Teckedin - Daily Curated Tech News - July - September 2021
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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
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
AlphaSense, An AI Search Engine For Corporations, Raises $180 Million In Series C Round Led By Goldman Sachs, Viking Global
The platform gives clients access to Wall Street equity research, trade journals, analyst research, conference call transcripts and company documents, among other content.
Artificial Intelligence
Tasq.ai promises faster data annotation for AI development
But Tasq.ai claims it offers 30 times faster data labeling for AI than current methods by combining ML models and proprietary technology to “intelligently deconstruct complex image data.”
Artificial Intelligence
Alkira and Check Point Software Technologies Collaborate to Bring Enterprise-Class Security to Cloud Workloads
The Check Point CloudGuard platform provides cloud native security with advanced threat prevention for all assets and workloads enabling customers to deploy the same robust security in the cloud that they are used to with on-premises systems
Security
Israeli tech startup Speedata launches out of stealth with $70M to accelerate big data analytics
Speedata is building the world’s first dedicated accelerator for expediting cloud-based database and analytic workloads by orders of magnitude and is set to disrupt the way analytics are processed in data centers.
Data & Analytics
Apple Pay with Visa Hacked to Make Payments via Unlocked iPhones
The team explained that fraudulent tap-and-go payments at card readers can be made using any iPhone that has a Visa card set up in “Express Transit” mode
Privacy & Security
Rockset Enhances Real-Time Analytics Database With Enterprise-Grade Security And Compliance
Industry’s Only Cloud Native Real-Time Analytics Database Adds a Comprehensive Set of Enterprise Security and Compliance Capabilities, Including SOC 2 Type II Compliance, Role-based Access Control, Views, Okta SSO, and More
Data Analytics
Elastic Stack vulnerability can lead to data theft and denial-of-service attacks 
To exfiltrate sensitive user and system data, attackers can abuse the lack of authorization between front-end and back-end services to obtain a working user account with basic permission levels.
Security
Vancouver, B.C.-based Semios raises $100M for farming tech and services
Founded in 2010, Semios’ wireless IoT network helps farmers assess the yield and grade of their tree fruit, nut, and other crops in near real-time. Sensors measure climate, soil moisture, and insect and disease activity. Other services include farm management planning and record keeping.
IoT/Mobility
Double-helix data storage developer Catalog gets funding boost
“Simply preserving data in DNA is not our end goal. Catalog will fundamentally change the economics of data by enabling enterprises to analyse and generate business value securely from data that previously would have been thrown away or archived in cold storage."
Data Storage
Juniper targets data center networks with flexible 400G switch
“We see enterprises accelerating their 400G technology adoption as integral to their strategy of future-proofing their networks for three years or more."
Network Management
Pure Storage Debuts Storage-as-Code Platform
The platform, dubbed Pure Fusion, provides a software-as-a-service management plane that pools storage arrays and clusters into availability zones. Additionally, the service automates tasks like workload placement and mobility and fleet rebalancing management
Data Storage
GitHub brings centralized, granular controls to enterprise user accounts
This represents part of GitHub’s broader efforts to transition software development away from local environments and into the cloud, the most obvious other example being its browser-based Codespaces platform which it recently launched for enterprises.
Apps/DevOps
TIBCO Accelerates Time-to-Insights with Enhancements to Analytics Portfolio
The product updates to TIBCO Spotfire, TIBCO WebFOCUS, TIBCO Data Science, and TIBCO Streaming create a critical link within the Hyperconverged Analytics experience, empowering organizations to better analyze data and predict their future.
Data & Analytics
Facebook will now let you make group chats across Instagram and Messenger
To be able to use the cross-app communications, you’ll have to opt in, and Facebook says that “over 70% of eligible people on Instagram have updated to the new Messenger experience.”
Apps
Buoyant brings zero-trust network policies to the heart of Linkerd service mesh 
Linkerd creates an abstraction layer across networking environments, making it easier for developers to deploy distributed applications within them. It automatically routes application traffic across multiple network underlays and eliminates the need to configure each application service for a specific network.
Network Management
Satellogic taps Amazon’s cloud to create a searchable, near-real-time view of Earth
The company provides its high-resolution images of the Earth to decision makers in areas such as agriculture and forestry, energy and sustainability, critical infrastructure, finance and insurance, environment and climate, and government.
Data & Analytics
Clumio brings its backup-as-a-service technology to Amazon S3 storage
Clumio Protect for Amazon S3 creates so-called immutable backups of the data that organizations keep in S3. Immutable backups can’t be deleted or modified even by administrators.
Security
Tonic.ai, which taps AI to generate synthetic tabular data, raises $35M
The platform lets developers create synthetic versions of their data for use in development and testing while taking steps to protect customer privacy, Coe says.
Data & Analytics
Read the room — virtually: Seattle startup lands $10M to analyze your face and voice on video calls
The idea is to give people feedback on how their audience is emotionally responding, whether it’s a sales pitch or a weekly all-hands meeting — like a FitBit that tracks steps, but for virtual meetings instead
Automation & Productivity
Conti Ransomware Expands Ability to Blow Up Backups
Palo Alto Networks has described the gang as a standout, and not in a good way: “It’s one of the most ruthless of the dozens of ransomware gangs that we follow,”
Security
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
Data observability platform Acceldata nabs $35M
Leveraging AI and machine learning algorithms, the platform exposes interactions between data, users, and applications, ensuring that the data — and the corresponding databases — are optimized in terms of performance, reliability, and cost.
Data & Analytics
Workflow automation platform Conexiom raises $130M
The platform automates invoices, vendor documents, order acknowledgements, requests for quotes, special pricing agreements, and more, delivering key data into enterprise resource management (ERM) systems and other databases of record.
Automation & Productivity
Kong simplifies cloud connectivity with plug-and-play API tools 
Kong Konnect is a full-stack service connectivity platform that allows developers, architects and operators to deliver connectivity at the edge, within their applications and in between applications from one control plane.
Cloud
Pure Storage Unveils Portworx Data Services, the Industry’s First Database-as-a-Service Platform for Kubernetes
With the click of a button, DevOps engineers can deploy a managed, production-grade data service on Kubernetes from the industry’s broadest catalog of options for SQL, NoSQL, search, streaming, and more, with fully automated Day-2 operations.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft launches data governance service Azure Purview in general availability
Today marks the broadened availability of Purview, which is now available to all Azure customers, with support for services and apps including SQL Server and Oracle, Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service, and Salesforce.
Data Governance
Dell sets new standard for high-speed, software-defined storage connectivity with NVMe-over-Fabric 
Dell said its supporting NVMe/TCP through its new NVMe IP SAN portfolio that’s based on Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fabrics technology, an extension of the NVMe network protocol to Ethernet and Fibre Channel that enables faster and more efficient connectivity between storage and server
Network Management
Enterprise AI platform Leena AI raises $30M to be a ‘Siri for employees’
However, Leena AI is carving a niche for itself by focusing specifically on human resource (HR) teams — it’s basically an automated employee helpdesk.
Automation & Productivity
New IBM and Linux Foundation toolkit makes AI projects more organized
The toolkit is called the Machine Learning eXchange and made its debut today under an open-source license. According to IBM, the software aims to address a common challenge for enterprises developing artificial intelligence applications: duplicate work.
Artificial Intelligence
Qlik Introduces Qlik Application Automation
Qlik today announced the debut of Qlik Application Automation, a no-code solution designed to drive action from context-aware insights through streamlined and optimized workflows between SaaS applications and Qlik Cloud.
Automation & Productivity
1Password partners with Fastmail for 'masked email' project allowing users to generate email aliases
The "Masked Email" service will allow 1Password users to create and manage secure, unique email aliases from directly within the 1Password platform. The feature is designed to help users hide their email addresses from certain apps or services they need to use.
Privacy & Security
Silent Breach Launches Quantum Armor, Providing Attack Surface and Cloud Security Management
Utilizing a range of proprietary algorithms, Quantum Armor is able to manage agentless port monitoring, configuration changes, log parsing, attack surface fluctuations and emerging cybersecurity trends at the click of a button.
Security
Splunk and DTEX Systems Partner to Accelerate Zero-Trust Security Operations with Insider Risk Intelligence & Noise-free Endpoint Telemetry
DTEX InTERCEPT’s human-based endpoint telemetry provides the full context around the data, machines, applications, and people involved in an event via a single, noise-free endpoint data signal.
Security
HPE expands GreenLake portfolio with new data protection and analytics services 
The service doubles as a long-term data retention tool. Some organizations, particularly in regulated industries, are subject to rules that require them to hold onto certain records for years. They can use HPE Backup and Recovery Service for VMware to keep archived records in the public cloud. 
Data Management
Paris-based tech startup Qovery raises $4M to bring simple, painless, 15-second cloud app deployment to developers worldwide
“‘Push your code, Qovery handles the rest.’ It’s an amazing thing to be able to tell a developer that all they need to do is push their code to Github and moments later it’s live as a running app on AWS."
Apps/DevOps
Qualcomm rolls out IoT-as-a-service for 30 different verticals
The smart venues suite could, for example, apply to a football stadium, a concert hall or a variety of other venues. They all, however, have commonalities, such as the need for crowd management, ticketing, security, janitorial services, and food kiosks.
IoT/Mobility
SolarWinds Attackers Hit Active Directory Servers with FoggyWeb Backdoor
In addition to remotely exfiltrating sensitive data, FoggyWeb also achieves persistence and communicates with a a command-and-control (C2) server to receive additional malicious components and execute them, Nafisi added.
Security
IBM and Atos partner to help financial businesses migrate to the cloud 
Atos and IBM said the center will provide technology and financial services expertise for clients, backed by dedicated Atos professionals who are trained on IBM Cloud for Financial Services, IBM Cloud Paks and Red Hat OpenShift.
Cloud
Coalition Raises $205M to Combine Cyber Insurance, Security Tools
“There’s over half a million open cybersecurity positions in the United States alone,” Motta said. “And that’s really the problem we’re trying to tackle: We’re trying to democratize access to cybersecurity in the literal sense. We don’t charge for it.”
Security
Apple’s new iOS 15 update now comes with a new privacy feature that lets users create “burner email addresses” — here’s how to do it
This privacy feature lets users create and use burner email addresses, a temporary email address that’s not linked to one’s identity but still forwards messages to their inbox.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft opens its Windows store up to third-party app stores
“Today, we are sharing that Amazon and Epic Games will bring their storefront apps to the Microsoft Store over the next few months, and we look forward to welcoming other stores as well in the future.”
Apps
BriefCam Introduces Video Analytics Enabled on Deep Learning Cameras from Axis Communications
Through the Axis Application Development Partner Program, BriefCam is one of the first to leverage the AXIS Camera Application Platform (ACAP) to enable comprehensive analytics directly on Axis Communications’ deep learning camera series
Data & Analytics
AI navigation tech startup Phiar lands ex-Google executive as CEO; raises $12 million in new funding
Phiar said it is building what it describes as the world’s most advanced Ultra-Lightweight Spatial AI Engine to enhance in-car navigation systems by overlaying directions on real-time video.
Artificial Intelligence
Civis Analytics Raises $30.7 Million in Series B Funding
Brands, nonprofits, and governments conducted more than 3,000 message tests on the Civis Platform to find their most persuasive messages using a controlled experiment, widely considered the gold standard in social science
Data & Analytics
DataDome launches enhanced online fraud and bot management service 
Details include when an attack happened, its duration, where it originated from, the domains and specific endpoints targeted, the top five targeted URLs and how the threat level compares to similar attacks within the same industry.
Data & Analytics
Ocrolus bags $80M in funding to automate document processing for banks and fintechs; now valued at over $500 million
Ocrolus describes itself as a Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) document processing and automation solution with full-stack capabilities: to classify, capture, detect and analyze financial documents and enable lenders to make faster, data-driven business decisions.
Automation & Productivity
Cloud artificial intelligence startup Akkio raises $3M from Bain Capital 
the Akkio platform is pitched as offering AI for people who aren’t data scientists. Offering a no-code platform, Akkio is designed for teams without dedicated data science or developer resources.
Artificial Intelligence
Exchange/Outlook Autodiscover Bug Spills $100K+ Email Passwords
“This is a severe security issue, since if an attacker can control such domains or has the ability to ‘sniff’ traffic in the same network, they can capture domain credentials in plain text (HTTP basic authentication) that are being transferred over the wire,” he said.
Security
CRM marketing startup Optimove raises $75M
Optimove employs AI models to organize customers into “microsegments” and monitor their migration between microsegments as their behaviors change.
Data & Analytics
Dell, IBM Demo Quantum Computing Emulator
That’s where IBM’s Qiskit Runtime comes in, Roese explained. Using the open source software, “it’s now possible to recreate parts of the quantum computing environment on classical resources.”
Quantum Computing
Google reportedly cutting its take on third-party cloud software sales 
Under the changes, the Google Cloud Platform is cutting its percentage revenue share from 20% to 3%. That’s the rate Microsoft Azure charges.
Cloud
3.8 Billion Users’ Combined Clubhouse, Facebook Data Up for Sale
According to CyberNews, the combined Clubhouse-Facebook database includes names, phone numbers and other data, and is listed on an underground forum for $100,000 for all 3.8 billion entries, with smaller chunks of data available for less
Security
Panther Protocol Is Revolutionizing Privacy on the Blockchain for DeFi Traders & Web3
Currently, Panther is building on public blockchains such as Ethereum, Polygon, Flare, Near and Avalanche with the ambition to privately connect all EVM compatible smart contract platforms and become the private, scalable infrastructure for the internet of blockchains.
Blockchain
Amazon Connect updates enhance agent productivity to enable mass outreach
Customer service representatives will be able to respond to phone calls or chat inquiries from customers in the same manner as if the contact center infrastructure were set up and managed on-premises.
Cloud
LevaData Introduces New Suite of Supply Management Software
This new application suite removes blind spots and creates deeper supply awareness. More specifically, LevaData captures relevant market and community intelligence for unparalleled visibility into supply and sourcing data trends.
Data & Analytics
ONF Conceives Ananki as Red Hat of Open Source Private 5G
Ananki is a software-defined service integrated with hyperscaler and edge frameworks that supports multi-cloud platforms
5G
Google's Chrome OS Enterprise targets contact centers with variety of partners
In the big picture, Google's Chrome OS Enterprise reflects the reality that contact center stacks are a hot market. Zoom is buying Five9 to play in the contact center space. Cisco's WebEx is also a key contact center player.
Automation & Productivity
Fabless semiconductor company Astera Labs raises $50M for AI hardware designs
“We built Astera Labs’ product portfolio based on the latest PCIe, CXL, and Ethernet protocols with unwavering focus to enable higher bandwidth and better resource utilization for cloud service providers.”
Cloud
Anvil Launches Workflows to Automate Complex Webs of Paperwork 
Anvil's Workflows transform PDFs (or sets of PDFs) into digital webforms that streamline digital data collection, select the appropriate documents to complete, prepare those documents, request signatures, and finally share the completed, signed PDFs and data wherever they need to go - all from a single, secure link
Automation & Productivity
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
Allego’s Newest Patent Enables Asynchronous Team Collaboration
With this technology, the Allego platform provides a paradigm for a rich social collaboration experience, allowing users to interact with comments via text or voice as a visually compelling threadable discussion.
Automation & Productivity
Facetune and Videoleap developer Lightricks secures $130 million in new funding
Professional digital content creators and casual social media users alike have been turning to Lightricks’s suite of applications to help boost the quality of their images and videos, without the need for specialist training, expensive editing software, or even too much time investment.
Automation & Productivity
AX Semantics Wins Gold for Best Business Technology Solution – AI and Machine Learning in the 2021 Stevie International Business Awards
AX Semantics integrates AI for grammatical alignment and prediction, providing access to its NLG tool in 110 languages in a manner of minutes, helping companies to scale rapidly and globally.
Artificial Intelligence
Siemens and Zscaler Partner on Integrated Zero Trust Security Solutions for OT/IT
Zero Trust only authorizes application-specific access based on verified user identity and context. In combination with the existing OT security mechanisms, such as cell protection firewalls, this allows implementation of a granular access concept.
Security
Truphone Enables Mass IoT Deployments With iSim Collaboration
This milestone will see Truphone significantly expand the reach of its industry-leading IoT connectivity solutions, providing global out-of-the-box connectivity to Sony’s Altair cellular IoT chipsets that will enable massive IoT deployment.
IoT/Mobility
Amazon simplifies business intelligence questions and answers with QuickSight Q 
With Amazon QuickSight Q, a company’s employees gain the ability to ask business questions easily using their natural voice and receive accurate answers in the shape of visualizations based on data. The idea is to help users quickly search and gain insights from company databases in seconds, using everyday language.
Data & Analytics
Two ’ixers combining HCI and VDI: Nutanix and Citrix partner
Nutanix and Citrix say they “can provide fully comprehensive Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) options for customers that enable them to procure, deploy, and manage their Citrix environments running on the Nutanix Cloud Platform, delivered with original equipment manufacturer (OEM), global system integrator (GSI), service provider (SP) and public cloud providers.”
Cloud
100M IoT Devices Exposed By Zero-Day Bug
“This could potentially put millions of lives and significant property at risk,” according to the firm. “The technology within NanoMQ is used for collecting real-time data from common devices including smartwatches, car sensors and fire-detection sensors."
Security
JavaScript protection and webpage monitoring startup Jscrambler raises $15M 
Using Jscrambler, the company says, JavaScript applications become self-defensive and resilient to tampering and reverse-engineering while also detecting and blocking client-side attacks such as Magecart and data exfiltration.
Security
IoT device security startup Sternum nabs $27M
Sternum’s technology and software sensors embed inside devices, enabling them to become “self-securing” — even if they haven’t been updated — while collecting info at runtime execution.
Security
Bigeye aims its sights at Data Reliability Engineering
Delivered as a cloud service, Bigeye continuously samples each data set, providing an ongoing timeline of data profiling to continually check for parameters such as row counts, cardinality, dups, nulls and blanks, syntax, expected values, and other outliers.
Data & Analytics
Scality Awarded New U.S. Patent for Breakthrough Technology in Hyper-Scale Data Protection
The new innovation provides the technical basis for enabling snapshots at massive scale, with the ability to capture billions of files in a single snapshot, leap-frogging the capacity of traditional NAS file systems by orders of magnitude.  
Data Management
Keep ransomware at bay: Qumulo’s in-house backup, recovery and DR-as-a-Service
Scale-out filesystem supplier Qumulo is offering its own data protection and cloud-based disaster recovery facilities, saying it protects against ransomware and customers no longer need expensive secondary data centres for disaster recovery (DR).
Security
Microsoft Security details extensive ‘phishing-as-a-service’ operation
Called BulletProofLink, the operation sells phishing kits, email templates, hosting and automated services at what’s described as a relatively low cost. The service offers over 100 phishing templates that mimic known brands, including Microsoft, and provides a service that’s nearly effortless to use
Security
Content automation platform Turtl raises $17M to make business materials more engaging
Being able to offer everything from the design right through to integrations, personalisation, automation and analytics allow us to make Turtl so much more powerful.”
Automation & Productivity
Lacework Invests In R&D, Recruitment, Goes Head-to-Head With Palo Alto Networks
“We wanted to create a system that actually gave you really high fidelity alerts where something really needed to be investigated that fit in a completely automated way into your development workflows,” Hatfield explained.
Security
Microsoft Gets Behind Eclipse Data Connector for B2B Collaborations
EDC is described  by the Eclipse Foundation as conforming with International Data Spaces standards  and Gaia-X project protocols. Gaia-X is an effort to create a "federated and secure data infrastructure" for sharing data and services in a decentralized way.
Data & Analytics
CBSE Will Use BlockChain Technology To Document Board Exam Results | Here’s How to Use it
Issuing a statement, the CBSE said it has made available the digitally signed certificates of Class X and XII for years 2019-2021 and will gradually push the certificates of previous years in the coming months.
Blockchain
HP Introduces Industry’s Most Robust Channel Intelligence Platform
With more than one billion data points uploaded to the platform on a weekly basis, HP Amplify Data Insights provides real-time access to multiple data sets catered to each partner’s business.
Data & Analytics
FamousSparrow APT Wings in to Spy on Hotels, Governments
The ProxyLogon remote code execution (RCE) bug was disclosed in March, and was used by more than 10 APT groups to establish access via shellcode to Exchange mail servers worldwide in a flurry of attacks.
Security
Active Nav debuts data mapping-as-a-service compliance tools 
Announced today, ActiveNav’s new Inventory service is said to be able to generate comprehensive data maps within minutes and make them accessible via pre-populated pulldown menus to support compliance requests such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Privacy Rights Act.
Data & Analytics
Metrika raises $14M funding for blockchain operational monitoring 
Metrika offers blockchain networks, and network operators, monitoring, analytics and operational intelligence with comprehensive data for all participants
Blockchain
 Clearsense Acquires Plug-and-Play AI Analytics Firm
The technology is a hand in glove complement to the end-to-end Clearsense platform which cleans, organizes, and enriches data to transform it into ready-to-use, insights that users trust.
Data & Analytics
Socure Introduces Predictive Document and ID Verification Solution with High Precision and Multi-Dimensional Risk Insights
Socure, an established provider of digital identity verification and fraud solutions, has introduced the industry’s “first” predictive document and ID verification solution with native fraud risk signals and intelligence
Privacy & Security
Osano, a data compliance platform, raises $11M
AI models trained on billions of live data samples, both public and private, rate privacy practices and map out third parties with whom Osano users are sharing data.
Privacy
Lenovo extends TruScale as-a-service model to its entire portfolio
This transition to a fully integrated, end-to-end, as-a-service model is part of the company’s “One Lenovo” strategy of providing its entire portfolio of clients and servers as a fully managed, on-premises cloud environment through TruScale leasing.
Cloud
Krista Software and Tech Mahindra Announce Key Strategic Partnership to Deliver Intelligent Automation at Scale to Customers
Krista helps customers automate complex business processes by orchestrating people, systems & AI/ML models in easy-to-understand “conversations” which drive specific business outcomes.

Automation & Productivity
Dell Technologies launches Dell EMC CloudIQ, eyes autonomous infrastructure
Like Cisco and HPE, Dell sees its future riding along with recurring revenue, financing and as-a-service offerings. The move is likely to speed up automation in data centers and infrastructure.
Cloud
Knoa Software Releases Tools for Quantifying ROI in the Context of Digital Transformation
The new Knoa ROI Calculator and the financial impact analytics included in the Knoa Analytics application enable organizations to quantify the ROI of their own user experience initiatives, in the context of their digital transformation projects.
Data & Analytics
Document startup PandaDoc announces Series C round at $1B valuation 
To simplify the creation of sales agreements, PandaDoc enables companies to store commonly used legal clauses in a content library. Salespeople can retrieve items from the library to quickly put together agreements without having to manually create everything from scratch.
Automation & Productivity
Druva quickens ransomware recovery with automated clean snapshot discovery
It has announced Curated Recovery software technology, which checks backups to find the latest uncorrupted copy of files and places them in a so-called golden master snapshot — a clean recovery point.
Data Storage
GSA targeting governmentwide cloud vehicle launch for early fiscal 2022
The General Services Administration is expecting to offer a governmentwide contract vehicle for core cloud services in early fiscal 2022 as it launches a new cloud marketplace that could further centralize federal agency IT procurement.
Cloud
C3 AI Reinvents Enterprise Software UX With C3 AI Data Vision
C3 AI Data Vision allows organizations to extract valuable insights from their data by interrelating disparate data, machine learning (ML) models, and associated processes to provide graphic visualization and analysis, allowing analysts to conduct deep investigations powered by enterprise AI.
Data & Analytics
Nutanix CEO Teases Security Platform, Zero Trust at Next
Nutanix launched the latest version of its AOS software, which now includes a network virtualization service on the AHV hypervisor called Flow Networking. The vendor says this simplifies networking and makes it easier for enterprises and services providers to create virtual private clouds.
Network Management
Fortanix brings tokenization capabilities to Snowflake customers 
Through Snowflake, Fortanix is pitching its service as an easy-to-implement and low-cost tokenization service that requires no hardware installation or perpetual license and can be up and running in minutes.
Security
BuzzGuru Debuts All-In-One Analytics Suite For Influencer Marketers On YouTube, Twitch And TikTok
The platform empowers marketers with the tools to search for perfectly aligned content creators within a database of more than 20 million influencers, analyze their performance and statistics, and plan advertising campaigns accordingly.
Data & Analytics
Yugabyte Delivers Distributed SQL with Cloud Database-as-a-Service
Developers can create and connect to a highly scalable, resilient Postgres compatible database in minutes with zero operational overhead.
Data & Analytics
CloudBolt expands DevOps tool integrations for hybrid cloud environments 
With cost automation for cost control, CloudBolt can continuously notify FinOps of real-time cost savings opportunities, while providing public cloud optimization across all major hyperscale platforms.
Cloud
Telit Announces New Industrial IoT Platform To Visualize Machine Data
Visualizing factory data can enable smarter business decisions by seeing patterns and trends, more easily analyzing data, and interpreting the data received.
Data & Analytics
Konica Minolta Announces Alliance Agreement with Automation Anywhere to Accelerate Cloud RPA Adoption
The collaboration will enhance Konica Minolta’s Intelligent Information Management (IIM) services portfolio by providing a powerful cloud-native platform, allowing customers a path in their digital transformation (DX) journey.
Automation & Productivity
Nutanix announces new features for Cloud Platform
"With these new features, we focused on addressing the common challenges many enterprises face in hybrid multicloud environments, including security, DR and virtual networking," Mirani said.
Cloud
OneTrust acquires Tugboat Logic to automate InfoSec assurance and certification
Data privacy, governance, and compliance platform OneTrust has announced plans to acquire Tugboat Logic, a platform that companies use to garner security certifications such as ISO 27001.
Security
‘Morale as a service’: How this startup went from facilitating dates to employee engagement
“Not all teams are the same — sales teams are different than engineering teams, and we’ve used our data to build unique experiences that fit each team,” Kovalsky said.
Automation & Productivity
Siemens launches AI solution to fight industrial cybercrime
On Tuesday, Siemens said a new offering, dubbed Eos.ii -- not to be confused with the blockchain protocol EOS.IO -- is an artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platform that "provides CISOs with an evergreen foundation for industrial IoT cybersecurity."
Security
Fivetran nabs $565M at $5.6B valuation and buys data integration firm HVR Software for $700M 
A retailer could use Fivetran’s service to send customer purchase logs from an on-premises sales database to a cloud data lake for analysis. Marketing teams can harness the service to sync ad performance data between their campaign monitoring tools.
Data & Analytics
Nokia rolls out latest IP routing silicon with new encryption capability
FP5 introduces an additional layer of network protection with ANYsec -- a new line rate, flow-based encryption capability integrated directly into the chipset.
Security
Wind River Brings Cutting-Edge UI/UX Capabilities to Wind River Studio with Acquisition of Particle Design
Its end-to-end UX research services employ a range of methodologies, from ethnographic research to user evaluations and usability testing; its design services include prototyping, interaction design, and wireframing.
Apps/DevOps
F5 Networks buys cloud security startup Threat Stack for $68M
Threat Stack’s intrusion detection platform works across hybrid cloud, multicloud and container environments and can also integrate with Slack to alert DevOps teams to any security concerns in real time.
Security
Payment API Bungling Exposes Millions of Users’ Payment Data
CloudSEK, maker of artificial intelligence- (AI-) enabled digital threat protection, reported last week that the mobile ecosystem is reeking with hard-coded API keys: Keys that should never be exposed in endpoint apps.
Security
Scammers allegedly earned $195,000 referring fake drivers to delivery apps
Prosecutors say the alleged scam ring created fake accounts using stolen personal information, then sold those accounts to otherwise unqualified drivers — while also collecting referral bonuses and building software to trick the apps.
Privacy & Security
Juniper enables Mist to handle network-fabric management
The company is adding Ethernet VPN-Virtual Extensible XLAN (EVPN-VXLAN)  support to its Mist AI cloud-based management platform let customers streamline network operations.
Network Management
French cloud hosting startup OVHcloud is going public at a $4.7 billion valuation
With 260,000 servers, 22 datacentres, and 18 million web applications hosted, the 22-year old startup claims to be the third biggest internet hosting company in the world
Cloud
Supermicro updates one-socket server line
AMD has led the way on this with its 32-core and 64-core EPYC processors that can do more with one chip than what a five-year-old dual-socket server can do. Dell has the servers available.
Automation & Productivity
Oasis Enhances Its eDiscovery Suite With Advanced AI Technology From Relativity
With Analytics already fully integrated into RelativityOne, this addition now provides clients the option of selecting Relativity 11 or RelativityOne without limitation on the use of analytics functionality.
Data & Analytics
AI-powered supply chain visibility platform Altana nabs $15M
“Today, we don’t know where our products come from, we don’t know what is inside the box, and we don’t know our extended supply chain networks. Altana answers these questions through data.”
Data & Analytics
Google: This major app change is coming to billions of Android devices soon
Come December, Google plans to ramp up the availability of "permissions auto-reset", an Android privacy feature that automatically winds back an app's previously-granted permissions to access a device's location, camera, microphone and so on.
Privacy & Security
Avalanche, one of the youngest smart contracts-enabled cryptocurrencies, raises $230M in funding led by Polychain, others
Founded in 2018, the New York-based Avalanche is an open-source platform for launching highly decentralized applications, new financial primitives, and new interoperable blockchains
Blockchain
Object Management Group Announces Application Programming Interfaces for Knowledge-Based Systems and Platforms
The separation of the business knowledge from the software systems that process it is critical to transparency, scalability, and flexibility of such solutions. To date, standard interfaces to support the development of these kinds of systems have been limited.
Apps/DevOps
CISA, FBI: State-Backed APTs May Be Exploiting Critical Zoho Bug
At issue is a critical authentication bypass vulnerability in Zoho ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus platform that can lead to remote code execution (RCE) and thus open the corporate doors to attackers who can run amok, with free rein across users’ Active Directory (AD) and cloud accounts.
Security
Oracle uses AI to automate parts of digital marketing
Oracle's Fusion Marketing system, as the product announced Monday is called, uses artificial intelligence to automatically assemble marketing campaigns and determine whether the people who interact with emails or advertisements might eventually buy a product, sending their contact information to sales teams.
Artificial Intelligence
Palo Alto shapes SASE package for hybrid enterprises
Prisma SASE gives customers an integrated bundle that supports everything from secure access control, advanced threat protection, and user-behavior monitoring to zero-trust network access support, a secure web gateway, a cloud-access security broker, firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), and SD-WAN technology.
Security
Triton To Launch Groundbreaking Audio Marketplace
In addition, The Triton Audio Marketplace will offer a complete set of audio ad tech and data solutions for brands for targeting and measurement, and will be the largest brand-safe audio marketplace, implementing first-in-its-class brand safety tools to ensure all impressions meet the IAB’s standards and brand’s expectations designed for a post-cookie world
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft steps up carbon-neutral effort with $100m donation to Breakthrough Energy Catalyst
According to Microsoft, Catalyst will focus on funding projects related to direct air capture, energy storage, greener aviation fuel, and green hydrogen at first, with other sectors -- including low-carbon steel production -- slated for the future.
Sustainability
Flow baby, flow — Datacenter-as-a-Service from Mirantis
Flow is cloud-native, vendor-agnostic and supports both virtual and containerised workloads. New customers can have the service up and running in five days. They deploy and run a centrally managed, scalable cloud infrastructure on a public cloud and out to the edge.
Cloud
Aircover raises $3 Million Seed Funding Led by Defy Partners
Aircover’s software integrates seamlessly into Zoom, automating various parts of the sales process and enabling go-to-market teams to have more effective sales conversations
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft announces Office 2021 launch date as new Office LTSC edition rolls out 
Office LTSC is aimed at companies whose employees require the ability to access Word, Excel and the other applications in the suite even when they don’t have internet access. The desktop computers used to manage production line operations at a factory, for example, are not always connected to a network.
Automation & Productivity
Telegram has seen a sharp rise in cybercriminal activities, report says
According to a recent investigation conducted by The Financial Times and cyber intelligence group Cyberint, though, there's been "a 100 percent-plus rise in Telegram usage by cybercriminals" recently. And FT says the rise in criminal activity on the app came after users flocked to it following a change in WhatsApp's privacy policy.
Security
Google’s new deep learning system can give a boost to radiologists
The findings show that, while deep learning is not close to replacing radiologists, it can help boost their productivity at a time that the world is facing a severe shortage of medical experts.
Artificial Intelligence
Private AI Secures $3.15 Million Seed Round to Streamline Privacy Compliance for Enterprises
“We’re thrilled to support the world-class team at Private AI as they augment their customers’ data redaction and pseudonymization capabilities, improving enterprise security posture without sacrificing business intelligence.”
Privacy & Security
Google extends its cloud storage capabilities with more choices on data replication 
Dual-region buckets are one global namespace that create a single bucket spanning two regions. In other words, while it looks like everything is kept in one place, the underlying storage is in two different locations.
Data Storage
Microsoft is readying a new Windows Server certification
Last year, When Microsoft announced plans to retire its MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications, many who had cut their teeth on learning the intricacies of on-premises server technologies were not too happy
Training/Certs
Domino Data Lab's new release pushes the envelope on MLOps
And because Domino focuses on all facets of machine learning operations, it hasn't added new ones, but has instead significantly improved a few of them: model monitoring, cloud deployment and supported distributed computing environments for model development and training.
Machine Learning
Honor partners with Microsoft to develop smart and integrated technology solutions
The company will integrate Microsoft’s cloud computing and AI technology into its product and services such as its YOYO intelligent assistant, collaboration tools, AI travel assistant, utilities, and translation services.
Automation & Productivity
Udemy expands corporate learning platform for businesses with new features
Udemy said the Business Pro platform will offer employers new features like Udemy Paths, skills assessments, workspaces, and hands-on labs across critical skills in information technology, software development and data & analytics.
Training/Certs
Datacenter fabric startup GigaIO lands $14.7M
“Infrastructure requirements are very different for data ingest phase versus the data training phase. Without GigaIO, individual systems are [designed] to handle each phase."
Data & Analytics
ServiceNow embeds Employee Center in Microsoft Teams
Under the Microsoft partnership, ServiceNow's Employee Center will be available as a collaborative app that can be embedded into Teams. Collaborative apps are a set of Teams apps that can be used across chat, channels and meetings.
Automation & Productivity
Kolide, a ‘transparency-first’ endpoint security platform, raises $17M
"Kolide builds user-focused endpoint solutions for teams that value productivity, transparency, and employee happiness via Slack. Why user-focused? Because end-users are capable of making rational and informed decisions about security risks when educated and honestly motivated.”
Security
Habu Launches CleanML To Expand Privacy-Safe and Governance-Safe Collaboration
With CleanML, multiple parties can provide distributed raw materials — such as a model, model-training code, or dataset — for machine learning, with each respective partners’ assets remaining safe in the protection of its own clean room
Data & Analytics
Data observability platform Bigeye lands $45M
“The tools [we] developed helped Uber rapidly scale its data platform while ensuring reliability. Now, [we’re] applying those lessons and making them available to all companies, even those without Uber’s resources.”
Data & Analytics
CDNetworks Launch a New Live Streaming Solution Named Cloud Live 
Cloud Live is surely a right live streaming solution for the businesses at any scale to deliver live contents to global audiences, such as enterprise conferences, online education courses, live concerts, tournaments broadcasting, etc.
Cloud
Tintri products refreshed with DDN controllers
“With the new IntelliFlash N6000 series and enhanced H-Series, DDN has made Enterprise data features and Intelligent Infrastructure and data management solutions accessible for at-scale customers.”
Data Storage
BetterUp Acquires Leading Emotion AI and People Technology Companies to Accelerate Growth
Over the past eight years, BetterUp has built the largest data set related to human behavior and growth. With its proprietary AI, BetterUp’s behavioral insights inform the company’s approach to coaching its members, which propels individual transformation and organizational growth.
Data & Analytics
Data-driven technical recruitment platform CodeSignal raises $50M
CodeSignal also announced a new “advanced” integrated code environment (IDE) that offers candidates a “similar experience to coding on a local machine,” allowing them to interact with all the various elements in a “persistent, fully configurable environment.”
DevOps
Computer vision dev platform Roboflow raises $20M
The platform provides a framework for developers to build computer vision into their products, enabling them to upload images and videos to train custom or prebuilt computer vision models.
Automation & Productivity
Amazon adds ability to scan Word and PDF documents to AWS Comprehend 
The new features include the ability to extract personally identifiable information, entity extraction, document classification and sentiment analysis. The added features are said to help users find insights within unconstructed documents such as email, dense paragraphs of text, or social media feeds
Automation & Productivity
New Salesforce Einstein Automate products help nontechnical customers 
Previewed in December, Einstein Automate is designed to enable users to create workflows for automating tasks such as processing customer requests with little to no coding. The new products add low-code tools to automate time-consuming, manual processes and the ability to integrate data across systems for wherever they’re based.
Automation & Productivity
Flywheel Raises $22 Million in Series C Funding
With Flywheel’s platform in place, researchers across academic, clinical and life sciences organizations can transform productivity and accelerate innovation in imaging research, multicenter studies, AI development and clinical trials.
Data Management
Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) Launches an Artificial Intelligence Benchmark (TPCx-AI)
“It is designed to emulate real-world examples of organizations that use a variety of production ready data science pipelines – including both AI and ML approaches – and is now widely available to anyone who would like to download and run it."
Artificial Intelligence
Pyxis One boosts platform with $17M
Mishra said that since Pyxis’s last funding round, the company has launched over 40 integrations across customer service management, analytics, social and advertising platforms, and creative platforms.
Data & Analytics
LOGIX Launches SD-WAN, a SASE Solution from Versa Networks, to Offer a Secure Networking Solution to Customers
LOGIX’s customers can now utilize the Versa Titan SASE solution to simplify management through one central view of their entire network, including detailed analytics into WAN traffic, enabling the prioritization of applications, and integrated firewall security to ensure the highest possible network performance.
Network Management
Zuora launches Unified Monetization for subscriptions, services
Unified Monetization will enable customers to bill for subscriptions and services on one platform and deliver one invoice if needed. The platform also has back-end integration and data reconciliation.
Automation & Productivity
Companies show early interest in ATARC’s Zero Trust Lab
Another perk of the Zero Trust Lab is it’s a neutral environment, as opposed to the curated environments agencies set up, affording companies an even playing field, Suder said.
Security
Toshiba unveils massive hard drives for your PC and NAS
For those with high storage needs, the 18TB N300 is a 7200 RPM 3.5-inch SATA high-endurance drive specifically designed for the rigors of 24/7/365 use in NAS boxes and other storage systems.
Data Storage
Seattle HR startup Humanly lands $4.2M to help companies automate parts of the interview process
The software uses progressive profiling, similar to a marketing tool, as a way to quickly understand a candidate’s intent and background. For companies that are getting thousands of applications per week, Humanly gives them a way to widen their net and screen people at scale.
Automation & Productivity
AI-powered ecommerce recommendation engine Constructor nabs $55M
Constructor’s AI-powered software aims to address the challenges with discovery tools including search, autosuggest, browse, recommendations, and collections
Artificial Intelligence
SEC charges App Annie and its founder with securities fraud; App Annie agreed to pay $10 million settlement
According to the SEC’s order, App Annie is one of the largest sellers of market data on mobile app performance, including estimates on the number of times a particular company’s app is downloaded, how often it’s used, and the amount of revenue the app generates for the company
Data & Analytics
Azure Zero-Day Flaws Highlight Lurking Supply-Chain Risk
Though Microsoft patched them this week in its monthly Patch Tuesday raft of updates, their presence in OMI highlights the risk for the supply chain when companies unknowingly run code — particularly open-source code — on their systems that allows for exploitation, researchers said.
Security
Certain Launches Touchpoint Stream to Power High Engagement Virtual and Hybrid Events
By capturing attendee engagement through features such as live polling, surveys, chat, gamification and discussion boards, Stream transforms that data into a tailored attendee journey throughout the event.
Automation & Productivity
WhatsApp begins testing a yellow pages-style business directory
As well as its app for small businesses, WhatsApp also offers a WhatsApp Business API to connect larger businesses with customers. It’s notable for being one of the few ways WhatsApp is monetized directly, since it currently doesn’t show ads like Facebook and Instagram
Apps
U.S. panel votes to approve $1 billion for FTC privacy probes
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee voted on Tuesday to give the Federal Trade Commission $1 billion to set up a bureau dedicated to improving data security and privacy and fighting identity theft.
Privacy & Security
Passwordless logins expand to all Microsoft accounts
Beginning today, consumer account holders can use the Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or a verification code sent to their phone or email to sign into a range of Microsoft services
Privacy & Security
Data integration startup Matillion raises $150M in late-stage round 
Matillion is a British firm that offers extract/transform/load services for multiple data sources. ETL refers to the three steps — extract, transform and load — that are used to prepare and blend data from multiple sources so it can be analyzed for business use.
Data & Analytics
SaaS data backup and recovery platform Rewind raises $65M
And that, ultimately, is what Rewind is set up for — it’s about “versioning,” giving SaaS app users the control to restore any files or data to a specific date and time.
Data Management
Phishers impersonate US Department of Transportation to target contractors after Senate passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill
Dozens of phishing emails sought to impersonate the DOT, with attackers contacting multiple companies in the engineering, energy architecture industries asking them to submit bids for federal contracts.  
Security
Dell EMC Isilon PowerScalisation — new models, ransomware protection and faster backup
“These … enhancements provide more flexible consumption, management, protection and security capabilities to eliminate data silos and help you effectively use unstructured data to innovate with confidence.”
Data Storage
Apiiro and NetSPI Partner to Provide Contextual, Risk-Based Penetration Testing
Apiiro, the industry’s first Code Risk Platform, and NetSPI, the leader in penetration testing and attack surface management, announced a strategic partnership to combine Apiiro’s comprehensive Application Risk Management capabilities with NetSPI’s Penetration Testing as a Service (PTaaS).
Security
Original Creators of Apache Pulsar Raise $23M Series-A for StreamNative
“When the original creators of Apache Pulsar join forces under StreamNative, you can safely bet that StreamNative will continue to develop the platform to achieve stronger performance and drive new highs in real-time analytics and a lot more.”
Data & Analytics
Everyone will be able to clone their voice in the future
Cloning your voice using artificial intelligence is simultaneously tedious and simple: hallmarks of a technology that’s just about mature and ready to go public.
Artificial Intelligence
Infrastructure access platform startup strongDM raises $54M
The platform manages and audits access to servers and databases, providing a single platform to control access to any database for employees, vendors and cloud-based tools.
Security
DataStax extends Astra DB serverless to go multiregion
Astra DB joins a very select group of databases that are serverless and can span more than one region to varying extents. It's currently the only one running on multiple clouds that's in GA.
Data & Analytics
AI edge hardware startup Deep Vision nabs $35M
Targeting use cases like retail, driver-monitoring systems, smart city installations, drones, and factory automation, the startup’s ARA-1 flagship chip can perform real-time video analytics as well as natural language processing for voice-controlled apps.
Artificial Intelligence
Restaurant tech startup Toast is going public next week at a $16 billion valuation
the Boston, MA-based Toast’s technology platform combines restaurant POS, front-of-house, back-of-house, and guest-facing technology with a diverse marketplace of third-party applications
Automation & Productivity
DISH partners with IBM for new cloud-native 5G network
DISH said in a statement that IBM will provide "AI-powered automation and network orchestration software and services to bring broad 5G network orchestration to DISH's business and operations platforms."
Cloud
Kinetica Fuses Streaming and Contextual Analysis At Scale
Kinetica is now the second database to have native integration with Kafka, and the first database with native integration capable of ingesting and analyzing data from Kafka in real-time.
Data & Analytics
Snowflake targets financial services with its first industry-specific data cloud
Snowflake’s decision to launch its first industry-specific data cloud hints at where the broader cloud computing sphere is heading — industry clouds are shaping up to be the next big thing, with Google, Amazon, and Microsoft battling for more cloud dollars by creating differentiated toolsets that cater to sector-specific use cases
Cloud
xCloud and Xbox Remote Play are officially available on Windows
Remote Play is also a nice addition, allowing you to stream games from an Xbox Series S or X, or Xbox One, to your Windows machine. Microsoft says the feature is available either on your home network or remotely over the internet, though you’ll likely get better performance if the game is running locally on the same network
Cloud Gaming
IBM ships high-density tape drives based on lastest spec
The Linear Tape-Open (LTO) 9 spec features a 50% improvement in capacity over LTO-8, which translates to 18TB native capacity, or 45TB after data is compressed. Fujifilm and Sony announced media last month, but IBM is the first with a drive.
Data Storage
Trilio announces new ransomware protection in its Kubernetes backup platform
The three main components of the framework include Identify and Protect, Detect and Mitigate and Recover. All Trilio for Kubernetes ransomware protection features from this new release and onward will align to this framework.
Security
dotData And Tableau Partner To Accelerate Augmented And Predictive Analytics For The Business Intelligence Community
By combining Tableau’s data preparation and visualization capabilities with dotData’s augmented insights discovery and predictive modeling capabilities, Tableau users can perform full-cycle predictive analysis from raw data through data preparation and insight discovery through AI-based predictions and actionable dashboards.
Data & Analytics
Australian graphic design tool startup Canva raises $200M on massive $40B valuation 
The Canva user community has created more than 7 billion designs, with 120 new designs created every second using Canva’s library of more than 800,000 templates and more than 100 million design ingredients.
Automation & Productivity
Lookout delivers first Zero Trust solution for mobile endpoints Lookout delivers first Zero Trust solution for mobile endpoints
Lookout, an integrated endpoint-to-cloud security company, has announced the industry’s first Zero Trust access solution that dynamically adapts to changes in the risk levels of mobile endpoints and users as well as the sensitivity level of data
Security
Alation Launches New Data Governance Product to Deliver Autonomous Governance at Scale
The new app revolutionizes multi-cloud governance and security and delivers autonomous, continual data governance using machine learning and AI (artificial intelligence).
Data & Analytics
Google Takes Giant Step Towards Powering Blockchain-Based Web 3
Search engine giant Google will not be refused a leadership position in powering the next generation of the world wide web, supercharged by blockchain. Today, Google Cloud announces it has joined forces with Dapper Labs, a Canadian startup best known as the developer of the $680 million NBA Top Shot marketplace, to support and scale Dapper’s Flow blockchain.
Blockchain
Syniti Acquires Data Matching Technology Company 360Science
With the ability to produce matching results at scale that mirror human-like perception without preprocessing, 360Science software gives organizations a higher level of data accuracy while greatly improving time to insight.
Data & Analytics
Builder.ai Introduces AI-Powered Product Manager Natasha
“We’ve launched the new Builder Studio 3.0 with the beta of Natasha to push the envelope of what we all thought was possible. Imagine a world where you can pick up the phone, speak to Natasha and three days later have your app in the AppStore; this is the future we are building towards.”
Artificial Intelligence
DataRobot aims to accelerate AI delivery and operationalize low-code dev
The new release enhances the options for creating a pipeline that turns incoming data into business decisions. It runs on premises or in all of the major clouds. Any company that wants a SAAS option can pay by the call.
Data & Analytics
Pair of Google Chrome Zero-Day Bugs Actively Exploited
Out-of-bounds write flaws can result in corruption of data, a crash or code execution. Use-after-free issues can result in any number of attack types, ranging from the corruption of valid data to the execution of arbitrary code.
Security
Cloud automation software firm SkyKick raises $130M in new funding round 
Its platform provides tools for independent technology service providers or ITSPs to automate cloud administration, support and security in the service of small and medium businesses.
Cloud
Flying taxi startup Urban Aeronautics readies for takeoff with $10M in funding 
Urban Aeronautics has developed CityHawk, a compact eVTOL that melds the dynamics of a helicopter with the look and feel of a regular car and runs on an environmentally friendly fuel sourc
Emerging Tech
Google launches cloud-based Supply Chain Twin to aid enterprise logistics planning 
The Supply Chain Twin enables companies to build a “digital twin,” or virtual representation of their physical supply chain, while the Supply Chain Pulse module works with it to provide alerts and solutions to any possible disruptions.
Cloud
Xiaomi shows off concept smart glasses with MicroLED display
However, coming after Facebook’s announcement and right before Apple’s iPhone event, the concept demonstration is a clear indicator that Xiaomi wants to be considered as a player in the AR space.
AR
Juniper rolls out campus fabric management service to handle more devices
The enhancements include a new campus fabric management capability that should help enterprises handle the growing number of mobile and IoT devices on their networks. Juniper is also expanding the capabilities of the the Marvis Virtual Network Assistant, to offer more proactive problem remediation.
Network Management
Palo Alto Networks' Prisma SASE Melds SD-WAN With Security
The security vendor claims Prisma SASE provides customers with a simpler way to adopt SASE that serves both remote and branch users. It launches alongside enhanced CloudBlades integrations, as well as a 5G connected SD-WAN appliance.
Network Management
Google’s TensorFlow Similarity helps AI models find related items
Once a model is trained, TensorFlow Similarity builds an index that contains the embeddings of the various items to make them searchable. According to Google, the library enables searches over millions of indexed items, retrieving the top similar matches within a fraction of seconds.
Artificial Intelligence
PrivaceraCloud Joins Okta Integration Network to Provide Industry-Leading Access Governance Across the Open Cloud
Privacera reduces the burden by seamlessly syncing and managing identity data from authentication systems like Okta with authorization entitlements, so that there are no gaps or inconsistencies, and governance policies can be uniformly enforced and audited across cloud environments.”
Data Governance
Ambi Robotics, which develops robot grasping systems, raises $28M
“On day one, Ambi AI-powered robotic systems can pick and place a wide variety of parcels including bags, boxes, and envelopes of various shapes and sizes, working collaboratively with humans to double throughput over existing manual processes.”
Automation & Productivity
Stratasys expands 3D printed anatomical modeling efforts
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a Stratasys subsidiary, has created a Healthcare Print Center in Eden Prairie, Minn. that includes Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy printers. That 3D printer is used to create 3D printed medical and anatomical models for medical device manufacturers and healthcare providers.
Automation & Productivity
Intuit buys Mailchimp for $12 billion, eyes end-to-end SMB platform
According to Intuit, the acquisition of Mailchimp will enable it to build an "end-to-end customer growth platform" for SMBs. Intuit added that its SMB platform will enable businesses to go online, market, manage customer relationships and get analytics while managing cash flow.
Automation & Productivity
net2phone Introduces Phone App For Teams
“For the great many organizations that use Microsoft Teams but have chosen not to voice-enable their service due to cost, our new Phone App offers a compelling union of voice and savings.”
Automation & Productivity
How Walgreens’ sloppy Covid-19 test registration system exposed patient data
The platform’s vulnerabilities are also another example of how technology meant to assist in the effort to stop the pandemic was built or implemented too quickly and carelessly to fully take privacy and security into account.
Privacy & Security
Socket to me: Veeam Instance license confusion
Socket-based licensing Veeam users are getting alarmed about Veeam Universal License Perpetual costs amidst Veeam’s plans to phase out socket-based licenses.
Data Storage
TransUnion Set to Acquire Neustar For $3.1 Billion
Neustar’s OneID platform will help to unify the digital identity capability TransUnion has built and acquired in recent years including the TLO data assets and fusion platform, the iovation device reputation network and the digital marketing capabilities of Tru Optik, among others.
Security
Over 60 million wearable, fitness tracking records exposed via unsecured database
Based in New York, GetHealth describes itself as a "unified solution to access health and wellness data from hundreds of wearables, medical devices, and apps.
Privacy & Security
Materialize Brings Standard SQL to Streaming with Cloud Product Launch
Materialize Cloud makes it simple for any business to understand streaming data, answer complex questions and build intelligent applications without needing specialized skills.
Data & Analytics
Aporia Launches Self-Serve Machine Learning Platform Open to Public
Aporia’s new self-serve product empowers data scientists and ML engineers to begin implementing monitoring logic for early detection of issues like data drift, unexpected bias, and performance degradation, and build their very own monitoring system for their ML models within minutes of entering the platform.
Machine Learning
JFrog acquires Upswift to bring IoT software updates to DevOps
Using Upswift, companies can update all their devices to ensure they have the latest patches and security upgrades and control and monitor each connected device by sending data directly to a centralized Upswift dashboard.
IoT/Mobility
Rezilion raises $30M to automate DevOps security tools 
As a result, Rezilion’s solution uses taxonomies and machine learning context awareness to understand what the code is doing and allows DevOps teams to provide patches only when the code is actually exploitable.
DevOps
Microsoft acquires San Diego-based learning marketplace tech startup TakeLessons
Microsoft said the acquisition will enable the company to provide opportunities for people to find educational content, and not just in the business realm. The acquisition will also complement LinkedIn, the professional networking platform that also specializes in providing content on leadership, sales, and other business subjects.
E-Learning
Tenable acquires infrastructure-monitoring startup Accurics
“Fully integrating security into the DevOps process and leveraging IaC processes to assess and prevent problems before deployment will secure cloud operations at speed and scale,”
Security
BitSight raises $250M and buys startup rival to boost its cyber risk platform 
The platform flags cloud instances with misconfigured security settings, as well as software-as-a-service applications used by employees without permission from the information technology team
Security
Zoom is adding live translation services and coming to Facebook VR
Automatic live transcriptions / closed captions in English were announced to be coming to free Zoom accounts in February 2021. Now Zoom says it “plans to provide real-time transcription for (as many as 30 additional languages) by the end of next year.”
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft combines federal team with Azure cloud unit
Althoff wrote that the company will move its federal team into its engineering organization and “effective October 1, the U.S. Federal team will begin operating as its own subsidiary.”
Cloud
Lenovo and VMware partner for resilient edge servers
As part of the deal, Lenovo's Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) will pre-load VMware's edge software on its ThinkSystem SE350 Edge servers, a pair of ruggedized servers designed specifically for edge deployments. This includes vSphere, vSan, and Tanzu.
Automation & Productivity
The first iPhone with 1TB of storage is reportedly coming Tuesday
Kuo also says the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will have storage configurations of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, but no 64GB option.
Automation & Productivity
Moody’s spending $250 million to measure risk of America’s biggest companies getting hacked
As part of the deal, Moody’s will become the largest minority shareholder in Bitsight. In addition, BitSight will acquire a cyber risk rating system created by Moody’s and Team8, a company which bills itself as a “think tank” focused on global cybersecurity issues.
Security
Multicloud DevOps platform Copado raises $140M
Founded in 2013, Copado has mostly focused on the Salesforce ecosystem through its eight-year history, offering enterprises an integrated platform covering myriad DevOps processes, including agile planning, continuous delivery, compliance, version control, testing, and analytics.
Apps/DevOps
MTS AI Center launches US$100 million Artificial Intelligence fund and global accelerator
MTS AI Center, an international AI subsidiary of Russia’s largest telecom operator, MTS, has announced the launch of a US$100 million AI fund and accelerator to spearhead the development and commercialisation of AI solutions and promising AI start-ups across Asia, Europe and North America.
Artificial Intelligence
Facebook’s Superpack data compression technique reduces Android app size by 20% 
According to Batia, Superpack’s strength lies in its ability to compress specific types of code such as machine code and bytecode as well as some kinds of structured data.
Apps/DevOps
WhatsApp reportedly developing transcriptions to tame chaotic voice notes
Transcriptions could let people silently see the contents of a voice message, or reference important details later without having to scrub through audio.
Automation & Productivity
Cloud Based Logicbroker Launches New Curated Marketplace Solution
Curated marketplaces are a growing eCommerce solution that allows brands to create their own online marketplace and expanded product assortment. This enables brands to respond quickly to trends and shifts in consumer demand with a curated endless aisle of inventory.
Marketplace
Cloud directory service JumpCloud raises $159M in late-stage round at $2.56B valuation 
Its directory provides core identity and access control services, multifactor authentication, single sign-on and integration with other popular directories such as Microsoft Corp.’s Active Directory and the neutral Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.
Cloud
MyRepublic Data Breach Raises Data-Protection Questions
The intrusion in question was aimed at a third-party data storage platform used to store the personal data of MyRepublic’s mobile customers,
Security
Octopai Introduces New Data Catalog Designed for a Hybrid World to Unify Business Intelligence Teams Across Organizations
Taking the lead in tackling these issues, Octopai's new automated data catalog has an easy implementation process, provides full coverage of BI platforms that are either on-premise or cloud-based, and democratizes data with built-in collaboration.
Data & Analytics
Facebook has been giving misinformation researchers incomplete data
"From a human point of view, there were 47 people on that call today and every single one of those projects is at risk, and some are completely destroyed."
Data & Analytics
MariaDB Adds NoSQL Listener Capability as Technical Preview
The listener’s functionality is made possible through a new nosql protocol module, which enables a MariaDB server or cluster to be used as the backend of an application using a MongoDB client library.
Data & Analytics
iDrive launches cloud-based Remote Desktop for PCs
iDrive on Sept. 9 launched Remote Desktop, a new cloud service that enables users to remotely access their RDP-based Windows computers and servers from any PC, Mac, Android, or iOS device at any time from any location
Automation & Productivity
Salesforce Service Cloud Gets New Advanced Embedded AI, RPA and Call Mining Features
It showcases the way Salesforce developers and AI engineers are working tirelessly to bring together messaging, phone interactions, digital channels, and CRM data in one central workspace for service agents.
Automation & Productivity
VOXOX Expands Expert Teams for a Future in Artificial Intelligence 
"VOXOX is leaping forward through the growth of our teams by bringing in skilled experts who have a great focus on providing remarkable automated solutions. Our intelligent assistant, virtual receptionists, and SMS drip campaigns are only the beginning of the AI-powered features that VOXOX has to offer."
Artificial Intelligence
Facebook unveils its first smart glasses that let users take photos and record videos with voice commands
The glasses, which were developed in partnership with Ray-Ban maker EssilorLuxottica, enable wearers to listen to music, let users take calls, or capture photos and short videos and share them across Facebook’s services using a companion app.
Apps
DeepMind aims to marry deep learning and classic algorithms
And this suggests that if deep learning methods were better able to mimic algorithms, then generalization of the sort seen with algorithms would become possible with deep learning.
Artificial Intelligence
WhatsApp is adding encrypted backups
“WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage across operating systems,"
Security
Palo Alto Networks reveals malware-detecting WiFi router 
Palo Alto Networks Inc.’s newest product is the Okyo Garde, a wireless mesh router with built-in cybersecurity capabilities that enterprises can use to protect remote workers’ home networks from hacking attempts. 
Security
Nokia Wins U.S. Cellular 5G Standalone Core Contract
U.S. Cellular activated its first 5G markets in parts of Iowa and Wisconsin in early 2020. The operator claims Nokia’s 5G SA core will help it deliver higher speeds, lower latencies, and new applications at a faster pace.
Telecom
Google debuts new Private Compute features in ramp up of Android security
Currently in Android 12 Beta, Private Compute Core is an open source platform that aims to isolate itself from other apps and the main operating system on an Android device to improve privacy and security.
Security
Federal zero-trust strategy needs more deadlines say tech officials
Barney would like to see a “no humans in production” requirement — where products are automatically deployed to a production environment without manual intervention — however. USCIS isn’t 100% of the way there yet.
Security
TimeDAO Launches World’s Smartest Time Capsule Using Blockchain Technology
Today’s digital time capsules involve a major flaw; they are hosted by companies on centralized servers. If the servers get hacked, the capsule information is stolen, and if the business fails, the time capsule is lost. Not to mention these corporations have access to users’ capsule’s content the same way Facebook has access to users’ conversations.
Blockchain
‘Azurescape’ Kubernetes Attack Allows Cross-Container Cloud Compromise
The issue exists in Azure Container Instances (ACI), which is Microsoft’s container-as-a-service (CaaS) offering (which enables users to run cloud containers without having to deal with managing the underlying infrastructure)
Security
Weebit makes whopping big stride towards ReRAM production
The resistance states are stable, making this ReRAM non-volatile, and state changes are faster than NAND writes, making it a storage-class memory tech.
Data Storage
Google’s Material You design is coming to Gmail, Calendar, and Docs on Android
It’s part of the bigger Android 12 redesign that includes big, bubbly buttons, shifting colors, smoother animations, and some overhauls to built-in apps.
Apps
Healthcare orgs in California, Arizona send out breach letters for nearly 150,000 after SSNs accessed during ransomware attacks
It took until August 9, 2021 for Netgain and LifeLong Medical Care to complete their investigation, and the companies eventually found that full names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, patient cardholder numbers, treatment and diagnosis information was "accessed and/or acquired" during the attacks.
Security
Microsoft launches new Teams, LinkedIn features focused on hybrid work
After previewing earlier this year new AI-powered tools heading to Teams Rooms, Microsoft today detailed what it calls “a new category of intelligent cameras,” powered by active speaker tracking, multiple video streams, and people recognition.
Automation & Productivity
DataSwitch-Voracity Combo Modernizes Data Engineering, Security and Self-Service BI
The strategic alliance underway involves deep levels of metadata and operational integration that leverage the front-end ergonomic and functional strengths of DataSwitch IP, and the back-end data transformation speed and security strengths of the IRI Voracity data management software.
Data & Analytics
SPDX is now official data standard for software bill of materials
The Software Packet Data Exchange (SPDX), a file format and open standard used for more than a decade to document all the components in a piece of software, is now an internationally recognized standard for software bill of materials (SBOM).
Security
Jvion Drives Adoption of Prescriptive Intelligence and Clinical AI with New Peer-Reviewed Results, Platform Integrations and SDOH Solutions
“We are seeing incredible momentum in terms of both need and adoption of our prescriptive intelligence. These partnerships represent a vote of confidence from some of the biggest names in healthcare that our use of clinical AI to understand the modifiable aspects of a person’s healthcare journey can enable better care delivery and outcomes,"
Data & Analytics
LinkedIn doubles down on development with new learning hub, free courses and new search fields for hybrid working
The Learning Hub was first previewed back in April of this year and has been running in a limited beta. Today, as part of a bigger event hosted by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky where they are discussing new trends in the world of work, the Hub is being rolled out more widely.
Training
Epic is shutting down Houseparty
Going forward, however, “the team behind Houseparty is working on creating new ways to have meaningful and authentic social interactions at metaverse scale across the Epic Games family,"
Apps
NCS eyes APAC expansion with data analytics, cloud acquisitions
According to NCS, the three acquisitions would bolster its services arm, NCS Next, which was set up internally two years ago to focus on digital, cloud, and platform services. The business unit had earmarked Singapore, Greater China, and Australia as key growth markets.
Data & Analytics
Corti.ai Raises $27 Million in Series A Funding to Transform Patient Consultations With Artificial Intelligence
Corti’s machine learning platform can listen in during patient consultations and help to document, code, and quality assure the interaction in real-time, saving time and reducing risk
Artificial Intelligence
New Open-Source Wireless GPS/GNSS Hardware for IoT and Autonomous Applications
The project is available as open-source, thus empowering the community to easily fit autonomous or robotic systems with communication and highly accurate and reliable GNSS positioning technology
IoT/Mobility
Dell Tech Takes On Ransomware With Better Backup Software
This includes a new backup software for virtual machines (VMs) called Transparent Snapshots, and it will be globally available this quarter at no additional cost to existing Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager customers.
Data Storage
IoTeX Now Connects Blockchain With IOT And Smart Devices [Fast & Secure]
This is why a group of Ph.Ds. from the University of Waterloo and the National University of Singapore and engineers created the IoTeX network that strives to expand and secure the IoT space, including smart devices, DeFi, transportation, healthcare, and so much more.
Blockchain
Customer relationship tracker Affinity nabs $80M
Founded in 2014, Affinity aggregates customer data produced by interactions and communications like email and calendar meetings, leveraging AI to analyze each data point
Data & Analytics
Amazon’s new co-op mode on Luna offers an interesting use case for cloud gaming service
Luna is a paid subscription service that allows users to play included video games through a compatible web browser or smart device, by streaming them directly from Amazon’s servers
Cloud Gaming
Octo Partners with Dataiku to Enable Data Science Collaboration
"This is especially important as we work toward making tactical data accessible to soldiers, first responders, and teams in other sectors that depend on the ability of our data scientists to collaborate and find viable solutions.”
Data & Analytics
Rave Mobile Safety Announces Collaboration with PowerSchool to Keep Teachers, Students and Families Safe, Connected and Informed
From the front office to the classroom to the home, PowerSchool helps schools and districts efficiently manage instruction, learning, grading, attendance, assessment, analytics, state reporting, special education, student registration, talent, finance and HR
EDTech
Open source security scanning platform Snyk raises $300M
That Snyk targets its security smarts at developers rather than security teams is notable, as it means that it’s looking to catch issues not only before they goes into the live codebase, but in real time as the developer codes.
Security
Fortinet Pledges to Train 1 Million Cybersecurity Professionals
Fortinet earlier this year extended its free training program. The vendor first introduced the Network Security Experts (NSE) Training Institute in April 2020, and in January it made all the self-paced courses available for free in part to respond to the pandemic-led cybersecurity professionals shortage crisis
Training/Cert
IBM launches Watson Assistant capabilities for call center automation
Thanks to a collaboration with IntelePeer, it’s now easier to set up and test Watson Assistant voice agents. And a new Agent App allows for a more seamless handoff to a live agent.
Automation & Productivity
HPE adds superpower StoreOnce deduped backup appliances
"HPE StoreOnce modernizes data protection for your hybrid cloud environment by neutralizing threats like ransomware, simplifying operations, delivering on SLAs, and protecting data — without any lock-in, and with rapid recovery on-premises in your datacenter or low-cost archiving in the cloud.”
Data Storage
Commvault Adds New Ransomware Protection And Response Services To Its Data Security Solutions
It offers tangible outcomes such as a readiness scorecard, key findings, and recommendations and a prioritized action plan.
Security
Marketers Can Now Seamlessly Integrate TrustRadius and 6sense Intent Data for Better Results
“Serious buyers use TrustRadius to make purchase decisions. Their behavior translates to intent data signals. Those downstream signals are among the strongest in the market. We’re excited to partner with 6sense to give marketers access to this second-party intent data."
Data & Analytics
Shutterstock pays $110M to acquire PicMonkey, a photo editing and graphic design software maker
Founded in 2012, PicMonkey targets small businesses and brands with its suite of cloud-based tools. The company said 10 billion images have been made on its platform. PicMonkey’s product will continue to exist for now; its stock photography will now be provided by Shutterstock.
Automation & Productivity
Twitter is testing a ‘Communities’ feature for people who want to stick to one topic 
In what has been a transformative time for Twitter, the company is now going the way of Facebook Inc. and its Groups feature and Reddit Inc.’s subreddits.
Apps
Commerce establishes National AI Advisory Committee
It seeks to recruit top-level talent to serve on the new panel, which is called the National AI Advisory Committee. DOC also seeks members for a new AI and Law Enforcement subcommittee
Artificial Intelligence
Facebook and Ray-Ban’s smart glasses leak before launch
Zuckerberg said that the product is part of the company’s “journey towards full augmented reality glasses in the future,” and more advanced AR glasses are also in the works.
AR
Coveo adds more developer features to its AI-powered digital experience platform 
The startup’s search engine, which is still a key part of its feature set, can be embedded into a corporate website to help users quickly find specific pages. The software uses an array of AI algorithms to personalize results for each website visitor.
Artificial Intelligence
Amazon EKS Anywhere launches into general availability 
The service is an extension of the Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service, which is a managed offering that makes it possible to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install, operate and maintain a Kubernetes control plane or nodes.
Cloud
Eight bid protests over CIO-SP4 solicitation yet to be resolved
CIO-SP4 is one of the largest technology procurement vehicles to be launched in recent years and has 10 task areas, including IT services, CIO support, cybersecurity, digital government and cloud services, and software development.
Procurement
Fintech startup Eventus closes $30M Series B funding to grow its multi-asset class trade surveillance platform and expand its global footprint
Eventus has developed financial technology to monitor fraudulent market activities and prevent trading manipulations. Through its Validus platform, Eventus enables traders to see what’s going on with their trading activities.
FinTech
FireMon Acquires Cloud SecOps Provider DisruptOps, Co-Founder Rejoins Company
DisruptOps monitors, alerts and responds to risk across public cloud providers including AWS, Azure, and coming soon to Google Cloud.
Cloud
Teradata Solves Challenges of Executing Analytics at Scale for Enterprise Customers
This move further supports Teradata’s strategic analytics framework that gives data-driven enterprises a step-by-step solution for deploying analytical models at scale.
Data & Analytics
Multicloud networking startup Aviatrix raises $200M at $2B valuation 
The platform further eases IT teams’ work by automating common maintenance tasks. Aviatrix automatically optimizes connection speeds by finding the fastest available network path and provides reliability features that reduce the risk of outage
IT Management
Sumo Logic and IBM Expand Collaboration to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption
"We are excited about our collaboration with IBM to offer our Continuous Intelligence Platform with Red Hat OpenShift on Red Hat Marketplace, making it easier for customers to take advantage of our DevSecOps platform as they modernize and migrate their applications across hybrid cloud environments.”
Cloud
IBM unveils new generation of IBM Power servers for frictionless, scalable hybrid cloud
The IBM Power10-equipped E1080 server is engineered to be one of the most secured server platforms and is designed to help clients operate a secured, frictionlessiii hybrid cloud experience across their entire IT infrastructure.
Cloud
Netlify Integrates with Datadog for Management and Analytics of Netlify Logs
Netlify’s Datadog integration uses Netlify’s new Log Drains functionality, allowing all web traffic and serverless functions logs to be sent to Datadog for deeper review and correlation with data from other sources.
Data & Analytics
Google introduces Flutter 2.5 with big performance updates and new Material You support 
This update continues to improve the performance of Flutter from previous versions for animations and shaders so that users have the best experience possible when running apps. Especially in iOS, asynchronous events such as accessing network, filesystem, plugins and other events could interrupt animations.
Apps/DevOps
Marpipe Raises $8 Million Series A to Build the Operating System for Creative Testing
“Creatives and marketers know that testing ad creative is one of their most important activities, but for many decades, the workflow behind creative testing has remained entirely manual with minimal actionable learnings,”
Automation & Productivity
ADVANCE.AI partners with Dow Jones to strengthen risk and compliance solutions across South and Southeast Asia
Under the partnership, ADVANCE.AI will integrate Dow Jones' best-in-class anti-money laundering (AML), risk and compliance data into its core suite of services comprising digital identity verification, risk and credit scoring, and digital lending.
Artificial Intelligence
Mendix debuts new AI features for its low-code application development platform 
The first new AI feature the company debuted today is a tool called Page Bot. It provides software teams with recommendations on how to design a new application’s user interface.
Artificial Intelligence
Database startup SingleStore raises $75M
“SingleStore is a single database for all data-intensive applications in a hybrid, multicloud environment. [We offer] a unified database to handle both transactional and analytical workloads with separation of storage and compute and system of record capabilities."
Data & Analytics
Belden Brings Data Center Solutions Straight to Customers with their New Mobile Collaboration Center
“Belden’s data center solutions are designed to be used anywhere within the white space or gray space, including facilities management and core IT, Ethernet over IP (EoIP) and OT requirements for building controls, command and control, security and surveillance."
IT Management
PayPal To Acquire Paidy 
Paidy's ability to rapidly develop and successfully launch innovative products, including its Paidy 3-Pay monthly installment offering, has driven strong engagement with its more than six million registered users and helped establish strategic relationships with leading global brands and online marketplaces.
FinTech
UserWay and Duda Partner to Make Professional Websites More Accessible
The UserWay widget can alter any website to make it accessible and ADA compliant by modifying both elements on the site and any inaccessible code that would otherwise limit visitors with disabilities.
Automation & Productivity
Blockchain startup Octopus Network secures $5M in funding for its crypto network for running and launching Appchains, a Web3.0 application-specific blockchain
Interoperable Web3.0 crypto networks like Octopus Network, Polkadot, and Cosmos, and are often referred to as the “internet of blockchains” in the same way that today’s Web2.0 internet TCP/IP standards define the internet as a “network of networks” with a vast range of services.
Blockchain
Palo Alto Networks announces new Prisma Cloud features
Palo Alto Networks unveiled new security features for its Prisma Cloud product that will give developers and DevOps teams access to container image sandboxing.
Security
Google enhances Workspace to help employees collaborate regardless of location 
“Search everything” in spaces is said to open up powerful new collaboration possibilities and make it easier to access the team’s collective knowledge base.
Automation & Productivity
Customer data platform Zeotap raises $11M more
Called ID+, the website pixel-based technology connects users through offline identifiers across both websites and apps on mobile and desktop.
Data & Analytics
Magic Data Tech Announces Annotator 5.0 Data Labeling Tool
As a professional and efficient data labeling tool, Annotator 5.0 is ready to unleash the potential of data labeling and empowers AI research and development in field of smart customer service, computer-human interaction, social networking service, industrial examination, smart education, among others.
Data & Analytics
Opendoor acquires Seattle startup Pro.com and Skylight, will shut both platforms down
San Francisco-based Opendoor is a leader in the growing iBuyer market that includes others such as Seattle companies Zillow Group and Redfin
Apps/DevOps
Ragnar Locker Gang Warns Victims Not to Call the FBI
The same goes for victims that call in data-recovery experts who try to decrypt files and/or help out with negotiating the ransom and/or the decryption process.
Security
DigitalOcean embraces serverless computing with Nimbella acquisition
Nimbella offers a Kubernetes-based serverless platform, and the startup’s founders previously created Apache Openwhisk, an open source serverless cloud platform that Nimbella also leans on.
Cloud
Microsoft acquires Australian video editing startup Clipchamp
Clipchamps’ service includes built-in sharing tools for social media, including style and aspect ratios for sites such as Twitter Inc., Pinterest Inc. and Facebook Inc. The service also supports Dropbox Inc., Box Inc., Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.
Automation & Productivity
Yext Launches AI-Powered Doctor Finder Solution To Make Searching For Healthcare Providers A Seamless Experience
Built on Answers, Yext’s revolutionary search platform, Find-a-Doc enables patients to quickly and easily identify the right provider for their needs on a healthcare organization’s website.
Artificial Intelligence
Operation Chimaera: TeamTNT hacking group strikes thousands of victims worldwide
Trend Micro has also found that the group attempts to steal AWS credentials to propagate on more servers, and Cado Security contributed the more recent discovery of TeamTNT targeting Kubernetes installations.
Security
DataChat Closes $25M Series A Round to Continue Democratizing Data Analytics
"Jignesh and his team have a radically different approach to democratize analytics using a novel conversational paradigm, and they have a compelling vision to dramatically transform the existing analytics ecosystem. We are delighted to have led this round.”
Data & Analytics
CalypsoAI Announces Partnership with ECS to Develop Solutions for Trustworthy AI 
The partnership will see CalypsoAI, a Silicon Valley start-up and AI security industry leader, leverage it's AI safety and security software to expand ECS' testing capabilities for government customers
Artificial Intelligence
JetBrains Launches Public Early-Access Program for JetBrains DataSpell IDE
For notebooks, the enhancements include intelligent coding assistance for Python, out-of-the-box table of contents, folding tracebacks, and interactive tables, among other things.
Data & Analytics
Soda™ PDF Provides Free E-Sign Service for Remote Working Conditions
Soda™ PDF, a top document management solution and industry leading PDF editing software published by Avanquest, recently launched their completely revamped electronic signature online tool at no cost
Automation & Productivity
Provectus Advances UI for Apache Kafka, Adds New Features for Data Monitoring in v0.2
The lightweight dashboard makes it easy to keep track of key metrics of Apache Kafka clusters, including Brokers, Topics, Partitions, Production, and Consumption, without having to use additional CLI tools.
Data & Analytics
Lenovo Delivers New Innovation For Resilient Edge Computing
The new solution will be delivered directly to customer edge sites with the VMware software solution pre-loaded on a pair of ruggedized and security enhanced ThinkSystem SE350.
Edge Computing
Roche’s blockchain partner, dHealth, to launch upcoming IDO on the OccamRazer launchpad 
Currently supported by leading Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche and Swiss universities, dHealth’s solution will leverage the Cardano network to add to its stakeholders’ network of supernodes, which operate as access points and network verifiers.
Blockchain
Salesforce’s CodeT5 system can understand and generate code
The team claims that CodeT5 achieves state-of-the-art performance on coding tasks including code defect detection, which predicts whether code is vulnerable to exploits, and clone detection, which predicts whether two code snippets have the same functionality. Apps/DevOps
BlockApps and Blockchain For Energy Developing Blockchain-Based Seismic Entitlement Platform
The global leader in collaborative blockchain development for the energy industry is working with BlockApps on the development of a blockchain-based Seismic Entitlement Platform to provide a decentralized solution for more efficient and traceable transactions
Blockchain
Videon reinvents live video streaming with LiveEdge® 
With LiveEdge, users can bridge the gap between cloud and on premise devices to create tightly integrated custom orchestrations. This reduces video streaming complexity, latency, and cloud video processing costs, while delivering higher quality and reliability.
Cloud
Amazon releases S3 plugin for PyTorch
Amazon today launched a plugin for Facebook’s PyTorch machine learning framework that’s designed to help data scientists access datasets stored in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets
Data & Analytics
Cloud-based HR startup Factorial raises $80M 
Factorial also provides tools for a range of other HR tasks. The startup says it can help companies streamline workflows related to payroll, shift management, business expense reporting and other day-to-day activities
Automation & Productivity
Citrix Launchpad Series Announced to Accelerate Cloud Transformation Journeys
Citrix Launchpad Series has arrived. The new Citrix Launchpad Series consists of a series of Cloud-centric announcement programs pertaining to developments in three major fields of Cloud computing, Information Security, and Workplace management
Cloud
NetApp adding NVMe over TCP to ONTAP — iSCSI upgrade path
“With faster-than-expected adoption of NVMe-based all-flash arrays in recent years, new technologies like NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) will continue to fuel the evolution of the enterprise storage industry."
Data Storage
Canonical Anbox Cloud Appliance enables easier Android app prototyping on AWS 
Anbox Cloud is a service that runs Android as a guest operating system to containerize workloads so they can easily be distributed from the cloud, where they run, to any kind of mobile device.
Cloud
AT&T Collab Targets 1 Gigaton CO2e Emissions Cut
“Fundamentally, it drives efficiency. You’re able to cut [energy] waste and other resources because all of a sudden you could see something that you couldn’t see before,” Schulz said.
Sustainability
Artificial Solutions Announces IP Co-Sell Incentivized Partnership with Microsoft
As a partner, not only is LUIS^Teneo available at the Microsoft Azure marketplace, but the two organizations will begin jointly selling LUIS^Teneo to customers who need to maximize their performance in Conversational AI. 
Artificial Intelligence
IoT Attacks Skyrocket, Doubling in 6 Months
“Since IoT devices, from smartwatches to smart home accessories, have become an essential part of our everyday lives, cybercriminals have skillfully switched their attention to this area,"
Security
Productsup Launches New Platform To Help Businesses Address Growing Commerce Anarchy Crisis
The Productsup Platform provides a single solution to effectively manage product information value chains and their constant feedback loops, enabling manufacturers, brands, retailers, and service providers to turn complexity and constant change to their advantage.
Data & Analytics
Quantum computing startup Quantum Machines raises $50M
The societal and business implications of this are huge and could expedite new drug discoveries or enhance global logistics in the shipping industry to optimize routes and reduce carbon footprints.
Quantum Computing
BrakTooth Bluetooth vulnerabilities could affect billions of devices 
BrakTooth was found in 13 systems-on-chip boards from 11 vendors representing an estimated 1,400 or more commercial devices. The vulnerabilities affect SoC providers, including Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., Infineon Technologies AG (Cypress) and Silicon Labs Inc. among others
Security
Tech firms need to help fix the web's cookie chaos, says data privacy chief
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) wants G7 members to pressure tech giants to create browsers, software applications and device settings that "allow people to set lasting privacy preferences of their choosing, rather than having to do that through pop-ups every time they visit a website."
Privacy
Rimini Street Extends its Enterprise Data Services to Leading Open Source Databases
According to a 2021 ranking by DB-Engines, open source databases have now surpassed proprietary databases in popularity. There are many factors leading to the increase in popularity including license and support cost savings, avoiding license compliance issues and flexibility of deployment.
Data & Analytics
TrustVibes Announces Beta Testing of its Social App Infused With NFTs
The app addresses the three biggest creator complaints with online platforms; the share of the revenue they take, algorithms that work for advertisers at the expense of creators, and social networks control of their fan bases.
Apps
Telefonica launches blockchain-based document authentication service 
The technology will be supported by Telefónica’s own TrustOS managed blockchain service and combines the user’s digital signature with a cryptographic hash of the content to be certified. Both of these elements are sealed onto the blockchain to establish legal provenance and integrity of the data.
Blockchain
SoftIron Releases Newest HyperDrive Storage Router
SoftIron Ltd., the world leader in task-specific appliances for scale-out data center solutions, announced the general availability of its newest HyperDrive™ Storage Router, a highly intelligent services gateway that provides interoperable high-throughput storage transactions for organizations using S3 or legacy protocols such as iSCSI, NFS, and SMB.
Data Storage
Defendify’s Innovative All-in-One Cybersecurity Solution Earns Twentieth Accolade of 2021
The Breach Detection & Response module from Defendify is a 24/7 monitoring and cyber alarm system that leverages artificial intelligence technology and cybersecurity experts to actively detect data security anomalies, and respond in real-time to contain attacks
Security
Chainparency and Athena Advisory Announce Partnership to Enhance Data and ML Offerings
The two organizations plan to work closely together to deliver a turnkey solution consisting of Chainparency’s GoTrace blockchain-based track and traceability system and Athena’s SCERTIFY enterprise sustainability management platform
Blockchain
Run:AI Launches ResearcherUI, Announces Support for Machine Learning Tools
“Some data scientists like Kubeflow; some prefer MLFlow; some would rather use YAML files. We even heard of a Fortune 500 company that uses 50 different data science tools. With Run:AI, there’s no need to force all data science teams to use a specific ML tool in order to take advantage of the Run:AI GPU orchestration platform."
Data & Analytics
SAE and ISO Publish Joint Automotive Cybersecurity Standard
The standard helps the industry define a structured process to ensure cybersecurity is incorporated into the design of road vehicles, including systems, components software and connections of any external device or network.
Security
Dallas school district admits SSNs and more of all employees and students since 2010 accessed during security incident
Although the investigation is still ongoing, they believe someone accessed the school district's network, downloaded data and temporarily stored it on an encrypted cloud storage site.
Security
Aruba Drives HPE Through Q3 Supply-Chain Woes
Heightened demand for secure connectivity bolstered the company’s intelligent edge revenues, which grew 27% year over year in Q3, and generated a backlog “five-times greater than at the close of Q3 last year,” Neri said.
Tech Trends
Liigu Mobility Shifts The Future Of Car Rental With Fully Mobile Access
The platform includes a mobile app allowing customers to book the car, find it in the desired location, unlock and lock it without using any additional tools or keys
Apps
FIN7 Capitalizes on Windows 11 Release in Latest Gambit
The infection chain begins with a Microsoft Word document featuring a decoy image, telling readers that it was made with Windows 11 Alpha. The image asks the user to “Enable Editing and Enable Content” to see more.
Security
Brute-Force Attacks Target Inboxes for Gift Card Data
Citing an anonymous source Krebs calls “Bill,” the group tries to authenticate between five to 10 million email username/password combos daily, with only about a .1 percent strike rate—which still means the actor “comes away with anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 of working inbox credentials,” he wrote.
Security
Centaur Labs Raises $15 Million, Led by Matrix Partners, to Label the World’s Medical Data, Accelerate AI Development
Centaur has cultivated a network of tens of thousands of medical students and professionals from over 140 countries. This network primarily labels data on Centaur’s gamified iOS app, DiagnosUs, where labelers improve their skills and compete with one another.
Data & Analytics
New AI solution accurately assesses vehicle condition in minutes
Tractable, the company developing AI for visual assessment and disaster recovery, today launches AI Inspection, a new solution that accurately assesses the external condition of a vehicle's body within minutes
Artificial Intelligence
GSA seeks online learning providers for upskilling pilot across 24 agencies
GSA wants online universities and tech companies to apply to work with the federal Chief Financial Officers Council on providing pay-for-access content across 54 competencies with an emphasis on data, technology and financial management skills.
Training/Cert
Exclusive: Amazon to remove more content that violates rules from cloud service, sources say
It could turn Amazon, the leading cloud service provider worldwide with 40% market share according to research firm Gartner, into one of the world's most powerful arbiters of content allowed on the internet, experts say.
Cloud
WhatsApp rolls out iOS to Android Chat Transfer feature for multiple Samsung phones
Notably, Samsung users would also need a USB Type C lightning port to make the transfer as it is a local migration rather than having the data pass through a cloud to ensure privacy.
Apps
Bluetooth Bugs Open Billions of Devices to DoS, Code Execution
The researchers have released a BrakTooth proof-of-concept (PoC) tool for vendors producing BT SoCs, modules and products – available for them to use to check their gear’s vulnerability.
Security
Zippin Raises $30M To Accelerate The Adoption Of Checkout-Free Technology
Zippin’s multi-modal AI technology is unique among its startup peers, and enables Zippin to deliver greater than 99.9% accuracy even in stores with high shopper density and a complex selection of products, including unbranded and small-sized items
Artificial Intelligence
Cloud-native NetApp ONTAP available in AWS
ONTAP features such as thin provisioning, FlexClone, SnapMirror and SnapVault are available. The data can be snapshotted using native ONTAP snaps, replicated, and also backed up to S3 with FSx backup.
Data Storage
Botco.ai Launches BotcoLive, Combining AI Chat And Live Agent Support To Maximize Marketing Contact Resolution
Botco.ai the leading HIPAA-compliant conversational marketing solution, announced the launch of BotcoLive, a new platform feature that hands over automated chat conversations to live agents when a visitor hits key milestones.
Artificial Intelligence
FTC orders SpyFone to delete all of its surveillance data
"The company's apps sold real-time access to their secret surveillance, allowing stalkers and domestic abusers to stealthily track the potential targets of their violence."
Privacy
Microsoft and Verizon announce the availability of an on-premises, private edge compute solution
“Through our partnership with Verizon, we are providing customers with powerful compute and storage service capabilities at the edge of customers’ networks, enabling robust application experiences with increased security.”
Data Management
Roblox is getting voice chat, starting first with ‘Spatial Voice’
The addition of voice chat could make Roblox an even more popular place to hang out and help it better compete with other metaverse-y games like Fortnite.
Apps
Corelight secures $75M to detect hacking attempts with open-source technology 
Zeek is one of the most popular tools in its category: there are more than 10,000 deployments of the software running at Fortune 500 companies, major research universities, government agencies and many other organizations.
Security
Apple will ask before it targets you with its ads in iOS 15
Apple will start asking for permission to enable Personalized Ads in iOS 15, the company’s method of serving relevant ads in the App Store and Apple News by analyzing what you read, purchase, and search for on your device (via 9to5Mac).
Privacy
Tableau eyes more enterprise business with new features, subscription plans
Additionally, the new dynamic scaling feature helps enterprises ensure enough containers are available during peak demand times while allowing them to scale down during low demand times
Data & Analytics
Laird Connectivity Launches BL5340 Bluetooth 5.2 Module for Advanced Applications Requiring High Performance and Low Power Budget
one core can look after the more simplistic Bluetooth LE software operation and tasks, freeing up the application processor to be clocked as their application needs between 128 or 64 MHz.
Telecom
ZoomInfo Announces Its First Integrations with Chorus.ai
Customers can now transcribe and analyze calls taken in ZoomInfo Engage, access Chorus’ Momentum Insights within ZoomInfo, and unlock ZoomInfo’s business-to-business data and insights within Chorus’ conversation intelligence platform.
Data & Analytics
US military contracted Simba Chain blockchain firm raises $25M 
“Demand for our Web3 smart contracts platform has accelerated across all of our markets much quicker than we anticipated,”
Blockchain
GlassHive and Marketopia Announce New Partnership to Provide Innovative Marketing Solutions to the IT Channel
"Together, we can give IT companies great visibility to their marketing and sales performance with prescriptive, automated processes along with the data that illustrates how to make the correct adjustments to improve their marketing and sales results and grow their company – all in one solution.”
Marketing Tech
Facebook Gaming expands streamers’ access to licensed music
But Facebook Gaming will also have to enforce copyright rules. If a streamer happens to select a song that has a restricted license, then Facebook Gaming will flag it for the streamer.
Apps
Apache Software Foundation updates Drill for broader SQL queries
End users can download Drill 1.19 to launch queries against Apache Cassandra, Elasticsearch, and Splunk platforms, in addition to querying XML files and REST application programming interfaces (APIs) without any schema required.
Data & Analytics
Marketing compliance firm Pixalate raises $18.1M
Pixalate builds its reports by combing through log files looking for examples of what it calls “invalid traffic” (IVT) and “sophisticated invalid traffic” (SIVT). Its tools try to distinguish between the behavior of a real human and an automated bot that is creating fake clicks just to collect revenue for the publisher.
Privacy & Security
CircleCI announces webhook integrations with Datadog and Sumo Logic 
“With CircleCI webhooks, developers can build high quality, customizable integrations across their CI/CD, analytics, monitoring, incident management and other applications to enable more informed software decisions.”
Apps/DevOps
Rev AI-Powered Tech Reinvents Prospecting To Help Sales And Marketing Teams Close The First Mile Of Sales
At the heart of Rev’s Sales Development Platform (SDP) is AI-based technology that gathers troves of exegraphic and other data — as well as information on a company’s most valuable and satisfied customers — and combines them to create a unique mathematical model of an ideal customer.
Artificial Intelligence
Xerox Announces Formation Of CareAR Software Business
The backbone of the new CareAR® platform is the augmented reality technology Xerox gained through the acquisition of CareAR, Inc., announced earlier this year, which integrates with ServiceNow® Field Service Management and allows service technicians to tap into the knowledge of more experienced technicians through live, AR assisted instruction.
Automation & Productivity
Comcast RF Attack Leveraged Remotes for Surveillance
More details about a now-patched vulnerability in Comcast’s XR11 voice remotes have emerged, which would have made it easy for a threat actor to intercept radio frequency (RF) communications between the remote and the set-top box, effectively turning the remote into a surveillance device.
Security
Irish data privacy watchdog fines WhatsApp 225 mln euros
Data regulators from eight other European countries triggered a dispute resolution mechanism after Ireland shared its provisional decision in relation to the WhatsApp inquiry, which started in December 2018.
Privacy
Textio brings inclusive writing guidance to LinkedIn, and Seattle startup bounces back after pandemic
“The idea is that any time that I am now posting in LinkedIn or making a comment on somebody else’s post in LinkedIn, I have this level of support and I have the opportunity to change what I’m writing before I publish,” Snyder said.
Automation & Productivity
Spirent and Synopsys Collaborate to Accelerate the Silicon Development Time-to-Market
Combining network testing technology from the leading Ethernet test company with an industry-leading emulation system provides more accurate and faster verification for Ethernet SoCs.
Data & Analytics
Western Digital announces a hybrid hard drive
The OptiNAND technology combines WD HDDs with iNAND flash memory chips and a special system on a chip (SoC) design from WD. The SoC will manage the storage of data, with live data going to the hard disk while metadata is stored on the iNAND flash.
Data Storage
Microsoft sets Nov. 1 deadline for shutting off old Outlook clients from 365 services
Microsoft has reminded commercial customers using older versions of Outlook that they have just two months to upgrade before they're cut off from the company's Microsoft 365 and Office 365 services.
Automation & Productivity
Amazon reveals plans to hire 55,000 corporate and tech workers

Jassy told Reuters that 40,000 of the new jobs the company plans to create will be in the U.S., while the other positions are expected to be added internationally. The U.S. openings will be spread across more than 220 locations nationwide.

Tech Jobs
Salesforce unveils Sales Cloud features for digital channels
New Sales Cloud features unveiled today include Revenue Intelligence, which combines Sales Cloud, Einstein, and Tableau tools to analyze the health of a business.
Cloud
Quick phrases could let you skip ‘Hey, Google’ for common tasks
The feature emerged back in April under the codename “Guacamole.” At the time it was called “Voice shortcuts,” and its capabilities seemed limited to silencing alarms and timers, or responding to incoming phone calls
Automation & Productivity
Apple says Arizona and Georgia will be first to add state IDs to iPhones
Apple has announced the first US states that will support iOS 15’s new ability to store driver’s licenses and state IDs in the Wallet app. Arizona and Georgia will lead the way, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah following after that
Apps
High-end array shipper Infinidat pushing out its AIOps envelope
Helix Discovery is a a data center discovery SaaS offering that automatically discovers data center inventory, configuration and relationship data, and maps applications to the IT infrastructure.
Data & Analtyics
Voice AI Company Skit Secures Series B Round of USD 23 Million from WestBridge Capital
Skit is an AI-first SaaS voice automation company. Its suite of speech and language solutions enables enterprises to automate their call center operations.
Automation & Productivity
Google reportedly developing laptop chips as Chromebook sales surge 
Most notably, Google is said to be developing CPU technology for tablets, which suggests that it may be looking to return to the tablet market it exited in 2019.
Automation & Productivity
Seagate is public cloud storage supplier for Zoom meetings
Under a Seagate-Zoom agreement, when Zoom’s customers record their meetings, they’ll have the option to save these media files on Seagate’s Lyve Cloud S3 storage-as-a-service (STaaS) platform.
Data Storage
LinkedIn launches real-time Office Hours for professional development
With Office Hours, users can interact with experts and fellow learners in real time by posting questions, comments, and reactions, taking part in classes that were previously asynchronous.
Apps
BEC Scammers Seek Native English Speakers on Underground
It’s easy work, they promise: They’ll do the heavy lifting of getting unauthorized access to Microsoft Office 365 domains. All that their English-speaking conspirators need to do is sound convincing.
Security
SoftIron Releases Newest HyperDrive Storage Router
Built using SoftIron’s “task-specific” approach that maximizes performance and efficiency, the new HyperDrive HR61000 Storage Router is built to supply powerful, resilient, and energy-efficient enterprise file services for collaboratively editing, processing, and sharing large files at high speeds.
Data Storage
Vic.ai, an AI-powered accounting automation platform, raises $50M
The platform delivers features like the AI-powered Autopilot, which selects invoices and expenses that meet a certain confidence threshold and automates them so that they’re immediately sent to approvers without requiring human review.
Artificial Intelligence
Hivecell and Sunlight Partner for Industry-First Solution to Solve Edge Computing for Any Application
With both the Hivecell platform and Sunlight’s hyperconverged infrastructure stack (HCI) built for the edge from the ground up, applications can now run at the edge with the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership (TCO)
Edge Computing
Contentsquare snaps up digital experience analytics rival Hotjar
By monitoring customer engagement actions such as scrolls, swipes, and clicks, companies can garner deep insights on user behavior, identify bottlenecks or problematic pages where the user dropped off, and what all this actually means in terms of revenue or conversion rates.
Data & Analytics
Talent development platform CoachHub raises $80M
CoachHub uses AI-based matching algorithms to pair employees with some 2,500 certified business and wellbeing coaches, who link up over video to focus on the workers’ strengths and weaknesses toward an agreed goal
Artificial Intelligence
Amazon Managed Grafana for AWS hits general availability
The tight integration means that companies can create Grafana dashboards in AWS without having to manage any of the provisioning, setup, or maintenance processes.
Cloud
LINK Mobility And Adobe Team Up To Transform Digital Marketing Landscape
Adobe Journey Optimizer has a real-time customer profile that integrates data from across the customer experience beyond marketing data. It also actively listens for signals from customer interactions and behavior, as well as business data to initiate and update customer journeys in real-time.
Data & Analytics
Google Cloud and C3 AI team up to drive AI adoption in vertical markets 
Google and C3 AI will focus their efforts on driving product adoption across five markets in particular: financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, supply chain and telecommunications.
Artificial Intelligence
LinkedIn gives up on Stories
LinkedIn’s move follows Twitter’s shutdown of Fleets, its Stories-like product, in July. Like LinkedIn, Twitter observed that users didn’t respond to ephemeral video in the way it had wanted
Apps
Enterprise communications platform startup Trengo raises $36M 
The company’s application streamlines emails, social media, WhatsApp messages and calls into a collaborative inbox to improve the way enterprises communicate with their clients.
Automation & Productivity
Cardinality.io collaborates with Google Cloud to help Communications Service Providers make the most of Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Cardinality.io and Google Cloud are currently working together to deliver a joint analytics solution that integrates the Cardinality.io platform with Google’s Big Query, Dataproc, Datafusion and AI/ML suite in a hybrid cloud at a major European telecom operator spanning its operations in various countries
Data & Analytics
OneStream Previews New AI and ML Capabilities at Splash 2021
“Looking at the market, there aren’t many FP&A vendors that are able to handle large volumes of data for predictive decision-making without reliance on a data science team or third-party tools,”
Data & Analytics
WD mingles flash memory and hard drive in a single storage device
“We are confident at this time that we will reach 50 terabytes by the second half of this decade compared to 20 terabytes today,"
Data Storage
DirectTrust Acquires Assets of SAFE Identity
DirectTrust has created DirectTrust Identity, a new division, to house the SAFE Trust Framework. New and current members of both organizations will be able to rely on DirectTrust to manage policies and infrastructure supporting a community that issues secure and identity-assured credentials for electronic transactions in healthcare
Security
Offchain Labs raises $120M to launch Ethereum blockchain scaling solution
Ethereum’s core developers have been attempting to resolve these issues with upgrades to the protocol itself but resolutions are still months to a year away. As a result, so-called Layer 2 solutions are being sought out, and Arbitrum One is one such solution.
Blockchain
OwnBackup Acquires RevCult
“The addition of RevCult will allow us to innovate faster in the cloud and protect customers against the primary security issues that lead to data loss and corruption, such as lax permissioning, social hacking, insider threats, poor physical security controls and other vulnerabilities."
Security
Fivetran Announces Industry’s Most Secure Cloud Data Integration Platform
Fivetran Business Critical provides management of these security requirements, including HIPAA compatibility and PCI DSS Level 1 validation ― the only ELT SaaS product to do so.
Security
Strider launches risk intelligence tool to protect intellectual property
Via Strider Shield, an organization can collect thousands of data points, including email addresses, domain names, keywords in multiple languages, and other terms that can be correlated against internal systems where IP resides to identify activities that may pose a risk to their organization
Data & Analytics
NICE Robotic Process Automation Fuels Smarter Automation Discovery and Hyper-Personalized CX With Tailored AI Capabilities
Real-time behavioral guidance enables NEVA (NICE Employee Virtual Attendant) to guide agents towards more rapidly increasing first contact resolution (FCR) and customer satisfaction.
Artificial Intelligence
LockFile Ransomware Uses Never-Before Seen Encryption to Avoid Detection
Discovered by researchers at Sophos, LockFile ransomware encrypts every 16 bytes of a file, which means some ransomware protection solutions don’t notice it because  “an encrypted document looks statistically very similar to the unencrypted original,
Security
Adtran Acquires ADVA to Fight Optical Network Battle
“We are in the early stages of an unprecedented investment cycle in fiber connectivity, especially in the U.S. and Europe, fueled by the demand for last-mile fiber access and middle-mile transport to provide high-speed connectivity to homes, businesses and future 5G infrastructure,"
Telecom
Call center intelligence startup Observe.ai buys ScopeAI and expands into web chats 
It also transcribes each call and performs sentiment analysis to try to determine customer satisfaction. Further, the software attempts to draw correlations between the words and actions of an agent and a customer’s happiness.
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft to launch Windows 11 on October 5, its first major operating system in 6 years
On this day, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase
Automation & Productivity
HPE Warns Sudo Bug Gives Attackers Root Privileges to Aruba Platform
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is warning a vulnerability in Sudo, an open-source program used within its Aruba AirWave management platform, could allow any unprivileged and unauthenticated local user to gain root privileges on a vulnerable host.
Security
RADCOM Launches Cloud-Native, Automated 5G Assurance on Amazon Web Services
RADCOM ACE helps operators enhance the Mobile Wireless CX (Customer Experience) and ensure service quality on a public cloud. The integration of RADCOM ACE with AWS enables operators to dynamically deploy an automated, cloud-native service assurance platform while utilizing AWS to scale efficiently and reduce time to market.
Telecom
TikTok owner ByteDance acquires VR tech startup Pico to expand into virtual reality and gaming
With its popularity and success in short video clips, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is making its first foray into virtual reality (VR) with the acquisition of a San Francisco-based tech startup Pico Interactive as it looks to expand into gaming.
Virtual Reality
Cyberattackers are now quietly selling off their victim's internet bandwidth
Proxyware, also known as internet-sharing applications, are legitimate services that allow users to portion out part of their internet connection for other devices, and may also include firewalls and antivirus programs.
Security
SoftBank leads a $200M investment in fitness tracker startup Whoop, tripling its valuation to $3.6 billion in less than a year
Whoop charges a monthly subscription fee in exchange for providing data to users — collected from the Whoop Strap it supplies at no additional cost — that can influence how they work out, recover and sleep
Apps/DevOps
Patreon buys tech recruiting company to speed up creator economy launches
The company, which was founded in 2013, helped pioneer the growth of the so-called creator economy, enabling videographers, podcasters and other creative people to earn money directly from their audiences
Automation & Productivity
White House launches US Digital Corps
The White House launched a two-year fellowship Monday designed to place early-career software engineers, data scientists and other technologists at federal agencies.
Tech Jobs
Google Calendar will break down how much of your work is spent in meetings
But while these OS features included the ability to set per-app time limits, Google Calendar won’t let you set similar boundaries on meetings. Instead, it provides you with the information you need to hopefully curb any meeting-obsessed colleagues.
Automation & Productivity
Udemy acquires leadership development platform CorpU
CorpU uses virtual environments to tailor lessons to each new cohort of students and attempts to harness "the value of group learning, executive and peer coaching and experiential learning activities that tie back to business results."
Training/Cert
NURVV Debuts First-Ever Tech to Accurately Measure Running Power Using Smart Insoles
Beginning now, every pair of NURVV Run smart insoles is capable of using its 32 smart sensors to accurately measure running power, a training metric that in recent years has been rapidly growing in favor among athletes, but as of yet has not been accessible to runners of all skill levels.
Data & Analytics
Zoom crosses $1 billion in quarterly sales for the first time
At the end of the second quarter, the company had 2,278 customers contributing more than $100,000 in trailing 12 months revenue, up approximately 131% from the same quarter last fiscal year
Automation & Productivity
Check Point Acquires Cloud Email and Collaboration Security Firm Avanan
The combination of Avanan and Check Point technologies are aimed at protecting email and collaboration suites including OneDrive, Google Drive, Teams, Share Point, Slack, Box
Security
Automattic acqui-hires the team behind Frontity, a React framework for WordPress
Founded out Spain in 2015 initially as Worona, Frontity has evolved through the years to become a framework that enables developers to leverage the benefits of the React JavaScript library in their WordPress website
Automation & Productivity
UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Partners with RS21 to Launch Massive Integrated Informatics System
Using data automation, machine learning and AI technologies, the system will provide speed to insight and precise analytics to inform healthcare decisions and research.
Data & Analytics
ZeroFox announces partnership with Mandiant to disrupt malicious activity 
The combined solution is being pitched as designed to provide robust global disruption of threat actors by removing malicious websites and content via web domain takedown services.
Security
Zebra Technologies to Acquire Antuit.ai
 Incorporating antuit.ai’s AI-powered demand forecasting solution into Zebra’s SaaS portfolio will enable retailers and consumer products companies to combine planning and execution to optimize margins and drive revenue growth.
Artificial Intelligence
Data Center Firm DataBridge Sites Expands Its Compliant Validated Cloud Services
Both the infrastructure and hosted systems within this environment are subject to Change Management procedures to ensure that all updates are strictly managed in order to maintain the compliant status of the validated cloud solution.
Cloud
Educause Assessment Tool Gauges Institutional Analytics Capabilities
The assessment walks the survey-taker through five "capability categories": Workforce; Data Governance; Data Management; Leadership; and Data-Informed Culture.
Data & Analytics
Army seeks vendors for $10B IT Enterprise Solutions-4 hardware contract vehicle
The military service is seeking vendors for services and technology, including the purchase and lease of commercial servers, computers, networking hardware and storage equipment.
Procurement
IBM updates its mainframe processor to help AI
The Telum design is very different from its System z15 predecessor. It features 8 CPU cores, on-chip workload accelerators, and 32MB of what IBM calls Level 2 semi-private cache
Artificial Intelligence
Bangkok Airways apologizes for passport info breach as LockBit ransomware group threatens data leak
The announcement, which was released on Friday, coincided with a notice from the LockBit ransomware group that said it was planning to release 103 GB of compressed files that it claimed was stolen from Bangkok Airways.
Security
Microsoft is threatening to withhold Windows 11 updates if your CPU is old
It’s not just security updates at stake, by the way: If you’re unwilling or unable to replace your older-than-Intel 8th-Gen-CPU, Windows 11 could theoretically be an operating system where you go back to the days of manually downloading driver updates for all your hardware,
Automation & Productivity
JustWatch Launches App on Microsoft’s Xbox
From over 85 video services, you can choose and filter your favorites in the Watchbar based on genres or release year. Its streaming is 100% legal offering 90,000+ movies and shows listed with trailers, cast, synopsis, rating, and VOD offers
Apps/DevOps
Brytlyt Awarded U.S. Patent for Relational JOINs Algorithm
Crucially, because the algorithm supports parallel process, it can run just as easily on accelerated platforms with GPUs as it can on traditional CPU systems.
Data & Analytics
Inspur Tops SPEC SSD Storage Benchmark
Delivering unparalleled performance for servers, Inspur’s HF18000G5 solid state array took first place with over 23 million Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) – nearly 10% higher than the second-place player, and more than twice the performance of third- and fourth-ranked storage solutions.
Data Storage
Cloudflare says it stopped the largest DDoS attack ever reported
He added that the attack was launched by a botnet that was targeting a financial industry customer of Cloudflare. It managed to hit the Cloudflare edge with over 330 million attack requests within seconds, he said.
Security
London-based healthtech startup Abtrace raises £2.1M to transform the detection and treatment of chronic and long-term conditions using machine learning
Led by NHS doctors, Abtrace has built a unique AI tool that can plug into the Electronic Health Record (EHR) database and identify which tests or treatments a patient with a long-term health condition needs or might benefit from
Artificial Intelligence
EdTech language platform Duolingo ups the AI ante
Duolingo’s natural language processing model rests upon a neural network trained to predict just how likely it is that a student will get the next answer correct, Settles said.
Artificial Intelligence
Ragnarok Ransomware Gang Bites the Dust, Releases Decryptor
As a parting “gift,” the group released their decryptor, hardcoded with a master decryption key, for free as well on the portal. Previously, the site was primarily the place where Ragnarok would publish data from victims who refused to pay ransom.
Security
Google Sheets’ formula suggestions are like autofill for math
Google says that to create these suggestions, it trained a machine learning model using anonymized data from certain spreadsheets. The model doesn’t just take how often certain formulas are used into account, though — it also looks at the context within sheets.
Automation & Productivity
Hacker claims responsibility for T-Mobile attack, bashes the carrier’s security
According to Binns, he was able to get customer (and former customer) data from T-Mobile by scanning for unprotected routers. He found one, he told the Journal, which allowed him to access a Washington state data center that stored credentials for over 100 servers.
Security
Automated hiring platform startup Workstream raises $48M
Workstream is an automated hiring platform for companies that employ hourly workers. The company’s platform offers a mobile app with a text recruiting service that seeks to connect jobs seekers with hourly positions. The service is claimed to reduce hiring time by 70%
Automation & Productivity
Thousands of Microsoft cloud customers’ databases exposed 
Security company Wiz discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft Azure that allowed it to read, change or delete the databases of thousands of corporate customers
Security
Snapchat’s new AR features can identify the world around you
Scan’s prominent placement in Snapchat means that the company is slowly becoming not just a messaging app, but a visual search engine
Apps/DevOps
This legal writing startup is using AI to spot misrepresentations in litigation docs
Clearbrief’s software uses natural language processing to assess how legal writing is backed up by supporting evidence. It can be used by lawyers to assess their own work or their competitors’ briefs. It can also help judges read a brief alongside evidence, all in one place.
Artificial Intelligence
Automation Anywhere launches RPA maturity tool
Called RPA Maturity Assessment, it evaluates the vision and strategy, process and measurement, organization and people, and architecture and technology of existing RPA programs and delivers recommendations to improve them.
Automation & Productivity
Workera.ai Raises $16M in Funding Led by NEA
The company’s innovative, precision upskilling platform includes adaptive assessments, a taxonomy of over 3,000 micro-skills, and personalized learning plans. With assessments tailored to both technical and non-technical roles, Workera supports digital literacy across the organization. Automation & Productivity
Vulnerabilities in F5 Networks software opens the door to hackers 
Having gained access to the Configuration utility, an authenticated hacker could execute arbitrary system commands, create or delete files, or disable services. It’s noted that the vulnerability may result in complete system compromise.
Security
CoCoPie, which optimizes AI for edge devices, raises $6M
Through “pattern-based” pruning and “pattern-aware” code generation, the platform generates efficient execution codes, leveraging a framework to identify which parts of models to prune without impacting accuracy.
Artificial Intelligence
Stonebranch Announces Availability Of The Hybrid File Transfer For Kubernetes Tool On Red Hat Marketplace
The Stonebranch Hybrid File Transfer for Kubernetes solution enables enterprises to securely transfer data back and forth between on-prem systems and the cloud in a hybrid IT environment.
Cloud
Microsoft Wins Blockchain Patent For Implementing Cross Chain Token Service
The computer system can also provide token templates to the user. Each of these will correspond to a type of physical or digital asset and define a set of one or more attributes and control functions.
Blockchain
Elastic Acquires Cmd to Help Customers Manage Cloud Workloads
Elastic will integrate Cmd’s cloud-native data collection and protection using eBPF directly into the Elastic Agent, and integrate Cmd’s innovative and practitioner-oriented user experience and workflows directly into Kibana.
Cloud
Cloudian Announces New Storage Solution for Enterprise Analytics Applications
Combining HyperStore with Tanzu Greenplum enables the creation and deployment of analytics models for complex applications in cybersecurity, predictive maintenance, risk management, and many other areas
Data Storage
Pebblebee Debuts Found LTE Asset Tracker Powered By Polte Massive IoT Location Technology
"By leaning on Polte’s cloud-based cellular location technology beyond where BLE can reach, rather than GPS, the device is able to significantly cut cost and power drain for a range of use cases including pet and general enterprise asset tracking.”
IoT/Mobility
Zendesk acquires customer service automation startup Cleverly.ai
“Cleverly and Zendesk share a vision of democratizing AI, as well as a passion for creating practical applications that make it possible for businesses to get started with AI right out of the box — without a team of data scientists required,"
Automation & Productivity
Berlin-based Atheneum raises $150M to accelerate global expansion and grow its expert networks research platform
Through its proprietary machine-learning software and cloud-based insights platform “Athena One”, Atheneum delivers qualitative (expert consultations and placements) and quantitative (surveys and data products) research solutions to businesses around the world.
Data & Analytics
Fluree’s Data-Centric Architecture Drives Transformation Amidst Backdrop of Data Decrees
Fluree’s practice of storing and executing data security at the data layer—rather than deferring permission logic to APIs and application servers—effectively allows data to defend itself under a set of enforceable conditions
Data Management
Quantum Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Hyperconverged Software Startup EnCloudEn Technology
EnCloudEn’s feature-rich hyperconverged platform allows surveillance customers to not just store video data, but run the VMS, access control, card readers, analytics, and other HCI workloads on the same platform while bundling in the best enterprise data-center security features.
Data & Analytics
AT&T Plants 5G on Cisco-Powered IoT Platform

AT&T’s low-band 5G network currently covers more than 251 million people, and the carrier claims its mid-band 5G network will cover up to 75 million people by the end of 2022, and 200 million U.S. residents by the end of 2023. 

IoT/Mobility
Microsoft Breaks Silence on Barrage of ProxyShell Attacks
Customers that have installed the May 2021 security updates or the July 2021 security updates on their Exchange servers are protected from these vulnerabilities, as are Exchange Online customers so long as they ensure that all hybrid Exchange servers are updated, the company wrote.
Security
Level AI Launches With $15 Million in Funding to Make the Most of Every Customer Interaction
Level AI helps organizations use the right insights to enhance every interaction– be it by phone, email, text or chat– so that customers’ needs are met right away and agents can assist even more customers.”
Artificial Intelligence
Iterate.ai’s Signals platform lets businesses assess viability of new technologies
Iterate.ai’s Signals platform tracks and auto-analyzes more than 10 million emerging technologies in real time. It can be thought of as a kind of search engine for new technologies. It’s used by companies to find, grade and capitalize on cutting-edge technology platforms.
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft Edge gets better support for web apps and PDFs
Microsoft Edge version 94 is also gaining the ability for users to add text to PDF documents opened in the browser. This feature obviates the need to install PDF software like Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Automation & Productivity
White House holds summit to discuss national cybersecurity strategy 
“The summit allows for ideas, best practices, as well as transparency to be shared between technology vendors and government organizations.”
Security
Quantum computers could read all your encrypted data. This 'quantum-safe' VPN aims to stop that
Verizon implemented what it describes as a "quantum-safe" VPN between one of the company's labs in London in the UK and a US-based center in Ashburn, Virginia, using encryption keys that were generated thanks to post-quantum cryptography methods – meaning that they are robust enough to withstand attacks from a quantum computer.
Security
Taktile makes it easier to leverage machine learning in the financial industry
The product works with both off-the-shelf models and customer-built models. Customers can customize those models depending on their needs. Models are deployed and maintained by Taktile’s engine. It can run in a customer’s cloud environment or as a SaaS application.
Automation & Productivity
RingCentral's new features aimed at improving hybrid work
RingCentral now offers dynamic E2EE, in which users can turn E2EE on or off mid-meeting across its mobile and desktop clients or through the browser. With other vendors, the user needs to shut down the meeting, turn on encryption, and then start the meeting again. Now it can be used whenever necessary.
Automation & Productivity
Palo Alto Networks Paves Cybersecurity Career Paths for All
The resource library offers access to a set of curated content from leading cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks, including in-depth K-12 cybersecurity curriculum overviews, higher education program guides, and job training information for career changers and veterans.
Training/Cert
Process automation startup Leapwork nabs $62M
The platform breaks down the workflows in “flowchart language,” with building blocks that handle logic and provide a graphical representation of each step.
Automation & Productivity
Cognigy Launches Conversational AI Analytics Suite
Fully integrated into the Cognigy.AI platform’s backend and equipped with assisted machine learning capabilities, the new analytics suite allows users to track and measure each step in a conversation and pinpoint exact pain points leveraging its unique Step Explorer feature to better understand the customer experience beyond the limited capabilities of intent-driven analytics.
Data Analtyics
Dell touts VxRail and GPU combo for Nvidia’s AI Enterprise suite
VxRail is based on Dell EMC PowerEdge server hardware and is designed to provide a fully integrated and pre-configured HCI system optimised for VMware’s hypervisor with vSAN providing the storage layer.
Data Storage
Approov Integration and Alliance Partner Program Secures APIs for Unified, End-to-End Protection of Mobile App User Data and Business Logic
Approov blocks any access to the API from anything other than unmodified, genuine versions of the app, effectively preventing any vulnerabilities in an app or its API from being exploited, protecting both apps under development and apps in production.
Security
Report: Western Digital in talks for $20B+ merger with flash chip maker Kioxia 
Today, Western Digital supplies disk drives and flash memory chips for data center equipment, personal computers, smart cars and a wide range of other systems. Last quarter, the company’s data center disk drive business alone shipped more than 100 exabytes’ worth of hardware
Data Storage
Pentagon Selects Geo Owl (Wilmington, NC) for Innovative Patternflows Technology
The Pentagon selected Geo Owl’s Patternflows technology for its ability to collect and disseminate information in a structure that allows for a massive expansion for the DoD’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning processe
Data & Analytics
Report: Microsoft to quadruple cybersecurity investments, spending $20B over five years
Reuters reported that Microsoft will also “make available $150 million in technical services to help federal, state and local governments to help keep their security systems up to date.”
Security
Google finally releases YouTube Music Wear OS app, but only for Samsung’s new watches
9to5Google says there doesn’t appear to be a way to stream music from the app — it appears that you can only download music right now. And annoyingly, you can only download songs while the watch is on a charger, 9to5Google reports.
Apps/DevOps
Qumulo and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Deliver High Density File Solution
This new configuration greatly reduces management overhead with more data stored in a smaller, compact hardware footprint, scaling from 675TB to over 22PBs in a single file system with radical simplicity
Data Storage
Microsoft wants Chrome OS users running Office web apps, not Android apps
As recently as July 31st, Microsoft’s support documents recommended installing the Android versions of Office, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive, but now those documents say that the apps are unsupported for Chrome OS users.
Apps/DevOps
IBM launches new SASE service to bolster zero-trust enterprise security
The new offering has been "designed to help accelerate organizations' adoption of cloud-delivered security at the edge, closer to the users and devices that access corporate resources,
Security
GoSecure Named a Major Player in IDC MarketScape: US. Managed Detection & Response Services 2021 Vendor Assessment
GoSecure Titan MDR delivers 24x7x365 threat detection and hunting, with mitigation in less than 15-minutes
Security
Skai Launches Ask MI, an Intuitive, Search-Based Market Intelligence Solution
Using natural language, users can type any word, phrase, or question into Ask MI’s intuitive search bar to access easily understood, interactive dashboards that provide powerful insights about the consumers, brands, products, competitors, and innovation within their category.
Data & Analytics
Nvidia-powered Polaris supercomputer to usher in a new era of ‘exascale’ AI 
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co. is building Polaris, which will be supercharged with 2,240 Nvidia A10 Tensor Core GPUs squeezed into 560 total nodes when it’s deployed in early 2022
Automation & Productivity
HYCU announces service to help firms gauge ransomware readiness
The initiative, known as R-Score, is available now. It uses entered data to assess an organisation’s preparedness to repel and recover from ransomware attacks across five key categories: Backup Process, Backup Infrastructure, Security and Networking, Restore Processes, and Disaster Recovery.
Security
Construction robotics tech startup ICON raises over $200M in Series B funding to meet growing demand for 3D-printed construction
 ICON’s proprietary Vulcan technology produces resilient, energy-efficient homes faster than conventional construction methods and with less waste and more design freedom.
Automation & Productivity
Bodo.ai Raises $14 Million Series A To Revolutionize Simplicity, Performance And Scale For Data Analytics And Machine Learning
The company’s innovative compiler technology enables customers to solve challenging, large-scale data and machine learning problems at extreme performance and low cost with the simplicity and flexibility of native Python
Data & Analytics
Permission.io partners with Google's Cloud Marketplace for blockchain transactions and token earning
It is releasing its blockchain validator node and blockchain full node, which will enable a blockchain-based opt-in and reward system for users. Permission.io uses a fork of an Ethereum token, its ASK token as the currency for permissions.
Blockchain
Data observability startup Cribl brings in $200M
The platform controls costs by routing data to cost-effective destinations, working to anticipate future data demands.
Data & Analytics
Otter.ai aims to transform meetings with transcription
The tool will quietly join all meetings, transcribe all of the discussion, create a set of minutes, and share this with everyone — even if the user isn’t around.
Automation & Productivity
Google adds Smart Reply to Docs comments to fill your life with more bland platitudes
Others bemoan the deadening effect they have on language and, if you’re feeling particularly hyperbolic, on the human soul. Why think about what you’re saying to your colleagues if AI can fill in the gaps where you brain used to be?
Artificial Intelligence
New Zealand-based software tech startup Litmaps secured a $1M funding to help scientists and engineers accelerate research breakthroughs
Litmaps saves engineers and scientists time by combining interactive citation maps, modern search tools, and regular targeted updates, to create the best research discovery experience ever.
Data & Analytics
Owlchemy founders launch “absurd:joy,” a remote collaboration startup with $5.35M in funding 
Judging from the arguably one of the strangest press releases ever written, Tangle could perhaps be described as a combination of collaborative whiteboard service with videoconferencing. In the company’s words “a virtual collab space where you hear chatter like a coffee shop.”
Automation & Productivity
Knoetic, a social network for CPOs, raises $18M
He asserts that this “insight engine,” which was designed with input from over 100 CPOs, gives customers both quantitative and qualitative insights, enabling them to make smarter, more holistic decisions about their workforce.
Data & Analytics
DMTF Shares Widespread Industry Support for its Standards
By using solutions based on PMCI standards, customers can anticipate reduced downtime, a secure and reliable platform, lower total cost of ownership, and interoperability at both the system and component levels.
Apps/DevOps
Involve.ai boosts AI-driven customer data platform with $16M
Involve aims to help customers find signals in siloed systems and parse through millions of data points to prevent customer churn, increase revenue, and personalize customer experiences
Data & Analytics
IT observability unicorn Grafana Labs valued at $3B in new $220M round 
The Grafana platform detects technical issues such as a sudden drop in the speed of web page loading times. It also lends itself to monitoring other kinds of events: Firms can use the platform to track business-related developments such as changes in store sales.
IT Management
Microsoft Teams: Now teachers can monitor students' reading fluency with AI
Microsoft has rolled out Reading Progress, a free education tool for Teams that gives teachers artificial intelligence (AI) estimations of student performance and errors when reading text.
EDTech
Canadian tech startup GrowthGenius scores $1.83M in funding to scale its AI-powered sales prospecting automation platform
Using machine learning and AI, GrowthGenius’ sales automation platform combines 250 million prospect database, lead generation, email verification, and email sending tools to streamline outreach.
Artificial Intelligence
AWS Vets Managed Security Services Providers
As more organizations move their applications into the cloud, the key challenge is “being able to have the skilled people within their companies that honestly know how to respond to these different incidents that the [security] tools are telling them to,”
Security
Work management platform Trello introduces no-code automation features
Beyond the new subscription offering, Trello today announced that Premium subscribers can now use unlimited automation commands, while Free tier members get an unlimited number of Power-Ups — i.e., tools and connectors to platforms — per board.
Automation & Productivity
Poly Network Recoups $610M Stolen from DeFi Platform
“To extend our thanks and encourage Mr. White Hat to continue contributing to security advancement in the blockchain world together with Poly Network, we cordially invite Mr. White Hat to be the Chief Security Advisor of Poly Network."
Security
Synopsys Enables First-Pass Silicon Success for Achronix’s New FPGA for Data and AI Acceleration Applications
Compared to competitive solutions, the DesignWare Logic Library IP offers 4% better area and an 8% improvement in timing, which is significant for high-speed designs.
Data & Analytics
Bitcoin tech firm Blockstream raises $210M at $3B valuation 
For example, the recently launched Blockstream Energy service, which allows power producers to sell excess energy to bitcoin mining operations and Blockstream Satellite, which broadcasts the bitcoin ledger from space.
Blockchain
Infinidat and Virtana team up for AIOps infrastructure management
Then there is AIOps outside the box, which in Infinidat’s case pulls together the intelligence of all the individual InfiniBox systems via its InfiniVerse cloud service. The third part is the broader AIOps ecosystem
Artificial Intelligence
Intel shifts to multiarchitecture model
Instead of just packing more cores onto a smaller die, Intel is switching to a new hybrid architecture that adds low-energy-draw cores, similar to what some ARM chip makers have been doing for years on mobile devices.
Automation & Productivity
DiA Imaging Analysis Adds $14 Million in Latest Investment Round to Accelerate and Expand Availability of its AI-Powered Ultrasound Analysis Solutions
DiA’s AI-based technology imitates the way the human eye detects borders and identifies motion, allowing clinicians of all levels of experience to capture the right ultrasound images and automatically identify clinical abnormalities that are otherwise difficult to find visually.
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft likely to offer Extended Security Updates for Windows 10 in 2025
The latest clue that ESUs are here to stay came last month, when Microsoft announced that it will offer three years of additional, paid support for Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012.
Automation & Productivity
Moesif digs into API analytics with $12M raise
Using the Moesif platform, product owners can monitor activation funnels — for example, the time that it took for developers to sign up and make their first API call — or proactively reach out when a customer is struggling with an API.
Data & Analytics
NICE Evidencentral Marketplace, The First Open Ecosystem For Digital Transformation Of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Adds Five Technology Partners
NICE’s Evidencentral Marketplace connects agencies to an ecosystem of solutions designed to work with the NICE Evidencentral platform, helping them improve their incident response and operational intelligence, automate investigations, accelerate charging decisions, and reduce discovery backlogs.
Automation & Productivity
Privacera and StreamSets Partner to Provide Rapid, Secure DataOps
Privacera Encryption Gateway (PEG) is a robust, scalable API gateway that extends Apache Ranger’s Key Management Services (KMS) and policy engine to offer precise policy-based encryption and decryption schemes for fine-grained, column-level data protection
Security
Oracle Verrazzano Targets Multi-Cloud Container Management
“It’s almost like a neutralizing platform,” Cabelus explained. “It’s the same no matter where I’m going to deploy. I’m going to use the same APIs and the same tooling. I’m going to observe the same way.”
Cloud
EXCLUSIVE U.S. SEC to scrutinize firms' digital-engagement practices as investor worries grow
"We're at a transformational time. I really believe data analytics and AI can bring a lot of positives, but it means we should look back and think about what does this mean for user interface, user engagement, fairness and bias,"
Artificial Intelligence
State Department reportedly hit by serious cyberattack 
“Overall, the State Department’s networks are big and they are presumably getting attacked by nation-states, terrorists, and other adversaries on a daily basis.”
Security
Voxtur Strengthens Its Cloud-Based Valuation Management Platform With Acquisition Of Xome Valuations
Voxtur accelerated the development of its cloud-based valuation management platform through the acquisition of Anow earlier this year, which creates a streamlined valuation solution for lenders, servicers, appraisal management companies and appraisers.
Automation & Productivity
Sumo Logic delivers on SOAR promise it made by acquiring DFLabs
The Sumo Logic Cloud SOAR platform is now integrated with more than 200 third-party IT and security tools using the existing Sumo Logic Open Integration Framework,
Security
StorPool update boasts tighter cloud platform integration
StorPool’s platform runs on Linux and pools HDD and SSD resources across a cluster of commodity server boxes to provide a shared storage system
Data Storage
CEQUENS Unveils Verify – premium Digital Security And Two-factor Authentication Solution
Verify facilitates the adoption of different verification methods such as SMS one-time passwords, voice one-time passwords, and application soft tokens.
Security
Misconfigured Microsoft Power Apps applications found to expose 38M records 
The data leaks were the result of a default setting in the platform that made applications’ information data accessible without a password.
Security
Israeli connected-home experience startup Veego raises $13M 
The company uses machine learning, artificial intelligence and other technologies to overcome challenges facing communication service providers, content providers, device and service vendors, and other data consumers.
IoT/Mobility
Inchcape Accelerates Digital Transformation With Google Cloud And SAP
By moving these workloads onto Google Cloud through the RISE with SAP offering, Inchcape will be able to join a diverse range of datasets into a centralised, secure, and scalable platform for the first time.
Cloud
Facebook tries adding video and voice calls back into its main app
The company hasn’t shared if it plans to bring other parts of Messenger back into the fold, but Messenger’s director of product management did tell Bloomberg that “you’re going to start to see quite a bit more of this over time.”
Apps/DevOps
Night Shift Development Announces ClearQuery SaaS Beta Expands Its Enterprise Solution to Customers in the Private Sector
Night Shift Development (NSD), creators of ClearQuery, an augmented intelligence and conversational analytics platform, announced it has launched a public beta of the SaaS version of its flagship product.
Data & Analytics
SSI Launches Industry’s First High Security Windshield Transponder Certified For Interoperability In Tolling Systems
“With its embedded, over-the-air crypto features, Atlantis is the ultimate transponder for applications that require extra security and data protection, such as access control of high security areas like government buildings, military bases and laboratories while still being a great tolling transponder.”
Security
IBM introduces Telum chips aimed at AI inferencing workloads like fraud detection
"The completely redesigned cache and chip-interconnection infrastructure provides 32MB cache per core, and can scale to 32 Telum chips. The dual-chip module design contains 22 billion transistors and 19 miles of wire on 17 metal layers."
Artificial Intelligence
kACE Partners With Algorithmica To Launch FX Volatility Aggregator
The kACE VA application allows users to combine FXO volatilities from multiple sources to create a unique surface that feeds downstream into client applications such as kACE Pro, back and middle office systems and proprietary technologies.
Data & Analytics
Bitcoin made history after Strike founder Jack Mallers sent $10 from the US to Nigeria in a few seconds without any fee using Bitcoin Lightning Network
Lightning Network is a decentralized network using smart contract functionality in the blockchain to enable instant payments across a network of participants, while Bitnob is a fintech startup that builds Bitcoin payments solutions for African individuals and businesses.
Blockchain
Microsoft Teams organizers can now delegate responsibility for breakout rooms to individual presenters.
"A redesigned search results page provides better context and faster results, with AI-powered relevance based on the people and content you engage with most in Teams and other Microsoft 365 services."
Automation & Productivity
CSP Server CPU offloading — Intel goes canyoneering with two DPUs and a SmartNIC
These Intel IPUs (Infrastructure Processing Units) process IT infrastructure-related events for cloud service providers, as opposed to their tenant CPUs which process client applications and directly generate revenue.
Cloud
Slack Supercharges Salesforce Customer 360 For Sales, Service, Marketing, And Analytics
“This is just the beginning for the Slack-First Customer 360—which will fundamentally reshape how work gets done by connecting employees, customers, and partners and the apps they use on a single platform.”
Automation & Productivity
China passes new privacy law aimed at protecting users’ personal data
Tech companies that handle personal information must have a designated person tasked with overseeing its protection, and companies must conduct regular audits to be sure they’re complying with the law.
Privacy
California IT department 'high-risk' agency, auditor says
Howle also faulted the department for shortcomings in oversight of projects that use “adaptive approaches,” such as iterative or agile development, adding that California state agencies lack experience using such methodologies
IT Management
Synopsys design software uses AI to make chips more power efficient
Synopsys Inc (SNPS.O) said on Monday one of its customers used artificial intelligence software to get a 26% gain in the power efficiency of a computer chip, a leap that usually has to wait for a new generation of chip manufacturing technology.
Artificial Intelligence
Federal judge won’t halt new task orders on $5.5B 2GIT contract
The agency used a market basket-evaluation approach, where bidders quoted their prices for frequently purchased technology products like the ASWGD, in making BPA awards
Procurement
Schneider Electric joins the hardware-as-a-service movement
The deal is for channel partners to pair APC Smart-UPS solutions with its monitoring and dispatch services to create their own service offering. Schneider says this partnership will allow channel partners to offer more visibility and front-end maintenance across their customers’ dispersed UPS systems.
Automation & Productivity
Argo Blockchain Becomes First Climate Positive Cryptocurrency Mining Company and Releases Climate Strategy
Since inception, Argo has been committed to sustainability and believes that cryptocurrency mining can spur renewable power innovation and pave the way to reducing GHG emissions.
Blockchain
AT&T Disputes Alleged Cyberattack Involving 70M Customers

A cybercriminal claims to have personal data on 70 million AT&T customers, according to a Restore Privacy report. The data includes names, phone numbers, physical addresses, email addresses, social security numbers, and dates of birth.

Security
Nomad Go Announces Computer Vision Solution to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Developed in Microsoft and Sony’s Co-Innovation Lab
The solution uses AI and computer vision to make buildings more sustainable, while also accelerating customers’ return on investment by reducing hardware and infrastructure costs.
Sustainability
Identity management org Sailpoint unveils no-code tool
Scheduled to become available in the fourth quarter, SailPoint Workflow is part of a larger company initiative to enable enterprise IT teams to deploy an intelligent, autonomous, and extensible self-driving identity security system that’s fueled by data from end users.
IT Management
Announcing Gravyty 4.0: This Is AI For Fundraising
Gravyty Guard is the industry’s first AI-enabled human layer security solution specifically designed for the rigors of fundraising. Due to the overwhelming importance of this innovation, Gravyty Guard is now included for all Gravyty customers to ensure that organizations protect their most important assets, donor data.
Artificial Intelligence
Elon Musk unveils Tesla Bot, a humanoid AI robot designed to do “boring” work
He added that the humanoid robot is designed to eliminate “dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks,” like bending over to pick something up or go to the store for groceries, Musk said. “Essentially, in the future, physical work will be a choice.”
Artificial Intelligence
Nigerian Threat Actors Solicit Employees to Deploy Ransomware for Cut of Profits
“In this latest campaign, the sender tells the employee that if they’re able to deploy ransomware on a company computer or Windows server, then they would be paid $1 million in bitcoin, or 40% of the presumed $2.5 million ransom,"
Security
New cyber executive order a ‘necessary shock to the system,’ NIST says
The Biden administration last week issued new guidelines to agencies, giving them 60 days to identify 12 types of on-premise critical software and another 12 months to implement critical software protections from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Security
Evervault Achieves HIPAA Compliance and Enters Healthcare Market with Next-Generation Encryption Solutions
With HIPAA policies and procedures now in place, Evervault can and will enter into business associate agreements (BAAs) with customers looking to maintain HIPAA compliance by making it easier to encrypt, process and transmit electronic Public Health Information (ePHI).
Healthcare Tech
Microsoft to hike Office 365 business subscription fees next year 
The price increases will apply across all markets, with local adjustments made for certain regions, Spataro said. The prices for Microsoft 365’s education and consumer products will remain unchanged, he added.
Automation & Productivity
Google is shutting down its Android Auto mobile app in favor of Google Assistant 
Instead, anyone who wants a driving-friendly interface for their Android phone should use the Google Assistant driving mode, which is available within Google Maps, or the native Android Auto interface available in select cars.
Apps/DevOps
Bitcoin miners earn over 50% total revenue mining 2GB block on the blockchain
The block size is the key factor here, and the transaction fees, now at more than the block's total reward for blocks this size, show that the landscape is changing towards transaction-rich blocks on the blockchain.
Blockchain
SK hynix’s Golden P31 SSD appears, with doubled capacity
Like the original P31 drives, this new one comes in the single-sided M.2 2280 format and is intended for notebooks used for things like 3D design work and other content creation activities, and gaming systems
Data Storage
Adobe to buy Frame.io, makers of video editing collaboration software, for $1.2 billion
Frame.io's platform enables video editors and producers to upload footage in real time. Users can also access and collaborate on the footage in real time in a secure environment across devices.
Automation & Productivity
NASA’s cloud push is motivated by data constraints
NASA has spent billions of dollars to date trying to address the growing challenge of transmitting data from next-generation satellites and overseas ground stations to make scientific discoveries, and the global scale of many cloud providers is hard to replicate.
Cloud
Twilio Segment releases customer data platform dev toolkit
“The one-size-fits-all software-as-a-service suites of today can no longer deliver the differentiated customer experiences needed for businesses to set themselves apart from the competition."
Data & Analytics
Navy CDO Sasala says service has a ‘massive’ data duplication problem
Sasala said his priority is identifying “authoritative” datasets and where they come from while establishing who can use them and for what purposes.
Data & Analytics
Sourcegraph plans to index the entire open source web
Through Sourcegraph, developers can find and fix things more quickly, figure out how to use a particular function, establish what impact changing a piece of code will have on dependencies, automate large-scale refactors, and more.
Automation & Productivity
AWS introduces Amazon MemoryDB for Redis
Amazon MemoryDB for Redis is a real-time database implementation that is based in part on the open source Redis platform, but adds durability and persistence.
Data & Analytics
Open Source Platform Metabase Takes on Enterprise Software Market with $30M Series B Funding
Over 30,000 companies and organizations across 200 different countries use the open source business intelligence platform to explore and manage their data.
Data & Analytics
Litera Acquires Concep to Help Firms Grow With Data-Driven Insights About Their Client Engagements
Concep will become part of Litera’s new Firm Intelligence business unit – a platform that aims to transform disparate data about clients, matters, people, and parties into usable and actionable information.
Data & Analytics
Chinese AI facial recognition startup SenseTime is going public in a $2 billion IPO on Hong Kong stock exchange
SenseTime is the developer of  Face++, the technology used by the Chinese government to monitor and track its over one billion citizens. Face++ is also used by more than 300,000 developers in 150 countries to identify faces, as well as images, text, and various kinds of government-issued IDs.
Artificial Intelligence
Hitachi Vantara Announces General Availability of Lumada DataOps Suite
The portfolio of data management and analytics software is designed to help businesses rapidly identify and utilize data to enhance customer experiences and provide a source of competitive advantage – from customer, operational and product intelligence to compliance and fraud management.
Data & Analytics
Intel unveils Alder Lake hybrid architecture with efficient and performance cores
With the new Intel 7 process, previously known as 10nm Enhanced Super Fin, Intel is able to fit four cores on the same die space of a Skylake core.
Automation & Productivity
Orbital Insight Launches Supply Chain Intelligence Solution to Create End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility and Illuminate Risk Using AI
With a simple query in the company’s flagship GO platform, organizations can now better detect connections between specific areas over time, including supply chains, global migration patterns, commutes, tourism activity and anything else that involves the movement of goods or people.
Artificial Intelligence
Infobase Adds New Enhancements to Learn360, Making the Ultimate Resource for K-12 Schools
Users of all ages, including classroom teachers, curriculum directors, and parents can benefit from predictive search results, saving options, and notifications throughout the site.
EDTech
Wirepas Lauded by Frost & Sullivan for Addressing Industrial IoT Requirements With the Ground-Breaking Wirepas Private 5G Solution
“Its limited infrastructure and easy installation make it up to 90 percent less expensive than competing solutions. Furthermore, its minimal maintenance and centralized, self-healing features make the network extremely reliable."
5G
Oppo introduces true continuous zoom lens for smartphones
Unlike periscope telephoto lenses used today, the lens elements move throughout the 85-200mm-equivalent zoom range meaning that the images should be crisp at every focal length without the need for digital zoom, cropping, or artificial sharpening.
Automation & Productivity
VIDROVR Lands New Funding; Launches Solution for Businesses to Unlock Key Information Within Video Data
VIDROVR has introduced a new end-to-end video analysis platform for enterprises to index and manage live stream and archival video content, and access and activate video data, which is now a task that has grown beyond human scale.
Data & Analytics
Facebook launches Horizon WorkRooms, a VR remote work app the company calls a step to the ‘metaverse’
As part of the launch, Facebook tested of a new virtual-reality remote work app where users of the company’s Oculus Quest 2 headsets can hold meetings as avatar versions of themselves.
Automation & Productivity
Call center automation startup Balto secures $37M
The company leverages AI optimized for contact center applications — specifically automated speech recognition and natural language processing models trained on a dataset of more than 75 million calls and 1 billion labels.
Artificial Intelligence
Databricks reportedly raising $1.5B on a $38B valuation 
Databricks is best known for its Unified Data Analytics Platform based on the open-source Apache Spark big-data framework. The company’s software platform helps customers unify their analytics across business, data science and data engineering.
Data & Analytics
Altus Assessments Acquires One45
With Altus’ footprint across health professions and higher education, now even more academic programs will gain meaningful insights on their students to support them across their entire journey, from recruitment, through admissions and training, until graduation.
Data & Analytics
HolesWarm Malware Exploits Unpatched Windows, Linux Servers 
By leveraging more than 20 known vulnerabilities in Linux and Windows servers, the HolesWarm cryptominer malware has been able to break into more than 1,000 cloud hosts just since June.
Security
Celona and NTT team up on private 5G network connectivity for enterprises 
The new service is really a joint offering for enterprises that provides low-latency and deterministic, 5G-based connectivity for critical edge applications that require a subsecond response, such as autonomous mobile robots and mixed reality headsets
Telecom
AlmaLinux arrives on Azure cloud
Images are available for both Gen1 and Gen2 and are deployable from the Azure portal. You can also get it up and running using the Azure shell utility as well as from the marketplace link
Cloud
MobileCoin snags $66M for privacy-focused payments 
Unlike other cryptocurrencies, which can take minutes to “lock in” a transfer, MobileCoin takes seconds. For example, it takes the bitcoin network 10 minutes to record a block on its blockchain – and approximately six blocks to be certain the transaction is finalized
Blockchain
Teleport Secures $30 Million Funding, Introduces Secure MongoDB Access in Version 7.0
The latest release, Teleport 7.0, empowers MongoDB users to easily access MongoDB databases across all computing environments using a modern identity-based approach based on zero trust principles
Data & Analytics
Dropbox Achieves 100% Renewable Data Center Target
Dropbox initially focused on increasing the efficiency of its hardware to lower the amount of energy needed to power its data centers, and then turned to carbon offsetting and renewable energy credits.
Sustainability
Boku launches M1ST, the world’s largest mobile payments network that reaches 5.7 billion mobile payment accounts in 90 countries 
M1ST is designed to eliminate the difficulty of mobile payment acceptance so that merchants can accept mobile payments more quickly, at a lower cost, and focus on building world-class user experiences that drive long-term, valuable relationships with their customers.
FinTech
Facebook shares AI advancements improving content moderation
New techniques and systems that Facebook has quickly moved from research into production, such as its Reinforcement Integrity Optimizer (RIO), are helping to drive down the amount of hate speech and other unwanted content that Facebook users see, the company said.
Artificial Intelligence
Bogus Cryptomining Apps Infest Google Play
Google has removed eight deceptive mobile apps from the Play Store that masquerade as cryptocurrency cloud-mining applications but which really exist to lure users into expensive subscription services and other fraudulent activity.
Security
Microsoft is making it harder to switch default browsers in Windows 11
While Microsoft is making many positive changes to the Windows 11 UI, the default apps experience is a step back and browser competitors like Mozilla, Opera, and Vivaldi are concerned.
Apps/DevOps
ServiceNow and Citrix partner to automate IT ticket resolution
They’ve come up with what they say is a virtual agent integration that can help to automate the resolution of virtual application and virtual desktop “resets” in a matter of minutes.
Automation & Productivity
Denmark-based tech startup Uizard raises $15M in funding for the world’s first AI-powered digital design assistant for non-designers
Enter Uizard, a Copenhagen, Denmark-based tech startup is building the world-first AI able to understand user interfaces to automatically generate platform-specific computer code from a single UI image. Uizard is developing AI tools to transform user interface images into code for building apps and websites.
Artificial Intelligence
Pepperdata adds GPU-tracking tools to help IT teams maximize usage
Pepperdata has historically provided tools that automatically scale traditional CPU system resources by analyzing application and infrastructure metrics in real time. Those capabilities are now being extended to provide visibility into GPU memory usage and waste, along with surfacing recommendations to fine-tune GPUs
IT Management
Rapid Robotics raises $36.7M for its AI-powered industrial robots 
Founded in 2019, Rapid Robotics has developed an AI-powered robotic arm called the Rapid Machine Operator that it says can perform 80% of the tasks done on a typical factory floor
Artificial Intelligence
Data visualization and analytics platform Preset takes in $35.9M
Using Preset, companies can perform ad hoc data visualization and dashboarding via a no-code interface or through sequel query language (SQL)
Data & Analytics
LitPic raises $1.5M for subscription-based social network for creators
The Seattle-based company’s iOS app helps creators make money from their content through subscriptions as well as gifting, tipping, and brand sponsorships.
Apps/DevOps
SnapLogic Empowers IT and Business Teams to Realize the Vision of Self-Service Integration and Automation
Introduced in this release is SnapLogic Flows, a modern, intuitive user experience for non-technical business users, enabling them to develop application integrations and automate data flows in a self-service manner, without the use of code.
Automation & Productivity
Cybersecurity monitoring and response startup Blumira raises $10.3M
The platform enables IT admins to set up cloud security for Microsoft 365, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and more using APIs, ostensibly shortening the time to security compared with the industry average.
Security
Payscale acquires CURO, another compensation data provider
Companies making compensation decisions increasingly require new types of information amid the global movement for pay equity, and the rise of remote work
Data & Analytics
Broxel Announced an Agreement With Google Cloud to Offer Financial Technology Solutions
Broxel will migrate all its platforms to Google Cloud. With this, Broxel will provide all its services with the technological foundation of Google Cloud, including infrastructure, using Apigee to manage all their APIs and Workspace as its main internal collaboration tool.
Cloud
Plannuh Announces AI-Driven Marketing Planning and Budgeting Platform Integration to Salesforce
Plannuh Customers Can Now Combine Salesforce Marketing Cloud Campaign Metrics With Actual Spend by Campaign Data in Plannuh to Prove Their True Marketing ROI for the First Time
Data & Analytics
EdgeQ samples SoC for 5G and AI inference engines
At the core of the product, simply named EdgeQ 5G Base Station-on-a-Chip, is a specialized baseband processor RISC-V ISA that EdgeQ created by extending an open source RISC-V Open Instruction Set with more than 50 custom instructions.
Telecom
Rubrik teams with Microsoft to develop Zero Trust anti-ransomware Azure services
Microsoft and Rubrik will ensure Microsoft 365 data is secure, discoverable, and always accessible in the case of a ransomware or other malicious attack, accidental deletion, or corruption.
Data Management
TrustLayer Raises $15Million To Build The Future Of Insurance Verification
TrustLayer uses robotic process automation (RPA) and AI to automate this process securely, so companies can automatically verify the insurance and licenses of their vendors, suppliers, borrowers, and tenants.
Automation & Productivity
How Elementor 3.4 Powers Website Performance for Web Designers
Elementor’s 3.4 release improves server response time by up to 23%, and reduces the memory usage by ~5%.  Additionally, it saves approximately ~30% off of data traffic to the Editor load, contributing to a major performance boost.
Automation & Productivity
Blogging startup Hashnode raises $6.7M to give developers a community 
“We launched Hashnode because this group deserves a blogging platform built just for them – one where they can easily find each other, share ideas with like-minded professionals and collaborate to build game-changing technology.”
Apps/DevOps
Marvell buys Innovium for cloud data-center expertise
This complements the Inphi purchase because Inphi was primarily an on-premises play while Innovium is a cloud and cloud service-provider play. So, Marvell will have an end-to-end offering
Cloud
Avalara nabs nearly $1B in debt securities to fuel growing tax compliance software business
The pandemic-driven rise in online shopping and new tax rules, along with the continuing adoption of cloud services, have helped provide tailwinds for Avalara’s business.
Automation & Productivity
SolarWinds Enables DataOps for All With Free DBA xPress Tool
DBA xPress helps data teams understand schema and data differences and data dependencies as part of the database re-architecture process when preparing for Microsoft SQL Server cloud migrations.
Cloud
AI-powered design platform Uizard picks up $15M
The platform automatically turns hand-drawn sketches and wireframes into editable screens, changing the style of a projects while preserving what Suarez-Battan calls their “information hierarchy.”
Automation & Productivity
API startup Postman now valued at $5.6B thanks to new $225M round
Postman’s namesake tool makes it possible to write scripts that automatically carry out tests to free up time for developers. Over the years, in parallel with the steady growth of its user base, the startup has developed an array of additional products to simplify related API development tasks.
Apps/DevOps
Applied Releases New Applied Marketing Automation Innovation
The application provides access to a world-class P&C and Benefits specific content library that is backed by a dedicated editorial team that ensures all assets are relevant and up to date
Automation & Productivity
GitHub pushes users to enable 2FA following end of password authentication for Git operations
The platform now requires people to use stronger authentication factors like personal access tokens, SSH keys, or OAuth or GitHub App installation tokens for all authenticated Git operations on GitHub.com.
Security
T-Mobile Faces ‘Largest Carrier Breach on Record’
“Und0xxed said the hackers found an opening in T-Mobile’s wireless data network that allowed access to two of T-Mobile’s customer data centers. From there, the intruders were able to dump a number of customer databases totaling more than 100 gigabytes,” Krebs reported. 
Security
Monday.com launches Workdocs, raising collaborative documents to a new level 
Now teams can bring the platform’s thoroughly customizable project management integrations directly into documents in real time and lag-free no matter how many people are editing the document.
Automation & Productivity
SolarWinds Enables DataOps For All With Free DBA xPress Tool
For data professionals who need to understand how a data environment is visually structured, DBA xPress intuitively helps compare, synchronize, script, and navigate data and schemas, enabling data pros to more seamlessly adopt DataOps, automate releases and simplify Microsoft® SQL Server® cloud migrations at no cost.
Data & Analytics
VigiTrust Launches VigiOne Cybersecurity Compliance Platform for Managed Security Service Providers
VigiOne is different: it seamlessly harmonizes all relevant cybersecurity frameworks and standards, automates key workflow processes, and empowers organizations to confidently demonstrate compliance — all in a single platform.”
Security
AI Technology Startup Data Safeguard Tackles Data Privacy Compliance and Synthetic Fraud Threat
The company’s products use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology to help enterprises manage the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) collected throughout the customer lifecycle and identify Frankenstein Identities to mitigate financial losses.
Data Management
Element5 Raises $15 Million Series A To Help Post-acute Care Spend Less Time On Administrative Work
Element5 uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to deliver SaaS-based automated workflows for home-health, hospice, senior living, skilled nursing and other allied healthcare verticals.
Automation & Productivity
Critical IoT security camera vulnerability allows attackers to remotely watch live video - and gain access to networks
The vulnerabilities in IoT devices that use the ThroughTek Kalay network have been disclosed by cybersecurity company Mandiant in coordination with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and ThroughTek.
Security
Secure data sharing platform InfoSum nabs $65M
Aligning with the trends, InfoSum, which launched in 2019, offers a data collaboration platform that uses “privacy-first technology” to connect customer records between companies without sharing any data
Data & Analytics
SailPoint’s new Workflow offering automates complex and repetitive tasks
Sailpoint’s Workflow, offered on a software-as-a-service basis, is pitched as allowing users to automate complex and repetitive tasks by creating a workflow from scratch or to browse through available templates to fit exact needs.
Automation & Productivity
Netskope SASE Adds Cloud Firewall, Native Isolation Tech
“The addition of Cloud Firewall for all ports and protocols is a net-new offering and is natively built on our platform to provide explicit configuration for users to access basically all apps, web, or services with firewall-type policies,"
Cloud
Adapdix Acquires Edge Intelligence to Bring Data and AI Closer Together
Edge Intelligence’s data management ideally complements Adapdix’ EdgeOps AI/ML Data Mesh offering and will enable Adapdix to target additional new markets and expand offering across the edge automation market.
Artificial Intelligence
AI-powered travel tech platform Hopper raises $175M
Shifting to B2B while retaining a direct consumer focus has also positioned Hopper to contend with heavyweights of the online travel realm, such as Expedia, Booking.com, and Google Travel.
Artificial Intelligence
Adobe is bringing the Magic Wand tool to Photoshop for iPad
Some of the intelligent selection features from Magic Wand have been introduced to the iPad app in the past, but now Adobe is adding the tool itself, making it easier to select, adjust, or remove specific elements of a larger project with a tap.
Automation & Productivity
ExtraHop enables deeper forensic investigation of cloud threats and vulnerabilities 
The new Reveal(x) 360 Threat Briefings feature delivers a one-click incident report that makes it possible to retroactively investigate any critical vulnerabilities or exploits the platform has discovered.
Security
Intel Powers Latest Amazon EC2 General Purpose Instances
Intel Xeon processors are the most broadly deployed processor architecture within Amazon EC2 today, offering customers hundreds of different Intel-based EC2 instance options across 80 availability zones within 25 geographical regions.
Cloud
Data observability startup Monte Carlo raises $60M
The company’s AI-powered platform provides engineers and other stakeholders with a view of their company’s data health and reliability for business use cases.
Data & Analytics
Apollo GraphQL announces $130 Million Series D Funding, wants to define its own category
GraphQL is already top of mind for 86% of JavaScript developers. As for Apollo, it's currently used by 30% of the Fortune 500, its people said. Apollo leverages an open core model, with part of its offering being open source and part of it belonging to its Enterprise version.
Apps/DevOps
AI Technology Startup Data Safeguard Tackles Data Privacy Compliance and Synthetic Fraud Threat
The company’s products use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology to help enterprises manage the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) collected throughout the customer lifecycle and identify Frankenstein Identities to mitigate financial losses.
Artificial Intelligence
Exchange Servers Under Active Attack via ProxyShell Bugs
On Monday, the SANS Internet Storm Center’s Jan Kopriva reported that he found more than 30,000 vulnerable Exchange servers via a Shodan scan and that any threat actor worthy of that title would find it a snap to pull off, given how much information is available.
Security
M Science, the Leader in Research and Analytics, Launches Retail and Consumer Brands Intelligence Platform
Leveraging tested analytic models and a myriad of data inputs, this new solution delivers insights to more than a dozen industries including Animals & Pet Supplies, Apparel, Garden & Home, Sporting Goods and Toys & Games.
Data & Analytics
Windows users can now manage their iCloud Passwords
The app, which comes with the iCloud for Windows 12.5 update, lets you search through your saved passwords, update them, add new ones, and delete login info you no longer want.
Apps/DevOps
Google and Facebook detail plans for new 190-terabit subsea internet cable
Apricot will use a system known as a reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer to transport users’ data from one end of the cable to another. It’s a sophisticated version of the traditional multiplexer, a device that has long been an essential component of internet networks.
Telecom
Cloudera Introduces Cloudera DataFlow for the Public Cloud
With Cloudera DataFlow for the Public Cloud, users can now automate complex data flow operations, boost the operational efficiency of streaming data flows with auto-scaling capabilities, and cut down on cloud costs by eliminating infrastructure sizing guesswork.
Data & Analytics
T-Mobile says hackers accessed user data but won't confirm SSN breach of 100 million customers
On an underground forum, the hacker is selling a sample of the data with 30 million social security numbers and driver licenses for 6 Bitcoin, according to Motherboard and Bleeping Computer.
Security
SAP acquires AI-powered human resources platform SwoopTalent
SwoopTalent provides a platform powered by natural language processing, AI, and machine learning that combines, analyzes, and trains data from disparate human resource systems and workflows.
Artificial Intelligence
Cyberattackers Embrace CAPTCHAs to Hide Phishing, Malware
“Hiding phishing content behind CAPTCHAs prevents security crawlers from detecting malicious content and adds a legitimate look to phishing login pages,”
Security
Latent AI Raises $19 Million Series A To Enable Next Generation AI Factories
Our solutions are being used in more places than ever before from manufacturing automation, predictive maintenance, process control, consumer electronics, and defense and aerospace applications
Artificial Intelligence
Goldman Sachs, SoftBank join the $240M investment in Norway’s Gelato, making it a unicorn with a valuation of over $1 billion
Gelato is also one of the world’s fastest, smartest and greenest one-stop-shop for customized print products on demand.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft brings Azure Government Top Secret into GA
In addition to bringing Azure Government Top Secret into GA, Microsoft said it added new services to Azure Government Secret, including  Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Functions and Azure App Service.
Cloud
HashCash Builds AI-integrated Blockchain Prototype To Determine Energy Consumption Patterns
HashCash proposes a blockchain architecture engineered with Artificial Intelligence mechanisms that can read and draw up energy consumption patterns to be used in energy sales applications.
Blockchain
BlackSky And Palantir Collaboration Aids Government Agencies In Predicting Events
BlackSky’s data platform, Spectra AI, served as a foundational layer and was seamlessly integrated into Palantir Foundry. BlackSky demonstrated the ability to automatically deliver insights and intelligence to Palantir customers within minutes of collection, without any human interaction.
Data & Analytics
Sales enablement firm Seismic buys coaching startup Lessonly and raises $170M late-stage funding 
By acquiring Lessonly, Seismic said it will be able to offer a more comprehensive seller experience that makes marketing content available alongside learning programs, practice scenarios and coaching plans, all from a single location.
Automation & Producitivity
Rambus HBM subsystem more than doubles HBM2E speed
HBM stacks memory dies one atop another to increase package capacity beyond a DRAM DIMM and uses a set of wide channels to break socket connectivity limitations.
Data Storage
Nirmata Raises $4 Million in Pre-Series a Funding to Capitalize on the Full Potential of Kubernetes Native Policy Management, Kyverno
"Kyverno gives users the ability to focus on what matters – their workloads and applications – by aiding the adoption of Kubernetes policies rather than requiring users to learn and adopt new ones,”
Automation & Productivity
T-Mobile launches investigation after hacker claims to have stolen customer data 
The stolen data is said to include more than 100 million T-Mobile customer records and includes International Mobile Subscriber Identity numbers, International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers, phone numbers, customer names, PINs and date of birth as well as the Social Security and driver’s license numbers
Security
Sustain.Life Pushes Green Future as IT Prioritizes Sustainability
Sustain.Life has a suite of more than 100 action plans created by sustainability experts with language geared toward novices. Each action includes key performance indicators and data tracking capabilities, like carbon calculators.
Sustainability
Microsoft 365: This new one-click button lets businesses report scam emails
The button is an upgrade to the NCSC's existing Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS), which has received over 6.6 million reports since launching in April 2020. As of 30 June, NCSC had removed over 50,500 scams and 97,500 URLs.
Security
Crystal Pro Aims to Become the First Crypto-Based Platform in Indonesia Streamlining Business Operations
The Crystal Project will also pay close attention to the manufacturing sector to increase domestic trade volume and provide small and medium entrepreneurs opportunities to own products.
Blockchain
Beta Android accessibility feature uses facial expressions to control your phone
According to XDA Developers, facial expressions (which also include looking left, right, or up) can be used to access a number of controls, ranging from scrolling, going home, or viewing quick settings or notifications
Apps/DevOps
Mirantis Achieves New FIPS 140-2 Validation For Encryption
By completing the FIPS 140-2 validation process, Mirantis ensures that its products are eligible to be procured by U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, as well as for use in regulated industries such as utilities, finance, telecommunications, and healthcare
Security
Spoke is Working Together with Qualcomm Technologies to Transform Safety for Bicyclists and Light Mobility Users
A first-of-its-kind, the Spoke hardware and software suite, which features the C-V2X solutions, is designed to be the industry's first reliable, robust connected system to offer secure, direct communication for contextual awareness and alerts between drivers and riders, enhancing safety for VRUs.
Emerging Tech
Equifax Brings Differentiated Data To AWS Data Exchange
"AWS Data Exchange gives our business customers secure and efficient access to our differentiated data offerings. This allows them to more quickly access the insights they need to drive smarter revenue and create better customer experiences with the speed and security of the cloud.”
Data & Analytics
Hackers Spotted Using Morse Code in Phishing Attacks to Evade Detection
Microsoft has disclosed details of an evasive year-long social engineering campaign wherein the operators kept changing their obfuscation and encryption mechanisms every 37 days on average, including relying on Morse code, in an attempt to cover their tracks and surreptitiously harvest user credentials
Security
In An Up-To $200Million Acquisition By Nanox, Zebra Medical Vision Brings Its AI To Reimagine Radiology Globally
This landmark stock-for-stock acquisition in the AI in medical imaging space combines both hardware, AI software, and secured cloud capabilities to create a leading Israeli medical device platform.
Artificial Intelligence
DigiCert Launches New Signing Service to Verify ID, Prevent Modification
DigiCert creates a chain of proof around a document, based on security standards that are demonstrated to meet legal requirements. When a document is digitally signed, the signature includes verified details of the person’s identity.
Security
Shutterstock Announces Integration With OpenText, A Worldwide Leader In Digital Asset Management
Customers can now conduct detailed searches across Shutterstock’s library of 380M+ images for instant access to fresh, creative content — without leaving OpenText Media Management.
Automation & Productivity
Esper Raises $8M for Digital Policymaking Platform 
“Governments are creating thousands of policies every single year,” she said. “And policymaking is spread out among a lot of different systems like Word, SharePoint and Excel.”
Automation & Productivity
Reddit launches a TikTok-like video feed on iOS
TechCrunch writes that the video feed, which pulls content from subreddits you follow along with some you don’t, started rolling out to iOS users on Friday.
Apps.DevOps
Territorium's AI Tool Advises Students on Job Skills
According to a news release from the company, the Comprehensive Learner Record (TerritoriumCLR) platform measures a student's academic performance, personal interests and co-curricular activities to paint a full picture of their competencies and skills.
EDTech
Chris Sacca’s Lowercarbon Capital raises $800 million to lower the carbon footprint and fight climate change
“For too long, the world has ignored the scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs who are pursuing solutions to lower emissions, remove carbon, actively cool the planet, and save human, animal, and plant life as we know it. We are working to fix that"
Sustainability
Fiverr Launches Subscription-Based Loyalty Program for Global Seller Community
For $29 a month, freelancers who subscribe to the program can access a suite of benefits that include a dedicated success manager, faster payment clearance, growth program priority, priority support, advanced analytics and customer engagement tools, as well as exclusive events and educational content.
Automation & Productivity
Kalam Labs raises pre-seed from Lightspeed and Y Combinator to bring Live Game Streaming into Education
With this capital, Kalam Labs plans to accelerate their product roadmap to build a “Metaverse for Science”, starting with fun and immersive virtual missions for 6-14 year old kids to learn their favourite STEM topics.
EDTech
Facebook Messenger is adding end-to-end encryption for voice and video calls
Facebook says it’s adding the feature as interest in voice and video calls grows, saying Messenger now sees more than 150 million video calls a day.
Privacy & Security
StrongNode.io Powers Unique On-demand Scalable Node Technology for Edge Networking
StrongNode is upending the traditional cloud computing paradigm and advancing decentralized networks to where technologies like blockchain and edge computing are meshed together to create the best value and experience for digital users.
Cloud
DHS conducting initial assessment for CMMC-like cyber compliance regime
“Our end goal is to have a means of ensuring a contractor has key cybersecurity and cyber hygiene practices in place as a condition for contract award,”
Security
Exchange Servers Under Active Attack via ProxyShell Bugs
On Monday, the SANS Internet Storm Center’s Jan Kopriva reported that he found more than 30,000 vulnerable Exchange servers via a Shodan scan and that any threat actor worthy of that title would find it a snap to pull off, given how much information is available.
Security
Startup funding specialist Carta raises $500M at $7.4B valuation 
As part of its feature set, Carta also offers an analytics tool that helps companies perform financial planning. The tool makes it possible to calculate how raising a new round of funding would impact the stakes of existing investors.
Data & Analytics
AI startup Abacus.ai turns on real-time deep learning system for enterprises 
Abacus.ai, the two-year-old San Francisco-based startup that is building commercial AI systems, on Friday announced it is has turned on an API listening service that will feed real-time data into machine learning models for tasks such as predictions
Artificial Intelligence
Cisco extends observability portfolio with Epsagon acquisition
Epsagon’s distributed tracing platform promises to ease the task. Distributed tracing is an approach for diagnosing technical issues faster wherein administrators send a piece of data known as a request to a malfunctioning application.
Data & Analytics
Researchers find vulnerabilities in Wodify gym management web application used with CrossFit
A cybersecurity researcher has discovered several new vulnerabilities within Wodify's gym management web application that gives an attacker the ability to extract workout data, personal information and even financial information.
Security
Amazon's palm print recognition raises concern among U.S. senators
"We are also concerned that Amazon may use data from Amazon One, including data from third-party customers that may purchase and use Amazon One devices, to further cement its competitive power and suppress competition across various markets," they wrote.
Privacy
Neuron7 employs open source AI tools for field service across devices
The Neuron7 platform ingests structured and unstructured data from a wide range of sources, including product and service manuals, knowledge bases, technician notes, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, and messaging systems such as Slack
Artificial Intelligence
Veritone “AI Object Notation” Media Type Simplifies the Storage and Transmission of Cognitive AI Data
Veritone has solved this API diversity problem through the formalization of a unifying, standard way to describe any object or data discovered by AI cognition.
Artificial Intelligence
DoubleVerify Neutralizes ‘SmokeScreen,’ A New Global CTV Fraud Scheme Using Screensavers To Hijack Streaming Devices
Through the incredible efforts of our Fraud Lab, DV is providing CTV advertisers with much-needed transparency and protection, while helping to preserve the monetization opportunity for quality publishers.”
Security
Qlik Acquires NodeGraph to Enhance End-to-End Analytics Data Pipelines with Interactive Data Lineage
Acquiring NodeGraph advances Qlik’s vision of 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
Data & Analytics
Low-code platform Betty Blocks aims to ride the citizen developer wave
Applications today are typically built by professional developers with little business expertise. As a result, the development cycle can become extended as business users request changes that were not part of the original requirements document.
Apps/DevOps
ChaosSearch growing fast amidst mountains of chaotic data
His method takes a source file and compresses and indexes it by separating out what is being compressed — data elements or symbols — from its position in a file.
Data Management
US Indian Health Service to replace health information system
IHS anticipates vendors may face challenges meeting the diverse requirements of its tribal partners, as well as reporting requirements at the various levels of government.
Automation & Productivity
Google’s SoundStream codec simultaneously suppresses noise and compresses audio
Google today detailed SoundStream, an end-to-end “neural” audio codec that can provide higher-quality audio while encoding different sound types, including clean speech, noisy and reverberant speech, music, and environmental sounds.
Automation & Productivity
Researchers discover new AdLoad malware campaigns targeting Macs and Apple products
The samples began to crop up in November 2020 and became more prominent in 2021. There was an even sharper uptick in July and August as more attackers try to take advantage of XProtect's gaps before they're closed.
Security
Kareo Acquires PatientlySpeaking To Add RPA-Powered Capabilities For Billing Companies And Medical Practices
Together with Kareo’s intuitive billing platform, PatientlySpeaking provides an integrated data connection for billing companies and medical practices to automate redundant daily tasks with the power of robotic process automation (RPA) bots.
Automation & Productivity
Launch of Aicadium, a Global Centre of Excellence in AI Technologies and Solutions Founded by Temasek
Based on those use cases, the Aicadium team develops a solution by applying their platform of industry-proven AI tools to use case-specific data. The fully optimised AI solution can then be applied at scale, achieving maximum business value for the organisation.  
Artificial Intelligence
Atos reportedly trying to dump on-prem consulting business
Girard said that with so much business moving to the cloud, utilization of the company’s on-prem infrastructure is dropping faster than Atos can shut down and consolidate those data centers.
Cloud
NTT Launches First Globally Available Private 5G Network-as-a-Service Platform
With a complete end-to-end stack of services that goes beyond the network, NTT P5G helps Chief Information Officers and Chief Digital Officers leverage the benefits of private 5G to solve business problems and innovate to keep pace with the future of enterprise.
5G
Tech giants unite to drive ‘transformational’ open source eBPF projects
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix have teamed up to launch the eBPF Foundation, which is designed to accelerate a “transformational” technology that will “redefine” networking, security, tracing, and observability.
Digital Transformation
Conversational AI Leader Senseforth.ai Raises $14M from Fractal
A.ware makes it easy to build, train, deploy, and scale conversational AI solutions to drive revenue, reduce costs and increase operational efficiency.
Artificial Intelligence
Cornell University researchers discover 'code-poisoning' attack
According to a study released on Thursday, the backdoor can manipulate natural-language modeling systems without "any access to the original code or model by uploading malicious code to open-source sites that are frequently used by many companies and programmers."
Security
3D printing tech startup Arevo closes $25 million in funding round led by Khosla Ventures
Arevo combines robotics, software, and specialized composite materials. With an initial focus on Aerospace, Defense, Consumer Electronics, Transportation, and Consumer Goods, Arevo is poised to optimize additive manufacturing services to OEM’s worldwide.
Automation & Productivity
Reddit, ‘front page of the internet,’ to raise up to $700M at $10B valuation 
The social media site attracts about 52 million daily users and hosts more than 100,000 active subreddits. That’s compared with 1.9 billion daily active Facebook users in June and Twitter’s 206 million daily active users.
Apps/DevOps
Irish university buys StorONE array from recycled hardware supplier
“StorONE’s S1 Enterprise Storage Platform has the ability to mix and match server and media vendors and technologies, which means that you can breathe new life into old hardware and reduce your hardware demands for the next few years."
Data Storage
Juniper touts cloud-ready data center, AI, automation
“We have now put together a framework that lets customers bring up thousands of multivendor networked devices very quickly—a task that was very difficult and time-consuming in the past—and use our Apstra software to manage and secure that environment
Cloud
Microsoft Warns: Another Unpatched PrintNightmare Zero-Day
Microsoft said that it allows for a local attack vector requiring user interaction, but that the attack complexity is low, with few privileges required.
Security
Rakuten Gazes $150B Global Open RAN Play
“Rakuten Symphony will enable cloud transformation with global industrialized delivery,” Amin said, claiming that Rakuten Mobile engineers “learn faster than anyone else in the industry” because Rakuten Mobile’s network serves as a “living lab” where improvements are made every day. 
Telecom
Agora raises $33M to automate procurement in the construction industry 
The software allows for pricing comparisons, generates requests for quotes and hold-for-release orders, which enable contractors to lock in prices in advance and draw down deliveries over time
Automation & Productivity
Seatle-based AgriTech startup iUNU acquires CrossWalk to help indoor growers with precision agriculture solutions
The LUNA system focuses on identifying growing maladies before the crop is affected and promotes better accountability of growing practices through the workflow management application.
Sustainability
Tractable and Graphcore Team Up to Accelerate the Future of Accident and Disaster Recovery with AI
“The speedup that we get running computer vision training on the Graphcore IPU gives Tractable a significant competitive advantage. Tasks that might previously have taken a week, can now be done in a day, allowing us to scale faster, while maintaining a high level of accuracy.” 
Data & Analytics
Microsoft warning: This unusual malware attack has just added some new tricks
The 'Stolen Images' Bazarloader campaign uses fake copyright infingement contact form emails and malicious files pretending to contain "stolen images" to trick users into downloading the malware.
Security
Google Meet users have more options to add co-hosts, limit screen sharing, and mute others
Google is adding a bunch of new features to Google Meet, making it easier for users to control and direct meetings. However, exactly which controls will be available depends on whether you are using Meet as a regular user or as part of a Google Workspace team.
Automation & Productivity
In first acquisition, Airtable buys no-code data visualization startup Bayes 
Bayes has developed a no-code cloud service that analyzes the data a user is looking to visualize and automatically suggests suitable graph templates. According to the startup, this feature saves time by removing the need for workers to manually select a data visualization approach
Data & Analytics
OMB gives agencies 60 days to identify critical software and begin securing it
Some cybersecurity experts found NIST’s definition narrow at the time and feel Phase 1’s focus on security products — rather than industrial control, financial, health and election systems — goes against the spirit of the cybersecurity executive order.
Security
Aforza boosts digital twins for consumer packaged goods with $20M raise
Vendors are exploring ways to create digital twins for more ephemeral things like digital twins of the organization and supply chains. Aforza is arguably creating something similar for product distribution.
Automation & Productivity
Accenture Confirms LockBit Ransomware Attack
“Through our security controls and protocols, we identified irregular activity in one of our environments. We immediately contained the matter and isolated the affected servers."
Security
Globant Launches the Digital Lending Studio
This offering includes core practices, such as Smart Underwriting, to ensure an exceptional user experience within the digital lending process for each customer, AI monitoring, which provides proactive monitoring integrated into daily risk analysis to anticipate future borrower’s trouble
FinTech
Call center automation platform Talkdesk picks up $230M
With Talkdesk, companies can manage and route customer requests through text, email, and social media, with services including virtual agents and analytics in addition to tools for customization across workspaces, routing, reporting, and integrations.
Automation & Productivity
ServiceNow expands into indoor mapping with Mapwize acquisition
Mapwize’s platform is designed to help companies digitalize their existing floorplans, with the ability to import any format such as AutoCAD, and design and manage their maps from a single interface
Automation & Productivity
1M Stolen Credit Cards Hit Dark Web for Free
The cards were published on an underground card-selling market, AllWorld.Cards, and stolen between 2018 and 2019, according to info posted on the forum.
Security
Talend adds Spark 3 support and cloud private link support to integration platform 
Among the enhancements in that release are performance improvements enabled by adaptive query execution and dynamic partition pruning, compliance with ANSI SQL and improvements in the application programming interface to pandas, a popular open-source data science and analysis package
Data & Analytics
Synamedia Acquires Contentarmor to Strengthen Its Video Security Portfolio With Edge and 5G Watermarking
By adding ContentArmor’s technology, patents and expertise to its broad portfolio of security offerings, including its Synamedia EverGuard anti-piracy services, Synamedia is now uniquely placed to meet video service providers’ edge and 5G security demands.
Security
Employee compensation benchmarking startup Pave raises $46M
By incorporating HR and equity systems directly, Pave makes the case that it’s able to offer up-to-date market data that companies can use to communicate and compare compensation in real time.
Automation & Productivity
Cloud data backup and recovery platform OwnBackup raises $240M
“Since SaaS customers are responsible for their data, they are driving demand for easy backup solutions. We’re here to empower our customers to own and protect their data on any cloud platform.”
Data Management
AI21 Labs trains a massive language model to rival OpenAI’s GPT-3
AI21 Labs claims that Jurassic-1 can recognize 250,000 lexical items including expressions, words, and phrases, making it bigger than most existing models including GPT-3, which has a 50,000-item vocabulary
Artificial Intelligence
Google announces the Allstar GitHub app for continuous enforcement of best security practices 
The new app works by enabling project owners on the GitHub code repository to check for security policy adherence, set desired enforcement actions and then continuously enforce those policies when they’re triggered, for example by a setting or a file change in the project’s repository.
Privacy & Security
Zignal Labs takes media intelligence real time
It describes its services as "narrative intelligence," and differentiates in its ability to provide real-time pictures of trending topics, sentiments, and risks
Data & Analytics
JEDI replacement contract may include marketplace for smaller cloud providers
“It will not be exclusive to the five U.S.-based hyperscale cloud service providers, but it will be available to anyone, any integrator or cloud service provider, that can meet the department’s requirements,” Metz said.
Cloud
Thought Industries Integrates Bongo Video Assessments For Richer Customer Learning Experiences
Users of the Thought Industries CLM platform can now practice, self-assess, or record and demonstrate competency to an accrediting body or community of peers for feedback and coaching using three modes of video learning
Automation & Productivity
Now Microsoft is protesting after Amazon won a $10 billion NSA cloud contract
After spending years battling over the Defense Department’s $10 billion JEDI cloud services contract, Microsoft and Amazon are fighting over another government deal. Now it’s the National Security Agency offering a contract that could pay up to $10 billion as it shifts away from on-premises servers to a commercial provider
Cloud
Chaos Malware Walks Line Between Ransomware and Wiper
“Instead of encrypting files (which could then be decrypted after the target paid the ransom), it replaced the files’ contents with random bytes, after which the files were encoded in Base64. "
Security
Unity buys remote desktop streaming app Parsec for $320M, its biggest acquisition yet 
But its software, which relies on artificial intelligence to render its virtual worlds, can also be used to create full-scale models of objects that can aid design for architects, engineers and even creatives.
Artificial Intelligence
NortonLifeLock and Avast PLC to merge in $8.4 billion transaction
"With this combination, we can strengthen our Cyber Safety platform and make it available to more than 500 million users. We will also have the ability to further accelerate innovation to transform Cyber Safety."
Security
Report: NSA awards $10B cloud computing contract to AWS 
That classified data repository is known as the Intelligence Community GovCloud, it was reported in 2018. The platform is described as being a “big data fusion environment” into which the agency aggregates much of the intelligence information it collects.
Cloud
Quantum turns the revenue corner as it develops cold Storage-as-a-Service
It is bringing out a cold storage-as-a-service offering and an offline anti-ransomware product codesigned with a hyperscaler customer.
Data Storage
CropX acquires Dacom to boost digital twins for agriculture
“Most farms still do not use data-driven precision farming practices, and only a tiny slice of the market uses them to their full potential.”
Data & Analytics
New Zealand-based legal tech startup LawVu raises $11.93M to expand its connected platform for in-house legal teams
Its platform allows teams to manage all their matters, contracts, documents, e-billing, outsourced work, and reporting from one cloud-based, secure and connected platform, with a growing ecosystem of connected third-party tools that are critical to a high-performing in-house function.
Automation & Productivity
Hackers steal $600M in cryptocurrency from DeFi provider Poly Network 
The Poly Network provides a service that offers interoperability among multiple blockchains. It allows users to exchange digital assets such as cryptocurrency between various blockchains with support for bitcoin, Ethereum, Neo, Onotology, Elrong, Zilqa and various others.
Blockchain
Joonko has raised $10M to create prequalified pools of diverse job candidates for recruiters
Joonko collects the candidates who didn’t get the job and makes them available for companies that are also seeking to fill jobs where diversity is a priority. It uses AI to do the sorting and matching.
Artificial Intelligence
DataCamp Partners With Degreed To Provide Free Data Literacy Training To Organizations
The three interactive courses are: Data Science for Everyone, Machine Learning for Everyone, and Data Engineering for Everyone, which have already been completed by over a quarter of a million learners.
Data & Analytics
ITRenew and Vapor IO partner for edge infrastructure and connectivity
ITRenew, which I've written about before, specializes in acquiring used data-center gear from hyperscale vendors, refurbishing it, and selling it to data-center operators for much less than new equipment would cost.
IT Management
Kyligence Expands AI-Augmented Intelligent Data Cloud to Identify, Manage Insights for Enterprise Data Assets
This will enable data teams to provide optimal performance across three distinct analytics approaches with a single product. All this is accomplished using the same AI-augmented engine and governed by the same semantic layer.”
Data & Analytics
OpenAI can translate English into code with its new machine learning software Codex
AI research company OpenAI is releasing a new machine learning tool that translates the English language into code. The software is called Codex and is designed to speed up the work of professional programmers, as well as help amateurs get started coding.
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft acquires Peer5 to beef up Teams livestreaming
Peer5 specifically offers a WebRTC-based eCDN framework that runs in-browser to optimize bandwidth usage, with self-balancing mesh networks that automatically scale as the number of viewers increase
Automation & Productivity
Oracle targets data warehouse rivals with automated features for HeatWave MySQL service 
MySQL Autopilot, which is being introduced today, includes automated provisioning, parallel loading, data placement, query plan improvement, scheduling and error recover
Data & Analytics
Adobe launches Experience Cloud for Healthcare
Current HIPAA-ready Adobe applications include Marketo Engage, Experience Manager as a Managed Service, Connect as a Managed Service, Adobe Sign and Adobe Workfront.
Automation & Productivity
PodMatch Acquires Poddit, Increasing Their Userbase to 20,000 Podcast Guests and Hosts

The assets included in the purchase consist of the entire Poddit userbase containing a combined 3,500 podcast guests and hosts, the source code of the Poddit website, and DNS ownership of the domain name, Poddit.net and the 6,500-member Poddit Facebook group.

Automation & Productivity
FlyTrap Android Malware Used to Compromise Facebook Accounts
FlyTrap masqueraded as a variety of mobile apps dedicated to "free Netflix coupon codes, Google AdWords coupon codes, and voting for the best football (soccer) team or player,"
Security
Parallels Desktop 17 will run Windows 11 on Macs
Some of the most interesting improvements come when running Parallels on an M1 Mac. That’s when you’ll see Windows launch faster, experience much faster graphics with higher frame rates in 2D and 3D gaming.
Automation & Productivity
Extreme Networks Gobbles Ipanema SD-WAN for $73M
Extreme plans to integrate the Ipanema SD-WAN platform into its ExtremeCloud portfolio to automatically adjust application traffic traveling over the WAN based on real-time network conditions.
Network Management
Researchers Use AI to Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Texts
Now, researchers at University of Notre Dame are developing an artificial neural network to read complex ancient handwriting based on human perception to improve capabilities of deep learning transcription.
Artificial Intelligence
Verifiable secures $17M for its API that manages healthcare provider information
Verifiable’s infrastructure manages healthcare providers and automates the verification of provider data, enabling automation of business processes like credentialing, payer enrollment and network management for virtual healthcare platforms, health systems and insurance payers. It is able to reduce credentialing turnaround times by over 70%.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft announces new ransomware detection features for Azure
The Fusion system will correlate data from Azure Defender (Azure Security Center), Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Sentinel scheduled analytics rules.
Security
Avaya acquires CTIntegrations to accelerate its shift to the cloud 
The tremendous talent they bring along with their deep domain expertise in Avaya’s contact center platform will immediately add value to our innovation engine and super-charge our Avaya OneCloud CCaaS solution,”
Cloud
Google’s new Titan security key lineup won’t make you choose between USB-C and NFC
One of the biggest changes in Google’s new lineup is an updated USB-C key, which has added NFC support. Google’s previous USB-C option, made in collaboration with Yubico, didn’t support the wireless standard.
Security
Snorkel AI raises $85M at $1B valuation to create AI training datasets automatically 
Normally, AI training datasets are created by manually assembling thousands of individual data points or more. Snorkel AI has developed a platform that largely removes the need for manual work and instead allows developers to write code to perform the task automatically.
Artificial Intelligence
TrackVia Unveils New Photo-to-App Capability for Citizen Developers
TrackVia’s FasTrack, allows developers, IT pros, or front-line business users to take a picture of a form, upload it into TrackVia and instantly convert it into a fully functional application with centralized data storage, built-in reporting, security, and modern integration and workflow capabilities – with zero coding required.
Automation & Productivity
Chatwoot challenges Zendesk with open source customer engagement platform
Chatwoot is building an open source customer engagement platform to challenge some of the major players in the space, including multi-billion dollar publicly traded Zendesk; Salesforce’s Service Cloud; Freshworks; and Intercom.
Automation & Productivity
Deepbrain boosts AI-powered virtual avatars with $44M raise
Deepbrain provides a range of AI-powered customer service products, but its focus is on “synthetic humans,” or human-like avatars that respond to natural language questions.
Artificial Intelligence
Eden AI launches platform to unify ML APIs
The platform draws on AI APIs from a range of sources to allow companies to mix and match models to suit their use case. Eden AI recently launched what it calls an AI management platform, which the company claims simplifies the use — and integration — of various models for end users.
Artificial Intelligence
Dish Pushes 5G Network Availability to Early 2022
Now it insists 5G service will be live in Las Vegas in the fourth quarter under a beta testing program that will run for at least 90 days. That effectively pushes commercial 5G availability to early 2022.
5G
FICO Continues to Drive Innovation with 13 New Patents for AI, Machine Learning, Fraud and Decision Management Platform
FICO’s rich portfolio of analytics and fraud solutions helps clients grapple with ever larger volumes and variety of data across the enterprise as well as protect businesses against the latest fraud in real time.
Data & Analytics
New Jersey taps IBM's mainframe as a service
“We’re now operating it off of a mainframe that’s in the cloud. It helps out with our disaster recovery and more flat budgeting over time. "
Automation & Productivity
Agencies face hurdles meeting OMB’s deadline to go paperless
NARA aims to help agencies on that front through a number of different efforts, namely the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI), which makes it easier for agencies to acquire electronic records management services and solutions.
Automation & Productivity
Salesforce updates Health Cloud, highlights surround electronic health record strategy
While Salesforce isn't the system of record for hospitals and healthcare systems the cloud provider is increasingly the front and back doors to those health records from the likes of Epic.
Healthcare Tech
Infrastructure bill amendment includes $2.5B for 5G wireless rollout at military bases
Rolling out secure 5G technology across military installations is a core element of the Department of Defense’s plan to create a joined-up battlefield, in which soldiers and military vehicles have access to real-time data.
5G
HealthTech Company Smile CDR Fuels New Growth in Clinical Data Management
Smile CDR’s data and integration platform includes a complete clinical data repository (CDR) built around the Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard used for storing health records and supports all FHIR Resources.
Data Management
SteamVR beta lets you arrange desktop windows inside your virtual world
Valve’s SteamVR software can add floating desktop windows inside VR games, letting you keep an eye on other apps without leaving VR. It’s a helpful addition, allowing players to keep an eye on anything from Discord, to a Twitch chat, or Netflix during a lower-intensity game
VR
NASA could take months to respond to $2.5B IT contract protest — Leidos CEO
The new contract adds zero-trust security, data center and cloud computing services and is integral to NASA’s Artemis program aiming to send astronauts to Mars, but now it’s in limbo.
IT Procurement
How an Alaskan fisherman saw potential for a sustainability startup in a mountain of crab shells
Chitosan (pronounced “kite-osan”) is a versatile polysaccharide that has numerous applications, including water purification, boosting plant growth and preserving fresh produce. It can replace toxic chemicals, metals, petroleum products and pesticides used in industry.
Sustainability
EchoNous Partners With Us2.ai For Machine Learning-enabled Analysis Of Heart Scans
The combination of Kosmos’ new category of ultra-portable diagnostic-grade ultrasound tool and Us2.ai’s rapid, fully automated analysis will offer cardiologists the most powerful diagnostic “power tool” ever created for the hand-carried POCUS market.
Healthcare Tech
QLC at SLC speed: NEO Semiconductor’s X-NAND flash speeds up tech
"Imagine the possibilities when X-NAND QLC flash memory offers higher bandwidth than conventional SLC flash memory.”
Automation & Productivity
Arctic Wolf Introduces New Innovations to Its Industry-Leading Security Operations Platform to Support Organizations in New Hybrid Work Era
This unique combination of technology-based threat detection with a human-led investigation effectively eliminates alert fatigue for Arctic Wolf customers because only verified security incidents are escalated to an internal IT or security team.
Security
Amazon Kindle Vulnerable to Malicious EBooks
The Check Point team was able to create a proof-of-concept malicious eBook that, once it was opened on a Kindle, would have executed a hidden code with root rights, the report explained.
Security
Google’s Unattended Project Recommender aims to cut cloud costs
Unattended Project Recommender is intended to provide a “a one-stop shop” for discovering, reclaiming, and shutting down unattended cloud computing projects, Google says, via actionable and automatic recommendations powered by machine learning algorithms.
Cloud
Software testing startup Statsig raises $10.4M round led by Sequoia
Statsig was launched about six months ago by a group of former Facebook Inc. engineers. The startup has developed a service that enables enterprises to create different versions of an application component, for example the interface, and identify the version most popular among their users. 
Data & Analytics
Microsoft is merging its OneNote apps for Windows
Microsoft will update the OneNote app with features currently exclusive to its counterpart pre-installed on Windows 10, though, and it will also give the program a visual refresh.
Automation & Productivity
Teradici brings Mac-as-a-service to multiple platforms
Teradici’s solution is likely to be highly significant to some enterprises embracing remote work, as it will enable them to provide Macs to remote or externally based engineering, design, and development groups in a way that protects any content or data held on those machines
Automation & Productivity
Kubernetes storage: SmartX’s IOMesh beats Portworx, Longhorn and OpenEBS
IOMesh software is a cloud-native product — designed and developed for Kubernetes with containerised deployment, automatic operation, and declarative APIs.
Cloud
Elastic Announces Availability of Elastic Agent, Support for Azure Private Link
The general availability of Elastic Agent, centrally managed by Fleet, enables users and customers to integrate data across multiple data sources while also providing endpoint security.
Data & Analytics
Critical Cisco Bug in VPN Routers Allows Remote Takeover
The critical bug affects the vendor’s Dual WAN Gigabit VPN routers. According to the advisory, CVE-2021-1609 exists in the web management interface for the devices, and carries a CVSSv3 vulnerability-severity score of 9.8
Security
Refurbed, a Vienna Austria-based online marketplace for refurbished electronics, raises $54 million in funding
Through its online platform, Refurbed sells renewed phones, laptops and tablets which are up to 40% cheaper and 100% more environmentally friendly. Refurbed devices are also renewed through a 40-step process and effectively functioning like their new counterparts
Sustainability
Appian acquires process mining company Lana Labs
The container-based platform, which is portable between Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud and customer-managed environments, ships with pretrained algorithms for data transformation and automation.
Automation & Productivity
Pensando pulls in more DPU development cash
The Data Processing Unit (DPU) card offloads and accelerates networking, storage and management tasks from its host,  freeing up the host CPU to run application workloads instead of infrastructure-focused tasks.
Automation & Productivity
Checkmarx acquires open-source supply chain security startup Dustico 
Founded in 2020, Dustico offers a platform for code packages behavioral analysis and detection of open-source software supply chain attacks. The technology is built to go beyond traditional source vulnerability analysis and look at the behavior and reputation of open source package
Security
BSV Blockchain Start-up Accelerator Satoshi Block Dojo Opens Applications for First Cohort of Companies
The Satoshi Block Dojo offers an intensive three-month programme designed to rapidly accelerate the development and market-readiness of blockchain-based businesses and products
Blockchain
Federal Security Agency Calls for Help Against Cyberattacks

According to Easterly, there are 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs around the world, with 500,000 openings in the U.S. She laid out CISA’s plan to amplify a national effort to “build the cybersecurity workforce to deal with the highly digitized world that we live in.” 

Security
How to use DuckDuckGo’s email protection app
Recently, the company came up with a new feature to help its users keep their info to themselves: DuckDuckGo Email Protection. It provides you with a special email address that you can use as an intermediary for sites that you suspect will probably collect data on you.
Privacy
MacOS Flaw in Telegram Retrieves Deleted Messages
A vulnerability in a high-level privacy feature of Telegram on macOS that sets up a “self-destruct” timer for messages on both the sender’s and recipient’s devices can allow someone to retrieve these messages even after they’ve been deleted, a researcher has found.
Security
Vera Whole Health reels in $50M from healthcare arm of JP Morgan Chase
he approach simplifies billing and changes incentives in the medical system, with its fee-for-service approach and fragmented communication between specialists and primary care providers. T
HealthcareTech
Black Hat: BadAlloc bugs expose millions of IoT devices to hijack
The vulnerabilities exist in memory allocation functions present in at least 17 real-time operating systems (RTOS), SDKs, and self-memory management applications, impacting and impact functions including malloc, calloc, realloc, memalign, and more.
Security
ReversingLabs raises $56M to combat software supply chain attacks
At the core of the ReversingLabs platform is the “Titanium” engine, an AI system that harvests thousands of file types and continuously monitors an index of over 10 billion files for future threats.
Security
Dataiku raises $400M to democratize AI in the enterprise
Founded in 2013, Dataiku is pitched as an end-to-end platform for designing, deploying, and managing AI and analytics applications, with data connectors for sources such as Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, Snowflake, and NoSQL/SQL databases.
Artificial Intelligence
JetBrains updates Space with flexible notification management 
JetBrains Space assists teams with chats, project management, issue tracking, Git hosting, continuous integration and deployment and package repositories all in one space. Automation & Productivity
Windows 10: Now you can selectively block USB devices from connecting to your PCs
For Windows 10 and the forthcoming Windows 11, Microsoft has enabled the ability to apply these device controls, which lets admins pick which devices can be installed across an organization and which devices are banned.
Security
Zaloni Launches Unified Data Governance SaaS Offering on AWS
The offering brings enhanced business-focused data cataloging and data governance capabilities, purpose-built and optimized specifically for Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Data & Analytics
Bluecore raises $125M to drive retail customer retention with big data
“There are a number of challenges for retail, but if you peel back the layers and look at the core, the primary issue is that 80% of customers only ever buy from a retailer once."
Data & Analytics
Microsoft details Windows 365 virtual desktop prices: $20 to $162 a month
With the operating system — as well as applications, from the Office suite to corporate customers' own selections — stored and run on demand from Microsoft's Azure network of server farms, Windows 365 would stream a virtual machine's operations to any device that can run a web browser
Automation & Productivity
Customer engagement analytics startup Retain.ai nabs $23M
Retain.ai aims to automate the process by providing a breakdown of customer data. The platform works with browser-based apps to create a picture of customer engagement, providing customer-facing teams and managers measurements of internal process efficiency.
Automation & Productivity
Seattle startup Tignis raises $1M to accelerate release of high-tech tools for manufacturers
The PAICe product suite uses AI and machine learning to accelerate the ability to build, validate and deploy machine learning enabled solutions in the manufacturing and process industries
Artificial Intelligence
Qualys partners with Red Hat to secure OpenShift and CoreOS 
The Qualys Cloud Agent is a lightweight software agent that uses minimal computing resources as it runs alongside CoreOS and OpenShift. It runs in the background and works by first making a full configuration assessment of its host platform.
Cloud
Venture capital firm Advanced Technology Ventures struck by ransomware 
"The personal information, including names, email addresses and Social Security numbers of some of the company’s private investors and partners are now at risk of being leaked online. "
Security
Mindtickle raises $100M to gamify sales training
On the admin side, Mindtickle creates competency maps that identify problem areas and automatically assigns training based on results, tracking real-time engagement and readiness while delivering personalized feedback to reps as they progress through course materials.
Automation & Productivity
Black Hat: Security Bugs Allow Takeover of Capsule Hotel Rooms
In examining the iPod touch’s device settings, the researcher found that it was enrolled in a mobile device management (MDM) solution, with two saved Wi-Fi networks. One of these was named Nasnos-CS8700, and it was protected using only WEP – a very old encryption method that’s been crackable for nearly 20 years.
Security
Amazon Transcribe Call Analytics provides more intelligence for customer service calls 
Amazon Transcribe Call Analytics can be added to any contact center offering, not just AWS Contact Center Intelligence, Simon said, and used to analyze regular phone calls, web-based audio and video calls.
Data & Analytics
Identity verification startup SentiLink raises $70M
“Instead of focusing on buzzwords like ‘artificial intelligence,’ we focus on deeply understanding fraud and identity and only use machine learning models to productionalize our insights,"
Security
B2B marketing company OneMoreLead leaks 63M records via misconfigured database 
The database had 126 million records and included names, job titles, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses and employer names.
Security
California's privacy law raises risks of legal action and fines over data collection
Each company must also state if artificial intelligence was applied to any of their personal data, and if it was, what the logic was behind the AI. This is essentially asking for companies to reveal how their algorithms rank the data.
Privacy
Phishing Campaign Dangles SharePoint File-Shares
The email alerts a recipient to a file-share request from someone who appears to be a colleague that they may have missed and includes a link to a phishing page.
Security
Lenovo unveils new NetApp entry-level all-flash arrays
The DM5000 is a capacity-optimised 2Ux24 small form factor slot box scaling up to 2.2PB of raw capacity using 144x 15.36TB SAS SSDs, spread across a base enclosure and 5x 2Ux24 expansion cabinets
Data Storage
upGrad Inc. Acquires Global EdTech Company KnowledgeHut
KnowledgeHut has trained over 250,000 professionals and empowered over 500 enterprises to build the skills that drive results, with a product offering of over 200 courses across in-demand areas of Web Development, Machine Learning / AI and Data Science, Agile and Project Management, IT Service Management, Cyber Security and Cloud Computing
EDTech
Microsoft researchers reveal neural network with 135B parameters 
At 135 billion parameters, the neural network is described as the largest “universal” artificial intelligence that the company has running in production. It’s also one of the most sophisticated AI models ever detailed publicly
Artificial Intelligence
Windows 10 will soon aggressively block dubious downloads
You might not even know where the PUA comes from. Sometimes it might be the developer itself that added the PUA for additional revenue, or a site that aggregates the utilities and provides them for download
Security
 Elastic Introduces Free and Open Limitless XDR
Part of Elastic Security, Elastic Limitless XDR modernizes security operations by unifying the capabilities of security information and event management (SIEM), security analytics, and endpoint security.
Security
Facebook open-sources Winterfell, a computational integrity library
Facebook today open-sourced Winterfell, a library designed to help developers without in-depth knowledge of cryptography use proofs from computational integrity (CI).
Apps/DevOps
DDoS: Google has a new tool to defend against attacks launched by botnets
It's the same technology that Google uses to provide Project Shield, a free service from Google parent Alphabet that protects human rights, government and media organizations against DDoS attacks.
Security
Mentoring software maker Chronus raises $78M as hybrid workforce and DEI needs drive demand
Chronus integrates with workforce tech including Microsoft Teams, Slack and Zoom and also hosts its own in-platform video conferencing called Virtual Meet.
Automation & Productivity
Phishing scheme targets unemployment insurance benefits and PII
The phishing texts try to dupe you to click a link to “make necessary corrections” to your unemployment insurance (UI) claim, “verify” your personal information, or “reactivate” your UI benefits account.
Security
German Edtech startup bina raises $1.4M in funding to offer personalized education to ages 4-12 from home
Founded in 2019 by Noam Gerstein, bina currently offers personalized education to ages 4-12 in tiny classes of no more than 8 students. The startup also offers master teachers delving into STEAM-based learning using curated 3rd party tech and a storytelling narrative.
EDTech
Google, Dell and Salesforce back $103M round for analytics startup FullStory 
The startup’s platform can spot technical issues such as web pages that load too slowly and content that fails to render. FullStory also detects more subtle usability issues, like when a confusing interface design leads some customers to mistake a product logo for a navigation button.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft details AI model designed to improve Bing search
The company says the model, called a “sparse” neural network, complements existing large Transformer-based networks like OpenAI’s GPT-3.
Artificial Intelligence
New York-based tech startup Pico to go public in a $1.75 billion SPAC deal with Cohen’s FTAC Athena Acquisition
Instant access to financial markets is provided via PicoNet™, a globally comprehensive network platform instrumented natively with Corvil analytics and telemetry.
FinTech
Colleges across the US and Canada are adopting virtual student IDs
The new US roster includes Auburn, Northern Arizona University, University of Maine, and New Mexico State University, in addition to “many more colleges across the country.”
EDTech
CoreChain pulls in $1.25M for blockchain-based enterprise B2B payments
The company’s solution is available as a white-label platform, which means that any bank or payment network can integrate CoreChain to offer a blockchain-based B2B payment solution to enterprise clients.
Blockchain
Nokia Achieves First 5G Carrier Aggregation Call In Standalone Architecture With Taiwan Mobile
The successful trial was performed with Nokia’s AirScale 5G SA architecture in TWM’s commercial 5G network and combined two spectrum bands, frequency division duplex (FDD) in 700MHz (n28) and time division duplex (TDD) in 3500MHz (n78), which are widely adopted in 5G networks worldwide.
5G
Rakuten Acquires Altiostar to Boost Open RAN Efforts
The Japanese operator launched the first greenfield, fully virtualized open RAN network at scale to support 4G LTE in April 2020, and added 5G support last September.
Telecom
Spell unveils deep learning operations platform to cut AI training costs
The Spell platform automates the entire deep learning workflow using tools the company developed in the course of helping organizations build and train AI models for computer vision and speech recognition applications that require deep learning algorithms.
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft just paused its free trial of Windows 365 because of 'unbelievable' demand
Microsoft's new Windows 365 Cloud PC service has attracted so much interest in the trial version that the company has now run out of servers to support trial signups.
Cloud
NYU Scientists Invent a New Information Storage and Processing Device
Spintronic devices are electronics that use an electron’s spin in addition to its electrical charge to process information in ways that reduce energy while increasing storage and processing capacity relative to more traditional approaches
Data Storage
Traceable Rolls Out Free API Security
Traceable developed a platform that uses distributed tracing technology to trace end-to-end application activity — from the user and session through the application code.
Security
Google's One Tap lets you sign into websites and apps without a password
Google Identity Services aims to make it easier for businesses to gain new users and make life easier for users to sign in. It's available as a software development kit containing its Identity APIs, including the Sign with Google button as well as the new One Tap prompt.
Apps/DevOps
Intel Launches AI For Workforce Program For Students In 18 Community Colleges
Students who complete the program, which is being added at 18 schools across 11 U.S. states, will receive a certificate or an associate degree in artificial intelligence (AI).
Artificial Intelligence
Varada updates analytics platform to dynamically scale out data lakes
Varada created the Varada Data Platform based on indexing technology that organizes data into nano blocks based on the type of data being queried and how it is structured
Data & Analytics
Pentagon believes its precognitive AI can predict events 'days in advance'
The platform could be put into real-world use relatively soon. VanHerck believed the military was "ready to field" the software, and could validate it at the next Globally Integrated Exercise in spring 2022.
Artificial Intelligence
Deepgram launches $10M speech recognition startup program
“With the Deepgram Startup Program, we’re arming the next generation of startups and developers with the tools they need to excel in the speech space.”
Apps/DevOps
Yellow.ai raises $78M to expand its AI chatbot platform globally
Using its AI-powered virtual assistants, Yellow.ai says companies can resolve queries in over 100 languages and across more than 35 text and voice channels.
Artificial Intelligence
Fiserv Powers Full-Service Restaurants to Succeed in Today’s New Operating Environment with Launch of Clover Station Solo
With Clover Station Solo, full-service restaurants have access to an all-in-one solution designed specifically for restaurants that need a large display to efficiently manage their front-of-house operations and track sales and manage employees shifts, all from one device.
Automation & Productivity
Sophos acquires Refactr to automate code security in the enterprise 
One of the main obstacles is that breach prevention is the responsibility of a company’s cybersecurity group, but the CI/CD pipeline itself is usually the responsibility of developers. 
Security
Nektar.ai Closes A Seed Round Of US$8.1 Million As It Aims To Enable Data-Driven Smart Work For B2B SaaS Revenue Teams
It captures buyer/seller data scattered across sources such as email, Calendar, Web Conference, and communication tools like Slack, CRM, Linkedin and WhatsApp to provide timely insights on leading indicators
Data & Analytics
Cerberus Sentinel acquires managed service provider VelocIT
VelocIT offers a full range of MSP services, including help desk, server and email management, firewall and virtualization management, endpoint backup and encryption, cybersecurity and business continuation.
Security
Nuke checker Los Alamos Labs investigating NGD computational storage
“Computational storage devices become a key source of acceleration when we are able to directly interpret the data within the storage device. With that component in place, near-storage analytics unleashes massive speedups via in-device reduction and fewer roundtrips between the device and host processors.”
Data Storage
AI weapon detection tech startup ZeroEyes raises $20.9M in funding to detect and stop gun threats long before the first shot is fired
And also because of its integration with existing security and surveillance camera systems, ZeroEyes is able to send out a series of alerts and real-time information to security personnel and first responders when a verified gun is detected via its weapons detection algorithms.
Artificial Intelligence
Cisco channels Snapchat for video app in bid to ‘compress time’
The software and cloud giant today announced the launch of its own asynchronous video platform, called Vidcast. The platform is the first innovation from the company’s new accelerator program, called Webex Leap, which it also announced today.
Automation & Productivity
VAST Data gets vast orders from vast US federal sector
The orders for VAST Data’s storage software include the storage of data used in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and AI-driven packet capture applications.
Data Storage
Iranian APT Lures Defense Contractor in Catfishing-Malware Scam
Proofpoint found TA456 used the Marcella Flores profile to slowly build a relationship with someone who worked for a subsidiary of an aerospace defense contractor in the U.S. Over the months, Marcella shared many emails, pictures and even a video to build trust.
Security
WhatsApp launches its ‘View Once’ disappearing photos and videos
The recipient will be able to see that it’s a disappearing photo, so it’s still the type of thing you’d only want to use for people you trust to not take a screenshot.
Apps/DevOps
WorkJam raises $35M to develop software tools for frontline workforces 
 According to WorkJam, its platform automates the task and also provides features that allow employees to swap shifts with one another via an app.
Automation & Productivity
Computational storage startup Pliops launches flagship product
Whereas the Samsung/Xilinx product is a SSD with some compute and DRAM on it for processing in place, the Pliops card is essentially a modern RAID controller for all-flash storage
Data Storage
VMware Horizon launches tools to simplify code deployment
One new feature, called “Universal Brokering,” will match workers with the best available virtual machine host by analyzing a number of parameters, like location and spare capacity.
Automation & Productivity
Ahana lands $20M to commercialize Presto distributed query engine 
“Once data is in S3 you want to use it in place,” rather than going through a lengthy extraction and transformation process."
Data & Anaytics
Workiva acquires OneCloud to expand data integrations for business reporting
OneCloud is a four-year-old company that enterprises use to integrate and unify data from thousands of applications from across on-premises or cloud infrastructure, allowing businesses to generate insights by pooling and exchanging data from different apps.
Data & Analytics
Ampere's AI Acquisition Puts Intel, Nvidia in Its Crosshairs
While neither company disclosed the terms of the deal, the acquisition buys Ampere exclusive access to OnSpecta’s deep learning software (DLS) acceleration platform and AI modeling libraries.
Artificial Intelligence
McAfee MVISION Private Access aims to disrupt the zero-trust network access market 
The solution provides complete coverage across managed and unmanaged devices. Private Access performs continuous risk assessment by deriving enhanced device posture information through McAfee Enterprise’s endpoint security technology.
Security
Marvell Tech to acquire Innovium for $1.1 bln as it courts more cloud customers
Innovium's chip, by contrast, sits at the heart of the switches and competes directly against Broadcom
Cloud
Alarm.com Unveils Ambient Insights for Alarm Response
“Ambient Insights for alarm response are the next step in our multi-year vision to use AI and adaptive machine learning to define the next generation of smart monitored security"
Artificial Intelligence
Chipotle Emails Serve Up Phishing Lures
Researchers at Inky reported that Chipotle’s email vendor Mailgun was breached, allowing threat actors to commandeer the company’s email marketing efforts.
Security
There’s now a subscription service for college textbooks
There are two subscription tiers. Enrolled students can pay $9.99 per month to access one textbook at a time or $14.99 per month for access to the company’s full library (a selection of over 1,500 e-books)
EDTech
Microsoft releases Windows as a subscription, announces pricing, launching its ‘Cloud PC’ era
It’s a major step toward Microsoft’s vision for “Cloud PCs.” Using the service, business customers will be able to stream Windows 10, and later Windows 11, to any device, including Mac, iPad, Linux, and Android.
Cloud
IoT device intelligence tech startup Finite State gets $30M investment to secure connected device supply chain for critical infrastructure and energy
the Columbus, Ohio-based Finite State provides firmware layer cybersecurity controls that are purpose-built for connected devices and their supply chains. The company leverages the world’s largest database of IoT vulnerabilities and threat intelligence to protect vital critical infrastructure.
Security
Juniper’s Cloud Workload Protection helps defend against application exploits in real-time 
This is the loophole Juniper is aiming to fix with its new Cloud Workload Protection tool. It’s a light software agent that runs alongside each app, controlling its execution and monitoring its behavior, as well as the context of that behavior.
Security
Fujitsu and HFR Networks Enhance Smart xHaul for 5G Transport
“The combination of Fujitsu’s integration services and HFR Networks’ standards-compliant technology empowers versatile Smart xHaul solutions with centralized management across multiple RAN types to support a wide variety of 5G transport use cases.”
Telecom
Aunalytics Leverages Alluxio as a ‘One-Stop-Shop’ for Data I/O with Faster Analytics
Alluxio presents Aunalytics compute environments with a single point of access for all stored data regardless of its volume, velocity, or storage I/O performance capabilities
Data & Analytics
Honeypot Security Technique Can Also Stop Attacks in Natural Language Processing
The model, called DARCY, uses a cybersecurity concept known as a “honeypot” to bait and catch potential attacks on natural language processing applications, such as fake news detectors and spam filters.
Security
Unbabel Launches MT-Telescope to Deeply Understand Machine Translation Performance
Building on Unbabel’s automated quality measurement framework COMET, MT-Telescope is an open source tool that for the first time lifts the hood on MT quality analysis and provides unique granularity and quantitative insights into the quality performance of MT systems.
Data & Analytics
Ivanti acquires cybersecurity startup RiskSense 
Moreover, the platform organizes those vulnerabilities based on severity so administrators can easily determine which issues they should fix first.
Security
Nvidia’s Base Command Platform launches today, providing cloud access to accelerated AI computing resources 
It’s a comprehensive service designed for AI teams that need far greater resources than a few cloud or on-premises servers can provide
Artificial Intelligence
MuleSoft acquires RPA provider Servicetrace
The company leverages technologies including image recognition, pattern search, and AI-assisted optical character recognition to recognize graphical user interfaces like a human, allowing customers to drag, drop, and customize automation workflows through backend dashboards
Automation & Productivity
CDW acquires cybersecurity company Focal Point Data Risk
Another CDW executive, senior vice president Andy Eccles, added that the company was increasingly focused on a cloud-first approach with customers, making it essential that they offer  identity management and data protection services which support the full technology lifecycl
Security
Washington state universities will lead AI research institutes funded by National Science Foundation
The goal of UW’s institute is to integrate physics-based models with AI and machine learning to create explainable solutions across science and engineering.
Artificial Intelligence
Criminals are using call centers to spread ransomware in a crafty scheme
Criminals lure in targets with an email suggesting that a subscription for a service, such as a gym membership, is expiring. Recent campaigns have posed as confirmation receipts for software licenses
Security
Bridgestone acquires fleet tracking platform Azuga for $391M
Its platform records miles, stops, and vehicle and driver alerts, using analytics to track metrics like driving behavior, fuel consumption, accident risk, and more.
Data & Analytics
Google’s Supply Chain Data Targets Eco Impacts

The new supply chain sustainability assessment tool was expanded to customers in April. It utilizes detailed data insights and tools like machine learning and satellite imagery to develop models on how to track and act upon supply chain metrics. 


Sustainability
GitLab’s open source Package Hunter detects malicious code in dependencies
GitLab quietly announced Package Hunter back in December and has been running the prototype internally since. But as of July 23, the company has made it available under a permissive MIT license for anyone to use.
Security
Industrial cyber security startup Nozomi Networks raises $100 mln
Its software monitors machines, including valves and pipelines, to see if there are any anomalies and then alerts companies about where urgent fixes are needed to protect the facilities from hackers
Security
Jack Dorsey’s Square acquires Australia’s buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) company Afterpay for $29 billion
"We built our business to make the financial system more fair, accessible, and inclusive, and Afterpay has built a trusted brand aligned with those principles.”
FinTech
Smart-home device maker Wyze raises $110M as it plans to inject AI heavily into camera products
Wyze co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Dave Crosby told GeekWire. “Just in the last year, our AI team has built person detection, vehicle detection, package detection and pet detection into our cameras."
Artificial Intelligence
Micron 176-layer NAND’s immense mobile phone read/write speed boost
Micron is shipping 176-layer mobile phone flash drives with an up to 75 per cent speed improvement over the previous generation, setting up fast 5G smartphone data handling.
Data Storage
Zoom to pay $85m to set aside privacy violation and zoombombing allegations
In the lawsuit, the class members claimed Zoom misled users about its encryption capabilities, shared user data with digital platforms without consent, and had inadequate security and privacy controls, which resulted in zoombombings.
Privacy
Ethereum smart contract monitoring platform Tenderly raises $15.3M 
Tenderly provides a set of tools for developers to test and watch the health of their code on the Ethereum blockchain through monitoring smart contracts, real-time alerting, troubleshooting and more complex integrations.
Blockchain
Invisibly wants to pay you for your data
Instead of trading their personal information for services like Facebook or Google, Invisibly is proposing a more explicit contract that rewards the people with cash for parting with the information about what they like to read on the internet
Data & Analytics
NSA Warns Public Networks are Hacker Hotbeds
“Data sent over public Wi-Fi—especially open public Wi-Fi that does not require a password to access— is vulnerable to theft or manipulation.”
Security
Google’s ‘time crystals’ could be the greatest scientific achievement of our lifetimes
What’s amazing about time crystals is that when they cycle back and forth between two different configurations, they don’t lose or use any energy.
Quantum Computing
NIST calls for help in developing framework managing risks of AI
The Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework (AI RMF) will be a voluntary document that can be used by developers, evaluators and others as a way to "improve the trustworthiness of AI systems."
Artificial Intelligence
MoEngage raises $32.5M to inject customer engagement with AI
MoEngage can map the steps in a customer’s journey and identify where they might be dropping off down to the demographic, location, device type, and acquisition channel level.
Artificial Intelligence
Apple’s BYOD improvements will save time for IT
Appe’s most important improvement is its all-new declarative device management system. The big idea behind this is to move device management from being reactive to becoming declarative, which gets the device itself to ensure it remains secure
Automation & Productivity
Coralogix Closes $55M Series C Funding Round
The company’s Streama technology produces insights and trend analysis with no reliance on storage or indexing, solving the challenge of data growth in large-scale systems.
Data & Analytics
Alteryx, PwC Expand Relationship Globally to Address Analytics Automation Demand
Alteryx and PwC formed the alliance in February 2020, which has helped advance upskilling efforts and digital transformation projects across the U.S. and is indicating early success across global regions in EMEA and APAC.
Automation & Productivity
Amazon disputes record $885 million fine from European Union data privacy watchdog
The decision has not been made public, but according to Amazon’s filing, the CNPD found that the company’s “processing of personal data did not comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation.”
Privacy
Facebook open-sources robotics development platform Droidlet
Droidlet isn’t a be-all and end-all solution to the problem, but rather a way to test out different computer vision and natural language processing models.
Apps/DevOps
Mind The (Accent) Gap: DefinedCrowd Contributing To More Inclusive Speech Technology
“There is an accent gap in speech technology. Research shows that speech recognition technologies are not nearly as accurate in understanding nonnative accents as they are in understanding white, non-immigrant, upper-middle-class Americans,
Automation & Productivity
Telegram's video calls can now accommodate up to 1,000 viewers
While the number of participants that can broadcast video from their camera or their screen remains capped at 30, an additional 970 people can tune in and watch.
Automation & Productivity
DeFinity Adds Deep-Learning AI Models To Detect Digital Asset Market Anomalies
DeFinity is a layer-2 protocol and decentralised exchange solution that utilises existing blockchain frameworks, including WeOwn, Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Polkadot, and Cardano.
Blockchain
Dynatrace Extends AIOps Capabilities to Further Support Open-Source Observability
Software intelligence company Dynatrace announced today customers can extend Smartscape, the Dynatrace platform’s real-time and continuously updated topology, to bring Dynatrace’s powerful AIOps and analytics capabilities to more open-source services, including OpenTelemetry, FluentD, and Prometheus.
Data & Analytics
FUJIFILM Object Archive, Tiger Bridge Solutions Partner to Provide Long-Term, Scalable Storage Management
The Tiger Bridge solution monitors and manages selected areas of the local file system, then identifies data based on metadata attributes to move it to the FUJIFILM Object Archive platform
Data Storage
Dixa raises $105M Series C to transform customer service worldwide; the largest funding round for a Denmark-founded tech startup
Dixa helps brands build stronger bonds with their customers and eliminate bad customer service through unifying all communication channels and customer data in one platform in a simplified and seamless environment across new and existing touchpoints such as messaging, live chat, email, or voice.
Automation & Productiity
UC San Diego Health Breach Tied to Phishing Attack
Authorities at the University of California San Diego Health reported a phishing attack lead to a major breach of its network, which allowed an adversary to gain access to sensitive patient, student and employee data.
Security
Couchbase adds support for multi-statement SQL transactions
Now IT teams can process high-performance transactions alongside analytics queries that can run across large quantities of unstructured data on a document database,
Data & Analytics
From disaster to inconvenience — Zerto adds near-instant ransomware restore
Disaster recovery specialist Zerto aims to deal with the corporate data cancer of ransomware by providing automated virtual machine protection, with restoration within seconds of an attack.
Data Storage
Managed cybersecurity startup SolCyber emerges from stealth with $20M
"With today’s announcement, we are now prioritizing customer acquisition … We currently have a handful of customers in beta and are on track to have a thousand end users by mid-August,”
Security
Index Engines makes quiet progress to deep Dell integration
Index Engines is a low-profile and little-known company that catalogues unstructured data to create searchable indexes, and uses the indexes to provide the wherewithal for file tiering, eDiscovery, governance and, latterly, ransomware detection with a CyberSense product.
Data & Analytics
AtScale AI-Link Connects Business Intelligence and Enterprise AI with Semantic Layer to Scale Augmented Analytics, Data Science
AI-Link provides a python interface to AtScale, rich with business context and metrics, to connect data science and augmented analytics programs with enterprise business intelligence (BI)
Data & Analytics
Qualtrics buys Clarabridge for $1.125B to pair survey feedback with sentiment analysis 
The company’s survey-based approach to collecting insights should pair nicely with Clarabridge’s artificial intelligence software, which works by analyzing social media posts and customer support calls to understand how consumers feel about their experience with a particular brand, product or service.
Automation & Productivity
Meet hi, a new financial services platform that lets you send and receive funds on Whatsapp, and Telegram
Ideally, this community-powered ecosystem introduces trust and lowers the cost of access to financial services. hi also features an advanced user experience that anyone, including DeFi newbies, can use.
FinTech
Sumo Logic launches app performance-monitoring features
Sumo Logic Span Analytics, one of the new features introduced this morning, allows users to search, analyze, and query both structured and unstructured app data including transaction traces, logs, and metrics
Data & Analytics
Facebook’s next hardware launch will be its Ray-Ban ‘smart glasses’
Will they be able to make voice calls? Will they have access to a smart assistant? It’s not clear.
Automation & Productivity
Ampere To Acquire OnSpecta To Accelerate AI Inference On Cloud-Native Applications
The OnSpecta Deep Learning Software (DLS) AI optimization engine can deliver significant performance enhancements over commonly used CPU-based machine learning (ML) frameworks.
Artificial Intelligence
Diginex boosts sustainability metric tracking tools with $6M raise
DiginexESG tracks the major sustainability metrics tracking risk and resilience. DiginexLUMEN is a suite of tools for gathering and analyzing data about working conditions along a supply chain. DiginexCLIMATE focuses on environmental stressors like the carbon footprint Sustainability
Microsoft acquires Seattle startup Suplari, which uses AI to analyze corporate spending
Suplari analyzes procurement and spending data flowing into various enterprise systems. It can provide recommendations for cost savings, risk exposure, and other efficiency gaps
Artificial Intelligence
Google announces Jetpack Compose 1.0 and Android Studio Article Fox stable release
Compose is designed to make it easier for developers to design interactive, intuitive, native UIs for apps with as little coding as possible. It helps Android developers streamline UI development and lower the time it takes to get to production.
Apps/DevOps
ConverseNow boosts restaurant-ordering AI with $15M raise
“ConverseNow transforms how quick-service restaurants serve customers with George and Becky, sophisticated AI voice ordering assistants that help optimize the deployment of valuable staff hours and improve the speed and accuracy of orders,”
Automation & Productivity
Canvas integrates 3D models to streamline documentation
The new Canvas offering allows anyone within the organization to weave up-to-date models into documents that can change with product updates. In addition, users can explode, rotate, isolate, or ghost specific components in a larger diagram.
Automation & Productivity
SoftBank leads a $105M investment in Class, an EdTech startup that enhances virtual and hybrid classrooms by adding teaching and learning tools to Zoom
Class helps instructors at educational institutions and corporations take attendance, hand out assignments, give a quiz or test, grade work, proctor exams, talk one-on-one with a learner, and more. Since launching less than a year ago, Class is already deployed in the United States and in over 20 countries worldwide.
EDTech
Lifesight Customer Intelligence Data Now Available on Narrative’s Data Streaming Platform
Their sustainable consumer data ecosystem, now available on Narrative’s Data Streaming Platform, provides access to 2 billion+ consumer profiles and 300+ attributes that can be used for marketing and analytics use cases.
Data & Analytics
Update Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Right Now
That vulnerability, CVE-2021-30807, could allow a hacker to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges, essentially allowing them to hijack your device on a very elemental level.
Security
Renesas and Syntiant Develop Voice-Controlled AI Solution Combining Vision, Voice
The joint solution features always-on functionality with quick voice-triggered activation from standby mode to perform object recognition, facial recognition, and other vision-based tasks that are critical functions in security cameras and other systems.
Artificial Intelligence
DeepMind’s XLearn trains AI agents to complete complex tasks
By designing a virtual environment called XLand, the Alphabet-backed lab says that it managed to train systems with the ability to succeed at problems and games including hide and seek, capture the flag, and finding objects, some of which they didn’t encounter during training.
Artificial Intelligence
Open Source Technology lakeFS Prompts $23M in Funding for Data Lake Lifecycle Management
We plan to use this round of funding to perfect the open-source core capabilities and build a SaaS offering over it that allows fast creation of predefined workflows that are essential for managing an ever-growing amount of data within every enterprise.”
Data & Analytics
OpenAI debuts new AI programming language for creating neural networks 
Prominent artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI LLC today released Triton, a specialized programming language that it says will enable developers to create high-speed machine learning algorithms more easily.
Artificial Intelligence
CoreStack Launches FinOps, SecOps and CloudOps Governance Solutions on Google Cloud
The CoreStack FinOps provides an organization-wide view of cloud-spend as well as granular details by cloud, account, subscription, department, tag, region, inventory, and application.
Cloud
Headless CMS startup Contentful reels in $175M late-stage investment 
Contentful streamlines the process by making content that companies store in its platform available via application programming interfaces. These APIs make it possible to build software that automatically performs content-related tasks normally carried out by developers
Automation & Productivity
Noetic Cyber raises $20M to automate cybersecurity remediation
"The platform is fully extensible, and the beauty of our approach is that it allows us to easily add more applications and use cases on top of our core asset visibility and management model.”
Security
Gupshup nabs $240M to power messaging channels
“Just as every business had to build websites in the mid-’90s, they will now have to build conversational experiences. This is the new digital storefront — this is where the users are and business have to engage them on their terms in their favorite messaging apps.”
Automation & Productivity
Osmos emerges from stealth to unify enterprise data
The company’s no-code platform provides users a way to bring in data from their systems or build pipelines to data, leveraging a real-time data transformation engine that automatically learns how to reconcile data.
Data & Analytics
Search startup Algolia raises $150M at $2.25B valuation 
San Francisco-based Algolia develops a search service that enterprises can embed into their websites and mobile apps to make them easier to navigate. Each company can customize Algolia’s search algorithm for their requirements.
Apps/DevOps
Risk and compliance management startup LogicGate nabs $113M
“[T]hat’s what led to us conceptualizing and developing [LogicGate’s] risk cloud platform. When companies use our risk cloud platform, they don’t need teams of specialists or a coding background to stand up a risk program. The platform is easy to use, quick to deploy, and grows with you.”
Risk Management
Cyolo raises $21M for zero trust networking tech
Cyolo is bringing this zero trust secure connectivity and identity-based verification to cyberspace and making entities the users—devices, computers, services.”
Security
Datadobi develops faster, better migration engine
DobiProtect creates a golden and immutable copy of file and object data on any vendor’s NAS filer or in the public cloud as a protection against ransomware.
Data Storage
Bootstrapped tech startup Bubble secures $100M funding to accelerate the no-code revolution and enable users to build apps without coding
One of the leading companies in this space is Bubble, a New York-based tech startup that offers a point-and-click web editor and cloud hosting platform that allows users to build fully customizable web applications and workflows, ranging from simple prototypes to complex marketplaces, SaaS products, and more.
Automation & Productivity
AI Robotics tech startup Covariant raises $80M funding to build AI robots that can see, reason, and act on the world around them
In the last year alone, the Covariant Brain has been successfully deployed across a wide range of industries including Fashion, Health and Beauty, Industrial Supply, Pharmaceutical, Grocery, Parcel and General Merchandise
Automation & Productivity
Pliops XDP hits the streets to rescue X86 servers from data-handling overload
It provides up to 3.2 million random read and 1.2 million random write IOPS and can store up to 128TB of data on 64TB of SSDs.
Data Storage
Comcast Business rolls out wireless service for SMBs
The service offers Comcast Business Internet customers up to 10 lines with no line access fees. Customers are required to get broadband service from Comcast.
Telecom
Apple Patches Actively Exploited Zero-Day in iOS, MacOS
The memory-corruption flaw, tracked as CVE-2021-30807, is found in the IOMobileFrameBuffer extension which exists in both iOS and macOS, but has been fixed according to specific device platform.
Security
GraphCDN Acquires FastQL to Cement Position in GraphQL Caching
“GraphCDN brings a lot to the table with its 60 worldwide edge locations, per-user caching, traffic analytics, and malicious query protection.”
Data & Analytics
IBM upgrades its Big Iron OS for better cloud, security, and AI support
New features in the OS include Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS that lets customers provision a new z/OS system from scratch.
Cloud
Enterprise AI development platform DataRobot raises $300M, acquires Algorithmia
The platform also allows data scientists to explore, combine, and shape a range of data types and content — from traditional tabular data in rows and columns to free-form text, images, and geospatial data — into assets ready for AI models.
Data & Analytics
Remote monitoring & management startup Atera raises $77M 
Its RMM platform analyzes more than 40,000 data points per second, generating proactive and predictive insights that help support teams to identify and remedy all kinds of problems within an organization, often before they cause business stoppage.
IT Management
These hackers posed as an aerobics instructor online to trick their targets into downloading malware
Marcella's public facing Facebook profile claimed she was an aerobics instructor in Liverpool, England – and her friends list contained several people identifying as defence contractors on their profiles.
Security
Atos Acquires Visual BI to Address Customers’ Increasing Need for Analytics in the Cloud
This operation, together with the acquisition of Maven Wave in 2020, reinforces Atos’s strategic vision for data and cloud as the foundations of digital transformation. The Group aims at supporting organizations in their entire cloud data journey, from data centralization to high-value insight delivery.
Data & Analytics
Keysight, Xilinx and Cisco Showcase Solutions that Support Smooth Migration from 4G LTE Networks to 5G Open RAN
Keysight offers integrated hardware and software O-RAN solutions that enable a diverse ecosystem of vendors and mobile operators to quickly verify performance, interoperability and compliance to the O-RAN specification of each network element and end-to-end.
Telecom
NetExperience Partners With Uottawa Researchers and Mitacs to Advance AI and ML in New OpenWiFi Networks
NetExperience’s platform has been architected to support the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) OpenWiFi initiative which disaggregates the software from the hardware, allowing Wi-Fi deployments with multiple hardware vendor’s access points.
Network Management
Google sets all-time records as search and YouTube profits soar
Google search appears to be the big driver, shooting up over $14 billion since this time last year to $35.8 billion total (that’s nearly $4 billion higher than it did last quarter as well).
Apps
BlackMatter ransomware targets companies with revenue of $100 million and more
Although ads for ransomware operations have been banned on the two forums since May, the BlackMatter group is not advertising its Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering directly but has posted ads for recruiting “initial access brokers,” a term used to describe individuals with access to hacked enterprise networks.
Security
FaceMyDoc Announces Official Partnership With Cogsworth
FaceMyDoc, through their Practice-In-A-Box™ solution offers a turn-key telehealth platform connecting on-demand & existing patients while aiming to drive revenues & streamline operations for providers
HealthTech
DevOps startup Shoreline wants to automate incident response for IT teams 
The key to eliminating this burden is automating those repairs, Gupta said, and that’s what Shoreline’s new platform is all about. SREs can quickly and easily create bots that can automatically take action when an alarm is raised, he said, to restore or improve system availability faster.
Automation & Productivity
Element bolsters decentralized team messaging with $30M raise
Anyone using Element is participating in an open and global network of tens of millions of users, spread across thousands of deployments from different organizations.
Automation & Productivity
Identity authentication and fraud prevention company AuthenticID lands $100M
Customers use cases include age verification; fraud detection; application onboarding; biometrics; and more.
Security
Realme is the first to bring magnetic wireless charging to Android
Charging speeds are said to exceed the 15W that MagSafe reaches, making it the fastest magnetic charger in the world, but the tradeoff is that the device is much thicker and requires an active cooling fan.
Automation & Productivity
Aqua Security unifies cloud security posture management with runtime workload protection 
Aqua says the main advantage of Aqua Platform is it gives users full visibility into the activity of their containers, which host the components of their apps.
Security
Bluetooth-enabled tracking startup Wiliot raises $200M
Wiliot’s IoT Pixel tags, which are about the size of a postage stamp, continuously collect data about the world around them. They’re Bluetooth-enabled, encrypted, and designed to be manufactured into clothing, food packaging, and more.
IoT/Mobility
Orum raises $25M to automate outbound sales workflows
“Companies leverage Orum to expand their level of sales activity without necessarily expanding their headcount. Reps can focus on hosting quality conversations with prospective customers rather than doing the hard and repetitive work required to get ahold of a prospect,"
Automation & Productivity
IronNet launches cybersecurity alliance to protect commercial space development 
IronNet’s Collective Defense platform is designed to detect new and unidentified cyber attack behaviors and to provide a secure environment for real-time collaboration on attack intelligence.
Security
IBM Launches Turnium’s Containerized SD-WAN Into Cloud
However, Turnium’s integration with IBM Cloud isn’t limited to transport, and it also addresses the deployment of and access to workloads in hybrid-cloud environments, including those running in private data centers or at the edge.
Cloud
Device42 launches AI recommendation engine for cloud usage
Using machine learning to drive its suggestions, Device42 says the service can perform real-time discovery of IT resources to create an inventory, leveraging dependency mapping to show the relationship and impact of resources on business units.
Cloud
Box brings e-signatures to its content cloud with Box Sign
Box said Box Sign enables unlimited signatures and comes with a robust set of application programming interfaces that will enable businesses to modernize and manage their agreements entirely in the cloud.
Automation & Productivity
Blaize raises $71M for AI edge hardware
The company’s 16-core chips — which deliver 16 TOPS of AI inference horsepower — enable concurrent execution of AI models while supporting heterogeneous compute-intensive workloads.
Artificial Intelligence
Deloitte acquires Sentek and TransientX to beef up cybersecurity
We are joining Deloitte to help our government clients solve complex systems engineering and cybersecurity challenges while also accelerating the scaling of our services for defense, security, and justice sector organizations.”
Security
Fullstack Academy And University Of New Mexico Continuing Education Partner To Enhance Access To Tech Education
Fullstack Academy, a national tech education provider, announced it has partnered with University of New Mexico (UNM) Continuing Education to offer immersive learning programs that will prepare learners for well-paying, in-demand jobs in just 26 weeks.
Tech Jobs
AIEthics World announces Ethical AI Certification and Maturity Model™

This unique approach facilitates participation of any stakeholder within the Ethical AI lifecycle and certification process, regardless of their expertise.  

Artificial Intelligence
Blue Hexagon Augments AWS Network Firewall With AI-based Cloud-Native Threat Detection
This integration provides protection against known threats, variants of known threats, as well as unknown 0-day threats for which no signatures exist.
Security
Cloudflare launches Project Pangea to boost worldwide internet access
Cloudflare says that Project Pangea will provide an "on-ramp" to the web for free and community network organizers will also have access to the firm's security tools: Cloudflare Network Interconnect, Magic Transit, and Magic Firewall.  
Telecom
Paystand raises $50M for blockchain-enabled no-fee B2B payments 
“Decentralized finance and blockchain represent the largest shift in our economy in over a generation. B2B payments can now happen instantly and securely as money has become software; yet, most finance teams are still mired in paper, manual processes and fees,”
Blockchain
Lacuna boosts digital twins for metro transit networks with $16M raise
But the real value comes from allowing cities to create new revenue streams and incentivize new services for public benefit. Lacuna enables cities to iterate and experiment with digital tollbooths and dynamic policy enforcement mechanisms.
Smart Cities
How NASA is using knowledge graphs to find talent
His team is building a talent mapping database using Neo4j technology to build a knowledge graph to show the relationships between people, skills, and projects.
Data & Analytics
Inseego Unveils The Ultimate 5G Industrial Gateway
Combining high-performance 5G with the most advanced 4G LTE capabilities, this solution delivers best-in-class throughput and reliability for industrial IoT and enterprise networks.
Telecom
Skyflow PII Data Privacy Vault ensures regulatory compliance for sensitive data
The vault is delivered as a simple API, allowing software developers to quickly build innovative applications without worrying about data security, privacy, or compliance.
Privacy
Tigerhall Challenges Masterclass, Udemy And LinkedIn Learning By Giving Managers And Their Teams Bite-Sized Insights Directly From 800+ Global Experts
With Tigerhall, enterprises and managers have a scalable, personalized social platform designed specifically to equip teams with hard earned insights from over 800+ globally successful thought leaders, or Thinkfluencers.
E-Learning
Alphabet launches robotics venture Intrinsic to train industrial robots with AI 
“Intrinsic is working to unlock the creative and economic potential of industrial robotics for millions more businesses, entrepreneurs, and developers."
Automation & Productivity
Cadence Extends Digital Design Leadership with Revolutionary ML-based Cerebrus, Delivering Best-in-class Productivity And Quality of Results
The combination of Cerebrus and the Cadence RTL-to-signoff flow offers advanced chip designers, CAD teams and IP developers the ability to improve engineering productivity by up to 10X versus a manual approach while also realizing up to a 20% better power, performance and area (PPA).
Automation & Productivity
Mindtech Raises $3.25M to Accelerate Growth of Synthetic Data Training Platform for AI Vision Systems
Chameleon enables innovation and wider deployment of AI vision systems by democratizing training data. Using the platform, customers can quickly build unlimited scenes and scenarios using photo-realistic smart 3D models.
Artificial Intelligence
Workforce training startup OpenSesame raises $50M as shift to remote work drives demand
OpenSesame’s catalog includes more than 20,000 courses in 19 different languages. The 173-person company also allows learning administrators to customize lessons through AI-curated lessons.
EDTech
Observable Introduces Data Visualization Stack for the Enterprise
Being web-based so there is no set up cost for users. They can simply open a browser, go to the URL and start working immediately instead of having to download, configure, or even build tools from scratch that can’t be shared.
Data & Analytics
Sessions, a newly launched tech startup, beats video conferencing behemoth in the race to become #1 on Product Hunt
As it’s all accessed within a single browser window, it enhances the flow, focus, and engagement of the conversation – and its endless scalability means that additional integrations are already underway, including the likes of Figma, Spotify, or Notion.
Automation & Productivity
Critical Jira Flaw in Atlassian Could Lead to RCE
Atlassian is a platform that’s used by 180,000 customers to engineer software and manage projects, and Jira is its proprietary bug-tracking and agile project-management tool.
Security
German AI assistant tech startup Ciara unveils voice-enabled Deal Maps, a tool to help inside sales teams cut sales cycles in half
Deal Maps visualizes the sales process in a dynamic environment to support sellers across the entire revenue cycle while capturing rich buyer insights that provide managers and revenue leaders with greater visibility into pipelines and forecasts.
Data & Analytics
Google’s Translatotron 2 removes ability to deepfake voices
As the researchers explain in the paper, Translatotron 2 consists of a source speech encoder, a target phoneme decoder, and a synthesizer, connected via an attention module
Automation & Productivity
Numerade Raises $26 Million To Reinvent The World Of Tutoring
Since its launch, Numerade has helped 20 million students struggling with questions ranging from pre-algebra to quantum mechanics, saving them hundreds of millions of hours of frustration, anxiety, and self-doubt
EDTech
Hackers co-opt Microsoft’s anti-phishing feature for phishing attacks
Hackers specifically are exploiting the custom login page feature, which many businesses have in place to thwart phishing attempts.
Security
IBM builds ransomware protection into on-prem storage
Safeguarded Copy is part of the IBM FlashSystem family of all-flash storage arrays, and it automatically creates immutable snapshots of date and stores them securely—meaning they cannot be accessed or altered by unauthorized users
Data Storage
Contentsquare acquires Upstride to speed up AI innovation for digital business
The startup created a new data type called Hycor, which exploits geometric features present in data and enhances information representation
Data & Analytics
Passwordless authentication startup Magic raises $27M in funding
Instead of passwords, Magic uses public/private cryptographic key pairs created on the Ethereum blockchain. The public cryptographic key acts as an identifier, proving to the website whom the users are, and the private key is a secret that only the users can access.
Blockchain
Alation Supports Next Generation of Data Enthusiasts, Provides Free Software and Training
As part of this initiative Alation provides its platform, free of charge, to academic institutions to nurture the next generation of data enthusiasts.
Data & Analytics
NPM Package Steals Passwords via Chrome’s Account-Recovery Tool
The password-stealer is multifunctional: It also listens for incoming commands from the attacker’s command-and-control (C2) server and can upload files, record from a victim’s screen and camera, and execute shell commands.
Security
Ransomware: Kaseya says it has now got the REvil decryption key - and it works
"We can confirm that Kaseya obtained the tool from a third party and have teams actively helping customers affected by the ransomware to restore their environments, with no reports of any problem or issues associated with the decryptor,"
Security
Arm researchers have created a flexible 32-bit computer chip made from plastic 
By using plastic, the researchers said, the chip is more flexible and could potentially usher in a new era called the “internet of everything” where microprocessors are used in everyday objects such as clothes and food packaging.
Emerging Tech
Adobe targets data literacy with curriculum and analytics platform access
The goal is to increase the data analytics literacy of college graduates by making it easy for them to access analytics via a cloud service,
Data & Analytics
GRAID uses SmartNIC approach to RAID Card for NVMe SSDs
The AI chip on GRAID’s SupremeRAID card carries out all the RAID calculations, offloading the host CPU in the same way as a SmartNIC. There is no DRAM cache on the card, hence no need for a battery backup system.
Data Storage
Google Cloud rolls out Healthcare Data Engine to bring interoperability to health records 
The objective of the Healthcare Data Engine is to harmonize data from multiple sources – including medical records, claims, clinical trials and research data – allowing operational leaders, doctors, researchers, and clinicians to gain real-time holistic views of records at a glance
Data & Analytics
Intel and Airtel Collaborate to Accelerate 5G
Open RAN will be a future area of tremendous innovation and creativity, leveraging Intel FlexRAN, a reference architecture with both software and hardware components, and enabling software-based radio base stations that can run on general-purpose servers located at the network edge.
Telecom
Phish Swims Past Email Security With Milanote Pages
“This does not necessarily mean that Milanote should not be trusted,” Friedrich said. “What it does mean, however, is that hackers have found great success in targeting SEGs using services like Milanote that can host files.”
Security
Visa buys UK payments fintech startup CurrencyCloud for nearly $1 billion
Currencycloud powers cross-border payments for a number of popular finance apps. Currencycloud is a global payments platform built on smart technology that takes the complexity out of moving money.
FinTech
Akamai Edge DNS outage knocks out multiple major websites
Although DNS systems are provided at the core of the internet, it is a function that is often maliciously usurped by attackers. As a result, companies such as Akamai provide their own protected DNS services to customers to guard them from potential attackers.
Cloud
End of an era: Now Firefox has dropped support for FTP, too
The move to kill FTP in Firefox is also an evolution of Mozilla's effort to completely remove FTP support. It already disabled FTP by default in Firefox 88 in April.
Security
New Data Science Platform Speeds Up Python Queries
The new framework, called Tuplex, is able to process data queries written in Python up to 90 times faster than industry-standard data systems like Apache Spark or Dask.
Data & Analytics
Open source API management platform Gravitee raises $11M
At the top of the Gravitee tree is Cockpit, a tool for monitoring all Gravitee installations from one centralized dashboard.
DevOps
Rensselaer Team Aims to Pave Way for Robust AI in Medical Imaging
The tools Yan and his team develop will be able to detect adversarial images, correct those discrepancies, and improve the quality of information the AI system produces
Artificial Intelligence
Outplay raises $ 7.3 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital to grow its multi-channel sales engagement platform
The platform helps outbound sales teams plan, execute, track, measure, and optimize interactions between companies and their prospects across multiple channels like email, phone, SMS, social media as well as live chat.
Automation & Productivity
Securonix Announces ‘Bring Your Own Snowflake’ Program to Power Security Data Lake for Snowflake Customers
The new program allows joint customers to seamlessly benefit from Securonix’s fully managed SaaS SIEM solution – achieving advanced threat detection and response without the cost and limitations of traditional SIEM solutions.
Security
Invite-only no more: Social audio startup Clubhouse finally opens to the public 
The opening up of the service comes amid increasing competition for a service that was once believed by some to be the next Twitter Inc. Now that it’s coming out of beta, anybody can now follow Clubhouse links, listen in and join creator communities.
Apps
Goldman Sachs leads $50M investment in climate-friendly cooling tech startup Phononic to revolutionize how the world cools and heats
Phononic’s disruptive approach combines high-performance solid-state heat pumps integrated into a manufacturing-friendly systems architecture that realizes products that are smart, sustainable, and solid state-driven.
Sustainability
Model9 massacres Stone Age mainframe VTL
Model9 produces software that replaces mainframe virtual tape backup by writing to object storage located on-premises or in the cloud.
Data Storage
HEAL Software Inc. Grows Its Customer Base; Announces Major Updates to Its AIOps Platform

Over the past few releases, HEAL has been continually raising the bar in terms of its AI and ML features. Most notably, HEAL uses an innovative preventive healing strategy to predict, analyze and prevent problems or outages much before they actually happen
Artificial Intelligence
Clearco Announces The Launch Of ClearMatch Its New Business Partner Recommendation Service
By leveraging benchmarking & insights, Clearco identifies the major growth opportunities for each founders’ business – examples of benchmarking insights include cost-per-click, return-on-advertising spend, search optimization, and conversion rates, as well as other sales performance metrics
Data & Analytics
Kubernetes Cloud Clusters Face Cyberattacks via Argo Workflows
Argo Workflows is an open-source, container-native workflow engine for orchestrating parallel jobs on Kubernetes – to speed up processing time for compute-intensive jobs like machine learning and big-data processing
Security
Google scores more cloud customer wins with Home Depot and Symphony 
Home Depot said it’s planning some big things in the wake of its decision to further its relationship with Google Cloud. The retailer already taps Google services such as its compute and storage infrastructure, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics tools to enrich customer experiences.
Cloud
1,000 GB of local government data exposed exposed by Massachusetts software company
"The data of these municipalities was stored in several misconfigured Amazon S3 buckets that were sharing similar naming conventions to MapsOnline. Due to this, we believe these cities are using the same software solution."
Security
Dremio’s data lake query engine is now a managed cloud service 
Dremio Cloud leverages a no-copy data architecture that enables analytics users to access data in a data lake without extensive transformation and schema development.
Data & Analytics
Millions Of Apple Users Warned To Delete ‘Very Malicious’ Hidden Files
An alarming warning has just been issued for millions of Apple users, after a “very malicious” malware was found stealing credentials, logging keystrokes and recording screenshots
Security
Quobyte Releases Hadoop Native Driver to Unlock the Power of Analytics, ML, Streaming
The new native driver brings significant benefits in optimizing Hadoop clusters for a much wider range of applications and workloads, and true file system sharing across object storage and applications.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft acquires privileged access management vendor CloudKnox Security
Microsoft officials said the CloudKnox technology will further enable Azure Active Directory customers with "granular visibility, continuous monitoring and automated remediation for hybrid and multi-cloud permissions."
Security
Coalition of Privacy-Focused Tech Companies Calls for Ban on Surveillance Advertising Technologies
An open letter to regulators in the EU and US calls for an end to much of the fundament of personalized advertising technology, which tracks users across multiple sites and apps and gathers data on their demographic categories and behavior.
Privacy
dotData Announces Automated Feature Engineering on the Databricks Platform
This integration of dotData’s AutoFE with the Databricks Platform allows Databricks users to explore 100x more features and boost model accuracy quickly, augmenting domain features with hundreds of AI features.
Data & Analytics
This password-stealing Windows malware is distributed via ads in search results
"From what we can tell, this new MosaicLoader attempts to infect as many devices as possible, likely to build up market share and then sell access to infected computers to other threat actors,"
Security
Google’s Looker facelift aimed at enhancing developer appeal
Google is intent on repositioning Looker as a development platform that goes beyond the traditional business intelligence reports and visualizations.
Data & Analytics
Snowflake edges into security market through Securonix partnership 
However, he said the alliance is part of a thrust by Snowflake to court organizations that are moving their SIEM processing to the cloud. “You’re going to see Snowflake as a major player in cloud security,” he said.
Cloud
Accounting automation and collaboration platform FloQast raises $110M
The company’s flagship FloQast Close product serves as a single, centralized place for teams to manage all their recurring close-management work, including tracking outstanding tasks;
Automation & Productivity
Zoom adds native app integrations and virtual event hosting to its platform 
Zoom Apps integrate third-party applications directly within the Zoom Meetings client. That’s different from the existing apps in the Zoom Marketplace, which instead bring Zoom Meetings into those third-party apps.
Automation & Productivity
Atom Computing emerges with quantum computing system made from atoms and controlled by lasers 
” It says it’s the first company in the world to have created what it calls “nuclear-spin qubits” out of an alkaline earth element."
Quantum Computing
DNSFilter nabs $30M to fight DNS threats with AI
According to Carnesi, one of DNSFilter’s biggest focuses is threat identification accuracy. AI is a part of this — in 2018, the company acquired Web Shrinker, which provided website screenshot and API services, leveraging machine learning to identify threats and domains in real time.
Security
Chrome just added these big new security and privacy features
First up, via MacRumors, Chrome for iOS now lets users lock their incognito tabs with Touch ID, FaceID, and a passcode. This can be enabled in Settings > Privacy > Lock Incognito tabs.
Security
Israel AI-Based Learning Startup MagniLearn Chosen By Microsoft To Impact Education
MagniLearn uses cutting edge algorithms for smart learning focusing first on teaching English as a foreign language in schools. However, its algorithms can teach any subject that is verbal and topic-based
EDTech
Lucata raises $11.9M to develop hardware for accelerating graph databases 
Each Pathfinder system has at least 8 terabytes of flash storage and 512 gigabytes of memory. More than 1,000 server racks containing eight Pathfinder systems each may be linked together to form an infrastructure cluster for running graph database
Data & Analytics
New Sisense Extense Framework Empowers Customers with AI-Powered Insights
The addition of the Sisense Extense Framework makes it easier for organizations to use Sisense as their analytical engine infused into any workflow or business application, freeing them from vendor lock-in and resulting in a variety of cohesive experiences across homegrown, native and Sisense infusion applications
Data & Analytics
Japan sets a new record for the world fastest internet speed of 319 terabits per second
Their demonstration shows the potential of SDM fibers with standard-cladding diameter and compatibility with existing cabling technologies for near-term adoption of high-throughput SDM fiber systems
Automation & Productivity
Google unveils ‘self-driving’ cloud security feature
He explained the aim for all security technologies to be engineered in, niche security talent to be democratized, and siloes to “eventually” disappear.
Security
E-commerce startup Fabric raises $100M in latest giant funding round for a Seattle startup
Customers such as GNC and Restoration Hardware can use Fabric for their entire stack, or just pick and choose from its suite of commerce APIs to help with specific parts of a system such as product information or order management, for example.
Automation & Productivity
Redpoint Global Announces In Situ Data Quality-as-a-Service Solution
Data quality, identity resolution and governance are contained within existing Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), yielding a comprehensive identity graph and a full transactional and behavior tail as a real-time, holistic golden record for each customer with zero data exposure.
Data & Analytics
OpenSea raises $100M on $1.5B valuation to scale up NFT marketplace 
The company also said it will launch official support for multiple blockchains, making it the first cross-blockchain NFT marketplace.
Blockchain
Cybersecurity risk assessment startup SAFE Security raises $33M 
The assessed data is quantified with a “SAFE score” between zero and five to allow businesses to make informed decisions on their cyber investments, including the financial value of the identified risks.
Security
StorONE and Storbyte get NASA blessing for combined fast, long-life flash array
StorONE’s S1 software promises to provide high performance from a ground-up rewrite of the storage stack, and supports any storage server hardware, any storage media, and any storage protocol.
Data Storage
Kahoot! Launches New GIPHY Integration To Deliver More Fun, Engaging And Personalized Learning
GIPHY is the global platform that animates your world by helping people express themselves in unique, creative and entertaining ways through its library of over 10 billion GIFs, Clips and Stickers. More than 700 million people globally see or share GIPHY content every day.
EDTech
MacOS Being Picked Apart by $49 XLoader Data Stealer
The data stealer is distributed in the form of malware-as-a-service (MaaS) and stands out from competing malware by being drop-dead simple to use, outfitting even code dummies with a multipurpose malware tool.
Security
Titan raises $58M for mobile crypto investment platform
Titan says it is the first direct-to-consumer (DTC), mobile-first investment platform where everyday investors can have their capital actively managed by investment experts
FinTech
IBM FlashSystem gets safeguarded data copies to speed up cyberattack recovery
Customers will be able to scale up storage capacity with variable pricing. IBM Storage as a Service is part of Big Blue's Flexible Infrastructure offerings.  
Data Storage
Sysdig buys ‘policy as code’ startup Apolicy to automate compliance and governance 
The idea with IaC security is to automate and enforce compliance and governance by applying policies as code, so as to validate configuration files and production environments and ensure they are identical
Security
Google Cloud rolls out new security tools as threat landscape heats up
Rather than "build products that fix problems with other products," he said, Google has focused on building "invisible security" into the cloud. "
Security
Dropbox adds new features to support distributed work
  • File conversion: Save time by converting files to different formats without leaving Dropbox
  • A new navigation on web: Find content faster with an updated side navigation experience on web 
Automation & Productivity
Nvidia releases TensorRT 8 for faster AI inference
Built for deploying AI models that can power search engines, ad recommendations, chatbots, and more, Nvidia claims that TensorRT 8 cuts inference time in half for language queries compared with the previous release of TensorRT.
Artificial Intelligence
Pure Storage makes FlashStack converged platform available as a service 
FlashStack, which was jointly developed by Pure Storage and Cisco Systems Inc. is software-defined infrastructure that combines Cisco’s Unified Computing System with flash storage in a single management point.
Data Storage
Google is using machine learning to stop DDoS attacks
"We have been building and maturing this technology with internal and external design partners and testers over the last few years. All Cloud Armor customers can try it at no extra charge during the preview period,"
Security
Styra adds clouds infrastructure support via Terraform 
With the addition of Terraform support, Styra DAS is said to now provide a unified policy-as-code solution, built on OPA, to ensure cloud infrastructure, Kubernetes and service mesh deployments are secure and compliant
Cloud
Untether AI nabs $125M for AI acceleration chips
The increase in the use of AI — along with AI’s hardware requirements — poses a challenge for traditional datacenter compute architectures. Untether is among the companies proposing at-memory or near-memory computation as a solution.
Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft Teams can now turn your phone into a Walkie Talkie
Another benefit is that users don't need to worry about frequency static that affects analog devices. It also offers a shield from crosstalk and eavesdropping and can work across large geographic regions since it works over Wi-Fi or cellular networks
Automation & Productivity
Rapid7 acquires threat intelligence and remediation startup IntSights for $335M 
IntSights claims it offers an industry-best return on investment, with customers seeing an average ROI of $2.1 million while reducing staff workload. Enterprise users can coordinate proactive response with automated, in-house takedown services to dismantle and block threats
Security
Pivot3 gives up ghost as Quantum buys its assets to go deeper into video surveillance
“Surveillance cameras are the biggest data generator on the planet, and Pivot3 has established [itself] as one of the leaders in this space by pioneering the use of hyperconverged software for surveillance recording.”
Data Storage
Instabase Joins Microsoft For Startups To Streamline Delivery Of Enterprise Applications
Through its work with Microsoft, Instabase customers are able to build powerful document understanding use cases that leverage components from Azure Cognitive Services directly within the Instabase platform to improve data accuracy, while ensuring enterprise security.
Automation & Productivity
Amazon offers cloud-based SAN with EBS io2 Block Express volumes
The company announced the general availability of Amazon EBC io2 Block Express volumes today, bringing storage area network capabilities to its cloud for the first time.
Data Storage
Providence-backed Kno2 raises $15M for healthcare communication tech
The company has signed up a large proportion of post-acute care providers such as skilled nursing, assisted living, behavior health therapies and similar providers, and is expanding into other sectors.
HealthTech
Subak – World’s First Climate-Focused, Non-Profit Accelerator Launches
Subak will support data scientists and campaigners to transform understanding of the climate problem and drive change. The members’ coal tracking map and electric car sales tool already have an impact on global policy.
Data Analytics
SugarCRM adds 'sentiment analysis' to SugarPredict AI
The tool will use natural language processing and AI to provide sales and service personnel with information about a customer's "emotional state and intent."
Artificial Intelligence
Logical Clocks Raises €5 Million to Fast Forward the Development of Hopsworks, The Most Advanced Cloud Native Feature Store For AI
Hopsworks Feature Store manages data for AI, making it simpler, faster, and cheaper to move models to production. We’ve built the platform on the principle of being open, allowing teams to use their tools, cloud, and data center of choice.
Artificial Intelligence
Stellar Cyber Puts the Kill Chain in XDR
It features a loop that prioritizes detections into five phases: initial attempts, persistent foothold, exploration, propagation, and exfiltration/impact.
Security
Law firm for Ford, Boeing, Exxon, Marriott, Walgreens and more hacked in ransomware attack
The law firm said attackers may have accessed Social Security numbers, passport numbers, payment card information, medical information and biometric data.
Security
Native Voice nabs $14M to convert devices into branded voice assistants
Native Voice aims to offer a layer between users and brands with voice assistants, working with brands to bring their assistants to its platform and with hardware manufacturers to bring its platform to their devices.
Automation & Productivity
Cube Dev raises $15.5M to commercialize Cube.js open source data API platform
It’s designed to circumvent many technical barriers — such as SQL generation, caching, API design, query orchestration and acceleration, security, and more — by positioning itself as a “headless abstraction layer” between the data warehouses and application.
Data & Analytics
Fuse Acquires PowerGuides to Unlock ‘Knowledge in the Flow’
The new Knowledge Intelligence Engine crawls and analyses internal knowledge (both tacit and explicit) in the same way that Google crawls, indexes, and categorizes external content.
Automation & Productivity
Zoom to acquire cloud contact center provider Five9 for $14.7B 
Designed to help organizations move operations from legacy on-premise data centers to the cloud, the company pitches its offering as providing business reliable, secure, compliant and scalable cloud contact center software that improves customer experiences.
Cloud
This startup aims to improve workplace conversations with ’empathy-as-a-service’ software
This way, texts and emails can be reviewed and changes can be suggested prior to hitting “Send.” By adding these capabilities into platforms like Slack, or Gmail, mpathic hopes to bring more empathy to the corporate communication landscape.
Apps
Linux Variant of HelloKitty Ransomware Targets VMware ESXi Servers
On Wednesday, MalwareHunterTeam disclosed its discovery of numerous Linux ELF-64 versions of the HelloKitty ransomware targeting VMware ESXi servers and virtual machines (VMs) running on them.
Security
Israeli healthtech startup Sweetch raises $20M for its AI-powered engagement platform to help people with chronic conditions
Sweetch is an engagement platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to significantly increase individuals’ adherence to essential health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management recommendations, in a highly personalized and scalable way.
HealthTech
GoodData, Vertica Partner to Accelerate Cloud-Native Self-Service Analytics Adoption
The GoodData and Vertica offering simplifies this process and provides a way to deploy cloud-native, self-service analytics with GoodData on top of the Vertica data warehouse within minutes.
Data & Analytics
Long-Awaited STIX, TAXII Cyberthreat Sharing Standards Approved
STIX and TAXII, two popular open source projects that automate threat-intelligence sharing, have been approved as full-fledged OASIS standards in a move that supporters say will help prevent and defend against cyberattacks.
Security
Fujitsu and France’s Inria Develop New Time-Series AI Technology to Identify Causes of Data Anomalies
This may one day contribute to important medical developments, including the ability to discover possible precursors to diseases that have been difficult to identify with conventional techniques, as well as the discovery of preventive treatments.
HealthTech
Edge Delta Announces Live, Interactive, Open Environment for Free, Unlimited Exploration
This innovative concept is a response to frustration from DevOps, SRE, and Security teams with the inflexible and tedious trial process imposed on them by most analytics vendors. They have to endure lengthy and expensive proof-of-concepts involving their production data in order to evaluate and understand the value of those systems.
Data & Analytics
Cockroach Labs Releases CockroachDB on Kubernetes
With the addition of the Operator, key functionality for deployment, management, and maintenance of the database is now automated. This release makes it easy and effective for teams at any skill level to run a relational database on Kubernetes.
Data & Analytics
Announcing Primer Engines: Powerful, Pretrained NLP Ready to Deploy
Primer’s engines are your flexible building blocks for NLP-powered data processing. Each is pretrained and tuned to work on domain-specific data for use in intelligence and defense operations, financial services, business operations, and more.
NLP
BAI Communications and Signify Form Partnership to Revolutionise Lighting Infrastructure for the Next Generation of Connectivity
BAI’s partnership with Signify represents an innovation leap for both organisations as they begin working together to unlock the extraordinary potential of light through pioneering connectivity solutions that will revolutionise smart community advancement for municipalities and enterprise.
Smart Cities
DevRev: Former Nutanix execs look to lure in dev startups with new Business Infrastructure-as-a-Service firm
The developers will basically be renting business infrastructure from DevRev rather than needing to raise funding and spend on building their own.
Automation & Productivity
Facebook’s BlenderBot 2.0 chatbot can learn and remember new things by itself 
Facebook Inc.’s artificial intelligence research unit has open-sourced what it claims is the first chatbot in the world that’s capable of building a long-term memory that can be continually accessed.
Artificial Intelligence
After concerns from Amazon, Apple removes product review analyzer Fakespot from App Store
But Amazon said Fakespot’s Secure Shopping App for iOS, which launched on June 3, was “wrapping” the Amazon website and “injecting code and content” into the site and that its findings about the trustworthiness of product reviews were mostly wrong.
Apps
Syniti Launches Data Jumpstart to Drive Business Value from Data
Syniti Data Jumpstart is a packaged, cloud-based software solution that provides turnkey improvement recommendations, enhanced by tailored, business-specific insights to help create rapid, substantial bottom-line returns by improving data quality.
Data & Analytics
DeepMind open-sources AlphaFold 2 for protein structure predictions
DeepMind makes the case that AlphaFold, if further refined, could be applied to previously intractable problems in the field of protein folding, including those related to epidemiological efforts.
HealthTech
Automattic, owner of Tumblr and WordPress.com, buys podcast app Pocket Casts
"We will explore building deep integrations with WordPress.com and Pocket Casts, making it easier to distribute and listen to podcasts.”
Apps
GBL Systems And Samsung Begin Deployment Of 5G Testbeds For The U.S. Department Of Defense
GBL and Samsung have been contracted to support one of the largest testbeds, demonstrating the use of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) over 5G networks for training applications.
AR/VR
Adobe Experience Manager Screens Now Available as a Cloud Service to Expand Content Management Capabilities
By bringing together marketing, advertising, and IoT-based technologies, Adobe is targeting the very foundation of the digital signage experience model and hoping to scale customer experience management built on highly contextual behavior analysis.
Automation & Productivity
OpenAI disbands its robotics research team
"Because of the rapid progress in AI and its capabilities, we’ve found that other approaches, such as reinforcement learning with human feedback, lead to faster progress in our reinforcement learning research.”
Artificial Intelligence
Securiti allies with Snowflake to manage and secure data
Designed to run natively on the Snowflake cloud, Securiti for Snowflake provides the data governance tools required to protect data, ensure privacy, and achieve compliance using a single platform.
Security
1Password’s new API pipes data into third-party tools such as Splunk
Enterprise-focused password-management platform 1Password has launched a new API designed to give security teams “greater data visibility” and insights by piping 1Password sign-in activity data directly into third-party cybersecurity tools.
Security
Microsoft Teams users get license-free access to Dynamics 365 data
“Dynamics 365 users can now invite anyone in the organization to view and collaborate on customer records right within the flow of a Teams chat or channel,”
Automation & Productivity
Google's new 'quick delete' erases the last 15 mins of your search history
Google Search web users, meanwhile, are gaining "auto-delete" controls that let people choose to automatically and continuously delete their search history at specified intervals.
Privacy
Amazon launches HealthLake in general availability
HealthLake leverages machine learning to extract medical information from unstructured data and organize, index, and store that information in chronological order.
Data & Analytics
Cloud-based network management software firm Auvik raises $250M
Along with offering a deep dive into problems with Syslog, the software also includes remote access, intelligent insights into network traffic and complete documentation of a network picture as it evolves.
Network Management
New US initiative to target ransomware offers rewards of up to $10M 
According to a State Department media release, the rewards only apply to ransomware gangs that are “acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government.”
Security
Microsoft Floats Sustainability Cloud, Pledges Zero-Carbon Energy Match
Cloud for Sustainability includes software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings that Microsoft says will connect to data sources in real time, increase the speed of data reporting, accurately count carbon, and utilize intelligent insights to help organizations take effective environmental action. 
Cloud
AI2 spinout MajorBoost uses artificial intelligence to help medical providers deal with insurance calls
“Our AI-enabled phone automation delivers productivity, intelligence and decision support to healthcare teams, getting [providers] off the phone and back to helping patients,”
Automation & Productivity
Latvian audio startup Sonarworks raises $6M in funding to scale SoundID, a next-generation personalized audio technology
In early 2020, Sonarworks introduced SoundID, the next-generation personalized audio technology. SoundID represents a paradigm shift in audio quality, moving away from the traditional one-size-fits-all approach, to personalizing sound for everyone as an individual.
Audio Tech
NetApp jumps on Windows 365/CloudPC bandwagon hoping for mucho-MSP moolah
NetApp has added Microsoft’s new Windows 365/CloudPC offering to its Spot cloud broking business and fashioned two offerings for MSPs, hoping for a share of business end-user subscription revenues.
Cloud
New Uniphore AI-Driven Capabilities Provide Enhanced Customer Experiences
“These latest enhancements help our customers drive transformational experiences by delivering greater intelligence and recommendations through the application of deep learning AI models."
Artificial Intelligence
Facebook’s payment system extends to online retailers in August
Of course, this isn’t just an easier way for retailers to get paid with cards customers have already stored in their Facebook profiles, it’s also a way to get even more data into Facebook
FinTech
Safari Zero-Day Used in Malicious LinkedIn Campaign
Threat actors used a Safari zero-day flaw to send malicious links to government officials in Western Europe via LinkedIn before researchers from Google discovered and reported the vulnerability.
Security
Microsoft announces Cloud PCs that can run on any device with Windows 365 
“Just like applications were brought to the cloud with SaaS, we are now bringing the operating system to the cloud, providing organizations with greater flexibility and a secure way to empower their workforce to be more productive and connected, regardless of location.”
Automation & Productivity
SonicWall Warns of ‘Imminent’ Ransomware Attack
SonicWall today warned of an “imminent” ransomware campaign targeting its older Secure Mobile Access (SMA) and Secure Remote Access (SRA) products and advised customers to either update their firmware or immediately disconnect their appliances and change all related passwords.
Security
Stytch raises $30 million from Thrive Capital to improve security with passwordless authentication
Stytch will use the new capital infusion to roll out more authentication options, including mobile biometrics, WebAuthn, OAuth logins, QR codes, and push notification login, and launch additional user infrastructure features to continue to onboard and engage users through a simple, low-friction process
Security
SecurEnds raises $21M to manage risk and compliance
SecurEnds, which competes with companies like SailPoint and Saviynt, seeks to make it easier for organizations to comply with regulations including SOX, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GDPR, and ISO 27001
Risk Management
Xilinx’ New Versal HBM Series with Integrated High Bandwidth Memory Tackles Big Data Compute Challenges
This broad set of hardened IP provides off-the-shelf, multi-terabit networked connectivity for a breadth of protocols, data rates, and optical standards, enabling optimal power and performance and the fastest time to market.
Automation & Productivity
NortonLifeLock in talks to acquire security software maker Avast 
”Under the hood, Avast uses a cloud-based machine learning engine that receives a constant stream of data from the company’s 435 million users. The engine then uses the data to learn and adapt to block cyberattacks at the rate of over 1.5 billion every month."
Security
Samsung releases SmartThings Energy to manage bills, consumption
According to Samsung, SmartThings Energy is different than other real-time energy consumption data services because of how comprehensive it is, particularly with "appliances like air conditioners and home appliances."
Smart Technology
Cybersecurity startup Virsec raises $100M in round led by BlueIO
Designed to stop sophisticated attacks at the first point of insurgence, the Virsec Security Platform is pitched as making sure adversaries don’t have time in software to execute their malicious plans
Security
Hazelcast Unveils Real-Time Intelligent Applications Platform
The Hazelcast Platform combines the capabilities of a real-time stream processing engine with in-memory computing to deliver a simplified architecture that is highly performant, scalable and reliable.
Data & Analytics
Google opens Meet calls on Glass for all Workspace users
Now, the integration is available to all Google Workspace customers using Glass Enterprise edition 2. Given that Google Meet is integrated directly into Workspace, this means that Glass users can join a scheduled meeting in Google Calendar directly from Glass.
Automation & Productivity
IBM acquires Bluetab to expand hybrid cloud service offerings
The startup’s Truedat open source data governance tool ostensibly lets enterprises become more data-driven, while its Fastcapture service uses AI to automatically classify documents and extract relevant information from them.
Cloud
Actian boosts SQL query speed for edge computing with database update
Based on a Btrieve transactional database architecture that employs the indexed sequential access method (ISAM) to store and retrieve data, the Zen V15 embedded database can be encapsulated in a set of Docker containers to make it easier to deploy.
Data & Analytics
Updated Joker Malware Floods into Android Apps
The Joker mobile trojan is back on Google Play, with an uptick in malicious Android applications that hide the billing-fraud malware, researchers said. It’s also using new approaches to skirt past Google’s app-vetting process.
Security
No hypervisor required: Platform9’s KubeVirt runs containers and VMs together
They use the same underlying resources as containers — meaning networking, storage and a registry. A Containerised Data Importer (CDI) utility can be used to import, upload and clone Virtual Machine images.
Automation & Productivity
Mespinoza ransomware gang flies under the radar while ramping up attacks 
Mespinoza has been found to be targeting education, manufacturing, retail, medical, government, high-tech, transportation and logistics, engineering and social services, among others.
Security
Lambda raises $24.5M for AI-optimized hardware infrastructure
“We initially created a facial recognition API, a deep learning-powered image editor called Dreamscope, and, because of the experience of running our own GPU infrastructure, decided to offer preconfigured workstations and servers,”
Automation & Productivity
WhatsApp multi-device beta allows four devices at once even without a phone
We've been working on this for a long time. Until now, @WhatsApp has only been available on one device at a time. And desktop and web support only worked by mirroring off your phone - which meant your phone had to be on and have an active internet connection.
Apps
Monte Carlo Launches Incident IQ to Help Organizations Achieve End-to-End Data Trust
To help companies eliminate data downtime, Monte Carlo built Incident IQ, an end-to-end solution that conducts root cause analysis for data issues at each stage of the pipeline, from ingestion in the data warehouse or lake to analytics in your business intelligence dashboards
Data & Analytics
Zededa partners with Google Cloud to simplify edge application deployment 
Based on the open-source EVE-OS operating system, it provides a way to encrypt data, maintain device and software integrity through hardware root of trust. The platform supports both virtual machines and software containers, which host the components of modern, cloud-native applications.
Cloud
UserTesting New Capabilities Offer More Ways To Collect Diverse Perspectives And Validate Decisions More Quickly With Greater Security
This new type of test is perfect for any team conducting short preference or A/B tests, gathering first impressions, benchmarking, testing concepts, and more.
Automation & Productivity
Hazelcast adds storage drive support and boosted SQL
Hazelcast’s software, clustered across server nodes, is not a database, data warehouse or datalake. It is not a SingleStore equivalent.
Data & Analytics
Investment startup M1 Finance raises $150M on unicorn valuation of $1.45B 
Founded in 2015, M1 Finance pitches itself as providing the “Finance Super App,” an app that helps people manage and grow their money with control and automation
FinTech
LinkSquares nabs $40M to expand its AI-powered contract platform
It extracts data from contracts (e.g., parties, effective and termination dates, payment terms, governing states, and limitations and liabilities), and its email-based notification function reminds teams of important dates and obligations
Automation & Productivity
Amazon’s Elasticsearch fork OpenSearch hits prime time
Amazon’s fork is now vying to become the official open source project, as it’s available under an Apache 2.0 license, while the original Elasticsearch is now classed as proprietary software — Elastic now refers to its software as “free and open.
Automation & Productivity
Radiant Earth Foundation, Microsoft AI for Earth Partner for Sustainability Solutions
Microsoft AI for Earth, an initiative that puts AI tools and cloud computing in the hands of scientists, developers, and policymakers to solve sustainability challenges, launched the Planetary Computer to enable global-scale environmental monitoring
Sustainability
Techstars and Filecoin launching new accelerator out of Seattle for blockchain startups
The program will attract blockchain startups, specifically companies developing Web2 and Web3 apps in data curation, digital asset management and more.
Blockchain
Red Hat Announces Latest Version of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes
IT teams can now accelerate the management, security features and automation of their hybrid clouds with the integration of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for a more modern, hybrid cloud-ready environment.
Cloud
Go faster, go smarter — StrongLink data manager gets automation and performance upgrade
StrongLink is an intelligent hierarchical and scale-out storage manager that manages silos as if they were in a single repository, providing policy-driven tiering between flash, disk (file, object), tape and the public cloud, migration, business continuity and disaster recovery.
Data Storage
EZOPS Launches Automation for End-User Driven Technology Workarounds
EZOPS offers a friction-free transition off of manual workarounds and delivers data control and automation and makes spreadsheet based data management and workflows obsolete.
Automation & Productivity
Workplace collaboration platform Meister nets $52M
Collectively, Meister’s product suite competes with the likes of XMind and Whimsical (mind mapping); Trello and Asana (task management); and Evernote or OneNote (note-taking).
Automation & Productivity
Windows Hello Bypass Fools Biometrics Safeguards in PCs
A vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows 10 password-free authentication system has been uncovered that could allow an attacker to spoof an image of a person’s face to trick the facial-recognition system and take control of a device.
Security
Apple is working on Apple Pay Later to help you buy things without paying for them yet
Apple is teaming up with Goldman Sachs yet again to turn every Apple Pay transaction into a potential “buy now, pay later” opportunity, reports Bloomberg — no Apple Card needed.
FinTech
Twilio unveils new tools for live audio and video streaming
Twilio on Wednesday launched a new cloud-based platform to help businesses embed live, interactive audio and video streaming into their applications.
Automation & Productivity
Amazon acquires Facebook’s satellite internet experts to boost broadband plans
Whereas traditional internet satellites fly at altitudes of more than 20,000 miles, Amazon is proposing to deploy its constellation just a few hundred miles above the Earth.
Telecom
Google is capping Meet’s formerly unlimited group video calls to an hour for free accounts
Google has brought an end to its effectively “unlimited” group video calls in Meet for free Gmail accounts, according to support pages spotted by 9to5Google.
Automation & Productivity
WebOps company Pantheon hits unicorn status with $100M in late-stage funding 
Pantheon was founded in 2010 as a simple hosting service for Drupal and WordPress websites. It has since evolved into an end-to-end WebOps software-as-a-service product that not only handles hosting and publishing but also measures the performance of company’s websites.
Automation & Productivity
Australian government awards $4.2M for two blockchain pilot programs 
The two pilot programs that received the grants were from Everledger Ltd., a London-based blockchain provenance solutions startup, and Convergence.tech, a Canadian consultancy blockchain firm that has helped develop a number of blockchain use cases.
Blockchain
Why Elementor’s Full Site Kits are a Game Changer
Elementor’s solution allows designers to build websites of their choice and use them as packages for the next project. Everything from themes, typography, global fonts and colors, 404 pages, headers, footers, and much more can now be saved as a kit and redeployed in future projects.
Automation & Productivity
Amperity raises $100M to unify customer data
"There’s a vast universe of solutions that might provide an element of what we do, but no one can deliver a more complete customer [view] with an agnostic approach we provide at both ends — data in, data out,”
Data & Analytics
Instagram launches Security Checkup for people whose accounts have been hacked
Instagram is also planning to add support for two-factor authentication through WhatsApp, in addition to its current options of phone numbers and authenticator apps.
Security
Apple just launched an official $99 MagSafe battery pack for the iPhone 12 lineup
Apple has released battery cases for iPhones in the past, but the new pack attaches to the iPhone 12 phones thanks to embedded magnets.
Automation & Productivity
MongoDB 5.0 release adds time-series data and serverless instances into the mix 
Those data points could be server metrics, application performance monitoring, network data, sensor data, events, clicks, trades in a market or any other kind of analytics data.
Data & Analytics
Cloud video surveillance platform startup Cloudastructure raises $28M 
Cloudastructure has developed cloud-based infrastructure for video surveillance systems. Rather than storing their camera footage on site, businesses can simply send it to the cloud. There, they can then take advantage of Cloudastructure’s artificial intelligence technology.
Cloud
Zoho announces new business intelligence and data preparation tools 
The Zoho BI Platform takes data from more than 250 sources, including tools made by third-parties such as Google LLC, Microsoft Corp., Zendesk Inc., HubSpot Inc., Mailchimp Inc. and Stripe Inc. It prepares that information and then blends and analyzes it to deliver business insights.
Data & Analytics
ZoomInfo acquires conversational intelligence player Chorus for $575 million
Chorus is known as a provider of conversational intelligence, and its software is used by sales teams to extract insights from calls, meetings, and emails with current and prospective customers.
Marketing Tech
Contentsquare Accelerates Machine And Deep Learning Capabilities With Acquisition Of Leading AI company Upstride
Upstride’s highly skilled deep learning engineers will join Contentsquare’s Data Science development team in the Paris product hub to accelerate the company’s ambitious AI innovation roadmap.
Artificial Intelligence
Cisco leads $5M round for multicloud application integration startup TriggerMesh 
It provides a library of ready-made integrations for connecting popular enterprise applications and cloud services with one another. The startup refers to these ready-made components as “bridges.” 
Cloud
Go green, go Cubbit — distributed P2P cloud storage startup gets funding
There is a suite of machine learning algorithms that optimise the data payload distribution on the network, and take care of security and metadata. Optimisation aims to minimise network latency and bandwidth usage, and make the best use of storage.
Data Storage
Dialpad integrates Meetings with its main app for more consistent, unified communications 
Dialpad Meetings is based on the same underlying technology that powered its UberConference videoconferencing platform. It has been natively integrated with the wider Dialpad app that also includes business telephony and messaging platforms
Automation & Productivity
Google shares transition plans for unified desktop file syncing Drive app
Google announced its plans to transition users of its consumer file syncing desktop service, Backup and Sync, onto a new unified app that both consumers and business clients can use called Drive for desktop.
Data Storage
Arctic Wolf raises $150M for its security operations platform that blends software with human experts
The platform is mixed with professional services in the form of Arctic Wolf’s Concierge Security team. If it spots a threat in a customer’s network, this team will inform them of exactly what’s happening and assist with their response.
Security
Report: Broadcom in talks to acquire analytics firm SAS Institute
The Cary, NC-based company produces a range of software products spanning analytics, machine learning-based products, data management and more.
Data & Analytics
Seattle startup Truveta raises $95M for ambitious vision to aggregate data across healthcare systems
“We have this very this big vision of saving lives with data,” he said. “That implies at the core that data is going to be used to impact the decisions that are made, whether at a public health level or in a clinical care setting. That is the vision.”
Data & Analytics
Endgame raises $12.5M to flag sales opportunities
“Endgame makes it easy for businesses to observe what’s happening in their trial or free motion, prioritize sales-ready accounts and users based on behavioral signals, and act on them to drive more revenue faster.
Data & Analytics
EdCuration Announces One-Stop, Online Marketplace For K-12 Instructional Materials
EdCuration announced its online, K-12 educational marketplace is open to make educators’ lives easier by providing a hub to purchase vetted, tested and ranked instructional materials.
EDTech
Gmail adds full support for the Brand Indicators for Message Identification standard 
The BIMI specification works by allowing companies to display their logos as an icon next to email senders’ names on every email they send. It’s meant to increase confidence in the source of emails.
Security
ThreatQuotient Advances Industry Threat Intelligence Sharing with Stronger Data Curation Capabilities
Data collections are built using the existing Threat Library user interface and allow users to define the groupings of data they want to share, and can incorporate any data available in the Threat Library and are not limited to specific object types or attribute types
Data & Analytics
Nvidia reveals how its BlueField DPUs boost Palo Alto Networks’ virtual firewall performance 
Nvidia’s BlueField-2 DPUs are specialized chips that come with optimizations that enable them to handle certain types of infrastructure administration tasks more efficiently, including network traffic inspection.
Network Management
Aqua Security buys open-source ‘infrastructure as code’ scanning tool tfsec 
The open-source tfsec is a static analysis security scanner for Terraform code, which is used by some developers to express IaC in a simple, human-readable language called the HashiCorp Configuration Language.
DevOps
Comcast Grows to Code elevates frontline employees to coding and engineering roles
Cable and media conglomerate Comcast is launching its Comcast Grows to Code program to create a career path for frontline employees to learn coding skills and launch into entry-level engineering roles.
Training/Cert
MOLOCO Launches The MOLOCO Studio To Design Mobile Ad Creative Optimized For The Programmatic Ecosystem
Campaigns designed by the MOLOCO Studio have generated average impression-to-install conversion rates of 3.2 percent — a 20 percent lift over other ads on the MOLOCO platform.
Marketing Tech
VU raises $12M to remove cybersecurity friction from digital experiences
VU’s technology takes a person’s “online persona” and uses geolocation, biometrics and user behavior analysis to provide identity verification for users and enable a continuous authentication process that sees and connects the users’ online and offline personas.
Security
Hackers Uses New Technique to Disable Macro Security To Launch a Weaponized MS Office Documents
The new techniques that are being utilized by the threat actors are using macro obfuscation, DDE, living off the land tools (LOLBAS), and even using legacy-supported XLS formats to execute all their operations.
Security
Virginia Tech swept up in Kaseya ransomware attack
Virginia Tech has been a Kaseya customer for several years, with the school’s IT help desk using the VSA platform to offer remote support and distribute software patches.
Security
Breakthrough Test Results Using New Superconductor Material Announced By Ambature
Ambature’s Proprietary Solution Opens the Door for Enhanced High-Performance Computing, Quantum Computing, Quantum Sensors and Advanced Medical Diagnostics
Quantum Computing
Microsoft reportedly buying digital threat management firm RiskIQ for $500M 
The company’s EDP is a security auditing engine that automatically maps out an organization’s externally accessible infrastructure.
Security
BlueJeans By Verizon Enables Next Generation Mobility
Verizon Business today announced new BlueJeans Meetings features for iPadOS, iOS and Android to support the reality of today’s mobile workforce, as well as new device partnerships and applications aimed at unlocking the power of Verizon Mobile Edge Compute for real-time video collaboration on the go.
Automation & Productivity
Chromebooks will soon be able to open more archive file formats
This should make life much easier for people who regularly have to deal with a few less common but still ubiquitous archives like .7z and .tgz.
Automation & Productivity
Nokia To Help CSPs Deliver 5G and IoT Services by Launching eSIM and iSIM Platform
ISIM Secure Connect supports current and prospective IoT market and operating standards, use problems, and monetization policies by continuing merchant agnostic and running in a different network and cloud conditions.
IoT/Mobility
Microsoft’s Bug Bounty Pays $13.6M While PrintNightmare Rages
The bug bounty review comes as Microsoft struggles to patch PrintNightmare, its latest Windows vulnerability, which affects the Windows Print Spooler and allows multiple users to access a connected printer.
Security
Cloud security startup Netskope raises $300M at $7.5B valuation 
The engine uses machine learning to identify web pages containing malicious code. Moreover, it can double as an ad blocker, preventing pages from connecting to ad servers and tracking systems.
Security
PAR Technology Adds Data Analytics Platform OneDataSource to its Brink POS Integration Partner Ecosystem
OneDataSource is an above-store business intelligence platform suited for multi-unit and multi-brand operators with 15+ stores. Restaurant operators can view data for every single store in their network and across brands “on a single sheet of paper.”
Data & Analytics
Coda raises $100M at $1.4B valuation to unify documents and spreadsheets 
Coda also makes it possible to add in other types of elements. Users can embed a to-do list that displays outstanding tasks, like upcoming application features on the development team’s agenda, and shows detailed information about each task.
Automation & Productivity
Wobot.ai Announces Simplified, SaaS Version of its AI-Powered Video Analytics Platform
Wobot.ai is now equipped with 100+ AI-powered checklists built for businesses across industries such as QSRs, cloud kitchens, restaurants, hospitality, retail and manufacturing
Data & Analytics
IDrive Photos is Now Faster and More Portable than Google Photos, Flickr and others
IDrive Backup has made enhancements to IDrive Photos, now offering possibly the fastest and most affordable, original resolution, unlimited photo/video cloud backup app available for iOS and Android, enabling users to back up their entire mobile photo galleries in minutes.
Data Storage
Microsoft Office Users Warned on New Malware-Protection Bypass
Legacy users of Microsoft Excel are being targeted in a malware campaign that uses a novel malware-obfuscation technique to disable Office defenses and deliver the Zloader trojan.
Security
Anodot Receives US Patent for Machine Learning-Based Correlation Analysis Engine
By combining anomaly detection with automated cross-siloed correlation analysis, Anodot helps enterprises detect and fix revenue-impacting incidents 80% faster than any other method.
Data & Analytics
Intellimize raises $30M to optimize websites with AI
Intellimize leverages AI to generate webpages for visitors in real time. It enables customers to optimize for one or multiple goals simultaneously and tap third-party machine learning services for further customization
Artificial Intelligence
Atos Launches ‘Atos Computer Vision Platform’ for Scalable AI Video Analytics
"Atos stands out among IT services providers with its ability to offer a computer vision platform, combining its own software suite, hardware range and AI computer vision labs to deliver holistic advise-build-run solutions to clients addressing their business needs at scale."
Data & Analytics
Data consent and preferences management platform Didomi raises $40M
Didomi’s consent management platform is designed to help companies collect, store, and manage users’ consent choices around the world, while its preference center enables businesses to offer users access to their personal data and update their preferences if they change their mind on previous permissions they submitted.
Privacy
Lazarus Targets Job-Seeking Engineers with Malicious Documents
The notorious Lazarus advanced persistent threat (APT) group has been identified as the cybergang behind a campaign spreading malicious documents to job-seeking engineers. The ploy involves impersonating defense contractors seeking job candidates.
Security
Qumulo flies into Azure cloud
Qumulo on Azure as a Service (QaaS) can be used by customers to set up petabyte-scale file data lakes for video editorial, medical imaging, and AI-driven analytics workloads.
Data Storage
IBM buys container consultancy BoxBoat to advance OpenShift hybrid cloud strategy 
BoxBoat provides assistance to organizations that don’t have the necessary technical know-how to deploy containers on their own. 
Cloud
Report: Google set to acquire Japan’s Pring for $180M+ to boost fintech business 
The news comes as the search giant prepares to expand its presence in the U.S. financial technology market by launching a new digital banking platform for consumers
FinTech
Expereo Acquires Global Managed Internet Access Provider, Brodynt
“Where our ability to effectively source, manage, and improve performance of any type of internet-based networking service anywhere in the world complemented traditional wide-area-network technology, we are now effectively replacing such legacy solutions. "
Telecom
ProtonMail, DuckDuckGo, others ask EU & US regulators to ban surveillance-based advertising
The signatories argue that this type of online advertising causes problems not only to a user’s personal liberties, such as their right to privacy, but also damages competition in the advertising ecosystem.
Privacy
Satellite imagery and data startup Planet to go public in $2.8B SPAC deal 
According to the company, it has 1,300 images of every place on earth, a dataset claimed to be unprecedented, with its satellites providing a near-daily stream of imagery from every location. The imagery can be fed into a variety of workflows for commercial and humanitarian applications.
Data & Analytics
Army launches personnel records app
t will serve as a modern hub for the Army’s human resources system, allowing users to send in help requests on personnel matters, updating records and monitoring personnel actions.
HR Tech
Verizon has its own version of spatial audio and it’s already pushing it on phones
Verizon has announced a new sound feature it’s calling “Verizon Adaptive Sound,” and the company claims it “produces a brilliant spatial surround experience regardless of what headphone, soundbar, or earbud brand you use or what application you’re watching or listening to.”
Telecom
Google Calendar invites now let you choose to attend events virtually
The tech giant has rolled out new RSVP options for Calendar invitations. Now, when you click "Yes" to a meeting invite on the Calendar interface, you'll see a drop-down menu that gives you a way to indicate whether you're attending it virtually or in person
Automation & Productivity
State and local groups press Congress to pass cyber grants
But it also states that the pandemic “amplified significant vulnerabilities in our government networks, especially those operating on outdated technologies.”
Security
Sophos snaps up Linux attack protection startup Capsule8 
Sophos plans to integrate Capsule8 technology into its Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, providing robust and lightweight Linux server and cloud container security within this open platform.
Security
AT&T 5G Edge Shimmers On Google Cloud, Leaves AWS On-Prem
The network operator and hyperscaler integrated Google services and its edge computing offering to be deployed by enterprises on AT&T’s 5G network paired with AT&T’s on-premises multi-access edge compute (MEC) service and AT&T’s Network Edge
Telecom
Datometry to Teradata and Oracle customers: Move to cloud without changing code
The core of Datometry's approach is its own proprietary hypervisor that emulates the SQL database calls on the fly. Under the hood, it breaks down those complex calls, stored procedures, and/or macros into atomic operations that the target data warehouse should understand
Data & Analytics
Critical Sage X3 RCE Bug Allows Full System Takeovers
The administrative service is exposed on port TCP/1818 by default, under the process “AdxDSrv.exe.” The issue lies in the custom protocol that Sage X3 uses for interaction between the Sage X3 Console and AdxDSrv.exe, according to Rapid7.
Security
Anyline nabs $20M to automate mobile data capture for enterprises
Anyline has developed a range of data capture products, such as barcode scanning; optical character recognition (OCR)-powered document scanning; biometric face authentication; serial number scanning; and even driver’s license scanning, which enables retailers to easily verify a person’s age and identity at the point of sale or curbside pickup.
Data & Analytics
Dataminr acquires event tracker WatchKeeper to augment real-time alerts
WatchKeeper offers a mapping display that shows a company’s assets, physical security, and crises risk, which can be filtered by event, type, location, and severity.
Security
GoDaddy Launches New Service to Easily Sell Unused Domain Names
The tool is available for free to all GoDaddy customers who own a domain name, providing an opportunity to generate a profit on unused domains.
Domain
Oregon State University to Offer Data Analytics Skills Training Program by Teaming with Fullstack Academy
Launching in winter 2022, the bootcamps will train professionals of any tech skill level in just 26 weeks for jobs in the rapidly growing data analytics sector, where skilled talent is in high demand.
Training/Cert
Emerson Simplifies Data Management for Manufacturers with New Enterprise-Level Software Solution
For example, Emerson’s data lake software, which is integrated into the Plantweb Optics platform, can seamlessly work with advanced analytics applications powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence – or connect with other providers’ analytics and dashboard toolkits – to drive performance improvement and increase revenue.
Data & Analytics
IBM open-sources CodeFlare framework for AI models that run on multicloud platforms 
It uses a Python programming language based interface to create a pipeline, through which it becomes easier to integrate, parallelize and share data.
Artificial Intelligence
Data Analytics Platform Opaque Raises $9.5M Seed to Unlock Encrypted Data with ML
“Gartner predicts that by 2025, 50% of large organizations will adopt privacy-enhancing computation. The reason is that vast amounts of confidential data is locked down at many organizations due to privacy concerns, and with it, tremendous value is lost,”
Data & Analytics
WellSaid raises $10M to generate synthetic voices
“What started as a research project … is now a growth-stage startup with thousands of customers in media and advertising, technology, manufacturing, defense, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and education"
AR/VR
Airbyte enables easy data integration from multiple sources with Amazon S3 storage 
The new capability announced today is said to be the industry’s first-ever open-source integration for a data lake. Companies can now use one of Airbyte’s more than 75 pre-built connectors to transfer data from a number of widely used databases to their Amazon S3 accounts.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft issues urgent warning over newly discovered Windows security flaw 
Attackers who can remotely execute the code can gain system-level privileges, including the ability to install software, modify or delete data and create administrative accounts that effectively give them full control of the computer or even a domain controller.
Security
Silk gets $55M to supercharge databases in the cloud
Silk says it is a database supercharger — its software sits between the public cloud infrastructure and the customer’s database, and makes cloud environments run 10x faster and the entire application stack more resilient to any infrastructure hiccups or malfunctions.
Cloud
Fake Kaseya VSA Security Update Drops Cobalt Strike
A malware spam campaign is milking the Kaseya ransomware attacks against its Virtual System/Server Administrator (VSA) platform to spread a link pretending to be a Microsoft security update, along with an executable file that’s dropping Cobalt Strike, researchers warn.
Security
Skedulo secures $75M to manage and analyze the deskless workforce
San Francisco-based Skedulo enables companies that rely on a mobile workforce — such as field service personnel and home-visit health workers — to schedule, dispatch, and engage with their people on the ground through a “deskless productivity cloud.”
Automation & Productivity
Immuta Becomes First Data Access Control Solution for Snowflake Partner Connect
Immuta’s integration with Snowflake Partner Connect will enable Snowflake users to launch an Immuta instance preconfigured with Snowflake connection credentials, enabling customers to begin automatically discovering sensitive data, creating fine-grained access control policies, and safely sharing data in minutes.
Data & Analytics
ZeroFox acquires ‘dark web’ intelligence research firm Vigilante 
ZeroFOX will add Vigilante’s global team of expert operatives and analysts to enable access to unique data sets and exotic threat research that it claims is “unattainable by any other provider."
Security
Apple and Google crowd out the competition with default apps
The timing, as Facebook likely intentioned, is apt: Apple and Google are increasingly under scrutiny for how they favor their own services over competitors like Spotify
Apps
HPE Acquires Ampool to Accelerate Hybrid Analytics for Customers
HPE’s announces the acquisition of Ampool, an innovative developer of a data platform designed to deliver a cloud-native, high-performance SQL analytics engine for data engineers and business analysts.
Data & Analytics
Pentagon cancels $10 billion JEDI cloud contract after long feud between Amazon and Microsoft
Amazon was seen as a frontrunner for JEDI, but Microsoft won the contract in October 2019, beating out other competitors including IBM and Oracle which both complained about the bidding format.
Cloud
Replicate this! VAST Data has failover and failback
“The target directory presents the latest version of the data in the folder for users to read and analyse directly, and since it’s a folder on the target VAST system they can perform that analysis at all-flash speed."
Data & Analytics
Kaseya ransomware attackers demand $70 million, claim they infected over a million devices
"At this time, our evidence shows that more than 70 managed service providers were impacted, resulting in more than 350 further impacted organizations. We expect the full scope of victim organizations to be higher than what’s being reported by any individual security company.”
Security
AT&T and Google Cloud extend 5G partnership with new enterprise services
With the first service, business customers will be able to build and run applications using Google Cloud capabilities, such as AI, Kubernetes and data analytics
Telecom
eureKARE and DNAlytics Establish Partnership to Develop a Proprietary AI Platform
eureKARE is focused on first identifying the unmet need and then engaging the top scientists and researchers to identify an innovative solution, to eventually establish exciting new ventures.
Artificial Intelligence
Digital lending platform startup Blend to go public at a $4 billion valuation
Blend, which provides a cloud-based software platform to digitizes banking, makes it more convenient for customers to borrow money or deposit cash.
FinTech
John Snow Labs Combining Computer Vision, Text Mining to Understand Real-World Documents
Spark OCR 3.0 is the first production model that combines text extraction and visual arrangement and provides the new VisualDocumentClassifier – a trainable, scalable, and highly accurate multi-modal document classifier
Document Management
Nine apps stealing Facebook login credentials pulled from Google Play
Unlike some previous cases where malicious Android apps have been discovered, the apps in this case all provided legitimate services such as photo editing and framing, exercise and training, horoscopes and junk file removal.
Privacy
Intel Aims to Supercharge EDR With Silicon Security
“There’s certain things they [software vendors] can’t solve even if they wanted to. CET is a great example. I know they tried for years to solve control-flow attacks in this space, and they just kept finding ways they can circumvent it,”
Security
Microsoft’s Project Alexandria parses documents using unsupervised learning
Topic mining involves the discovery of topics in documents and the maintenance and upkeep of those topics as documents change. Topic linking brings together knowledge from a range of sources into a unified knowledge base.
Automation & Productivity
Swiss supermarket chain offline as REvil campaign targets Kaseya VSA
Coop confirmed that the attack pathway was Kaseya VSA through a third-party provider and that the attack disabled cash registers, self-serving stations and other in-store payments.
Security
Robin.io Platform on QCT Servers Accelerates Cloud-native Transformation
The solution harmonizes virtual machines and containers, enabling unprecedented resource sharing with easy to use, unified workflows and lifecycle automation that is customer proven to reduce both CAPEX and OPEX
Cloud
Researcher finds certain network names can disable Wi-Fi on iPhones
"You can permanently disable any iOS device's WiFI by hosting a public WiFi named %secretclub%power"
Security
Oracle’s Autonomous Data Warehouse expansion offers potential upside for tech professionals
There is a growing movement of data tooling democratization, and the space is getting increasingly crowded with tools such as AWS SageMaker Studio (which we have reviewed here, here, and here), DataRobot, Qlik, Tableau, and Looker.
Data & Analytics
Opera releases a fully optimized version of its browser for Chromebooks 
The new Opera browser also comes with a number of features to set itself apart from Chrome including free, unlimited no-log virtual private networking, built-in messengers, an ad blocker, a cookie dialog blocker and color themes.
Apps
Kaseya urges customers to immediately shut down VSA servers after ransomware attack
"We engaged our internal incident response team and leading industry experts in forensic investigations to help us determine the root cause of the issue. We notified law enforcement and government cybersecurity agencies, including the FBI and CISA."
Security
Over 78 Million Verizon Customers Protected From Over 13 Billion Unwanted Calls
Verizon has been driving adoption of STIR/SHAKEN, an industry-wide effort that helps verify that a call is in fact from the number displayed on the Caller ID and not spoofed.
Privacy
TrickBot Spruces Up Its Banking Trojan Module
Kryptos Logic researchers explained that the development is notable given that TrickBot has evolved from its banking-trojan days to focus almost exclusively on acting as a first-stage, multipurpose malware that is often the precursor to a ransomware infection
Security
DDN updates EXAScaler software with new management framework and Hot Nodes
The Hot Nodes feature automatically caches data on the local NVMe storage of Nvidia GPU systems, reducing IO latency and traffic by avoiding network round trips.
Data Storage
Mathpresso, Developer Of AI-Based Learning App QANDA, Secures $50 Million In Series C funding
In 2017, QANDA adopted an AI-based optical character recognition(OCR) scan that searches for answers in 5 seconds. The service is now used by over 9.8 million users monthly from more than 50 different countries;
EdTech
Microsoft warns of Windows ‘PrintNightmare’ vulnerability that’s being actively exploited
While Microsoft hasn’t rated the vulnerability, it allows attackers to remotely execute code with system-level privileges, which is as critical and problematic as you can get in Windows.
Security
OneWeb launches 36 satellites ahead of Internet service rollout later this year 
The satellites will help deliver connectivity to regions that include the United States, United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, Canada and the Arctic.

Telecom
Health records join the API economy as new rules go live
The beginning of July marked the launch of an ambitious U.S. experiment to drive digital transformation across healthcare through open APIs. Proponents believe this could unlock opportunities for new digital health services and applications.
Healthcare Tech
Statehub Launches Kubernetes Stateful App Mobility Service
Statehub’s platform solves Kubernetes stateful mobility issues by deploying an infrastructure-as-a-code (IaaC) solution, pre-configured with storage, replication, and networking, completely agnostic to the public cloud infrastructure being utilized
Cloud
Cisco And Inteliquent Integrate High Quality Cloud Calling
With this calling integration, Webex Calling users can now select Inteliquent as their voice provider of phone numbers, toll-free numbers, local and long distance services as well as enhanced 911.
Telecom
HPE acquires Zerto for $347M to automate data protection
Zerto developed The IT Resilience Platform to provide the ability to granularly journal thousands of recovery checkpoints. That capability enables IT teams to rehydrate a full running copy of an entire application in minutes from any point in time.
Data & Analytics
Healthcare process automation startup Olive closes $400M round at $4B valuation 
The platform collects nearly 20 times more contextual data as it performs tasks in healthcare applications than is strictly needed to complete each chore. Its AI algorithms analyze this data to learn ways of carrying out the work more efficiently
AI & Automation
Facebook wants to help train the robots that will take out your trash and unload your dishwasher
The social media platform unveiled Habitat 2.0, an upgrade on the Habitat simulation platform that lets researchers train their robots at speed in virtual environments, which render with utmost precision the smallest details that the machines are likely to be faced with in an ordinary setting
Robotics
Nikhef, SURF and Fungible Set New Benchmark for Storage Performance
As a result of this industry-leading performance, data-centric workloads can be consolidated, leading to an increase in utilization of storage media and cost per IOPS decrease of at least 2x compared to existing software-defined storage solutions.
Data Storage
Twitter considers letting you limit tweets to ‘trusted friends’
But features like Trusted Friends and Facets could allow for the same functionality from a single account.
Apps
PayPal phishing attack uses legitimate services to bypass Google Workspace security 
The domain of the email sender is securesever dot net, which is hosted by GoDaddy. After clicking “Restore Account Access,” victims are taken to a phishing page that resembles the PayPal login portal. The page asks victims for their email or mobile number and PayPal account password.
Security
RAMBO Method Speeds Searches on Huge DNA Databases
RAMBO, which is short for “repeated and merged bloom filter,” is a new method that can cut indexing times for such databases from weeks to hours and search times from hours to seconds.
Data & Analytics
Google adds new checks to Scorecards, an automated tool that scans open-source software for security risks 
Scorecards works by auto-generating a risk score for any open-source project based on metrics such as its security policy, a code review and continuous test coverage using fuzzing and static code analysis tools
Security
Killi Allows Consumers To Reclaim Facebook Data
Killi Ltd.  a supplier of compliant consumer data, introduces Facebook Unveil, a complimentary service to allow consumers to determine if their data was part of Facebooks 533 million data breach in April, view the data that was exposed, and put this data back under their control should they choose.
Privacy
DDN updates EXAScaler software with new management framework and Hot Nodes
DDN Insight is a configuration and monitoring product. Version 4.0 collects data on individual jobs, IO metrics, workload analysis and GPU usage, to provide comprehensive job views and lightweight profiling.
Data & Analytics
Ransomware Task Forces Scores $450K, So What’s Next?
Last week members of IST’s Ransomware Task met with Anne Neuberger, deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology at the White House, and her cyber team on the National Security Council to discuss ransomware “and they are very much prioritizing this,”
Security
DarkPulse to acquire TerraData Unmanned, a drone tech startup that offers multiple platform capabilities including underwater inspection
To further provide a data stream of critical metrics for assessing the health and security of infrastructure, DataPulse announced today that it has acquired TerraData Unmanned, a small drone startup company that offers multiple platform capabilities including underwater inspection services.
Data & Analytics
ZoomInfo Partners With LeanData to Improve Speed and Accuracy of Lead Delivery Through Record Enrichment
Enriching Salesforce records within LeanData’s sophisticated lead-to-account matching and routing flows with ZoomInfo data provides customers with the ability to deliver leads to the right sales representatives with greater accuracy and speed, driving revenue growth.
Marketing Tech
Nice publishes ethical framework for applying AI to customer service
Nice is including a copy of this framework with every license of its RPA platform that it sells. Organizations are, of course, under no obligation to implement it, but the company is trying to proactively reduce the current level of “robot anxiety” that currently exists among employees
Artificial Intelligence
Shogun Raises $67.5 Million In Series C Funding
Shogun empowers brands to create unique e-commerce experiences by making it easy to build and optimize online storefronts with two products: Page Builder, a drag-and-drop page builder for Shopify merchants, and Shogun Frontend, an end-to-end headless commerce solution.
E-commerce
Corporate e-learning authoring platform Articulate raises $1.5B
New York-based Articulate claims to serve 106,000 companies — including the entire Fortune 100. Its core apps include Articulate 360 for authoring training courses, which companies can then export to the web or host on their own learning management system (LMS).
E-learning
AI-powered automatic IT support startup Moveworks raises $200M at $2.1B valuation 
Moveworks provides an AI-powered chatbot that can automatically answer technical support requests from a company’s employees. The chatbot is capable of providing explainers on how to set up a printer or install a piece of software.
AI, Automation & Productivity
SaaS tech startup Trainual raises $27M from “Shark Tank” Star Daymond John, others, to help modernize training and onboarding for SMBs
“Our platform keeps teams aligned and accountable by equipping them with the answers they need to do their jobs autonomously. That way, business owners can finally step out of the daily operations and focus on growing their business.”
HR Tech
Tealium Introduces Functions, Expanding Customer Data Platform Flexibility Without Complexity
In addition to an industry-leading integration marketplace, Tealium Functions now gives developers a canvas to leverage JavaScript code in order to quickly build custom solutions and launch new use cases faster.
Apps/DevOps
Clarabridge Debuts Clara Intelligent Search Assistant for Instant CX Insights
Designed with ease of use in mind, Clara can be leveraged by anyone in the organization without the need for strong data or text analytics skills so that teams can focus on making more data-driven decisions fast.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft reveals authentication failures, system hijack vulnerabilities in Netgear routers
The first allowed the team access to any page on a device -- including those that should require authentication, such as router management pages -- by appending GET variables in requests within substrings, allowing a full authentication bypass.
Security
AT&T Abandons 5G Cloud Stack, Microsoft Picks Up Pieces
The underlying trend and realization AT&T confronted is clear: mobile network operators, no matter how invested and talented in cloud computing, are no match for the might of hyperscalers.
Cloud
Head of Instagram says Instagram is no longer a photo sharing app
Mosseri said the company is looking to lean into entertainment and video after seeing the success of competitors like TikTok and YouTube.
Apps/DevOps
GitLab spins out open source data integration platform Meltano
That, essentially, is what Meltano achieves — it enables the data “extraction” by querying a database or SaaS application; the “loading” by transitioning the data into a warehouse or file storage system; and the “transformation” by restructuring it.
Data & Analytics
Israeli healthtech startup MDI Health launches with $6M in funding to prevent medication-related problems using personalized AI medication
"We give clinicians all the tools they need to find the best balance between efficacy of the treatment and risks of the medications for each patient individually, at mass-scale.”
Healthcare Tech
Forget passwords — try fingerprint drive access
Drive contents are encrypted using AES-256 hardware encryption to add extra security. Up to eight users’ fingerprints can be registered to provide for secure file sharing.
Data Storage
Nokia MulteFire Solution Unlocks Global Unlicensed Spectrum For Private 4.9G/LTE
Nokia has announced availability of its new, industry-first MFA (MulteFire Alliance) certified 4.9G/LTE private wireless networking solution. Designed to open up private wireless for mass adoption by an entirely new range of customers, applications and markets worldwide
Networking
A Clubhouse for the office? Slack unveils ‘Huddles’ audio chat rooms
Slack hopes to replicate ad-hoc workplace chats for remote workers with a “lightweight, audio-first” communication tool, Slack Huddles, along with the addition of asynchronous video and voice messages.
Automation & Productivity
JetBrains Announces Datalore Enterprise, Enabling Data Science Teams to Collaborate On-Prem
JetBrains, a company that created an extended family of integrated development environments (IDE) for various programming languages, has announced the launch of Datalore for Enterprise, a collaborative team environment that empowers data scientists to work together in Jupyter Notebooks on-premises.
Data & Analytics
Dbt Labs raises $150M to help analysts transform data in the warehouse
But what is dbt, exactly? In a nutshell, dbt is a command-line tool that enables data analysts to transform raw data by writing dbt code in their usual text editor, and then invoking dbt from their command line.
Data & Analytics
DDN Boosts AI Storage Leadership With EXAScaler 6 and Expanded Portfolio for Enterprise Intelligent Infrastructure
New features include full support for the latest NVIDIA Magnum IO GPUDirect Storage, online upgrades, enhancements to automatic tiering, and Hot Nodes for client-side persistence.
Data Storage
Marchex co-founder’s latest startup uses artificial intelligence to rethink and improve meetings

So what would workers be doing if not sitting in unproductive meetings? 55% said they would get more work done, and 37% said they would learn or develop work-related skills and knowledge.

Automation & Productivity
Twitter now lets you set a security key as your only two-factor authentication method 
Physical security keys have advantages over other two-factor methods like an authenticator app or SMS because they don’t rely on a code that a bad actor could intercept.
Security
LinkedIn’s 1.2B Data-Scrape Victims Already Being Targeted by Attackers
Just days after a yet another data-scraping operation aimed at LinkedIn was discovered, evidence has popped up in a popular hacker forum that the vast amount of lifted data is being collated and refined to identify specific targets.
Privacy