32M 
The company’s platform stems fraud without increasing customer friction, accurately identifying 99.5% of returning web browsers in less than 500 milliseconds of processing time.
Privacy & Security
Enterprise customer data platform Treasure Data gets $234M backing from SoftBank
“Unlike CDPs from large marketing clouds, Treasure Data is a best-of-breed solution that integrates into the most complex technology environments because we are vendor neutral and open by design,” he said.
Data & Analytics
InsurTech startup owl.co secures $30 million to solve the $80 billion fraud problem facing the insurance industry
The platform automatically detects significant losses from malingering, exaggerated, or non-eligible claims at a rate five times greater than any other tool. Six of the 10 largest U.S. insurers have already turned to owl.co to automate their fraud detection and claims monitoring processes.
Privacy & Security
Databricks surpasses world record for data warehouse performance
Databricks started mainly as a data lake company, but has been adding warehousing features. Snowflake began at the opposite end, as a warehousing company, but has been busy embracing data lake features.
Data & Analytics
Rubrik and Microsoft team up to secure hybrid clouds in a zero trust world
Rubrik can scale up to protect any amount of Azure VMs, managed disks across hybrid cloud configurations, secure Microsoft Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams
Security
Robocorp Releases Work Data Management Solution
Work Data Management is a powerful feature that provides the ability to build robust, cost-effective, high-performance business-critical automations that can efficiently process large workloads, using it’s built-in parallel processing functionality
Automation & Productivity
SecureAuth acquires Acceptto to deliver AI-driven passwordless authentication
The company says its eGuardian platform can calculate whether an access attempt is legitimate or not by tracking user behavior and device posture pre-authentication, during authentication, and post-authorization
Security
Fintech nonprofit partners with EDM Council for cloud data framework project
More than 100 companies worked on the project, which involved developing a comprehensive set of cloud data management capabilities, standards and best practices for cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations while also incorporating automated key controls for protecting sensitive data.
Data Management
Apollo GraphQL Introduces Federation 2 to Get More Organizations to the Graph
Organizations that tap into Federation early in their graph journey set themselves up for greater graph success–and strategic growth–by enabling modularization of the unified graph. These subgraphs can be owned and delivered independently, in parallel across multiple teams.
Data & Analytics
HoneyBook raises $250M to help independent businesses with client management needs; now valued at $2.4 billion valuation
Like other CRMs, HoneyBook also helps freelancers and small businesses in creative fields develop relationships with potential new clients, manage projects, send invoices and accept payments, but with tools scaled for their business’ needs.
Automation & Productivity
Canon Solutions America Expands its Five Pillars of Security Portfolio with Managed Detection and Response as a Service (MDRaaS)
MDRaaS from Canon Solutions America enables small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to experience the same class of benefits they would receive from a SOC, but in a cost-effective way.
Security
BlackMatter ransomware gang allegedly shutting down after legal pressure 
"In October, a security company announced they had a decrypter for BlackMatter and had been secretly helping victims. Taking these factors into account, it is likely this is yet another ransomware group pretending to shut down when in reality it is just a rebrand and launch of a new improved version sometime soon in the future.”
Security
Red Hat focuses on simplified automation and container development in RHEL 9 Beta release 
RHEL 9 Beta features numerous updates aimed at making it a better platform for the most demanding hybrid multicloud deployments, with simplified automation and management capabilities and improved container development at the top of the list.
Cloud
Moogsoft Announces New Features and Integrations For Its Unified Cloud Monitoring Platform
Not only does the Moogsoft platform ingest data and integrate with any tools in a user’s tech stack, it also provides correlation and actionable insights for resolution — an unrivaled capability in the competitive landscape.
Data & Analytics
Tens of thousands of medical school records found on misconfigured cloud storage 
The student data was found on a single, open Amazon Web Services Inc. S3 storage bucket. The 157 gigabytes of student data covered an estimated 27,000 to 50,000 students and included personally identifiable information, national ID cards, academic records and more.
Security
Companies Can Now Search Encrypted Data With IronCore Labs’ New Cloaked Search Product
IronCore Labs, the leading provider of data security for modern cloud applications, announced today the launch of Cloaked Search, a drop-in encrypted search solution to protect sensitive data held in existing search services, and a partnership with OpenSearch, a community-driven, open-source search service.
Security
MicroAI™ Launchpad Accelerates Development of Smart Systems with Breakthrough Edge-Native AI
Launchpad helps organizations simplify and accelerate the design, development, testing, and deployment of next-generation smart systems, that run embedded MicroAI software on microcontrollers (MCUs) and microprocessors (MPUs) in edge and endpoint devices.
Artificial Intelligence
Israeli cybersecurity tech startup Oxeye emerges from stealth with $5.3M in funding to disrupt the traditional application security testing with cloud-native AST
Unlike the legacy AST approach, Oxeye disrupts traditional application security testing (AST) approaches by offering a contextual, effortless, and comprehensive solution to ensure no vulnerable code ever reaches production.
Security
Juniper Drives AIOps Into Junos, Debutes WiFi 6E APs
 “Juniper Support Insights provides holistic operational health insights along with proactive intelligence to optimize enterprise, service provider, and cloud provider networks.”
Network Management
Ransomware Gangs Target Corporate Financial Activities
“Impending events that could affect a victim’s stock value, such as announcements [or] mergers and acquisitions, encourage ransomware actors to target a network or adjust their timeline for extortion,” the Feds noted.
Security
Neo4j cloud graph database gets a free tier 
The tier includes built-in learning guides and one-click deployment along with cloud-native features like automatic upgrades and patching. Users don’t need to provide a credit card number and can start using the service immediately.
Data & Analytics
Healthcare automation startup Notable raises $100M to ease hospitals’ administrative burden 
The company has created a platform that leverages artificial intelligence to scan electronic health record systems and other applications. It then tries to identify automated workflows it can perform.
Automation & Productivity
IBM Claims ReaQta Buy Completes XDR Stack
IBM today said it plans to acquire ReaQta, which rounds out its endpoint detection and response capabilities and will allow it to provide a full-stack extended detection and response (XDR) platform. And it simultaneously rolled out a new XDR software brand.
Security
Compliance-as-a-service platform Laika raises $35M
“By transforming compliance into a frictionless, subscription-based digital experience, Laika transforms compliance from a sales obstacle into a growth lever for front-line sales and business development teams.”
Compliance
Zebware ZebClient Provides Cloud Data Access At Memory Speed
ZebClient increases the speed of reads and writes by maximizing and optimizing the utilization of Intel Optane persistent memory and Optane SSDs, including the ability to simultaneously read from multiple nodes in a cluster.
Cloud
Spruce sets the bar for sovereign identity storage options, secures $7.5M
The company builds open source, open standard developer tools helping users collect and control their data across the web. It helps prevent NFT frauds and defines access rules for decentralized finance pools and decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs).
Data Storage
Facebook is shutting down its Face Recognition tagging program
As part of it, the company will stop using facial recognition algorithms to tag people in photographs and videos, and it will delete the facial recognition templates that it uses for identification.
Privacy
Everlaw, a cloud-based ediscovery platform for legal teams, raises $202M
Founded in 2010, Everlaw helps law firms, corporations, and government agencies find electronically stored information and evidence relevant to a specific lawsuit during the litigation phase. This could mean searching through emails, digital documents, databases, audio files, social media, and all the associated metadata
Automation & Productivity
Walmart to acquire no-code startup and build voice apps
This interface and connecting APIs will add to Walmart’s existing conversational dev platform aimed at speeding up users’ ability to design, prototype, test, and deploy conversational experiences, the company said.
Apps/DevOps
Guidewire Unveils Guidewire Live For Analytics-Driven Insurance To Deliver Insights In The Moment
Guidewire Live’s smart-loop analytics power the apps that provide insurers with curated intel from an array of high-value data sources. Live Apps are integrated with core systems and enable more accurate decision-making for claims managers, adjusters, underwriters, risk managers and actuaries
Data & Analytics
Tools to scale robotic process automation enhanced by Microsoft
Key advances include new capabilities for understanding business processes, collaborative bot development, and scaling RPA software bots with virtual desktops.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft introduces Loop, a new collaboration tool built on Fluid Framework
Loop the app looks and works a lot like the Notion project-management/collaboration tool in that it provides a canvas with portable components that can stay in sync across apps while users plan and create as a team.
Automation & Productivity
Lookout Is The First Mobile Security Solution On The Inaugural StateRAMP Authorized Vendor List
Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security, a component of the Lookout Security Platform, protects iOS, Android and ChromeOS endpoints from phishing, app, device and network threats. Lookout is the leading supplier of mobile endpoint security to the public sector.
Security
Microsoft steps into the metaverse at Ignite 2021, with new tools for building digital environments 
Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces promises to deliver a new perspective on the way people move and interact in almost any space, such as the retail floor or factory floor, and how health and safety can be managed safely in hybrid work environments.
Automation & Productivity
ML Startup MindsDB Announces $7.6M Total Seed Funding
The MindsDB platform gives anyone with knowledge of standard SQL the ability to leverage sophisticated machine learning. This enables enterprises to accelerate the development of machine learning capabilities within their business while lowering development costs through decreased complexity
Data & Analytics
Seagate Expands Use of Ansys’ Simulation Solutions to Advance Data Storage Worldwide
Most recently, Seagate embraced Ansys’ tools in the development of its latest recording technology, Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR). With HAMR, Seagate demonstrates a step-change increase in data bit-density, which will result in significantly higher capacity drives.
Data Storage
Blockchain Privacy Solution, Automata Network, Rolls Out Its Mainnet With A $20 Million Incentive Program
The main focus of the program is to identify and support projects that further the core mission of Automata Network – providing fair, secure, and privacy-enabled Web 3.0 applications.
Blockchain/Privacy
Univ. of Washington machine learning spinout OctoML raises $85M to expand its partnerships
“Our ecosystem efforts are driven by our vision for the company, which is to make ML accessible to as many developers, anywhere and on any device, secure, and privacy-enabled Web 3.0 applications."
Machine Learning
Lumigo joins race to fill serverless observability gap
Lumigo says it can now monitor containers, Kubernetes, and virtual machines. Both containers and full-fledged virtual machines are now part of Lumigo’s hybrid distributed apps.
Cloud/DevOps
Cloud finance and accounting solutions startup RightRev raises $5M 
Founded in 2020, RightRev offers advanced revenue recognition automation software for the Salesforce AppExchange that enables Salesforce Revenue Cloud customers to optimize the performance of lead-to-revenue processes.
Cloud
Office 365 Phishing Campaign Uses Kaspersky’s Amazon SES Token
After spotting what it called “a huge uptick” in recent Office 365 credential spearphishing attacks – attacks that may be coming from multiple threat actors – the SES token was immediately revoked, Kaspersky said.
Security
Oracle folds data warehouse, analytics into Fusion supply chain management
The company is announcing today that it will add prebuilt metrics and dashboards created with its Oracle Analytics Cloud and Oracle Autonomous  Data Warehouse to Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing or SCM.
Data & Analytics
Velocity raises $17M to spin up ‘production-like’ environments for software development
Leveraging Velocity, developers can work locally with access to the dependencies that they need in the cloud. (In software development, “dependencies” refer to standalone libraries required by other pieces of software to perform specific tasks.
DevOps
EDB unleashes BigAnimal in the cloud
With BigAnimal, EDB will support the familiar shared responsibility model for managed DBaaS services. The customer will be responsible for everything from the schema on up to the application layer and security, while EDB handles the infrastructure side: provisioning, hardware instances, software patching, and updating.
Data & Analytics
Yahoo leaves China for good, cites "challenging" environment
The company stopped providing content for users in mainland China as of Nov. 1, according to a statement published on its website, which directed users of Yahoo and AOL mail to other links
Apps
Suse acquires NeuVector to bolster Kubernetes security
NeuVector, a six-year-old San Jose-based startup with some $19 million in venture capital funding, is pitched as a “full lifecycle” container security platform that scans for vulnerabilities through the entire development pipeline, from build to production, and includes automated tests for security and compliance.
Security
Flowfinity Releases M1 Industrial IoT Controller for Seamless Workflow Automation
By releasing IoT hardware that’s compatible with their existing workflow automation software, Flowfinity has made it easy for any organization to connect physical assets to digital workflows and databases for 24/7 data collection and condition monitoring.
Automation & Productivity
Facebook’s AI teams are teaching robots to perceive the world through touch 
Tactile sensing aims to replicate human-level touch in robots so that AI can “learn from and use touch on its own as well as in conjunction with other sensing modalities such as vision and audio.
Artificial Intelligence
China's personal data protection law kicks in today
Multinational corporations (MNCs) that move personal information out of the country also will have to obtain certification on data protection from professional institutions, according to the PIPL
Data Protection
New Android malware roots infected devices and takes complete control 
Android malware is not new, but what makes AndroidEmu stand out is that malware with root capabilities is rare in 2021. According to the researchers, the ability to root has become harder as Android has matured, making it less useful for threat actors.
Security
Instaclustr Elasticsearch cloud service becomes OpenSearch
The difference this time is more than a name change: OpenSearch has scrubbed artifacts such as trademark references. It's a more complete clean room engineered distribution based on the last official open-source versions of Elasticsearch and Kibana (version 7.10.2).
Cloud
City University of New York Research Team’s Technology Patent Could Revolutionize Quantum Computing and Cybersecurity
Their work has the potential to provide the missing part of the ultimate quantum technology: coupling of existing internet/data transfer telecom lines with quantum encryption/computing hardware.
Quantum Computing
Facebook’s Kangaroo jumps over flash cache limitations
“Flash caches require either too much DRAM, which loses the efficiency benefits of flash, or too many writes, which wears out the flash device too quickly. In either case, flash caching fails to live up to its potential as an efficient, large cache for tiny objects.”
Data Storage
Qualys Offers Free Ransomware Risk Assessment & Remediation Service
New service, leveraging analysis from Qualys researchers, delivers a ransomware focused, prescriptive plan with patch deployment to help organizations reduce risk
Security
Mozilla Firefox joins browsers implementing Global Privacy Control
A Mozilla spokesperson said they were excited to see GPC getting traction both in California and Colorado and now that they expect sites to start honoring it, they want to start getting experience with it in the field.
Privacy & Security
Google Chrome is Abused to Deliver Malware as ‘Legit’ Win 10 App
Investigations into infected users’ Chrome browser history file showed redirects to a number of suspicious domains and other unusual redirect chains before initial infection, Iwamaye wrote.
Privacy & Security
ClickHouse Raises $250M Series B To Scale OLAP Database Management System Globally
ClickHouse is an open-source, high performance columnar OLAP database management system for real-time analytics using SQL
Data & Analytics
Google developing ‘next-generation’ AI capable of learning millions of tasks 
Today, a typical neural network can process either text, audio or video but not all three. Google’s goal with Pathways is to create neural networks that can draw on multiple types of information to make more accurate decision
Artificial Intelligence
Solodev Now Offers Managed Blockchain For Cardano And Ethereum For Building High Utility Blockchain And Crypto Applications In The Cloud
Solodev Cloud now supports two of the world’s leading blockchain technologies, enabling developers and organizations to build custom blockchain apps and accept crypto payments through their Solodev Marketplace storefronts – powered by AWS
Blockchain
High-Speed Laser Writing Method Could Pack 500 Terabytes of Data into CD-Sized Glass Disc
Researchers have developed a fast and energy-efficient laser-writing method for producing high-density nanostructures in silica glass. These tiny structures can be used for long-term five-dimensional (5D) optical data storage that is more than 10,000 times denser than Blue-Ray optical disc storage technology.
Data Storage
Microsoft Wants to Help You Get a Job in Cybersecurity
Microsoft has announced a campaign to bring 250,000 more people into the US cybersecurity industry by 2025 by offering colleges and students alike the support they need to enter the field.
Tech Jobs
Microsoft acquires AI-powered moderation platform Two Hat
“For the past few years, Microsoft and Two Hat have worked together to implement proactive moderation technology into gaming and non-gaming experiences to detect and remove harmful content before it ever reaches members of our communities.”
Artificial Intelligence
cnvrg.io Launches Early Access to Managed AI Platform, cnvrg.io Metacloud
AI developers need the ability to choose the best of breed compute and cloud solution for each workload, based on each architecture’s cost/performance trade-offs, instantly, without the burden of a long-term commercial commitment.
Artificial Intelligence
Staircase AI recently raised $4M seed round to create a B2B relationship intelligence platform using advanced machine learning
Using natural language processing tools, the company analyzes thousands of digital engagements to identify customers that are at risk of churn or ready for an upsell.
Data & Analytics
VMware teams with Amazon’s eero for improved connectivity for remote workers 
Employers will have the option to offer eero Pro 6, a tri-band, high-performance mesh Wi-Fi 6 router designed for homes with Gigabit internet connections, or eero 6, a dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 router designed for homes with internet connections up to 500 megabits per second.
Automation & Productivity
SlashNext, which uses AI to combat phishing, raises $26M
The company claims its platform can protect against bank fraud, rogue browsers, credential stealing, and other attacks including “smishing” (a form of phishing that uses smartphones as the attack vector) and “vishing” (fraudulent phone calls or voice messages purporting to be from reputable companies).
Security
Opsani Announces Open Source Tool Opsani Ignite to Analyze Kubernetes-Orchestrated Applications
With Opsani Ignite, organizations can now analyze all of their Kubernetes-orchestrated applications and identify optimization opportunities by processing metrics data from their existing Prometheus monitoring system.
Data & Analytics
Stealth Security Startup HiveWatch Secures $20 Million Series A Funding from Twitter’s Former CEO and COO
By enabling security teams to bring together data from their existing disparate physical security systems and providing them with an intelligent, holistic, and actionable view, HiveWatch is moving corporate safety operations from reactive-only responses to designing proactive programs that identify threats before they happen.
Security
quantilope Launches an Automated Solution to Need-Based Segmentation
The new method enables brands to automate segmentation research, delivering high-quality insights at a fraction of the time it takes with other vendors.
Data & Analytics
Yugabyte expands its fully managed enterprise cloud service with $188M
"If anything, the need for distributed SQL has become more acute as businesses accelerate their move to a digital world. We are excited to continue our mission to make YugabyteDB the database of choice for cloud-native applications.”
Cloud
Commvault’s Metallic Security IQ dashboard shows security status and attacks
Commvault has added scanning and advising Security IQ functions to all its Metallic data protection as-a-service products.
Data Storage
Buoyant Linkerd Update Extends Zero Trust to Kubernetes

Linkerd also relies on mutual TLS (mTLS), a method for mutual identification based on cryptographic security, to provide encryption and fine-grained user identification. Morgan explained that when combined with the new policy features, organizations in regulated industry can protect sensitive data when building applications on top of Kubernetes.


Security
Zendesk acquires Momentive to boost its customer analytics offerings
“We’re very excited to have them join the Zendesk mission along with Momentive’s market research and insights products and together create a powerful new customer intelligence company."
Data & Analytics
NCSA Introduces a Better Way to Manage Data
Researchers will find Taiga well positioned to work with cloud storage applications, allowing data to be staged to and from Amazon, Google or Azure, for example, and then moved back to Taiga, where it can be stored more cost effectively.
Data Management
Schreiber Foods back to normal after ransomware attack shuts down milk plants
Schreiber Foods is the latest food industry company hit with ransomware in recent months. Last week, CISA attributed two attacks on New Cooperative and Crystal Valley in September to the BlackMatter ransomware group.
Security
Data quality platform startup Anomalo raises $33M, launches into general availability
Under the hood, the Anomalo platform leverages machine learning to make a rapid assessment of a wide range of data sets with minimal human input. If desired, enterprises can fine-tune Anomalo’s monitoring through the low-code configuration of metrics and validation rules.
Data & Analytics
Slack and Dropbox are coming to Oculus Quest
It’s starting with Facebook, Instagram, collaboration app Smartsheet, and email client Spike, then adding Dropbox, Monday.com, Mural, My5, Pluto TV, and Slack in the future.
VR
Google unveils 'Pathways', a next-gen AI that can be trained to multitask
Pathways can remove the limits of an AI model's capacity to respond to information from just one sense and allow it to respond to multiple senses, such as text, images and speech.
Artificial Intelligence
IoT remediation startup Viakoo raises $10M for product development 
The company’s product automatically discovers, monitors and updates device firmware, passwords and network certificates for unlimited devices across an enterprise to keep them operational, reliable and secure.
IoT/Security
Startup gives IT control of GPU pools to maximize their use
The technologies are called Thin GPU Provisioning and Job Swapping. Not the most creative of names but they describe what the two do in tandem to automate the allocation and utilization of GPUs.
Automation & Productivity
Dragos raises $200M to protect industrial customers from cyberattacks
OT systems use various technologies for hardware design and communications protocols, architectures, and standards that are uncommon in IT, supervising industrial workflows with (ideally) real-time processing, reliability, and availability.
Security
ClickUp joins the unicorn club after raising $400M for its all-in-one productivity platform; now valued at $4 billion
ClickUp belongs to the latter camp, selling a $5 per month per user plan (billed annually), that people access to task management software, docs and wikis, chat, and integrations with a host of other popular tools. It’s a robust set of tools that is malleable depending on the task at hand.
Automation & Productivity
Teen Rakes in $2.74M Worth of Bitcoin in Phishing Scam
In all, law enforcement said they found 12,000 credit card numbers and 197 PayPal accounts on his computer. They added that he had collected more than $440,000 in stolen money.
Privacy & Security
Legal analytics platform Trellis raises $14.1M to grow API offerings
Trellis acquires the data, structures it, normalizes it, and parses out hearing, judge, motion, and party information across hundreds of millions of trial cases.
Data & Analytics
BMC Unveils New Innovations to Unleash the Power of Enterprise Data
The new BMC innovations help customers accelerate their efforts to become an Autonomous Digital Enterprise (ADE), a framework that embraces intelligent tech-enabled systems across every facet of the business to thrive during seismic changes
Data & Analytics
Graphcore beefs up data center AI offerings
With 32 petaFLOPS of AI compute in the IPU-POD 128 and 64 petaFLOPS in the IPU-POD 256, Graphcore says it can now extend its reach into AI supercomputer territory, and with a much smaller footprint than the typical supercomputer, which could fill a basketball court
Artificial Intelligence
Datadog Announces Network Device Monitoring
Network Device Monitoring enables network engineers to isolate the exact source of slow network communication. Teams are able to collect, report, and deliver alerts based on telemetry data such as saturated switch ports, drops in connections through a firewall or circuit failures.
Network Management
Microsoft adds 23k employees in one year, growing 14% despite pandemic and tight labor market
Most of Microsoft’s recent growth has come internationally. About 14,000 of the new employees, or 60% of the total net additions in the past year, were added outside the United States.
Tech Jobs
WordPress Plugin Bug Lets Subscribers Wipe Sites
The HashThemes Demo Importer plugin is designed to let admins easily import demos for WordPress themes with a single click, without having to deal with dependencies such as XML files, .json theme options,.dat customizer files or .wie widget files.
Security
Apple’s system to tell on creepy apps just arrived in beta
The report will also show you which other web domains the app contacted and let you compare that with the sites you visited directly in the app to give you a better idea of who could be seeing your data.
Privacy
Lucid’s latest product Lucidscale helps companies visualize sprawling cloud environments 
With Lucidscale, companies can automatically generate extremely accurate, dynamic cloud diagrams that illustrate their entire cloud environment.
Cloud
Trifacta Adds Support for dbt Core in the Data Engineering Cloud
The combination of these two technologies creates a unique blend of low-code and code-based tools to support data pipeline development and collaboration among data engineers, data analysts, data scientists, and business analysts.
Data & Analytics
Blockchain infrastructure startup QuickNode raises $35M 
QuickNode provides developers the tools and infrastructure necessary to quickly build distributed apps that run on the blockchain, also known as web3 applications
Blockchain
Lenovo Launches Data Science Workstation Portfolio
Furthermore, these custom-built workstations can be paired with Lenovo’s other ThinkEdge and ThinkSystem AI hardware, software and service offerings, giving users access to a complete end-to-end solution portfolio for deploying successful AI projects within their organization.
Data & Analytics
LivePerson acquires VoiceBase and Tenfold for its conversational AI platform
“Brands want to accelerate their use of voice and conversational AI with deep connective tissue into their systems,”
Artificial Intelligence
AI startup Abacus.ai snags $50 million Series C to advance hybrid deep learning models
"The main difference between us and anyone else in the market today is hybrid models," said Reddy. "If you look at someone like OpenAI or even Google, they have language models, they have vision models, but these are pure language or vision models," in which the function, such as image classification, is narrowly tuned to the particular data type.    
Artificial Intelligence
Infostretch Partners with Snowflake to Optimize Analytics in the Cloud
Infostretch will leverage its extensive engineering expertise to optimize customers’ transition from on-premise to the cloud.
Data & Analytics
“Build on Ocrolus” Empowers Plaid and Developers to Embed Document Capture within Financial Apps
Ocrolus, the only automation platform that analyzes financial documents with over 99 percent accuracy, formalized its “Build on Ocrolus” program, enabling fintech developers to leverage custom applications that automate document-driven workflows
Automation & Productivity
Coefficient raises $6.7M to supercharge spreadsheets with data smarts
Launched into beta last year, Coefficient adds a layer of two-way data connectivity and automation to Google Sheets so that businesses can easily plug in a variety of live data sources and do more with their spreadsheets.
Data & Analytics
Cybersecurity startup Sonrai Security, which offers identity graph for public cloud, nabs $50M
Built on a graph that identifies and monitors relationships between entities (e.g., admins, roles, compute instances, serverless functions, and containers) and data within clouds and third-party data stores, Sonrai automates workflow, remediation, and prevention across cloud and security teams while performing real-time data access rights monitoring.
Security
Ditch the switch: stealth-exiting Rockport Networks says it has a better way
"With sophisticated algorithms and other purpose-built software breakthroughs, we have solved for congestion, so our customers no longer need to just throw bandwidth at their networking issues. We’ve focused on real-world performance requirements to set a new standard for what the market should expect for the fabrics of the future.”
Network Management
Network automation provider BackBox will scale SaaS offerings with newly raised $32M
Unlike other vendors or homegrown solutions, BackBox is user-friendly and incredibly simple to deploy, requiring no scripting and dramatically reducing the time and brainpower needed to implement and support ongoing network and device management processes.”
IT Management
HVR, now part of Fivetran, rounds out SAP data replication
Where previously HVR could capture data updates if it had access to the underlying database — relational databases for SAP ECC or the HANA database for the newer SAP S/4HANA ERP — now it can work the same magic through SAP’s NetWeaver middleware.
Data & Analytics
SquirrelWaffle Loader Malspams, Packing Qakbot, Cobalt Strike
The campaigns are using stolen email threads to come off as replies in those threads, similar to how the virulent Emotet malware – typically spread via malicious emails or text messages – works.
Security
Adobe MAX 2021 Unleashing Creativity for All with the Next Generation of Creative Cloud
Adobe also previewed new collaboration capabilities with the introduction of Creative Cloud Canvas, Creative Cloud Spaces and betas of Photoshop and Illustrator on the web.
Automation & Productivity
Robotics-powered ‘microfulfillment’ startup Fabric raises $200M
AI orchestrates robots within its microfulfillment centers’ walls to break orders into tasks and delegate them autonomously. Some robots bring items awaiting shipment in totes to teams of employees who pack individual orders.
Automation & Productivity
Data-as-a-Service Startup QoreNext Closes Seed Funding Round
The Qore platform changes the way foundational data is produced and consumed, while the virtual collaborative aspect brings the gig-economy model into the corporate data management world
Data & Analytics
Amazon launches AWS instances powered by Habana’s AI accelerator chip
While new instance types generally aren’t particularly novel, DL1 (specifically DL1.24xlarge) is the first type in AWS designed for training machine learning models, Amazon says — powered by Gaudi accelerators from Intel-owned Habana Labs.
Artificial Intelligence
Cisco expands Webex hybrid work portfolio with new AI features and devices 
The first new AI capability automatically optimizes meeting sound to account for the fact that factors such as a user’s distance from a conference phone can affect voice volume. Another new feature uses AI to filter background noise.

Automation & Productivity
Iguazio Partners with Pure Storage to Operationalize AI for Enterprises
“We’re excited to help Pure and Iguazio’s join customers unlock the value of their data with an agile MLOps solution where compute and storage scales along with the needs of the business”.
Artificial Intelligence
New phishing attack targets Craigslist users with fake violation notifications 
Where the phishing attack becomes interesting is that the notifications were “real” in the sense that they really did come from a Craigslist domain, but they were fake in the sense that Craigslist itself, either its humans or its machines, did not intend to send them
Privacy & Security
AI-powered spend management platform Yokoy secures $26M
Through a combination of machine learning, automation, and API integrations, the startup offers expense management, supplier invoice management, and corporate credit cards.
Artificial Intelligence
Best Buy and Home Depot drop security cameras linked to Uyghur surveillance
The home security cameras and systems from Lorex and Ezviz aren’t banned from sale in the US, despite restrictions from the Department of Commerce on their parent companies.
Privacy & Security
Mozilla Firefox cracks down on malicious add-ons used by 455,000 users
According to Mozilla, the add-ons removed in the sweep tampered with the browser's update functionality; in particular, users were unable to download updates, access updated blocklists, or update remotely configured Firefox content.
Security
TripleBlind secures $24M for a new approach to enterprise-level, privacy-preserving data sharing
The company estimates there are some 43 zetabytes of data stored by enterprises today globally that is not being used as it could be because of the limitations imposed both by these and other data protection rules, as well as general hesitancy over sharing IP and other issues around sharing data.
Data Privacy
Totenpass stores data on a gold-plated nickel slab
”Our revolutionary storage drive helps you to retain control of your data while reducing your dependence on third parties and the internet, where these files can be easily erased or stolen."
Data Storage
In face of hack attacks, U.S. State Department to set up cyber bureau
Price said the State Department will also establish a new special envoy for critical and emerging technology "to lead the immediate technology diplomacy agenda".
Security
The expert.ai NL API Now Available in AWS Marketplace
The API identifies which meaning of a word is used in context (“disambiguation”) to quickly analyze text for key elements, relations, classifications and more
Artificial Intelligence
OpenText Strengthens Ransomware Resilience
"The addition of these new features in Carbonite Server increases the ability for businesses to not only avoid having to pay in a ransomware attack, but also able to withstand data losses of any kind and return to normal operations quickly."
Security
Microsoft will push PC Health Check app to all Windows 10 PCs
Microsoft said last week that it will soon begin pushing its controversial PC Health Check app to all PCs, partly to prepare them for the Windows 11 transition, but also to provide users with a dashboard to monitor the ongoing health of their devices.
Automation & Productivity
Cisco Revamps Routing Silicon With 19.2 Tb/s Power
The chip is able to achieve this throughput thanks to a combination of technologies, including 112 Gb/s serializer/deserializers (SerDes), Cisco’s second-generation P4 run-to-completion engine, and large tables and deep buffers.
Network Management
SolarWinds APT Targets Tech Resellers in Latest Supply-Chain Cyberattacks
Instead, it’s infiltrating reseller networks using tried-and-true tactics like credential-stuffing and phishing, as well as API abuse and token theft, in order to gather legitimate account credentials and privileged access to reseller networks.
Security
Teradata and H2O.ai Partnership Accelerates Enterprise AI Adoption in the Cloud
With Teradata Vantage, data engineers and data scientists can use familiar languages like R, Python and SQL to process and prepare data for machine learning at scale.
Data & Analytics
This startup wants to scan the eyes of every person on Earth in exchange for a free cryptocurrency; 100,000 people already signed up
“We designed the whole system to be fundamentally privacy-preserving,” Blania said. “The iris code itself is the only thing leaving the orb. There’s no big database of biometric data.”
Privacy
Bounteous Announces Activate for Adobe Campaign Ensuring Platform Implementation Expediency, Compliance, and Time to Value
With this solution, companies can take advantage of pre-built campaign templates, platform monitoring, and enhanced reporting capabilities to set the stage for successful cross-channel campaigning in Adobe Campaign.
Automation & Productivity
Y42, a full-stack data platform for non-coders, raises $31M
“No coding is required at all — anyone feeling comfortable with Excel can run Y42 as a data platform.”
Data & Analytics
Facebook is spending at least $10 billion this year on its metaverse division
Facebook plans to spend at least $10 billion this year on Facebook Reality Labs, its metaverse division tasked with creating AR and VR hardware, software, and content.
AR/VR
Cisco buys Kubernetes specialist replex to boost AppDynamics’ observability skills 
Ultimately, AppDynamics is looking to accelerate and expand its product capabilities to better observe enterprise-scale, cloud-native computing environments, she said.
Cloud
Virtru launches zero-trust key management for entire Google ecosystem
Virtru’s cloud-based software protects data throughout its lifecycle as it travels through email and file-sharing platforms, including SaaS solutions, cloud environments, and a diverse range of file ecosystems
Privacy & Security
FIN7 Lures Unwitting Security Pros to Carry Out Ransomware Attacks
According to a report from Gemini Advisory, the group has set up a fake security company (called “Bastion Secure”) and is looking to hire security pros under the guise of needing red-teaming expertise for its clients. In reality, the duped “employees” are carrying out malicious activity, unbeknownst to them.
Security
Data Tells a Story With the Launch of IntelliSite’s DeepInsights Software Solution
DeepInsights processes IoT sensor data and video AI-based analytics at the edge, in the cloud, or both.
Data & Analytics
NetApp Puts Security, CloudOps in One Spot
“Spot Security is a natural extension of the Spot product portfolio, which give customers of all sizes and all verticals the ability to understand exactly all the relationships in their cloud infrastructure, and from this relationship of resources, understand what security risks, and what security threats they have across their cloud-native stack,
Security
Verizon-AWS private mobile edge computing available to U.S. enterprises
The Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts is a cloud computing platform at its core. Enterprise customers find it useful for the massive bandwidth and low latency it offers.
Cloud
Tick the NVMe-oF box – StorONE adopts NVMe-over-Fabrics tech as no-fuss upgrade
The S1 file, block and object storage software has a cacheless architecture which delivers high performance through a ground-up redesign of the storage stack using commodity hardware.
Data Storage
CISA awards $2 million to cybersecurity programs for rural, diverse communities
The funding will go to NPower and CyberWarrior, two programs helping to train veterans, military spouses, women and people of color for cybersecurity positions. These are the first awards of their kind handed out by CISA.
Training/Cert
ForgeRock, Sun Microsystems co-founders launch IndyKite for open-source Web3 identity layer
Biometric verification with ID document and a selfie for facial authentication is one of the five products the company website lists. Data shared is promised to be private, compliant and secure.
Privacy & Security
Analog sets out to redefine time with blockchain, ICO on final stretch
The Analog team is working on a way to remove the inaccuracies surrounding time data validation with what it has named the “Timechain,” which features a brand-new proof-of-time (PoT) consensus mechanism to establish an indisputable history of events.
Blockchain
Alteryx Acquires Lore IO to Enhance Enterprise Analytics for Cloud Data
The acquisition of Lore IO provides Alteryx with the talent and technical know-how to leverage cloud-native, elastic compute within Alteryx Designer Cloud and Alteryx Machine Learning, allowing customers to analyze large datasets for actionable self-service insights.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft acquires Clear Software to improve connectivity with SAP, Oracle
"The Clear Software integrations will make it a more seamless experience to use Power Apps and Power Automate to build business applications and automations over complex systems like SAP and Oracle,"
Automation & Productivity
Let the blind see: Datadobi opens up vast file system window to customers
Historically, these scan files were only used for doing data migration or protection by Datadobi, but now customers can query them directly using Dobi Query Language (DQL) as part of a file assessment service.
Data & Analytics
Mailchimp employs AI to boost email marketing campaigns
Content Optimizer taps into that data and uses machine learning models and business rules to predict the quality of email campaigns and provide suggestions on how to improve content, layout, and imagery.
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft Teams: Now your video calls support end-to-end encryption
Microsoft has rolled out a public preview of E2EE for one-to-one Teams calls, bringing its enterprise platform up to par with Facebook's consumer apps, WhatsApp and Messenger.
Automation & Productivity
Google shares its commitment to Matter, promises future interoperability between smart home platforms
Due to arrive next year, Matter is an open smart home application protocol that promises to make smart home devices talk to each other no matter who made them.
Smart Technology
pulsESG launches with $8.5M in seed funding to empower enterprises to manage and improve their ESG footprint 
pulsESG is a public benefit corporation dedicated to empowering purpose-driven enterprises to manage and improve their ESG footprint with an integrated and comprehensive SaaS platform built for compliance tracking and insight.
Sustainability
This Frankenstein's monster of a phishing campaign is after your passwords
Microsoft said TodayZoo is using the WorkMail domain AwsApps[.]com to pump out email with links to phishing pages mimicking the Microsoft 365 login page
Security
Dremio Announces New Dart Initiative Release
Dremio embarked on the Dart Initiative in June 2021 to help companies run a greater range of mission-critical BI workloads directly on the data lake, delivering over 2x faster performance and drastically improved resource efficiency over previous Dremio versions
Data & Analytics
Industry IoT Consortium Announces Blockchain-based VAT for Healthcare Networks
"It creates a trusted system to track assets in a facility and provide visibility to the flow of medical goods and services from manufacturer to consumer in the supply chain.”
Blockchain
Nvidia releases robot toolbox to deepen support of AI-powered robotics in ROS
Nvidia, which is trying to assert its lead as a supplier of processors for AI applications, announced a host of “performance perception” technologies that would be part of what it will now call Isaac ROS
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft announces security programs for nonprofits as nation-state attacks increase
The Microsoft Security Program for Nonprofits has three different components, including free access to the AccountGuard program, free security assessments and free training pathways for IT administrators and end-users.
Security
Application security management platform provider Tromzo launches with $3.1M in funding 
Founded in 2021, Tromzo offers a developer-first application security management platform that uses context to make AppSec data actionable
Security
Ad-tech startup VideoAmp raises $275M to help marketers measure TV and OTT ads; reaches “unicorn” status at a $1.4 billion valuation
The company is disrupting a $120B U.S. advertising market powered by legacy media measurement and currency systems that have been slow to evolve with the consumer privacy landscape and shift from traditional TV to streaming and digital media.
Marketing Tech
Prosimo claims to offer industry’s first autonomous multicloud networking
With App Transit, the company claims, cloud architects and network engineers can now expand to multiple regions and clouds in a fast, secure, and cost-optimized manner, while prioritizing network and application performance and meeting compliance needs.
Cloud
TigerGraph, HPE, and Xilinx Announce Graph Analytics Solution for the Enterprise
The bundled solution, which is comprised of HPE ProLiant servers using Xilinx accelerator cards and TigerGraph’s native parallel graph database, delivers 48x faster time-to-insight and an 18% boost in accuracy, providing more effective real time analytics for things like fraud detection, customer360, and supply chain optimization in manufacturing.
Data & Analytics
NetApp Expands Portfolio of Hybrid Cloud Solutions to Bring Out the Best in the Cloud
With the latest release of ONTAP, NetApp is introducing improved ransomware protection, expanded data management capabilities, and NVMe/TCP support for accelerated performance
Cloud
WISeKey’s Cybersecurity and Identity Management Technology to Secure NFTs
The NFT design of the WISe.Art platform ensures that besides an authenticated and signed version of the actual digital asset, it creates an irreversible link to the physical object, provides proof of ownership, provenance, and a set of contracts describing future use and monetization streams
Security
Exxact Partners with SoftIron to Provide Ceph-Based Software Defined Storage Solutions
With SoftIron HyperDrive, Exxact can design and build appliance-based solutions from the ground up to ensure every component works at its peak, seamlessly and optimally with everything else in a wire speed chain.
Data Storage
A first look at Microsoft’s new Windows 11 Android apps support
Microsoft has released the first preview version of its Android apps support in Windows 11. It’s available to testers in the Beta Channel version of Windows 11, which means you’ll need to opt into the Windows Insider program to get access
Apps
Credo AI Emerges from Stealth to Help Organizations Build Ethical AI
The upshot is efficient AI development, transparency at every stage from system design to production monitoring, a continuous view of risks and compliance, and trustworthy AI systems that can be held accountable.
Artificial Intelligence
PayPal reportedly in talks to acquire Pinterest in $45B deal 
Investopedia noted in 2019 that “opportunities for increasing revenue that Pinterest plans to pursue include greater international expansion, focusing on video and increasing ad capabilities, as well as pursuing its own e-commerce efforts.”
Apps
Google disrupts massive phishing and malware campaign
Though the "pass-the-cookie" attack is not new, it's nifty: it doesn't bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA), but works even when users enable MFA on an account because the session cookie is stolen after the user has already authenticated with two factors, such as a password and a smartphone.
Security
Software observability platform Honeycomb raises $50M
“High-performance engineering teams use Honeycomb to quickly understand, debug, and optimize the performance of their code in unpredictable and highly complex cloud environments,”
Cloud
Spectra Logic takes the Vail – raises attack defences to repel malware boarders
The two-pronged idea is to make it easier to manage massive populations of files and objects spread across on-premises and public cloud storage, and to make Spectra’s own products harder for criminals and malcontents to attack.
Data Storage
Zeno cloud platform aims to help energy companies thrive in the ‘Production Era’ 
Zeno explained that this fundamental shift in valuation, and its implications for energy company operations, ushered in the “Production Era,” where success hinges on an organization’s ability to optimize business performance and maximize productivity.
Data & Analytics
VPN Exposes Data for 1M Users, Leading to Researcher Questioning
The leaked data fell into one of two categories, the report said — PII like emails and phone numbers — but also information about software on the devices of around 300,000 Quickfox users.
Privacy & Security
Automated document processing platform Rossum raises $100M
Powered by integrations with myriad enterprise resource planning (ERP), robotic process automation (RPA), and document management systems (DMS), Rossum uses “cognitive data capture” to read and understand the content of a document just like a human does.
Automation & Productivity
AI model optimization startup Deci raises $21M
Deci achieves runtime acceleration on cloud, edge, and mobile through data preprocessing and loading, automatically selecting model architectures and hyperparameters (i.e., the variables that influence a model’s predictions).
Artificial Intelligence
Feds Warn BlackMatter Ransomware Gang is Poised to Strike
The advisory urges businesses to bolster defenses tied to user credentials and implement strong passwords and multi-factor authentication (MFA) to better thwart an anticipated uptick in BlackMatter criminal activity.
Security
SolarWinds Introduces Database Mapper and Task Factory
SolarWinds Database Mapper simplifies DataOps implementation by providing a one-stop shop for data teams to easily maintain current documentation and visually track data dependencies and comparisons across the environment, streamlining business-critical data projects
Data & Analytics
Aruba switch can cut the need for separate, single-function appliances 
That combination can provide wire-rate routing and switching with L4-L7 stateful software services including firewall, DDoS, encryption, network address translation, load balancing, network telemetry, and automation that can be applied to widely distributed workloads.
Network Management
AI-powered fraud-fighting platform Resistant AI raises $16.6M
Leveraging a combination of statistical modeling and machine learning, the company’s product categorizes and prioritizes false alerts to uncover fraud techniques by spotting relationships among seemingly unrelated transactions.
Privacy & Security
Quantum Announces Partnership with IBM for Next Generation of LTO Technology
“With the massive growth in data, as well as pervasive ransomware threats, low-cost ultra-secure LTO is more relevant than ever,"
Data Storage
Patent Filed for Privacy-First, Cross-Platform Identity Authentication For NFT And Other Digital Assets
The invention detailed in U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/256,347 places self-sovereign identity authentication and digital asset ownership verification in the hands of the individual, is platform-agnostic, and can authenticate cross-platform transactions.
Privacy & Security
Workforce analytics platform SkyHive raises $40M
The platform collects millions of data points to create a database of jobs, skills, and training, integrating with HR systems to automate extraction from existing employee data.
Data & Analytics
Google Cloud invests $50 million in cybersecurity startup Cybereason
The infusion of cash comes after Cybereason and Google Cloud entered into a strategic partnership to bring to market a platform — Cybereason XDR, powered by Chronicle — that can ingest and analyze “petabyte-scale” telemetry from endpoints, networks, containers, apps, profiles, and cloud infrastructure.
Security
SambaNova Introduces Enterprise Grade GPT AI-Powered Language Model
The language model uses deep learning to produce human-like text leveraging large amounts of data, and is the first enterprise-grade large AI language model and services offering on the market designed for the most business and mission critical text- and document-based use cases, not just hypotheses.
Artificial Intelligence
Snowflake Launches Media Data Cloud
Leveraging the Media Data Cloud, marketers, publishers and ad tech customers are performing essential 1st party data matching, creating audience insights, activating and measuring campaigns, all while limiting the movement and copying of data.
Cloud
AlertEnterprise Reveals Development Of Physical Security Industry’s First Policy-Based Access Control Cloud Service In Partnership With BioConnect
The new cloud-based authorization service allows corporate security teams to deliver real-time company policy evaluation at the door and override high-risk default 24/7 badge access door behavior
Security
Prosimo Combats Multi-Cloud Migraines With AIOps, Zero Trust
Today’s update also introduces several new features to the AXI App Transit service, which now tap machine learning to more intelligently optimize traffic routing and optimization.
Cloud
Cohesity Amps Up Ransomware Protection, Targets Data Exfiltration

Cohesity’s cloud-based DMaaS portfolio builds on its Helios multi-cloud data platform that provides a software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based single management interface for backup and recovery of both control plane and data plane functionality. 

Security
Cockroach Labs Introduces CockroachDB Serverless
“What you build and where it takes you shouldn’t be limited by the capabilities of your database. Since day one at Cockroach Labs, our mission has been to make it easy to build world-changing applications by providing a fundamentally better data infrastructure,"
Data & Analytics
Microsoft Teams: These new features arrive to keep workers on the move
Microsoft has announced new features across Teams, Microsoft 365 and its Viva platform that aim to put frontline workers – such as doctors, engineers and others not tied to their desks – on equal footing with information workers, the company says in a blogpost.
Automation & Productivity
Stripe to acquire financial operations platform Recko
Recko helps automate parts of payments reconciliation -- an accounting process that compares two or more sets of records, such as a company's internal sales log and their external bank statement
FinTech
Brave browser replaces Google with its own search engine
The search engine set as the browser default is a valuable promotion tactic, and so important that the practice has become a significant focus of antitrust scrutiny.
Privacy
Couchbase debuts Capella, a hosted database-as-a-service on Amazon’s cloud 
Unlike traditional databases that can accommodate either structured or unstructured data, Couchbase’s software can handle both types at once. It also functions as a data cache, meaning enterprises can accomplish with one system what used to require three.
Data & Analytics
HR Acuity raises $47M to track and manage workplace issues
Launched in 2009, HR Acuity is designed to help enterprise human resource (HR) and employee relations (ER) teams document employee issues including performance management and allegations of discrimination, bullying, or harassment.
HR Tech
Threat detection marketplace SOC Prime raises $14.5M to accelerate adoption 
Powered by its Detection as Code platform, SOC Prime curates the most up-to-date threat detection content from more than 300 researchers and natively delivers it to subscribers.
Security
Skyflow, which delivers data privacy via an API, raises $45M
But as cloud computing continues on its upwards trajectory, businesses face a growing number of data privacy regulations across the globe, putting pressure firmly on software makers to ensure that they are treating their customers’ private information with kid gloves.
Privacy
Vfunction, which helps enterprises transition to microservices, raises $26M
Since its launch eight months ago, Vfunction has split its platform into two products, including the “Vfunction management platform” and the “Vfunction application transformation engine,” and added a bunch of new features to the mix.
Cloud
Israeli cybersecurity startup Valence launches out of stealth with $7M in funding 
The Valence platform delivers immediate, nonintrusive risk surface management, bringing Business Application Mesh connectivity out of the shadows, according to the company.
Security
Fujitsu and Aichi Cancer Center Develop AI System to Offer Patients Personalized Cancer Treatment
Test data of effective medical treatment of different cancer types and genomic information in external databases, which are sorted and managed based on different keywords and rules, remain difficult to use.
Artificial Intelligence
Adshares.net web3 Protocol Disrupts Digital Advertising Market
Adshares is a web3 decentralized marketplace for advertising, also being the most advanced blockchain-based project in the advertising market. Adshares offers CPM, CPA, popup and pop-under campaigns.
Blockchain
Ojamu raises $1.7M to disrupt marketing with blockchain and AI 
Ojamu uses a predictive AI engine to analyze data from hundreds of millions of data points to automate marketing solutions based on real-time data. As the platform learns, users – including brands, products, services and mixtures of all three – can use the system to become more competitive with their own campaigns.
Marketing Tech
Qualcomm Smart Cities partner weaves IoT lighting into large-scale digital twins
Zyter’s IoT platform breaks down information by integrating and consolidating data from devices and applications, weaving IoT infrastructure into large-scale smart city digital twins for buildings, stadiums, campuses, and cities
IoT/Smart Cities
Splunk’s new innovations embrace digital transformation through security visibility 
Splunk Enterprise Security also evolves Risk-Based Alerting, which enhances threat detection abilities, reduces alert volume and improves alert prioritization to help drive better outcomes in the SOC.
Security
Secure access service edge startup Cato Networks raises $200M to scale up its cloud network
The Tel Aviv-based startup competes in the secure access service edge or SASE market with a platform that provides networking features for enterprises to securely and rapidly transport data between different physical locations.
Security
Google’s app privacy briefings go live in the Play Store in February 2022
App developers can now fill out the relevant details via Google’s new “Data safety form” on the Play Console. The company says the required information will be visible to users from February 2022 and mandatory for developers to submit by April that same year.
Privacy
VMware's SASE Blows Into Windstream
According to Windstream, the combined service provides an alternative to traditional MPLS WAN links; offers higher performance, reliability, and visibility for applications traversing the company’s network backbone; and consolidates security policy regardless of the user’s location or device
Security
Payment automation platform Primer nabs $50M
Using the platform, companies can define logic with a drag-and-drop workflow editor to create checkout experiences that automate previously manual processes.
Automation & Productivity
Chainapsis Launches Keplr Wallet, An Interchain Digital Wallet, For Mobile
Keplr mobile provides asset management across multiple blockchains with emphasis on connecting users to the emerging Cosmos interchain applications ecosystem, which provides seamless cross-chain transactions while maintaining low fees.
Blockchain
HP launches HP Presence, aims to expand reach into meeting rooms
The portfolio, HP Presence, includes meeting space bundles, PCs, 4K cameras, audio and video bars and microphones as well as room controllers.
Automation & Productivity
Fintech startup N26 nabs $900M funding round for its digital banking app 
The startup’s app uses artificial intelligence to organize  users’ expenses by category, which it says makes it easier to track spending and saves time.
FinTech
Sinclair Confirms Ransomware Attack That Disrupted TV Stations
“In this situation, targeting customers of the victim (local advertisers) by taking their revenue opportunities away could ensure the ransom is paid in order to get these systems back online quickly.”
Security
Data intelligence provider Alation acquires AI insights company Lyngo Analytics
Lyngo Analytics’ natural language interface enables users to ask simple, business-focused questions to uncover data and insights. Its AI and machine-learning technology will be integrated into Alation’s platform, further strengthening its intelligent and user-friendly machine-learning data catalog.
Data & Analytics
WANdisco Announces General Availability of LiveData Platform for Azure
“We are determined to close the cloud value gap, and the general availability of the LiveData Platform for Azure is a significant milestone in that journey. It’s bringing the benefits of the Azure cloud even closer to enterprises of scale,”
Data & Analytics
Call analytics provider CallMiner acquires screen capture platform OrecX
CallMiner says that by purchasing OrecX, it’ll gain “foundational technology” to feed conversation audio directly into CallMiner’s transcription services, improving both real-time and post-call conversation insights.
Data & Analytics
Arm bids to accelerate IoT application development with virtualized silicon in the cloud 
It means IoT developers can now employ modern, agile software development methodologies such as DevOps and continuous integration/continuous deployment or CI/CD, Arm said.
IoT/Mobility
Spot AI Launches AI-Powered Camera System to Change How Businesses Use Video
“At Spot AI we are on a mission to transform people’s relationship with their cameras from this old, hardware-centric category of surveillance to this new, software-centric era of video intelligence that changes how people think about and use video on the factory floor, the assembly line, and in any workplace,”
Data & Analytics
Snap launches studio to create augmented reality ads
Snap Inc (SNAP.N) said on Tuesday it is launching a studio to help brands create augmented reality advertising and experiences, part of a move to popularize the use of technology that can overlay computer-generated images onto a person's view of the real world.
AR
Arm unveils 5G Solutions Lab for network infrastructure innovation
"The Arm 5G Solutions Lab will focus on accelerating innovation for network infrastructure by providing a place for Arm's hardware and software ecosystem partners to come together and demonstrate end-to-end solutions in a live test environment.
5G
FCC mulls over new rules demanding carriers block spam robot texts at network level
Research conducted by RoboKiller found that spam text message rates in the US are far higher than the rate of complaints received by the FCC, with an estimated 7.4 billion spam SMS messages sent in March alone.
Privacy
Gravwell Guns for Splunk With Scalable Data Fusion
“Essentially what we do is we take in boatloads of logs and network data and basically any record of activity within the system and make that searchable and scalable, so that people can collaborate all these things to identify what’s actually happening within their own systems.”
Data & Analytics
UK-based online lending fintech startup Zopa raises $300 million investment led by Softbank; now valued at $1 billion
“SoftBank identified us as the clear leader when it comes to digital consumer lending in the UK, and they are also big believers in the use of AI and machine learning for lending and pricing, which we have been doing for years."
FinTech
Google Changes Review Structured Data Requirements
Failure to follow Google’s structured data requirements can make a web page ineligible to be shown for a rich result in the search engine results pages (SERPs) for review related keyword searches.
Data & Analytics
Israeli pharmaceutical AI startup Quris raises $9M and launches new platform 
Quris uses AI-powered miniaturized “patients-on-a-chip” to avoid risks and costs of failed clinical trials and eliminate the reliance on animal testing.
Artificial Intelligence
This 'particularly dangerous' phishing attack features a weaponized Excel file
Fellow security firm Morphisec has now analyzed the malware and notes the malicious Excel files could bypass malware-detection systems because it contains "extremely lightweight" embedded macros, making it "particularly dangerous" for organizations that depend on detection-based security and sandboxing.
Security
5G base stations could be powered by lasers
PowerLight Technologies has teamed up with Ericsson to power up a 5G base station using a laser system rather than a wired electrical connection, which could lead to faster 5G deployments.
5G
Data transformation platform Metrolink.ai raises $22M
Customers can create their own data pipelines to cover an array of transformations, leveraging on-premises and cloud solutions that integrate with existing processes and database
Data & Analytics
Pulumi’s new registry aims to ease sharing and reusing cloud infrastructure building blocks 
The company said its collection of cloud architecture implementations and software-as-a-service integrations with best practices built-in will make it possible to apply the principle of “share and reuse” to infrastructure as code, helping to speed up software development.
Cloud
BlackByte ransomware decryptor released
If the key cannot be downloaded from its HTTP server -- hidden in a file called forest.PNG -- the ransomware program simply crashes. An RSA key is used once, to encrypt the 'raw' key to show a ransom note.  
Security
Clarifai gets $60M in funding to simplify AI development on unstructured data 
The company, which was originally focused on helping companies build apps using computer vision, now provides application programming interfaces for natural language processing, audio recognition and other AI features.
Artificial Intelligence
AI-powered personalization provider Qubit gets acquired by Coveo
The enhanced Coveo Relevance Cloud enables retailers to make use of AI-powered commerce search, which detects shopper intent and determines individual context.
Artificial Intelligence
 Alation Acquires Artificial Intelligence Vendor Lyngo Analytics
Lyngo Analytics uses a natural language interface to empower users to discover data and insights by asking questions using simple, familiar business terms. Alation offers the most intelligent and user-friendly machine-learning data catalog on the market.
Data & Analytics
Verily Veritas doth love Kubernetes — InfoScale becomes cloud-native
InfoScale is Veritas’s storage virtualisation software layer, which can switch applications from one storage infrastructure to another if an infrastructure-halting problem occurs — in other words, disaster recovery.
Data Storage
DealCloud Transforms Real Estate Investment Management with All-in-One Deal and Pipeline Platform
With enhanced visualization of pipeline and properties, map-based property discovery, and streamlined analysis, DealCloud real estate investment software provides the most comprehensive management solution available.
Automation & Productivity
AiDash lands $27M investment to prevent wildfires and power outages with AI-powered satellite technology
Unlike NASA satellite, AiDash uses high-resolution, multispectral imagery, and SAR data from satellite constellations that are fed into its proprietary AI models to make timely predictions for operation and maintenance activities.
Artificial Intelligence
AT&T Laying Groundwork for Projected Ramp in IoT Deployments
Notecard, by Blues Wireless, allows just about any asset to be connected to the cloud with carrier-grade security. The solution takes away significant complexity and cost through pre-paid connectivity and allows solution integrators and product builders to accelerate time to market and scale.
IoT/Mobility
Whole Foods customer records among 82M exposed due to vulnerable database
Overall, the size of the leaked data is approximately 9.57GB. The total number of records when first discovered (between April 25 and July 11) was 28,035,225. After the notice was sent (between April 25 and July 30), the total number of records rose to 82,099,847.
Privacy & Security
Block Party is out of beta and ready to block anyone who likes bad tweets
Block Party offers a lot, but the two core ideas — filters and block lists — could make a big difference for anyone who has to use Twitter for their job or has a high-profile account that’s already a target of harassmen
Apps
CryptoRom Scam Rakes in $1.4M by Exploiting Apple Enterprise Features
“They strike up a friendship, using the dating game as a ruse, but then quickly move to money, this time in the guise of them doing you a big favor by offering you a chance to join an ‘unbeatable’ investment opportunity,”
Privacy & Security
Elastic buys Optimyze to add ‘continuous profiling’ to its observability tools
Information technology teams use Prodfiler to monitor resources such as central processing units and memory and gain deep visibility, to the extent they can see how much processor usage each line of code is responsible for.
IT Management
MagicCube raises $15M to replace cybersecurity chips with software 
It’s estimated that retailers and banks spend billions of dollars a year on in-store payment systems. MagicCube says that i-Accept enables companies to accept payments using a smartphone app instead of specialized hardware, which lowers equipment expenses.
Security
Aurora raises $12M to scale up Ethereum distributed apps 
Aurora provides a scaling solution for decentralized applications built on top of the Ethereum blockchain, which combines smart contracts and front-end user interfaces to execute distributed software.
Blockchain
Microsoft starts testing 'Update Stack Packages' to help streamline Windows updating process
Microsoft introduced Update Stack Packages as part of the announcement of a new Windows 11 build for the Dev Channel. That build, Windows 11 build 22478, includes a number of fixes plus new emoji built using the Fluent design language
Automation & Productivity
 Kinetica Now Accessible as a Service on Microsoft Azure
"With Kinetica’s vectorized database now available as-a-service on Microsoft Azure, that has all changed. Any organization can harness the power of Kinetica for IoT initiatives — and it can be deployed in minutes.”
Data & Analytics
Microsoft will shut down local version of LinkedIn in China
LinkedIn will launch a standalone jobs app for China called InJobs later this year. It will not have a social feed or the ability to share posts and articles.
Apps
Comcast successfully tests 10G cable modem network
Comcast said its team conducted what it believes to be the world’s first test of a 10G connection from the company’s network to a modem. To do this, the team activated a virtualized cable modem termination system (vCMTS) powered by Full Duplex DOCSIS 4.0 technology.
Telecom
Deloitte Launches CognitiveSpark for Marketing AI Solution
CognitiveSpark for Marketing harnesses the power of AI to boost digital marketing return on investment (ROI) for life sciences companies, helping marketers make AI-powered decisions at scale and with speed.
Artificial Intelligence
Verizon’s Visible Wireless Carrier Confirms Credential-Stuffing Attack
On Wednesday, Verizon’s Visible – an all-digital, uber-cheap wireless carrier – confirmed what customers have been complaining about on Reddit and Twitter all week: They lost control of their accounts; had their passwords and shipping addresses changed; and some got stuck with bills for pricey new iPhones.
Privacy & Security
FUJI Launches Sustainable Data Storage Initiative
“We’re proud to launch the Sustainable Data Storage Initiative to help spread awareness of today’s modern data tape technology as a solution to reducing CO2 emissions from data storage operations while simultaneously reducing costs,”
Data Storage
Automation-driven sales engagement platform Groove nabs $45M
The platform syncs events with existing CRM software, logging emails, and calendars to ensure accounts remain up to date and collecting data like the amount of time spent on support calls versus how often questions about pricing are answered.
Automation & Productivity
London-based payments startup SumUp acquires fintech startup Fivestars for $317M to take expand into the US and take on PayPal and Square
The startup currently supports over 3 million merchants globally including across Europe, the U.S., and Latin America.  Its card terminals and online services are used by businesses from DHL to black cab drivers – SumUp is the go-to partner for small businesses from every walk of life
FinTech
Facebook rolls out end-to-end encrypted backups to WhatsApp
The company has offered end-to-end encryption for chats for years, but with this new change, you can get that same level of encryption with your backups.
Apps
Canonical delivers Ubuntu 21.10 release with cloud-native features 
Canonical Ltd. today announced a major update to the Ubuntu Linux operating system, with improvements that beef up security, enable cloud-native application development and enhance artificial intelligence and machine learning innovation
Cloud
U.S. Army postpones its $22 billion Microsoft augmented-reality headset deliverables to late 2022
The IVAS system is meant to help provide enhanced situational awareness that will enable soldiers to fight, rehearse and train using a single platform, according to the Army's press release on the deal.
Artificial Intelligence
Mattermost moves beyond messaging to unify developer collaboration and productivity
Mattermost is eyeing a slice of Trello, Asana, and Notion’s pie as the open source “Slack alternative” officially rolls out a new unified platform with integrated project and workflow management tools aimed at the software development fraternity.
Automation & Productivity
Plug this: Dell open-sources container storage software linking its arrays to CSI pipes
Storage suppliers such as Dell can produce CSI plugins to link their storage systems to containers needing storage services without having to write core Kubernetes code.
Data Storage
Okta Unveils Updated Availability for Okta Workflows as New Standalone Offering with Expanded Capabilities
Okta Workflows now addresses a broadened set of identity automation use cases beyond Lifecycle Management capabilities, including advanced security orchestration and DevOps.
Automation & Productivity
OpenSea ‘Free Gift’ NFTs Drain Cryptowallet Balances
Users of OpenSea, the world’s largest digital-collectible marketplace, have found their cryptocurrency wallets ripped off thanks to cyberattackers weaponizing security bugs that allowed them to highjack user accounts.
Security
Google Cloud Expands Anthos to VMs
Google Cloud today announced a version of its Anthos hybrid-cloud platform for virtual machines (VMs) that lets developers standardize on Kubernetes while running workloads that aren’t easily containerized in VMs
Cloud
Geospatial analytics startup AiDash lands $27M
the company leverages high-resolution, multispectral imagery and synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) data to train AI models to make predictions for maintenance, inspection, and disaster and disruption management activities.
Data & Analytics
Facebook is researching AI systems that see, hear, and remember everything you do
It imagines AI systems that are constantly analyzing peoples’ lives using first-person video; recording what they see, do, and hear in order to help them with everyday tasks.
Privacy
NXP Semiconductors moves all of its chip design workloads to Amazon’s cloud 
According to Amazon, NXP has already seen benefits that include enhanced collaboration and increased EDA throughput since moving to AWS, while reducing costs and gaining more time to focus on actual design, rather than managing compute resource
Cloud
CrowdStrike Launches Free Humio Community Edition
Humio is able to ingest any data, structured or unstructured, in streaming speeds and at scale, unlike any other solution currently available in the market,
Data & Analytics
Deepfence open-sources ThreatMapper to find and rank software vulnerabilities
While Deepfence has always offered an enterprise edition and a community incarnation known as ThreatMapper, the latter of these is now being released under an open source license from tomorrow, October 14.
Security
Data flow management platform Nexla nabs $12M
Nexla aims to help by sitting between a customer’s data infrastructure and consumption layer, offering a stack that serves both analytical and operational apps with ready-to-use data
Data & Analytics
Israel-based Cogniteam unveils Nimbus operating system, a cloud-based drag-and-drop platform to reduce robotic time to market by 80%
Cutting Development time by 80%, Cogniteam’s Nimbus Operating System “Delivers a seamless user experience from development, to deployment, and allows for lifetime over-the-air in-field maintenance.” Dr. Elmaliah said.
Automation & Productivity
Dataminr is Acquiring Krizo, a Real-time Crisis Response Platform
Krizo’s capabilities will be fully integrated into Dataminr Pulse, the product relied on by over half of the Fortune 50 for discovering the earliest indications of emerging events and critical information that affect a corporation’s people, assets, and operations.
Data & Analytics
MLOps startup Weights & Biases valued at $1B after fresh $135M funding round 
According to the startup, the platform improves developer productivity by solving a key challenge involved in AI initiatives: organizing and processing project data.
Artificial Intelligence
Dell to deploy new tools aimed to speed up data analytics at the edge
These new solutions include the Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes designed to extend automation and lifecycle management capabilities for edge workloads, and the latest version of its Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform with enhanced GPU to further ingest multiple data streams at the edge and support real-time analytics on Dell EMC VxRail and PowerEdge systems.
Data & Analytics
SparkBeyond Unveils No-Code AI Analytics Platform
It explores millions of hypotheses per minute based on internal and external data sources to reveal previously unrecognized drivers of business and scenario outcomes, and explains its findings in natural language.
Data & Analytics
EdCast Announces A Low Code/No Code Integration Hub To Rapidly Connect With 1000+ Content Providers And Enterprise Applications
In the EdCast-managed model, pre-built templates and integrations are fully managed by EdCast. In the customer-managed model, customers can customize connectors to meet their needs.
Automation & Productivity
30 Mins or Less: Rapid Attacks Extort Orgs Without Ransomware
In less time than it takes to get a stuffed crust pizza delivered, a new group called SnapMC can breach an organization’s systems, steal their sensitive data, and demand payment to keep it from being published, according to a new report from NCC Group’s threat intelligence team — no ransomware required.
Security
Aware raises $60M in funding to help manage compliance and risk in Slack and Teams 
Aware has built an artificial intelligence-powered platform that delivers governance, risk, compliance and insights for enterprises across the digital collaboration tools used by their workforce, such as Slack and Teams.
Data Governance
Corporate travel and expense management platform TripActions raises $275M
Through the TripActions spend management dashboard, companies can filter and view travel and expenses data by date, location, category, and more. In turn, this makes it easier to run reports showing real-time spend and better equip managers to keep on top of budgets.
Automation & Productivity
Cyber risk monitoring platform Black Kite raises $22M
For example, the company recently released a capability to interpret security policies and compliance documents by ingesting and parsing them through 14 sets of controls, a process that Puget claims is “an order of magnitude” faster than the typical manual task of documenting answers to security vendor questionnaires.
Security
Startup Scratchpad launches workspace commenting system for sales teams
This functionality eliminates the annoying process of searching for and commenting on data and messages in Slack and Chatter while providing the ability to switch easily between messaging apps, Salesforce, calendar, email, notes, docs, and sheets.
Automation & Productivity
Tiger Global leads $110M round for developer recruiting startup Karat 
When a company sets out to expand its development team, Karat helps determine what new software engineering skills are needed. The startup then works with customers to create a set of technical questions customized for the role they are looking to fill. 
Automation & Productivity
PrivaceraCloud 4.0 Enables Groundbreaking Governed Data Sharing Across The Open Cloud
The offering sets a new benchmark in data access governance by enabling enterprises to securely and rapidly exchange data– both inside and outside organizational boundaries– with a unified interface to govern and enforce fine-grained data permissions and policies.
Data Governance
Cribl Observability Pipeline Soars Into the Clouds
Observability pipeline vendor Cribl today launched LogStream Cloud Enterprise Edition. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) application allows users to control how logging is routed from a single, centralized location, while keeping the data plane on premises or in the cloud.
Data & Analytics
Cambridge Quantum Releases World’s First Quantum Natural Language Processing Toolkit And Library
lambeq is the world’s first software toolkit for QNLP capable of converting sentences into a quantum circuit. It is designed to accelerate the development of practical, real-world QNLP applications, such as automated dialogue, text mining, language translation, text-to-speech, language generation and bioinformatics.
Natural Language Processing
Komprise adds global unstructured data search and subset move
KDAA is a managed hybrid cloud service. It builds a global file index, stored in the public cloud, by indexing data in-place across file, object and cloud data storage and can thereby look into the index to search petabytes of unstructured data distributed across multiple silos and locations
Data & Analytics
Fujifilm launches wide-format version of its Instax Link mobile printer
The Link Wide printer is also compatible with Fujifilm’s X-S10 mirrorless camera from last year, allowing you to print directly without a phone. Of course, you can print photos taken with other cameras by uploading them to your phone and then to the Instax Link app.
Mobility/IoT
TriggerMesh open-sources cloud-native integration platform
Founded in 2018, TriggerMesh enables Kubernetes users to integrate all their services and easily move information across their organization, whether they’re using a single cloud, multiple clouds, or on-premises data centers.
Cloud
Airbyte aims to kill proprietary ETL data warehouse feed pipelines
Airbyte’s software, and now service, enables businesses to create data pipelines from sources such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, Facebook Ads, Salesforce, Stripe, and connect to destinations that include Redshift, Snowflake, and BigQuery.
Data & Analytics
Facebook quietly acquires synthetic data startup AI.Reverie
In one study published by AI.Reverie in 2019, the company claimed that fine-tuning a model trained on synthetic data with just 10% of real-world data achieved performance on par with a model trained entirely with real-world data.
Data & Analytics
To the stars: NetApp bringing cloud-native Astra
Astra Data Store (ADS) is a Kubernetes-native shared file unified data store for containers and virtual machines (VMs) with advanced enterprise data management and a standard NFS client
Data Storage
Microsoft says it mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever recorded 
The attack targeted an Azure customer in Europe, and was 140 percent higher than the highest attack bandwidth volume Microsoft recorded in 2020. It also exceeds the peak traffic volume of 2.3Tbps, the previous largest attack, which was directed at Amazon Web Services last year.
Security
AI-powered customer service analytics platform SupportLogic nabs $50M
“Our new funding will help SupportLogic to add more customer interaction channels to the solution set — for example, multiple data sources such as chat, voice, discussion forums, surveys, and emails."
Data & Analytics
AmplifAI’s data-powered people enablement platform gets a $16.5M investment
AmplifAI offers a SaaS self-learning platform that plugs into a variety of company data sources to analyze employee performance and deliver personalized feedback and actionable suggestions to team members and managers at every level of the org chart
Automation & Productivity
Celona and Megh Computing Collaborate to Validate the Value of Computer Vision Applications Running Over New 5G LAN Technology
By more closely aligning critical business applications with the 5G LAN infrastructure within a single edge compute environment, enterprises can reduce the number of touches it takes to rollout and support new digitization projects, eliminate external latencies between the network and applications and ensure the highest levels of security
Automation & Productivity
Contentful and Conscia Partner and Launch Unify, a Multi-Space Orchestration and Solution for Personalization and Headless Commerce
Unify’s ability to federate content, from legacy and siloed enterprise applications into Contentful’s global delivery infrastructure, capitalizes on Contentful’s ability to quickly and reliably deliver content globally to all digital channels, such as web, mobile, voice, chatbots, call center and more.
Automation & Productivity
Streamlit, which helps data scientists build apps, hits version 1.0
So far, the project has had more than 4.5 million GitHub downloads and is used by more than 10,000 organizations.
Data/DevOps
Hitachi Vantara unveils new options for SAS, software-defined storage
The new products may indeed be extensions of older-school storage, but there's a large market for that out there, and HV keeps going for it. For newer-gen companies, HV also has certified some of its new systems for Google Cloud Platform and Red Hat OpenShift, Krishnan said.
Data Storage
Microsoft transforms the Windows Subsystem for Linux into a Windows 11 app
A preview version of the app is available right now, allowing Windows 11 users to install Windows Subsystem for Linux without having to head into add / remove programs and selecting WSL as an optional inbox component for Windows.
Automation & Productivity
Cloud optimization startup Cast AI raises $10M
Supporting Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure, the platform connects to existing clouds and generates a report to identify cost-saving opportunities.
Cloud
GA Of CloudNatix Platform Brings Industry First ‘Planet-Scale Cluster Manager’ To Market, Solving Problem Of Operating Diverse Fleets Of Cloud And Kubernetes Deployments
It is the industry’s first Planet-Scale Cluster Management software that’s delivered as a service, and it is designed specifically for managing large, distributed, heterogeneous fleets of compute resources as one unit to deliver greater efficiency and performance at lower costs.
Cloud
Google announces Workspace updates, Jira integration, encryption and file classification features
Google said it decided to invest in the underlying platform after seeing 4.8 billion apps installed in Google Workspace and more than 5,300 public apps in the Google Workspace Marketplace.
Automation & Productivity
Accenture to Acquire BRIDGEi2i for Data Science, ML and AI-Powered Insights
The acquisition will add more than 800 deeply skilled professionals to Accenture’s Applied Intelligence practice, strengthening and scaling up its global capabilities in data science, machine learning and AI-powered insights
Data & Analytics
Cloud governance and management startup cloudtamer.io raises $9.5M 
Founded in 2018, cloudtamer.io offers comprehensive cloud governance software that allows users to manage their cloud presence at large scale. The company’s platform is designed to simplify account management, enforce budgets and automate compliance.
Cloud
AI Chipmaker Hailo Nabs $136M Series C
The Hailo 8 is designed for a variety of low-power, small-footprint edge applications including autonomous vehicles and industrial IoT. It’s available as a standalone chip for embedded applications or in an M.2 PCIe form factor, about the size of a stick of gum.
Automation & Productivity
Nebula, An Innovative In-Orbit Cloud Computing And Storage Platform, Is Successfully Demonstrated In Space
The hardware-software environment, developed by D-Orbit in collaboration with Unibap, will enable satellite operators to run artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms (AI/ML) apps and provide low-latency information products
Artificial Intelligence
At Cloud Next, Google dives into distributed clouds and AI-infused products 
Besides extending its cloud infrastructure, the company unveiled Intelligent Products Essentials, a new service that enables manufacturers to build products infused with artificial intelligence
Artificial Intelligence
Infrastructure-as-code management platform Spacelift raises $15M
Founded in 2020, Spacelift adopts a so-called infrastructure-as-code (IaC) model to managing and provision data centers and networking infrastructure through code rather than manual processes
IT Management
Canva launches video suite as workers report significant increase in usage
The end-to-end video tool is free online, on desktops and on mobile devices. It comes with a slate of customizable templates and a large media library to make it easier for users to create videos.
Automation & Productivity
US PC market declines due to supply issues just as Windows 11 launches
Gartner says “consumer and educational spending began to shift away from PCs to other priorities,” during the quarter, leading to less demand for PCs. That’s illustrated best by a 17 percent drop in Chromebook shipments, which Gartner has included in its traditional PC shipments for the first time ever this quarter
Tech Trends
Google Cloud joins forces with Cybereason for XDR platform
Cybereason claims it examines 23 trillion security-related events per week and said the combination of their work with Google Cloud's tool "automates prevention for common attacks, guides analysts through security operations and incident response and enables threat hunting with precision at a pace never before achieved."
Security
IBM and Raytheon Technologies to Collaborate on Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography and Quantum Technologies
In addition to artificial intelligence and quantum, the companies will jointly research and develop advanced cryptographic technologies that lie at the heart of some of the toughest problems faced by the aerospace industry and government agencies
Emerging Tech
Akuity launches to be the Argo enterprise company for Kubernetes app delivery
It also provides all the supporting features that a developer might need, including a real-time user interface (UI), command-line interface (CLI), and APIs.
DevOps
Forcepoint Supercharges SASE With Bitglass Buy
By consolidating SWG, ZTNA, CASB, and cloud-based firewalls under a single vendor, MacDonald said enterprises could support remote workers and contractors, while eliminating point products and simplifying management.
Security
Broadridge Extends Intelligent Automation Suite With New AI-powered Anti-Money Laundering Solution
The new solution delivers an end-to-end machine learning (ML) powered Anti-Money Laundering platform covering transaction monitoring, name screening, alert prioritization, and customer risk scoring.
Artificial Intelligence
Oracle to add 14 new cloud regions by end of 2022 
They will be built in Italy, Sweden, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, France, Israel and Chile.
Cloud
Tsecond Launches BRYCK, a Solution to Capture, Process, Move and Store Up to a Petabyte of Data
Customers can collect up to a full petabyte (PB) of data, store and recover it at incredibly fast speeds, in a portable media device that is small enough to carry in one hand, but tough enough to handle the harshest environments.
Data Storage
Bold move: money and mouth co-located with Rubrik’s ransomware recovery warranty
This offer will be available for Rubrik customers running Rubrik Enterprise Edition and working with a Rubrik Customer Experience Manager (CEM) to ensure industry data security best practices are in place.
Data Protection
Microsoft and Nvidia team up to train one of the world’s largest language models
The innovations of DeepSpeed and Megatron-LM will benefit existing and future AI model development and make large AI models cheaper and faster to train
Artificial Intelligence
Israeli cybersecurity startup Wiz raises $250M in funding, tripling its valuation to $6 billion in six months
Wiz analyzes the entire cloud environment to deliver a 360° view of security risks across clouds, containers, and workloads. The solution dives deep on risks with actionable, graph-based analysis and all completely agentless
Security
TuxCare launches open source database live patching
This live patching service for the most popular open-source enterprise-grade databases, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL enables you to patch database management systems (DBMS) with no downtime.
Data & Analytics
PDQ.com acquires SimpleMDM, moves into Apple device management
With its existing capabilities centered only around Windows, the deal positions PDQ.com to become an efficient all-around systems administration solution.
Automation & Productivity
Productivity startup Notion valued at $10B in latest $275M funding round 
The platform allows teams to create a centralized catalog of the documents and other materials that staffers draw on as part of their day-to-day work. The different items are accessible through a sidebar in the Notion interface that functions as an index, providing shortcuts that allow users to access the information they need quickly.
Automation & Productivity
ArborXR & Matts Digital Announce Partnership to Provide Frictionless, Scalable AR/VR Technology
By utilizing ArborXR’s software, Matts Digital will help companies manage thousands of devices with security and control.
AR/VR
HITRUST to Address Market Gaps in Reliability and Challenges in the Exchange of Security and Privacy Assessments
Like the HITRUST CSF Validated Assessment, these new offerings will aid in understanding control effectiveness as well as cyber preparedness and resilience.
Privacy & Security
Insurity Acquires Maprisk, Expanding Leading Geospatial Analytic Capabilities for Personal and Commercial P&C Carriers and MGAs
With the addition of Maprisk to the Insurity suite, P&C carriers and MGAs writing personal and commercial lines can seamlessly integrate geospatial data and analytics across the full policy lifecycle, from quoting and underwriting to claims.
Data & Analytics
Firstsource Partners With UiPath to Strengthen Its Impact Sourcing Initiative
Firstsource and UiPath will jointly provide training on fast growing automation technologies and cultivate a digital mindset, via UiPath’s industry-leading automation platform and academy. Graduates from the program will be placed in real world engagements to create automation solutions for customers across industries.
Automation & Productivity
Fortanix and Google Partner to Deliver Google Workspace Client-side Encryption (CSE)
The partnership enables Google Workspace users to retain sole authority and control over the cryptographic keys for encrypting data and documents on Google Workspace with enhanced key management capabilities offered by Fortanix.
Privacy & Security
Toch.ai Raises Close To $12 Million In Series A To Transform Digital Video Content Industry
Toch.ai uses artificial intelligence technology to process video content including live sporting events, television shows, or library-based content, automatically and instantly.
Artificial Intelligence
Mental HealthTech startup BetterUp raises $300 million at near $5 billion valuation
BetterUp now has over 3,000 coaches on its platform and also provides analytics and real-time insights to help track employee progress. BetterUp’s other offerings include one-on-one, specialist, and on-demand coaching along with group sessions.
Data & Analytics
Higher Ed CRM Leader Element451 Launches Predictive Marketing and Expanded Personalization Using Automated Intelligence
Bolt AI features on-the-spot smart audience segments, surfaces engagement recommendations, tallies real-time student engagement scores, and automates the delivery of customized and timely marketing interactions to students that boost interactions across all delivery channels like email and text messages.
EdTech
Former Kymeta CEO lands $6M to reimagine AI training with new Seattle-area startup Rendered.AI
The Bellevue, Wash.-based startup is currently working on AI that learns from visual datasets, including images and videos, as well as data from radar, X-rays and thermal imaging
Artificial Intelligence
Adata’s first SD Express card is faster than an SSD
SD Express is an evolutionary upgrade to the familiar SD cards used in cameras, laptops, and connected devices such as security cameras. It basically integrates PCIe Express and NVMe standards into SD card bodies.
Automation & Productivity
Chronosphere raises $200M to continue growing its cloud-native observability platform 
New York-based Chronosphere provides a cloud platform that can analyze the data generated by a company’s information technology assets to find technical issues.
Data & Analytics
Ananki startup tries to simplify private 5G
A startup using open-source components to offer software-defined private 5G as a service hopes to attract enterprises with an architecture that it says is as simple as Wi-Fi's.
5G
Want to improve your public speaking? This startup’s AI tool aims to give you a silver tongue
Yoodli’s software platform records users as they deliver their presentations, and then points out where they could speak more clearly, cut back on the “ums” and other filler words, and improve their use of eye contact and gestures
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft snaps up goal-planning and execution management startup Ally.io 
The cloud-based offering enables businesses to shift from traditional, disjointed planning and execution to a modern, objectives and key results-based framework that drives strong alignment, agility, transparency and empowers the workforce.
Automation & Productivity
HighByte Announces Latest Industrial DataOps Solution to Meet High-Availability Requirements for Critical Environments
HighByte Intelligence Hub is an Industrial DataOps solution enabling manufacturers to merge, prepare, and deliver modeled industrial data to and from IT systems without writing or maintaining code
Data & Analytics
Descartes Unveils Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Enhancements to Routing, Mobile & Telematics Suite
“From dynamic delivery appointment scheduling through planning and real-time route execution, we’ve used AI and ML to improve our ability to deliver the next level of fleet performance for customers.”
Artificial Intelligence
OpsCruise Introduces New Free Forever Plan to Empower DevOps
OpsCruise, the cloud application observability company, announced a new ‘free forever’ plan in the run-up to Kubecon 2021 to support further adoption and use of popular open source telemetry such as Kubernetes, eBPF, Prometheus, Loki, Jaeger and Istio.
DevOps
Scale AI launches rapid data-labeling service
Today data-labeling provider Scale AI launched a service called Scale Rapid that aims to solve this problem by labeling a data sample within one to three hours.
Data & Analytics
NowSecure Announces the World’s First Dynamic Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) for Mobile Apps
“SBOMs are foundational items that should be generated for EVERY new version of a mobile app so that everyone knows what is in the software that they are using, and so that the enterprise can protect itself from critical supply-chain risks."
IoT/Mobility
Cisco Launches First Global Hybrid Work Index
This set of anonymized and aggregated data combined with customer surveys provide the unique insights powering the HWI.
Data & Analytics
Google launches online training courses to boost cloud skills
With the launch of Skills Boost, Google Cloud will provide access to more than 700 hands-on labs, role-based courses, skill badges and certification resources, including 16 new learning paths for in-demand knowledge
Cloud
Samsung Introduces Industry’s First Open-Source Software Solution for CXL Memory Platform
The CXL interconnect is an open, industry-backed standard that enables different types of devices such as accelerators, memory expanders and smart I/O devices to work more efficiently when processing high-performance computational workloads
Automation & Productivity
Gretel.ai, a platform for generating synthetic and privacy-preserving data, raises $50M
Customers can synthesize, transform, and classify data using a combination of tools and APIs, which apply AI techniques to generate synthetic stand-ins for production data.
Data & Analytics
Network observability startup Kentik lands $40M
It manages digital experiences based on actual traffic, testing latency-sensitive automation, media, gaming, and other apps as frequently as every second.
Network Management
Data and AI Consultancy Mesh-AI Launches with $30m Funding from Columbia Capital
“Now is the time for data to rise to the top of the enterprise agenda: it will define competitive advantage for the foreseeable future."
Data & Analytics
AI-powered marketing platform Alembic emerges with $9.5M
The platform stores the extracted information and then applies algorithms to analyze, normalize, and classify the data before adding context. Finally, Alembic transforms and displays the data into summaries and metrics.
Data & Analytics
Akridata Launches World’s First Edge Data Platform for Data-Centric AI
Akridata, a category-maker and pioneer in Data-Centric AI, announced the launch of the Akridata Edge Data Platform, which creates and manages smart data pipelines and AI workflows spanning Edge-Core-Cloud resources – an industry first
Data & Analytics
Fluent Project Creators Announce Calyptia Cloud
Calyptia Cloud provides a turnkey service for managing and visualizing open source Fluentd and Fluent Bit to relieve the burdens of conjuration and monitoring, allowing customers to focus on gaining the most insights and value out of their data pipelines in cloud native environments.
Cloud
John Snow Labs Announces Free, Enterprise-Grade, No-Code Natural Language Processing Tools: Annotation Lab and NLP Server
The Annotation Lab, a robust data labeling and AI/ML solution for teams, enables users to annotate documents, images, and videos. The software automatically trains models using active learning and transfer learning.
Data & Analytics
Cohesity Unveils First Data Protection Solution Integrated With Cisco SecureX
This first-of-its-kind integrated data protection solution with Cisco SecureX, based on Cohesity DataProtect, automates the delivery of critical security information to organizations facing ransomware threats, helping to accelerate time to discovery, investigation, and remediation
Security
Microservices connectivity firm Solo.io raises $135M in Series C funding 
Its flagship product is Gloo Mesh Enterprise, which provides management features for service meshes that act as a networking layer for microservices, which the components of modern applications, to communicate with each other.
IT Management
Cube Dev Launches Cube Cloud, SaaS Version of Cube.js Analytics API
Cube Cloud connects to a company’s SQL data sources and builds an API backend to serve this data to an application. This makes it easy for developers to build applications with the visualization libraries and front-end code tools of their choice
Data & Analytics
How Estuary helps enterprises harness historical and real-time data pipelines
“We help clients get their data out of their current systems and into these cloud-based systems without having to maintain infrastructure, in a way that’s optimized for each of them.”
Data & Analytics
Samsung SW virtualises CXL-attached memory
Samsung wants to deliver “a total memory solution that encompasses hardware and software, so that IT OEMs can incorporate new technologies into their systems much more effectively.”
Automation & Productivity
Pluribus, which develops software-defined networking software, raises $20M
The company’s software leverages white-box switches including Pluribus’ own to deliver a network fabric across datacenter sites that support distributed cloud services with visibility and security.
Cloud
Olea Edge Analytics Closes $35M Series C Round to Empower Cities with Artificial Intelligence
Through a combination of AI, machine learning and edge computing, Olea Edge Analytics pinpoints trouble spots in a municipal water system
Artificial Intelligence
VMware ESXi Servers Encrypted by Lightning-Fast Python Script
Sophos said on Tuesday that the ransomware is being used to compromise and encrypt VMs hosted on an ESXi hypervisor in operations that, soup-to-nuts, are taking less than three hours to complete from initial breach to encryption.
Security
New York tech startup Aquant lands $70 million Series C funding to revolutionize the service industry using AI
Aquant uses machine learning to learn clients’ enterprise’s unique language and use it to maximize equipment uptime, prescribing and diagnosing both service and warranty issues as well as anomaly detection: 20 years of professional experience, in 20 seconds.
Artificial Intelligence
AI-powered document processing platform Mindee lands $14M
San Francisco, California-based Mindee, which was founded in 2018, leverages AI and APIs to capture data from scans of expense management, accounting, insurance, employee onboarding, loan applications, and underwriting documents
Automation & Productivity
Twitch Gets Gutted: All Source Code Leaked
An attacker claims to have ransacked Twitch for everything it’s got, including all of its source code and user-payout information.
Security
Tabnine partners with Gitpod to bring AI code assistant to automated dev environments 
Using an AI model, Tabnine predicts as developers type code based on the current project and local code and then provides suggestions on what should come next. As result, it can deliver intelligent code completion that can do away with tedious, repetitive typing tasks.
Artificial Intelligence
Seattle startup wants to help B2B sellers fix ‘spray and pray’ strategy with more relevant messaging
Relevvo helps sellers reach prospects with personalized messaging that is relevant to a given buyer’s needs. It describes its software as a “relevance engine” and builds on the success of B2B sales data companies such as Outreach and ZoomInfo.
Marketing Tech
Qualtrics launches Experience ID, eyes personalized customer journeys
Qualtrics Experience ID is built on the tools acquired from Clarabridge and Usermind. Clarabridge is focused on conversational analytics and Usermind orchestrates customer journeys.
Data & Analytics
Citrix Checks ZTNA Into SASE Strategy
The service, dubbed Citrix Secure Private Access, is the latest in the vendor’s arsenal of secure access service edge (SASE) software. The platform is designed to protect access to applications and services regardless of whether the end user is working in the branch, remotely, or from a managed or unmanaged device.
Security
Data acceleration solutions startup NeuroBlade raises $83M for global expansion 
NeuroBlade claims it is the first company to bring PIM to production. It says its chips accelerate data analytics and unclog traditional bottlenecks by integrating its technology into a full system-level, easy-to-deploy appliance.
Data & Analytics
Open source graph database company ArangoDB raises $27.8M
The free community ArangoDB edition is available under a fully open source license, while the company offers a fully-managed cloud incarnation that helps companies run their database without any of the infrastructure or hosting hassle, as well as an enterprise-grade edition.
Data & Analytics
Box adds advanced ransomware protection and a ton of collaborative features at BoxWorks 2021 
Box Shield’s new malware deep scan capability is different, pairing deep learning with traditional hash-based or file-fingerprinting techniques that leverage existing data on malware.
Security
Customer service automation platform Aquant raises $70M
“By providing deep analysis of a company’s service data, Aquant is able to present a full-body health report that shows strengths, weaknesses, and opportunity for improvement,”
Data & Analytics
Databricks, Qlik, Nvidia show AI is heating up
Today's news is that Databricks is acquiring German company 8080 Labs, makers of bamboolib, a UI-based data science tool that generates code, but doesn't require users to write any. And this follows the announcement earlier this year from Databricks that it had added AutoML capabilities to its data "lakehouse" platform.
Artificial Intelligence
Domino Data Lab Secures $100 Million Funding to Help Every Company Become Model-Driven with Enterprise MLOps
In the past two years, Domino has doubled both its Annual Recurring Revenue as well as the number of Global 2000 companies using its platform.
Machine Learning
Yubico announces security keys with fingerprint readers
The YubiKey Bio series acts like a regular security key, so it can help you either log on to services without having to deal with passwords or act as a second factor in addition to something like a password or authentication code from your phone.
Security
Telegram gains 70M new users in just one day after Facebook outage
Coincidentally, this last increase in users was also helped by problems at Facebook. In January, WhatsApp mishandled the introduction of a new privacy policy, leading to concerns that it would be sharing private user data with parent company Facebook.
Apps
Celonis acquires Lenses.io, launches Execution Graph
Celonis Execution Graph gives businesses a full picture of processes and how they influence each other via the company's Multi Event Log. Celonis Execution Graph will provide a visualization and mapping tool to ride along with EMS
Data & Analytics
Esri Releases ArcGIS GeoBIM, Bringing Spatial Context to AEC Operations
ArcGIS GeoBIM provides an innovative, easy-to-use web-based experience for AEC teams to explore and collaborate using data from multiple systems in a geospatial context
Automation & Productivity
Privacy-preserving data platform Duality Technologies raises $30M
“Duality was launched to enable organizations, both public and private, to collaborate on sensitive data without compromising on data privacy and business confidentiality,
Privacy & Security
Sinequa Accelerates Time-to-Value with “Starter” Insight Apps
These Insight Apps power the digital hybrid workplace of the future and benefit knowledge-intensive industries and applications such as life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, and intelligence and information discovery.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft to launch financial services cloud on November 1, 2021
The finance industry in particular often has very specific needs in terms of security and regulatory compliance, which is why Microsoft’s new industry cloud has tools and services to assess risk and combat fraud
Cloud
Quantum writes old and cold objects to tape for archiving
The idea is to have a single namespace covering ActiveScale disk and tape storage with multi-site data durability, high capacity, low cost, and policy-based data transfer to the cold storage — all available through a subscription to a fully-managed service.
Data Storage
Keysight Delivers New Modular Network Cybersecurity Test Platform
This new platform delivers hyperscale encryption throughput that enables network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and data centers operators to validate equipment to support the massive data volume and cybersecurity requirements of their customers.
Security
TigerGraph boosts availability and scalability with enterprise-focused updates 
Not surprisingly, enterprises are very interested in the potential of graph databases, but concerns around their manageability, scalability and security have so far held back mass adoption
Data & Analytics
Israeli cybersecurity startup Orca Security raises $550M on $1.8B valuation 
Orca Security offers a technology it calls SideScanning. It’s designed to deliver comprehensive and seamless visibility into the security posture of an organization’s complete cloud footprint.
Security
MLOps platform Domino Data Lab nabs $100M
MLOps, a compound of “machine learning” and “information technology operations,” is a newer discipline involving collaboration between data scientists and IT professionals with the aim of productizing machine learning algorithms.
Data & Analytics
LogDNA’s Variable Retention Capabilities Give Enterprises More Flexibility and Control
Variable Retention gives users the flexibility to save logs within the platform only for the amount of time that they’re relevant, ensuring teams get access to the data they need, when they need it, while keeping costs in check.
Data & Analytics
Pure Storage and VMware Collaborate on Pure Validated Design to Accelerate Adoption of Modern Applications and Infrastructure
Pure Storage, an IT pioneer that delivers storage as-a-service in a multi-cloud world, today announced the release of a new Pure Validated Design (PVD) in collaboration with VMware to provide mutual customers with a complete, full-stack solution for deploying mission-critical, data rich workloads in production on VMware Tanzu
Automation & Productivity
Graph database company Memgraph raises $9.34M
“Memgraph allows them to connect all data sources seamlessly into a unified network structure to uncover hidden relationships between their data, on top of which they can apply advanced graph algorithms and analytics.”
Data & Analytics
Environments-as-a-service platform ReleaseHub raises $20M
ReleaseHub is setting out to simplify software development by making it easy to create environments around any code commit, for performance testing, quality assurance (QA), data migrations, sales demos, and more.
Apps/DevOps
Recruiting operations platform ModernLoop lands $3.3M to create better technical hiring experiences
They saw recruitment as an industry that needed products and technology to work together to provide better user experiences.
Automation & Productivity
VMware going to Capitola for memory tiering
VMware is developing vSphere software to virtualise different kings of memory into a single logical tier, so that applications can have access to more memory than there is DRAM in their host physical server without having to use different coding methods.
Apps/DevOps
Precisely Powers Decision-Making With Critical Location-Based Context in New MapInfo Pro Release
MapInfo Pro v2021 enables customers to add location-based context to data and empowers confident business decisions grounded in visualizations of data patterns that would otherwise be hidden.
Data & Analytics
PowerLight and Ericsson demonstrate laser beaming system to power 5G stations
“This is a significant first step toward enabling future uses that will redefine ‘possible.’ Imagine using laser-based optical beaming to support power-cable-free machines such as automated guided vehicles and drones, as well as devices like IoT sensors and lamps.”
5G
Digital supply chain provider Beacon raises $50M
The cloud-based platform offers a freight forwarding service across all modes integrated with its end-to-end visibility platform, connecting each stage of the supply chain to deliver a record of all the information teams need
Cloud
ProSearch and Text IQ Launching New Connector to Simplify Data Exchange Between Relativity and Text IQ
Recently acquired by Relativity, Text IQ leverages unsupervised machine learning, graphical modeling and deep learning to create AI solutions that accelerate review of responsive, privileged and protected content, significantly reducing the time and cost burden of document review
Automation & Productivity
Neural Magic, which offers software for growing edge AI market, gets $30 million boost
"We want to give developers the flexibility to deploy AI on commodity processors already located in the edge location,”
Artifiial Intelligence
Adobe rolls out new toolbox to help developers build custom experiences
Based on experiences with beta testers so far, the new product can reduce the time it takes to create apps from days to a matter of 30 minutes.
Automation & Productivity
Developer-focused infrastructure security platform Mondoo raises $15M
Although it touts itself as a “cloud-native” security and vulnerability risk management platform, it is in fact suited to businesses that run a hybrid infrastructure, giving DevOps engineers the tools to automate security assessments and discover hidden risks everywhere.
Security
DevOps for device fleets: Esper raises $60M to manage devices used in retail, healthcare, schools
The 150-person startup helps companies with development, deployment, and maintenance of devices used across industries such as healthcare, education, retail, restaurants, and more. The idea is to beef up traditional mobile device management (MDM) software with modern DevOps capabilities.
DevOps/Mobility
Nvidia, VMware Nail AI Enterprise to Tanzu, Kubernetes
VMware and Nvidia expanded their partnership to allow enterprises to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) workloads in Kubernetes containers.
Artificial Intelligence
New Qualys assessment service provides visibility into ransomware exposure
The new service is designed to provide companies with visibility into their ransomware exposure and automate the patching and configuration changes needed to reduce risk immediately.
Security
With new release, UiPath is using automation to fix application sprawl 
The coming new release, announced at UiPath’s FORWARD IV event today, will enable companies to apply artificial intelligence to every facet of work, help information technology teams scale, maintain and secure automation, and make it easier for developers to build automations.
Automation & Productivity
VMware's Project Arctic aims to make hybrid cloud the default operating model
Project Arctic effectively makes hybrid cloud the default operating model. It natively integrates cloud connectivity into vSphere, allowing customers to leverage cloud services for any workloads running on vSphere, including on premise ones.
Cloud
Kaizen Acquires Gradient Transformative Solutions, a Leading Cloud Provider
Kaizen takes a data-driven, bottom-line-oriented approach to helping companies with their digital transformations and cloud journeys, enabling lower total cost of ownership by untethering liability to legacy tech stacks.
Cloud
New Python ransomware targets virtual machines hosted on ESXi hypervisor 
“Python is a coding language not commonly used for ransomware. However, Python is pre-installed on Linux-based systems such as ESXi, and this makes Python-based attacks possible on such systems.”
Security
Facebook has finally given a reason for the six-hour outage Monday
The problems appeared to begin with a routine BGP update that went wrong, wiping out the DNS routing information that Facebook needs to allow other networks to find its sites.
Apps/DevOps
Roboflow and Ultralytics, Creator of YOLOv5, Partner to Streamline Custom Computer Vision Model Development
The open source model is among the most popular AI models available, attracting over 16,000 GitHub stars from developers. Ultralytics, the model’s author, emphasizes developer ease of use.
Artificial Intelligence
Imageware to Add Biometrics to Blockchain Powered Self Sovereign Identity (SSI)
Adding biometric protection to the identity block chain provides the final layer of protection individuals need to have confidence their data is secure in their digital wallets and only accessible to them.
Blockchain
Cybersecurity Startup BitTrap Develops Groundbreaking Detection Technology to Address Surge in Cyberattacks
Startup company BitTrap has announced a blockchain-based cybersecurity solution that leverages attackers' motivations to provide singular detection capabilities. This approach differs from cybersecurity paradigms that focus on trying to keep attackers from breaking in. Instead, it assumes some have already made their way inside a network, undetected, and is designed to identify them and reduce hacker dwell time in the compromised system.
Security/Blockchain
Phaeton announces the launch of the first renewable energy-powered blockchain network 
The blockchain uses the delegated proof-of-stake and delegated Byzantine fault tolerance consensus algorithm to facilitate a safer, faster and more secure energy-efficient network.
Blockchain
NetApp to Acquire CloudCheckr and Expand its Spot by NetApp CloudOps Platform
This acquisition extends Spot by NetApp’s leading FinOps offerings by combining critical cost visibility and reporting from the CloudCheckr platform with continuous cost optimization and managed services from Spot by NetApp
Cloud
JFrog becomes latest organization authorized as numbering authority for vulnerabilities exposure
JFrog will now be authorized to work with the cybersecurity community on a variety of security issues and provide customers with  differentiated remediation data through its JFrog Xray
Security
Ojamu raises $1.7M to disrupt marketing with blockchain and AI
Ojamu uses a predictive AI engine to analyze data from hundreds of millions of data points to automate marketing solutions based on real-time data
Artificial Intelligence
Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR
While it’s unclear exactly why they are unreachable for so many people, but a peek at their DNS records shows that, like last week’s Slack outage, the problem is apparently DNS (it’s always DNS).
Apps
One Identity acquires OneLogin to unify identity security for enterprises
Although One Identity already touts its IAM capabilities, bolstering its identity smarts with OneLogin’s established cloud-native IAM offering will help One Identity sell itself as a holistic solution to identity security, spanning PAM, IGA, ADMS, and IAM.
Security
Colorado tech startup Elevate launches with $15M in funding to revolutionized employee benefits
The startup enables employees to easily view, plan and manage their pre-tax benefits from a single intuitive dashboard, whether on the web or mobile.
Apps/DevOps
Intel- and SoftBank-backed Retrace launches AI-based dental management network 
The company’s intelligent automation solutions are said to streamline the complexity of dental administration with scalable end-to-end services powered by AI technologies.
Artificial Intelligence
New Open Source Data Science Platform Orchest Announces $3.5M Seed Funding
Orchest, a cloud native IDE tailored to the new reality of running data science projects in a cloud environment, allows teams to build pipelines iteratively by editing and connecting notebooks and scripts. It abstracts away infrastructure concerns to let the data science team focus on data & algorithms.
Data & Analytics
PRO Unlimited Acquires WillHire to Deliver Best-in-Class Direct Sourcing and Worker Experience Solutions for the Contingent Workforce Industry
“The growth of contingent workforce programs has been accelerated and modernized by remote work, globalization and COVID. This segment is now 40% to 50% of the entire workforce; over $5 trillion in annual spend; and becoming highly dependent on data, technology, analytics and worker experience management,”
Automation & Productivity
White House plans 30-country meeting on cyber crime and ransomware -official
The Biden administration hopes that their new informal group, which they're calling the Counter-Ransomware Initiative, will bolster their diplomatic push that has included direct talks with Russia as well as the NATO alliance and Group of Seven (G7) wealthy nations.
Security
BMC Acquires StreamWeaver to Enhance AIOps Capabilities
 Together, BMC and StreamWeaver will allow customers to apply BMC’s advanced AI/ML analytics capabilities to rich data from the various tools and technologies that may exist in their IT environments, seamlessly integrated into the BMC Helix platform.
Data & Analytics
Cisco Pushes Trust Standard Across Its Supply Chain
“We’re hopeful that it will help shape the industry’s thinking about what does it mean to be a trusted provider,” Cisco’s Chief Privacy Officer Harvey Jang said. “What’s challenging is there’s no consistent standard.”
Privacy & Security
Data Skrive, which sells content automation tech to news outlets and sportsbooks, raises $7M
Data Skrive’s machine learning-powered engine helps create unique content based on topics of interest and particular goals of a client. It is also formatted for specific distribution channels.
Automation & Productivity
Cyxtera Brings On-Demand, Fully Managed Cloud Services to Enterprises with Zadara zCompute
Together, the two companies are enabling customers to upgrade their IT environments, leveraging existing footprints, with a true 100% OpEx consumption-based private cloud.
Cloud
Apple’s no-code Trinity AI platform handles complex spatial datasets
Trinity enables machine learning researchers and non-AI devs to tailor complex spatiotemporal datasets to fit deep learning models.
Artificial Intelligence
Delta to Acquire Global Video Surveillance Provider March Networks to Bolster Its Building Automation Solutions
“Delta’s financial strength and scale – with around $10 billion USD in annual revenues, over 80,000 employees, and deep M&A capability – will serve as an ideal platform for March Networks to accelerate its strategic plan of offering cloud-based video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) and video-based business intelligence solutions to enterprises worldwide.”
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft details new Office 2021 features ahead of Oct. 5 launch 
A new Excel feature dubbed XLOOKUP will allow users to search a specific spreadsheet row for data rather than the entire file, which should simplify navigation. Another addition, XMATCH, will make it easier to find out how many times a given piece of data appears in a spreadsheet.
Automation & Productivity
CodeSee helps developers visualize and understand complex codebases
Founded out of San Francisco in 2019, CodeSee enables developers to integrate their GitHub repositories and automatically generate “maps” to visualize an entire codebase, better understand how everything fits together, and see how a proposed change will impact the wider codebase.
Data & Analytics
Quantum computing startup IonQ to make its stock market debut 
IonQ was founded in 2015 and has built a quantum computing system that relies on trapped ions, which are charged particles suspended in a vacuum, as the basis of its hardware. It’s an approach that’s quite different from its rivals in quantum computing.
Quantum Computing
Engineering talent outsourcing firm Andela lands $200M
The company, Africa’s second non-fintech unicorn, follows a rigorous screening process to onboard engineers and software developers onto its platform and then uses a data-driven matching process to connect the right talent with the right opportunity faster.
Data & Analytics
WD launches long-life caching NVMe SSD for NAS disk drive boxes
“The WD Red SN700 NVMe SSD helps to further enhance the QNAP product portfolio’s storage capabilities by boosting the NAS system’s read/write speeds without adding to the overall number of disks in the array.”
Data Storage
With Google Cloud’s Speaker ID, callers can now use their voice for authentication 
Companies that rely on Google LLC’s Contact Center AI service to automate their call center operations can now enable Speaker ID, a machine learning-based voice identification feature that allows callers to authenticate themselves easily by saying a few words.
Artificial Intelligence
4.6M Neiman Marcus customers affected by data breach 
The data stolen included 3.1 million payment and virtual gift cards, although Neiman Marcus notes that more than 85% were either expired or invalid.
Security
Siemens and FDA demo digital twin factory line
“We hope this will inspire the medical device leadership to think more holistically and strategically about digital transformation and to invest in bringing our industry up to the level of many other industries,"
Digital Transformation
Google-backed program will pay developers for open-source software security improvements 
They explain that the entire world is increasingly reliant on open-source software, and that widespread support and financial incentives are necessary to encourage developers to keep that software safe and secure.
Apps/DevOps
Password-stealing Android malware uses sneaky security warning to trick you into downloading
The text message scam delivers FluBot, a form of Android malware which steals passwords, bank details and other sensitive information from infected smartphones.
Security
Microsoft to add new education-focused M365 A1 per-device subscription plan
Teams Content from Camera enables students and teachers to share physical handwriting from a whiteboard or a document using their laptop's camera.
Automation & Productivity
Rockset Enhances Real-Time Analytics Database With Enterprise-Grade Security And Compliance
To help further improve customer compliance efforts, Rockset also introduced Audit Logs, which will allow customers to request a detailed report for all activities within their Rockset environment including queries and API calls, account logins, and more.
Data & Analytics
Arize AI Raises $19 Million Series A Financing Led by Battery Ventures for Machine Learning Observability
“Without the tools to reason about mistakes a model is making in the wild, teams are investing a massive amount of money in the data science laboratory but essentially flying blind in the real world.”
Machine Learning
Dell adds new security features and automation to ProSupport Suite
Dell's updates include new catalog management and deployment capabilities while also giving IT managers the ability to update Dell BIOS, drivers, firmware and applications automatically and remotely.
IT Management
Alkira Rolls Check Point Into Multi-Cloud Strategy
“The Check Point CloudGuard platform provides cloud-native security with advanced threat prevention for all assets and workloads across the public, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments, enabling customers to benefit from a single unified security platform
Cloud
AI-powered meeting plugin Read AI emerges from stealth with $10M
“Read is ‘feedback 2.0,’ where in real time, all meeting attendees have a shared dashboard that encourages collaboration by validating intuition with data.”
Automation & Productivity
Puppet rolls out new integrations for security and compliance
Announcements at Puppetize Digital included Compliance Enforcement Modules bundled into Puppet Comply, a new integration for ServiceNow Graph Connector Program for Puppet Enterprise and a new malware scanner feature for newly published modules on Forge.
Security
Botco.ai, an Arizona-based tech startup, rounds out seed funding with $3.6M to enable AI chat for wellness and healthcare organizations
As one of the few HIPAA-compliant chatbot solutions on the market, Botco.ai connects with existing CRM and electronic health record (EHR) systems to help businesses in wellness, addiction, behavioral health, physical therapy, senior living, and other areas provide personalized assistance with total privacy and confidentiality
Artificial Intelligence
Lexmark commercializes its IoT platform it uses internally
Waugerman said the initial focus for Optra IoT Platform is midmarket equipment manufacturers who can white label the platform for their customers.
IoT/Mobility
Fungible joins the NVMe/TCP party with a go-faster card
The card is the latest member of its Fungible Storage Cluster product range and is claimed to deliver the world’s fastest and most efficient implementation of NVMe/TCP.
Data Storage
airSlate Launches Workflow Automation Packages for Healthcare to Improve Patient Experience
From scheduling appointments and processing medical claims to reporting, billing, and managing documentation, healthcare businesses will receive streamlined medical workflows with an all‑in‑one, HIPAA‑ready, no‑code platform.
Automation & Productivity
Cybersecurity insurance provider Coalition nabs $205M
In addition to automated security alerts, threat intelligence, and guidance, it provides companies with up to $15 million of cyber and technology insurance coverage.
Security
Evonetix Granted Patent for DNA Data Storage and Retrieval Method
Evonetix’s novel, DNA-on-chip platform uses tens of thousands of individually controlled ‘virtual wells’ to enable either de-novo DNA synthesis or immobilisation of pre-synthesised DNA for storage in-situ until data retrieval is required.
Data Storage



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