Teckedin - Daily Curated Tech News - May thru September 2022
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SAS launches first cloud app with pay-as-you-go pricing 
The announcement represents an evolution in thinking at the 46-year-old maker of statistics and analytics software. Although the company has listed applications on various public cloud platforms for some time, this is the first that users can provision immediately without contacting the company to negotiate a license fee or make a monthly payment.
Cloud
Arthur.ai raises $42M to optimize AI applications’ accuracy
Arthur.ai has built a software platform that can automatically detect data drift. The platform is also capable of detecting fairness issues in AI applications. It visualizes issues in a dashboard that engineers can consult to identify the scope of an AI malfunction, as well as find its cause.
Artificial Intelligence
Kyndryl and Elastic Announce Expanded Partnership to Enable Data Observability, Search and Insights Across Cloud and Edge Computing Environments
The companies will focus on delivering large-scale IT operations and AIOps capabilities to joint customers by leveraging Kyndryl’s data framework and toolkits and Elastic’s Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security solutions, enabling streamlined migrations, modernized infrastructure and tenant management, and AI development for efficient and proactive IT management.
Data & Analytics
NetWitness Announces New Managed Detection and Response Service
The new NetWitness MDR Service helps customers address the ongoing cyber skills shortage while keeping their organizations well-protected from attacks by combining technology, planning, training, and managed detection into a single, complete offering.
Security
AI-powered student engagement platform provider Ocelot raises $117M in funding 
Ocelot says that by providing the technological infrastructure universities need to deliver greater engagement and communications, it can have a significant impact on student satisfaction, reducing student dropout rates and improving the overall college experience.
EDTech
BlackSky Customer Skytec Demonstrates Seamless Integration of Dynamic Monitoring Data Through Esri ArcGIS Online
“With on-demand tasking access to BlackSky’s constellation, customers can incorporate hourly, dawn-to-dusk image products directly into their current workflows and experience the value of real-time geospatial intelligence firsthand.”
Data & Analytics
Orange and Netskope Unite to Deliver SSE
The hybrid architecture embeds Netskope’s points-of-presence (POPs) within the Orange network, leveraging Orange Cyberdefense’s security with Netskope’s global security private cloud footprint and SSE to protect enterprises from data loss and a growing volume of sophisticated threats across cloud, web, and private applications.
Security
Enhanced Fortinet AIOps bring AI operations management to 5G/LTE gateways 
Fortinet argues that this shift has seen NOC teams increasingly rely on artificial intelligence-based management tools such as AIOps to maximize network visibility, improve the response time to anomalies, and reduce ticket volume to remediate potential issues in local-area and wide-area networks, including software-define WANs.
IT Management
Bluesky helps curb machine learning costs with cost governance algorithms
There are several ways in which Bluesky reinforces cost governance by optimizing the amount of time and resources dedicated to querying popular cloud sources. The solution can curb query redundancy via incremental materialization, a useful function for recurring queries in set increments, like hourly, daily or weekly.
Cloud
Web3 infrastructure startup AAG launches MetaOne dApp Store to offer curated dashboard of approved safe dApps
With thousands of dApps out there, users are now susceptible to malicious and phishing dApps. Finding safe dApps is like looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s why Web3 infrastructure startup AAG is on a mission to simplify the blockchain experience by offering a curated list of approved safe dApps.
Blockchain
Hackers Actively Exploiting New Sophos Firewall RCE Vulnerability
The issue, tracked as CVE-2022-3236 (CVSS score: 9.8), impacts Sophos Firewall v19.0 MR1 (19.0.1) and older and concerns a code injection vulnerability in the User Portal and Webadmin components that could result in remote code execution.
Security
Boba Network launches on Avalanche, becoming the first ever L2 on Avalanche
With the launch, Avalanche developers will be able to access Hybrid Compute, one of Boba’s flagship capabilities for smart contracts, to interface seamlessly with Web2 APIs. By leveraging the power of real-world data and off-chain compute, developers can create rich applications with great utility.
Blockchain
Jamf Pro now lets IT admins manage AWS Mac instances
It means even virtual Macs can have all the security, policy, and access controls you’d expect from the Mac on your home or office desk when enrolled.
IT Management
Google expands its cloud platform’s analytics and security capabilities 
Google Cloud provides a service called Pub/Sub that customers can use to load data into BigQuery from external systems. In the past, companies had to create custom software workflows to load data into BigQuery. Google has added a pre-packaged software workflow to Pub/Sub that reduces the need for custom code and promises to lower cloud costs in the process.
Data & Analytics
ExpressVPN Launches industry’s First Hardware Product, Aircove a Wi-Fi 6 Router with Built-in VPN Protection
Aircove is the first and only Wi-Fi 6 router that comes with built-in VPN by default and a user interface tailored for those seeking to protect their families with a VPN. With Aircove, users can enjoy holistic home security easily, with VPN protection straight out of the box.
Security.
MinIO surpasses 1 billion downloads
MinIO was started in 2014 to develop cloud-native and open source object storage software, with a goal to be AWS S3 for the rest of the world. It has become the most popular object storage software ever, following the trail blazed by Linux and the Apache HTTP server.
Data Storage
Quest Software Announces Public Beta for SharePlex for PostgreSQL
“Enterprises have depended on SharePlex for Oracle for two decades to support HA, DR, scaling and integration use cases. SharePlex support of the same capabilities for PostgreSQL will enable the types of flexible database architectures required to replace mission-critical Oracle workloads with PostgreSQL,”
Data & Analytics
Malicious OAuth applications used to compromise Microsoft Exchange servers 
The threat actor launched credential-stuffing attacks against high-risk accounts that did not have multifactor authentication enabled and then leveraged unsecured administrator accounts to gain initial access. With this access, the attacker then created a malicious OAuth app that added an inbound connector in the email server, allowing the actor to send spam emails from the target’s domain.
Security
Spectra Logic and iRODS Consortium Partner to Provide Glacier-Like Tier of Storage
The combined solution enables customers to use industry-standard cloud interfaces for on-premises disk and on-premises glacier storage with object tape, while unlocking multi-site/multi-cloud capabilities.
Data Storage
AccessFintech secures $60M in funding for its financial data platform
AccessFintech has developed a cloud-based platform, called the Synergy Network, that simplifies the task. Synergy Network collects data about a transaction from all the organizations involved in processing it. The platform then organizes the collected transaction data in a centralized environment that enables financial institutions to access it more easily.
Data & Analytics
Hadean raises $30M to build out metaverse infrastructure 
Using Hadean’s technology, thousands of users can enter into an immersive virtual space at the same time and experience the same world with minimal latency. Using Hadean’s infrastructure, the video game maker CCP Games unveiled a demo that permitted 14,000 players to use Unreal Engine to participate in a single online world at once.
Metaverse
Falkonry Unveils GPU-Based, High-Speed Time Series Anomaly Detection Application
A factory-scale edge-based system which might have required dozens of dual-socket servers to support a CPU-based inference pipeline can now be provisioned with a modest three-node cluster incorporating a single NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core GPU.
Automation & Productivity
Imply accelerates massive real-time analytics
Startup Imply has made its parallel query engine generally available to speed reporting from massive real-time Apache Druid databases, added SQL ingestion, a total cost of ownership pledge and announced 250 customers for its Polaris Druid-based cloud database service.
Data & Analytics
Commvault Metallic ThreatWise aims at detecting unknown threats
The service integrates cyber deception to engage and surface threats before bad actors reach their target. Using decoys, Metallic ThreatWise baits bad actors into engaging fake resources, proactively spotting threats in production environments and arming businesses with tools to keep data safe from extortion.
Security
New Era of Real-Time Log-based Network Operations
"We are pleased to announce our expanded LogAI solution for all types and formats of logs that can be ingested in the Augtera platform as JSON over Kafka or using our APIs. No other log solution provides this real-time NLP based capability, and LogAI does it at high scale, with high-performance, and high-efficiency.”
Network Management
Kyndryl service integrates, automates infrastructure resources
Kyndryl Bridge integrates existing tools, partnerships, intellectual property, and processes the company has amassed through years of delivering infrastructure services and uses it to provide as-a-service capabilities and applications that help control and manage enterprise infrastructure.
IT Management
Lenovo expands data center portfolio with dozens of new systems 
Many of the data center systems that Lenovo debuted today are rolling out for its ThinkSystem series of servers and data storage systems. Lenovo is also updating its ThinkEdge edge computing device lineup, as well as the ThinkAgile family of hyperconverged infrastructure appliances.
Data Management
Ordr Improves Visibility, Security and Management of Connected Devices From Ground To Cloud
New integrations expand the more than 80 integrations within the Ordr Data Lake, to empower organizations with a single source of truth about connected devices and assets in their on-prem, remote, data center, private, public, and hybrid cloud environments.
IT Management
Pure Storage adds sustainability assessment tools to its flash storage arrays
The Pure1 Sustainability Assessment feature gives companies increased visibility into the environmental impact of their data center operations, along with recommendations on steps they can take to reduce their energy consumption and improve their carbon footprint.
Sustainability
Starburst Advances Data Product Functionality to Serve Cross-Border Use Cases
Starburst, the analytics anywhere company, announced enhanced functionality for building and sharing data products built on global datasets. The new functionality is supported by Starburst Stargate, which allows customers to link catalogs and data sources across geographies while ensuring access controls are in place and data residency requirements are honored.
Data & Analytics
Datamaran lands $13.3M in funding led by Fortive to assess ESG risks for companies and financial institutions
Datamaran is the only software analytics platform in the world that identifies and monitors external risks, including ESG. In addition to being trusted by blue-chip companies and top-tier partners.
ESG
Nvidia unveils DGX BasePOD and partners
Nvidia’s basic DGX POD reference architecture specifies up to nine Nvidia DGX-1 servers, 12 storage servers (from Nvidia partners), and three networking switches. The DGX systems are GPU server-based configurations for AI work and combine multiple Nvidia GPUs into a single system.
Automation & Productivity
Cowbell Adaptive Cyber Insurance offers dynamic risk protection
The new offering bundles risk management tools and services with coverage so policyholders can continuously address changes in the threat landscape. The engagement starts with a real-time benchmark of cyber risks measured by Cowbell Factors and includes inside-out risk data.
Security
Cybersecurity provider Malwarebytes receives $100M in new funding 
The company’s antivirus is capable of detecting and blocking several types of malware, including ransomware. Malwarebytes also provides a feature that blocks attempts by malicious programs to disable its antivirus.
Security
Apache Druid Shapeshifts with New Query Engine
Apache Druid is known for its capability to deliver sub-second responses to queries against petabytes of fast-moving data arriving via Kafka or Kinesis. With the latest milestone of Project Shapeshift, the real-time analytics database is morphing into a more versatile product, thanks to the addition of a multi-stage query engine.
Data & Analytics
Cockroach Labs debuts serverless edition of its popular CockroachDB database
With the availability of CockroachDB Serverless, developers can stop worrying about the database altogether, safe in the knowledge that it will always be running in the background and capable of scaling to meet their application’s performance demands.
DevOps
Pure Storage adds sustainability assessment tools to its flash storage arrays
Available on Pure’s FlashBlade//S family of flash storage arrays and older products, the new tool provides detailed information via its power saving analysis, which shows the energy each array is using compared to its nominal power load. Customers can monitor power consumption efficiency for a single array, or an entire data center fleet.
Sustainability
AWS Outposts Unhooks EKS at the Edge
It noted nodes and pods don’t need that constant connectivity to operate in a on-premises local environment, but Kubernetes may take that lack of connectivity as a sign the pod or node is flawed and try to spin up a replacement. This would result in a healthy application potentially being taken down.
Network Management
New Machine Learning Powered Secureframe Questionnaires Helps Organizations Breeze Through RFPs and Security Questionnaires
The new machine learning powered automation makes responding to RFPs and security questionnaires fast and easy for organizations of all sizes. The innovative solution suggests RFP and questionnaire responses using content and context from the Secureframe platform along with approved prior responses to deliver greater accuracy with every confirmed response.
Automation & Productivity
HEAVY.AI Launches Industry’s First Digital Twin for Telco Network Planning, Building and Operations
HeavyRF allows telcos to review historic and current network-performance data as they test site-configuration scenarios against physical impediments, such as trees and dense buildings. It uses GPU-accelerated analytics to seamlessly combine customer-demographic and behavioral data with real-time geophysical mapping.
Data & Analytics
TDengine Releases TDengine Cloud
The TDengine Data Platform combines a database with caching, stream processing, and data subscription as a complete, purpose-built solution for time-series data. TDengine solves the common problem of high cardinality with a unique architecture that supports billions of data points while outperforming general-purpose and legacy time-series databases in data ingestion, querying, and compression.
Data & Analytics
American Airlines data breach exposes employee and customer data
Potentially stolen information includes name, date of birth, mailing address, phone number, email address, driver’s license number, passport number and certain medical information. All those potentially exposed are being offered two-year membership of Experian IdentityWorks for identity detection and resolution of identity theft.
Data Privacy
Fivetran Introduces Metadata API, Enables End-to-End Data Analysis and Visibility
Fivetran today announced the availability of its Metadata API to enable the tracking of data “in-flight” from source to destination as it moves through Fivetran-managed pipelines. With this additional visibility, customers can integrate with governance and observability tools to give data teams more control over who has access to what data
Data & Analytics
CrowdStrike Grabs Reposify for EASM Visibility
CrowdStrike acquired external attack surface management (EASM) provider Reposify to integrate into its Falcon platform and help customers identify exposed external assets.
Security
Nvidia enables broader usage of AI with LLM cloud services
Kharya explained that with a transformer, the AI model can understand which parts of a sentence, an image or even very disparate data points are relevant to each other. Unlike convolutional neural networks (CNNs), which typically look at only the immediate neighboring relationships, transformers are designed to train on more distant relationships as well, which Kharya said is very important for use cases like natural language processing (NLP).
Automation & Productivity
Spot lands $5.5M seed funding led by Freestyle for the next-gen communication app for teams
Spot helps high-performing organizations communicate more effectively while enhancing team experience, building company culture, improving retention, and amplifying productivity. Teams can communicate within the platform using virtual avatars in a branded office setting while accessing a comprehensive team chat and video conferencing, a more integrated solution compared to Slack, Discord, and Teams.
Automation & Productivity
Replicon Launches the World’s First Knowledge Workforce Management Solution
Managing siloed data related to people, projects, skills and time is a major challenge for fast growing businesses. With a unified and shared data platform, Replicon’s Knowledge Workforce Management Solution eliminates data and process silos across business functions in an organization.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft rolls out the first major update for Windows 11 
On the productivity side, one of the most noticeable upgrades might be the new drag-and-drop function in the taskbar, which allows users to right-click and pull applications and documents into, and out of, the bar.
Automation & Productivity
Ankr, Polygon join forces to enhance the web3 building experience for supernet developers
Powered by the modular blockchain stack Polygon Edge, Supernets is EVM-compatible, interoperable, highly performant, and customizable. It gives developers the ability to have a custom decentralized network without the hassle of maintaining blockchain infrastructure.
Blockchain
Seagate launches self-healing storage technology
Paired with ADAPT is a new technology, ADR (Automatic Drive Regeneration), which is the self-healing part. If a hard drive’s read/write head fails, ADR takes the failed head out of commission but leaves the remaining drive heads operational. This way you sacrifice the one platter on the drive instead of the whole drive, as is typical of drive failure. ADAPT then rebuilds the data from the dead platter elsewhere.
Data Storage
Virtual machine support in Google Anthos allows VMs to run alongside containers 
The addition of VM support in Anthos allows developers and operations teams to run VMs alongside containers on shared cloud-native infrastructure. The service is said to deliver consistent container and VM operations with Kubernetes-style declarative configuration and policy enforcement.
Cloud
Amazon Unveils Additional Analytics and Data to Empower Seller Success
Amazon announced new features to Manage Your Experiments, a tool that helps sellers optimize content on product detail pages to drive higher rates of conversion, increasing their sales by up to 25%
Data & Analytics
Juniper increases flexibility of its data-center automation and assurance platform 
“Asptra’s Freeform, extends the addressable market, through a broader customization capability, to organizations that are less cloudlike in their network topologies, protocol utilization, and overall network architectures,”
IT Management
IBM offers dedicated snapshot protection for SAP HANA and Salesforce environments 
It can automatically create application-aware backups that are scanned for malware using machine learning-based forensics. IBM Spectrum Sentinel can intelligently isolate infected backups, enabling organizations to identify the most recent verified and validated backup copies for faster recovery.
Data Management
Seagate DNA storage involvement predates Catalog deal
Catalog’s current Shannon technology has demonstrated writing and reading data using DNA storage technology but the equipment needs to be housed in a room, which Catalog says is the size of a small kitchen. Seagate says the results of its joint research with Catalog are expected to reduce Shannon’s size by a factor of 1,000 and also increase the automation and scalability of Catalog’s platform.
Healthcare Tech
Vantiq Secures Patent to Advance State-of-the-Art for Distributed Software
Functionality described in the patent includes Vantiq’s approach to automatically assigning the elements of a software application to the different nodes of a given distributed computing environment. Vantiq creates these deployment models, automatically and in real time, while offering users the capability to adjust their application deployment strategies via a graphical interface.
DevOps
Uber security breach 'looks bad', potentially compromising all systems 
The hacker, who claimed to be 18 years old, told NYT he had sent a text message to an Uber employee and was able to persuade the staff member to reveal a password after claiming to be a corporate information technology personnel. The social engineering hack allowed him to breach Uber's systems, with the hacker describing the company's security posture as weak.
Security
Web3 developer tool provider Infura announces plans to launch decentralized protocol 
Infura was launched in 2016 with the goal of providing developers an access point for Web3, otherwise known as the decentralized web. It allows for peer-to-peer transactions using blockchain technology without the need for centralized servers, by using Ethereum for computing and the InterPlanetary File System, a decentralized storage network.
Blockchain
PoINT object archive combines disk and tape
Its Archival Gateway scales by adding nodes, supports 50 billion objects per S3 bucket, and has up to 230GB/sec throughput across up to 256 tape drives. It supports up to eight tape libraries and is certified by all the main tape library vendors, such as SpectraLogic and Quantum.
Data Storage
AiThority.com Announces its Annual Predictions Series to Set New Benchmarks in AI /ML Analysis
AiThority.com’s annual predictions series celebrates the essence of dynamic business environment for emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning, IT Ops, automation, blockchain and headless commerce.
Emerging Tech
VMware warns new ChromeLoader variants pose a serious risk 
Highlighting the evolving threat the malware presents, a Chromeloader variant dubbed “Bloom” drops a file named bloom.exe in customer environments with ChromeLoader infections. The Bloom variant has been observed making external network connections and exfiltrating sensitive data.
Security
Former top Cisco executives launch networking startup Nile
Nile provides a networking platform that companies can use to provide wired and wireless connectivity at their corporate locations. The platform includes networking hardware, as well as a suite of software tools for managing the hardware. Nile says its technology provides a total cost of ownership that is 30% to 50% lower than what competing products offer.
Network Management
Fortanix raises $90M to advance confidential computing-based data security 
Fortanix is at the cutting edge of the confidential computing movement, which is a term that describes encryption technology for data that’s being processed. Most data tools already provide strong encryption for data that’s sitting idly in a server, or being transmitted across a network, but information must be decrypted into its original, readable form when used by applications. That creates an opening for hackers to steal that data as it’s being used, and it’s this hole that Fortanix is trying to plug.
Security
Sysdig CSPM Offers Risk Checklist, Guided Remediation
The Sysdig Secure platform offers alerts for runtime events, vulnerabilities, and compliance failures. The latest features aggregate the results that have the same risk root cause and offer “a clear remediation path” by guiding users to take the highest impact actions.
IT Management
Cadence Announces Joint Enterprise Data and AI Platform
The Cadence JedAI Platform enables engineers to glean actionable intelligence from massive volumes of chip design and verification data, opening the door to a new generation of AI-driven design and verification tools that dramatically improve productivity and power, performance and area (PPA).
Data & Analytics
Biomemory describes DNA storage tech it hopes will replace tape
French startup Biomemory has developed a DNA Drive storage technology using synthetic biology to store 5PB of data in stainless steel pellets with contents that can be read by a DNA sequencer.
Data Storage
Arista rolls out new routing capabilities for cloud-first companies 
One of the new capabilities Arista has introduced is called TunnelSec which simplifies the use of different encryption technologies. As an example, it's common for companies to deploy overlay networks to use both IPsec and MACsec encryption. TunnelSec encryption eliminates the need for external encryption traditionally used in networking.
Cloud
Opera Crypto Browser integrates MetaMask in time for the Ethereum Merge 
“The upcoming Merge is the most important technological update in the history of crypto that will move Ethereum from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, thus making it more scalable, secure, sustainable, and ready to be used by the mainstream user,” said Susie Batt, crypto ecosystem lead at Opera. “Opera is the only browser truly ready for this shift and the only one offering web users all the tools they need to give Web3 a try in a safe environment.”
Blockchain
Alphabet spinoff SandboxAQ acquires cybersecurity and encryption startup Cryptosense 
Founded in 2013, Cryptosense offers cryptography management software designed to protect sensitive data against data breaches. Pitched as cryptography management at the speed of DevOps, the Cryptosense platform provides full visibility into cryptography during development and a full inventory in production.
Security
SaaS startup Revyz aims to protect Jira Cloud
“Revyz addresses a major gap in SaaS data protection enabling customers to plug gaps in their shared responsibility model, data security and cloud compliance. We see this to be a huge opportunity as more Atlassian customers migrate to the cloud."
Data Management
Adobe to buy online design startup Figma in a $20 billion deal
Founded in 20212 by Dylan Field and Evan Wallace, San Francisco-based Figma is a design platform for teams who build products together. Born in the browser, Figma helps the entire product team create, test, and ship better designs, faster.
Automation & Productivity
Arm unveils updated Neoverse CPU roadmap, targeting cloud, hyperscale and HPC workloads 
Arm Neoverse was introduced in 2018 as the company’s answer to Intel Corp.’s Xeon processors and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s Epyc chips, and has since evolved to three distinct platforms — the Arm V-series, N-series and E-series — each of which is aimed at different compute tasks.
Automation & Productivity
Riverbed Launches Alluvio IQ Unified Observability Service
Alluvio IQ leverages full-fidelity network performance and end-user experience data across every transaction in the digital enterprise and applies AI and machine learning to contextually correlate data streams and alerts to identify the most business-impacting events. The new service enables IT organizations to “shift left,” empowering all staff to do the job of more experienced IT experts, freeing-up senior IT staff to focus on strategic business initiatives.
IT Management
Asigra rolls out ransomware detection software
Asigra has released Tigris – a data protection software product – aimed at detecting and disarming malicious code embedded deep within zipped content files, where it is invisible to most scanners.
Security
Over 280,000 WordPress Sites Attacked Using WPGateway Plugin Zero-Day Vulnerability
WPGateway is billed as a means for site administrators to install, backup, and clone WordPress plugins and themes from a unified dashboard.
Security
Dell introduces customer-managed APEX storage
APEX Data Storage Services are file and block storage facilities based on Dell hardware and software installed on-premises or in colos. Customers subscribe to the service, in a public cloud fashion, and can scale their consumption up or down, paying for it as an operational expense rather than a capital expense.
Data Storage
Cake DeFi launches a $50M global R&D hub in Singapore to develop best-in-class blockchain and digital asset technologies
Today, Cake DeFi, a Singapore-based crypto fintech startup, announced the launch of Birthday Research, a global R&D hub that will focus on developing best-in-class blockchain and digital asset technologies. The new hub will be located in Singapore and will focus on developing best-in-class blockchain and digital asset technologies through open-source blockchain research and development.
Blockchain
New McAfee+ offers privacy and identity protection 
The comprehensive new product suite gives users access to a raft of services: Personal Data Cleanup, always-on credit monitoring and reports, credit lock and security freezes, $1 million identity theft and stolen funds coverage, $25,000 ransomware coverage, identity restoration and the ability to secure devices with protection against threats and viruses.
Data Privacy
Netskope Strengthens Cloud Firewall for SASE Environments
“Applications are now traversing ports and protocols, and it’s becoming very difficult to figure out what traffic is focused on what application,” Palavalli explained. He added the app control enables a converged way of using a web proxy, cloud access security broker (CASB), and a cloud firewall – “the trifecta” –  to protect all traffic going in and out of a network.
Security
Cloud security should be data-centric, says data protection provider Theom
“Cloud data breaches have remained an unsolved problem because existing security controls are blind to the data they are attempting to protect, focusing on protecting the infrastructure and applications and not the data,”
Security
New Barracuda capabilities assist with cyberthreats and digital transformation
Email protection from Barracuda also now has zero-trust access, hardening the Microsoft 365 environment by continuously verifying and allowing only the right users to access the right resources. The new capabilities allow customers to control and manage access to email systems and Microsoft 365 applications on a need-to-know basis, providing an additional layer of security for their businesses.
Security
Linux Foundation announces OpenWallet Foundation for interoperable open-source digital wallets 
The mission of OWF is to build an open-source engine on which anyone can build interoperable wallets with industry best practices for privacy and security baked in. It would become the foundational starting point as a standard for interoperability among wallets, allowing currencies, tokens, tickets, assets, identity credentials and other use cases to be exchanged easily.
Blockchain
Novo Nordisk And Microsoft Collaborate To Accelerate Drug Discovery And Development Using Big Data And Artificial Intelligence
A second use case aims to develop models that predict a person’s risk of developing atherosclerosis, a cardiovascular disease caused by build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls. The AI will also be used to identify novel targets and establish biomarkers of the disease.
Artificial Intelligence
Steam users targeted with novel browser-in-the-browser attacks 
To trick users into handing over their credentials, those behind the attack lure victims to a fake website that contains a login button with messages offering various offers such as joining a game team or tournament and purchasing discounted tickets to cybersport events. In another case, viewers of a gameplay video were given the option to visit another resource to receive a free in-game item.
Security
AutoRabit unveils security tools for Salesforce ecosystems
To help organizations monitor performance and mitigate risk in an expanding threat landscape, AutoRabit today announced the launch of CodeScan Shield. Its new no-code analysis tool allows admins and developers to easily scan a Salesforce ecosystem for security threats and immediately informs them of potential errors before a major breach occurs.
Security
Dell Apex Storage Allows More Control, if Orgs Want It
In the customer-managed storage service, organizations control their own day-to-day management, “which is ideal for IT teams that want to implement a consumption-based storage model and are equipped with resources to handle tasks such as monitoring capacity utilization and managing infrastructure."
Data Storage
Resemble AI Launches Speech-to-Speech Feature to Capture the Unique Style of Human Voices at Scale
Now AI voices can perform a wide range of emotions, speaking styles or even singing using non-speech vocalizations. If the input audio is spoken in a different language, the resulting target voice will be able to speak in that language.
Artificial Intelligence
AWS, Harvard collaborate to advance quantum networking
For its part, HQI is looking to build a quantum ecosystem that brings together scientists and engineers across universities, companies, and government entities. The idea is to advance the science and engineering of quantum systems from high-speed networking to secure communications and ultraprecise sensing, according to HQI.
Quantum Computing
Oracle brings its souped-up MySQL database to the Amazon cloud 
MySQL HeatWave is a major upgrade to the popular open-source database engine that combines online transaction processing, analytics, machine learning and machine learning-based automation within a single MySQL instance.
Data & Analytics
Irisity Unveils IRIS+, AI-Powered Video Analytics Solution
IRIS+ supports installations of all sizes and can be applied to any number of cameras, delivering the most attractive TCO in the video analytics market. Its high availability and full redundancy limit the opportunity for system downtime or data loss. Seamless automated backups, upgrades, 24/7 network, and camera health monitoring simplifies management and service requirements.
Data & Analytics
Cledara raises $20M to simplify cloud application management
According to Cledara, its platform can save about 15 hours of manual work per month by easing the day-to-day tasks involved in managing a company’s SaaS applications. Moreover, the startup promises to reduce companies’ cloud expenses in the process. The startup offers a 2% cashback on many SaaS purchases made using its virtual credit cards.
Cloud
Google completes $5.4B acquisition of cybersecurity provider Mandiant 
As part of its cybersecurity work, Mandiant collects a significant amount of data about hacker activity. The company makes that data available to other organizations through a service known as Mandiant Threat Intelligence.
Security
Nakivo adds Backblaze and Blob support
The refresh also boosts the platform’s security credentials. Backups to all four of its cloud targets now get immutability, blunting ransomware merchants’ ability to encrypt or otherwise tamper with them, while also helping meet compliance or regulatory requirements that mandate WORM-type backups.
Data Storage
Volaris acquires identity management solutions company Hitachi ID Systems 
Hitachi ID’s offering includes the ability to optimize internal controls, improve user service, lower operating costs and strengthen network security. One feature, the ability to facilitate new business, is said to allow companies to grow and generate new revenue with the benefits of better internal processes and security.
Security
There’s a plan for Google’s failed balloon-based internet, and it involves lasers
Aalyria has two main focuses: Tightbeam, a laser communications system that uses beams of light to transmit data between base stations and endpoints, and Spacetime, the cloud-based software that’s meant to juggle constantly changing connections.
Emerging Tech
Modulous, which helps developers build prefabricated homes, raises $11.5M
The startup’s software automates planning for multifamily home design. Developers, architects and contractors can use the tech to determine the viability of a location for a home and its costs. It also provides a proprietary kit-of-parts, which are prebuilt building blocks that developers use to assemble the homes, similar to a life-sized Lego set.
Automation & Productivity
Rossum Adds Email Automation to Accelerate Document Processing
“Only when workflows are optimized end-to-end are the real efficiencies in document processing realized. Our vision for this latest release is to provide automation options that cover a broader spectrum from pre-processing, data capture, to validation and post-processing.”
Automation & Productivity
MariaDB, Qlik team up to encourage migration from older databases 
MariaDB, which sells a commercial version of the open-source MariaDB DBMS, said its engine can do the work of many proprietary engines at a fraction of the cost. The pairing, announced Thursday, is aimed at providing continuous integration and replication of synced data across on-premises, hybrid and cloud environments.
Data Management
IKOULA Adds ESET Solutions to Its Offer, to Strengthen Data Protection for Companies
“At ESET, we have made the choice to include in our solutions not only Cloud sandboxing technology – that is to say blocking ransomware and zero-day threats – but also full disk encryption functionality, as well as advanced multi-layer technology”,
Security
Hackers Exploit Zero-Day in WordPress BackupBuddy Plugin in ~5 Million Attempts
BackupBuddy allows users to back up their entire WordPress installation from within the dashboard, including theme files, pages, posts, widgets, users, and media files, among others.
Security
Slack offers new DocuSign integration to streamline e-signature process
The new DocuSign CLM for Slack app instead allows colleagues and customers to navigate the full agreement process, including redlining, reviewing and approving, directly within Slack. This removes the need for signatories to check their emails or switch to different systems in order to receive status updates.
Automation & Productivity
Algolia improves site search functionality with Search.io acquisition
Search.io has developed its own system as well, though unlike Algolia’s core system, it doesn’t rely on keyword relevancy. Rather what Search.io has built is a vector database–based engine that uses AI to convert content into numerical values, where relevancy can be determined based on proximity to the next nearest number.
Automation & Productivity
Google launches storage services with knobs on
So, in no particular order, Google Cloud Hyperdisk is described as a next generation complement to its Persistent Disk service block storage service, with different implementations for different workloads. Hyperdisk Extreme, for example, will support up to 300k IOPs and 4Gbps, to support demanding database workloads such as HANA.
Data Storage
IBM is leasing on-prem System i servers 
For $50 per user per month, IBM will place a quad-core POWER S1014-based System i server on-premises. Extra licenses can be acquired in lots of five. Leases are for three to five years, and IBM service the machine either remotely or on-site.
IT Management
Rubrik Ready for Data Security Rumble
“We believe the next frontier of cybersecurity is data security,” Rogers told SDxCentral, defining data security as the combination of data resilience, data observability, and data recovery.
Security
Crypto tech startup Mysten Labs valued at over $2 billion after raising $300M in funding led by FTX to accelerate web3 adoption
“Current web3 infrastructure is in the dial-up era – it’s slow, expensive, capacity constrained, insecure, and simply hard to build for. With Sui, we are endeavoring to build a blockchain that scales with demand and incentivizes growth, eliminating middlemen, and enabling users across applications to seamlessly integrate and interact with their favorite products
Web3
White House releases six proposals for reforming tech industry regulation 
The second proposal focuses on privacy. The White House stated that clear limits should be placed on the ability of companies to collect, use, transfer and maintain Americans’ personal data. Additionally, the proposal highlights the need for increased regulation of targeted advertising.
Data Privacy
Web3 startup Mysten Labs raises $300M led by FTX at $2B valuation 
“With Sui, we are endeavoring to build a blockchain that scales with demand and incentivizes growth, eliminating middlemen, and enabling users across applications to seamlessly integrate and interact with their favorite products.”
Blockchain
iCloud Shared Photo Library won’t launch with iOS 16
When it does launch, the feature will let you and up to five other people automatically share a collection of photos, with the option of including all the photos in your personal library, photos from after a specific date, or that include specific people.
Automation & Productivity
Next.js gets a mini makeover before v13 drops next month
Released in 2016, Next.js is a popular open-source web development framework created by Vercel and used by roughly 40% of developers. A React framework built on top of the Node.js JavaScript runtime environment, it enables developers to build performant web applications and fast static websites.
DevOps
‘Axie Infinity’ creator Sky Mavis taps Google Cloud to secure blockchain network 
Google Cloud will be joining a validator node pool that includes Animoca Brands, DappRadar, Nansen and others. Validators oversee the security of the network by providing collective security and governance over transactions by monitoring the validity of transactions and assuring that the entire pool is operating correctly.
Blockchain
MariaDB and Qlik Announce Data Migration Partnership
Using Qlik’s Data Integration platform, customers can easily migrate data from any legacy database source, such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server, to MariaDB Enterprise Server, MariaDB Xpand distributed SQL database or MariaDB SkySQL cloud database service, delivering business-ready data at a fraction of the cost of legacy databases.
Data & Analytics
London-based conversational AI startup PolyAI lands $40M to automate customer service with human-like voice assistants
PolyAI has developed a proprietary suite of technologies that sound perfectly human, enabling voice assistants to understand callers no matter how they speak. PolyAI’s agents are based on PolyAI’s proprietary machine learning and natural language processing technology, which allows them to scale seamlessly across different use cases and world languages.
Automation & Productivity
Akridata Announces Availability of New AI Platform for Visual Data
Founded by a team of serial entrepreneurs with deep technical expertise in solving image processing challenges, Akridata quickly realized from working with computer vision data science teams that the bigger challenges lay in searching, clustering and selecting visual data to accelerate model accuracy.
Data & Analytics
Amazon acquires machinery maker Cloostermans to expand its robotics division 
Amazon disclosed today that it has deployed more than 520,000 robotic drive units in its facilities since 2012. A drive unit is a compact autonomous vehicle designed to move merchandise between different sections of a warehouse. Amazon also operates other types of autonomous systems in its facilities, including an internally developed robotic arm that it detailed earlier this year.
Automation & Productivity
HPE expands Alletra storage portfolio with hybrid arrays
Alletra 5000 is likewise built on the code base in the Nimble platform, but is a hybrid array model. This is claimed to offer performance at a better price point, with HPE stating it is up to 25 percent faster than existing Nimble Storage Hybrid Flash Arrays.
Data Storage
Cisco plans to predict, solve network problems via SaaS
The service is part of a variety of predictive services Cisco expects to offer that lean heavily on AI/ML and analytics to predict problems and automate their resolution across internet, cloud, and SaaS networking environments.
Network Management
Ontotext Releases Metadata Studio for Complex Text Analysis
With the help of Ontotext Metadata Studio, these organizations can use their business analysts to define Semantic Objects as specific views, abstracting developers away from the complexity and peculiarities of the knowledge graph
Data & Analytics
Graphiant Comes out of Stealth Gunning for Cisco's SD-WAN Market
All routing on the Graphiant Network Edge is handled by the Graphiant Stateless Core, which includes metadata protocol, end-to-end privacy, and a programmable network to get SLAs for applications. Graphiant claims the core architecture is “highly differentiated and impossible to solve via automation.”
Network Management
OrionVM and Blaize Launch New AI-as-a-Service Offering
This first-of-its-kind partnership will empower organizations across multiple industries to launch their AI solutions more quickly and efficiently, including machine learning across vast data sets. Under the agreement, both companies’ global sales teams will sell Blaize’s AI applications, enabled and powered by OrionVM’s optimized cloud platform.
Artificial Intelligence
Animoca Brands raises $125M to deliver digital property rights
Founded in 2011, Animoca specializes in blockchain, gamification and artificial intelligence technologies to advance digital property rights and contribute to the establishment of an open metaverse.
Blockchain
Automated quality assurance startup QA Wolf launches with $20M in funding 
QA Wolf works by getting to know apps and then building out a comprehensive plan, starting with critical flows. Once a plan is in place, QA Wolf codes end-to-end tests using Microsoft Corp.’s Playwright, a framework for web testing and automation that does not lock customers in.
Automation & Productivity
Cisco partners with Radiflow for its OT security expertise
Once the baseline of the normal behavior is stable, the platform switches to “detection mode” and uses its DPI engine to detect anomalies in traffic flows, said BardSecurity
Virtana Launches Kubernetes Support Strategy
Given this rapid spike in Kubernetes usage, AWS and Azure users need a tool that provides cost savings for both traditional compute and containerized/serverless compute resources. As of today, most users do not appropriately constrain, monitor, or manage their Kubernetes containers, leading to excess spend and unpredictable performance.
IT Management
FormKiQ Disrupts the World of Document Storage with the Launch of Its Enterprise Document Management Software
While other EDMSs offer a standalone product that doesn’t integrate into the client’s existing infrastructure, FormKiQ installs directly into the client’s existing structure, giving them complete control over the product’s code and data. The system is also built on Amazon Web Services’ serverless model, eliminating any server configuration or maintenance since AWS manages these features.
Document Management
Android 13 is making it easier to keep work and personal data separate
According to Google, Android 13’s redesigned “work profiles” build upon last year’s enhancements to keep an employee’s personal data separate from their work data and make the user experience better and more productive, all while still adhering to an IT department’s admin policies.
Automation & Productivity
The Ethereum ‘Merge’ is coming and it’s about to change everything in crypto
The upgrade, known as “the Merge,” has been in the works for more than two years after being delayed multiple times. It will reduce the network’s power consumption by more than 99% by making the entire blockchain more energy-efficient. The upgrade is planned to be completed on Sept. 15.
Blockchain
Ring finally brings end-to-end encryption to its flagship video doorbells 
End-to-end encryption lets users of the company’s video cameras keep their footage locked down, making it accessible only on their enrolled iOS or Android device. Separately, Ring is also making it easier to save recorded videos when an owner sells or disposes of a Ring device.
Security
Passwords aren’t dead yet. Bitwarden raises $100M for password management
The key differentiation between Bitwarden and other competitors is not only is it open source, but it offers a free password manager for unlimited logins and devices that can be be deployed in the cloud or via a self-hosted setup to ensure that organizations can meet external compliance requirements.
Security
Hitachi Vantara says SQream if you want your data to go faster
The SQream product set will be integrated with both Hitachi’s Content Software for File NVMe parallel file system, and the Hitachi Content Platform object storage platform to accelerate analytics on Hadoop-Hive, Cloudera, Teradata and the like. It can also be turned towards running AI/ML models across massive data sets.
Data Storage
Meta’s Instagram fined $400 million by Irish regulators for violating children’s privacy; raising serious concerns about the ethical standard of big tech companies
“Anyone under 18 automatically has their account set to private when they join Instagram, so only people they know can see what they post, and adults can’t message teens who don’t follow them. We engaged fully with the DPC throughout their inquiry, and we’re carefully reviewing their final decision.”
Data Privacy
ZineOne bags $28M in Series C funding to grow its in-session marketing platform and convert anonymous consumers without cookies or PII
When potential customers visit an e-commerce site, ZineOne instantly analyzes their behavior patterns within the first few clicks to deliver the right product recommendations or promotional offers while avoiding giving discounts to users who would have purchased anyway. This massively increases customer acquisition, conversion rates, and revenue for businesses implementing ZineOne.
Marketing Tech
Nintex Promapp Mobile App Delivers Process-in-your-pocket
Nintex, the global standard for process intelligence and automation, announced the launch of the Nintex Promapp mobile app, empowering company-wide business teams to gain efficiencies via process management, no matter where they are working from.
Automation & Productivity
Lightbend says Akka will shift from open source to a paid Business Source License 
Akka is a developer toolkit designed to streamline the process of building and running heavy-duty distributed apps. Akka is ideal for individuals and companies that want to build programs in Scala and Java that can scale up quickly while avoiding many of the issues associated with concurrent systems.
Automation & Productivity
Cyberattack simulation provider Cymulate raises $70M in new funding
Companies historically carried out cyberattack simulations only occasionally because the process involves a significant amount of time and effort. According to Cymulate, its platform includes automation features that make it practical to carry out cyberattack simulations daily. Checking the corporate network for vulnerabilities more frequently enables companies to detect security issues sooner.
Security
RudderStack Announces HIPAA-Compliant Customer Data Solution
RudderStack is the warehouse-first, customer data platform (CDP) built for developers. The company takes a new approach to building and operating customer data infrastructure, making it easy to collect, unify, transform, and store customer data as well as securely route it to a wide range of common, popular tools.
Data & Analytics
DoE stuffs $24m into data management R&D
“These efforts will enable data to be processed and stored at higher rates across the edge, cloud, and high-performance computing environments, and develop new visualization methods to explore that data, form hypotheses, and convey conclusions to a broad spectrum of audiences.”
Data Management
Microsoft adds virtual cores to Windows Server licensing
There’s quite a bit to the changes. The main one is licensing Windows Server on a virtual core basis. Under this model, customers can buy licenses for only the virtual cores they need (with a per-VM minimum), without being tied to a physical number of cores on the server.
IT Management
AMA and Moziware to Revolutionize Remote Collaboration for Frontline Workers by Bringing Xperteye on & Live on Cimo Next-Gen Smart Glasses
Equipped with AMA’s AR-powered remote collaboration solution and the cimo ultra-compact and lightweight smart glasses, frontline workers across manufacturing, audit, telco, healthcare, and other industries can remotely collaborate, complete complex tasks together, and resolve issues smarter, faster, and safer.
Automation & Productivity
TikTok denies breach after hacker claims to have user data and source code 
A hacker going by the name of “AgainstTheWest” claimed to have breached TikTok on Breach Forums on Sept. 3 and stolen data from the Chinese instant messaging app WeChat as well. The hacker shared screenshots of alleged databases belonging to the companies and claimed they contained 2.05 billion records of more than 790 gigabytes.
Security
Docquity raises $44M in funding for its medical learning platform 
Docquity’s platform also includes a library of educational resources. The platform provides access to medical guidelines, educational webinars explaining treatment methods and summaries of research that appears in medical journals. Docquity’s interface also includes an event calendar that enables users to browse upcoming medical conferences.
Automation & Productivity
Ant Group Makes Trusted AI Solutions More Accessible to Support Industrial Collaboration in Digital Economy
Ant Group  announced three initiatives to make trusted AI more accessible. This includes making its graph processing database TuGraph open source; launching an industrial-grade AI security testing platform; and unveiling a privacy-preserving computation open platform.
Artificial Intelligence
Goodly Cloud Debuts to Make Hardware Lifecycle Management Simple & Insightful
Goodly Cloud is launching the early access version of its B2B SaaS. This software is for teams that want a simple and insightful tool to manage the lifecycle of their hardware. At maturity, the new SaaS tool will monitor each user’s hardware lifecycle, provide key insights and generate early notifications if action needs to be taken
IT Management
Apple wasn’t fooling when it said it wanted to make Macs more secure
But Apple has also done one more thing that hasn’t really been noticed until now: It is making Macs even more security conscious than ever before, introducing automated self-diagnosis and malware checking that provides a layer of protection the platform hasn’t really had.
Security
SeMI Technologies Introduces an all-new Business Model for Vector Search
“At this point, as we’ve reached 1,500,000 downloads, a lot of people know and love our open-source software, but they want us to run it for them,” says SeMI Technologies’ co-founder Bob van Luijt.” So, we’ve created a ‘NoOps’ option that allows them to pay only for what they use on our optimized Weaviate Cloud Service.”
Automation & Productivity
Sephora fined for violating CCPA — what it means for data protection
At the same time, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) is also slowly traversing through the legislative system and, if passed, will implement a federal data protection standard.
Data Privacy
LDRA Advances ‘Shift Left’ Strategy with Amazon Web Services Integration
This LDRA/AWS integration, a model for integration in public and private clouds, brings development, security and operations together to improve efficiencies and automation from the start. Using the LDRA tool suite with AWS lets them execute security tests more efficiently across one or many tasks in parallel.
Automation & Productivity
FCC urged to test for 'dangerous' interference from Wi-Fi 6E
That said, the paucity of high-powered 6GHz-capable Wi-Fi devices currently on the market, combined with the Wi-Fi industry’s strong technological track record on this type of issue, means that the current threat to emergency communications and the like is minimal, according to Menezes.
Security
Reddit to contextualize conversations for advertisers with Spiketrap acquisition
As the company explains, the move will enhance its ability to target users with ads based on their conversations and interests on the platform, while also improving ad-quality scoring and engagement prediction models for auto bidding.
Marketing Tech
OneSignal lands $50M to help businesses send push notifications to mobile apps, SMS, and email
Beginning as a mobile game studio, OneSignal pivoted to customer engagement when co-founder and CEO George Deglin saw an opportunity to address a perennial challenge in app development: creating an effective push notification pipeline.
Automation & Productivity
Twitter will now let you edit your tweets, if you’re willing to pay
According to the social media giant, the edit tweet option will enable “users to fix text and add tags to a tweet within 30 minutes after its initial publication, according to a release. An edited tweet will have a label, icon, and timestamp indicating that it has been modified, and users can tap the label to view the tweet’s edit history and see past versions.”
Apps
Styra Further Shifts Security Left With New Policy-as-Code Repository Scanning
With this new addition, Styra now provides near-instant scanning of configuration files in GitHub, so that Platform teams have the power to proactively prevent errors from making their way into production.
Automation & Productivity
VMware Claims Aria Will Erase Mainstream Cloud Management
She noted some enterprises probably already have specific management tools they feel sufficiently address a certain domain like cloud cost, but using those tools disparately adds unnecessary complexity. “To understand the information about your application, are you going to log on to five different consoles?”
Cloud
Austin-based tech startup tokenproof bags $5M in seed funding to protect and bring NFTs to the real world
After a one-time verification of a user’s digital wallet, tokenproof issues a proof of ownership credential, while the actual wallet remains securely disconnected. The tokenproof mobile app creates dynamic QR codes to authenticate and unlock the value of NFTs; whether that’s access to an invite-only event, a membership benefit, or a retail experience – in the real world or online.
Privacy & Security
National Cybersecurity Alliance Launches Outreach, Mentorship Program
The program partners with several HBCUs and cybersecurity organizations like Trellix, Proofpoint, Dell Technologies, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Quanta Services, to address the alarming increase of unfilled positions within the industry.
Tech Jobs
Run:ai Announces First Hybrid Cloud Software Solution for AI Workloads
“Companies can underestimate the time and effort it takes to abstract infrastructure and migrate workloads to different clouds. Provider lock-in happens early and it can take months to train IT and DevOps teams on every environmeny."
Automation & Productivity
Over 1,800 Android and iOS Apps Found Leaking Hard-Coded AWS Credentials
To make matters worse, 47% of the identified apps contained valid AWS tokens that granted complete access to all private files and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets in the cloud. This included infrastructure files, and data backups, among others.
Security
VMware Unveils New Offerings for Multi-Cloud Navigation
VMware vSphere 8 ushers in a new era of computing by supporting DPUs (Data Processing Units) alongside CPUs and GPUs—making the future of modern infrastructure accessible to all enterprises. vSphere 8 will also supercharge customers’ workload performance, improve operational efficiency and IT productivity, accelerate innovation for DevOps, and more.
Cloud
Hacking campaign uses infected James Webb Telescope image 
The infection vector starts with a phishing email containing a Microsoft Office attachment containing an external reference hidden inside the document’s metadata which downloads a malicious template file. When the document is opened, the malicious template file is downloaded and saved on the system, initiating the first stage of code execution for the attack.
Security
Panasas Announces General Availability of ActiveStor Flash and Ultra XL Platforms
The Panasas ActiveStor systems have been tailored to a broad range of use cases, including advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) training, high performance data analytics (HPDA), modeling and simulation, and massive-scale data workloads.
Data Storage
Palo Alto Networks' Prisma SASE Adds SaaS App Security
As part of its SSPM, Palo Alto Networks’ next-generation cloud access security broker (CASB) allows users to view and configure security settings for SaaS apps in a “single, unified business SASE portal,”
Security
RKVST Launches Free and Subscription Tiers of Its SaaS Platform
RKVST does this by capturing the identity of sources and origin of data, enforcing sharing and visibility rules with strong cryptography, and underpinning that with distributed ledger technology that prevents forgery, back-dating or shredding of evidence.
Security
Traceable API Security Testing scans APIs for vulnerabilities, accuracy, reliability and overall security
Application programming interface security startup Traceable Inc. today announced the general availability of its API Security Testing offering which enables any API in pre-production to be tested for vulnerabilities, accuracy, reliability and overall security.
Security
Folio Photonics Announces Multi-layer Optical Disc Storage Technology
Leveraging patented advancements in materials science, Folio Photonics has developed the first economically viable, enterprise-scale optical storage discs with dynamic multi-layer write/read capabilities, which will enable the development of radically low-cost/high-capacity disc storage.
Data Storage
Parasoft Artificial Intelligence Catapults Software Testing to Next Level
“Parasoft has added AI/ML capabilities across a number of testing practices, including UI testing, API testing, functional testing, and static analysis, seeking to make it easier for developers to create, maintain, and execute tests and remediate the findings.”
Automation & Productivity
FTC sues mobile attribution tech startup Kochava for selling location data from hundreds of millions of mobile devices without permission
The FTC alleged that by selling data tracking people, Kochava is enabling others to identify individuals and exposing them to threats of stigma, stalking, discrimination, job loss, and even physical violence. The FTC’s lawsuit seeks to halt Kochava’s sale of sensitive geolocation data and require the company to delete the sensitive geolocation information it has collected.
Data Privacy
John Snow Labs Announces Free, Enterprise-Grade, No-Code Natural Language Processing Tools: Annotation Lab and NLP Server
The Annotation Lab, a robust data labeling and AI/ML solution for teams, enables users to annotate documents, images, and videos. The software automatically trains models using active learning and transfer learning.
Automation & Productivity
Dell announces DPU-powered VxRail systems for multicloud and edge-based VMware workloads 
The result is a new series of VxRail systems that were designed in close collaboration with VMware to run the latest version of vSphere 8, which is the latter’s flagship virtualization software. VxRail is a hyperconverged infrastructure system that bundles storage, compute and networking into a single appliance.
Cloud
Lumen Launches All-Digital Service for SASE
Fortinet and VMware are the first partners to supply Lumen with software, on-premises equipment, remote access clients, and cloud security gateways for SD-WAN and information security services.
Security
Animation Startup Plask Releases New Premium Motion Capture Tool To Democratize 3D Animation
Carefully fine-tuned over six months of beta testing with animation production companies, entertainment studios, and game developers, Plask’s newly launched MoCap Pro tier offers stable and accurate motion capture (mocap), and boasts added features such as multi-person mocap and foot locking for greater animation ability.
Automation & Productivity
NetApp, VMware join forces in Amazon’s cloud
FSx for ONTAP (FSxN) is a fully managed ONTAP file system in AWS with ONTAP APIs, data reduction, and data protection features. VMware Cloud on AWS was launched in 2017 with joint VMware and AWS engineering efforts and mimics the on-premises VMware environment in the AWS cloud
Data Storage
NTT unveils what it calls the ‘first edge and private 5G’ service
The service is powered by VMware’s Edge Compute Stack and will enable enterprises to track, analyze and take action on data where it’s generated or collected. Concurrently, VMware is adopting NTT’s Private 5G technologies. The companies will jointly market the offering.
Data & Analytics
NetApp and VMware extend reach into the cloud to help reduce application complexity and costs 
The first initiative involves NetApp and VMware working together to certify and support VMware Cloud and NetApp Cloud Services on the world’s three largest public cloud platforms — Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. By doing so, customers running applications on VMware that utilize NetApp’s storage environments will be able to migrate and extend data-intensive workloads and files to the cloud.
Cloud
Teradata takes on Snowflake and Databricks with cloud-native platform
The company is launching two new cloud-native offerings. VantageCloud Lake extends the Teradata Vantage data lake to a more elastic cloud deployment model. Teradata ClearScape Analytics helps enterprises take advantage of new analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) development workloads in the cloud.
Data & Analytics
Google opens the door for Android apps that work across all kinds of devices
In a blog post, Google explains that it’s launching a new cross-device software development kit (SDK) that contains the tools developers need to make their apps play nice across Android devices, and, eventually non-Android phones, tablets, TVs, cars, and more.
Apps
Buoyant Linkerd Doubles Down on Zero-Trust Security for Kubernetes 
The new Linkerd 2.12 version includes route-based authorization policies that are designed to provide finer-grained management over microservices communications by controlling access to individual paths or routes for each microservice.
Security
Alchemy acquires Ethereum education platform ChainShot 
Ethereum is soon going through its own maturation as well, as an expected upgrade known as “the Merge” is happening in September that will greatly increase its efficiency. This will set the foundation for future upgrades to the blockchain, which will become available in 2023, setting the stage for scaling up the network to allow it to handle even more transaction volume.
Blockchain
LastPass source code stolen by hackers in security breach 
LastPass is one of the largest password management services available for users and is said to support more than 30 million users and 85,000 businesses. A significant portion of its revenue comes from businesses that pay for its services to support millions of internet users who subscribe to the service for free.
Security
Enterprise software maker OpenText to acquire Micro Focus for $6B 
Additionally, the deal is set to expand OpenText’s core portfolio of products for managing business records. Micro Focus offers a set of applications that companies can use to back up their business records, organize them and ensure data is managed in accordance with regulations.
Document Management
Observable Announces Free Tier of Service for Data Practitioners
Observable has announced the introduction of free team accounts for data analysts, data scientists, developers, engineers and key decision makers, allowing them to learn from and build on each other’s work openly and publicly.
Data & Analytics
World’s First AI Writing Assistant Powered by GPT-3 Launches in the App Store
ParagraphAI can generate essays, articles, emails, messages and more with perfect spelling, grammar, tone and vocabulary. Its release comes just in time for the back-to-school season with an NLP model and integration that generates 99% original plagiarism-free drafts.
Automation & Productivity
FlipGrid, a video discussion and learning startup acquired by Microsoft four years ago, rebrands to Flip to take on Google and Apple
Fast forward four years later, Flipgrid has broadened its services beyond education and now offers anyone the ability to share videos and build communities, including families, friends, and creators, all for free. To date, more than 7 billion videos were created or shared on its platform from 190 countries around the world.
Automation & Productivity
TDengine 3.0 Introduces Cloud Native Architecture
TDengine today released TDengine 3.0, which adds a cloud-native architecture for Kubernetes deployments and other innovations that both scale and simplify the deployment and management of massive time-series data environments.
Data & Analytics
MSP360 Introduces New Ransomware Protection Feature with Backblaze B2 Object Lock Integration
When activated by an IT admin in MSP360 Managed Backup 6.0, Backblaze B2 Object Lock provides an additional layer of security to a business’s data protection strategy by blocking object version deletion during a user-defined retention period. Put simply, objects and files utilizing immutability cannot be deleted either intentionally or accidentally. Immutability also serves as proof of compliance in industries with strict compliance standards.
Security
Elastic 8.4 Introduces SOAR for Modern Security Operations
The enhanced workflows in Elastic 8.4 combine native response capabilities and configurable alert and case actions with bidirectional integrations with security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) vendors. Users can now enjoy integrations with ServiceNow, Swimlane, and Tines, as well as new partnerships with D3 and Torq.
Security
Headroom Solves Virtual Meeting Fatigue with Artificial Intelligence that Eliminates Wasted Time and Reveals Essential Highlights
Headroom is self-learning; its relevance and impact on productivity improves with use. Headroom data shows 90% of every meeting lacks useful information. To maximize the 10% meeting content that is helpful, the company developed Shareable Automatic Summaries which auto-generate highlight reels that provide key moments, shared notes and action items, and enable easy sharing with others.
Automation & Productivity
Alteryx Announces New Capabilities to Meet Compliance Needs of Public Sector
The launch of Server-FIPS is monumental for the use of analytics in public sector environments that require enhanced data encryption. Alteryx Server-FIPS is a FIPS-capable and scalable server-based product for scheduling, sharing, and running apps and models created in Alteryx Designer-FIPS for others in the organization to leverage.
Data Management
Google has opened up the waitlist to talk to its experimental AI chatbot
But for many researchers, the best way to improve these same bots is to throw them into the public arena, where the chattering populace will stress-test and manipulate them in ways no fair-minded engineer would dream of.
Artificial Intelligence
Anyone can sign up for DuckDuckGo’s privacy-protecting @duck.com email address
After rolling out its Email Protection service in private beta last year, DuckDuckGo has announced that it’s finally available to all users. Email Protection is a forwarding service that assigns you a free “@duck.com” email address and intercepts email trackers before they hit your personal inbox.
Data Privacy
Zilliz raises $60m for cloud vector database
“Milvus has now become the world’s most popular open-source vector database with over a thousand end-users. We will continue to serve as a primary contributor and committer to Milvus and deliver on our promise to provide a fully managed vector database service on public cloud with the security, reliability, ease of use, and affordability that enterprises require.”
Data & Analytics
Decodable and DataStax partnership: What does it mean for enterprises?
According to the companies, the joint offering will be driven by three core services – Decodable’s SQL-based stream processing platform powered by Apache Flink and DataStax’s Cassandra-based Astra DB and Pulsar-based Astra Streaming.
Data & Analytics
XenData kit takes tape copies of cloud archives
XenData’s CX-10 Plus is a networked rackmount box containing an SSD system drive and a 14TB disk drive cache. Its system software sends incoming data out to the public cloud and retains a local synchronized copy of the cloud archive files on LTO tape cartridges.
Data Storage
Elastic automates security with SOAR, practices open security 
The new solution is powered by Elastic Agent and will offer native remediation and response capabilities across all users, as well as configurable alerts and integration with other SOAR vendors, enabling organizations to implement SOAR without the need to purchase additional solutions.
Security
A-LIGN updates deliver complete compliance solution automation
New features in the release include automated evidence collection to save time and resources, cloud integrations and continuous monitoring. A new policy center feature offers readily available industry best practices and guideline readiness assessments are said to decrease the time to reach audit readiness.
Automation & Productivity
Okta Releases Unified IAM, Governance Solution
Okta explained that without basic governance capabilities organizations expose themselves to risks such as complex, manual audit processes, poor end-user experience, limited visibility into user access, and inability to meet compliance needs.
Data compliance
Vector database startup Zilliz raises $60M in Series B funding extension 
Traditional databases are designed for tables and documents, so they’re inefficient for machine learning. This is where Milvus can be helpful, with its ability to transform and index millions of vectors dynamically to answer the queries that are commonly thrown at AI models.
Data & Analytics
Next.js release helps Netlify bring web personalization to the edge
With its newest release, the company says it is the only runtime environment to support Next.js Advanced Middleware. Its new capability will help developers build websites and apps faster, at scale and with control to rewrite and transform HTML content at the edge, said Biilmann — without additional client-side JavaScript or complex server-rendering strategies.
Automation & Productivity
PhaseZero Launches CxAnalytics 1.0, Customers Benefit with Real-Time Analytics and Insights to Drive High-Impact, Fact-Based Decisions
Delivering on the promise of providing “AI and Analytics Driven Digital Commerce” solutions to manufacturing and distribution companies, CxAnalytics 1.0 is a validated, pre-built analytics dashboard and comprehensive Data-as-a-Service solution that comes pre-integrated with CxCommerce, Google Analytics, and numerous ERP systems.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft extends Azure server lifetimes by 50%
And Microsoft isn't alone. Both Amazon Web Services and Google said on respective earnings calls this February that they had extended their hardware lifespans by a year.
IT Management
Blox Launches World’s first AI-powered Data Enrichment and Digital Customer Experience Platform in One Unified Product
Today, enterprises are forced to buy point solutions from different software vendors, each addressing a single point in the journey, as opposed to end to end systems that talk to data at different points in the workflows. What they get is a hodge-podge of data, every vendor interpreting data differently and using it differently for the same customer, preventing any meaningful personalization
Data & Analytics
Salesforce-native testing platform Provar unveils end-to-end management solution
Fitting to its name, Manager’s capabilities provide planning, design and documentation for testing to weld together manual, automated, unit and exploratory unit testing with result reporting.
Automation & Productivity
Firewall Bug Under Active Attack Triggers CISA Warning
Software running Palo Alto Networks’ firewalls is under attack, prompting U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to issue a warning to public and federal IT security teams to apply available fixes. Federal agencies urged to patch the bug by September 9.
Security
Whistleblower delivers liver shot to Twitter with new accusations about lax security 
He has since said that Twitter acted negligently when it came to understanding just how many spam accounts infiltrated the website, something that will please Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk, since he accused Twitter of hiding the truth about spam accounts when he was trying to buy the company.
Security
Sisu Data adds predictive analytics to new offering
The company uses its AI-driven decision intelligence engine to detail not only metric changes, but also the key drivers behind them. Now, with the addition of predictive analytics, it is moving to answer the next major question enterprises face – what to do next?
Data & Analytics
Cloudli Communications Launches AI-Powered Call Screener for TalkNText Subscribers
When the Call Screener feature is activated within the Cloudli app, the caller is prompted to state their name and the reason for their call via the Call Screener virtual assistant. The verbal response is transcribed and scanned in real time by the AI-powered assistant and presented to the Cloudli user for review. Armed with this enhanced contextual information powered by KONTXT by RealNetworks, the user may then choose to answer the call or decline and send it straight to voicemail.
Automation & Productivity
LockBit ransomware gang knocked offline after publishing stolen Entrust data
Entrust described the attack as involving an unauthorized party accessing certain systems used for internal operations but not affecting its products in identity and access management, identification and passport issuance, payments, cloud security and data processing.
Security
Botco.ai Launches Instachat Builder Enable Rapid AI Chat Deployment
Traditionally, chat applications required extensive manual training before they could begin fielding customer questions, but with Instachat Builder, companies can train Botco.ai’s conversational AI platform on any relevant text information in minutes. This new approach enables teams to launch intelligent chatbots immediately — thereby speeding up deployment, boosting response rates, and reducing fallbacks.
Automation & Productivity
Oracle faces privacy lawsuit over data collection practices 
Some of the company’s marketing tools provide access to consumer data that brands use to optimize their advertising campaigns, as well as measure ads’ effectiveness. The newly filed lawsuit accuses Oracle of collecting the consumer data that it provides to brands in an unlawful manner.
Data Privacy
BigID Introduces Auto-Classification for Data Governance
Organizations can now leverage patented AI to automatically classify and tag data for data governance across their entire data landscape – including multi-cloud and hybrid environments
Data Governance
Fake Reservation Links Prey on Weary Travelers
Warnings come from security researchers who say TA558 cybercriminals have revamped their 2018 campaigns with fake reservation emails that contain links – that if clicked – deliver a malicious malware payload containing a potpourri of malware variants.
Security
Incorta enhances its analytics platform with new data applications 
The first set of data applications focuses on helping users analyze workforce data stored in Workday’s namesake cloud platform, as well as Oracle’s EBS and Cloud ERP offerings. Workday is used by enterprises to coordinate their human resource management efforts and perform related tasks.
Data & Analytics
Okta Identity Governance platform unifies identity and access management
The third capability, Enhanced Governance Reports, offers reporting capabilities to help meet audit and compliance requirements. Administrators can provide an audit report of who has access to what resources, who approved the access and how they got it.
Privacy & Security
SingleStore integrates with SAS Viya
“The integration of SingleStore’s hybrid, multi-cloud database into the parallel analytics engine, SAS Viya, will dramatically improve performance, reduce cost, and enable real-time applications for organizations.”
Data & Analytics
Google Cloud claims it blocked the largest DDoS attack ever attempted
The DDoS attack peaked at a stunning 46 million requests per second using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure-based requests. “To give a sense of the scale of the attack, that is like receiving all of the daily requests to Wikipedia in just 10 seconds,”
Security
HYCU offers protection freebie on AWS EC2
Backup-as-a-Service biz HYCU is offering a free-for-life tier of data protection on AWS, a rung below its paid-for tier and missing things like immutability.
Data Storage
Infamous Lazarus hacking group targeting Mac users with fake job listings 
The Mac malware drops three files: a decoy PDF document, a fake font updater app and a downloader called “safarifontagent.” The bundle of malicious files is timestamped July 21, indicating that the campaign is new, not part of previous Lazarus campaigns. That said, a certificate used to sign the malicious files was issued in February this year to a developer known as “Shankey Nohria.”
Security
Massdriver’s platform helps developers diagram the cloud and get on with coding 
Massdriver’s platform allows customers to visually build their cloud infrastructure from pre-built infrastructure bundles including databases, authenticators, cloud integrations and more. It allows them to connect them and compose entire systems across regions or cloud providers based on the team’s intentions.
Automation & Productivity
Groundcover aims to improve observability and monitoring with eBPF and microservices
eBPF is a technology designed to run sandboxed programs in the Linux kernel without having to manipulate the kernel’s behavior or load any kernel modules. Basically, it lets you run sandboxed programs using your operating system. With the ability to make the Linux kernel programmable, developers get a wide range of tools to aid their tasks.
Automation & Productivity
Waterdrop Unveiled Its First Digital Employee Waterdrop Assistant
“Waterdrop Assistant” is a human-like virtual employee that was developed based on Waterdrop’s business processes and is powered by multiple technologies, including robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence (AI). “Waterdrop Assistant” can help the online insurance service team with numerous tasks, including data processing and analysis, online user management, and customer services, thus improving the response time, quality, and scope of the Company’s customer service team.
Automation & Productivity
IonQ launches what’s said to be the world’s ‘most powerful’ quantum computing system on Azure 
onQ is notable for having developed a quantum computing system that’s based on trapped ions, where the qubits are suspended in a vacuum and manipulated by laser beams. It’s a completely different setup from the superconducting qubits developed by other players in the industry, such as IBM Corp., Google LLC and Honeywell International Inc., which have to be operated at incredibly cold temperatures.
Quantum Computing
Cloudify Launches Free Terraform UI Experience for DevOps Engineers, Enabling Seamless, Automated Import and Management of Unlimited Terraform Modules
This advancement enables DevOps teams to turn their Terraform modules into self-service environments and scale up their services to the organization through Cloudify’s Environment as a Service approach.
Automation & Productivity
Google will update its search engine to prioritize high-quality content more effectively
Google has already begun testing the update internally. Based on its testing, the company expects that the changes will provide particularly significant improvements when users enter queries related to online education, arts, entertainment, shopping and technology.
Automation & Productivity
Protected health information may have been compromised by Meta pixel 
The health system, which services four U.S. states, had been using Meta tracking pixels — JavaScript code that allows websites to track visitors — on hundreds of hospital websites within patient portals. By itself, that’s not a significant issue, but Novant Health was also using the tracking pixels within password-protect patient portals, Health IT Security reported today.
Data Privacy
Cloudera claims its new ‘all-in-one’ data lakehouse cuts ownership costs by up to 35%
The offering complements the 2019-launched flagship CDP product and provides enterprises with a single, centralized data platform that includes built-in cloud compute, cloud storage, machine learning (ML), streaming data analytics and enterprise-grade security.
Data & Analytics
APT Lazarus Targets Engineers with macOS Malware
The campaign, identified by researchers from ESET Research Labs and revealed in a series of tweets posted Tuesday, impersonates cryptocurrency trader Coinbase in a job description claiming to seek an engineering manager for product security, researchers divulged.
Security
New Esri Initiative Provides Free Geospatial Software for Nonprofits
To support and advance the missions of similar small nonprofits that may think geographic information systems (GIS) software is out of reach, Esri has launched the Esri Small Nonprofit Organization Grant Initiative. The grant initiative will provide 150 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with access to GIS training and software.
Automation & Productivity
Google adds more breach detection features to its Chronicle cybersecurity platform 
“Our scale, and depth of intelligence, gained by securing billions of users everyday, gives us a unique vantage point to craft effective and targeted detections,” Google Cloud software engineer Benjamin Chang and engineering manager Rick Correa wrote in a blog post. “These native detection sets cover a wide variety of threats for cloud and beyond.”
Security
Arcion Releases Next Evolution of Real-Time CDC Data Pipeline Technology
Combining with the end-to-end multi-threaded architectural design, Arcion is able to bring a 10x faster log extraction experience to Oracle users. The company also has expanded its range of source and target connectivity to include BigQuery, Azure-managed SQL Server, and Imply.
Data & Analytics
Industrial cybersecurity and asset monitoring startup SynSaber raises $13M 
SynSaber released version 1.0 of its vendor-agnostic operation and detection solution in February, allowing critical infrastructure asset owners and operators to send OT edge data to empower their security information event management, orchestration, automation and response, or managed service security provider services — better known by their acronyms SIEM, OAR and MSSP.
Security
HyperTrack lands $25M funding to build out its API-based, last-mile logistics infrastructure 
To solve that problem, HyperTrack has created a mobile infrastructure encompassing order planning, assignments, location tracking and mapping application programming interfaces. These can then be pieced together by developers to rapidly build comprehensive last-mile logistics systems for their applications in a matter of days.
Automation & Productivity
GrowthSpace lands $25M to grow its talent development platform and connect employees to relevant experts
Global spending on workplace learning and development, also known as human capital development and upskilling is estimated to be around $360 billion, according to data from Statista. One of the major challenges facing most organizations today is connecting employees to relevant experts at scale.
Automation & Productivity
Datadog Extends Monitoring for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure Database Platforms
With this expanded support, engineers and database administrators can quickly pinpoint and address database performance issues such as costly and slow queries, incorrect indexes in SQL Server or Azure databases and bottlenecks in their applications.
Data Management
Cloudian balances object storage access loads
It establishes a clean separation between the HyperStore object storage domain and the accessing networking infrastructure. The HyperStore distributed system gets a single IP address and is accessed and used as a private storage cloud.
Data Storage
TidalScale and inverted server virtualization
Nine-year-old startup TidalScale has developed a distributed hyperkernel which combines different nodes in a cluster of physical servers into a software-defined server. It enables inverse virtualization, combining a cluster of so-called worker nodes into a single large virtual machine with a big memory pool, and is based on the FreeBSD hypervisor bhyve.
Automation & Productivity
Integrate.ai Announces Availability of New Privacy-Preserving ML Platform
The platform leverages federated learning and differential privacy technologies to unlock a range of machine learning and analytics capabilities on data that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to access due to privacy, confidentiality, or technical hurdles.
Data Privacy
Verge.io adds GPUs to virtual datacenter systems
HCI (hyperconverged infrastructure) builds an IT datacenter from standard server-storage-networking boxes with storage pooled across them like a virtual SAN. Verge.io software does the same but then subdivides the pooled compute-storage-networking resource, the abstracted datacenter, into virtual datacenters (VDCs).
Data Storage
Data.world Launches Data Lineage Product Powered by Knowledge Graph
Data lineage is an application of metadata that provides visibility into where data originates, how and where it’s applied, and whether it’s been manipulated. Lineage provides critical context for data applications and can improve the resiliency and reliability of data and analytics supply chains.
Data & Analytics
DigitalOcean warns of email compromise after another Mailchimp breach 
Bleeping Computer reported today that DigitalOcean was first informed of the breach on Aug. 8 and that the company was using its Mailchimp account to send email confirmations, password reset notifications and alerts to customers.
Data Privacy
Broadcom turbocharges AI and ML with Tomahawk 5
Today, San Jose-based Broadcom announced the StrataXGS Tomahawk 5 switch series, which offers 51.2 Tbps of Ethernet switching capacity in a single, monolithic device – more than double the bandwidth of its contemporaries, the company claims.
Automation & Productivity
Data processing chip startup Pliops raises $100M 
Pliops has attracted big money from its backers because it’s focused on solving a big problem with big data. Its processor technology is designed to make data centers run faster and more efficiently. Specifically, its Extreme Data Processor helps to simplify the way data is processed and flash storage is managed.
Automation & Productivity
Networking startup DriveNets raises $262M in new funding
The other core component of the startup’s platform is the DriveNets Orchestrator. It provides analytics features that enable carriers to detect and troubleshoot technical issues in their networks. According to DriveNets, the software performs some troubleshooting tasks automatically. It includes a failover tool that can restore network operations after an outage.
Network Management
Decentralized tech startup Satellite IM closes $10.5M to offer the world’s first web3 communications platform with private messaging
Enter Satellite IM, a Boston-based tech startup and a fully decentralized peer-to-peer voice, video, and text communication platform that stores files on a distributed network so redundancy comes built-in along with large file storage, enabling only intended users to have a secured experience without compromises.
Web3
Expereo Acquires Breeze Networks to Expand SASE, SD-WAN Reach
“SSE is one thing, and SD-WAN another thing. There’s a few vendors that have them together, but they have a limited footprint or they’re very costly,” he said. “Once all the vendors get to that level, then I think IT teams will truly have something that is really nicely packaged.”
Network Management
Property management software provider Guesty raises $170M
Guesty has created a platform for managing short-term rentals and vacation rental properties and reservations. Property managers and landlords can use Guesty to manage reservations from major booking platforms such as Airbnb, Vrbo, Expedia and Booking.com.
Automation & Productivity
Feds: Zeppelin Ransomware Resurfaces with New Compromise, Encryption Tactics
Threat actors deploying the ransomware as a service (RaaS) are tapping remote desktop protocol (RDD) exploitation and SonicWall firewall vulnerabilities–alongside previously used phishing campaigns–to breach target networks, according to an advisory from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released Thursday.
Security
TikTok now offers a very basic text-to-image AI generator directly in the app
The video platform recently added a new effect it calls “AI greenscreen” that allows users to type in a text prompt that the software will then generate as an image. This image can then be used as the background to a video — potentially a very useful tool for creators.
Automation & Productivity
Zip adds renewal features to its procurement management software
Zip said the feature saves companies money and disruption by avoiding automatic renewals at the customer’s option and preventing unanticipated contract expirations. Its automated alerts can be set to notify users of pending renewal dates through email and collaboration software platforms such as Slack Technologies Inc.’s Slack.
Automation & Productivity
Facebook’s In-app Browser on iOS Tracks ‘Anything You Do on Any Website’
Users of Apple’s Instagram and Facebook iOS apps are being warned that both use an in-app browser that allows parent company Meta to track ‘every single tap’ users make with external websites accessed via the software.
Data Privacy
Sensitive data ruling by Europe’s top court could force broad privacy reboot
A ruling put out yesterday by the European Union’s top court could have major implications for online platforms that use background tracking and profiling to target users with behavioral ads or to feed recommender engines that are designed to surface so-called ‘personalized’ content.
Data Privacy
Granulate to Launch Free Solution for Autonomous Kubernetes Cost Optimization
Granulate’s gMaestro provides DevOps, SREs, and FinOps teams full visibility into their K8s clusters allowing them to eliminate over-provisioning and reduce costs by up to 60%.
Data & Analytics
The Zoom installer let a researcher hack his way to root access on macOS
The exploit works by targeting the installer for the Zoom application, which needs to run with special user permissions in order to install or remove the main Zoom application from a computer. Though the installer requires a user to enter their password on first adding the application to the system, Wardle found that an auto-update function then continually ran in the background with superuser privileges.
Security
Macronix intros compute-in-NAND storage
The amount of AI data to process and the compute-intensive nature of the processing means that data cannot be loaded into memory fast enough to keep compute cores busy. Its better to do some of the processing in the storage drives and so accelerate processing time and save energy on drive-to/from-DRAM data transfers.
Data Storage
Starlink Successfully Hacked Using $25 Modchip
He developed the tool using low-cost, off-the-shelf parts and was able to use it to obtain root access by glitching the Starlink UT security operations center bootrom, according to a tweet previewing the presentation that he said was sent through a rooted Starlink UT.
Security
Google fined $43 million for misleading users on collection of their personal location data
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) estimates that 1.3 million Google account users in Australia may have been affected. In an email to Reuters, Google said it had settled the complaints and added it has made location information simple for users to manage and easy to understand.
Data Privacy
ObservIQ Announces Availability of BindPlane Observability Pipeline
BindPlane OP addresses the growing challenge of increased data overwhelming the ability to meaningfully monitor the pipeline. It filters data, reducing the volume, for greater manageability and lowering the cost of unused data analytics.
Data & Analytics
Concentric AI Launches New Security Solution to Protect Sensitive Data Shared Across Popular E-mail and Messaging Platforms
Available today and publicly unveiled at Black Hat USA 2022 in Concentric’s Innovation City Booth No. 90, this industry-first capability reveals sensitive data shared across e-mail and business messaging platforms and highlights who has inappropriate access to mission-critical content.
Security
FTC will explore new data privacy rules to regulate the tech industry
The ANPR contains dozens of questions that cover topics such as data collection, algorithmic discrimination, commercial surveillance and cybersecurity. Some of the questions are technical in nature, focusing on details such as what are the best ways to measure algorithmic errors.
Data privacy
Facebook is testing end-to-end encryption for all Messenger chats
Meta has started to test end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) chat as a default for Messenger chats and, as a companion to it, launched a new online E2EE storage service dubbed Secure Storage for backing up chat histories.
Privacy & Security

OpenAI improves its AI-powered content filter and makes it free to use 
When it receives a text input, the Moderation endpoint will analyze it to see if it contains anything that ought to be filtered out, such as sexual content, hateful or violent speech, or messages that promote self-harm. It will weed out and block all content prohibited by OpenAI’s content policy.
Artificial Intelligence
Injective raises $40M to build finance-focused blockchain 
With Injective’s platform, fully decentralized finance applications can be built, such as cryptocurrency exchanges, predictions markets, derivatives and options trading. That’s done by provisioning a large library of cross-chain primitives such as an on-chain, financial transaction order book for DeFi apps.
Blockchain
Yellow.ai Announces the Launch of Its Proprietary DynamicNLP, a First in the Enterprise Conversational AI Space
“Yellow.ai DynamicNLP is a first of its kind proprietary technology in the global enterprise Conversational AI industry; a breakthrough innovation that can help enterprises save time, effort, and operational cost while accelerating their go-live strategy."Automation & Productivity
AWS, Splunk and other tech firms launch open-source cybersecurity data framework 
OCSF seeks to help organizations respond to cyberattacks more effectively by simplifying one of the most complicated aspects of the task: data management. In particular, the project is designed to streamline the process of processing data about cyberattacks.
Security
Infinidat guarantees one-minute data recovery
The guarantee is that enterprises and service providers recover and restore their data in the wake of a cyberattack by using a guaranteed immutable snapshot dataset with a guaranteed recovery time of one minute or less.
Data Management
Sysdig incorporates machine learning to detect cryptojacking attempts 
Sysdig’s announcement identifies machine learning as a critical technology that enterprises and decision makers can turn to more broadly to accelerate their efforts to detect and mitigate vulnerabilities.
Security
University of Michigan Institute for Social Research is developing new data platform
The $38 million investment by the NSF is enabling the Institute for Social Research to establish the Research Data Ecosystem: A National Resource for Reproducible, Robust and Transparent Social Science Research in the 21st Century. ISR will oversee the creation of new data archives and software that researchers can use to access, organize, analyze and contribute data.
Data & Analytics
Amazon debuts new data storage capabilities at AWS Storage Day
Amazon Web Services Inc. said today that it’s placing more importance on “data resiliency” within its flagship Amazon Elastic Block Store service with the addition of a new feature it’s calling “crash consistent snapshots,” available for subsets of EBS volumes.
Data Storage
MIT Researchers use OpenAI Codex to Build an An ML-based Mathematics Problem-generator
By using OpenAI Codex for solving complex mathematical problems, MIT researchers were able to demonstrate AI’s role in automation-based course evaluation and mathematical question-generation for large-scale examination. Considered as a major milestone in the MIT AI’s research program, this new project could be used to sample different types of problems, equations and plots.
Artificial Intelligence
BigID Announces Automated Remediation for Sensitive File Access in the Cloud
Building on its existing data access intelligence and remediation capabilities in the multi-cloud and hybrid cloud, BigID now adds full automated end-to-end remediation to ensure cloud data risk from open and over-privileged file access is quickly closed, preventing insider threats, data leaks and dangerous breaches.
Cloud
Nvidia launches new metaverse efforts at SIGGRAPH
Among the announcements is the Nvidia Omniverse Avatar Cloud Engine, which is a set of tools and services designed to create AI-powered virtual assistants.
Metaverse
CrowdStrike’s new AI-powered ‘Indicators of Attack’ offer enhanced visibility of cloud intrusions 
IoAs, invented by CrowdStrike over a decade ago, bring a new approach to stopping breaches based on adversary behavior irrespective of the malware or exploit used in an attack. The enhancement of the service with AI now delivers new IoAs “at machine speed and scale.”
Security
Cybereason Lets You Manage Cyberthreats on Your Phone 
Cybereason launched a managed detection and response (MDR) mobile app during this year’s Black Hat. It allows users access to the MDR dashboard to get alerts and respond to potential cyberthreats with the help of Cybereason’s security operations center (SOC) from their phone at any time, as the vendor found attacks are more likely to occur during offline hours.
Security
Recorded Future Launches National Cyber Defense Intelligence Kit
The National Cyber Defense Intelligence Kit centralizes intelligence on specific industries and areas of interest, enabling analysts and leaders to quickly answer intelligence requirements, set up real-time alerts, and conduct deep investigations.
Security
Pentera Launches Attack-Based Validation for Exposed Credentials to Prevent Compromised Credentials Breaches
The platform leverages these hashed or clear text credentials in millions of attack vectors, and provides actionable credential exposure mitigation steps such as password reset, or hardening users’ MFA policies and limiting privileges at risk in near real-time.
Security
Fintech startup Airswift raises $2 million to build web 3.0 native payment infrastructure
The startup provides a web 3.0 native omnichannel payment gateway, crypto-funded prepaid cards, and on/off ramp services that connect businesses with consumers. Airswift is widely recognized as a leader in blockchain technology, with extensive operational experience in global digital payments and enterprise Web 3.0 financial infrastructure.
Web3
NNAISENSE announces release of EvoTorch, a rare open-source evolutionary algorithm
NNAISENSE has also integrated EvoTorch with the open-source Ray framework that is used for scaling Python and AI applications. Atkinson said that if a data scientist builds a problem as a PyTorch function to optimize on EvoTorch, it’s possible to scale to thousands of CPUs and hundreds of GPUs.
Automation & Productivity
Phishers Swim Around 2FA in Coinbase Account Heists
Threat actors are making their way around two-factor authentication (2FA) and using other clever evasion tactics in a recently observed phishing campaign aimed at taking over Coinbase accounts to defraud users of their crypto balances.
Security
AI-powered SaaS data protection startup Spin Technology raises $16M
Its platform “SpinOne” offers all-in-one SaaS data protection designed specifically for mission-critical SaaS apps. SpinOne offers four major areas of protection, starting with ransomware monitoring and response. The ransomware protection functionality provides two-hour incident responses against ransomware attacks on SaaS data, reducing recovery costs by as much as 90%.
Security
Data integration startup Equalum raises $14M to support growth
The platform provides high availability with failover protection, automated initial capture and CDC, easy bulk replications, native cloud support and a broad array of pre-configured sources and targets.
Data & Analytics
Crypto exchange Bitget launches a $200M protection fund to secure and safeguard users’ digital assets
"With the launch of the Bitget Protection Fund, we are one step closer to fulfilling our commitment to safeguarding and protecting our Bitget community. The protection fund will help us mitigate investors’ concerns and attract potential users. As we continue to endure the crypto winter, it is crucial that our users can rest assured that their funds are kept safe.”
Security
NetRise Platform offers insights into XIoT firmware vulnerabilities 
The new cloud-based software-as-a-service platform analyzes and continuously monitors XIoT devices’ firmware, the device-specific hardware embedded into a chip. The platform takes firmware images and dissects them, presenting all key data, artifacts and risks in an easy-to-consume interface
IoT
AI systems can’t patent inventions, US federal circuit court confirms
The ruling is the latest failure in a series of quixotic legal battles by computer scientist Stephen Thaler to copyright and patent the output of various AI software tools he’s created.
Artificial Intelligence
Cloudian Provides On-Premises Object Storage on Microsoft Azure Stack HCI
Cloudian announced that its HyperStore object storage is now validated to work with Microsoft Azure Stack HCI. The combined solution gives Azure Stack HCI customers the scalability and flexibility benefits of public cloud in a highly secure and cost-effective, cloud-native storage platform within their own data centers.
Data Storage
New York Becomes First State to Mandate CLE in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection
Under the new requirement, all attorneys must complete one hour of training every two years in either the ethical obligations surrounding cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, or in the technological and practice-related aspects of protecting data and client communications.
Data Privacy
Google sues Sonos over smart speaker and voice control tech
These new lawsuits allege infringement of seven additional patents. One lawsuit focuses on hotword detection and wireless charging, and the other revolves around how a group of speakers determines which one should respond to voice input.
Automation & Productivity
Samsung lays a clutch of tasty flash eggs at FMS 2022
Flash market leader Samsung excelled itself at the FMS 2022 event this week, showing a near blizzard of new products: a petabyte-scale SSD, a memory-semantic SSD, a SmartSSD, and SSD telemetry plus general availability of a PCIe 5 SSD and a 24GB SAS SSD and CXL DRAM.
Data Storage
Open Redirect Flaw Snags Amex, Snapchat User Data
Open redirect is a security vulnerability that occurs when a website fails to validate user input, which allows bad actors to manipulate the URLs of domains from legitimate entities with good reputations to redirect victims to malicious sites, researchers said.
Security
Afresh raises $115M in funding to reduce food waste with AI
Founded in 2017, Afresh provides a software platform that enables grocery store operators to track fresh food sales. The startup’s platform is also capable of forecasting future customer demand. Supply chain teams can consult the data provided by Afresh to optimize the amount of fresh food they procure from suppliers in a way that minimizes food waste.
Artificial Intelligence
Datajoin breaks marketing data silos with micro integrations
Micro integrations, Datajoin said, take the complex process of ID resolution and app-to-app integration and simplify it. You just have to identify the data points you need and the product automatically makes data appear in the target application. No data platform or engineering resources are needed.
Data & Analytics
Meta AI unveils BlenderBot 3, an advanced chatbot that learns from interactions 
BlenderBot 3 is said to be the world’s first 175 billion-parameter, publicly available chatbot that comes complete with model weights, code, datasets and model cards.
Automation & Productivity
Blockchain Partnership: PraSaga and Metahug Gamify Web3 Education Via Roblox
Metahug is a global philanthropic organization helping children with limited resources understand and utilize Web3. Metahug will teach children how to use and build Web3 tools via popular youth gaming platform — Roblox, with PraSaga providing free access to its SagaChain to support the initiative.
Web3
Seraphic Launches First-of-its-Kind, Enterprise-Grade Browser Security and Governance Solution that Works Across Any Browser
The browser has become the primary productivity tool for employees amid the rise in remote work, increased adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) environments and growing use of web-based SaaS applications by corporations. These trends have turned the browser into the largest attack surface against businesses. Yet, browsers lack enterprise-grade security and governance capabilities
Automation & Productivity
OpenText Unveils Cloud Editions 22.3, Unleashing Exponential Innovation as Project Titanium Roadmap Takes Off
OpenText is also expanding its support for forensic investigators through OpenText EnCase enhancements. The addition of Advanced Forensic File Format 4 (AFF4), in both OpenText™ EnCase Forensic and OpenText™ EnCase Endpoint Investigator, broadens support of industry standards and enables customers to consolidate evidence collected with multiple tools into a single case file, resulting in faster, more efficient investigations.
Automation & Productivity
Dish Hints at Cisco, Amazon, Dell Ties to Hit Enterprise Market
Ergen also noted that current government efforts to fund rural broadband deployments could impact Dish’s FWA plans. He explained that if rivals like T-Mobile US and Verizon were to receive government funding that it would make it more financially challenging for Dish to compete.
Network Management
HPE to ship a dedicated inference server for the edge
It has up to 16 "AI cores" and supports FP16, INT8, INT16, FP32 data formats, all of which are used in inferencing. These are not custom Arm processors, they are entirely new SoCs designed for inferencing.
Automation & Productivity
Talon raises $100M in funding for its secure enterprise browser 
Administrators can manage employees’ TalonWork installations through a cloud-based dashboard. According to Talon, the dashboard highlights potentially malicious browser extensions that were downloaded without authorization from the information technology team. It also helps with related tasks, such as downloading security updates.
Security
Compliance tech startup RegScale raised $20M in funding to deliver continuous compliance automation for heavily regulated industries
Through its Continuous Compliance Automation platform, RegScale helps businesses to meet any regulatory requirement with 70+ compliance requirements such as NIST, ISO, SOX, CMMC, and NERC-CIP supported out of the box and the ability for RegScale to digitize any regulation in under a week.
Automation & Compliance
Cybersecurity risk management startup Axio raises $25M
The company’s Axio360 platform enables ongoing visibility and actionable insights across the organization, including cyber risk quantification, cybersecurity assessment, financial stress testing and prioritization.
Security
Astar teams up with Alchemy to accelerate web3 development on Polkadot ecosystem
The move will make it easier for developers to use Alchemy Supernode to create decentralized applications (dApps) on Astar Network, Polkadot’s leading parachain, and unleash a wave of web3 creativity. As a result of the partnership, developers can use Alchemy’s powerful APIs to create sophisticated apps that leverage features previously unavailable on Polkadot.
Web3
Cresta Expands Vision for Real-Time Intelligence
Our Real-Time Intelligence platform helps businesses conquer this challenge by delivering a holistic and deeply integrated platform that rapidly layers into any existing contact center. This modular and integrated approach closes the gap between insight and action, empowering teams to achieve superhuman visibility, insight, and action on every conversation.”
Data & Analytics
VMware introduces cloud workload protection for AWS
The new solution, VMware Carbon Black Workload, will automatically gather and list vulnerabilities in AWS environments, while providing a next-generation antivirus (NGAV) to analyze attackers’ behavior patterns, while providing endpoint detection and response capabilities.
Security
Flashpoint acquires Echosec to expand its open-source intelligence capabilities 
The company’s platform and application programming interface delivers timely, relevant data from sources such as social media, the deep web and the dark web. The data can be used for geopolitical risk assessments, counterterrorism, brand protection, disinformation monitoring and crisis response.
Security
FirstWave Cloud’s Revolutionary Open Security Management Platform (OSMP) Delivers On “Urgent” Need For SMB Cyber Protection
“With CyberCision™, service providers can build as-a-service cybersecurity packages of enterprise-grade, including a range of management and operational services such as multi-tenanting, billing, and provisioning that enable them to streamline the sales and delivery process at a minimal cost.”
Security
Swiss IIoT tech startup VISENSE bags €750K in pre-seed funding to help industrial manufacturers battle machine downtime
With the increasing demand for automation and quality inspection across the industrial manufacturing sector, VISENSE enters a market with high potential. According to Grand View Research, the global machine vision market is projected to grow at a 7.7% CAGR from $14.3 billion in 2021 to $25.9 billion in 2030
Automation & Productivity
Druva’s new data resiliency guarantee offers up to $10M in coverage 
With the guarantee, Data Resiliency Cloud customers gain additional confidence that they are protected against a wide variety of data loss and downtime events across cyber, human, application, operation and environmental risk factors.
Security
Microsoft goes all-in on threat intelligence and launches two new products 
Microsoft is one of the key providers capitalizing on this trend. Just over a year ago, it acquired cyberrisk intelligence provider RiskIQ. Today, Microsoft announced the release of two new products: Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence (MDTI) and Microsoft External Attack Surface Management.
Security
Strobes Security Announces Its Next Version of Strobes PTaaS, a Continuous and On-Demand Pentesting Platform
With Strobes PTaaS, customers can raise a pentest request of any kind, schedule the assessments including the delivery dates and access the vulnerabilities from the platform.
Security
Grayshift Introduces Reveal, the Industry’s First Cloud-Native Mobile Device Forensic Analysis Solution, and Delivers Powerful New Features in GrayKey
Initially available to U.S.-based law enforcement agencies, Reveal by Grayshift is the first cloud-native platform for accessing, analyzing, and managing forensic evidentiary data for public safety agencies.

Data & Analytics
Goodbye FTL – Kioxia reconstructing flash drives with software-enabled flash
The aim is to get rid of hard disk drive-era thinking regarding SSD controllers, and provide hyperscaler customers with a way to make their flash media operate more efficiently and consistently. SSDs contain flash dies as before, but the existing FTL-running controller is no more, replaced by a minimal processor running low-level SSD operations and a much-reduced scope FTL.
Data Storage
Arista buys software-defined networking pioneer Pluribus
Pluribus is a software-defined networking pioneer, founded in 2010 and has morphed its original Netvisor One, a virtualized Linux-based NOS that provides Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking and distributed fabric intelligence into its Adaptive Cloud Fabric software-defined networking package.
Network Management
‘Service experience’ startup Aisera raises $90M to help enterprises go AI-native
Aisera has created what it says is a proactive, personalized and predictive AI-based Service Experience Platform that automates key processes around customer service, employee service desk and information technology ticketing. A kind of ServiceNow on steroids, the platform powers virtual agents that can handle multiple types of requests.
Automation & Productivity
Axis adds automation, onboarding features to Atmos ZTNA network access software
One of these features includes leveraging telemetry data gathered from identities, devices, and connectors to allow multicloud point of presence (PoP) resolution for the selection of the most optimal connectivity path and autoselecting between AWS, Google, or Oracle PoP for brokering.
Network Management
Ivanti and SentinelOne Partner to Revolutionize Patch Management and Deliver Autonomous Vulnerability Assessment, Prioritization, and Remediation
Ivanti, the provider of the Ivanti Neurons automation platform that discovers, manages, secures, and services IT assets from cloud to edge, and SentinelOne, an autonomous cybersecurity platform company, announced they have joined forces to help organizations adopt a comprehensive, risk-based approach to patch management and bolster cybersecurity against cyber threats, including ransomware attack
Security
Verse Announces the Release of Verse Capture to Bring the Power of Texting and Conversational AI to the Massive SMB Market
Next-generation conversation automation platform, Verse, has announced the launch of its latest product offering, Verse Capture. The chatbot alternative provides businesses with the ability to transform website traffic into real-time 2-way text conversations powered by Human-Guided AI.
Automation & Productivity
Serenity EHS raises $5M to expand workflow offerings on ServiceNow 
Support for investigation and root cause analysis allows users to perform investigations with support for 5-Whys, Corrective and Preventative Actions and Eight Discipline, common methodologies used to explore relationships underlying a particular problem.
Automation & Productivity
Phishing attack results in data breach at Pittsburgh-based health system 
“To protect against the attacks such as this, educating users on how to spot and report phishing attacks, then allowing them to practice the skills through simulated phishing emails, is a key way to reduce risk,"
Security
Researchers find 3,000+ mobile apps exposing Twitter API keys
With full access, an attacker would gain the ability to perform actions such as reading direct messages, retweeting, liking, deleting and removing and adding followers, along with the ability to change account settings and the display picture on the account
Privacy & Security
Los Alamos Labs, SK hynix develop computational storage SSD
”Moving our large-scale physics simulations from file-based I/O to record- and columnar-indexed I/O has shown incredible speedups for analysis of simulation output.”
Data Storage
UiPath Acquires Natural Language Processing Company Re:infer
“Our customers are awash in documents, communications, and data that they need to understand the meaning of and process efficiently. Combining Re:infer’s NLP technology with our Document Understanding and AI products expands the breadth of our current AI-powered automation capabilities and unlocks new automation opportunities for our customers.”
Automation & Productivity
Adaptavist and monday.com Partner to Expand Work Management and Digital Transformation Capabilities for Enterprise Worldwide
The monday.com platform is a customizable Work OS that helps teams of all sizes — across all departments including marketing, sales, finance, operations, and IT – create workflows to plan, run and track their processes, projects, and operations.
Automation & Productivity
Fiddler Announces Giga-Scale Model Performance Management with Deeper Understanding of Unstructured Models and Fine Discoverability to Launch New AI Initiatives
Fiddler will now provide vector monitoring capabilities to help organizations gain a deeper understanding of more complex ML models in production that involve unstructured data such as text, images, embeddings, and intermediate model representations.
Artificial Intelligence
Messaging Apps Tapped as Platform for Cybercriminal Activity
Intel 471 identified three key ways in which threat actors are leveraging built-in features of popular messaging apps for their own gain: storing stolen data, hosting malware payloads, and using bots that perform their dirty work, they said.
Privacy & Security
With new $600M financing, Contentsquare aims to humanize digital interactions 
The company has a five-product strategy for its platform that includes analytics to analyze customer journey and content, optimization of mobile apps, finding and fixing surface errors and load times, merchandising for product and pricing analytics, and recommendations for benchmarking and scoring.
Data & Analytics
Amazon to shut down its Amazon Drive file storage service
Amazon intends to shut down the service in phases. As a first step, the company has synced Amazon Drive users’ photos and videos to Amazon Photos, another file storage service that it provides for consumers. The move will ensure that users’ files remain accessible after Amazon Drive is discontinued.
Cloud
How Spike increases productivity with its conversational email platform
He claims that Spike’s offering helps businesses to save money, all while unifying communications into one place. It allows users to do anything right from their inboxes — including communicate, organize, plan, share notes and projects, video conference and monitor schedules.
Automation & Productivity
Facebook’s Meta continues to lose billions in pursuit of the metaverse; already lost $6B on its metaverse project
Zuckerberg said the Facebook users’ decline was partly due to the boom in popularity of the competitor platform TikTok. The blame game didn’t stop there. Zuckerberg also blamed the woes on a combination of other factors, including privacy changes to Apple’s iOS and economic challenges. The company said the lower-than-expected growth was due to inflation as well as supply chain issues impacting advertisers’ budgets.
Metaverse
Video management provider Panopto makes $383M bid for rival Kaltura 
One of the main markets where Kaltura competes is the education sector. Universities and other educational institutions use the company’s software to host virtual classes, create quizzes and track student participation.
Automation & Productivity
Center raises $11M to build NFT search index 
Now, Center is creating an index of NFTs in the same way that search engines index the web. To date, the company has indexed over 135 million NFTs. The objective is to allow developers to quickly and easily provide search capability for NFTs across multiple blockchains using metadata for the discovery of NFTs and embed the results within their apps.
Blockchain
Datafold and Hightouch Integrate to Make Activated Data More Reliable
The integration with Datafold ensures that whenever an upstream data model is modified within a schema or pipeline, the data engineer will be alerted to the impact to any Hightouch sync. This prevents every update from inadvertently breaking the sync or changing the data within a sync in an unexpected way
Data Management
Document workflow vendor AirSlate acquires DocHub to grow automation
“DocHub is the most widely used PDF editing and e-signature solution on the Google Workspace marketplace, and our customers will be able to take advantage of that capability once the integration is complete.”
Automation & Productivity
Kubernetes Made Easy for Docker Desktop Users with New Loft vcluster Extension
 “Using their familiar Docker Desktop, users are able to set up as many different virtual Kubernetes clusters as needed for development, testing, as well as production.”
Cloud
FeatureByte launches with $5.7M in funding to streamline enterprise AI projects 
The Boston-based startup is developing a software platform designed to simplify the task of managing the features, or data, that an AI uses to make decisions. According to FeatureByte, its platform will speed up the preparation of data for machine learning applications and streamline various ongoing management tasks.
Artificial Intelligence
The One-Two Punch of Cybersecurity Solutions
Using AI-based image recognition capabilities, the service identifies impersonation techniques, scanning logos inside emails, QR code information, and applying optical character recognition (OCR) — including the option to record login pages to protect against phishing attempts.
Security
Hazelcast launches serverless offering to accelerate real-time applications
California-based Hazelcast, a company that provides a platform to act on streaming data in real-time, has announced a new serverless solution under its cloud-managed service portfolio. The offering gives enterprises an easier way to access the company’s platform to build real-time application
DevOps
IriusRisk simplifies security for developers with new infrastructure-as-code capability
Infrastructure-as-code (IaC) has been made available as a component of IriusRisk‘s automated threat-modeling platform for application security. Software-defined infrastructure may now be automatically managed and provisioned by development or operational teams using IaC, eliminating the need for human configuration
Security
Inseego Integrates Cloud, Security to 5G WAN
The Inseego 5G SD Edge platform is a hardware and software combination that includes a device that sits on-premises in an indoor edge location and a cloud-based service management layer. It’s targeted at providing connectivity options for distributed and edge locations.
Cloud
Mindtech Releases Part Two of Its Synthetic Data Guide
Mindtech Global has released part two of its synthetic data guide aimed at tackling visual AI’s training problems. It’s a how-to for resolving issues related to combining real-world images with computer-generated ones to optimize the performance of their AI model.
Artificial Intelligence
Teleport introduces passwordless authentication to access management 
The new solution will offer enterprise users passwordless access to key resources including servers, databases, Kubernetes clusters, and internal web apps without the need for usernames, passwords, private keys, or other exploitable secrets.
Security
Neon Raises $30M for Its Postgres as a Service
Many companies are now migrating their operational databases to the cloud as part of their digital transformation strategies, and fully managed database services like Neon can assist with the setup, maintenance, and administration of Postgres on cloud platforms.
Data Management
Dell upgrades PowerStore hardware, software
The Gen 2 platform refresh is quite an upgrade over the older hardware. Now using Cascade Lake-era Intel processors, the new PowerStore systems come with up to 50% more IOPS for mixed workloads, up to 70% faster writes, and up to 10 times improvement in copy operations.
Automation & Productivity
Arcserve Expands SaaS Backup Capabilities to Protect Evolving Data Environments
Recent research from Arcserve found that almost half of businesses (44%) believe protecting and recovering data stored in public clouds is the cloud provider’s responsibility. Therefore, they don’t back it up, which exposes them to cyberattacks and data loss caused by human error, intentional deletion, and programmatic issues.
Data Management
Cybersecurity and data protection provider Acronis raises $250M in new funding 
Alongside its cybersecurity features, the platform offers tools for protecting data from outages. It enables managed service providers to create backup copies of their corporate customers’ records and recover them in the event of an outage.
Data Management
Blockchain domain startup Unstoppable Domains joins unicorn club with $65 million Series A funding
Unstoppable will use the new capital infusion to fuel product innovation and grow its partnerships in the web3 space as we continue to build a platform for user-owned and portable digital identity. Unstoppable is a registry business similar to Verisign, the owner of .com domain, except the domains are on a blockchain.
Blockchain
Pure gets into mainframe backups with Model9
Pure’s FlashBlade is a unified file and object all-flash storage array using QLC (4bits/cell) NAND with up to 1.9PB of raw capacity per chassis. Model9’s Shield product takes mainframe backup data, converts it to S3 object storage format, and then moves it to a target object storage device either on-premises or in the public cloud.
Data Storage
StorONE Eliminates Capacity-Based Pricing, Offers Per Drive Pricing Model
StorONE’s Scale-for-Free pricing model is based on the number of drives in use, not total capacity. The new model breaks free of expensive capacity-based license schemes that punish customers for using high-density drives, keeping them from enjoying hardware innovation.
Data Storage
Aruba AIOps Solution Combines Network and Security Insights
Part of Aruba’s growing family of AIOps solutions, the new capabilities supplement overtaxed IT teams as they grapple with increasing network complexity and the rapid growth of IoT. For the first time, AIOps can be utilized for not just network troubleshooting but also performance optimization and critical security controls.
IT Management
Microsoft warns of stealthy backdoors used to target Exchange Servers, email
Security company ESET last year found 80 unique malicious IIS modules belonging to 14 malware families, most of which were previously undocumented. These included IIS backdoors, info stealers, injectors, proxies for C&C infrastructure, and modules that fraudulently modify content served to search engines.
Security
Expert.ai Showcases New Features for Its Natural Language Platform
New capabilities include enhanced active learning to further improve data labeling; pre-trained knowledge models to both accelerate the delivery of NL applications as well as proactively select and quickly validate the desired outputs; and expanded extraction functionalities based on auto-generation rules for extraction.
Data & Analytics
AWS rolls out new malware detection and container security features 
GuardDuty is a managed service designed to detect malicious activity in cloud environments. The service can, for example, detect when a hacker attempts to download business data from an important cloud application. GuardDuty also spots other types of malicious activity.
Security
API security firm Impart Security promises solutions, not more alarms, for overwhelmed security staff
“While other platforms and technologies can detect security threats, Impart is the only one to also provide out-of-the-box solutions to those vulnerabilities. The last thing we want to do is be a noisy alerting system – we aim to solve problems for security practitioners, not add to their workload.”
Security
Google Cloud partners with startup Veza
“With Veza’s platform now available alongside Google Cloud’s secure and global infrastructure, customers will be able to quickly deploy the solutions they need to better understand, control, and securely take action on their data across their multi-cloud environments.”
Cloud
CrowdStrike announces new threat hunting product, expands container security 
The new product, Falcon OverWatch Cloud Threat Hunting, is being pitched as the industry’s first standalone service for finding hidden and advanced threats originating, operating or persisting in cloud environments. The new service offers cloud-oriented indicators of attack for the control plane and detailed adversary tradecraft to observe and disrupt sophisticated cloud threats.
Security
HPE’s Aruba unit debuts new AI features for automating network management 
Aruba Central is receiving an AI tool dubbed Client Insights that can automatically detect when devices are attached to the network. Moreover, Client Insights collects technical data about each device. The tool can determine whether a newly added system is a server, a data center switch or an employee endpoint, as well as collect information about the network traffic that it generates.
Network Management
AWS re:Inforce: BigID looks to reduce risk and automate policies for AWS cloud
Because the average AWS customer has multiple accounts, the addition of the new intelligent access control feature is designed to reduce risk and automate role-based policies across AWS including S3, Redshift, Athena, EMR, and more with extended integrations with AWS Lake Formation and AWS Glue, the company said.
Cloud
‘AIoT’ startup Butlr raises $20M, signs agreement with Carrier Global 
Butlr’s Heati sensors and software platform provide data and insights on space occupancy, utilization and activity while it’s physically incapable of collecting any personal information. Commercial real estate and senior living are said to be the first two industries to embrace Butlr’s technology and the company is exploring opportunities for people sensing in additional markets
Artificial Intelligence
U.S. Government Collabs to Close Cyber Talent Gap
The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that they will partner with the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish a 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint. The program aims to help fill the vacancies of 700,000 jobs across the cyber industry and promote diversity in the field.
Tech Jobs
RingCentral Expands Hardware Ecosystem and Announces Whiteboard for RingCentral Rooms
RingCentral Rooms enables organizations to transform their meeting spaces into dynamically enabled video conferencing destinations. It extends RingCentral Video and allows customers to have the same great video experience in a conference room that they already have in a home office or on the go.
Automation & Productivity
Samsung Develops Second-Generation SmartSSD with Upgraded Processing Functionality
Unlike existing SSDs, Samsung’s SmartSSD can process data directly, thereby minimizing data transfers between the CPU, GPU and RAM. This technology can avoid the bottlenecks that often occur when moving data between storage devices and CPUs, resulting in markedly improved system performance and much higher energy efficiency.
Data Management
IQM raises $128M to build quantum computers aimed at fixing the climate crisis 
It says quantum computing is an “enabling technology” that will deliver supercharged, precise capabilities that are vastly more powerful than today’s existing supercomputers, with applications in drug discovery, encryption, data protection and more.
Quantum Computing
Edge Delta Delivers Automatic Observability into Kubernetes Resources
Kubernetes resources are constantly provisioned and deprovisioned – a pace that many development teams can’t keep up with, making it nearly impossible to continually monitor their environments. Additionally, as a distributed architecture, Kubernetes environments create high data volumes and costs.
Data & Analytics
Phishing scam uses PayPal to send malicious invoices to potential victims
Detailed today by researchers at Avanan, the scam involves hackers sending malicious invoices from PayPal’s domain, using a free PayPal account they have signed up for. The body of the emails sent spoof brands such as Norton to trick victims into thinking they were legitimate.
Security
Logiwa Launches Powerful Software For Order Fulfillment Analytics
Combine that with our AI-powered optimization algorithms, process automation tools and cloud-based accessibility, and you have a WMS system ready to take your business into the future of high-volume fulfillment,” said Musaoglu.
Automation & Productivity
Druva strengthens ransomware protection
It has announced an enhanced set of capabilities based around telemetry from thousands of businesses of varying sizes and spanning many vertical industries. Druva uses this stream of data to identify local and global trends then tells customers what they could do to combat the threats that have been revealed.
Security
Hackers for Hire: Adversaries Employ ‘Cyber Mercenaries’
Dubbed Atlas Intelligence Group (A.I.G.), the cybergang has been spotted by security researchers recruiting independent black-hat hackers to execute specific aspects of its own campaigns. A.I.G., also known as Atlantis Cyber-Army, functions as a cyber-threats-as-a-service criminal enterprise
Security
Robocorp simplifies open-source RPA
This is good news for the assemblage of RPA startups vying for a piece of the market, like Robocorp. Its new Automation Studio provides a shared view of RPA automations, called bots, for both developers and business users. It also builds on the company’s existing work coding RPA bots in Python that can run on open-source servers.
Automation & Productivity
15Five gets $52M in funding to grow its continuous performance management platform 
15Five has created an unusual manager productivity platform that combines subscription software, training and coaching to improve the productivity of managers and other employees. Its products include Engage, an offering that provides surveys and feedback to help managers focus on what matters.
Automation & Productivity
Oracle and Microsoft Release Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure
With this new offering, Microsoft Azure customers can easily provision, access, and monitor enterprise-grade Oracle Database services in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with a familiar experience.
Data & Analytics
Anodot Gets US Patent for Anomaly Detection Solution
The algorithm boosts the industry-leading (seasonal) ARIMA model for estimating anomalies in time series data, reducing runtime by 99.98% and slashing the expense of running the model by up to 80%, enabling Anodot to better protect its customers’ bottom lines.
Automation & Productivity
Anvilogic raises $25M in funding to automate manual cybersecurity tasks 
Implementing threat detection algorithms can take weeks and often involves adding custom code to an SOC team’s cybersecurity tools. According to Anvilogic, its platform speeds up the task. The platform includes pre-packaged threat detection algorithms that can be implemented quickly, as well as a machine learning tool capable of recommending which algorithms a company should deploy first.
Security
Cato Networks launches SSE system with customizable DLP capabilities
"Datatypes scanned by DLP are sometimes inaccurate because we are doing a template match with regular expressions (REGEX)," explains Avigad. "The machine learning capability we have added monitors and understands the behavior of each data type to identify anomalies."
Automation & Productivity
Freshworks freshens up its smart chatbot service for enterprises
In Freshchat, bots automatically identify and answer the most common user questions, while agents are directed to focus on the more challenging support requests that require human decision-making.  
Automation & Productivity
Darktrace launches new family of security AI tools 
In an attempt to enhance its existing security AI capabilities, Darktrace today announced the launch of Darktrace PREVENT, a new interconnected family of AI products that uses AI to “think like an attacker” to automatically identify an enterprise’s critical assets and exposures.
Security
IBM adds four servers to Power10 lineup
The new scale-out systems are the single-socket S1014, described as ideal for entry-level SMBs and remote offices, and the S1022 and S1024 systems, which are two-socket systems aimed at higher-end uses.
Automation & Productivity
Oracle Enhances Smart Construction Platform with New Analytics Capabilities
The Smart Construction Platform unites capabilities from Oracle engineering and construction applications and third-party solutions with a common data environment and user experience. With the platform, owners and contractors can more easily work together to improve decision-making at every level of their organizations.
Data & Analytics
Human protocol unveils a new decentralized routing protocol to coordinate distributed job markets
The feature, known as the Routing Protocol, sits atop the existing Human to enable the discovery of network generators, fee agreements, consensus job standards, proof of balance, and governance support for seamless consensus-based network upgrades.
Aut
After swimming up the Amazon, Cloudian’s object storage now stacks up with Azure
The Azure HCI software is installed by a deployment wizard as an on-premises Azure Stack cluster, linking it to the Azure cloud for infrastructure management services, such as site replication, cloud backup and Kubernetes.
Data Storage
New Perception Point solution adds enterprise security to Chrome and Edge 
The new solution, Perception Point Advanced Browser Security, combines a next-generation web isolation platform powered by Hysolate Ltd., a startup acquired by the company in March 2022, and Perception Point’s multilayer detection engines. The combination is said to deliver the unprecedented ability to isolate, detect and remediate all malicious threats from the web.
Security
Microsoft Teams is getting all these new hybrid work features 
Teams Connect, an intra- and inter-organization collaboration feature for Teams channels, will be generally available this month. This offers a shared space so users from different organizations don't need to switch tenants to collaborate on the channels.
Automation & Productivity
Rescale and Nvidia partner to automate industrial metaverse
The partnership with Nvidia adds over 150 additional containerized artificial intelligence (AI) and HPC applications and hundreds of pretrained models optimized for Nvidia GPUs. This joins more than 900 other applications already pre-integrated into the Rescale platform
Automation & Productivity
Pecan AI can now automate the deployment and monitoring of predictive AI models 
Israel-based Pecan AI sells a data science platform that enables companies to build artificial intelligence models for tasks such as predicting customer demand and finding opportunities to reduce operational cost.
Data & Analytics
Western Digital first to ship 22TB drives
They are the Gold IT/data center, Red Pro NAS, and Purple Pro video and surveillance products, all using non-shingled, conventional (perpendicular) magnetic recording enhanced with OptiNAND and energy-assisted Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (ePMR) technologies.
Data Storage
Scribe Security rolls out code integrity validator for software supply chains 
The Tel Aviv-based startup is addressing the problem of malicious code planted in software, particularly that shared under an open-source license. Software supply chain security firm ArgonSec Ltd. has estimated that supply chain attacks more than tripled in 2021 with the hack of software from SolarWinds WorldWide LLC and the discovery of vulnerabilities in the popular Log4j open-source diagnostic utility making global headlines.
Security
StarRocks’ real-time analytics engine moves to the cloud
The architecture is purpose-built for real-time data analysis by a large number of concurrent users with support for fast multitable joins. The engine works with a variety of schema models, including flat tables, star and snowflake schemas. It provides a basis for combining real-time transactional data with historical records.
Data & Analytics
DAST vendor Bishop Fox looks to help orgs manage the attack surface 
Bishop Fox’s solution enables organizations to continuously map the attack surface, and identify high-risk exposures so they can take action to remediate them. It also offers live access to dedicated testers.
Security
Juniper Networks infuses AI to pump up automation capabilities
The location, orientation, and distance between APs are calculated and shown to reduce — or even eliminate — deployment problems. As the environment changes, the dashboard will indicate where APs should be moved to.
Automation & Productivity
DeltaStream bags $10M funding to make real-time data streaming easier for developers 
The company has built a serverless streaming database that’s designed to help manage, secure and process data streams. The “serverless” aspect refers to the way the platform abstracts away the underlying infrastructure, so developers can interact with the platform without tinkering with computer servers.
Data & Analytics
SingleStore helps enterprises better manage growing data volumes
San Francisco-headquartered SingleStore offers a real-time SQL database that allows enterprises to integrate, monitor and query datasets of all types from all available sources as a single entity.
Data & Analytics
DeltaStream emerges from stealth to simplify real-time streaming apps
“DeltaStream sits above the streaming storage services such as Apache Kafka and enables users to build real-time streaming applications and pipelines in familiar SQL language,"
Automation & Productivity
Phone scam variant uses QuickBooks to trick victims into handing over details 
The scam involves scammers setting up free 30-day trial QuickBook accounts to send invoices to potential victims. The scammers send invoices claiming that the victims had purchased an item and their credit cards have already been charged. The text in the invoice states that if the targeted victims wish to dispute the charges, they should contact the phone number in the email.
Privacy & Security
 NLP Specialist AI21 Labs Raises $64M
The company has launched several products, including Wordtune, a browser extension with millions of active users that was chosen by Google as one of its favorite extensions for 2021, as well as Wordtune Read, which analyzes and summarizes documents in seconds, enabling users to read long and complex text quickly and efficiently.
Automation & Productivity
Deep learning automation startup Deci raises $25M in Series B round 
Deci has created a development platform for deep learning aimed at making it easy for AI developers to build, optimize and then deploy their models quickly, in the cloud, at the edge or on mobile devices.
Artificial Intelligence
Catalogic upgrades ransomware, hypervisor protection
“DPX GuardMode changes a backup teams’ cyber reliance posture from reactive to proactive with early detection. [It] notifies backup and storage teams of suspicious activity and pinpoints the extent of damage caused by cyber incidents.”
Data Management
Signal AI debuts External Intelligence Graph to augment business decision-making 
The company has just announced the availability of its new External Intelligence Graph, which helps map out the relationships between things that modern organizations need to care about but probably don’t understand that well. It’s talking about things like climate change, supply chain risk and competitor intelligence.
Data & Analytics
TIBCO goes DIY with new AI-model deployment platform
This addition to TIBCO’s analytics portfolio helps users to build their models and scale cloud-based analytic model management, deployment, monitoring and governance.
Artificial Intelligence
Wallaroo Introduces Free Community Edition to Democratize Production ML
For too long, the perception was that scaling ML required unlimited resources or specific skills/expertise for data scientists and ML engineers. Wallaroo helps teams of all sizes and expertise levels get started on their AI/ML journey, streamline their Machine Learning Operation (MLOps), and realize the ROI in AI with speed and efficiency.
Machine Learning
Meta develops AI system for reviewing Wikipedia citations 
Meta’s newly released AI system aims to ease the work of Wikipedia editors by partly automating the task of reviewing citations. The system can scan an article and identify if there are pieces of information that are backed up by a questionable citation. Moreover, it’s capable of recommending more relevant sources with which the questionable citation can be replaced.
Automation & Productivity
New Rezilion release identifies, prioritizes and remediates vulnerable software 
Rezilion argues that as the software attack surface rapidly changes, security, development and infrastructure teams seeking to secure their software can’t keep pace. Difficulties include teams only seeing portions of the software attack surface at one moment in time, combined with a massive amount of vulnerability alerts that are noisy and confusing.
Security
Microsoft launches Defender for IoT to protect printers, smart TVs and more 
Defender for IoT is an agentless monitoring system for securing Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to enterprise IT networks, like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), printers, and smart TVs, as well as operational technology (OT) behind critical infrastructure.
Security
Deloitte launches a new zero-trust access managed service
Zero Trust Access will offer decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) connectivity between end users and applications, so that sensitive data traffic doesn’t traverse through any third-party managed point-of-presence (POP) devices.
Security
Seattle startup raises $14M to fuel ambitious plan for a social network built on the blockchain
Founded about a year ago, Peer provides similar functions as Facebook, where people can interact with user-generated-content, but is entirely built on the blockchain. This means its content creators will be able to own and monetize their posts as non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.
Blockchain
Dell’s PowerProtect Cyber Recovery and CyberSense heading into the cloud
These have direct connections to AWS, Azure, GCP and other clouds with (backup) data sent to a PowerProtect DD system in a Faction datacenter and then moved into a Cyber Recovery Vault in immutable copy form and separated by a logical air gap from the source data.
Cloud
Disneyland hack reveals dangers of social media account takeover
While it’s unclear how the hacker gained access to Disneyland’s social accounts, Aaron Turner, CTO of SaaS Protect at California-based AI cybersecurity provider, Vectra, believes that social media companies are to blame for offering organizations poor authentication mechanisms.

Security
BangDB Launches APIs for AI, Graph and Stream Processing
By bringing AI, Stream Processing, Graph and the database together in a single product, BangDB has created a modern stack to disrupt the data analysis market.
Data & Analytics
U.S. Healthcare Orgs Targeted with Maui Ransomware
Another characteristic of Maui that diverges from other ransomware is that it appears to be designed for manual execution by a threat actor, allowing its operators to “specify which files to encrypt when executing it and then exfiltrate the resulting runtime artifacts,”
Security
Dashbot Launches Conversational Data Cloud to Provide a Centralized View of All Chatbot Data
Dashbot, a conversational AI and data platform, announced the launch of its proprietary Conversational Data Cloud, letting customers build and optimize their chatbots from their businesses’ own conversational data. Dashbot’s Conversational Data Cloud turns unstructured, noisy, interrelated and often tangled conversational data into immediate action.
Data & Analytics
Swimlane raises $70M for its low-code cybersecurity automation platform 
Swimlane provides a platform called Turbine that enables companies to create automation workflows, or playbooks, for performing cybersecurity tasks. A company could use Turbine to create a playbook that automatically scans the network traffic received by an application for malicious requests. It’s also possible to create playbooks that perform multiple tasks.
Security
Databricks updates Lakehouse Platform
Databricks has updated its Lakehouse Platform, promising more cost-efficient performance, better pipeline building, virtual cleanrooms, and a marketplace for data and analytics assets.
Data & Analytics
Cloudflare Claims Completion of Zero-Trust Platform

Cloudflare added several new capabilities to its zero-trust and secure access service edge (SASE) platform, called Cloudflare One. Included in the additions are email security protection, data loss prevention, cloud access security broker (CASB), and private network discovery.

Security
Zscaler gives security a shot of AI
For starters, Zscaler announced AI and ML capabilities for the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange, a security cloud that processes more than 200 billion daily transactions and blocks 150 million attacks.
Security
GoTo buys Miradore to expand its mobile device management expertise
Miradore has built a cloud-hosted mobile device management platform that’s aimed at SMBs. IT teams can manage end users across Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android devices, supporting both “bring your own device” and hybrid work models that have become the norm in many industries.
IT Management
FBI and CISA warn: This ransomware is using RDP flaws to break into networks 
While Medusa is today not as prolific as Conti and Lockbit RaaS networks, MedusaLocker caused its fair share of trouble, being one of several threats that led to Microsoft's warning to healthcare operators to patch VPN endpoints and configure Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) securely.
Security
Infrastructure-as-code security startup Oak9 raises $8M
The company’s Security as Code platform continuously finds, analyzes and remediates security and compliance issues in real time as changes occur in IaC and deployed cloud workloads.
Security
Konnecto raises $21M in Series A for the world’s first prescriptive path-to-purchase optimization platform
Konnecto is designed to help brands and marketers reverse-engineer and understand the entire customer journey across multiple platforms while also enabling them to disrupt competitors’ customer journeys in order to increase market share.
Marketing Tech
Immue discovers new exploitation of Apple’s private relay
While helping organizations across multiple industries stop cyber fraud and bot attacks targeted at their companies, Immue said it detected many of these attacks coming from internet protocols (IPs) associated with Apple and their two supporting Akamai and Cloudflare servers.
Privacy & Security
Leaky Access Tokens Exposed Amazon Photos of Users
Theoretically, with exposed tokens, an attacker could’ve accessed users’ personal data from a number of different Amazon apps – not just Photos but also, for example, Amazon Drive. They also could have performed a ransomware attack, locking up or permanently deleting photos, documents and more.
Security
Citing security concerns, FCC commissioner asks Apple and Google to remove TikTok from app stores 
Carr, who’s a Republican commissioner, said he believes the Chinese company is violating the standards of Apple and Google by scraping data from its American users and sending it back to China. “TikTok’s pattern of conduct and misrepresentations regarding the unfettered access that persons in Beijing have to sensitive U.S. user data,” he said
Privacy & Security
TIBCO goes DIY with new AI-model deployment platform
The Palo Alto, California-based company today announced the release of TIBCO ModelOps, which enables businesses to deploy AI models faster and at scale to keep up with the pace of their sales activity. This addition to TIBCO’s analytics portfolio helps users to build their models and scale cloud-based analytic model management, deployment, monitoring and governance.
Automation & Productivity
Snowplow Analytics raises $40M to grow its behavioral data crunching platform
With the Snowplow Behavioral Data Platform, data teams can access behavioral data that’s created, modeled and customized for the specific application they’re building. This solves many headaches for teams, allowing them to focus on getting the application just right, rather than on wasting time finding, cleansing and preparing data for analysis.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft Teams for web just got these new features 
Teams for the web include custom background effects, Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) captioning, and Live Captions and Live Transcript, Microsoft announced in a blogpost.  
Automation & Productivity
Connatix Launches Intuitive Contextual Targeting Solution ‘Deep Contextual’
Deep Contextual is the most intuitive contextual targeting offering on the market that leverages AI-powered deep learning, advanced computer vision, natural language processing and other proprietary technologies to analyze video and page content, providing deeper insights and contextual categories for smarter and more effective targeting.
Artificial Intelligence
US taps startup QuSecure for post-quantum cybersecurity
To address that threat, the federal government is tapping the startup QuSecure to supply it with post-quantum cybersecurity software. The contract is a big deal for the three-year-old startup, which just released its quantum orchestration platform, QuProtect, in May. Its product is designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using quantum secure channels.
Security
Anari AI Launches Thor X to Enhance Cloud-based 3D Applications
Anari AI is launching Thor X, the first  “System-on-Cloud” specialized in semantic segmentation of 3D point cloud data structures. Primarily focused on providing custom hardware acceleration to industries such as  geospatial, BIM, digital twin, and metaverse, Thor X is enabling 30x more efficient processing compared to the best GPUs on the market.
Automation & Productivity
E-commerce technology startup Nautical Commerce nabs $30M in funding 
However, there are relatively few tools focused specifically on enabling multiple companies to sell merchandise via the same marketplace. As a result, retailers taking this route historically had to either build custom software or assemble a marketplace from multiple existing products with limited feature sets.
Automation & Productivity
Immuta Adds Policy Enforcement to Unity Catalog in the Databricks Lakehouse Platform
Immuta is one of the first Databricks partners to integrate its policy engine into Unity Catalog, building a deeper level of customer trust through enhanced and consistent policy management and enforcement.
Data Management
Zero-trust network access provider, Cyolo, strengthens authentication offerings
Cyolo claims that it securely links all organization users (remote and onsite, third-party, OT and so on,) to all of their work environments (on-premises, cloud, hybrid), enabling them to be more productive while safeguarding the network from access-based hazards.
Security
Siemens Launches Siemens Xcelerator – An Open Digital Business Platform to Accelerate Digital Transformation
Siemens Xcelerator includes a curated portfolio of internet of things (IoT) enabled hardware, software and digital services from across Siemens and certified third parties; a growing ecosystem of partners; and an evolving marketplace to facilitate interactions and transactions between customers, partners and developers.
Digital Transformation
Veritas Backup Exec sends data to Backblaze cloud
B2 is accessed through the S3 protocol and provides a public cloud alternative to on-premises purpose-built backup appliances such as Dell EMC’s PowerProtect (Data Domain as was), ExaGrid, and Quantum’s Dxi systems. Backup Exec is Veritas’s small and medium enterprise offering and complements its NetBackup enterprise backup software.
Data Storage
HPE GreenLake expansion aimed at blurring lines between public and private clouds 
HPE is continuing to fill in the gaps on its three-year-old strategy to move its full portfolio to subscription pricing. Three months ago it folded in network management from its Aruba subsidiary, added a unified dashboard that spans the full range of a customer’s GreenLake services and introduced 12 new cloud services spanning networking, data services, high-performance computing and operations management.
Cloud
This sophisticated malware is targeting routers to break into networks 
A newly discovered remote access trojan (RAT) called ZuoRAT has targeted remote workers by exploiting flaws in often unpatched small office/home office (SOHO) routers.
Security
Opaque Systems Raises $22M Series A To Bring Scalable, Multi-Party Analytics and AI to Confidential Computing
Today, more than $300 billion of the world’s most valuable data remains untapped due to the lack of a secure processing environment. With the emergence of confidential computing, organizations can now secure sensitive data in Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) in the cloud.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft WebView2 phishing technique can bypass MFA and steal login cookies 
WebView2 is a runtime, or software and instructions that are executed while a program is running, that provides web-based features in Microsoft 365 desktop applications using Microsoft Edge as a rendering engine.
Security
Dell builds its own partner-based data lakehouse
Like Databricks, Dremio, SingleStore, and Snowflake, Dell envisages a single data lakehouse construct. The concept is that you have a single, universal store with no need to run extract, transform and load (ETL) processes to get raw data selected and put into the proper form for use in a data warehouse
Data & Analytics
Lockbit ransomware gang creates first malicious bug bounty program
According to Lockbit’s leak site, as part of the bug bounty program, the cyber gang will pay all security researchers, ethical and unethical hackers” to provide Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on high-profile individuals and web exploits in exchange for remuneration ranging from $1,000 to $1 million
Security
Kyligence rolls out unified metrics platform for analytics 
Kyligence Zen is described as an “intelligent metrics store platform” that automates pipelines from data lakes or data warehouses to multidimensional online analytical processing or OLAP databases to make metrics more consistent.
Data & Analytics
VMware adds cross-cloud management to core virtualization platforms 
In a bid to erase distinctions between on-premises and cloud infrastructure VMware Inc. today introduced extensions to its vSphere virtualization platform and vSAN storage virtualization software that provide centralized cloud-based management of data center infrastructure.
Cloud
Starburst Acquires Varada To Deliver New Standard Of Data Lake Analytics
While Starburst’s best-in-class query engine already leads the industry in both performance and cost-efficiency, combining Varada’s proprietary and patented indexing technology sets a new benchmark in data lake analytics, empowering organizations to more quickly and efficiently derive greater insights from their data.
Data & Analytics
Apple's 'most complicated product' is heading for launch, says analyst 
According to Kuo, who gathers insights about Apple's future products through supply-chain checks, Apple's technology would support "video see thru" functionality for an "excellent immersive experience".
Emerging Tech
Security automation startup Cerby launches platform for unmanageable applications 
The enrollment-based platform combines technology, robotic process automation and seamless integrations with identity providers like Okta Inc. and Microsoft Corp.’s Azure AD. This functionality enables the platform to understand commonly used software-as-a-service applications in a business context and automate security policies before they lead to breaches.
IT Management
Nvidia partners with Run:ai and Weights & Biases for MLops Stack
Geller said that the partnership’s goal is to make a full machine learning operations workflow more consumable for enterprise users. To that end, Run:ai and Weights & Biases are building an integration to help make it easier to run the two technologies together.
Artificial Intelligence
Sinequa Adds Industry-Leading Neural Search Capabilities to its Search Cloud Platform
As an optional capability of Sinequa’s Search Cloud platform, Neural Search is the first commercially available solution to use four deep learning language models. These models are pre-trained and ready to use in combination with Sinequa’s advanced Natural Language Processing (NLP) and semantic search for the best relevance and question-answering capability, optimized to run efficiently even at scale.
Automation & Productivity
Esri Releases ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Engine
Data scientists can perform spatial analysis wherever their data is stored—in a data lake, a data warehouse, or ArcGIS software—saving the time and cost of moving volumes of data out of cloud environments.
Data & Analytics
Anari AI Launches Thor X to Enhance Cloud-based 3D Applications
Anari AI is launching Thor X, the first  “System-on-Cloud” specialized in semantic segmentation of 3D point cloud data structures. Primarily focused on providing custom hardware acceleration to industries such as  geospatial, BIM, digital twin, and metaverse, Thor X is enabling 30x more efficient processing compared to the best GPUs on the market.
Cloud
Starburst Acquires Varada To Deliver New Standard Of Data Lake Analytics
With the acquisition and integration of Varada’s technology, customers using Starburst for their analytical workloads can reduce cloud compute costs by 40%+ and query response times by up to 7x.
Data & Analytics
Panasas Joins MLCommons to Advance ML Storage Innovation
MLCommons, the open and global engineering consortium dedicated to making machine learning better for everyone, promotes widespread ML adoption and democratization through benchmarks, large-scale public datasets, and best practices. Panasas approached MLCommons to discuss the storage challenge in the ETL (extract, transform, and load) process and its impact on the overall performance of the ML pipeline.
Machine Learning
Cisco reports vulnerabilities in products including email and web manager
This vulnerability is due to a design oversight in the querying process, according to Cisco. LDAP is an external authentication protocol for accessing and maintaining distributed directory information services on the public internet or corporate intranet.
Security
Evinced raises $38M to help enterprises build accessible websites and mobile apps 
The startup’s software can detect if some features of an online service don’t work with screen readers, or if they may be inaccessible for people who use a keyboard to navigate the interface. Evinced is capable of detecting other types of interface flaws as well.
Automation & Productivity
LogRocket Launches Conditional Recording, Secures $25M Series C
LogRocket Conditional Recording removes this limitation by intelligently detecting negative user experience and ensuring that these negative experiences are captured and stored. Instead of relying on sampling which can miss important data, LogRocket customers reliably know that 100% of the data they need will be available in real-time.
Data & Analytics
Permiso.io launches new cloud detection and response service 
Today, cloud identity detection and response provider Permiso.io announced the launch of P0 Labs, a new managed detection and response service that will bring together a team of cloud security incident responders and threat detection experts to help enterprises detect and respond to data breaches.  
Security
Amazon Connect adds AI-powered updates to boost agent efficiency and chatbot design 
Amazon Connect Cases aims to resolve this by automatically creating a new case the first time a customer calls. It then tracks all related calls, chats and tasks and keeps them in one place, so agents have a quick understanding of the case at their fingertips.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft wants to improve IoT security with Edge Secured-core devices 
Beyond desktops and servers, Microsoft also has the "Edge Secured-core" program – a security certification for IoT devices that operate on the edge of networks called the Azure Certified Device program. It's for devices connected to Microsoft's Azure cloud service.
Security
Behavox Makes a Quantum Leap in Compliance
“Behavox Quantum generates more useful, actionable alerts, meaning less time is wasted chasing false positives. The ability to catch 80% of bad actors in comparison to the 2% Lexicon catches will revolutionize the industry,”
Data & Analytics
Microsoft Defender for individuals offers cross-platform Windows Security 
Called “Microsoft Defender for individuals,” the security app offers online security through a unified view into a user’s protections across their personal phones and computers. Microsoft Defender isn’t new, but the new product differs in that it extends already built-in Windows Security beyond a PC to macOS, iOS and Android devices.
Security
Cisco ThousandEyes Forecasts Network Disruptions for SD-WAN
The new ThousandEyes product “is the first example of true predictive network intelligence that doesn’t just leverage machine learning (ML) to understand what’s happening and what might be wrong now, but actually predicts outages that have yet to happen, and will allow you to remediate them in real time,”
Network Management
InfluxData Announces InfluxDB Edge Data Replication
Edge Data Replication enables developers to collect, store and analyze high-precision time series data in InfluxDB at the edge, while replicating all or subsets of this data into InfluxDB Cloud.
Data & Analytics
SaaS buying platform startup Vendr raises $150M on $1B valuation 
The platform provides commercial negotiations, renewal management and contract logistics services by negotiating software purchases. The company also helps clients improve their bottom line by keeping track of information relevant to managing their SaaS stack.
Automation & Productivity
Google Distributed Cloud Edge Eyes Private Networks
These services include the ability to tap into licensed spectrum assets either controlled by a carrier or available through outside licensing models; support for virtualized radio access network (vRAN) technology for connectivity and edge applications; and deployment and management of control and user plane functions.
Cloud
Lightning AI raises $40M in funding to streamline AI development projects 
Lightning AI sells a commercial version of PyTorch Lightning, an open-source neural network development tool created by co-founder and Chief Executive Officer William Falcon. The tool is one of the most popular technologies in its category. According to the startup, PyTorch Lightning is downloaded 4 million times per month.
Artificial Intelligence
AI-powered Sales Solution Amy Raises $6 Million Seed Round to Boost Business Professionals’ Selling Power by Tapping into the Power of Human Connections
The platform analyzes all publicly available information about a business prospect, transforming strands of random data into digestible briefs which contain insights about the prospect, the company they work for, and common experiences. The platform’s unique algorithm collects information about the respective prospect and, through proprietary NLP technology, extracts and presents a personalized meeting brief comprised solely of information relevant to business professionals
Data & Analytics
AWS turns-up mainframe-migration service
The service includes tools to refactor workloads written for mainframes in legacy programming languages such as COBOL to Java-based cloud services. Or customers can keep their workloads as written and re-platform them to AWS with minimal code changes, AWS stated.
IT Management
An executive assistant for every worker: Startup’s AI takes meeting notes, follows up on email, and more
Xena is a “conversational agent” sitting on top of the Xembly platform. It can understand conversations in Zoom or Google Meet, on Slack, and in email. It detects intention and then surfaces that intention to accomplish tasks and create efficiency across those other workplace tools.
Automation & Productivity
Yext Partners with Snowflake to Unlock Actionable Search Insights
“Analytics has always been a key focus of ours, and that’s only become more important now that Yext answers questions across websites, search engines, apps, and chatbots,”
Data & Analytics
Workflow automation startup airSlate raises $51.5M as it extends collaboration with UiPath 
The partnership is centered around an integration that helps joint customers add automated document workflows into UiPath’s processes. Customers can now generate documents and forms with data provided by UiPath and other third-party systems, scan documents through automated workflows for approval and signing, and collect data and bring it back to UiPath.
Automation & Productivity
Finout launches with $14M in funding to help companies clean up cloud expenditure 
The mega-bill lays out a company’s entire monthly cloud expenses. Where it gets clever, though, is that it uses advanced assignment rules and virtual tagging to attribute each line item in the bill to its business role, feature, team and product. Moreover, it uses the most granular cost units it can, including native agentless Kubernetes support.
Cloud
ThoughtSpot and Matillion Partner to Enable Rapid Delivery of Insights with Low-Code Data Integration and Live Analytics
Matillion’s low-code/no-code ELT templates via Shared Jobs solve this problem, offering users a cloud-native tool to extract, migrate, and transform data from any source, while ThoughtSpot makes it possible for anyone to analyze this data through search and AI.
Data & Analytics
Cisco Introduces Nexus Cloud To Simplify Operations
Cisco is bringing to market Nexus Cloud, a “gateway” to managing cloud assets. This cloud-delivered and cloud-managed platform is designed for running enterprise cloud networks with full visibility and ease of use.
Cloud
Real-estate technology unicorn HomeLight raises $115M 
Accept.inc, the startup that HomeLight is acquiring, also focuses on the real-estate market. It provides a service that enables home buyers to make all-cash offers on homes. According to market research cited by the startup, its service can help home buyers secure lower prices and increase the likelihood that their bids will be accepted by as much as 400%.
Automation & Productivity
Meta’s AI researchers are teaching robots to navigate physical worlds without maps or training 
To that end, Meta has focused its efforts on “embodied AI,” which refers to training AI systems via interactions in 3D simulations. In this area, Meta said it has created a promising new “point-goal navigation model” that can navigate through new environments without any map or GPS sensor.
Artificial Intelligence
Irish tech startup Webio raises $4M in funding to help companies chase down debt using conversational AI
The jewel in the crown is Webio’s ability to ‘move the needle’ in predicting conversation outcomes by analyzing what is said and how it is said. Identifying characteristics such as a person’s potential vulnerability early and accurately, and then guiding that customer conversations through a range of best next steps dynamically is an example of a critical capability in this market.
Automation & Productivity
WEKA Unveils Multicloud Data Platform for AI and Next-Gen Workloads
WEKA is helping organizations to harness AI and innovate the future by running these impossibly large, performance-intensive workloads in the cloud – or clouds – of their choosing, as well as hybrid cloud and edge environments.
Data & Analytics
Cybersecurity startup GreyNoise raises $15M in Series A funding to reduce false-positive security alerts and fight mass vulnerability exploitation
“To address these issues, GreyNoise separates irrelevant internet noise from emerging threats. This enables security teams to quickly eliminate noisy security alerts from the SOC, identify and block mass exploit attacks, hunt for compromised systems, and prioritize patching. We offer security teams a better way to stay ahead of large opportunistic attacks such as Log4J.”
Security
Splunk bolsters its big-data platforms with new security and observability tools 
For instance, Splunk Cloud Platform’s Data Manager feature provides a more scalable onboarding experience across Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure starting today, with support for Google Cloud coming in the summer. Customers will have access to an easier to manage hybrid cloud control plane from where they can view all of the data flowing into Splunk.
Security
Splunk bolsters its big-data platforms with new security and observability tools 
KNIME, which offers a no-code/low-code toolset that enables – in a manner of speaking – square data sets to fit into round storage holes, announced a new partnership with cloud data lake provider Snowflake, designed to democratize access to data analytics across line-of-business roles inside an enterprise.
Data & Analytics
Microsoft Teams taps artificial intelligence for headache-free meetings
These include echo cancellation, adjusting audio in poor acoustic areas, and allowing users to speak and hear at the same time without interruptions. These build on AI-powered features recently released, including expanding background noise suppression.
Automation & Productivity
Symbiote Linux malware uses sophisticated techniques to hide and steal credentials
Symbiote hides itself and any other malware deployed, making infections hard to detect. Hard might be an understatement: According to the researchers, performing live forensics on an infected may not turn up anything since all the files, processes and network artifacts are hidden by the malware.
Security
Jack Dorsey’s TBD venture details Web5 platform 
One of Web5’s components is Ion, a software system developed by Microsoft Corp. that runs on the bitcoin mainnet. The term mainnet describes the blockchain that powers a cryptocurrency
Blockchain
Corel adds zero trust tech to its strength with Awingu acquisition
Adding Awingu to the Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) tech stack also solves their customers’ challenges of securely working with legacy apps, on-premise assets, hybrid cloud architectures and the fast-growing base of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications all organizations have.
Security
Google suspends researcher who claims one of its AI systems is now sentient 
Most AI experts agree that the technology has yet to reach the level of self-knowledge and awareness that humans possess. However, the most advanced AI tools today are capable of extremely sophisticated interactions that could convince some people they are having a discussion with a sentient being.
Artificial Intelligence
Primer Acquires Yonder, Adds Disinformation Analysis to AI Portfolio for Information Operations
By pairing Yonder’s contextual narrative intelligence capabilities with Primer’s state-of-the-art NLP models and solutions, such as Primer Command for real-time security and operational intelligence, customers can proactively monitor emerging narratives, identify the groups starting and promoting them, assess the potential risks, and take action to avoid or mitigate harm to their brands and operations.
Data & Analytics
MongoDB fires up new cloud, on-premises releases
That’s why, after the release of MongoDB 5.0, time-series collections in that version were enhanced with several features like, support for sharded clusters, data tiering, multi-deletes, cardinality handling improvements, handling of missing data points (with densification and gap-filling), and compression to reduce storage overhead.
Data & Analytics
Immuta scoops up $100M for its data-level security technology 
Immuta’s engine scans an organization’s data and infers use based on its characteristics. It then creates tags that can be used as a foundation for global policies. “We use access-based controls based on attributes at query time,” he said. “That means we can discover data and apply policies in 90% of use cases.”
Security
443ID launches with OSINT-driven identity and access management solution
443ID’s platform gathers OSINT signals, essentially online data that goes beyond the reach of traditional search engines, to generate a real-time risk score for each user, and assigns extra authentication steps to high-risk users, such as filling out CAPTCHA forms or verifying their email address so they can verify their identity.
Security
SaaS security management startup AppOmni raises $70M 
The platform deeply scans application programming interfaces, security controls and configuration settings to evaluate the current state of SaaS deployments and compare them against best practices and business intent.
Security
AI Platform Tethr Announces Zero Touch Conversation Intelligence
Tethr, the leading AI-powered conversation intelligence platform, launched its Zero Touch offering, which includes a free trial giving users self-service access to the platform and in-depth analytics of their own customer conversations.
Data & Analytics
Laminar closes $30M funding round to protect enterprises’ cloud data
The startup’s platform can, for example, detect if a cloud database doesn’t encrypt business information or is set up in a way that allows users to download records without entering a password. Laminar’s algorithms generate suggestions on how administrators should go about fixing configuration issues.
Security
Gigasheet Announces $7M Series A to Democratize Big Data Analysis
The no-code analytics platform helps organizations investigate massive data sets without the need for a database, an IT team, or knowledge of any query language like SQL.
Data & Analytics
Incognia expands focus to combat increased identity fraud
Incognia says it has developed a method of mobile app security that doesn’t require the user to take any action. Instead, Incognia claims that it can distinguish trustworthy users from fraudsters by using a device’s location signals and motion sensors to build a location identity that’s unique to each user, similar to a location fingerprint.
Data Privacy
Devo raises $100M at $2B valuation for its AI-powered cybersecurity platform
The platform continuously collects data about the cloud resources, software containers and other assets in a company’s technology environment. Devo then uses machine learning to scan the collected information for signs of malicious activity.
Security
Privitar, Denodo partner to unite data’s context with regulatory compliance
“This idea of context, the purpose for which you’re using the data, is the key driver. It’s no longer just enough for people to ask for data. As a privacy vendor, the first question for us is: what is the purpose? What are you trying to do with it?”
Data Privacy
Stardog Enables Data Citizens with New Platform Innovations
The new Advanced Query tool empowers citizen data users to ask complex business questions via the semantic layer more easily. By removing the need to learn a graph query language, users can self-serve from across their enterprise data landscape.
Data & Analytics
US government issues warning over ‘Karakurt’ data extortion group 
The group takes an arguably sinister twist in that those behind the hacking group have contacted the victim’s employees, business partners and clients with harassing emails and phone calls to pressure the victim to cooperate.
Security
ServiceNow acquires Hitch to bring AI-powered skills mapping to the enterprise
With prebuilt integrations for applicant tracking systems, learning management systems, human capital management (HCM) systems, LinkedIn, online survey tools and more, Hitch offers mapping and analytics for skill supply and demand, career planning and mentoring.
Automation & Productivity
Incorta launches native delta-sharing integration to enable secure, real-time exchange of large datasets
Its platform enables analysis of raw business data — which normally has to go through one or more iterations in order to be usable — to shorten the data pipeline. It directly maps to source application data, eliminating conventional transformation and aggregation steps,
Data & Analytics
Chainguard raises $50M to secure companies’ software supply chains
A software bill of materials provides data about the components that an application includes, as well as the tools used to build it. Chainguard Enforce, Chainguard’s first tool, automatically generates this data to help development teams track their code’s security more efficiently.
Security
LogicMonitor launches unified observability platform for multicloud and container environments 
LM Envision extends these tools with expanded coverage for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud environments, plus Kubernetes container services, the company said. It also claims more than 2,000 integrations with third-party tools and services to help teams spot trends and anomalies from a single platform.
IT Management
MLOps Company Iterative Introduces Open, Git-based ML Model Tool
MLEM is a core building block for a Git-based ML model registry, together with other Iterative tools, like GTO and DVC. A model registry stores and versions trained ML models. Model registries greatly simplify the task of tracking models as they move through the ML lifecycle, from training to production deployments and ultimately retirement.
Machine Learning
Coralogix raises $142M for lightweight full-stack observability platform 
Coralogix’s full-stack observability platform, powered by the organization’s Streama technology, has gathered lots of investor interest due to its ability to provide access to real-time assets, ML models, data transformation and alerting capabilities without relying on storage or indexing.
IT Management
New Clumio service provides air gap ransomware protection for AWS EC2 and EBS 
SecureVault Lite is pitched as allowing enterprises to no longer have to choose between ransomware protection and cost reduction. Clumio’s new service is claimed to deliver 30% savings with AWS integration at a similar cost as local in-account Amazon EBS snapshots.
Security
BeReal, the new Gen Z photo sharing app that prompts users to take one unedited photo a day, is taking the social media by storm
According to app intelligence firm Apptopia, BeReal has seen 8 million downloads year-to-date, representing 76.5% of its lifetime installs. France (where the app is based) and the U.S. lead, with a 20.5% and 19.7% share of installs, respectively.
Apps
Cisco + NetApp + Pure = CI as a service
“We are excited to combine our own Pure Storage as-a-service (STaaS)… with Cisco+ Hybrid Cloud to create FlashStack as-a-service (FSaaS)… Our joint customers can scale capacity up or down as needed, and only pay for the IT services they consume.”  
Data Storage
Fortanix introduces new blockchain security tools 
Fortanix carries out the two-factor authentication process in a so-called trusted execution environment. A trusted execution environment is an isolated section of a server’s memory that is accessible only to a specific application.
Security
Lookout acquires password management company SaferPass
“At the same time, large-scale data breaches have leaked billions of consumer emails and passwords on the dark web, putting individuals at risk of identity theft and financial fraud. The SaferPass team shares our vision for providing seamless security solutions that address all access points and protect personal and corporate data wherever it may reside.”
Security
Forward Networks integrates with Rapid7 to model network behavior and mitigate device vulnerabilities 
By integrating with Rapid7, Forward Networks believes it can illustrate the actual risk each device vulnerability poses to on-premises, multicloud and software-defined wide-area networks from a single screen. It does so by creating a network-based “digital twin” of each device, the company explained, which can then be used to accurately model current and possible network behaviors.
IT Management
Ordr raises $40M for IoT monitoring tool
Ordr helps enterprises monitor IoT connected devices as part of a real-time inventory, which provides details on the device’s model, serial number and location, to help security teams identify devices with vulnerabilities, weak passwords or certifications, while using machine learning to identify anomalous activity on each device.
IT Management
Finnish cybersecurity startup Hoxhunt raises $40M amid raising cyberattack numbers
The company also features a fully automated service simulates real attacks and shows the techniques attackers use to infiltrate organizations. Employees are rewarded for reporting the attacks – both real and simulated.
Security
Exafunction Raises $25 Million Series A Funding Led by Greenoaks
With Exafunction, customers achieve 5-10x improvements in hardware utilization, getting more from their existing resources, speeding up their models, and cutting both costs and energy usage.
Automation & Productivity
DuckDuckGo caught giving Microsoft permission to track users despite its strong privacy protection claim
According to Bleeping Computer, security researcher Zach Edwards posted on Twitter that “while DuckDuckGo blocks Google and Facebook trackers, it allowed Microsoft trackers to continue running.” The company explains that “this issue is occurring on browsers and only pertains to non-DuckDuckGo websites.”
Data Privacy
GitHub adds more security and automation features to Enterprise Server 
The platform ships with a cybersecurity tool called Dependabot that GitHub obtained through a 2019 startup acquisition. According to the Microsoft unit, Dependabot can automatically alert developers if a security flaw is found in one of the open-source components used by an application.
DevOps
MariaDB and MindsDB Raise the IQ for Cloud Databases
MariaDB has been downloaded over one billion times and is used by 75% of the Fortune 500, touching the lives of more than a billion people every day. MariaDB database users will now be able to add machine learning based predictions directly into their datasets stored in SkySQL
Data & Analytics
Seemplicity launches with $32M round to help companies plug security holes faster 
The idea with Seemplicity’s platform is to connect security findings with the people who can fix them quickly, helping reduce the time it takes between first discovering vulnerabilities and mitigating them. It does this by aggregating, normalizing and orchestrating the findings from multiple security tools to create a single, consistent security backlog.
Security
ChromeLoader Browser Hijacker Provides Gateway to Bigger Threats
ChromeLoader may seem on the surface like a run-of-the-mill browser hijacker that merely redirects victims to advertisement websites. However, its use of PowerShell could pose a greater risk by leading to further and advanced malicious activity, such as the propagation of ransomware or spyware or theft of browser-session data.
Security
Microsoft announces new ‘family’ of identity and access management tools
Today, Microsoft announced the launch of Entra, a new product family of identity and access management solutions. The family includes existing tools like Azure AD alongside two new product categories; Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) and Decentralized Identity.
Security
One AI launches with $8M in funding to ease natural language processing projects
One AI provides a collection of pre-packaged natural language processing models optimized for business use cases. They’re available through an application programming interface, which enables developers to integrate the startup’s technology into their software with relative ease.
Artificial Intelligence
LANL and Pavilion Partner to Explore Analytics Offloads to Computational Storage Arrays
LANL is moving their I/O from file based to record or column based, which enables analytics to be done using tools from the big data/analytics community. LANL has shown 1000X speedups on analytics functions by leveraging data reduction near the storage devices via their DeltaFS technology.
Data & Analytics
Flexa, a female-founded tech startup, raises $2.9M to demystify flexible work and bring transparency to the global hiring market
Unlike the traditional job platform, Flexa has flipped the hiring process on its head by enabling companies to showcase what their working environments offer when it comes to flexibility and benefits. Flexa enables companies to be discovered by candidates who want to know up-front how the company operates and get a transparent look at what its working policies are before applying for a role.
Automation & Productivity
NetApp previews cloud-native Astra Data Store
NetApp has launched an early access program for its Astra Data Store, cloud-native software providing shared NFS file and block storage to new and old applications, meaning containers and virtual machines
Data Storage
TigerGraph launches Workbench for graph neural network ML/AI modeling
The ML Workbench is a Jupyter-based Python development framework that enables data scientists to build deep-learning AI models using connected data directly from the business.
Data & Analytics
Informatica Launches Free Data Loader for Google BigQuery
the enterprise cloud data management leader announced the launch of a new cloud service, Informatica Data Loader for Google BigQuery, a no cost, zero-code, zero-devops, zero infrastructure required cloud data management SaaS offering that will help departmental users across the organization to move from data to insights in minutes, as opposed to weeks.
Data & Analytics
Google debuts new tools for securing Chrome OS and Chrome in the enterprise
Google today introduced Chrome Enterprise Connectors Framework, a collection of integrations designed to ease IT teams’ work further. The integrations provide the ability to manage workers’ Chrome OS devices and Chrome browser installations using popular third-party software tools.
Security
Alteryx Empowers Public Sector to Accelerate Insights with Automated Analytics
Now with a FIPS-compatible version of Alteryx Designer, public sector organizations including government agencies of all sizes can implement analytics automation to connect their businesses with insights.
Data & Analytics
Algorics Launches Metavate, Metadata-driven Automation For Clinical Data Flow And Transparency
MetaVate is a fully integrated modular solution with a unique, metadata-driven data transformation engine designed to support the creation of any target data sets from any source data sets, including SDTM, ADaM and third-party data.
Data & Analytics
Meta rewrites privacy policy but says it won’t collect data in ‘new ways’
Meta is also rolling out new Audience Controls on Facebook that change who might see the posts you make. The tool used to default to whatever audience setting you’d used most recently, whether that was Public, Friends (+ friends of anyone tagged), Only Me, or a custom selection of people you’d show the post to or hide it from.
Data Privacy
Salesforce advances open-source Merlion project for time-series ML analysis
Merlion includes capabilities for loading and processing data, building and training a wide array of models that are unified under a common API, Bhatnager said. The project also includes practices and steps for model outputs, as well a framework to actually evaluate model performance.
Machine Learning
Vulnerabilities in Open Automation Software Platform opens the door to attackers
The platform, from the company of the same name, connects industrial devices, servers, files, databases and “internet of things” devices to provide supervisory control and data acquisition systems or industrial automation solutions.
Security
New ‘Cheerscrypt’ Linux-based ransomware targets VMware ESXi servers 
The ransomware encrypts VMware-related files and shares some similarities with other ransomware families such as LockBit, Hive and RansomEXX, which have previously targeted ESXi servers in the past.
Security
Gradiant Acquires Synauta, Machine Learning Company, to Advance AI Technology in Water
The use of digital twins in industrial water treatment and desalination and water reuse has been pioneered by Gradiant. The acquisition strengthens Gradiant’s position as a technology leader in end-to-end water solutions and accelerates deployment of digital twin technologies to build a digitized water future.
Artificial Intelligence
Komprise now automates unstructured data discovery and migration
“IT users can now create automated workflows for all the steps required to find the right data across your storage assets, tag and enrich the data, and send it to external tools for analysis. The Komprise Global File Index and Smart Data Workflows together reduce the time it takes to move the right unstructured data by up to 80%,”
Data & Analytics
Web3 protocol Saga raises $6.5M for scalable blockchain infrastructure 
Saga uses what it calls “chainlets,” dedicated custom blockchains that are designed for specific applications to allow developers to rapidly deploy decentralized applications. Dapps are the foundation of Web3, the decentralized web.
Web3
Google will start distributing a security-vetted collection of open-source software libraries
Per Google’s announcement, the Assured Open Source Software service will extend the benefits of Google’s own extensive software auditing experience to Cloud customers. All open-source packages made available through the service are also used internally by Google, the company said, and are regularly scanned and analyzed for vulnerabilities.
Security
SmartPM Launches New Analytics Dashboard, Project Workspace, to Centralize Mission-Critical Schedule Insights
Project Workspace includes several features designed to further streamline and strengthen SmartPM’s powerful Schedule Optimization Platform, allowing users with little or no training to customize their workspace so they can monitor important project milestones quickly and explore “what-if” modeling to maximize schedule management results.
Automation & Productivity
Skybox Security Unveils the Industry's Most Advanced Vulnerability Management Solution That Quantifies Cyber Exposure Risk in Financial Terms
Leveraging its proprietary network modeling techniques, Skybox now quantifies the business impact of cyber risks into economic impact. This new financial calculation enables customers to identify and prioritize the most critical threats based on the size of financial impact, among other risk analyses.
Security
phoenixNAP Enables One-Click Kubernetes Deployments in Bare Metal Cloud
phoenixNAP’s Bare Metal Cloud Rancher solution was built to help organizations accelerate container adoption and save developers hours of environment setup work. The platform uses the open-source software stack to enable one-click deployment of HA upstream and downstream clusters.
Automation & Productivity
Franz’s AllegroGraph 7.3 Extends GraphQL to Knowledge Graph Developers
“GraphQL APIs are growing in importance, as more development teams rapidly adopt them to expose back-end data and functionality with greater flexibility than REST APIs, according to Gartner.
Data & Analytics
Meet Grand Time: The community-driven web3 platform where you can tokenize your time
Just a few weeks after its launch, Grand Time has caught on and thousands of users have already flocked to its platform. So far, it has reached a new benchmark of over 800,000 monthly gig-based tasks on its platform. Some users (out of 26,000 total) are earning upwards of $100 a day performing over 100 tasks.
Web3
Veeam rolls out backup SaaS for Salesforce, updates its Microsoft 365 service
Veeam already has a big presence in virtual machine backup for Kubernetes and SaaS apps: its Kasten Kubernetes app backup operation is growing fast. The public cloud and SaaS, particularly Salesforce, is the next frontier so to speak.
Data Management
Online whiteboarding platform Miro unveils new tools to strengthen hybrid work
With Miro’s tools, remote, in-office and hybrid teams can communicate and collaborate across formats, tools, channels and time zones without the restrictions of physical location, meeting space, or whiteboards.
Automation & Productivity
CISA issues warning about vulnerabilities in VMware and F5 products 
In an alert published Wednesday, CISA detailed that hackers reverse-engineered VMware’s April 6 patch within 48 hours and began launching cyberattacks against vulnerable networks. The vulnerabilities makes affected systems susceptible to several types of cyberattacks.
Security
Critical Vulnerability in Premium WordPress Themes Allows for Site Takeover
One of the flaws—tracked as CVE-2022-1654 and rated as 9.9, or critical on the CVSS–allows for “any authenticated attacker, including a subscriber or customer-level attacker, to gain administrative privileges and completely take over any site running either the Jupiter Theme or JupiterX Core Plugin,”
Security
Tamr Introduces Tamr Enrich to Simplify and Improve the Data Mastering Process
Using Tamr’s patented human-guided machine learning, Tamr Enrich curates and actively manages external datasets and services, enabling customers to seamlessly embed trusted, high-quality external data insights to their data mastering pipelines for richer business.
Data & Analytics
Cloud data protection startup Dig Security launches with $11M in seed funding
“Companies don’t know what data they hold in the cloud, where it is, or — most importantly — how to protect it,” he said. “They have tools to protect endpoints, networks, APIs… but nothing to actively secure their data in public clouds.”
Cloud Security
QuSecure releases first end-to-end post-quantum solution
QuProtect uses standards and compliance-based security architecture to offer users endpoint zero-trust endpoint management and quantum cryptography as part of an end-to-end security solution.
Security
SK hynix lays claim to fastest PCIe 4.0 SSD
This FL6 is classed as a storage-class memory drive by Kioxia and uses fast SLC (1 bit/cell) NAND unlike the other SSDS in our table which use inherently slower TLC (3 bits/cell) 3D NAND. They rely on parallel access within the drive and fast controllers to reach the speeds they do.
Data Storage
SpotOn raises $300M to develop its payments platform 
The platform’s services include support for marketing, loyalty, website design, appointment, payroll and review services. SpotOn targets its offering at small to medium-sized businesses by providing enterprise-level solutions at affordable prices.
Automation & Productivity
Komprise Automates Unstructured Data Discovery with Smart Data Workflows
Komprise has expanded Deep Analytics Actions to include copy and confine operations based on Deep Analytics queries, added the ability to execute external functions such as running natural language processing functions via API and expanded global tagging and search to support these workflows.
Data & Analytics
Alteryx Announces New Cloud Capabilities that Empower Businesses to Deploy Analytics at Enterprise Scale
Bolstered by its recent acquisition of Trifacta, Alteryx offers enhanced integrations with leading cloud data warehouses including Databricks, Snowflake, and Google BigQuery. The integrations support high-performance native pushdown capabilities, shortening the time to derive insights from big data sets from hours to minutes.
Data & Analytics
Mastercard launches biometric payment app that lets you pay with your face or hand in stores
“All the research that we’ve done has told us that consumers love biometrics. They want making a payment at a store to be as convenient as opening their phone.”
Privacy & Security
JSON vulnerabilities in Strapi open the door to hackers and data theft
The researchers explain the first vulnerability allows an authenticated user with access to the Strapi admin panel to view private and sensitive data. This includes email and password reset tokens as well as details of other admin panel users that have a relationship with content accessible to the authenticated user.
Security
DataCore launches Bolt: NVMe-oF Kubernetes storage
Intel said OpenEBS’s Mayastor engine was the fastest open-source storage for Kubernetes in March last year. NVMe/TCP uses everyday datacenter Ethernet and doesn’t need the more expensive lossless Ethernet setup used by RoCE, while being almost as fast.
Data Storage
Ahana Announces New Presto Query Analyzer to Bring Instant Insights into Presto Clusters
With the Presto Query Analyzer, data platform teams can get instant insights into their Presto clusters including query performance, bandwidth bottlenecks, and much more. The Presto Query Analyzer was built for the Presto community and is free to use.
Data & Analytics
SUSE Transforms Cloud Native Security From Core to Cloud to Edge With Significant Advancements to NeuVector and Rancher
As part of the SUSE Rancher 2.6.5 release, Rancher users can access and be authenticated to manage SUSE NeuVector directly through the Rancher console. This provides customers the benefit of a complete zero-trust stack with a seamless user experience that simplifies security management for large, globally distributed Kubernetes environments.
Cloud Security
Rubrik launches Rubrik Security Cloud
This builds on the joint collaboration between Rubrik and Microsoft which produced the Rubrik Cloud Vault, built on Azure. It is  a fully managed, secure, and isolated cloud vault service to store clean data and help customers better defend against cyberattacks.
Cloud Security
IBM launches ESS Spectrum Scale box optimized for AI
The 3200 supports these capacities and a larger 38TB FCM, taking its total chassis capacity to 912TB versus 3500’s 368.6TB. IBM does say that, with LZ4 compression, the 3500’s effective capacity is 1PB.
Data Storage
Cornami raises $68M to support quantum encryption
Its solution provides enterprises with a foundation they can use to accelerate Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) to encrypt data against post-quantum threats faster. Cornami’s approach not only reduces application latency in the cloud and at the network’s edge but also lowers the overall power consumption of apps.
Emerging Tech
Keyfactor-Fortanix integration offers improved machine identity management 
The technology integration combines the benefits of certificate lifecycle automation with key protection in Fortanix Data Security Manager. Using the combination, the companies say, enterprises and MSPs can effectively manage all machine identities across hybrid and multicloud infrastructure while reducing complexity in ensuring sensitive private keys remain protected.
Security
Real-time analytics database firm Imply Data bags $100M in late-stage funding 
Imply was founded by the creators of the open-source Apache Druid database that’s designed to power real-time analytics. It’s an alternative to traditional data warehouses, for use in scenarios where speed is the main priority. Think financial institutions that need to analyze streams of incoming data to detect fraud, for example.
Data & Analytics
Tableau adds automated, plain-language explanations to dashboards
While Tableau still offers self-managed services, its focus on Tableau Cloud shows how the enterprise has moved largely to SaaS products. The company said that three-quarters of new Tableau customers choose its cloud product over an on-premise or hybrid solution.
Data & Analytics
Access orchestration firm Pathlock raises $200M as it combines with four other companies
Pathlock pitches its solution as allowing enterprises to manage all aspects of application governance in a single platform, including user provisioning and temporary elevation, ongoing user access reviews, control testing, transaction monitoring and audit preparation.
IT Management
FBI: Hackers used malicious PHP code to grab credit card data
"As of January 2022, unidentified cyber actors unlawfully scraped credit card data from a US business by injecting malicious PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) code into the business' online checkout page and sending the scraped data to an actor-controlled server that spoofed a legitimate card processing server,"
Security
Lightbend launches Kalix application layer to simplify serverless and cloud-native development 
Lightbend, which has until now focused on tools that make serverless infrastructure viable for different kinds of applications, said developers require an additional “application layer” that’s able to maintain an app’s properties and requirements on behalf of its users.
Cloud
Microsoft announces general availability of Cloud for Sustainability
The company boasted the extensible Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability Solution has the ability to centralise previously disparate data to provide greater visibility of an organisation's sustainability efforts and supply chain; enable the ability for organisations to record, report, and reduce environmental impact through automated data connections; and help pinpoint specific emissions areas to track.
Cloud
TFORM, Continues to Bring Visibility, Intelligence, and Automation to It Environments
TFORM today announced the enhancement of its data center and workload assessment solution that was officially launched in August 2020. In its initial launch phase, TFORM provided the most comprehensive view of any IT environment, whether on-premises or in a public/Private cloud.
Automation & Productivity
 Palo Alto Networks and Deloitte announce joint managed security service
In practice, the services will offer users managed security support with networking, user access, data security, workload security, device security, orchestration and automation, telemetry, and analytics.
Automation & Productivity
Kubernetes startup Akuity raises $20M to take Argo Project to the next level 
Argo enables organizations to build and run cloud-native applications and workflows on Kubernetes using GitOps. It does that by providing what it says is an easy way to combine three modes of computing — services, workflows and event-based — to create jobs and applications on Kubernetes.
Automation & Productivity
Kasten by Veeam releases new Kubernetes data management platform
“Kasten K10 V5.0 tackles data management challenges including backup/restore, disaster recovery and application mobility to help enterprises confidently run applications on Kubernetes,”
Data Management
Snapt Announces the One Security Package to Run Kubernetes in Public Cloud
Snapt Nova is a centrally managed load balancing and application security platform designed for cloud-native and hybrid environments and includes real-time threat intelligence, web application and API protection, and bot protection.
Cloud
This phishing attack delivers three forms of malware. And they all want to steal your data
BitRAT is particularly dangerous to victims, because it can take full control of infected Windows systems, complete with the ability to view webcam activity, listen to audio through the microphone, secretly mine for cryptocurrency that goes into a wallet owned by the attackers and download additional malicious files.
Security
Sysdig releases new Kubernetes troubleshooting tool
Sysdig Advisor enables developers and site reliability engineering teams a single platform for troubleshooting Kubernetes container problems, providing live logs and a prioritized list of issues they can use to secure the environment more effectively.
Security
Deepfactor Partners with Synopsys to Help Developers Resolve Cloud Native Supply Chain Security Risks
Deepfactor Developer Security integrates with the Synopsys Black Duck tool to reduce SCA alert volume and provide developers with contextual security insights to prioritize and remediate application vulnerabilities and license risks discovered during development and testing.
Cloud Security
Privacera Announces Most Complete Data Access Governance
A key milestone with this new release is that Privacera now brings the industry’s first comprehensive data access and security governance solution to Google BigQuery.
Data & Analytics
Arqit Demonstrates Industrial IoT Security
Arqit and Blue Mesh collaborated to integrate Arqit’s QuantumCloud™ to secure sensor network equipment through a security enhancement to an internationally standardised protocol known as MQTT which is a ubiquitous method used for sending data from Industrial IoT devices to cloud servers for data manipulation and analysis.
Security
Threat Actors Use Telegram to Spread ‘Eternity’ Malware-as-a-Service
The new malware service, dubbed the Eternity Project by the threat actors behind it, allows cybercriminals to target potential victims with a customized threat offering based on individual modules they can buy for prices ranging from $90 to $490,
Security
Newly launched AI startup Inflection AI raises $225M in funding 
“We will soon have the ability to relay our thoughts and ideas to computers using the same natural, conversational language we use to communicate with people.”
Artificial Intelligence
N-able Cove Data Protection embraces disaster recovery
Cove Data Protection includes data protection for servers, workstations, and Microsoft 365. It offers the ability to back up as often as every 15 minutes, moving up to 60x less data compared to local-first backup for improved recovery point and recovery time objectives.
Data Management
Nokia launches SaaS services to tackle energy consumption and home device management
The first, dubbed Nokia Analytics Virtualization and Automation (AVA) for Energy SaaS, uses artificial intelligence to monitor network traffic and help reduce the amount of connectivity resources used during periods of low demand.
Network Management
Rain nabs $11M to build voice experiences for brands
“Through our work in voice, we recognized an opportunity to build employee-facing voice solutions for the ‘deskless workforce’ — skilled workers in industries like agriculture, health care, construction, and manufacturing.
Automation & Productivity
Software startup Observe scores $70m funding round
Observe’s software transforms raw log events and metrics into entities that make sense to site reliability engineers (SREs) such as containers, pods, EC2 instances, customers, shopping carts, and S3 buckets, and the relationships between them.
Data & Analytics
Senet and Ready Wireless Partner to Deliver End-to-End LoRaWAN Enabled Environmental Monitoring and Asset Tracking Solutions
With over 150 point-solutions available from Ready Wireless, customers are quickly realizing the value of leveraging LoRaWAN connected device data from multiple sources to solve some of their most challenging operational and environmental issues.
Network Management
Cisco Releases Cloud Controls Framework to Ease Security Compliance Strain
Cisco recently made public its Cloud Controls Framework (CCF), which aggregates a set of comprehensive international and national security compliance and certification requirements. The vendor claims it allows organizations to achieve cloud security certifications more efficiently.
Security
AI tech startup Viable lands $5M to provide instant qualitative customer insights and shorten feedback loops
Viable is the first analytics startup to use the GPT-3 language model, from AI research and deployment company OpenAI, to extract immediate insights buried in customer surveys, helpdesk tickets, and app store reviews at an enterprise scale.
Data & Analytics
OtterTune raises $12M to automate database maintenance
OtterTune likes to say that its software will adjust more than 100 different “knobs” or parameters for these popular open source databases. It uses artificial intelligence algorithms to watch the performance of the database and then suggest better values for the parameters or “knobs” to speed up performance.
Data & Analytics
FlexJobs acquires talent-matching platform Localwise to expand its focus on local job searching and hiring
Offering a full suite of local hiring solutions, the site has also helped over 50,000 local employers match with nearby talent. It empowers local businesses to thrive by transforming local hiring through trusted relationships, including access to a team of Hiring and Talent Specialists
Automation & Productivity
Lang.ai looks to help orgs extract value from customer conversations, with AI
The system uses an unsupervised learning model to adapt to the constantly changing flow of information by categorizing data and then helping to determine what should be done with the data to help improve user experience and business outcomes.
Data & Analytics
Blockchain data startup Chainalysis secures $170M in funding at $8.6B valuation 
The startup makes the data that it collects available to customers through several products, each of which focuses on a different set of use cases. Chainalysis says its products are used by government agencies, financial institutions, cybersecurity companies and other organizations in more than 70 countries.  
Data & Analytics
Sudozi nabs $4.3M to simplify money management for enterprises
To tackle these challenges, Punkunus and team developed an integrated, real-time platform that automates workflows and brings together all vendor, spending and budget information in a single place.
Automation & Productivity
Komodor nabs $42M to help companies maintain their Kubernetes deployments 
The platform collects data from a company’s Kubernetes deployment, as well as other internal systems such as the software development tools used by engineers to build applications. Komodor analyzes this data to automatically detect technical issues.
Automation & Productivity
AI21 Labs claims it’s building the next phase of natural language processing
AI21 Labs, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based AI lab and product company, says it’s developed a new system called the modular reasoning knowledge and language system, or MRKL system (pronounced “miracle”), to augment the power of large language models, enhancing them with discrete reasoning experts like online calculators and currency converter.
Artificial Intelligence
CIQ raises $26M to promote free alternative to Red Hat Linux
Rocky Linux was created to be a successor to CentOS that would remain a drop-in replacement for RHEL. “It gives us a way to help the operating system without holding it hostage,”
DevOps
Improvado offers tool for deeper marketing insights, nabs series A
Improvado is integrated with more than 300 different data sources from different marketing platforms. The results are gathered, synchronized and analyzed before being pushed out to a reporting or visualization tool like Tableau, Looker or Google Data Studio.
Data & Analytics
Governance and administration startup BalkanID launches with $5.75M in funding 
The company’s solution leverages artificial intelligence and workflow automation to provide visibility into risky entitlements and simplify the access review and certification process. BalkanID’s Identity Governance and Administration platform is built for cloud-native environments.
Data Governance
Application security testing startup StackHawk raises $20.7M 
StackHawk’s solution allows modern software development organizations to extend CI/CD to encompass continuous application and application programming interface security testing. This way, security vulnerabilities are detected while the developer is actively working on the code.
Security
Mindtech Enables Automated Creation of Millions of ‘Synthetic Actors’
The end-to-end platform now enables the automated creation of millions of individual ‘actors’, placed into virtual worlds, creating synthetic data for training AI visual systems addressing a wide range of markets, including retail, security, smart city and home.
Data & Analytics
Google Cloud launches AlloyDB, a PostgreSQL-compatible database for mission-critical workloads
Notably, AlloyDB maintains full compatibility with PostgreSQL 14, the latest version of the open-source project. That means customers can migrate existing PostgreSQL applications without making any code changes.
Data & Analytics
Calendly Routing Forms, a Step Towards Omnichannel Scheduling
Calendly Routing Forms use screening questions and routing logic to make it simple and efficient for teams to automate evaluating prospect and customer needs before routing them to a specific booking page to schedule a meeting.
Automation & Productivity
Email security startup Material Security raises $100M on unicorn valuation of $1.1B 
The service stops lateral account takeover via email by preventing attackers from hijacking other services. The service adds a verification step before granting access to password resets and other critical messages.
Security
Pure uses Snowflake to get FlashBlade up close and cloud-adjacent with customers’ co-los
Pure Storage and Snowflake are arranging for Snowflake compute to access and analyze data stored in FlashBlade file+object boxes based in fast access, cloud-adjacent co-los like Equinix datacenters.
Data Storage
Aiven raises $210M in late-stage funding to expand its open-source expertise 
What’s especially useful is that Aiven operates those projects for its customers on the cloud of their choice. Aiven then takes care of the configuration and sets things up, then ensures the necessary resilience, compliance and security.
Cloud
ForgeRock releases AI-driven anti-fraud solution
This flexible authentication process means that legitimate users can login without having to undergo lots of authentication steps whereas malicious users or those that act suspiciously will have to undergo more thorough screening measures throughout the login process.
Security
Arrikto Launches Kubeflow as a Service MLOps Platform
With Arrikto’s Kubeflow as a Service, data scientists can now gain access to a complete MLOps platform, in just minutes without having to have any special knowledge of the underlying infrastructure.
Data & Analytics
Observe raises $70M to grow its data-fueled observability platform
The startup believes the best approach to observability is to bring all of the telemetry data from applications into a single place and curate this as specific “resources” such as the user, session, a shopping cart, pod or container, help desk ticket or build.
Data & Analytics
Rocky Linux developer CIQ raises $26M to recreate CentOS for enterprises
While it’s still early days for CIQ, it seems things have gotten off to a solid start — the open-source Rocky Linux project is notching up as many as 250,000 downloads in some months, and its fresh cash injection could go some way toward helping it become one of the major Linux distributions for enterprises.
Automation & Productivity
Quest Software Delivers Data Intelligence Offering to Address Data Quality, Governance
Based on the DQLabs augmented data quality platform, erwin’s data quality offering automates data profiling and data quality assessment and extends data quality visibility beyond traditional IT roles to data governance teams and business users.
Data & Analytics
Qualcomm plunges into the robotics market with new platform
Qualcomm is taking a big dive into robotics. At its 5G Summit event, the company announced a new robotics platform that serves as an off-the-shelf developer kit for creating autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and drones, utilizing 5G and edge AI for next-gen autonomy.
Automation & Productivity
Three suppliers add ransomware capabilities to line-up
Cohesity, Nasuni, and HPE’s Zerto all revealed plans to add ransomware protection products and features to their line-ups this week.
Security
Databricks Announces New Pay-As-You-Go Lakehouse Offering in AWS Marketplace
AWS customers can also start a free 14-day trial of Databricks from the AWS console and will be able to consolidate billing and payment under their existing AWS management account.
Data & Analytics
IBM migrates more than 500 servers and 375 terabytes of data to SAP’s S/4HANA 
IBM said the move is one of the largest-ever corporate transformation projects based on SAP’s ERP software. It’s driven by a need to modernize its business processes and deliver better insights in support of clients running in the cloud.
Cloud
PingCAP Announces the General Availability of TiDB Cloud
After a year of extensively testing TiDB Cloud in public preview with partners and customers, enterprises can now run their mission critical transactional and real-time analytic workloads against a single, fully managed database while enjoying maximum performance and business continuity.
Data & Analytics
London-based Guider raises $3 million to grow its mentoring platform and expand its global footprint
The Great Resignation has already affected many businesses. Research suggests that 77% of 25-33 year olds are looking for a career change in the next year1, while 94% of employees admitted they would remain in a role if there were greater opportunities to ‘learn & grow’. In order to retain valuable talent, corporations need to be an attractive place to work and put the employee at the centre of its actions
Automation & Productivity
Hackers are using tech services companies as a 'launchpad' for attacks on customers
"As this advisory makes clear, malicious cyber actors continue to target managed service providers, which is why it's critical that MSPs and their customers take recommended actions to protect their networks,"
Security
Cohesity launches FortKnox to protect data from ransomware attacks
FortKnox provides an additional layer of off-site protection for customers by keeping data in a secure ‘vault,’ with physical separation, network and management isolation to keep threat actors from accessing sensitive data.
Security
USB-based Wormable Malware Targets Windows Installer
Wormable malware dubbed Raspberry Robin has been active since last September and  is wriggling its way through USB drives onto Windows machines to use Microsoft Standard Installer and other legitimate processes to install malicious files, researchers have found.
Security
Certn nabs $50M to accelerate background checks with AI
“They can easily verify their identity via a selfie using our OneID and a government-issued ID card photo. All personal data, consents and authorizations are collected from the candidate to prevent any errors or delays. The information is then quickly verified using Certn’s AI and machine learning solution,”
Artificial Intelligence
IBM lays out plans for 4,000-qubit chips in updated quantum computing roadmap 
The plan involves creating new modular architectures and networking systems to support more powerful quantum processors with higher qubit counts. At the same time, the company will design a more intelligent software layer to handle quantum workloads more efficiently.
Emerging Tech
SaaS payments infrastructure company Paddle raises $200M
But while the benefits of cloud-hosted software are generally well-understood for the end-user, there is a whole stack of infrastructure considerations that SaaS companies have to manage, which can distract them from core product development.
Automation & Productivity
Google announces Cloud TPU virtual machines for AI workloads
Google Cloud said embedding acceleration with Cloud TPU can help businesses lower cost associated with ranking and recommendation use-cases which commonly rely on deeply neural network-based algorithms that can be costly to run.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft launches new managed service category
Today, Microsoft announced the launch of a new managed service category called Microsoft Security Experts. The service provides organizations with support from external security experts who can conduct tasks like threat hunting and managed detection and response.
Security
‘Decision intelligence’ platform Pyramid Analytics raises $120M
Its platform leverages AI and a fully integrated toolset that combines data prep, analytics and data science for anyone in a company to derive insights from.
Data & Analytics
PocketLaw nabs $11M to automate legal work for SMEs
PocketLaw, aims to make the contract-creation process significantly cheaper and quicker, enabling users to build “bespoke legal agreements” in a matter of minutes through automation and a question-and-answer approach supported by on-screen digital guides.
Automation & Productivity
Hammerspace and Seagate Collaborate to Extend Global Data Environments
The collaboration enables customers to combine the benefits of leveraging Seagate’s S3-compatible public cloud storage-as-a-service platform with the ability to bring together all their edge, distributed datacenter, and cloud data into a consolidated, consumable resource within a Global Data Environment.
Data Storage
Sales Impact Academy announces $22M in new funding for its go-to-market learning platform 
“The thing that has surprised me the most over the last 12 months is the pull that we’re getting from the enterprise,” Fifield said. “Our learning community has gone from 3,000 people to almost 15,000 professionals. That makes us, comfortably, the largest go-to-market learning community in the world.”
Automation & Productivity
Domino Data Lab announces latest MLops platform to satisfy both data science and IT
The release, which will be generally available to customers in June 2022, includes 12 new capabilities to allow data science and IT teams to develop and deploy more models at a faster pace; reduce data and infrastructure complexity and costs; and extend autonomous model performance monitoring to Snowflake’s Data Cloud.
Data & Analytics
Seattle startup Heard raises $10M to ease administrative load for mental health providers
The startup is part of an ecosystem of mental health care startups in the Pacific Northwest that includes Eugene, Ore.-based Ksana Health, which is developing a “Fitbit for mental health” and Seattle-based WeConnect, which provides an app and peer support to people recovering from addiction.
Automation & Productivity
AI-assisted 3D animation startup Kinetix raises $11M in Seed funding to drive user-generated content in the metaverse
Kinetix is a free AI-powered platform that makes 3D creation accessible to millions of creators around the world. With Kinetix, everyone can now easily produce films, concerts, group dances, and video games for virtual worlds.
Automation & Productivity
Immuta and Starburst Expand Partnership to Meet Demands for Secure Data Access
The Immuta plugin, now shipping with every Starburst Enterprise instance, allows seamless integration with a customer’s Immuta installation. The partnership enables organizations to maximize the power and flexibility of data mesh architectures with fast, secure data access.
Data & Analytics
Dell bolsters storage lineup with 500 software upgrades
The main updates for PowerStore are improved support for native file replication and third-party file monitoring and ransomware protection, along with improved networking speeds, NVMe support, and deeper integration for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) virtualized SAN/NAS arrays and disaster recovery.
Data Storage
Meet Logseq, an open-source knowledge management system that ‘stores data like a brain’
This is something that fledgling startup Logseq is setting out to solve, with a privacy-focused open-source knowledge base that helps people and companies combine all their disparate notes, research, PDF markups and more into an interconnected system for storing and retrieving information.
Data Management
Google Cloud is forming a dedicated Web3 team 
The upcoming services could reportedly include a system that would enable companies to make “blockchain data easy for people to explore.” Additionally, Google Cloud’s Web3 team may build a solution for running blockchain nodes, systems that are deployed as part of blockchains and play an important role in processing transactions.
Web3
Infinidat InfiniBox SSA II Solid State Array
InfiniSafe combines immutable snapshots of data, logical air gapping, fenced forensic environment, and virtually instantaneous data recovery, and is now extended into the InfiniBox SSA II, as well as the entire InfiniBox family.
Data Storage
Netooze Ltd Announces a New vStack and VMware Cloud Service
Enter: Netooze, a new vStack and VMware Cloud-Service that lets you configure and deploy virtual servers, configure network circuits, order SSL certificates, and administer domain zones and monitoring.
Cloud
SmartMetric Says Its Biometric User Fingerprint Credit Card Technology Stands to Save Card Merchants Billions of Dollars
SmartMetric, Inc. has made substantial improvements in its biometric card that include a state of the art miniature solid state rechargeable battery. Also a sophisticated hardware solution that distinguishes a live fingerprint from a fake one.
Privacy & Security
Nasuni buys DBM Cloud Systems
“The Nasuni File Data Platform includes the world’s only cloud-native global file system that combines file and object storage delivering unlimited scale and capacity and we’ve built strong partnerships with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud for the backend object storage.
Data Storage
Apple, Microsoft and Google announce plans to enable passwordless authentication for billions of devices
In supporting the FIDO standard, these vendors will enable billions of consumers to log in to devices and online services without the need for passwords, but instead using their fingerprint, face, or device PIN.
Privacy & Security
LottieFiles raises $37M Series B to bring lightweight and scalable animations to apps and websites
Unlike GIF or PNG graphics which are smaller in size, Lottie animations are scalable and interactive. They were first introduced six years ago as an open-source library by Airbnb engineers. Lottie also allows native apps to use animations as easily as they use static assets.
Automation & Productivity
Citrix and Google Cloud Simplify Shift to Flexible Work
Google Cloud Marketplace makes it easy for companies to quickly purchase and deploy market-leading digital workspace solutions designed to enable secure remote work, including Citrix DaaS solutions purpose-built for Google Cloud:
IT Management
WANdisco Edge to Cloud Launches to Activate IoT Data at Scale
The first-of-its-kind solution directly connects IoT data storage with cloud-based AI, machine learning, and analytics applications, allowing every sensor-generated data point to add business value and be monetized.
Data & Analytics
Cisco adds predictive networking SaaS options to improve uptime and security
Cisco’s predictive networks work by gathering data from myriad telemetry sources. Once integrated, the AI engine learns the patterns using a variety of models and begins to predict user experience issues, providing problem-solving options.
Network Management
Fictiv raises $100M to deliver ‘hardware at the speed of software’ 
Companies can sign up to get parts delivered for new product development, have parts engineered to order for custom products and as part of maintenance and repair operations. All of this is supported by a wide array of manufacturing options that cover everything from machining, injection molding, 3D printing and more.
Automation & Productivity
Searchable.ai Launches Collections for Seamless Knowledge Sharing
Collections enable users to assemble all types of information regardless of which app it’s currently living in–Google docs, email attachments, Jira tickets, Asana tasks, Github issues, Confluence pages, local drive files, and more–in one place so team members can efficiently find what they need to start working.
Automation & Productivity
Attackers Use Event Logs to Hide Fileless Malware
The first stage of the attack involves the adversary driving targets to a legitimate website and enticing the target to download a compressed .RAR file boobytrapped with the network penetration testing tools called Cobalt Strike and SilentBreak.
Security
Google Cloud’s newest data platforms bring better insights to factory operators 
Google Cloud’s new offerings are meant to change that. Manufacturing Data Engine is a service that’s used to store factory data on Google Cloud that comes complete with easily configurable and customizable blueprints for data ingestion, transformation, storage and access.
Data & Analytics
Sentry triples its valuation to over $3 billion after raising $90M in Series E funding to grow its application monitoring platform
With the proliferation of applications, languages, and frameworks, Sentry empowers any developer or development team to solve issues in production code by using one tool to monitor for errors, performance, and health across mobile, desktop, and IoT, and across any industry or vertical.
Automation & Productivity
Mosyle raises $196M for its mobile device management platform for Apple devices
Today, mobile device management (MDM) provider Mosyle announced the general availability of the Apple Unified Platform, a solution that combines MDM, endpoint security, entity management, and application management into a single solution for deploying and managing Apple devices.
IT Management
Corporate virtual private network provider Tailscale raises $100M 
Tailscale pitches itself as offering a secure network that just works. Tailscale’s VPN requires zero configuration and can be installed on any device in minutes. The service manages firewall rules and works from anywhere.
Security
GitHub to enforce 2FA for all code contributors by the end of 2023
GitHub has announced that two-factor authentication (2FA) will be mandatory for all code contributors through GitHub.com by the end of 2023, building on a slew of recent security developments at the Microsoft-owned code-hosting platform.
Security
ShiftLeft’s AppSec tool secures vulnerabilities that attackers are likely to exploit
ShiftLeft’s AppSec code security platform, ShiftLeft Core, enables enterprise’s to use static application security testing (SAST) and software composition analysis (SCA) to scan application code and third-party libraries for security issues and vulnerabilities.
Security
API Security Innovator Traceable AI Lands $60 Million Series B
Traceable AI is the only API security platform that discovers, manages and secures APIs for enterprises.
Security
Kintent raises $18M to simplify cybersecurity compliance for companies
“To do that, we need a future where vendors and customers use APIs to truthfully share security and compliance information with each other. So, instead of zero-trust, Kintent will create a world of transparent, measurable trust – where trust in business is programmatically verified at all times.”
Security
Syxsense looks to provide a unified endpoint-management and security cloud-based service
Syxsense Enterprise’s new SaaS-based unified endpoint security and management platform aims to integrate patch management, vulnerability scanning and remediation, and mobile device management (MDM) into a single centralized console.
IT Management
Infinidat accelerates high-end array
Infinidat supplies InfiniBox arrays with DRAM caching delivering 90 percent or more of read requests from memory, with disk-based and all-flash SSA systems both faster than typical all-flash arrays thanks to its “Neural Cache.”
Data Storage
Gemini brings Web3 to the masses with ‘Superlunar’ research and design studio launch
“I think it’s fair to say that there are many promises to Web3, but we’re incredibly early in the space and we’ve still got a long way to go before we can build a lot in terms of user value — for example, experiences that people can have in Web3 that they can’t have in Web2.”
Web3
Teleport raises $110M to simplify infrastructure access with identity for every user and app and device 
The company has created an open-source Access Plane technology that helps organizations get a better handle on the complexity of running applications and services in multiple clouds. It works by giving every single user, device, application and service an identity and consolidates four essential capabilities — connectivity, authentication, authorization and audit — to ensure access can only be granted to authorized users.
IT Management
Toplyne raises $15M to help SaaS companies sell more
However, even with all the growth, one major problem continues to mar most SaaS enterprises – conversion. The firms can draw users through their freemium offerings, but struggling to convert them into paying or premium customers. In fact, today, most hyper-growth product-led companies are witnessing conversion rates under 1-2%.
Automation & Productivity
Kintent raises $18M to simplify cybersecurity compliance for companies 
“To do that, we need a future where vendors and customers use APIs to truthfully share security and compliance information with each other. So, instead of zero-trust, Kintent will create a world of transparent, measurable trust – where trust in business is programmatically verified at all times.”
Security
Privacy-Focused Data-Generation Platform Kahoona Raises $4.5 Million Seed Round Led by Global Founders Capital
“Using advanced AI models and deep behavioral insights, we were able to bridge the gap between users’ right for privacy and the ever-growing need for data by content providers and digital stores,”
Data Privacy
Enpass launches first offline password management tool for enterprises
Enpass’s approach to password management means that the solution doesn’t store any user passwords, files or credentials on Enpass servers, but instead allows customers to choose whether to store the data on a local device or cloud service, such as OneDrive or Sharepoint.  
Security
Dell announces expanded cyber recovery offerings for on-premises and cloud data
With the new service, Dell will manage the day-to-day cybersecurity recovery vault operations and also assist with data recovery when it’s needed. The offering comes with a selection of standardized configurations, simplified Dell-assisted recovery options and expertise with nearly 2,000 isolated vault solutions deployed globally.
Security
Accern Raises $20M Series B Round to Accelerate Access to NoCode NLP
Built for domain experts and business analysts, the Accern Solution with end-to-end AI/ML/NLP workflows can be deployed in minutes to deliver high impact insights for equity research, credit risk, M&A activity, ESG performance, insurance claims, fraud prevention, market intelligence, sanctions monitoring and more.
Automation & Productivity
Software delivery intelligence company LinearB lands $50M to improve engineering efficiency
How does LinearB address all this, exactly? Well, the platform helps software developers align their day-to-day work with business objectives, while managers can visualize “people effort,” real-time project statuses and all the important data in a single pane.
Automation & Productivity



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