Teckedin - Daily Curated Tech News - January - December 2023
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OneSpan acquires blockchain provider ProvenDB to enhance digital agreement security 
ProvenDB uses blockchain technology, which adds a layer of security to transactions by mirroring them across multiple copies of ledgers that are all protected by cryptographic hashes and designed to be immutable after data is added. Once information is added to ProvenDB, digital signatures are generated and registered and its secure storage provides proof of document integrity, ownership and creation time.
Blockchain
Zillow’s New Ai-Powered Natural-Language Search Is a First in Real Estate
Now home shoppers can enter phrases like “$700K homes in Charlotte with a backyard” or “open house near me with four bedrooms” directly into the Zillow search bar, rather than starting with a location and having to filter their way to the homes they want. They can also save their searches and have Zillow notify them when new qualifying listings come online.
Automation & Productivity
BuzzFeed’s stock price soars as company announces AI content push 
Peretti explained that OpenAI’s starring role at the company will at first be mostly “enhancing the quiz experience, informing our brainstorming, and personalizing our content for our audience.” He added that down the line, he expects AI to play a much bigger role in writing content, although he said humans will always be the company’s main source of content.
Artificial Intelligence
Encord Launches Open Source Active Learning Toolkit to Speed Up Real-World Applications of Computer Vision
“As many ML engineers know, the performance of all models depends on the quality of their training data. Encord Active is first and foremost a framework built to help machine learning engineers understand and improve their data quality iteratively and effectively, ”
Machine Learning
Unbabel introduces new Self-Service and Quality Intelligence options to enable greater accessibility to LangOps
The free 14-day trial solution gives anyone access to Unbabel’s full capabilities, and enables them to quickly and easily set up translation pipelines using AI combined with human editors, request translations, and integrate with Zendesk within 5 minutes. Unbabel also announced free public access to its Quality Intelligence solution enabling anyone to receive a demo using Unbabel’s industry-leading quality estimation technology.
Artificial Intelligence
AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon OpenSearch Serverless
To get started with OpenSearch Serverless, customers need to create a collection. Collections are a logical grouping of indexed data that works together to support a workload, while the physical resources are automatically managed in the backend. Customers don’t have to declare how much compute or storage is needed, or monitor the system to make sure it’s running well.
Automation & Productivity
One AI Powers 50,000 Companies and Developers with Advanced Language AI Capabilities
One AI curates and trains state-of-the-art NLP building blocks that can be enhanced with customer data to meet their unique business needs. The platform makes it easy to stack and access these building blocks via API, so users can quickly and easily create custom language processing solutions, with support for text, audio and video inputs.
Artificial Intelligence
Fiverr Launches New Categories as Searches for AI-related Services Increased over 1400%
Searches for AI-related services have increased over 1400% in the last six months on the platform. Business leaders are not only eager to integrate AI into their operations, sales and marketing campaigns, but are also searching for the people who are skilled using these new tools.
Automation & Productivity
Dell confirms it has acquired Cloudify to boost its cloud orchestration capabilities
Cloudify’s tools cater to companies that have to juggle multiple infrastructure management platforms. For instance, a company might use VMware Inc.’s vSphere virtualization platform to manage its on-premises services, along with Kubernetes in support of its public cloud deployments.
Cloud
NSA and CISA alert: This phishing scam could give hackers control of your PC 
The warning comes following the discovery of an email phishing campaign that tricks victims into downloading legitimate remote monitoring and management (RMM) software, which allows attackers to gain access to bank accounts.
Security
Hacker finds copy of TSA no-fly list on exposed cloud storage 
A copy of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s “no-fly list” has been found by a Swiss hacker exposed on the open internet in yet another case of misconfigured cloud storage.
Security
KoreAI updates make it easier to build low-code chatbots with ChatGPT’s large language model 
The addition of support for zero-shot and few-shot models to Kore.AI’s platform means that companies can now leverage the power of LLMs and generative AI to create more capable chatbots than before. The LLM behind ChatGPT, for example, eliminates the requirement for finding initial training data.
Automation & Productivity
Big tech backs Google in defending internet liability protections
A week after Google filed a defense brief to the US Supreme Court, warning that altering Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) would "upend the internet," a number of corporations —including Twitter, Meta and Microsoft, have filed their own legal briefs — supporting Google’s argument that narrowing the statute could have dire consequences for digital publishers.
Tech for Good
ThriveCart raises $35M in funding to help businesses build eCommerce carts and funnels
One of the challenges faced by eCommerce entrepreneurs is shopping cart abandonment. Research from Baymard Institute shows that about 70% of online shopping carts are abandoned. That means, for every 10 customers who add an item to their shopping cart, seven of them leave without completing the purchase. That’s why one tech startup is on a mission to address this problem.
Sales & Marketing
SAIC Launches New Data Science Platform Named Tenjin
As a collaborative environment, Tenjin supports full-code technical data scientists and machine learning engineers, while also enabling non-technical users to contribute and understand AI and data-driven decision-making. Tenjin offers extensibility and interoperability with its open architecture and cloud agnostic flexible deployment model.
Data & Analytics
WANdisco Launches Data Activation Platform 2.0 to Supercharge Massive Data Movement to Any Cloud
Supporting both the WANdisco Data Migrator and Edge to Cloud solutions, the updates maximize the speed and scale of on-premises and edge data transfers through precise control over migration throughput, cleanup, and prioritization, among other features.
Data Management
ClearML Releases New Reports Feature to Share Real-Time Results of ML Projects
This new feature makes it easy to create and share real-time reports within ClearML as well as connect to third-party editors such as Confluence, Monday, Notion, Colab (Jupyter), and others using embed code. A report can contain charts that auto-update continuously throughout an experiment lifecycle.
Automation & Productivity
Optable Expands Flash Node Capabilities Allowing Customers to Match and Activate With Advertisers
This expansion will allow publishers and media owners to activate audiences based on matches obtained using clean room functionality in Snowflake, without data being moved out of Snowflake.
Data & Analytics
CloudHedge is Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud-Native Computing
“OmniDeq smartly automates multiple workflows of legacy application modernization and enhancing deployability across environments. Further, OmniDeq continuous modernization platform powered by R6Ai brings predictability & drives efficiency,”
Cloud
Chord, a tech startup led by former Glossier execs, raises $15M to expand its headless eCommerce platform
Chord’s technology stack, which combines headless commerce and data infrastructure, does not require a massive and costly team to build and operate. Chord’s infrastructure also integrates into a brand’s system and is pre-configured and instrumented for best-in-class data collection and modeling, as well as synthesized insights.
eCommerce
Pliops spreads wings with RAID supercharger
It is a key-value-based (KV) controller with built-in hardware engines for compression, encryption, RAID and other low-level storage functions. These functions are typically carried by system software, which Pliops refers to collectively as a storage engine.
Data Storage
aiOla Raises $25 Million to Interface Natural Language to AI Solutions in Traditional Manufacturing
“aiOla’s proprietary and patented natural-language interface technology is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the ‘gold rush” in AI adoption. Our technology spans any language or jargon for any process, offering an instant and lasting impact across a variety of industries and verticals.”
Artificial Intelligence
Client management startup Copilot secures $10M in funding 
Copilot’s platform is accessible through a web-based interface and a mobile app that each business can customize with its brand assets. The portal includes a messaging tool for sharing project details, as well as a built-in file storage service. The file storage service offers an electronic signature feature that makes it easier to process contracts.Automation & Productivity
Hat trick: Mailchimp hacked for the third time in one year 
Mailchimp’s latest data breach was detected on Jan. 11 when an authorized actor was found to be accessing tools used by customer-facing teams for customer support and account administration. The attack vector involved the hacker successfully targeting Mailchimp employees and contractors with a social engineering attack to gain access to select Mailchimp accounts using employee credentials compromised in the attack.
Privacy & Security
Metahood raises $3M to build a platform for trading metaverse real estate 
Web3 metaverse real estate uses nonfungible tokens, a type of crypto asset that uses blockchain technology to allow users to have provable ownership of virtual land inside of virtual worlds. The tokens themselves represent ownership of land plots inside different virtual worlds.
Metaverse
T-Mobile hacked yet again as 37 million customer records stolen
In a filing today with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, T-Mobile said a bad actor first retrieved data through an application programming interface on or around Nov. 25. The breach wasn’t detected until Jan. 5, and the company cut off access to the API one day later.
Privacy & Security
Baker Hill Partners with FlashSpread, a BeSmartee Company, to Automate the Tax Return Spreading Process
FlashSpread streamlines the tax analysis process by converting PDF and scanned tax returns into standardized, spreaded reports with the click of a button. As a result, financial institutions and lenders can process more business loan applications with increased accuracy.
Automation & Productivity
Nextdata launches tools to transform its vision of a ‘data mesh’ into reality 
The creators are tasked with ensuring the quality and relevance of the data, and they’re responsible for sharing it with others across their organization who may want to use it. The data mesh employs a consistent, organization-wide set of definitions and governance standards to ensure consistency, while a metadata layer is used to make it searchable, so others can find what they need.
Data & Analytics
Action1 Provides Free Tool to Eliminate Organizations’ Exposure to Compromise after LastPass Breach
The company empowers IT teams with automated scripting capabilities to identify all LastPass installations installed as browser extensions, and eliminate threat actors’ chances to leverage potentially weak or reused master passwords to break into organization’s critical systems by working directly with vulnerable users.
Privacy & Security
Okta Optimizes No-Code for Identity Management
Okta’s progressive profiling lets developer teams build custom login flows to collect user data over subsequent logins. “This means users can sign up quickly and organizations can still capture first-party data without adding friction up front,” Ramji said, citing research that shows 44% of users are frustrated with long-winded login processes.
Privacy & Security
Mavenir Introduces Fixed Wireless Access Solution
This offering provides a competitive solution in a low-footprint deployment that leverages public and private cloud infrastructure. Mavenir’s FWA solution delivers high throughput, differentiated QoS control, geo-restriction, home-zoning, differentiated charging, advanced power savings, and many more features.
Network Management
Nest co-founder launches Mill, a sustainable kitchen bin that turns food scraps into chicken feed to combat food waste
To put food waste into a perspective, “if food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and the United States.”

Sustainability
Got It AI launches truth checking tool to fix ChatGPT’s inaccuracies 
The startup said its tool makes it possible for enterprises to deploy ChatGPT-like experiences without the risk of it providing incorrect responses to employees or users. As a result, companies can use the tool to deploy conversational AI that leverages extensive knowledge bases, such as those used for external customer support or internal user queries.
Automation & Productivity
Meta sues AI startup Voyager Labs for allegedly creating fake accounts to scrape Facebook and Instagram users’ data
According to the filing in the District Court for the Northern District of California, Meta alleged that Voyager Labs created over 38,000 fake Facebook user accounts, that the startup later used to exploit publicly posted information from over 600,000 other users, including posts, likes, photos, and friends lists.
Data Privacy
Samsung launches new desktop gumstick SSD
All three are M.2 gumstick format drives with NVMe interfaces across a PCIe gen 4 connection and meant for OEM use. They are built with V-NAND, Samsung’s term for 3D NAND, and are mainstream desktop/notebook SSD products.
Data Storage
AuthID-Okta integration assists in eliminating passwords and preventing unauthorized access 
Verified CloudConnect complements Okta’s Workforce and Customer Identity and Access Management platforms to secure desktop and mobile devices with cryptographic FIDO2 passkeys, enrolling and securing workforce users and customers.
Security
HPE Acquires Pachyderm to Expand AI-at-Scale Capabilities with Reproducible AI
"Pachyderm’s unique reproducible AI software augments HPE’s existing AI-at-scale offerings to automate and accelerate AI and unlock greater opportunities in image, video, and text analysis, generative AI, and other emerging large-language-model needs to realize transformative outcomes.”
Artificial Intelligence
Expanded Cloudflare-Microsoft relationship helps organizations enhance zero-trust security 
The new integrations between Cloudflare and Microsoft allow customers to deploy zero-trust security tools in minutes, with no complex code changes. The integration also includes claimed industry-first features, such as Cloudflare’s Remote Browser Isolation technology.
Security
Intel Inaugurates Confidential VM, Guns for AMD
“VM isolation effectively removes the cloud service provider or other cloud tenants from the trust boundary with cryptography and hardware. It adds technological strength to compliance and sovereignty programs with little impact to the existing applications that run within the virtual machine.”
Cloud
Aptum Strengthens its Hybrid Multi-Cloud MSP Position with the Acquisition of Montreal-based CloudOps, an AWS, Google and Edge-to-Cloud SaaS Orchestrator
Aptum will enhance its Hybrid Cloud Management Portal by leveraging CloudMC’s API-driven, modular and extensible, edge orchestration platform. It will accelerate the existing development of a single pane of glass for hybrid multi-cloud workload management.
Cloud
Ava Labs teams with AWS for one-click Avalanche blockchain node deployment 
The function will include a feature to distribute validators to secure the subnet across different regions and availability zones to improve robustness. Ava Labs defines subnets as “effectively ‘blockchain-as-a-service’ secured by some portion of Avalanche validators, ” which in turn are computers that are dedicated to maintaining a blockchain’s integrity.
Blockchain
Metaplane Raises $8.4M to Ensure Organizational Trust in Data
It automatically monitors modern data stacks from warehouses to BI dashboards, identifies normal behavior (e.g. lineage, volumes, distributions, freshness), and then alerts the right people when anomalies arise.
Data & Analytics
DeepL targets AI translation for enterprises with fresh $100 million
According to the company, it uses a novel NN design to understand the nuanced interpretations of phrases and sentences and is able to convey them in a target language.
Artificial Intelligence
New Microsoft 365 Basic offers additional services at a reduced price 
The new Microsoft 365 Basic will be available starting Jan. 30 for $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year and replaces a previous 100-gigabyte OneDrive storage subscription with additional features. The tier offers 100GB of storage, web and mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and other apps, ad-free Outlook web and mobile access, and Microsoft technical support.
Automation & Productivity
Experts Detail Chromium Browser Security Flaw Putting Confidential Data at Risk
 "Specifically, the browser did not properly check if the symlink was pointing to a location that was not intended to be accessible, which allowed for the theft of sensitive files."
Privacy & Security
Supermicro storage servers get a boost from Sapphire Rapids
In addition to the processor, every major sub-system has been dramatically upgraded w/ up to 2X improvement in memory performance with DDR5, 2X better I/O bandwidth w/ 80 lanes of PCIe Gen 5  I/O that will support higher performance accelerator cards, and 400 Gbps networking and improved manageability and security.”
Data Storage
Cisco warns customers of critical vulnerabilities in small business routers 
The vulnerabilities have been found in Cisco Small Business RV016, RV042, RV042G and RV082 routers. Using the access, an attacker can bypass authentication or execute arbitrary commands on the underlying operating system of an affected device.
Security
Observability platform Chronosphere raises additional $115M in Series C funding at a $1.6 billion valuation
In fact, customers that use Chronosphere’s cloud native observability platform, which enables customers to transform their data based on the need, context, and utility to optimize costs, improve user experience, and solve problems faster. The average customer optimizes their data set by 48% for significant additional cost savings.
Cloud
Microsoft unveils VALL-E, a text-to-speech AI that can mimic a voice from seconds of audio 
The company said its tool, VALL-E, can keep the emotional tone of the speaker for the rest of the message while also simulating the acoustics of the room from which it first heard the voice. Not only can it do this from a short audio sample — which is unheard-of so far — but Microsoft says no other AI model can sound as natural.
Artificial Intelligence
planetRE Announces AI Intellectual Assistant within Socialite CRM
The new feature called AI Intellectual Assistantä allows users  to generate contents on any topics, create realistic art and imagery prescribed via short natural language phrases and transform any loaded picture  using a library of AI transformations – all with full user control for automated email, text and predictive marketing campaigns.
Automation & Productivity
Seek AI raises $7.5M to build generative artificial intelligence platform for data 
Seek AI provides a cloud-based AI platform that allows business users to ask on-the-spot, or “ad hoc,” questions about data and uses AI to write new code queries to answer those questions. The platform uses generative AI like DALL-E, Stable Diffusion and GPT-3 to automate this process and provides natural language processing to understand written text.
Artificial Intelligence
Homeland Security, CISA builds AI-based cybersecurity analytics sandbox
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – in particular its Science and Technology Directorate research arm – and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) picture a multicloud collaborative sandbox that will become a training ground for government boffins to test analytic methods and technologies that rely heavily on artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques.
Security
Flare, the Layer 1 oracle network, launches with the distribution of over 4 billion tokens to millions of recipients
The airdrop is a significant milestone for Flare as developers can now start to take advantage of Flare’s EVM and native data acquisition protocols, the State Connector, and Flare Time Series Oracle. These native protocols, secured by the network, provide decentralized access to high-integrity data from other blockchains and the internet, enabling the creation of new use cases and monetization models.
Blockchain
Identity thieves exploit security flaw to steal credit reports from Experian
The Experian website ostensibly required several questions to be answered to obtain a credit report, but the identity thieves discovered that they could trick Experian into giving them access to credit reports. Obtaining access was as simple as editing the address displayed in the browser URL bar at a specific point in the identity verification process
Privacy & Security
Syntiant to Introduce Turnkey Edge AI Security Solution at CES 2023
The company will display its edge AI audio, sensor and vision processing capabilities, including
audio event detection such as glass break, person or vehicle detection for smart cameras and doorbells, as well as inferences based on sensors, which include accelerometers for tamper detection.
Security
AMD unveils exascale data-center accelerator at CES
The accelerated processing unit (APU) is a mix of 13 chiplets, including CPU cores, GPU cores, and high bandwidth memory (HBM). Tallied together, AMD's Instinct MI300 accelerator comes in at 146 billion transistors.Automation & Productivity
Meta rolls out a new ad delivery system in response to discrimination 
“After the ad has been shown to a large enough group of people, the VRS measures aggregate demographic distribution of those who have seen the ad to understand how that audience compares with the demographic distribution of the eligible target audience selected by the advertiser,"
AI Ethics
Conversational AI startup NLX raises $4.6M to fuel expansion and product development 
NLX says it enables brands to create personalized voice, chat and multimodal conversations in one place through an end-to-end no-code platform. The platform provides a one-stop shop for building, managing and analyzing all self-service conversions
Automation & Productivity
CatchProbe receives $1M in funding from Applied Value Group to eliminate misinformation in cyber intelligence
Founded in 2017 by Turkish engineer and entrepreneur Batuhan Tosun, CatchProbe provides actionable web intelligence, OSINT, deception systems, threat intelligence, and digital crime analytics solutions and products through the world’s first AI-Driven SaaS-based centralized and autonomous intelligence platform.
Security
Microsoft looking at OpenAI’s GPT for Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Microsoft has reportedly been using OpenAI’s GPT technology to improve Outlook search results so users can find what they’re looking for without having to search using keywords in emails. Microsoft is also said to have looked at how these AI models could suggest replies to emails or recommend document changes to improve Word users’ writing. It’s not clear if Microsoft plans to launch these features, or if it’s just experimentation for now.
Automation & Productivity
AAG launches MetaOne Wallet to simplify and streamline the Web3 user experience
MetaOne will also play a vital role in helping drive the mainstream use and acceptance of Web3 primitives as the AAG team rolls out support for multiple blockchains in the coming weeks and the AAG Academy spearheads the efforts to raise awareness about crypto and Web3.
Web3
Malicious PyPI Packages Using Cloudflare Tunnels to Sneak Through Firewalls
The malicious code, as is increasingly the case, is concealed in the setup script (setup.py) of these libraries, meaning running a "pip install" command is enough to activate the malware deployment process.
Security
TrustRadius Enables Buyers With Comprehensive Technology Insights, Pioneering the First B2B Decisioning Platform
To continue that journey, and influenced by data collected from 2,185 technology buyers in the 2022 B2B Buying Disconnect report—virtually 100% of technology buyers expect to find user feedback, specs, pricing, and product demos without having to engage a salesperson—TrustRadius is building the ultimate B2B technology decisioning platform.
IT Management
Fathom.fm Launches New Version of Revolutionary AI-Powered Podcast Player—Now With ‘More Future’
Now Fathom has been completely re-designed to include both game-changing features (like creating custom clips and AI chapters) and daily driver features (downloads, much faster UI), so Fathom easily replaces listeners’ go-to daily podcast player.
Automation & Productivity
Twitter data breach shows APIs are a goldmine for PII and social engineering 
Insecure APIs provide cybercriminals with a direct line to access user’s personally identifiable information (PII), usernames and passwords, which are captured when a client makes a connection to a third-party service’s API
Security
Confluent acquires stream processing startup Immerok 
A stream processing application is a program that processes data in near real-time. A cybersecurity tool, for example, might process breach alerts in near real-time to speed up the detection of malware. In contrast, many traditional applications only analyze new information hours or days after it’s generated.
Data & Analytics
Rumble Launches a New Interface for Desktop and Mobile Web
Each video will also show useful statistics such as total views, number of comments, as well as likes and dislikes. The site’s search function will also now include both Channels and Videos within a single search, removing the need to search multiple times.
Automation & Productivity
Enfabrica intros hyper-distributed data moving ASIC
The initial product is a server fabric interconnect ASIC, a massively distributed IO chip. It will be part of an integrated hardware and software stack to interconnect compute, storage and networking to get applications executing in servers faster. This sounds like a Data Processing Unit (DPU) or SmartNIC device.
Automation & Productivity
CData Software Releases Certified Power BI Connector for CData Connect Cloud
Certified by Microsoft, the CData Connect Cloud Power BI Connector enables Connect Cloud users to access and analyze more of their disparate cloud data from within their Power BI dashboards.
Data & Analytics
New LogRhythm capabilities offer a force multiplier for security teams
Designed to streamline security analytics, the latest Axon updates are said to make it easier for teams to detect, investigate and report on potential threats. The additional features also reduce the burden of managing threats and the operating infrastructure.
Security
Confluent acquires Apache Flink vendor Immerok to expand data stream processing
“Streaming data has become very mainstream, and Kakfa is a platform now in almost every company,” Kreps told VentureBeat. “So, the next kind of logical problem to solve is, ‘What do you do with the streams of data and how can you make it easier and easier to build applications around?’”
Data Management
Arista floats its answer to the strain AI puts on networks
“What we are starting to see is a wave of applications based on AI, natural language, machine learning, that involve a huge ingestion of data distributed across hundreds or thousands of processors—CPUs, GPUs—all taking on that compute task, slicing it up into pieces, each processing their piece of it, and sending it back again,”
Network Management
Aporia Launches Direct Data Connectors, the Industry’s First Solution for Monitoring Large-scale Data to Ensure Safe and Trustworthy AI
Aporia, the observability platform for machine learning, announced today the launch of Direct Data Connectors (DDC). DDC is a novel technology to monitor machine learning models in production by connecting directly to training and inference datasets, without the need to duplicate any data
Data Management
Apple brings AI narration to audiobooks 
“This is an Apple Books audiobook narrated by a digital voice based on a human narrator,” reads each audiobook listing that uses Apple’s digital narration service. The listings include both free and paid books, and a report in The Verge says that although the voices sound perfectly intelligible, they also have an unmistakable “artificial edge” that lacks the same warmth as a human storyteller’s voice.
Artificial Intelligence
Arcion Introduces SAP Sybase ASE Connector for Ultimate Migration Flexibility
This new extension to the Arcion CDC platform enables high-volume database migration and real-time data replication with guaranteed delivery, 100% transactional integrity, and sub-second latency, with zero downtime
Data Management
Aviatrix, Equinix Encrypt Multi-Cloud Networking
This new service is particularly suited for large enterprises in need of management consolidation or simplification. “It allows customers who are using Aviatrix in the cloud to extend that operational model,” including connections management, visibility, and security, to all corners of an environment.
Network Management
Withings’ U-Scan lets you do urinalysis at home on a daily basis
One of the company’s most technologically advanced devices to date, U-Scan is a miniaturized health lab that hygienically sits within any toilet bowl to unlock the wealth of health information in daily urine.
MedTech
Linbit pushes DRDB-based software as SAN replacement
Savvy Linux users can provide SAN services to physical, virtual and containerized applications without buying a SAN product, by using LinBit open-source software based on DRDB, which is included in the Linux distribution.
Data Storage
Snowflake acquires Myst, looks to build time-series forecasting capabilities
Over the last year, Snowflake has worked aggressively to expand its data cloud. The Montana-based company has been focusing on building machine learning extensibility into the platform, and with this deal, it has taken a step in this direction.
Data & Analytics
SpyNote Strikes Again: Android Spyware Targeting Financial Institutions
"The reason behind this increase is that the developer of the spyware, who was previously selling it to other actors, made the source code public," ThreatFabric said in a report shared with The Hacker News. "This has helped other actors [in] developing and distributing the spyware, often also targeting banking institutions."
Privacy & Security
MeetKai rolls out creator tools for conversational AI and the metaverse
Rather than shoot for the extreme high-end of 3D graphics, MeetKai is targeting experiences that anyone can access via a web browser, without the need for expensive specialized hardware,
Metaverse
D2iQ Announces Newest Release of Its Kubernetes Platform
DKP 2.4 includes feature enhancements, version upgrades, and expanded infrastructure support across the leading cloud service providers, enhancing and unifying the management of fleets of Kubernetes clusters across hybrid, multi-cloud, and multi-cluster environments.
Cloud
Job applicant data stolen in breach of burger chain Five Guys 
A subsequent investigation determined on Dec. 8 that the data accessed was in relation to its employment process. The form letter only states that the data stolen were applicants names before a field labeled “Variable Text 1.” Presumably, the field would be populated with further information relating to the affected job applicant.
Data Privacy
Progress Software acquires NoSQL data integration engine MarkLogic 
Progress said the deal will give it a unified enterprise-grade semantic data platform for deriving value from complex data. MarkLogic is a multimodal database that can be used as a document store, a native DBMS for use with the extensible markup language, a Resource Description Framework store and a search engine.
Data & Analytics
Landis+Gyr & MicroEJ Collaborate on App OS Platform for Next Gen Smart Meters
MicroEJ, the leading provider of software containers for IoT and embedded devices, and Landis+Gyr, a global leader in energy management technologies, announced their collaboration to expand the app development environment for the next generation of smart meters. This collaboration establishes the digital foundation for more efficient and sustainable energy management.
Sustainability
The Evolving Tactics of Vidar Stealer: From Phishing Emails to Social Media
When a user creates an account on an online platform, a unique account page that can be accessed by anyone is generated," AhnLab Security Emergency Response Center (ASEC) disclosed in a technical analysis published late last month. "Threat actors write identifying characters and the C2 address in parts of this page."
Privacy & Security
Intel debuts new laptop processors with up to 24 cores 
The 13th Gen Intel Core processor series, which is also known as Raptor Lake, includes more than two dozen central processing units. Some are designed for high-end laptops that prioritize performance over power efficiency. Other Raptor Lake chips will ship as part of entry-level and midrange notebooks
Automation & Productivity
IRS Implements Robotic Process Automation Technology from UiPath Within Its Finance and Procurement Divisions
The IRS CFO office plans to use bots to format financial data and aims to deploy others to perform tasks such as consolidating information from multiple data sources, extracting data from documents, and retrieving data related to property and equipment vouchers.
Automation & Productivity
Uniphore Introduces Q for Sales: Real-Time EQ to Transform Remote B2B Buying Experiences
Built on Uniphore’s unique conversational AI and automation platform, Q for Sales leverages Computer Vision, Tonal Analysis, Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to capture and make recommendations on the full emotional spectrum of sales conversations to boost close rates and performance of sales teams.
Marketing Tech