Teckedin - Daily Curated Tech News - January - December 2023
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San Francisco startup MaintainX raises $50 million to bring A.I. to industrial operations

The promise of StableLM Zephyr 3B is that it is smaller than the 7 billion StableLM models, which provides a series of benefits. Being smaller enables deployment on a wider range of hardware, with a lower resource footprint while still providing rapid responses. The model has been optimized for Q&A and instruction following types of tasks.

Artificial Intelligence

Netskope extends SASE localization capabilities

With the rollout of Localization Zones to its NewEdge security private cloud, Netskope is offering a localized experience for 220 countries and territories. While using a cloud web proxy or a security service edge (SSE) solution can offer enterprise companies advantages such as reduced management overhead and enhanced security coverage, it can also pose challenges when trying to deliver a localized user experience.

Security

Critical Bluetooth security flaw discovered in Google, Apple and Linux devices

The vulnerability is the result of a critical weakness in the Bluetooth protocol, combined with implementation-specific bugs across various operating systems. The vulnerability allows attackers to mimic a Bluetooth keyboard and connect to a device without the user’s confirmation. The process, known as keystroke injection, allows an unauthorized user to perform actions on the victim’s device as long as the actions don’t require a password or biometric authentication.

Security

IBM cloud service aims to deliver secure, multicloud connectivity

IBM cloud service aims to deliver secure, multicloud connectivity

Cloud

Automated proposal writing startup AutogenAI raises $39.5M from Salesforce Ventures and others

What sets AutogenAI apart is the tangible impact of its software on business outcomes. According to the company’s data, clients have experienced a remarkable 30% uplift in win rates, translating to over $100 million in additional work, while simultaneously cutting associated costs by up to 85%.

Automation & Productivity

ChatGPT tool could be abused by scammers and hackers

BBC News signed up for the paid version of ChatGPT, at £20 a month, created a private bespoke AI bot called Crafty Emails and told it to write text using "techniques to make people click on links or and download things sent to them".

ChatGPT

New Coro cybersecurity platform offers modular security for midmarket companies 

The new platform has been designed to address the issue wherein midmarket companies, those with 200 to 2,000 employees, often have limited budgets, information technology teams and cybersecurity expertise. Coro argues that makes them prime targets for cyberattacks because IT staff can become quickly overwhelmed by the complexity and operational workload of managing multiple tools in their security stack.

Security

Vulns in Android WebView, Password Managers Can Leak User Credentials

Researchers demonstrated how the most widely used password managers can leak credentials from Android devices when using the mobile operating system's WebView autofill capability with malicious apps.

Security

McDonald’s will use Google AI to make sure your fries are fresh, or something?

The McDonald’s statement also skirts the question of AI replacing human workers, mentioning only that the system should “reduce complexity” for store crews and that it will “power exciting new experiences for crew and customers.” Wendy’s — another Google Cloud AI customer — held a similar line when it introduced AI ordering tests earlier this year. As of June, it was running in beta in a single store in Columbus, Ohio, so the jury’s still out.

Automation & Productivity

Messenger is finally getting end-to-end encryption by default

Meta is rolling out end-to-end encryption for one-on-one chats and calls on Messenger, finally fulfilling a promise that’s been in the works for quite awhile. When end-to-end encryption is on, only you and the person you send a message to in Messenger can see its contents, the company claims.

Data Privacy

Western Digital keeps HDDs relevant with major capacity boost

So, the makers of HDDs have stuck to the one place where they still have an advantage, and that is capacity. For an SSD to increase capacity by 50%, it needs 50% more chips, and that means a 50% increase in price. But hard drives, thanks to some technical wizardry, continue to see an increase in capacity and can now put 40% to 50% more data on a single platter than previous versions allowed.

Data Storage

New Phishing Attacks Use .ZIP to Target Brands

Researchers at Fortra have observed cybercriminals abusing New Top-Level Domain .zip in two separate phishing campaigns targeting a large social media conglomerate and global technology company. These are the first attacks identified by PhishLabs that use Google Registry’s recently released.zip TLD.

Security

DataCore bringing block-level tiering to SANsymphony

The adaptive data placement software splits a virtual disk container into small chunks that can go anywhere. SANsymphony has various storage tiers and a background capacity-optimized tier contains deduplicated and compressed data. There are policies setting block access frequency cut-off points for deduplication and compression, with overall aggressive, normal, and lazy policies.

Data Management

Verizon herds Zebra into its private 5G pen with an eye on enterprise

The agreement certifies Zebra personal computers and tablets to work on Verizon’s private network infrastructure. This includes Zebra’s TC58 and TC78 ruggedized mobile computers and ET45 ruggedized tablets. Some of these devices can support multiple SIM cards that will allow them to access both a private network and Verizon’s public network.

5G

Meta’s woes deepen after New Mexico says company failed to protect children from online sex abuse 

The suit comes after a yearlong investigation in which the office of Attorney General Raúl Torrez created profiles on Facebook and Instagram pretending to be teens or pre-teens. Using these accounts, the investigators found that they were bombarded with a “stream of egregious, sexually explicit images” without even having expressed any interest in such content.

Social Media

Liquid AI raises $37.6M to build ‘liquid’ neural networks 

Liquid neural networks like the ones Liquid AI is developing can modify the equations that underpin their neurons. Moreover, they can change how those neurons interact with one another. According to Liquid AI, such neural networks’ ability to modify their own architecture makes them more adaptable than traditional AI models.

Artificial Intelligence

New reinforcement learning method uses human cues to correct its mistakes

Reinforcement learning is useful in environments where precise reward functions can guide the learning process. It’s particularly effective in optimal control scenarios, gaming and aligning large language models (LLMs) with human preferences, where the goals and rewards are clearly defined. Robotics problems, with their complex objectives and the absence of explicit reward signals, pose a significant challenge for traditional RL methods.

AI/LLMs

Arthur Debuts Arthur Chat: Fast, Safe, Custom AI for Business

 This turnkey, retrieval augmented platform empowers companies to quickly and securely deploy AI chat apps integrated with their proprietary data—reducing the journey from conception to a fully operational chat platform to mere hours. With the ability to integrate with any language model for enhanced adaptability, the platform also boasts the proprietary safety mechanisms of Arthur Shield.

Artificial Intelligence

Versa Networks brings SD-WAN, zero trust to the Thunderdome

As the DoD’s cutting-edge ZTNA and application security architecture, Thunderdome consists of a suite of IT and cyber-based technologies, including enterprise identity credentials and access management (ICAM), commercial secure access service edge (SASE), SDN and other security tools to provide unparalleled protection and reliability.

Security

Chattermill Introduces Copilot – A Proprietary Generative AI Solution Built for a New Way of Working

By utilizing datasets of hundreds of thousands of analyzed customer interactions – including surveys, product reviews, and support tickets, among others – Copilot answers CX, Product, and Marketing questions, helping businesses use the voice of the customer to facilitate data-driven decision-making and ensure sustainable growth.

Artificial Intelligence

Experian Works With NeuroID to Combat Fraud Rings and AI-Enabled Fraud

Experian announced NeuroID’s behavioral analytics is now available through Experian’s fraud prevention solutions, including CrossCore® and Precise ID®. NeuroID’s unique behavioral analytics solution provides robust, frictionless fraud prevention capabilities that can effectively combat identity theft, deter fraud ring attacks and protect against AI-enabled bots while ensuring a smoother experience for real customers.

AI/Security

Microsoft Copilot to receive new coding and multimodal search capabilities 

According to Microsoft, the extra detail the feature adds to user queries allows Bing to surface more relevant results. To increase the usefulness of the retrieved information, the search giant also draws on more data sources. Microsoft says Bing, which considers “millions” of web pages when processing standard search queries, analyzes 10 times more content if Deep Search is activated.

Automation & Productivity

Vanta debuts AI-powered reporting and security tools to automate compliance and trust 

Among the new features are risk management dashboards that surface key metrics via risk heat maps and other visualizations, giving security teams more visibility into where risks are concentrated. Using these dashboards, administrators can track the progress made by their teams as they work to plug the gaps it identifies, and nudge those responsible to ensure they complete their tasks as soon as possible

AI/Security

Qortex Raises $10M for its Video Analytics Platform That Allows The Right Ad to be Served at the Right Moment in a Video

By using AI, Qortex can essentially tag specific moments in video regardless of volume, time, language, or context, allowing ads to be displayed in real-time, matching video moments to actions, feelings, or visuals of people and products. The platform provides 88% on-stream viewability, with ads 6.8x longer in full view; leading to 2.3x more engagement.

AI/Data

New, open-source AI vision model emerges to take on ChatGPT — but it has issues

Named after Hermes, the Greek messenger of Gods, the Nous vision model is designed to be a system that navigates “the complex intricacies of human discourse with celestial finesse.” It taps the image data provided by a user and combines that visual information with its learnings to provide detailed answers in natural language.

ChatGPT

Duck Creek Technologies Unveils the Next Generation of Data Management and Analytics with the Launch of Duck Creek Clarity™

With the introduction of Duck Creek Clarity, the company also modernizes the traditional technology upgrade cycle through a unique "Active Delivery" approach, which provides continuous updates and eliminates the need for insurers to undergo timely and costly upgrade projects.

Data & Analytics

There’s a new iMessage for Android app — and it actually works

That prototype became the basis for a new Android app, called Beeper Mini, that Migicovsky’s startup is launching today. Open the app, and it’ll look at all of your text message conversations, figure out which ones are from iMessage users, and switch them over to blue bubble conversations on Apple’s platform. From then on, whenever you message an iPhone user through Beeper Mini, you’ll be using iMessage, and they’ll be none the wiser

Automation & Productivity

Meta and IBM Launch AI Alliance

The AI Alliance, whose members include Intel, Oracle, Cornell University and the National Science Foundation, said it is pooling resources to stand behind “open innovation and open science” in AI. Its members largely support open source, an approach in which technology is shared free and draws on a history of collaboration among Big Tech, academics and a fervent movement of independent programmers.

Artificial Intelligence

Logik.io applies AI to complex configure, price and quote processes 

CPQ is a computationally intensive process that grows more complex as the number of factors multiply. “We work with a couple of Fortune 100 companies that might have a team of 15 people maintaining their rules engine,” Shutts said. “If rules are automatically created, there is a substantial labor cost reduction. On the buyer side, if you can speed up the time of making decisions, you can increase average order value.” A recent project for a technology company involved coding about 1,000 rules over the course of 12 weeks, he said.

Automation & Productivity

Drut Technologies Announces the First Photonic Accelerator Solution for the AI Datacenter

Drut’s DynamicXcelerator mitigates GPU scaling challenges by introducing dynamic slicing via photonic cros­s connects, and creating topologies based on the AI/ML workload traffic matrixes. This allows for the buildup of low-latency direct-paths, dynamically between any group of accelerators or GPUs within a datacenter.

AI/Data

Stytch looks to become the ‘Stripe’ for Passkeys with new developer toolkit 

The company says the new solution offers a flexible, application programming interface-first approach to passkeys that abstracts the complexity of cross-platform implementation while maintaining guardrails for application and user security. Using the service, developers can quickly and easily build a passkey experience tailored to their applications without exposing security vulnerabilities or maintaining the implementation as the technology evolves, according to Stytch.

Security

AssemblyAI raises $50M for its cloud-based AI speech models 

AssemblyAI also helps developers analyze the contents of their audio files. The company’s AI models can extract items of interest from transcripts, such as mentions of a competitor, and generate automated summaries. Additionally, it offers a neural network optimized to detect and remove sensitive data such as customers’ credit card numbers.

Artificial Intelligence

AI-powered text generation startup Rohirrim nabs $15M in fresh funding 

Rohirrim claims its AI platform compresses the process into a few minutes. Users enter a high-level description of the RFP response they wish to create and the platform generates it automatically. According to the company, workers can also produce other types of longform content such as case studies.

Automation & Productivity

Extropic raises $14.1M to build ‘physics-based computing’ hardware for generative AI 

In a blog post today, Verdon described the company’s technology as a “novel full-stack paradigm of physics-based computing” and detailed that it harnesses “out-of-equilibrium thermodynamics.” This hints that Extropic’s chip design incorporates concepts from non-equilibrium thermodynamics, an emerging branch of physics focused on studying phenomena such as chemical reactions.

Artificial Intelligence

23andMe admits hackers accessed 6.9 million users’ DNA Relatives data

In an emailed statement to The Verge, company spokesperson Andy Kill says the breach affected around 5.5 million users who had DNA Relatives enabled, a feature that matches users with similar genetic makeups, while an additional 1.4 million people had their family tree profiles accessed.

Data Privacy

Virtual Internet Announces Tap and Share for Virtual 5G

Tap and Share allows the sharing of the entire Virtual 5G and Virtual 5G for Android Auto Apps between devices, enabling the millions of Virtual 5G downloads to multiply among users as people share the App directly among themselves –no ISPs, no Clouds, no network connections are necessary. Virtual 5G automatically scans for nearby devices to discreetly share the App.

5G

Biomemory debuts what it says is the world’s first commercially available DNA storage product 

Announced today, ahead of general availability later this year, the groundbreaking Biomemory DNA Cards come in a credit card-shaped format and have a capacity of just 1 kilobyte of text data. Although that is rather limited, the devices offer real-world proof of the practicality of molecular computing and its ability to solve storage needs, while representing a more sustainable alternative to traditional silicon, the startup said.

Data Storage

Voltron Data Launches Theseus to Unlock the Power of the Largest Data Sets for AI 

Voltron Data’s Theseus is the first distributed query engine built from the ground up to take advantage of full system hardware acceleration. This engine enables data system builders to unify data analytics and AI pipelines on GPUs while lowering vendor lock-in risk, energy consumption and carbon footprint

Data & Analytics

OpenAI signed $51M deal to buy ‘brain’ chips from Sam Altman portfolio firm 

In theory, these NPUs could provide a big boost in processing power for portable “edge” devices such as smartphones or vehicle infotainment devices located far from a data center. Samsung, for instance, says that the Galaxy S24 – its next-generation flagship phone – will be AI-enhanced, but smartphones are limited in their processing abilities by their portable nature.

Artificial Intelligence

Accenture Launches Specialized Services to Help Companies Customize and Manage Foundation Models

Proprietary “switchboard” allows a user to select a combination of models to address the business context or based on factors, such as cost or accuracy. For example, one of the largest entertainment companies is currently testing the switchboard to compare how the same prompt would be interpreted by different models and how they perform before deciding on which to use.

Artificial Intelligence

Cisco CCNA and AWS cloud networking rank among highest paying IT certifications

At number one on this year's list is Google Cloud-Professional Cloud Architect with an average annual salary of $200,960. Last year this certification ranked third, and Skillsoft expects that "developments in cloud - particularly the reliance on and maturation of the technology - have led many in the industry to entrust providers like Google with their data." Google recommends professionals have at least three years of experience before taking the $200 online or in-person exam for this certification, which lasts two years.

Tech Jobs

IBM unveils next-gen 133 qubit Heron quantum processor and its first modular quantum computer 

The technology giant also announced Condor, a 1,121-qubit processor that is part of IBM’s focus on long-term research into developing large-scale quantum computing efforts. In a press briefing, Mattias Stephan, chief quantum architect and IBM fellow, said the device packed 50% more qubit density, with over a mile of flex cabling. The efforts in building the device, he said “unlocked the road to scaling.”

Quantum Computing

OpenAI’s GPT Store delayed to 2024 following leadership chaos

For OpenAI customers, GPTs can still be made and shared with others directly, but they will not be publicly listed or able to take part in any revenue-sharing scheme (if OpenAI decides how to implement one) until the store formally launches.

ChatGPT

Critical 'LogoFAIL' Bugs Offer Secure Boot Bypass for Millions of PCs

Binarly researchers found that by embedding compromised images in the EFI System Partition (ESP) or unsigned firmware update sections, threat actors can execute malicious code during boot-up, enabling them to hijack the boot process.

Security

Google reportedly postpones launch of next-gen chatbot Gemini until early next year

Gemini is said to be the most powerful conversational AI Google has created so far. It’s described as a multimodal AI chatbot that can process multiple kinds of data. It’s also said to have the ability to understand and generate text, images and other kinds of content, including an entire website, based on the combination of a sketch and written description.

Artificial Intelligence

HPE enhances GreenLake for File Storage

Yu says the 30 TB SSDs plus Quantum-2 connectivity and some more but unspecified enhancements “can increase the capacity density and throughput by seven times” compared to “the shipping product featuring 307 TB 2RU storage shelves using 15 TB NVMe SSDs and delivering aggregate read throughput of up to 200 GBps.”

Data Storage

Codemonkey Announces Its Newest Breakthrough AI Course: Introducing Young Innovators Into the World of Artificial Intelligence

Children and students can now embark on a thrilling journey into the world of Artificial Intelligence with CodeMonkey’s latest offering tailored for grades 5-8. This captivating course is designed to introduce kids to the fundamental concepts of AI, covering diverse aspects from ethics to practical applications such as image and language models, machine learning techniques, and neural networks.

EdTech

AWS Bedrock snubs OpenAI, boasts complete LLM portfolio

Take a high-volume, end-user-facing use case that summarizes millions of books, for example. “I may not want to invest in the most capable, most powerful model because usually the most powerful model is going to be slower. It’s also going to be more expensive,” Deo said. “Do you really need your biggest weapon for a particular task? Probably not.” But “you don’t need one generic model for everything,” either.

Artificial Intelligence

Meta AI unveils ‘Seamless’ translator for real-time communication across languages

The flagship model, called Seamless, merges capabilities from three other models — SeamlessExpressive, SeamlessStreaming, and SeamlessM4T v2 — into one unified system. According to the research paper, Seamless is “the first publicly available system that unlocks expressive cross-lingual communication in real-time.”

Artificial Intelligence

Apple secures WebKit as global ransomware attacks surge

The latest Orange Cyberdefense Security Navigator Report claims a global 46% surge in cyber-extortion attacks across the last year — and warns that just over a third (37.45%) of detected incidents originated from internal actors, not all of these by accident.

Security

Meet DeepSeek Chat, China’s latest ChatGPT rival with a 67B model

Launched as part of an alpha test, the assistant taps 7B and 67B-parameter DeepSeek LLMs, trained on a dataset of 2 trillion tokens in English and Chinese. According to benchmarks, both these models deliver strong performance across a range of evaluations, including coding and mathematics, and match (sometimes even outperform) Meta’s famous Llama 2-70B.

ChatGPT

Praxis Labs Launches Pivotal Practice to Transform Human-Centered and Inclusive Feedback in the Workplace

“We see enormous potential in harnessing the latest advancements in AI and immersive technologies to build the confidence and skills needed to provide feedback that helps people of all levels and backgrounds advance in their careers and supports a more inclusive and collaborative workforce.”

Automation & Productivity

New transformer architecture can make language models faster and resource-efficient

The transformer block specializes in processing sequential data, such as a passage of text. Within each block, there are two key sub-blocks: the “attention mechanism” and the multi-layer perceptron (MLP). The attention mechanism acts like a highlighter, selectively focusing on different parts of the input data (like words in a sentence) to capture their context and importance relative to each other. This helps the model determine how the words in a sentence relate, even if they are far apart.

Artificial Intelligence

Vulog Unveils Ground-breaking AI-powered Software Platform for Next-Gen Vehicle as a Service Solutions

According to automotive research firm Hedges & Company, there are approximately 1.5 billion cars worldwide. VaaS, facilitated by Vulog’s platform, holds the potential to significantly decrease the number of privately owned vehicles, ushering in a more sustainable mobility for a more sustainable world.

Sustainability

iA Writer can now track what you or ChatGPT wrote

iA Writer 7, the latest version of the minimalist multi-platform writing software, has a new feature that’s designed to clearly mark text contributed by generative AI systems like ChatGPT. While your own words appear in black, you can choose for AI-generated text copied into your iA document to be greyed out. Then, as you tweak and edit the AI additions you can easily keep track of how much text is your original work and how much is artificially generated.

ChatGPT

AWS Launches New Analytics Engine That Combines the Power Of Vector Search And Graph Data

Sivasubramanian further elaborated that the new service makes it easier for users to uncover hidden relationships across data – by storing the graph and vector data together. He also cited the example of Snap, one of the companies that use Neptune, who uses the service to find billions of connections among its 50 million active users “in just seconds”.

Data & Analytics

Apple releases security updates for iOS, iPadOS and macOS, fixing two actively exploited zero-days

In the updates rolled out Thursday, Apple said it fixed two vulnerabilities in WebKit, the browser engine that powers Safari and other apps. The vulnerabilities allow for hackers to remotely plant malicious code, such as spyware, on the person’s device over the internet. The bug is called a “zero-day” because the vendor is given no time, or zero days, to fix the vulnerability before it is actively exploited.

Security

Security flaws in court record systems used in five US states exposed sensitive legal documents

One of the bugs was as easy to exploit as incrementing a document number in the browser’s address bar of one Florida court records system, said Parker. Another bug allowed anyone “automatic passwordless” access to a court records system by adding a six-letter code to any username, which Parker said they found as a clickable link in a Google search result.

Security

Cisco CCNA and AWS cloud networking rank among highest paying IT certifications

At number one on this year's list is Google Cloud-Professional Cloud Architect with an average annual salary of $200,960. Last year this certification ranked third, and Skillsoft expects that "developments in cloud - particularly the reliance on and maturation of the technology - have led many in the industry to entrust providers like Google with their data." Google recommends professionals have at least three years of experience before taking the $200 online or in-person exam for this certification, which lasts two years.

Training & Certs

Cradle raises $24M in Series A funding for Generative AI biotech platform

Founded in 2021 by co-founder and CEO Stef van Grieke, Cradle is building user-friendly, web-based software designed to be accessible to any team of scientists and experimentalists without the need for specialized bioinformatics or machine learning expertise. The software addresses traditional data obstacles in biotechnology, enabling companies to leverage generative AI and machine learning tools for accelerated research and development pipelines.

Artificial Intelligence

NetApp and AWS boost FSx for ONTAP performance

Scaleout FSx for ONTAP supports a single clustered system composed from two to six high-availability pairs of ONTAP file servers, each delivering up to 6 GBps throughput and 200,000 SSD-backed IOPS. A six-pair system can provide up to 36 GBps of bandwidth and 1.2 million IOPS, with sub-millisecond latencies from primary storage. Capacity (disk-based) storage latencies are in the tens of milliseconds area. Capacity in the primary (SSD) tier has risen from 192 TiB to 1 PiB.

Data Storage

Okta says hackers stole data for all customer support users in major cyber breach

While Okta may not be a household name, it plays a critical role in the cybersecurity systems of major corporations. The identity management company serves over 18,000 customers, offering a single login point for various platforms used by these organizations. For instance, Zoom utilizes Okta to provide seamless access to Google Workspace, ServiceNow, VMware, and Workday platforms.

Security

Broadcom aims to make network switches smarter with an on-chip neural network

The new Trident 5-X12 switching silicon features an integrated neural network engine called NetGNT (Networking General-purpose Neural-network Traffic-analyzer). According to Broadcom, this marks the first switch chip to contain an on-chip neural network, opening the door to more intelligent and efficient networks.

Network Management

New AWS program simplifies cyber insurance for small and medium-sized businesses 

The program leverages AWS Security Hub assessments that scan against the AWS Foundational Best Practices Framework for customers to provide results to insurance providers to present a price for coverage and steps to proactively lower their rate. The model is designed to benefit customers who work at adopting security best practices with lower rates.

Security

VAST Data claims vast cost-saving over Elastic File Service in Amazon’s cloud

This software powers VAST’s disaggregated storage filers on-premises with separate scale-out controller nodes accessing scale-out storage nodes, built with QLC flash drives across an NVMe fabric. File metadata is stored in storage-class memory class drives to speed access. The vendor has added software to this single-tier storage, including a data catalog and a combined transactional and analytical database

Data Storage

Cisco helps fund Aviz Networks’ SONiC network OS support efforts

The open-source SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) network operating system (NOS) is increasingly being adopted by organizations. While SONiC is a powerful and flexible system, there can be a need for support and additional tools to operate and maintain; this is where San Jose-based Aviz Networks is looking to play a strong role.

Network Management

Exclusive: Voltron Data brings new power to AI with Theseus distributed query engine

Theseus is optimized for running distributed queries on large datasets of 10 terabytes or more. It is targeted at companies with petabyte-scale data processing needs across Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, hedge funds, telcos, and media entertainment firms.

Data & Analytics

Kognitos reels in $20M for its natural language task automation platform 

San Jose, California-based Kognitos offers a software platform that makes it possible to create automation workflows with natural language instructions instead of code. The company claims its platform can speed up automation initiatives by weeks. Moreover, the fact that there’s no need for coding expertise simplifies the task of troubleshooting technical issues.

Automation & Productivity

AWS releases new cloud application monitoring features 

The tool also lends itself to other use cases. According to AWS, administrators can leverage myApplications to track workloads’ hardware usage and scan them for potential cybersecurity weak points. Additionally, the tool displays data on potential technical issues from another newly introduced feature, Amazon CloudWatch Application Signals, that also made its debut today.

Cloud

Dremio Delivers GenAI-Powered Data Discovery and Unified Path to Apache Iceberg on the Data Lakehouse

With this release, Dremio makes it simple for companies to adopt Iceberg through one-click command ingestion into Iceberg tables. Dremio can seamlessly convert raw data (in JSON, CSV, and Parquet formats) from data lakes, relational databases, data warehouses, and NoSQL databases into Apache Iceberg, both in the cloud and on premises

Data Management

Perplexity AI unveils ‘online’ LLMs that could dethrone Google Search

Now, the company has taken another step toward the possibility of being the premiere search destination, releasing its own AI large language models (LLMs) — pplx-7b-online and pplx-70b-online, named for their parameter sizes, 7 billion and 70 billion respectively. They are fine-tuned and augmented versions of the open source mistral-7b and llama2-70b models from Mistral and Meta.

AI/LLMs

AWS improves SageMaker Studio AI-development tool with new web-based interface, code editor 

The new web-based interface for Studio serves as a central point for launching all of SageMaker’s tools allowing machine learning developers to build, train, fine-tune and deploy models. It’s now possible to view every stage of development from the web interface and access foundation models through SageMaker Jumpstart. Amazon added that with the web interface, there is no more need to manually upgrade Studio.

AI/ML

Proton adds new Sentinel protective feature to its password manager 

Proton Pass is a relatively new product in the company’s encryption lineup, so it has avoided this history. But the timeline isn’t the only thing in its favor: It also inherits a careful security philosophy that encrypts all data, not just the username and password, which goes beyond what some of its competitors offer.

Security

Stability AI turbocharges text-to-image generation with SDXL Turbo

No longer do humans need to waste precious seconds or even minutes waiting for AI to generate an image based on their prompt. With the new SDXL Turbo mode announced this week by Stability AI, real-time image generation is now available to the masses.

Artificial Intelligence

ProcessMaker Introduces Groundbreaking AI Functionality in the Latest Release

ProcessMaker’s innovative AI features empower users to instantly transform text descriptions into BPMN 2.0-compliant process models, forms, and scripts, reducing the time and effort traditionally required in process design. AI assistants throughout the platform enable the automatic generation of functional scripts, democratizing process design and making it more accessible and efficient for users of all skill levels, regardless of technical experience.

Artificial Intelligence

Bitmagic launches public test for AI-based tool to create games with text prompts

The platform lets everyone be a game developer, as it enables gamers to execute their ideas in 3D. By typing a description into a text prompt, they can turn the hard work over to Bitmagic, which produces fully playable games based on the words.

AI/Gaming

CONGRUITY360 Pioneers Risk-Free “Smart Data” While Reducing Enterprise Storage and Backup Costs

Congruity360’s Enterprise Insights solution uses data classification to enable enterprises to glean insights quickly and accurately on data stores, highlighting key risk areas and opportunities to eliminate unnecessary files. Post classification, it’s easy to use only current, accurate, and risk-free files – smart data – to train AI software.

Data & Analytics

Investigation launched into attacks on water suppliers in Texas and Pennsylvania 

According to Politico, the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa was using equipment made by Unitronics Corp., an Israeli-owned company. Cyber Av3ngers is also said to have taken over control panels on the water authority’s equipment and left the message “every equipment ‘Made in Israel’ is Cyber Av3ngers legal target.”

Security

SentinelOne Expands Cybersecurity Capabilities, Positions for Growth

In a strategic move to enhance cybersecurity in software development, SentinelOne is teaming up with Snyk, a cybersecurity company providing a developer-first platform to help software developers find and fix vulnerabilities in their open-source libraries and containers. The new collaboration is significant, marking a substantial enhancement in vulnerability management.

Security

SiMa.ai and Supermicro Announce Partnership to Accelerate Power Efficient ML at the Edge

The integration provides customers a scalable approach for increasing video channels without scaling the host CPU performance. This provides for in-field upgrades for additional video channel support without swapping out the server or motherboard, which is an important consideration for deployed servers.

AI/ML

Dell provides $150M to develop an AI compute cluster for Imbue

While Dell has neither quite the star power nor the market capital of these rivals, it does have a solid hardware business that is now helping to build what potentially will be some of the most advanced AI models to date, putting the hardware company squarely at the forefront of AI research.

Artificial Intelligence

HPE, Nvidia partner on AI-optimized platforms and services

“We are delivering an out-of-the-box inferencing solution that enables customers to take pretrained models and deploy them into the environment and transform their operations, and to do it faster than they could before.”

Artificial Intelligence

Smart Engines Scientists Have Found a Way to Stop AI and Patented Their Technology in the USA

Smart Engines engineers have learned to predict the result of recognizing the next frame, and if it does not improve the current recognition result, the decision is made not to continue the process. The invention described in the patent made it possible to speed up the computing required for such decision-making by dozens of times. Thanks to this, document recognition in a video stream is faster and more accurate. On mobile devices, the technology allows for saving computing resources and battery life.

Artificial Intelligence

Automated forensic accounting startup Valid8 Financial closes on $8.5M funding round 

Valid8’s software incorporates artificial intelligence models and automation to rapidly parse, reconcile and categorize financial data from almost any kind of source, including bank transactions, cryptocurrency wallets and hand-written checks

Automation & Productivity

AWS rolls out new Titan AI models for image and text generation 

Amazon Titan models incorporate extremely large datasets and are designed to provide high-performing generative AI capabilities to customers, including text generation, image generation and vector search capabilities through fully managed application programming interfaces for the creation of AI applications. AWS pretrained these models to make them available for customers for numerous use cases that they can custom fine-tune for their purposes.

Artificial Intelligence

Smart glasses could boost privacy by swapping cameras for this 100-year-old technology

Scientists at Cornell University have created a technology, dubbed "PoseSonic". That combines micro sonar powered by CHIRP technology — a miniaturized version of the same technology used to map oceans or track submarines — with artificial intelligence (AI) to build an accurate echo profile image of the wearer. The micro sonar captures sound waves that are too quiet for human hearing.

Privacy

Together lands $102.5M investment to grow its cloud for training generative AI

 "Open source AI provides a strong foundation for these applications with increasingly powerful generative models being released almost weekly ... We believe generative AI is a platform technology, a new operating system for applications, and will have a long-range impact on human society. The AI ecosystem will consist of proprietary models and open models, and it’s incredibly important that this future has choice and options."

Artificial Intelligence

KX Launches KDB.AI Server Edition for Enterprise-Scale Generative AI

Unique among vector databases, KDB.AI enables developers to bring temporal and semantic context and relevancy to their AI-powered applications, giving them a comprehensive data search tool with unequaled flexibility.

Artificial Intelligence

Enhancing SOC efficiency: ManageEngine introduces ‘Vigil IQ’ for accurate threat detection 

Called Vigil IQ, the new feature, part of ManageEngine’s Log360 threat detection, investigation and response component, combines the power of accuracy and precision in threat detection. With a dynamic learning capability, Vigil IQ adapts to the changing nature of network behavior to cover more threat instances, spotting threats that get overlooked due to manual threshold settings to improve the detection system’s reliability.

Security

OctoML Launches OctoAI Text Gen Solution

The new release offers the fastest fleet of accelerated open source LLMs, including numerous configurations of Llama 2, Mistral, and the unique option to bring your own fine-tuned Llama 2 models.

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon’s Q AI assistant lets users ask questions about their company’s data

Amazon Q acts like an AI assistant where users can ask questions about their businesses using their data. For example, employees can query Amazon Q on the company’s latest guidelines for logo usage or understand another engineer’s code to maintain an app. Q can surface the information instead of the employee sifting through dozens of documents.

Artificial Intelligence

Matillion Adds AI Power to Pipelines with Amazon Bedrock

A longtime AWS Advanced Tier Services Partner, Matillion adds generative AI integration with a prompt component supporting Amazon Bedrock to enable users to operationalise the use of Large Language Models (LLMs) inside the data pipeline, to address intelligent data integration tasks including data enrichment, data quality and data classification among others.

Data & Analytics

Apple and Google avoid naming ChatGPT as their ‘app of the year,’ picking AllTrails and Imprint instead

Surprisingly, however, Apple this year bucked the trend of highlighting apps that were new to the store or that had taken advantage of a recently released technology in an innovative way. Instead, its finalists for iPhone app of the year included apps that have long deserved accolades as well-built and well-designed mobile companions, including the language learning app Duolingo and travel app Flighty, in addition to winner AllTrails.

Apps

Fortanix launches Key Insight, a new tool for managing your enterprise’s encryption keys

Not only does the new Fortanix Key Insight tool maintain awareness of all the cryptographic keys your employees and trusted users and applications rely upon on, but it also provides an easy-to-use dashboard showing which keys are mapped to which services and users. And it does so in a glanceable, information-rich format.

Security

Astronomer Accelerates AI Workflows with Integrations for Top LLM Providers

Astronomer has announced a new set of Apache Airflow integrations to accelerate LLMOps (large language model operations) and support AI use cases. Modern, data-first organizations are now able to connect to the most widely-used LLM services and vector databases with integrations across the AI ecosystem, including OpenAI, Cohere, pgvector, Pinecone, OpenSearch, and Weaviate.

Artificial Intelligence

XM Cyber unveils advanced Kubernetes exposure management for hybrid cloud environments 

The company’s new Kubernetes Exposure Management offering has been designed to help security teams protect critical assets running in Kubernetes clusters across public cloud, private cloud and on-premises infrastructure. The solution delivers continuous visibility into vulnerabilities, risky permissions and misconfigurations that could allow attackers to breach Kubernetes environments and access valuable data and applications.

Security

Microsoft gives up on internet search to build a better AI brand

Microsoft is also making the chat version of Copilot available for free on the web. No longer do you have to use Bing to access it. You do, however, need a Microsoft ID or an Entra ID, which is issued by businesses as part of the company’s cloud identity and access management solution. The Copilot site works with Edge and Chrome in both Windows and macOS.

Artificial Intelligence

New ChatGPT-like AI Tool Mirrors Doctors’ Notes with Unbelievable Precision

The new ChatGPT-like AI tool, called GatorTronGPT, is a specialized version of ChatGPT that was developed by a team of researchers from NVIDIA and the University of Florida. It was trained on the health medical records of two million patients while keeping 82 billion useful medical words. This enabled GatorTronGPT to write clinical text similar to doctors’ notes, with high accuracy and quality.

ChatGPT

Informatica collaborates with AWS to streamline cloud data management services 

The ability to embed Informatica Data Loaders into the AWS Redshift Console leads the list of services and integrations. The integration offers simplified provisioning of data and allows users to load data into AWS from multiple disparate sources. Informatica Data Loader is pitched as being a high-speed, no-cost, simple tool requiring no setup for departmental users looking for frictionless, high-volume data loading that generates insights from data in minutes.

Data Management

Apple releases new NameDrop feature. How does it work and do you need to turn it off?

Although the feature is turned on by default it does require some user interaction to accept sharing any information, said Gillett. He advised people concerned for their safety that the "most safe" thing they can do is to turn the NameDrop feature off after updating to iOS 17.

Data Privacy

area|Talent Rolls Out AI-Powered Tool to Streamline the Job Search Process

area|Talent, a leading career strategy company, has announced the rollout of their new AI-powered job seeker platform, designed to help job seekers of all levels streamline their job search process. The platform offers a comprehensive suite of services, including resume building, resume writing, interview coaching, cover letter writing, resume scoring, and LinkedIn profile reviews.

Automation & Productivity

AWS rolls out new customization and management tools in its Bedrock AI service 

There’s the Amazon Titan series of AWS-developed large language models, or LLMs, as well as neural networks from other companies and the open-source ecosystem. AWS today debuted two new features, fine-tuning and continued pretraining, that will enable customers to customize the LLMs available in Bedrock for specific tasks.

Artificial Intelligence

Pika Labs raises $55M, launches new AI video platform to take on Runway

The company also unveiled Pika 1.0, a new web platform building upon its earlier beta release that allows users to generate and edit videos in diverse styles such as 3D animation, anime or cinematic – just from text prompts.

Automation & Productivity

AWS and NVIDIA Announce Strategic Collaboration to Offer New Supercomputing Infrastructure, Software, and Services for Generative AI

The companies will bring together the best of NVIDIA and AWS technologies—from NVIDIA’s newest multi-node systems featuring next-generation GPUs, CPUs, and AI software, to AWS Nitro System advanced virtualization and security, Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) interconnect, and UltraCluster scalability—that are ideal for training foundation models and building generative AI applications

Artificial Intelligence

Airbyte Announces Certified Connectors for MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL Databases Enhancing AI Data Accessibility

The Airbyte connector catalog is the largest in the industry with more than 370 certified and community connectors. Also, users have built and are running more than 2,000 custom connectors created with the No-Code Connector Builder, which makes the construction and ongoing maintenance of Airbyte connectors much easier and faster.

Data Management

AWS launches Cost Optimization Hub to help curb cloud expenses

The new Hub, according to the cloud services provider, gathers all cost-optimizing recommended actions across AWS Cloud Financial Management (CFM) services, including AWS Cost Explorer and AWS Compute Optimizer, in one place.

Cloud

Integrating Q-CTRL’s performance control software, IBM moves a step closer to quantum advantage 

That’s where Q-CTRL says it can help. The startup, which raised $27.4 million in a Series B-1 funding round in January, has created specialist software that helps tackle quantum unreliability by stabilizing the “qubits” that power them. The problem is that today’s existing quantum computers are incredibly fragile things.

Quantum Computing

Hololight raises $12M for XR streaming software

“We knew that we could speak their language. And by working with them, we figured out the problems, like not having enough processing power or how hard it was to integrate security when dealing with sensitive data on mobile devices. We just thought we can solve all these issues by streaming and putting everything on the server, leaving your secure data safe.”

Automation & Productivity

Starburst simplifies analytics on data lakes

Among the new features, which are part of a standard update cycle, is support for real-time analytics with streaming ingestion. Customers can leverage open-source Apache Kafka or the commercial version of Kafka from Confluent Inc. to hydrate a data lake in near-real time to ensure that applications have the most up-to-date information.

Data & Analytics

Amazon enhances its serverless data platforms to kick off re:Invent 2023 

The headline announcement was the introduction of Amazon Aurora Limitless Database, which is a new feature for the Amazon Aurora database that can automatically scale beyond its original write limits, making it much easier for developers to scale their applications. Also announced were new capabilities for Amazon ElastiCache and the Amazon Redshift Serverless database, designed to drive up workload performance while optimizing the platforms to manage costs

Data Management

IBM, FuelCell Energy to Use AI in Effort to Forge Longer-Life Fuel Cell Systems

IBM and FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced they will work together to boost the performance of FuelCell Energy’s technology using Foundation Models, a form of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). The aim of this collaboration is to support both companies’ efforts to lead a global transition to renewable energy sources that emit little to no carbon.

Sustainability

Design Flaw in Google Workspace Could Let Attackers Gain Unauthorized Access

Cybersecurity researchers have detailed a "severe design flaw" in Google Workspace's domain-wide delegation (DWD) feature that could be exploited by threat actors to facilitate privilege escalation and obtain unauthorized access to Workspace APIs without super admin privileges.

Security

LaunchDarkly Collaborates with AWS to Generate Product Experiments Using Amazon Bedrock

Using Amazon Bedrock, LaunchDarkly is able to reduce setup complexity and enhance product experimentation by rapidly generating new experiment variations, speeding up test and iteration cycles—securely and responsibly. This new capability will accelerate the ability for teams to efficiently explore wider ranges of new ideas, leveraging training from historical experiment data to enable smarter decision-making. For engineering teams and product leaders, the outcome is better experimentation results, in less time.

Automation & Productivity

Intuit QuickBooks doubles down on AI to help accountants stay competitive and drive small business growth

Intuit Assist will offer automated tasks and workflows, such as invoicing and action plans to help meet business goals, and answer pressing financial questions on the spot. Users will not only be able to ask it to perform tasks like sending invoices, sourcing profitability insights, identifying top-selling products by month and so on, but will have an assistant working in the background to proactively surface relevant insights based on a business’s performance and customers’ behavior.

Automation & Productivity

Meta’s EU ad-free subscription faces early privacy challenge

noyb contends that the cost of the subscription is “way out of proportion” to the value Meta derives from tracking users in the region — citing reporting by the company that the average revenue per user in Europe between Q3 2022 and Q3 2023 was just $16.79. That figure would equate to annual revenue of €62,88 per user — whereas Meta’s subscription puts a minimum annual cost for users on safeguarding their privacy of nearly €120, rising to over €250 for users who have both a Facebook and Instagram account.

Social Media

AWS Introduces Amazon One Enterprise

Amazon One Enterprise eliminates operational overhead associated with the management of traditional enterprise authentication methods, like badges and PINs. IT and security administrators can easily install the Amazon One devices and manage users, devices, and software updates in the AWS Management Console.

Security

Alleged GE hack raises concerns about US national security 

The hacker behind the alleged hack goes by the name of “IntelBroker” and was offering the stolen data for sale on the BreachForums hacking forum, which is not a dark web site but a regular internet forum easily found in Google. According to the listing, the hacker is selling the stolen data, which includes SSH and SVN access, DAPRA-related military information, SQL files and documents. The hacker does provide screenshots of the stolen information as proof of the hack.

Security

Caylent launches MeteorAI to expedite the cycle of generative AI solutions 

MeteorAI allows users to create customized secure data integrations that continuously ingest, transform, process and act on data in real time to support individual employee inference operations and programmatic back-office integrations.

Artificial Intelligence

Iridia looks to DNA for archival storage solutions

The technology involves nanopore-based cells with data (DNA strands) moved inside the cell, and data written (DNA strands added) and read (DNA strands sequenced) with error checking and correction. The chip will contain reservoirs filled with reagents, with fluid moved through tubes and into and out of reservoirs by commands from the semiconductor (CMOS) part of the chip. Individual elements have been proved to work and the bulk task now is integrating them on a single chip.

Data Storage

Fortanix launches ‘Key Insight’ for enhanced data security in hybrid multicloud environments 

Innovations debuting in Key Insight include the ability to discover all encryption assets and provide detailed mapping between encryption keys and data services in an easy-to-understand dashboard. Users can assess data security risk posture through visual heatmaps that quickly pinpoint risks, gaps and priorities against established policies, regulations, and industry standards.

Security

Trend Micro First to Market with AI-powered Cybersecurity Assistant for Security Teams

Threat alerts in Trend Vision One are model-driven to adapt to the changing threat landscape. However, AI alone is not enough to keep security teams working at peak efficiency. The data that it is built on is critical. This is the value of Trend's global threat research team and Zero Day Initiative—the world's largest vendor-agnostic bug bounty program.

AI/Security

Verta Launches Verta GenAI Workbench to Advance Generative AI Development

“The GenAI product development process today is a lot like the Gartner hype cycle: teams start at the peak of inflated expectations based on media excitement or a quick ChatGPT exploration, but rapidly enter a painful valley of disenchantment when they attempt to make the use case work consistently, with high quality, and at reasonable cost."

Artificial Intelligence

Couchbase announces columnar service for Capella on AWS to power adaptive, real-time applications 

Couchbase Capella is a cloud-hosted version of the Couchbase NoSQL database that is used to power complex business applications. Unlike traditional databases, such as Oracle Database, Capella can process both structured and unstructured data at the same time, making it a more flexible choice for certain kinds of apps.

Data Management

U.S., U.K., and Global Partners Release Secure AI System Development Guidelines

The guidelines also build upon the U.S. government's ongoing efforts to manage the risks posed by AI by ensuring that new tools are tested adequately before public release, there are guardrails in place to address societal harms, such as bias and discrimination, and privacy concerns, and setting up robust methods for consumers to identify AI-generated material.

Artificial Intelligence

Trellix Announces Cybersecurity Generative AI Innovations Powered by Amazon Bedrock

“We partnered with Trellix to explore new ways to automate investigations,” says Chuck Lerch, CXO Head of Cybersecurity, Cyberuptive. “In this groundbreaking work, we combined Trellix XDR Platform’s rich data and investigative playbooks with LLMs running on AWS to make comprehensive assessments of alerts. The results are providing useful insights and showing the value of being able to focus on security research instead of how to run an LLM at scale.”

AI/Security

AWS debuts Amazon WorkSpaces Thin Client device for virtual desktop access 

The newly debuted WorkSpaces Thin Client is AWS’ entry into the thin client market. It’s a compact, rectangular device that workers can use to log into virtual desktops hosted on the cloud giant’s Amazon WorkSpaces service. Amazon WorkSpaces Web, a version of the offering that enables users to access virtual desktops from a browser, is supported as well.

Automation & Productivity

Malwarebytes Labs Reveals 50 Percent Uptick in Credit Card Skimming in Advance of the Holiday Shopping Season

Another risk to shoppers this holiday season is malvertising – online ads that deliver scams or install malware. This type of fraud is on the rise in both volume of malicious ads and the sophistication behind them. Over the past two months, Malwarebytes has tracked a 42% increase month-over-month in malvertising incidents in the US, pointing to an alarming trend. Recent research reveals malicious campaigns carried out in online ads via Google searches, some impersonating big-name brands and scams targeting online tech support for Windows users.

Privacy & Security

Aira Technologies Demonstrates RANGPT the First LLM-based RAN Query and Control Utility

RANGPT allows MNOs to interact with the network through conversational queries, to gain insights on the state of the RAN by analyzing network data. These insights help address performance issues and optimize energy consumption. A sequence of RANGPT queries and control instructions can be stitched together easily, to form the basis of RAN automation applications required to meet network opex reduction targets.

Network Management

Windows-as-an-app is coming

Windows App, which is still in beta, will let you connect to Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, Microsoft Dev Box, Remote Desktop Services, and remote PCs from, well, pretty much any computing device. Specifically, you can use it from Macs, iPhones, iPads, other Windows machines, and — pay attention! — web browsers.

Automation & Productivity

ConnectWise RMM Evolves to Unified Monitoring and Management Solution

This game-changing transformation introduces a host of enhanced capabilities to the ConnectWise Asio™ platform, including adding support for network, cloud, and backup monitoring. Moreover, ConnectWise unveils an innovative, real-time, interactive dashboard as part of this unification.

Automation & Productivity

DriveNets Joins Ultra Ethernet Consortium; Commits to Developing Open, Multi-vendor Ethernet Solutions for AI

DriveNets Network Cloud-AI – introduced in May and now available for order with Broadcom Jericho 3-AI based white boxes – offers the highest-performance AI networking solution available, based on trials with leading hyperscalers and independent testing by Scala Computing. It improves the performance of large-scale AI workloads regardless of GPU or AI accelerator used, enabling users to build open, multi-vendor AI infrastructures.

Network Management

NXT1 Introduces Launchit, a 100 Percent Serverless, Cloud-Native Platform for Deploying and Managing SaaS

“The idea for LaunchIT emerged from years of experience providing services for software vendors who marketed to regulated industries, and the public sector in particular,” said John Sobczak, CEO of NXT1. “We observed that in selling to the federal government, systems integrators, and other decision makers, cybersecurity and compliance challenges almost always present major obstacles. But we also identified a unique opportunity to accelerate any SaaS go-to-market approach by automating much of the supporting technology required for deployment."

Security

Radiant Security Secures $15 Million to Meet Growing Demand for AI-Enhanced Security

Today’s SOCs employ dozens of tools to help safeguard their environment from attacks and these tools generate so much noise that it’s nearly impossible for analysts to keep up. While security analysts spend countless hours performing the same tedious, time-consuming tasks over and over, they still barely scratch the surface. This model is both demoralizing and ineffective due to a reliance on human effort— a particularly scarce resource in the cyber community.

Security

Microsoft advances toward glass-based archival storage

The aim is to develop a cloud-scale archive media system for reading and writing data. The encoding technology is the production of areas with polarization-based patterns at points within a square glass slab, defined by 3D coordinates, and there can be hundreds of layers.

Data Storage

Next DLP and Torq Announce New Integration to Hyperautomate Insider Risk Detection and Response

Electric adventure vehicle company Rivian will leverage the deep visibility provided by the joint solution to shine a light on insider risk to prevent accidental data loss and stop malicious theft of valuable intellectual property. It will fully integrate Next DLP’s Reveal Platform—a user-centric, flexible, cloud-native, AI/ML-powered cybersecurity solution—with the enterprise-grade Torq Hyperautomation platform, which automates and connects complex security infrastructures at dramatic scale.

Risk Management

Nvidia launches Spectrum-X Ethernet stack for AI workloads

Spectrum-X, which integrates into Nvidia's Spectrum Ethernet stack, is a combination of hardware and software, melding the Spectrum-4 Ethernet switch (which boasts up to 51 terabits per second) and BlueField-3 DPU together, which are designed to work in tandem to reduce traffic congestion and potentially eliminate packet loss.

Network Management

Seagate’s Nytro 4350 NVMe SSD Delivers Consistent Application Performance and High QoS to Data Centers

Designed to improve QoS, the PCIe Gen 4 drive achieves over ten times the bandwidth while doubling the throughput of SATA SSDs. The Seagate Nytro 4350 SSD removes data bottlenecks with up to 58K IOPS random write speeds and up to 800K IOPS random read speeds to provide consistent response times and offers more computing power with less energy consumption with the drive’s 3.3V power supply.

Data Storage

Tech firm uses a brace of generative AI tools to slash content production times 

Since then, the company has adopted a growing collection of tools to help with creating search-optimized blog posts, e-books, sales collateral, marketing emails and sales scripts. It uses OpenAI Inc.’s ChatGPT for short-form content and Anthropic PBC’s Claude for long articles and e-books.

Automation & Productivity

New technique can accelerate language models by 300x

In experiments conducted on BERT, a transformer model employed in various language tasks, they achieved an astonishing reduction of more than 99% in computations. This innovative technique can also be applied to transformer models used in large language models (LLMs) like GPT-3, opening up new possibilities for faster, more efficient language processing.

Automation & Productivity

Stability AI debuts Stable Video Diffusion models in research preview

According to a blog post from the company, SVD and SVD-XT are latent diffusion models that take in a still image as a conditioning frame and generate 576 X 1024 video from it. Both models produce content at speeds between three to 30 frames per second, but the output is rather short: lasting just up to four seconds only.

Artificial Intelligence

Anthropic slashes AI pricing amid rising competition

For enterprise companies exploring opportunities in conversational artificial intelligence (AI), a new development promises greater access and affordability. Anthropic, a leading AI model lab, today dropped the per-token pricing of its conversational model Claude 2.1 release in response to growing competition from other large players, but perhaps more importantly, open source options.

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers steal 8.4M+ patients’ data from healthcare software company Welltok 

The hacking campaign was carried out by Clop, a ransomware group believed to be based in Russia. The cyberattacks exploited a zero-day vulnerability that made it possible to bypass MOVEit Transfer deployments’ authentication mechanism and download their data. Progress Software Inc., the service’s developer, first disclosed the vulnerability in May and uncovered a number of additional cybersecurity flaws a few weeks later.

Security

Claude 2.1: Anthropic’s ChatGPT Rival Gets New Killer Feature 

Anthropic has launched Claude 2.1, its latest and most advanced language model. By far the biggest and most noteworthy difference between Claude 2, which launched earlier this year, and Claude 2.1 is the amount of information that can be relayed to Claude via its message box.

ChatGPT

Google expands Bard’s YouTube integration

The Verge tested the feature by asking Bard to summarize a recipe discussed in a YouTube video. The chatbot completed the task, but not on the first attempt. Bard failed to understand a prompt that asked it for the “full recipe” and only fetched the information when it was instructed to find “step by step instructions.”

Automation & Productivity

Elon Musk’s new Grok AI will be available to all X Premium Plus subscribers first

The Grok chatbot uses machine learning, a branch of AI, to simulate human conversation in a similar way to how ChatGPT and other large language models communicate with users. Although the xAI chatbot is designed to have a sense of humor to make interactions more relatable and enjoyable for users. However adding personality to chatbots is not a new idea and can be incorporated even into ChatGPT using its Custom Instructions to make your conversations a little more “human”.

ChatGPT

Osium AI uses artificial intelligence to speed up materials innovation

So how does Osium AI actually work? It’s all about optimizing the feedback loop between materials formulation and testing using a data-driven approach. With the startup’s proprietary tech, industrial companies can predict the physical properties of new materials based on a list of criteria. After that, Osium AI can also help refine and optimize those new materials while avoiding common mistakes involved with trial and error.

Artificial Intelligence

Snowflake’s AI Breakthrough: Introducing New Managed Service Features

It said the new offering, which was launched at  the firm’s Snowday 2023 event and is currently in private preview, “gives users instant access to a growing set of serverless functions that include industry-leading large language models (LLMs) such as Meta AI’s Llama 2 model, task-specific models, and advanced vector search functionality

Artificial Intelligence

Adobe reportedly acquires text-to-video AI platform Rephrase

Founded in 2019 by Malhotra, Nisheeth Lahoti and Shivam Mangla, Rephrase provides enterprises with a platform (called Rephrase Studio) where users can create professional-looking videos with a digital avatar in minutes. All the user has to do is choose a video template, an avatar of choice with the preferred voice and add the content they need to deliver.

Automation & Productivity

Boomi doubles down on AI and automation

And integration, of course, is Boomi’s bread and butter. Large language models (LLMs) are the current wave in IT, he said, and because this lets “computers talk like humans instead of humans talking like computers”, one consequence is that “good programming today starts with a good generative prompt, not code”.

Artificial Intelligence

ChatGPT's voice chat feature is rolling out to free users

When the company first introduced voice chats, it admitted that the capability to create "realistic synthetic voices from just a few seconds of real speech" presents new risks. It could, for instance, allow bad actors to impersonate public figures or anybody they want. As a result, it decided that ChatGPT's voice feature will focus on conversations.

ChatGPT

FreeBSD keeps Unix-like OS alive, boosts security and performance with v14

ZFS has its roots in the Oracle (previously Sun Microsystems) Solaris UNIX OS and has long held the promise of supporting very large storage volumes. Maste noted that OpenZFS 2.2 includes enhancements like block cloning, which provides a massive performance boost for copy-heavy workloads. In addition to improvements in OpenZFS itself, new tooling has been added and updated to improve the integration of ZFS in FreeBSD.

Data Management

Cerabyte demos ceramic-coated glass storage system

The German company has technology to create microscopic holes in a layer of a ceramic substance coating a square glass carrier. Holes are created with femtosecond laser pulses and laid down in a format similar to quick response (QR) codes with sequences of holes and no-holes representing binary zeroes and ones.

Data Storage

Sam Altman to return as CEO of OpenAI

People familiar with the negotiations say that the main job of this small initial board is to vet and appoint an expanded board of up to nine people that will reset the governance of OpenAI. Microsoft, which has committed to investing billions in the company, wants to have a seat on that expanded board, as does Altman himself

Artificial Intelligence

C3 AI brings its C3 Generative AI platform to AWS Marketplace 

The platform is built to process both structured and unstructured records. C3 Generative AI: AWS Marketplace Edition, the new version of the platform that debuted today, has a narrower focus. It’s designed to help users more easily analyze text stored in files such as Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and webpages.

Artificial Intelligence

DPRK Hackers Masquerade as Tech Recruiters, Job Seekers

It's during the interview that the malicious actor sends the applicant an npm-based package hosted on GitHub. This package contains "Beavertail," a heavily obfuscated, JavaScript-based infostealer and loader. It targets basic system information as well as credit card and cryptocurrency wallet details stored in a victim's browser. It also retrieves and runs a second payload, "InvisibleFerret."

Security

Hammerspace hammering out AI ref architecture

Hammerspace’s software uses parallel NFS. It says a parallel file system architecture is critical for training AI as countless processes or nodes need to access the same data simultaneously. Its orchestration software provides an AI training data pipeline that can deliver the necessary data to very large numbers of GPUs.

Artificial Intelligence

Verta Launches the Verta GenAI Workbench to Help Teams to Get to Useful GenAI Faster

Geared toward GenAI product builders of all technical levels, the Workbench utilizes a unique combination of automated machine learning and human feedback, enabling builders to rapidly experiment with and refine custom Large Language Model (LLM) solutions for their GenAI applications.

Artificial Intelligence

LucidLink secures $75M to boost remote collaboration

LucidLink’s FileSpaces product has file sections streamed directly from a central cloud repository rather than being synchronized and shared between remote worker locations. This sync ‘n’ share approach is how it characterizes the services offered by CTERA, Egnyte, Nasuni, and Panzura.

Data Management

AI automation startup for social media Munch raises $7.2M in seed funding led by A* Capital

Enter Munch, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based AI startup that uses Generative AI to extract the most engaging and trending clips from long-form videos, creating short videos ideal for social media sharing. By doing so, Munch aims to reduce the burden on content professionals by leveraging AI to streamline the resource-intensive process, extracting bite-sized clips from lengthy videos ready for social media sharing within minutes.

Marketing Tech

Dell places multi-cloud storage navigation in its APEX

APEX is a set of services from Dell where it supplies its compute, storage and networking gear through a public cloud-like subscription model. Navigator is a software agent, an automation engine, for setting up things like a VMware cluster or multi-cloud storage. They can be automatically deployed and managed.

Data Storage

Arcitecta upgrades Mediaflux to add streamlined data management

Mediaflux is an unstructured data silo-aggregating software abstraction layer with a single namespace that can store files and objects in on-premises SSDs, disk or tape, or the public cloud, with a database holding compressed metadata. There is a fast Mediaflux data mover to put files in the appropriate storage tier.

Data Management

Microsoft offers to match pay of all OpenAI staff

Evan Morikawa, an engineering manager at OpenAI, has claimed that 743 out of 770 employees at OpenAI have signed a letter calling on the board to resign - with staff themselves threatening to leave if their demands are not met.

Artificial Intelligence

Anthropic's ChatGPT rival Claude can now analyze 150,000 words in one prompt

The company said version 2.1 also halves Claude’s hallucination rate, leading to fewer erroneous answers (like those the ChatGPT lawyer trusted far too much). Coincidentally or not, the update arrives as the tech world watches Anthropic’s rival OpenAI descending into pandemonium.

ChatGPT

AI21 nabs $53 million more to challenge OpenAI in enterprise generative AI

Instead, enterprise companies require robustly programmed applications for deployment, which requires a lot more work. He said scripting tools like Langchain that developers have adopted to pull in OpenAI’s LLMs via an API “point in the right direction, but true enterprise AI requires full programs to be written.” He added: “In two years, I bet we won’t be talking about LLMs, but about ‘AI systems,’ Shoham said.

Artificial Intelligence

Expanso Raises $7.5M to Transform Big Data Landscape with Distributed Data Approach

The open-source software Bacalhau (bacalhau.org), developed and backed by Expanso, is built on the principle of “Compute Over Data,” which means that it brings the processing jobs to where the data is, rather than moving the data to the cloud first.

Data & Analytics

Meta opens up data from Instagram and Facebook for researchers 

The Meta Content Library and API tools will go a step further by providing comprehensive access to content across Facebook and Instagram, beyond any research tools that the company has built to date. Meta said in its announcement that it will help it meet new regulatory requirements on data-sharing by providing near real-time access to the public content from Pages, Posts, Groups and Events on Facebook, and creator and business accounts on Instagram.

Data Privacy

New AI-enabled video surveillance cameras take analytics to the next level

To that end, i-PRO has just announced a new line of cameras that turn non-AI network cameras into AI smart devices. Using AI onsite learning, the X Series enables users to teach the camera about specific objects they want to monitor. With support for up to nine AI applications, it is the most powerful AI camera to date from i-PRO.

AI/Analytics

CISA Offering Free Cybersecurity Services to Non-Federal Critical Infrastructure Entities

In addition to offering CISA-provided commercial shared services to critical infrastructure entities, the pilot program will allow the agency to stress-test its service delivery mechanisms and prove it can deliver these cybersecurity services at scale.

Security

AWS launches AI Ready initiative to equip 2M people with AI skills 

Learners at the beginning of their upskilling journey can start with Introduction to Generative Artificial Intelligence, which covers basic concepts in generative AI and common uses for the technology. The two other courses that AWS offers for nontechnical learners cover more advanced topics. One is designed to teach business leaders how to plan generative AI projects, while the other provides an introduction to AWS CodeWhisperer, an AI service that makes it possible to write software with natural language prompts.

Artificial Intelligence

Confluent unveils data streaming for AI for real-time applications

To help companies unlock the full potential of AI with the freshest contextual data from across their business, Confluent is expanding partnerships with leading companies in the AI and vector database space, including MongoDB, Pinecone, Rockset, Weaviate, and Zilliz.

Artificial Intelligence

Sunbird is shutting down its iMessage app for Android

Sunbird, the app that brings iMessage to Android, has temporarily shut down the service over “security concerns,” as first reported by 9to5Google. In a notice to users, Sunbird says it has “decided to pause Sunbird usage for now” while it investigates reports that its messages aren’t actually end-to-end encrypted.

Data Privacy

Microsoft releases Orca 2, a pair of small language models that outperform larger counterparts

Today, the research arm of the Satya Nadella-led company dropped Orca 2, a pair of small language models that either match or outperform five to ten times larger language models, including Meta’s Llama-2 Chat-70B, when tested on complex reasoning tasks in zero-shot settings.

Artificial Intelligence

Data stolen in hack of nuclear energy testing facility Idaho National Lab 

According to a message shared on its Telegram group and subsequently on X, SiegedSec claimed that it obtained “hundreds of thousands of user, employee and citizen data”  in the hack, including full names, dates of birth, email addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, address, employment information and “lots lots more!” The group is also sharing a link to the files.

Security

Rockset boosts AI capabilities for vector database search

With the new update, Rockset is pushing further into the generative AI realm, with the general availability (GA) of vector search as part of the real time database platform. The vector search capability was first previewed in April and has been expanded and improved over the last several months leading up to full availability now.

Artificial Intelligence

Neo4j and AWS team up to enhance generative AI applications with graph database technology 

The idea is to combine knowledge graphs with native vector search in order to reduce the occurrence of so-called “hallucinations,” while ensuring models become more accurate, transparent and explainable. The partnership will also solve headaches around the need for long-term memory for large language models trained on specific enterprise datasets.

Artificial Intelligence

Unveiling Project Dojo: Fusing Machine Learning and Crypto for Next-Gen Innovation

Project Dojo is more than just a cryptocurrency. it’s a disruptive force powered by a robust vision and a vibrant community. With its rallying cry of “Super Processes,” it introduces an in-house supercomputer designed by the ingenious minds. This supercomputer is tailored explicitly for conquering the challenges of machine learning, paving the way for groundbreaking utilities like AI bots.

AI/ML

United We Care Unveils Stella 2.0 – First Ever Global Virtual Coach: Transforming from Generative AI to Cognitive AI

“As the global mental health crisis deepens, we are making the big moves to address the needs of individuals by introducing Stella 2.0, a transformative shift from Generative AI to a Cognitive AI Conversational Global Virtual Coach who can interact in over 20+ languages, detect almost all human emotions and can assess with over 90% efficacy."

Artificial Intelligence

Introducing Cloaked AI: The IronCore Labs Encryption SDK for Protecting AI Embeddings in Vector Databases

Large language models are shifting the paradigm for how AI products are built and where private data is stored. While private AI data used to be in the model, now it’s captured as embeddings and stored in vector databases. These databases store everything from internal proprietary documents to chat histories and medical diagnoses.

Data Management

Lasso Security emerges from stealth to wrangle LLM security

For starters, when manipulated the right way — via prompt injection or jailbreaking — models can reveal their training data, organization’s and users’ sensitive information, proprietary algorithms and other confidential details.

Security

Hundreds of OpenAI employees threaten to resign and join Microsoft

In a letter to OpenAI’s board that was reported on this morning by Wired and journalist Kara Swisher, more than 500 current OpenAI staffers say that “Microsoft has assured us that there are positions for all OpenAI employees at this new subsidiary should we choose to join.”

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft hires former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman

“We’ve learned a lot over the years about how to give founders and innovators space to build independent identities and cultures within Microsoft, including GitHub, Mojang Studios, and LinkedIn, and I’m looking forward to having you do the same.”

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers warn of advanced evasion techniques in LummaC2 v4.0 malware 

Information stealers are not new, but where LummaC2 v4.0 becomes interesting is its anti-sandbox mechanism. The new version delays the malware’s activation until it detects genuine human mouse activity, countering analysis systems that fail to emulate realistic mouse movements. LummaC2 v4.0 uses trigonometry to discern between human and artificial mouse movements, hampering the efforts of cybersecurity researchers in analyzing and mitigating such threats.

Security

AI-powered restaurant platform startup Malou raises $10M

The platform offers a centralized hub, integrating a restaurant’s Google page, social media profiles and listing and delivery platforms. AI and automation are then used to analyze and generate responses to customer reviews, generate social media posts and maintain consistent information to enhance the restaurants’ online presence, search engine optimization, visibility and social media engagement.

Marketing Tech

Kumo.AI Unveils New Predictive AI Platform Featuring SQL-like Predictive Querying Language

While generative AI excels at natural language understanding and generation, it lacks the capability to perform more complex, enterprise-specific tasks, such as predicting customer behavior or detecting fraudulent transactions. Kumo.AI is the first platform that bridges this gap by applying deep representation learning, a technology behind the current AI revolution, to enterprise data in data warehouses.

Artificial Intelligence

MediaTek Unveils RedCap Solutions to Deliver 5G Data Rates and Impressive Power Efficiency to a Broad Range of IoT Devices

RedCap, which stands for “reduced capability,” is designed to bring the benefits of 5G to NR consumer, enterprise, and industrial devices. Taking full advantage of the evolution of 5G networks to the Standalone (SA) network architecture, RedCap promises to deliver reliability for devices that have low bandwidth requirements, offering many of the benefits of 5G without the cost and complexity of typical 5G solutions.

5G

Kyndryl Unveils New Services for VMware Private AI, Advancing Generative AI and AI/ML Applications

Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced it has developed new services and capabilities for an extended VMware Private AI reference architecture to help customers more easily build, deploy and manage new generative AI and traditional AI/ML (machine learning) applications at scale across private, public and hybrid cloud environments.

AI/ML

Esri Enhances ArcGIS Platform with New Services for Developers: Places and Data Hosting Introduced

Access points of interest data that encompasses a variety of location- and attribute-based criteria, describing features in Earth’s built and natural environments. This includes retail locations, public facilities, and landscapes. Places offers insight into what attracts people to a location and supports site selection, market analysis, and distribution planning.

Data & Analytics

Google Mixes Structured Data Formats

Once again, Google, the undisputed ruler of online searches and information, has set the stage for a revolutionary shift that is shaking the foundations of the internet. Imagine having the ability to blend structured data forms, producing a more rich and engaging web presence. Google’s latest statement has made this a reality, marking a significant moment for digital marketers and website owners alike.

Data & Analytics

Nothing Chats has already been pulled from Google Play over privacy issues

The removal came after users widely shared a blog from Texts.com showing that messages sent with Sunbird’s system aren’t actually end-to-end encrypted — and that it’s not hard to compromise it. The app launched in beta yesterday after being announced earlier this week.

Data Privacy

Thanks To OpenAI, You Can Now Make Your Own Version Of ChatGPT

OpenAI’s GPTs (Generic Purpose Technologies) artificial intelligence agents will be available for purchase in the GPT Store in the coming weeks. OpenAI has promised to pay authors an undefined sum based on the number of times their GPTs are used, but details regarding the store’s appearance and functionality are still few. ChatGPT Plus users and OpenAI corporate clients will be allowed to create GPTs for internal use exclusively.

ChatGPT

OpenAI board in discussions with Sam Altman to return as CEO

A source close to Altman says the board had agreed in principle to resign and to allow Altman and Brockman to return, but has since waffled — missing a key 5PM PT deadline by which many OpenAI staffers were set to resign. If Altman decides to leave and start a new company, those staffers would assuredly go with him.

Artificial Intellignce

Exclusive: Germany, France and Italy reach agreement on future AI regulation

During the discussions, the European Parliament proposed that the code of conduct should initially only be binding for major AI providers, which are primarily from the U.S.

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon lays off hundreds from Alexa unit amid generative AI refocus 

Amazon debuted the newest generative AI feature addition to Alexa, a capability called Let’s Chat, in September. Currently, users have to say a so-called wake word before every request they make to the voice assistant. Let’s Chat removes that requirement and allows Alexa to take into account information from past inquiries when processing a new user request.

Artificial Intelligence

Proton Mail plans to tap blockchain tech for email encryption key verification 

Blockchain technology uses multiple cryptographically protected ledgers that mirror one another to make it nearly impossible to tamper with them after an entry has been added. Every transaction submitted to a blockchain is also verified and agreed upon before it’s added to the distributed ledger network and then integrated into a “block,” which is then “chained” on top of previous blocks. The combination of cryptography and exact copies of distributed ledgers gives it enhanced security over basic databases.

Blockchain

U.S. Cybersecurity Agencies Warn of Scattered Spider's Gen Z Cybercrime Ecosystem

"Scattered Spider threat actors typically engage in data theft for extortion using multiple social engineering techniques and have recently leveraged BlackCat/ALPHV ransomware alongside their usual TTPs," the agencies said.

Security

Microsoft expands SSE, adds zero-trust network access

Microsoft first introduced its SSE services under the Entra name in July as an early preview of its capabilities. At the Microsoft Ignite conference this week, the SSE platform was significantly expanded with more availability and capabilities than what was first previewed in July. The Entra name is Microsoft’s new brand for its identity and access control technologies, including the technology formerly known as Active Directory and now known as Entra ID

Security

Matillion to Bring No-Code AI to Pipelines

The addition of a low-code/no-code graphical AI Prompt component will enable every data engineer to harness prompt engineering within LLM-enabled pipelines and materially boost productivity, whilst unlocking the infinite opportunities of unstructured data.

Artificial Intelligence

Frontegg Creates Open Source Project HARmor to Enable Safe Use and Sharing of HAR Files

“Tokens in HAR files have been used to attack a major software vendor’s customers. We see customer support organizations at particular risk. Tokens are potent weapons, if leaked or accessed through social engineering, for example. We decided to provide a robust, universally applicable solution immediately to prevent widespread damage to customers and their trust in their software providers.”

Security

Beware: Malicious Google Ads Trick WinSCP Users into Installing Malware

The threat actors are believed to leverage Google's Dynamic Search Ads (DSAs), which automatically generates ads based on a site's content to serve the malicious ads that take the victims to the infected site.

Security

Microsoft's new app brings Windows to Chromebooks, Macs - for select users 

In a blog post, Microsoft dropped the details on Windows App, a service that allows users to access Windows devices and apps on a number of different platforms, including desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and desktop web browsers -- including Chromebooks and Macs. Essentially, the new app lets you stream a copy of Windows running on one PC to another device.

Automation & Productivity

Unpatched Critical Vulnerabilities Open AI Models to Takeover

The affected platforms are used for hosting, deploying, and sharing large language models (LLM), and other ML platforms and AIs. They include Ray, used in the distributed training of machine-learning models; MLflow, a machine-learning lifecycle platform; ModelDB, a machine-learning management platform; and H20 version 3, an open source platform for machine learning based on Java.

Security

HYCU reaches 50 SaaS app connector landmark

“Introducing R-Cloud unlocked the ability to visualize an entire data estate, learn what data was protected and unprotected, and with 1-click simplicity, turn on protection when no other way was possible. This offered companies a simple yet powerful way to protect their entire data landscape."

Data Storage

SlashNext Delivers Industry’s First Multi-Channel Quishing Protection to Block Malicious QR Codes in All Business and Personal Messaging Channels with 99 Percent Accuracy

SlashNext’s QR Code Phishing Protection is the first security solution to offer multi-channel Quishing protection that blocks malicious QR codes in email, mobile, web and messaging channels such as Slack, iMessage, Microsoft Teams, and more.

Security

AI startup Tradespace secures $4.2M in seed funding to uncover $1 trillion unrealized IP value

In conjunction with the funding, Tradespace has unveiled its AI-powered IP Management Platform, heralding the future of intellectual property. This platform aims to streamline the research process for IP teams, saving both time and money, while simultaneously revealing new opportunities for portfolio value through avenues such as commercialization, partnerships, financing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Automation & Productivity

FinOps Foundation debuts first major release of its FOCUS cloud billing standard 

The FinOps Foundation is an industry consortium that was launched by the Linux Foundation three years ago. The group introduced FOCUS, or the FinOps Open Cost and Usage Specification, this past May. The round-number release it debuted today, FOCUS version1.0-preview, is a major technical milestone that signals the technology is now closer to production-ready status.

Cloud

Keysight’s open platform makes network testing easier, vendor neutral

A core component of KENG is support for the open-source Open Traffic Generator (OTG) API project, which was started by Keysight in 2020. According to Keysight, the KENG software is the first platform of its kind based on an open, vendor-neutral API. Keysight says it represents a significant shift away from closed, proprietary legacy testing approaches.

Network Management

Back-office stack for startups company Every launches with $9.5M in funding 

Back-office tasks such as payroll, taxes and accounting are at the core of what Every is offering, providing startup founders with accountants and payroll specialists for expert guidance. Support provided includes filing state taxes, helping founders choose the best healthcare plan and creating a customized treasury management plan to optimize yield while ensuring 100% of funds are insured.

Automation & Productivity

Microsoft recommits to open source AI models, despite OpenAI investment

Yet, because open source models are by definition free-to-use and deploy for enterprise applications (licensing permitting), Microsoft’s move to offer such models on its Azure platform — where the paid Azure OpenAI service has already been available for the better part of the year — means that it may actually be costing its own investment/ally OpenAI some revenue.

Artificial Intelligence

Scaleway delivers cost-optimized Ampere Altra instances as an alternative for AI workloads 

The company said Ampere’s Altra processors can be a more affordable option for companies wanting to run AI training and large language model inference applications. Ampere is an agnostic, Arm-based processor developer that partners with cloud infrastructure providers, helping them to create their own data center processors. For instance, it previously collaborated with AWS, helping it to design its popular Graviton virtual machines.

Automation & Productivity

Apple says iPhones will support RCS in 2024

The iPhone adopting RCS could enable support for encryption, read receipts, typing indicators, high-res images and videos, and more, when sending texts between iPhone and Android devices. Apple will let users share locations in text threads and RCS messages will be green, like SMS messages are now, the company confirmed to 9to5Mac.

Automation & Productivity

Tanium looks to coin new acronym for endpoint management automation

At the company’s Converge 2023 event this week, Tanium announced its vision for an autonomous endpoint management (AEM) platform. AEM aims to drive greater efficiency and faster risk mitigation than current endpoint management technologies, through increased automation and artificial intelligence (AI)-powered capabilities. AEM is an evolution of Tanium’s converged endpoint management (XEM) technologies.

Network Management

Databricks debuts AI-powered Data Intelligence Platform

One component, Databricks Assistant, allows users to query data using natural-language prompts. The software automatically turns those prompts into SQL queries or Python code. Moreover, Databricks Assistant can ease related tasks such as optimizing an existing Python script a company’s data scientists use for analytics projects.

Data Management

Meta announces new breakthroughs in AI image editing and video generation with Emu 

EMU was announced in September and today it’s being used in production, powering experiences such as Meta AI’s Imagine feature that allows users to generate photorealistic images in Messenger. In a blog post, Meta’s AI researchers explained that generative AI image generation is often a step-by-step process, where the user tries a prompt and the picture that’s generated isn’t quite what they had in mind. As a result, users are forced to keep tweaking the prompt until the image created is closer to what they had imagined.

Automation & Productivity

Google DeepMind breaks new ground with ‘Mirasol3B’ for advanced video analysis

“Some of the modalities might be well synchronized in time (e.g., audio, video) but not aligned with text,” they explain. “Furthermore, the large volume of data in video and audio signals is much larger than that in text, so when combining them in multimodal models, video and audio often cannot be fully consumed and need to be disproportionately compressed. This problem is exacerbated for longer video inputs.”

Automation & Productivity

IONIX launches Threat Exposure Radar to strengthen attack surface visibility 

Threat Exposure Radar offers a unified view of critical exposures across the entire enterprise attack surface, including cloud, on-premises, software-as-a-service and third-party systems. The capability allows security teams to visualize and prioritize hundreds of attack surface threats into a manageable set of specific, actionable insights with one-click workflows to clear next steps, simplifying and accelerating remediation.

Security

Martian debuts novel AI model mapping technology for apps to leverage multiple LLMs at once 

The Model Mapping technology is designed to understand LLMs by converting them into formats that are easier to study and understand. For instance, an LLM might be converted from numbers in matrices to human-readable programs in order to understand how it works. Companies can then build applications based around that understanding.

Artificial Intelligence

Profet AI Launches AILM, the World’s 1st Enterprise AI Lifecycle Management Platform for AI Governance

Manufacturing leaders universally recognize the pressing need for AI adoption. However, according to the “Manufacturing Leadership Council’s 2023 Industrial AI in 2030 survey,” only around 29% of companies have integrated their AI initiatives into formal plans or strategies, despite 96% of manufacturers planning to increase investments in AI.

Artificial Intelligence

Adobe is using AI to break apart messy audio

Adobe is working on a new audio tool designed to break apart different layers of sound within a single recording. The tool is called Project Sound Lift, and it can use AI to separate elements like applause from the sound of someone’s voice.

Automation & Productivity

Matillion to Bring No-Code AI to Pipelines

The model-agnostic design will allow users to choose their preferred LLM, set the right context, and drive prompts at speed and scale. Seamlessly integrating with existing systems, the technology will enable information extraction, summarization, text classification, NLP, sentiment analysis and judgment calls on any source that Matillion connects to.

Artificial Intelligence

ServiceNow expands Now Assist family of generative AI agents 

The new Now Assist in Virtual Agent, flow generation and Now Assist for Field Service Management offerings are available to all customers via the ServiceNow Store. They’re said to reduce the time workers spend searching, summarizing and creating basic information, providing an immediate productivity boost.

Automation & Productivity

Cloud Security Alliance launches industry-first ‘Certificate of Competence in Zero Trust’ 

The course and certification seek to address the growing demand for a zero-trust approach in information security. A poll from Gartner found that 60% of organizations are expected to embrace zero trust by 2025. The CSA argues that a zero-trust-based approach will inevitably become a requirement for organizations and a required skill for a range of security professionals, including security engineers and architects, C-suite and other decision-makers.

Security

Informatica Unveils New Unified Cloud Analytics Experiences with Microsoft Fabric and Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service

Informatica collaborated with Microsoft engineering and the Azure OpenAI Service team to use the relevancy and accuracy of their large language models to develop CLAIRE GPT, launched at Informatica World 2023 as the next generation, generative AI version of its benchmark AI engine, CLAIRE. CLAIRE GPT provides a natural language interface to data and Intelligent Data Management Cloud, transforming how users discover, understand, govern, and consume data through simple conversational interactions

Data & Analytics

Microsoft to add Project features to its new unified Planner work management app

To track more straightforward team and individual work, Microsoft has added more broadly accessible tools to its portfolio in recent years. Planner, which launched in 2016, is a comparatively simple work management app aimed at less complex team projects, while To Do is for personal task tracking.

Automation & Productivity

Meta calls for new legislation around how teens download apps from app stores 

Davis called this a “simple, industry-wide solution,” although ultimately, it doesn’t address the inherent harms social media might be doing to young folks. Still, as Davis says, if this is used in conjunction with social media companies creating “age-appropriate features and settings,” it may help a bit. But that might depend on how savvy the average parent is to the possible negative effects of social on their child.

Social Media

Microsoft announces Mirroring, a way to copy databases

While Google is also working hard to create open formats (see our exclusive OneTable news today), Microsoft’s bigger customer base and more robust range of services, gives it an upper hand. But with Mirroring, Microsoft is also taking the gloves off against upcomer analytics competitors Databricks and Snowflake, which have gained momentum recently by trying to make data sharing easier.

Data & Analytics

Cubbit’s DS3 Composer builds virtual private public clouds

Cubbitt is an Italian startup that has developed low-cost DS3 geo-distributed, partially decentralized storage (Web3) using unused storage capacity in existing datacenters or provisioned capacity in colocation and managed service provider datacenters. There is a centralized component – the Coordinator – which manages metadata, S3 gateways, and clusters of storage nodes) called Swarms

Web3

Microsoft marries SIEM and XDR with genAI in unified security platform

The unified security operations platform is designed to offer a single experience with higher efficiency and ease of use for security teams. Jakkal added the genAI capabilities from the Security Copilot can help create a single set of automation rules and security playbooks, which makes coordinating responses easier and quicker for analysts of any level.

Security

Zip Raises $7.7 Million to Expand SMB Cybersecurity Business

Zip’s philosophy is to put into practice a simple method of implementing law enforcements’ recommendation — get the basics right, and you will mitigate most cyber threats. It does this, says the company, “by integrating across best-in-class security tools including CrowdStrike, Okta, Jamf, and Microsoft Intune, allowing small businesses to run similar security programs to large corporations at a fraction of the time and cost.”

Security

Microsoft’s Maia AI, Azure Cobalt chips to rev up efficiency, performance

After months of speculation that Microsoft was developing its own semiconductors, the company at its annual Ignite conference Wednesday took the covers off two new custom chips, dubbed the Maia AI Accelerator and the Azure Cobalt CPU, which target generative AI and cloud computing workloads, respectively.

Automation & Productivity

Tanium’s new AI service aims to streamline cybersecurity operations and endpoint management

The releases seek to address the issue wherein resource constraints in IT and the increasing pace, frequency and sophistication of cyberthreats create the need for an autonomous platform to automate everyday operational tasks and better identify threats and vulnerabilities. Tanium also argues that the challenges highlight the importance of real-time data for AI, since organizations using stale or slightly outdated data do not realize the full benefits of AI.

Security

Seagate HAMR drives come to Corvault

Corvault is an intelligent JBOD-type 4RU chassis with up to 106x 3.5-inch drives, and VelosCT ASIC controllers. It currently runs with Exos 18TB and 20TB conventional magnetic recording (CMR) drives, using ADAPT erasure coding to protect the data and recover from any drive failure. An ADR (Autonomous Drive Regeneration) function is deployed in the chassis to recover from a failed platter surface or head in a ten-platter drive.

Data Storage

White House Unveils National Spectrum Strategy

Use of some of these bands is already underway, however. "This approximately 2,790 megahertz of spectrum represents a mix of bands for potential expanded governmental and non-governmental use for an array of advanced, next-generation applications and services:"

Automation & Productivity

Exclusive: Microsoft and Google join forces on OneTable, an open-source solution for data lake challenges

The OneTable project, which was started by Onehouse, is an attempt to create a new layer that sits on top of the data lake table formats that enables omni-directional conversions and access across Iceberg, Hudi and Delta Lake.

Data Management

Scality debuts ARTESCA hardware appliance for Veeam users

Scality provides RING enterprise-class object storage, with file support, and lighter-weight, object-only, containerized ARTESCA software. This is currently available as a VMware OVA (Open Virtual Appliance) or in software-only form.

Data Storage

Google’s new GraphCast AI model can forecast the weather 10 days in advance

In an internal test, the company compared GraphCast with a weather forecasting algorithm called HRES that is known for its reliability. GraphCast achieved higher accuracy than HRES across more than 90% of the 1,380 weather variables that were analyzed during the test. The AI system performed even better when the scope of the task was limited to the troposphere, the part of the atmosphere that is located directly above the Earth’s surface.

Artificial Intelligence

Nothing is bringing iMessage to its Android phone

 Nothing Chats will let owners of the Phone 2 send iMessages to iPhones. It’s the first time an Android OEM has integrated something like this into a device.

Automation & Productivity

US federal judge says social media giants must face child safety lawsuits 

School districts all over the U.S. have launched what is reported to be hundreds of such lawsuits against Google LLC-owned YouTube, Meta Platforms Inc.-owned Facebook and Instagram, ByteDance Ltd.-owned TikTok, and Snap Inc.-owned Snapchat.

Social Media

SecureAuth’s Arculix gets new identity orchestration features

This is not a new concept: Risk levels and login methods are constantly being adjusted by the management software to specific situations, so that a remote login might be subject to more scrutiny and require more details than a local one, for example. SecureAuth has long been a leader in this type of authentication.

Security

OfferFit gets $25M to kill A/B testing for marketing with machine learning personalization

Reinforcement learning forms the backbone of OfferFit’s automated marketing solution, which ingests data about its clients’ customers and marketing efforts-to-date, and automatically figures out the optimal messages to send at the optimal times on the optimal channels to each and every single customer — even if the userbase is in the millions, as is the case with large enterprises such as Capital One.

Automation & Productivity

Salesforce adds more generative AI features to Sales Cloud

Sales representatives can expect to get a lot of help with the launch of the Einstein Copilot for Sales, which is a generative AI assistant that will aid with tasks such as researching accounts, updating the customer relationship management platform and preparing for meetings. It will be accessible to users anywhere, including on their mobile device, Salesforce said.

Automation & Productivity

Software security startup Vulcan Cyber raises $34M to fuel product innovation 

Vulcan Cyber customers use the platform’s capabilities to reduce the most critical attack surface risk and improve overall cyber hygiene by integrating hundreds of security tools and data sources to rationalize spending and help customers get the most out of the investments. The platform offers a composite view of the customer’s unique cyber risk exposure across all attack surfaces using business and asset contexts.

Security

OpenAI aiming to create AI as smart as humans, helped by funds from Microsoft 

The company is now offering a custom GPT feature through which subscribers can create their own chatbots for specific tasks. A GPT store is due to open later this month, featuring the best GPTs for sale and eventually letting its creators share in the revenue. OpenAI also expanded the knowledge cutoff dates for both GPT-3.5 and GPT-4, improving the AI's prowess as a research tool. But AI remains the core product.

ChatGPT

New KasadaIQ suite helps enterprises predict and prevent account takeover and fraud 

The first service in the suite, KasadaIQ for Fraud, supplies actionable intelligence for businesses who need insight into how bots target their digital channels and customer data. Combined with Kasada’s visibility into nontraditional data sources and adversary communities, KasadaIQ for Fraud provides the capability to detect attacks before they happen and confirm threats that would otherwise go undetected.

Security

Startup Fractl releases its language for building generative AI applications to open source 

The company said the Fractl language is based on business-level abstraction, which makes it better-suited for AI-powered code generation than traditional languages such as JavaScript and Python. The language uses declarative abstraction, a programming concept that expresses the logic of a computation without explicitly defining its control flow, to reduce complexity and allow developers to focus on business outcomes.

Artificial Intelligence

Ericsson ramps up RAN work as 5G market slumps

As the overall RAN market takes a 5G breather, Ericsson is bolstering its radio access network (RAN) portfolio with four new RAN units, a pair of new carrier aggregation software options, two new artificial intelligence (AI)-endowed routers and a new transport controller.

Network Management

YouTube to require disclosures for realistic-looking AI-generated videos 

When a user indicates that a newly uploaded clip contains synthetic content, YouTube will add a disclosure to the clip’s description. If the synthetic content is about a sensitive topic, the Google unit will embed a more prominent disclosure directly in the video player. “Some synthetic media, regardless of whether it’s labeled, will be removed from our platform if it violates our Community Guidelines,”

Artificial Intelligence

OneSpan Launches Passwordless, Phishing-Resistant Authentication for a Secure Workforce

It provides a cost-efficient, adaptable, and future-proof solution that overcomes traditional multi-factor authentication (MFA) limitations. With DIGIPASS FX1 BIO, organizations can safeguard employees, partners, and corporate resources while enabling a flexible 'work from anywhere, anytime, on any device' policy without compromising security.

Security

Cycode launches ConnectorX for enhanced app security posture management 

Launching with support for Wiz Inc. and Black Duck by Synopsys Inc., in addition to the more than 40 existing software development lifecycle integrations, ConnectorX provides companies with the choice to use Cycode’s native ASPM tools or maximize their investments in their existing AppSec tools. Using ConnectorX, companies can plug in any AppSec solution and gain accurate, real-time visibility into their security posture within minutes.

Security

Running thousands of LLMs on one GPU is now possible with S-LoRA

S-LoRA dramatically reduces the costs associated with deploying fine-tuned LLMs, which enables companies to run hundreds or even thousands of models on a single graphics processing unit (GPU). This can help unlock many new LLM applications that would previously be too costly or require huge investments in compute resources.

Artificial Intelligence

Ethical Web AI Launches AI Seek 4.0 with Almost Real-Time Data

Version 4.0 of AI Seek is delivered purely by upgrades made to our back-end services, and the mobile apps themselves are not involved in delivering the contemporaneous, near real-time functionality. Consequently, the mobile apps themselves still show Version 3.0 in the settings section. Ethical Web AI is already developing Version 5, which will include embedded multimedia in its output, which will be another patented capability unique to AI Seek. Version 5 does require changes to the mobile apps, so the version number in the app will change.

Artificial Intelligence

Innovative technology from Typecast allows generative AI to transfer human emotion

The technology allows users to apply emotions recorded from another’s voice to their own while maintaining their unique style, thus enabling faster, more efficient content creation. It is available today through Typecast’s My Voice Maker feature.

Artificial Intelligence

ChatGPT's New Code Interpreter Has Giant Security Hole, Allows Hackers to Steal Your Data

ChatGPT's recently-added Code Interpreter makes writing Python code with AI much more powerful, because it actually writes the code and then runs it for you in a sandboxed environment. Unfortunately, this sandboxed environment, which is also used to handle any spreadsheets you want ChatGPT to analyze and chart, is wide open to prompt injection attacks that exfiltrate your data.

Security

New Lacework features provide full visibility through the application development lifecycle 

Software Composition Analysis gives customers continuous visibility into third-party software libraries and associated vulnerabilities, including direct and indirect dependencies. The approach goes beyond basic SCA functionality and gives teams constant visibility into exactly where vulnerable functions are used in the code, including how often each is referenced, who was responsible for bringing it in and who owns fixing the code.

DevOps

dtSearch Announces Concurrent, Multithreaded Searching for Terabytes of Data

The product line’s proprietary document filters cover popular “Office” formats, website data, databases, compression formats, and emails with attachments. dtSearch products can run either on premises at organizations or in a cloud environment such as on Azure or AWS.

Data & Analytics

OSS Unveils New Gen 5 AI Transportable Compute Server

OSS AI Transportables are differentiated from traditional edge AI infrastructure by having the highest-speed data center-class processing, input/output, networking and storage technologies. OSS AI Transportables meet stringent, mil-spec requirements for shock and vibration, redundancy, operating temperature, altitude and uninterrupted power.

Automation & Productivity

Cyber Attackers Take a Swipe at McLaren Health Care’s Database

The fully integrated healthcare delivery system is worth $6.6 billion. The data breach exposed the personal and health information of nearly 2.2 million patients spanning 14 hospitals in Michigan, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, and commercial and Medicaid HMOs

Security

Seagate Unveils Exos CORVAULT 4U106: Advancing Mass Data Storage with 2.5PB Capacity

The Seagate Exos CORVAULT 4U106 features Seagate’s high capacity Exos hard drives, which, combined with self-healing technology, create the most efficient petabyte storage building block for scale-out data center architecture, reducing storage networking resources up to 50% and improving total rack power efficiency up to 30%

Data Storage

Google takes legal action against scammers using fake Bard ads to spread malware 

Google said the scammers have been able to “exploit public enthusiasm for generative AI” by posting ads on social media that appear to be a download for Bard, despite Bard being web-based and free. When the victims hit the download, instead of AI that offers them advice, they get malware that steals their social media credentials.

Security

Panasas Introduces S3-Compatible PanFS 10, Bridging Cloud and On-Premise AI/HPC Workloads

PanFS 10, which powers Panasas’ ActiveStor portfolio of storage appliances, utilizes a unique shared-nothing architecture that now supports Seagate Exos 2X18 with MACH2 dual-actuator technology, enabling up to double the performance for the ActiveStor system.

Data Management

Cisco leans on partners, blueprints for AI infrastructure growth

The company recently announced four new Cisco Validated Designs for AI blueprints from Red Hat, Nvidia, OpenAI, and Cloudera to focus on virtualized and containerized environments as well as converged and hyperconverged infrastructure options. Cisco already had validated AI models on its menu from AMD, Intel, Nutanix, Flashstack and Flexpod.

Artificial Intelligence

Dell and Hugging Face partner to simplify LLM deployment

With the partnership, the two companies will create a new Dell portal on the Hugging Face platform. This will include custom, dedicated containers, scripts and technical documents for deploying open-source models on Hugging Face with Dell servers and data storage systems.

Artificial Intelligence

Arcitecta debuts universal data platform to enable global information accessibility at lower costs

Its Mediaflux Universal Data System is designed to get around the inefficiencies of the clustered file systems in use by many organizations today. While these can support data storage across multiple servers to enable greater scale and easy access, they lack the sophisticated tools required to manage and orchestrate that information effectively.

Data Management

YouTube is going to start cracking down on AI clones of musicians

YouTube will give music labels a way to take down content that ‘mimics an artist’s unique singing or rapping voice.’ Creators will also be required to label AI-generated content beginning next year.

Artificial Intelligence

Cohesity launches early access program for its Cohesity Turing AI toolkit 

Turing, the AI feature suite that Cohesity is making available in early access, debuted six months ago. It allows administrators to search the data their organizations store in Cohesity’s platform using natural language commands. Turing lends itself to more advanced tasks as well: an administrator could, for example, use it to analyze employees’ data access patterns for signs of unauthorized file usage.

Data & Analytics

LiquidStack expands into single-phase liquid cooling

The tanks support both 19-inch and 21-inch standard server racks. They also support multiple IT form factors, including 1U, 2U, 4U, 600mm, 750mm, OCP, ORV3 and more, with N to 2N Tier IV redundancy system to ensure high resiliency and reliable operations.

Data Management

FTC hosts challenge to stop harms of voice cloning AI

According to a tentative agenda posted by the agency ahead of its upcoming meeting this Thursday, November 16, the FTC will “announce an exploratory Voice Cloning Challenge to encourage the development of multidisciplinary solutions—from products to procedures—aimed at protecting consumers from artificial intelligence-enabled voice cloning harms, such as fraud and the broader misuse of biometric data and creative content. “

Artificial Intelligence

Streamlining Back-office to Rails: IntellectEU Launches Catalyst Integration Manager

CAT-IM enables business processes to flow smoothly across different software solutions, whether on-premises or in the cloud. The manager gives financial institutions the ability to coordinate complex multi-step, multi-application workflows, design complex customer-specific flows, and streamline the process of integrating with (Payment) Rails and blockchain networks.

FinTech

Nurdle emerges from Spectrum Labs as AI deployment startup for enterprises

Nurdle is an evolution of the promising project initiated within Spectrum Labs, designed to streamline and refine custom private Large Language Models (LLMs) through a proprietary “lookalike” data technology.

Artificial Intelligence

AI tech startup Ozone launches with $7.1 million to revolutionize video editing

Since its inception in a dorm room at MIT, the Ozone team has focused on developing the next generation of creative tools to enable content creation teams to collaborate seamlessly on video projects, eliminating the complexities of user interfaces and the need for time-consuming video file uploads and downloads.

Automation & Productivity

Cohesity tuning Turing data cloud front end into context-aware answer generator

In our view Turing’s new capabilities are effectively Cohesity’s data cloud co-pilot. It joins Commvault’s Airlie, Druva’s Dru, and Rubrik’s Ruby in providing a conversational virtual white-glove concierge helper to help users navigate complex data protection universes faster.

Automation & Productivity

Silo AI unveils Poro, a new open source language model for Europe

The 34.2 billion parameter Poro 34B model, named after the word for “reindeer” in Finnish, utilizes a BLOOM transformer architecture with ALiBi embeddings. It was trained on a partition of the 21 trillion token multilingual dataset covering English, Finnish, and programming languages like Python and Java.

Artificial Intelligence

Google in talks to invest in AI startup Character.AI

Founded by former Google employees Noam Shazeer and Daniel De Freitas, Character.AI enables users to engage with virtual versions of celebrities and create their own chatbots and AI assistants. While the platform is free, it offers a subscription model at $9.99 per month for users seeking expedited access to chatbots.

Artificial Intelligence

Palo Alto Networks adds new AI-related security features to its Cortex line 

Cortex XSIAM v2.0 now has the ability to add any machine learning framework to Cortex, which is something many of the company’s enterprise customers have asked for since the AI explosion of the past year. It’s accomplished using the open-source Jupyter Notebook tool.

Security

Network Perception partners with Claroty for enhanced operational technology cybersecurity 

Key to the announcement is the need for an audit platform to proactively alert network administrations to at-risk changes and vulnerabilities. “The exponential growth of unmanaged OT and XIoT network assets has made critical infrastructure more vulnerable to external threats,”

Security

Pure Storage’s AIRI reference architecture nabs Nvidia BasePOD certification 

The certification that Pure Storage announced today demonstrates AIRI complies with Nvidia’s BasePOD technical specification. Introduced last year, the specification ensures the components of an AI system reference architecture work well with one another. Before certifying a system, Nvidia also validates that it delivers “expected performance” for common AI workloads.

Data Storage

Microsoft Warns of Fake Skills Assessment Portals Targeting IT Job Seekers

"Several malicious domains and subdomains host these websites, which entice recruiters to register for an account," the company added. "The websites are password-protected to impede analysis."

Security

Iterate introduces AppCoder LLM, allowing enterprises to build AI apps with natural language

The focus has largely been on low-code development, but Iterate is taking steps to get rid of the coding layer entirely. The California-headquartered company, known for building and deploying AI and emerging technologies to private, edge or cloud environments, today announced the launch of AppCoder LLM – a fine-tuned model that can instantly generate working and updated code for production-ready AI applications using natural language prompts.

Artificial Intelligence

New ThreatX Capabilities Empower Security Teams to Correlate & Block Threats to APIs from the Edge to Runtime

The ThreatX RAAP solution is designed to protect against runtime threats within Kubernetes (K8) environments. Leveraging Extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) technology, ThreatX RAAP positions security teams to discover unknown APIs; detect and protect against zero days; and track suspicious east/west traffic, insider threats, and malicious OS-level commands. In addition, ThreatX RAAP provides the ability to alert Security Operations or block these attacks in real-time.

Security

Adobe researchers create 3D models from 2D images ‘within 5 seconds’ in new AI breakthrough

“Imagine if we could instantly create a 3D shape from a single image of an arbitrary object. Broad applications in industrial design, animation, gaming, and AR/VR have strongly motivated relevant research in seeking a generic and efficient approach towards this long-standing goal,” the researchers wrote.

Automation & Productivity

Humane officially launches the AI Pin, its OpenAI-powered wearable

The AI Pin is powered by a Snapdragon processor — though it’s not clear which one — and you control it with a combination of voice control, a camera, gestures, and a small built-in projector. The Pin itself weighs about 34 grams, and the “battery booster” adds another 20. The built-in camera takes 13-megapixel photos and will capture video as well after a software update.

Automation & Productivity

DeepInfra emerges from stealth with $8M to make running AI inferences more affordable

DeepInfra, a new company founded by former engineers at IMO Messenger, wants to answer those questions succinctly for business leaders: they’ll get the models up and running on their private servers on behalf of their customers, and they are charging an aggressively low rate of $1 per 1 million tokens in or out compared to $10 per 1 million tokens for OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo or $11.02 per 1 million tokens for Anthropic’s Claude 2.

Artificial Intelligence

OpenAI launches partner initiative focused on creating AI training datasets

“We’re interested in large-scale datasets that reflect human society and that are not already easily accessible online to the public today,” OpenAI detailed in a blog post. “We’re particularly looking for data that expresses human intention (e.g. long-form writing or conversations rather than disconnected snippets), across any language, topic, and format.”

Artificial Intelligence

Picsart just launched 20+ AI tools to accelerate digital content creation

“At Picsart, we believe that everyone is a creator. Our editing experience reflects this philosophy by providing users with powerful, yet fun and easy-to-use tools to express their unique visions. We developed these features to…enable users to turn their ideas into stunning visual content – whether they’re posting ads for their business, memes for their friends, or anything in between,"

Automation & Productivity

Microsoft warns SysAid vulnerability is being used to deploy Clop ransomware 

According to Microsoft, after exploiting the vulnerability, Lace Tempest issued commands via the SysAid software to deliver a malware loader for the Gracewire malware. This is typically followed by human-operated activity, including lateral movement, data theft and ransomware deployment

Security

Cisco, KDDI, Fujitsu drive open optical network deployment

Cisco Systems, Fujitsu and operator KDDI recently turned on a metro network in Japan that uses an open architecture combining the IP layer and optical transmission layer to smooth operations and reduce power consumption by up to 40%. The network shows continued momentum toward an all-photonic network (APN) architecture.

Network Management

VMware enlists Intel, IBM watsonx for private AI initiative

Private AI, as VMware describes it, is essentially a generative AI framework designed to let customers use the data in their own enterprise environments — whether public cloud, private cloud or on-premises — for large language model (LLM) training purposes, without having to hand off data to third parties.

Artificial Intelligence

Google Cloud is making GKE Enterprise generally available

GKE, or Google Kubernetes Engine, is a managed Kubernetes service that Google launched in 2014. It reduces the amount of effort involved in running container environments. GKE automatically adds and removes hardware resources as workloads requirements change, spares users the need to manually download Kubernetes updates, and eases a range of other maintenance tasks.

Automation & Productivity

New Malvertising Campaign Uses Fake Windows News Portal to Distribute Malicious Installers

The signed MSI installer that's hosted on the rogue website contains a malicious PowerShell script, a loader known as FakeBat (aka EugenLoader), which serves as a conduit to deploy RedLine Stealer on the compromised host.

Security

BigID’s newest tool provides intelligent recommendations to prioritize and remediate data security risks 

It’s powered by an artificial intelligence-based recommendation engine that absorbs all of the notifications and warnings about data risks. It assesses each one in real time in order to prioritize those that are most urgent, and then indicates the most optimal course of action to remediate the danger. BigID said its recommendations are based on the last known actions that were carried out on similar types of sensitive data within the environment

Security

Gong Forecast gets AI upgrade, improving accuracy 20% over CRM revenue forecasting

“When we think about predictions that are fueled by not just CRM data, but conversational intelligence, real—time customer interactions — those create a much more powerful, precise, accurate prediction,”

Data & Analytics

Hollywood actors’ strike ends with deal to ‘protect members from the threat of AI’

A number of tech startups have sprung up and already begun working with actors and musicians and performers to digitize their likenesses as “digital twins,” including UK-based Metaphysic, which seeks to also offer a platform for monetizing the digital twins on behalf of their sources.

Artificial Intelligence

Digital twin firm Duality AI launches cloud-based platform for testing robots 

Duality develops a product known as Falcon, which is a powerful 3D virtual world product built on the Epic Games Inc.’s Unreal Engine. It’s capable of simulating real-world conditions and recreating objects such as terrain, buildings, cars, furniture and other obstacles otherwise known as digital twins.

Automation & Productivity

Researchers Uncover Undetectable Crypto Mining Technique on Azure Automation

The study mainly set out to identify an "ultimate crypto miner" that offers unlimited access to computational resources, while simultaneously requiring little-to-no maintenance, is cost-free, and undetectable.

Security

Collaborative defense: Snyk and SentinelOne integrate platforms to bolster cybersecurity 

The integration has been designed to address the issue wherein security teams typically have visibility into runtime threats but lack context regarding vulnerabilities in code and container images. On the flip side, developers have a view into code and build-time vulnerabilities but no insight into runtime threats and deployed environments.

Security

Patch now: Unauthenticated attackers target severe Atlassian Confluence vulnerability 

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-22518, is an improper authorization vulnerability that allows an unauthenticated attacker to reset Confluence and create a Confluence instance administrator account. Using a compromised account, an attacker can perform all administrative actions available to a Confluence instance administration, including total loss of confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Security

New SecuriDropper Malware Bypasses Android 13 Restrictions, Disguised as Legitimate Applications

Android 13 introduced a new security feature called restricted settings. This new feature prevents sideloaded applications (i.e., downloaded out of the Google Play Store) from directly requesting accessibility settings and notification listener access — two features that are often abused by malware according to ThreatFabric’s researchers.

Security

Orange Business adds managed VMware SD-WAN

The VMware SD-WAN integration is the first for Orange Business’s Evolution Platform. This platform allows enterprise customers to “compose” their own services through a self-service console or an API, which can also be used to service chain those offerings, with those services managed by Orange with service level agreements.

Network Management

Threat-informed defense startup Tidal Cyber raises $5M for platform growth 

Tidal’s platform helps customers map the security requirements and capabilities of their environment against a complete knowledge base of adversary tactics, techniques and products, known as TTPs for short. The platform includes the MITRE ATT&CK knowledge base, additional open-source threat intelligence sources and a Tidal-curated registry of security products mapped to specific adversary TTPs.

Security

Monte Carlo Data wants to make sure the vector databases powering AI models stay reliable

“Our new Kafka integration gives data teams confidence in the reliability of the real-time data streams powering these critical services and applications, from event processing to messaging. Simultaneously, our forthcoming integrations with major vector database providers will help teams proactively monitor and alert to issues in their LLM applications."

Artificial Intelligence

Qumulo file system goes native on Azure

Its Scale Anywhere concept matches NetApp’s data fabric vision in scope and arguably provides a more scalable and parallel filesystem than NetApp’s ONTAP in the public clouds and Dell’s APEX File Storage for AWS.

Data Management

Dell expands object storage to meet AI and analytics needs

Gartner estimates that between 2022 and 2026, large enterprises will triple their unstructured data capacity stored as file or object storage on-premises, at the edge or in the public cloud. The firm reports that its end users see their unstructured data growing more than 30% year-over-year.

Data Storage

iMerit Introduces a Defect Detection Solution for Advanced Manufacturing and Warehouse Robotics

iMerit’s defect detection application enables AI development teams to build high-precision machine learning models for fully-automated production lines on the manufacturing floor. The solution can be fully customized to streamline defect detection on material surfaces in manufacturing environments, enabling manufacturers to tailor it to their specific factory needs.

Automation & Productivity

Google expands Anthropic partnership after Microsoft and Oracle detail AI collaboration 

Anthropic offers a large language model called Claude that it positions as an alternative to OpenAI LP’s ChatGPT. The model has helped the company secure an investment worth up to $2 billion from Google, as well as billions of dollars in additional funding from other backers, including up to $4 billion from Amazon.com Inc. As part of the expanded partnership the companies detailed today, Anthropic will run Claude on Google Cloud’s TPU v5e chips.

Artificial Intelligence

PX5 and Percepio Enhance Safety, Security, and Deep Visibility for Embedded IoT Applications

“PX5 RTOS is purpose-built to deliver safety, security, and portability benefits to devices across all IoT sectors, and Tracealyzer adds even more robust capabilities to see exactly what takes place before a system crash and understand firmware better to enhance and optimize applications.”

IoT

ChatGPT is currently down in a ‘major’ OpenAI outage

OpenAI’s ChatGPT service is currently down and inaccessible for its 100 million weekly active users. ChatGPT went down shortly before 9AM ET / 6AM PT and has remained inaccessible for nearly an hour now. OpenAI says it’s experiencing a major outage that’s also impacting the company’s API services. ChatGPT users are being greeted with a “ChatGPT is at capacity right now” message.

ChatGPT

‘ChatGPT Detector’ Catches AI-Generated Papers with Unprecedented Accuracy

The findings suggest that efforts to develop AI detectors could be boosted by tailoring software to specific types of writing, Desaire says. “If you can build something quickly and easily, then it’s not that hard to build something for different domains.”

ChatGPT

Samsung unveils ChatGPT alternative Samsung Gauss that can generate text, code and images

Samsung Gauss Code, which works with its code assistant called code.i, focuses more specifically on development code. The idea is that Samsung Gauss Code could help developers write code quickly. Samsung said the AI model for code will support “code description and test case generation through an interactive interface.”

ChatGPT

OctoML launches solution for customizing AI image generation models at scale 

At the core of the release is a new “Asset Orchestrator” that will allow developers to fine-tune their models with assets such as Low-Rank Adaptations or LoRAs. A LoRA is a fine-tuning model that permits a user to quickly train Stable Diffusion on different concepts, such as a particular character or style.

Artificial Intelligence

Windows Hello for Business: Passwordless authentication for Windows shops

Windows Hello acts on one of two fronts: It can scan one’s fingerprint, or it can take an infrared picture of a user’s face and perform analysis on it. (Hello also supports iris scanning, but since iris cameras are better suited to phones than to laptops or desktop displays, the former two methods are more practical for the enterprise.)

Privacy & Security

Commvault re-integrates Metallic service into expanded security cloud 

One of the core features of the new cloud offering is an artificial intelligence “co-pilot” called Arlie (short for “autonomous resilience”) that assists users with tasks ranging from verifying recovery points to generating code.

Cloud Security

Meta whistleblower testimony will push US closer to an online safety bill 

He explained that Meta could quite easily build a button so young people could report such issues, but this hasn’t happened in part because there’s “no transparency about the harms that teenagers are experiencing on Instagram.”

Social Media

Orca Security teams with Google Cloud’s Vertex AI for automated code generation

The integration is part of an expanded partnership between Orca and Google LLC to provide organizations with an intelligent security assistant to rapidly generate remediation code for identified risks. The assistant also has lower skill thresholds, allowing for enhanced productivity and for security professionals to quickly and efficiently secure cloud assets at scale.

Automation & Productivity

Google turns to regulators to make Apple open up iMessage

Being designated as a “core platform service” would be significant for iMessage, as it could compel Apple to make it interoperable with other messaging services.

Automation & Productivity

Palo Alto Networks unveils new zero-trust management solution, security features and next-gen firewalls 

Strata Cloud Manager bolsters security posture and proactively prevents network disruptions at every enforcement point. Security teams using it can ensure continuous network uptime, with predictive analytics helping organizations proactively anticipate capacity bottlenecks and assess deployment health up to seven days ahead.

Security

NetApp sets up all-flash SME reseller deal with Fujitsu virtualized servers

Under the arrangement, Japan’s Fujitsu will punt its Primergy servers to small and medium enterprise customers, alongside VMware’s vSphere and NetApp’s storage hardware and software. The systems will be sold by the sales channel for all three vendors.

Data Storage

Cloud spend skyrocketing? Meet the AI startup that’s slashing these costs in half

At the core, the offering can be described as an all-in-one platform that utilizes advanced ML algorithms and heuristics to automatically optimize Kubernetes clusters while providing full visibility and insights into how the resources are provisioned.

Cloud

VMware will have different object storage integrations with MinIO and NetApp

NetApp announced StorageGRID for VMware Sovereign Cloud using a plugin for VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension. This enables sovereign cloud customers to store, secure, protect, and preserve unstructured data while meeting global data privacy and residency regulations. The integration delivers StorageGRID services within the familiar VMware Cloud Director user interface.

Data Storage

SUSE’s Rancher updates help with cloud-native environments

At Kubecon, SUSE announced a new version of its upstream open-source Rancher project as well as a new release of the enterprise edition known as Rancher Prime. Alongside the Rancher updates, SUSE also issued the latest iteration of its SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) Micro Linux distribution designed for containers and virtualization.

Cloud

Frontegg Forward is here, allowing enterprises to securely manage their customers’ digital identities

Since its founding in 2019, Frontegg has sought to streamline this end user identity management process for its enterprise customers, and now with Frontegg Forward, it plans to make doing so even easier — requiring literally no programming or developer knowledge to get set up and running.

Security

Kinsing Cyberattackers Debut 'Looney Tunables' Cloud Exploits

"The Looney Tunables vulnerability presents an urgent and severe security risk with widespread implications across millions of Linux systems," he said in an emailed statement. "The active exploitation by the Kinsing threat actor, known for their aggressive attacks on cloud infrastructures, heightens the threat level."

Security

IBM launches $500M fund to invest in enterprise AI startups 

Through its Enterprise AI Venture Fund, IBM intends to back “early-stage to hyper-growth” startups. Axios reported that the company will place a particular emphasis on startups with products optimized for specific industries or use cases. According to the publication, IBM will avoid backing emerging AI providers that directly compete with existing portfolio companies.

Artificial Intelligence

Ironscales targets image-based email security threats with new machine learning capabilities 

The Ironscales Fall 2023 release introduces sophisticated machine learning protections tailored to counter image-based threats, as well as automation features for phishing simulation testing. The threats covered by the update include protection from “quishing,” or QR code phishing, business email compromise and image-based attacks that bypass conventional language processing defenses.

Security

Microsoft adds a ton of new features to Azure Kubernetes Service to make it more efficient, scalable and secure 

In announcing today’s updates, Microsoft explained that because efficiency is a major concern for Kubernetes users in the current macroeconomic environment, it has put a lot of effort into making AKS more resource efficient. Those efforts are visible now with the general availability of kube-reserved resource optimization in AKS, which helps improve its resource reservation algorithms to deliver a reduction of up to 20% in required memory.

Cloud

Mobile users to get Aadhar-like ID for SIM, move will enhance cybersecurity, streamline services

The DoT is all set to roll out a new initiative that will issue a unique customer ID to all mobile subscribers with SIMs. In theory, this should prevent misusing Aadhar and other KYC norms and will also ensure that people are not able to buy fraudulent numbers.

Security

VMware Collaborates with Intel to Unlock Private AI Everywhere

VMware and Intel are working to deliver a jointly validated AI stack that will enable customers to use their existing general-purpose VMware and Intel infrastructure and open source software to simplify building and deploying AI models.

Artificial Intelligence

YouTube is now testing experimental generative AI features on content

The most interesting item in this bag of tricks is ‘YouChat,” which YouTube said will help viewers “dive deeper into the content they are watching.” Starting today, a select number of users will be able to open a YouTube AI bot that will answer questions about the content being watched and offer recommendations for related content.

Artificial Intelligence

OpenAI is letting anyone create their own version of ChatGPT

In the coming weeks, these AI agents, which OpenAI is calling GPTs, will be accessible through the GPT Store. Details about how the store will look and work are scarce for now, though OpenAI is promising to eventually pay creators an unspecified amount based on how much their GPTs are used. GPTs will be available to paying ChatGPT Plus subscribers and OpenAI enterprise customers, who can make internal-only GPTs for their employees.

ChatGPT

OMNIVISION Introduces 16:10 Aspect Ratio, 5.2MP-Resolution Image Sensor for Laptops and IoT Devices

OMNIVISION, a leading global developer of semiconductor solutions, including advanced digital imaging, analog, and touch & display technology, announced the 5.2-megapixel (MP) OV05C10 image sensor, the first product specially developed for 16:10 aspect ratio notebooks. The sensor has staggered high dynamic range (HDR) and is suitable for mainstream and high-end laptops, tablets and IoT devices.

Automation & Productivity

SUSE’s Rancher updates help with cloud-native environments

At Kubecon, SUSE announced a new version of its upstream open-source Rancher project as well as a new release of the enterprise edition known as Rancher Prime. Alongside the Rancher updates, SUSE also issued the latest iteration of its SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) Micro Linux distribution designed for containers and virtualization.

Cloud

Rescale Announces Cloud File System for Automated Fast, Parallel Storage to Power Secure Collaboration in Applied AI and R&D Computing

Rescale Cloud File System brings automation and policy-based control to the latest high performance cloud-based storage technologies for turnkey deployment and simplified management. Rescale Cloud File System automates file systems from a variety of leading cloud storage providers such as Microsoft Azure Managed Lustre, ensuring users and their applications have fast, parallel access to data while balancing cost and performance objectives.

Data Storage

IBM’s new cloud-native QRadar SIEM was made for multicloud challenges

In April of this year, IBM announced an updated QRadar security suite combining extended detection and response (XDR), security orchestration automation and response (SOAR) and artificial intelligence (AI) with SIEM. The new, cloud-native QRadar SIEM provides a different approach to deploying and scaling the technology, as well as providing even better visibility into hybrid environments.

Security

Controversy brews over new EU-based digital certificate laws that could compromise digital trust relationships 

They point out that web browsing is a global ecosystem, not just bounded by the EU. This new amendment to eDIAS, they say, could create all sorts of abuse “by governments that do not aspire to the same governance principles as the EU. For instance, the same mechanism can be used to insert a government root certificate, and thereby gain access to all browser sessions secured with those certificates.”

Security

Extreme Networks rolls out Universal ZTNA, paving the way for SASE

“A lot of our competitors have NAC solutions, have ZTNA solutions, or have both, but they’ve not actually combined them into a single solution,” DeBacker said. “So if you look at Cisco, Juniper [Networks], [HPE] Aruba, all of those do have those solutions, but there’s multiple parts and pieces that make it very difficult.”

Security

New Generative AI From Amazon

This approach benefits marketers of all sizes, helping those without in-house resources or agency backing to more readily generate brand-themed images while also assisting larger firms in their pursuit of streamlined creative creation processes. The picture-generating feature is straightforward to use and requires no technological skill.

Automation & Productivity

CAST AI raises $35M in new funding and launches new Kubernetes optimization features at KubeCon 

Founded in 2019, CAST AI offers a cloud optimization platform that is claimed to cut cloud bills in half for Amazon Web Services Inc., Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure customers. The platform uses artificial intelligence to analyze multiple data points to find an optimal cost-performance ratio, optimizing them in minutes.

Cloud

Cyera Delivers Automated Remediations Extending Data Security Posture Management to Security Operations

Cyera’s dynamic and agile remediation capabilities address a significant challenge for security teams. According to a recent report1, 97% of security teams struggle to apply proactive security due to remediation inefficiencies. Additionally, many organizations grapple with robust security processes and audit requirements that make automated remediation challenging, if not impossible.

Security

Red Hat Device Edge Is Now Generally Available

Red Hat Device Edge provides a consistent platform designed for resource-constrained environments which require small form factor compute at the device edge, including Internet of Things (IoT) gateways, industrial controllers, smart displays, point of sales terminals, vending machines, robots and more.

Edge Computing

01.AI, led by AI pioneer Kai-Fu Lee, achieves $1B+ valuation in eight months 

The company’s first product is an open-source neural network called Yi-34B. It’s a large language model with 34 billion parameters that can process text in English and Chinese. In a recent benchmark test carried out by Hugging Face Inc., YI-34B outperformed a number of competing open-source models with significantly higher parameter counts.

Artificial Intelligence

Cloud storage pusher Volumez talks up ‘age of OpEx’

Volumez has developed a cloud-delivered block storage provisioning service for containerized applications. Storage features such as performance, resiliency and security are specified by customer’s declarative input. Volumez provisions the data path to local on-premises or raw public cloud storage services, such as Amazon EC2 Instance Store, Google Compute Local SSDs, and Azure Ephemeral OS Disks.

Data Storage

AppMap integrates code visualization and runtime analysis tools with GitHub

AppMap’s diagrams are created automatically by software that follows each user’s interactions with the application and analyzes the resulting code execution. They show the relationships between the different parts of code, including functions, classes, data structures and the flow of data between them. In addition, AppMap provides features for analyzing and debugging applications, helping to track variable values and view the call stack during code execution.

DevOps

VMware product blitz highlighted by data services and Cloud Foundation enhancements 

The VMware Data Services Manager gives IT administrators policy-based native infrastructure management while data teams and database administrators retain autonomy over data policies. The first two strategic partnerships for Data Services Manager are support for Google LLC’s AlloyDB Omni offering on the Google Cloud Platform and MinIO Inc.’s Object Store.

Data Management

VMware, Google team up to deliver PostgreSQL-compatible database for AI development

“Think of Alloy as PostgreSQL on steroids. It’s up to two times faster on transactions and 100 times faster on analytics. It has vector search and a lot of integrations with the open-source ecosystem.”

Data & Analytics

Replit CEO details path to artificial developer intelligence, raises new $20M investment

Replit’s coding LLM technology competes against multiple rival technologies such as Github Copilot, Amazon CodeWhisperer and open source efforts like StarCoder and the Code Llama project.

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft unveils ‘LeMa’: A revolutionary AI learning method mirroring human problem solving

“Consider a human student who failed to solve a math problem, he will learn from what mistake he has made and how to correct it,” the authors explained. They then applied this concept to LLMs, using mistake-correction data pairs generated by GPT-4 to fine-tune them.

Artificial Intelligence

Orca Security Announces Generative AI Integration With Amazon Bedrock

The integration helps organizations significantly accelerate their Mean Time to Resolution (MTTR) by delivering turnkey remediations with automatic code generation. By leveraging Amazon Bedrock, Orca effectively operates as a security co-pilot, boosting efficiency and lowering the skill thresholds needed for cloud security professionals.

Security

IBM unveils Storage Scale System 6000 for AI workloads

He said he sees Storage Scale and the 6000 as the top end of an information supply chain that collects data from multiple sources, consolidating workloads, and pumps it out to GPU servers for AI training and inferencing.

Data Storage

Mural Announces Integration with Microsoft 365 Copilot and AI-Powered Collaboration Features for Enterprise Teams

Mural is one of the first integrations with Microsoft 365 Copilot which became generally available (GA) and is the only visual collaboration solution in the initial set of third-party integrations being offered. Alongside this integration, Mural is launching Mural AI, which includes the AI-powered features: actions, mind maps, and clustering.

Automation & Productivity

Microsoft launches internal initiative to make its products more secure 

The first priority of the Secure Future Initiative is to reduce the occurrence of vulnerabilities in Microsoft products. To that end, the company will have its developers increase their use of memory-safe programming languages such as Java, C# and Python. Code written in such languages is less susceptible to certain types of bugs that can be used by hackers to steal data.

Security

Fermyon First to Deliver Secure-By-Default Software Supply Chain for Serverless Apps

With the integration of the WebAssembly (Wasm) Component Model, Spin 2.0 allows developers to implement software components written in multiple languages; makes available untrusted, third-party components that are, by definition, secure; and offers secure-by-default software supply chains.

Security

Nebulon’s Medusa2 DPU casts snake eyes at enterprise server fleet customers

Nebulon has ported its niche server-management card functionality to an OEM Nvidia BlueField 3-based data processing unit (DPU) and so become a fully-fledged DPU supplier – offloading security, networking, storage and management functions from server host CPUs.

Data Management

Google Cloud’s Vertex AI Search adds new enterprise-ready generative AI features 

Using Vertex AI Search, which was made generally available in August, developers can quickly create conversational chatbot search applications that would have taken weeks in mere days or hours and use large language model AI capabilities to enable information discovery at large scale. Essentially it brings a better search experience to customers or internal employees by taking what would have been a simple keyword search and turning it into a conversational experience.

Artificial Intelligence

Commvault dives into cyber-resilience

The subscription customer count is now 7,800, more than 50 percent of Commvault’s customer base – up 500 sequentially and 2,200 annually. More than 60 percent of Metallic customers are new to Commvault and only about 25 percent of Metallic users are customers for Commvault’s enterprise protection products, we’re told.

Data Management

Mint is shutting down, and it’s pushing users toward Credit Karma

Mint, the budgeting app owned by Intuit, is shutting down. Intuit announced on Tuesday that Mint will get absorbed into Intuit’s other service, Credit Karma, when it officially goes away on January 1st, 2024 (via Bloomberg). But it’s still not clear whether Credit Karma will get the budgeting features that Mint is known for.

Automation & Productivity

With RAGStack, DataStax enables generative AI models to gain additional context from third-party data 

It’s described as an “out-of-the-box RAG solution” that aims to simplify a technique known as retrieval augmented generation. RAG, as it’s known, refers to the process of providing additional context from outside data sources to enable more accurate query responses from large language models, improving the performance of generative AI applications.

Data & Analytics

Honeycomb Unveils Kubernetes-Aware Observability to Solve Application Performance Mysteries

According to CNCF’s 2022 Annual Survey, 64 percent of end users (engineers) have implemented Kubernetes in production today, and 25 percent are currently evaluating the solution. Kubernetes is furthering its momentum as the preferred environment for managing containerized applications, as it’s easier to get feature changes provisioned and enables developers to build and release faster.

Automation & Productivity

BMC Revolutionizes Observability and AIOps With BMC HelixGPT

The BMC Helix Operations Management solution transforms IT operations with out-of-the-box service blueprints for dynamic service modeling, easy-to-read situation explainability, and situation fingerprinting to remember similar situations. It also improved deep container auto-detection for an in-depth understanding of containerized environments.

IT Management

Roots Automation Unveils Revolutionary New Autonomous Workforce Platform

The Roots Autonomous Workforce Platform uses proprietary computer vision and powerful language-to-action AI that allows a user to provide an instruction using spoken word or typed text, then generates a fully connected series of steps, a ‘Flow,’ for a Digital Coworker to run across any combination of insurance documents, systems and processes.

Automation & Productivity

West Monroe Introduces Nigel, an Internal AI-Powered Platform

The most exciting feature at launch is its Prompt Library which houses pre-populated prompts to take the guesswork out of good prompting specific to tasks performed by West Monroe employees—enabling faster workflows across the firm’s entire employee population. The tool also has crowdsourced functionality, encouraging anyone to submit prompts for addition to the library.

Automation & Productivity

HubSpot announces plans to acquire business data provider Clearbit 

Over time, the company has built up its platform to support even more types of data that give businesses a better understanding of their potential customers and their intent. It gathers public data from the web and its own proprietary data and uses large language model AI to convert unstructured information into insights that can be then delivered to marketers and operations to target their interests.

Marketing Tech

Red Hat Ansible Lightspeed with IBM genAI is a language model aimed at developers

Most enterprises can expect to immediately see the benefits of this AI tool, particularly in terms of “how fast their teams can write automation and build trust in that automation — and their own skills,” he said. The service also supports best practices and organization-wide code maintenance for consistent automation.

DevOps

Salesforce Launched MuleSoft’s Anypoint Code Builder

Developers can use the Anypoint Code Builder IDE to create APIs and integrations with cutting-edge tools in Visual Studio Code, generate code with the help of natural language prompts, and deploy their projects to a selection of environments, including those in the cloud.

DevOps

French serverless platform startup Koyeb raises $7M 

Founded in Paris in 2020, Koyeb offers a serverless platform that provides developers and businesses with a fast way to run applications, application programming interfaces and databases and manage workers globally through high-performance micro-virtual machines. The platform is programming language-agnostic and supports several deployment options: git-based deployments, deployments via a Docker file and deployments via any container registry.

Automation & Productivity

Siemens and Microsoft Partner to Drive Cross-Industry AI Adoption

In addition, the launch of the integration between Siemens Teamcenter software for product lifecycle management and Microsoft Teams will further pave the way to enabling the industrial metaverse. It will simplify virtual collaboration of design engineers, frontline workers, and other teams across business functions.

Automation & Productivity

China, US, and EU agree to work together on AI safety

“We are especially concerned by such risks in domains such as cybersecurity and biotechnology, as well as where frontier AI systems may amplify risks such as disinformation. There is potential for serious, even catastrophic, harm, either deliberate or unintentional, stemming from the most significant capabilities of these AI models,” the agreement read.

Artificial Intelligence

Beacon Embeddedworks High-Performance i.mx 8M Plus SOM – Ready to Drive Embedded AI/ML Applications

The Zoom™ Development Kit includes an i.MX 8M Plus SOM, baseboard, power supply, microSD card, and all necessary cables. Fully tested and pre-certified, this SOM is ideal for demanding applications where small size, reliability and regulatory compliance are essential and the Zoom™ Dev Kit makes developing applications quick and easy.

DevOps

Box announces Vertex-powered generative AI tools to process and analyze documents faster 

The metadata extraction feature will be available via an application programming interface first of all and will come to Box Enterprise Plus plan users in beta test mode next year. In a nutshell, it provides a way for customers to understand their key data within Box more easily without digging through it manually. For instance, users will be able automatically to classify and label documents at large scale in order to dig up key insights, such as which contracts are close to expiration or which invoices must be paid by the end of the month.

Automation & Productivity

Red Hat applies IBM watsonx code generation to Ansible automation

The generative AI capabilities should be transparent to users, Jones said. When they create and edit Ansible Playbooks and rules, they can input a text prompt and receive an output that’s translated into YAML (which stands for YAML Ain’t Markup Language) code. Lightspeed with Watsonx also has the collateral benefit of supporting best practices in automation development and maintenance, Jones said

Automation & Productivity

Secure cloud access startup P0 Security raises $5M and launches flagship product 

Founded in 2022, P0 Security helps security engineers secure cloud access and entitlements for their developers. The product can be used to identify which cloud identities — human or machine — have privileged access, with support for granular, just-in-time and short-lived privileged access granting.

Security

1up emerges from stealth with $2.5M for sales AI that answers customer objections, fills out RFPs

“At 1up, we’re interested in how this technology can be used to automate knowledge. We believe there’s a whole new level of productivity that can be unlocked by accelerating the flow of information across the enterprise.”

Automation & Productivity

Generative AI is at the heart of a slew of Snowflake announcements 

In a bid to simplify the development of AI models, the company is unveiling a private preview of Snowflake Cortex, a managed service that’s said to make it easier for organizations to discover, analyze and build AI applications in the Snowflake Data Cloud. Cortex provides access to serverless functions that include Meta Platforms Inc.’s Llama 2 large language model as well as task-specific models and advanced vector search functionality.

Artificial Intelligence

Cowbell gets $25M more to keep growing like gangbusters

At a high-level, Cowbell’s adaptive cyber insurance aligns cyber insurance coverage and pricing with an organization’s evolving cyber risk profile through continuous, automated risk assessment, incentives for risk reduction, and closed-loop risk management.

Risk Management

Orca Security deepens integration with AWS through Amazon Bedrock support 

The integration between Orca Security and Amazon Bedrock has been designed to help organizations significantly accelerate their mean time to resolution, or MTTR, by delivering turnkey remediations with automatic code generation. Through leveraging Amazon Bedrock, Orca operates as a security copilot, boosting efficiency for cloud security professionals.

Cloud Security

Exclusive: Stability AI brings advanced 3D and image fine-tuning to Stable Diffusion

The most notable enhancement is the brand new Stable 3D model. Until now, Stable Diffusion has primarily worked on two-dimensional (2D) image generation. The Stable 3D model will change that, providing functionality that could help with any type of 3D content creation, including graphic design and even video game development.

Automation & Productivity

LinkedIn launches an AI chatbot to coach people on getting a new job

LinkedIn said it will act as a “job seeker coach” among other AI-powered tools for its premium members. The new feature is powered by GPT-4, the same generative AI large language model that underlies OpenAI LP’s chatbot ChatGPT, which uses LinkedIn’s vast knowledge base of data of more than 67 million employers.

Artificial Intelligence

Canva launches AI tools for education

Among the AI tools is “Magic Write,” a generative AI tool that allows students and teachers to access quick actions from a dropdown menu, including summarizing text, expanding short text into longer formats, rewriting text, changing the tone and more.

EdTech

YouTube is getting serious about blocking ad blockers

If you run into YouTube’s block, you may see a notice that says “video playback is blocked unless YouTube is allowlisted or the ad blocker is disabled.” It also includes a prompt to allow ads or try YouTube Premium. You may get prompts about YouTube’s stance on ad blockers but still be able to watch a video, though, for one Verge staffer, YouTube now fully blocks them nearly every time.

Automation & Productivity

Hardfin Introduces First Technology To Enable Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) Companies To Automate Contract-To-Cash Cycle

Control Center’s powerful automations are enabled by Hardfin’s dynamic linking of assets and contracts. Hardfin is the first software to manage hardware financial operations with linked assets, which makes it possible to track the full lifecycle of hardware subscriptions.

Automation & Productivity

Cisco and Aviz coordinate support for enterprise SONiC networks

Under the partnership, Cisco’s 8000 series routers will be available with Aviz Networks’ SONiC management software and 24/7 support. The support aspect of the agreement may be the most significant portion of the partnership, as both companies attempt to assuage customers’ anxiety about supporting an open-source NOS.

Network Management

Google DeepMind debuts new version of its AlphaFold model for researchers

The Google LLC unit says the latest iteration of the model provides more accurate data about proteins’ structure than its predecessor. Furthermore, AlphaFold can now study a broader range of biological molecules. DeepMind believes that the model’s enhanced capabilities could help advance research in areas such as drug discovery.

Emerging Tech

Oxide on-prem cloud computer reinvents the server rack

The Oxide cloud computer combines compute, storage, and networking elements as sleds in a plug-and-play rack. It includes the open source software needed to build, run, and operate a cloud-like infrastructure.

Cloud

US, dozens of allies pledge not to pay ransomware hackers 

According to Bleeping Computer, some of the countries that participate in the International Counter-Ransomware Initiative haven’t yet signed the pledge to avoid paying ransomware demands. It’s believed that the commitment will only apply to cyberattacks that target government networks. TechCrunch reported that the commitment “stops short of banning” companies from making ransom payments.

Security

Mistral, a generative AI startup aiming to be Europe’s OpenAI, seeks $300 million in new funding

Mensch, Mistral’s CEO and a former DeepMind research scientist said the company’s mission is to “construct the next generation of AI systems capable of solving real-world problems.” He added that the new funding will be used to expand the team, accelerate research and development efforts, and establish new offices across Europe and the United States

Artificial Intelligence

Google Dynamic Search Ads Abused to Unleash Malware 'Deluge'

"In most ads that I see for malicious software downloads, the content matches the title. So the threat actor actually goes through the effort of creating an ad from scratch: they use a compromised advertiser account, and they create the ad with a matching URL, a matching description, and all that wasn't the case here. So I thought: Why would somebody create a title that doesn't match the description?" Segura recalls.

Security

Dell Technologies and Meta to Drive Generative AI Innovation with Llama 2 On Premises

The collaboration simplifies the on-premises AI environment by bringing together Dell’s top-selling infrastructure portfolio and the Llama 2 family of AI models. Customers can accelerate their GenAI efforts on premises in a traditional data center or at edge locations. Dell has integrated Meta’s Llama 2 models into its system sizing tools to help guide customers to the right solution to power their Llama 2 based AI efforts.

Artificial Intelligence

Embratel Launches Platform to Drive Digital Transformation in the Field

The platform includes high-resolution satellite imagery services, weather stations, telemetry, soil sampling, data processing with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, data management application, as well as support and customized training for farmers.

Automation & Productivity

VA launches tech sprint for health care innovation required by AI executive order

The VA’s new artificial intelligence tech sprint is meant to encourage American innovators to create AI-centered tools to aid in clinicians’ note-taking and/or integrate patients’ medical records.

Automation & Productivity

Microsoft and Octopai to Co-Sell Leading Innovative Data Management Integration

“For Microsoft customers undergoing a cloud transformation, Octopai’s data lineage emerges as a critical component ensuring business continuity, offering a seamless, insightful, and secure transition. As we step into this enriched partnership, our focus remains steadfast on empowering businesses with unparalleled insights and analytics, driving data-driven decision-making to unprecedented heights.”

Data Management

Weav.ai emerges from stealth with a series of ‘copilots’ for analyzing unstructured data

The company’s Enterprise AI Copilots come in three versions for document, conversation and search, with a pre-integrated AI infrastructure stack that combines integrations, prompt management, foundation models, vector databases, security and monitoring, the company said.

Data & Analytics

Linux 6.6 brings new scheduler, file sharing and security

Since the creation of Linux over two decades ago, SMB support has been largely implemented in subsystems of Linux that are adjacent to the main Linux kernel. For the past two years, Linux has been experimenting with an implementation of the SMBv3 protocol directly inside the Linux kernel that it calls KSMBD. The promise of KSMBD is a more optimized, faster and secure approach to sharing files over a network.

Automation & Productivity

Confirmed: Palo Alto Networks buys Dig Security, sources say for $400M

As we have previously reported, Dig’s focus is data security posture management. Specifically it helps understand where an organization's assets reside across the cloud -- or more likely a mix of cloud environments -- providing a picture to security teams both to help understand what is moving where, but also what to lock down (and where) in the event of a breach.

Security

G7 introduces voluntary AI code of conduct

“We… stress the innovative opportunities and transformative potential of advanced AI systems, in particular, foundation models and generative AI,” the G7 said in a statement issued today. “We also recognize the need to manage risks and to protect individuals, society and our shared principles, including the rule of law and democratic values, keeping humankind at the center.”

Artificial Intelligence

Meta is offering ad-free versions of Facebook and Instagram to keep EU regulators at bay 

Starting in November, users in the 27 countries of the EU, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, will know what it feels like to scroll through the platforms while not being inundated with often-annoying ads. The cost will be 9.99 euros ($11) a month on the web or 12.99 euros ($14) a month on iOS and Android, a little bit less than the ad-free option X Corp. recently announced for all its customers.

Social Media

LogRhythm teams up with D3 Security for enhanced incident response automation 

Key benefits of this partnership include rapid cross-stack response, with LogRhythm Axon SIEM able to trigger automated response actions and alerts orchestrated by D3 Smart SOAR, ensuring rapid incident resolutions. Automated alert triage and enrichment deliver incident response workflows that are automated, removing repetitive manual tasks like data enrichment and correlation.

Security

Google Maps gets a major AI boost in new update, here’s what’s new

This includes improvements to the EV charging station feature, which is a boon for electric vehicle users. Additionally, users can now expect more precise recommendations for nearby activities and a deeper level of visualization. One notable aspect of these upgrades is the integration of radiance fields, an AI subset that facilitates the creation of a 3D scene using 2D images.

Automation & Productivity

Hitachi Vantara gives birth to AI-led Digital Services unit

Its product portfolio includes the VSP (Virtual Storage Platform) high-end and mid-range block arrays, HNAS file storage, VSS (software-defined storage), and HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) for object data. These standalone products are being combined into a single hybrid storage platform called Virtual Storage Platform One, managed through the Ops Center product.

Data Storage

ChatGPT Plus members can upload and analyze files in the latest beta

Subscribers have reported that the update includes the ability to upload files and work with them, as well as multimodal support. Basically, users won’t have to select modes like Browse with Bing from the GPT-4 dropdown — it will instead guess what they want based on context.

ChatGPT

Midjourney, Stability AI and DeviantArt win a victory in copyright case by artists — but the fight continues

Orrick spends the rest of his ruling explaining why he found the artists’ complaint defective, which includes various issues, but the big one being that two of the artists — McKernan and Ortiz, did not actually file copyrights on their art with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Artificial Intelligence

Niantic announces major 3.0 release for its Lightship AR developer platform 

The platform uses location-based technology that can identify local spaces that allows developers to easily track and place objects using visual and mapping positioning. This means that when they develop a game or an application, the app can always keep track of a virtual object or element wherever it is in the world. Now with support for the Unity graphics and game engine, and cross-platform support for Android and iOS devices, developers can reach even more users.

AR

Data storage supplier Western Digital to split into two companies 

“Moving forward, as we progress through fiscal year 2024, we see an improving market environment in both businesses, and we will remain open to strategic opportunities that unlock further value in both our HDD and Flash investments and assets.”

Data Storage

Sysdig Debuts New Benchmark for Cloud Detection and Response

Sysdig, the leader in cloud security powered by runtime insights released at SANS CyberFest 2023 the 5/5/5 Benchmark for Cloud Detection and Response, a new framework that outlines how quickly organizations should detect, triage, and respond to attacks in the cloud.

Security

Immuta’s new product aims to streamline data management and regulatory compliance 

Called Immuta Discover, the new product enables data teams to establish and maintain highly accurate metadata for data access control, monitoring and regulatory compliance. The product automatically and continuously discovers structured data in cloud data platforms and also leverages existing metadata pulled from enterprise data catalogs.

Data Management

ZeroRISC raises $5M to deliver commercial OpenTitan-based cloud security for chips

ZeroRISC provides fabrication-to-field cloud security services that couple tightly with the OpenTitan open-source root of trust design. These start from initial configuration and identity creation, extending to secure ownership transfer and in-field device and platform update and management.

Security

OpenAI readying team to prevent AI from starting a nuclear war

The new team, according to the company, is expected to connect capability assessment, evaluations, and internal red teaming for frontier models, from the models it develops in the near future to those with Artificial General Intelligence-level capabilities.

Artificial Intelligence

WiMi Is Researching Generative Adversarial Network-based Hologram Generation

Currently, GAN-based hologram generation is mainly used in virtual reality, augmented reality and other fields. In the future, WiMi will be expanded to more application fields, such as applying it to medicine, engineering design, literary and artistic creation and other fields, providing more possibilities for these fields.

Emerging Tech

FTC to Require More Data Breach Reporting, Security Plan

The agency’s Safeguards Rule now requires non-banking financial institutions like mortgage brokers, car dealers, accountants, investment advisers, and payday lenders to develop and maintain a comprehensive security program to keep customer data secure. The amendment strengthens changes made to the Safeguards Rule in 2021.

Privacy & Security

Bloomfire Redefines Enterprise Knowledge Management with Advanced AI Features

AI Author Assist brings speed and efficiency to content creators by simplifying the time-intensive process of writing and refining high-quality, actionable posts. Authors can build summaries, key takeaways, and insights from their original work using a suite of generative AI tools with cutting-edge prompt engineering.

Automation & Productivity

Biden releases AI executive order directing agencies to develop safety guidelines

The order has eight goals: to create new standards for AI safety and security, protect privacy, advance equity and civil rights, stand up for consumers, patients, and students, support workers, promote innovation and competition, advance US leadership in AI technologies, and ensure the responsible and effective government use of the technology.

Artificial Intelligence

WiMi Is Researching Generative Adversarial Network-based Hologram Generation

Currently, GAN-based hologram generation is mainly used in virtual reality, augmented reality and other fields. In the future, WiMi will be expanded to more application fields, such as applying it to medicine, engineering design, literary and artistic creation and other fields, providing more possibilities for these fields.

Emerging Tech

Blueprint Prep Introduces the First and Only AI-Powered MCAT Tutor

The AI chatbot, named Blue, is the first of its kind in the MCAT test preparation market. It is equipped to provide students with personalized guidance on how to tackle CARS questions through genuine one-on-one conversations while adapting in real-time to their individual learning needs.

Automation & Productivity

Nvidia backs $99M round for laser-powered 3D metal printing startup Seurat 

Seurat’s 3D printers are designed to manufacture metal products such as wind turbine parts. According to the company, its machines are powered by optical technology that was originally developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to support fusion research. Seurat claims that its equipment can produce metal products faster than competing systems and with more fine-grained features.

Sustainability

Acorn Labs Launches New Service Making Cloud Computing More Accessible

Acorn offers a free sandbox environment where users can deploy software for up to two hours at a time, as often as they like. Users can experiment with innovative technologies, learn how containers and server software work, and easily share their creations, all without cost barriers. This free plan is designed so even someone with little experience can launch a cloud application as easily as they install an app on their phone

Cloud

Hollywood strike provides window for cyber criminals to target streaming users 

In one example, recipients received a phone scam phishing email impersonating Paramount+ that claims an automatic renewal of a subscription will be processed. All the emails originated from AOL free email accounts, which have a high sender reputation, so they are able to pass email authentication.

Security

Cyber Security and Insurance Platform Upfort Raises $8 Million in Series A Funding

Upfort revolutionizes how cyber risk is assessed and managed, empowering insurers and brokers to dramatically reduce their clients’ exposure to cyber attacks. In fact, in a recent 18-month study of a leading cyber insurance program, policyholders that fully implemented Upfort Shield saw significantly fewer security breaches and claims, with the likelihood of filing a claim decreasing by 80%.

Security

Predii Introduces Generative AI ‘Co-Pilot’ for Automotive Service and Repair Businesses

Predii 360 is designed to integrate optimally with custom service and repair data. Models are hosted in an isolated environment, protecting intellectual property, and enabling companies to innovate and commercialize new solutions using Generative AI.

Automation & Productivity

5/5/5 security benchmark from Sysdig aims to speed up incident response times

 Dubbed the “5/5/5 Benchmark for Cloud Detection and Response,” the goal is to get organizations to be able to detect threats in 5 seconds, investigate and correlate alerts within 5 minutes, and respond to confirmed attacks in 5 minutes after the correlation phase.

Security

Apple’s Journal app is kind of smart — and kind of basic

When you’re creating a journal entry, you can add photos and video, record a voice memo, or log a location associated with your entry. When you’re looking at the timeline, you can filter to see only the entries with photos, or the extra-special entries you’ve bookmarked, but that’s about it.

Automation & Productivity

How the National Archives is using AI to make records more accessible in the digital age

The National Archives is training an AI bot to extract the DD-214 forms that summarize a person’s military record from large digital files, freeing up staff to work on more complicated requests.

Automation & Productivity

Poe wants to be the App Store of conversational AI, will pay chatbot creators

Poe, the multi-AI chatbot aggregator launched by Quora in late 2022, has built up a following by giving users a single interface for accessing multiple competing large language models (LLMs) including OpenAI’s GPT-3.5/4, Anthropic’s Claude, Google’s PaLM 2, and Meta’s Llama 2. In April, Poe opened the door to third-party creators, be they individuals or enterprises and organizations, to create their own chatbots within its platform using its supported LLMs.

Artificial Intelligence

Newly discovered ‘iLeakage’ exploits speculative execution in Apple devices 

Dubbed “iLeakage,” the vulnerability exploits a “speculative execution” vulnerability in Safari installed on recent model Macs, iPads and iPhones with Apple A and M series CPUs. Speculative execution is a technique that modern processors use to improve performance by executing instructions before it is known whether they are actually necessary. Doing so can lead to security vulnerabilities if the speculative execution is not properly controlled.

Security

Fortinet unveils new SASE appliance, taps Google Cloud for PoP expansion

For example, the FortiGate 120G SASE appliance delivers 3 Gb/s of SSL inspection, which is six times faster than the industry average for visibility into encrypted traffic at scale, while it also can provide 13 times more firewall throughput compared to the industry average, and can run 54 times as many concurrent sessions as the industry average, he touted.

Security

Elon Musk gives X employees one year to replace your bank

“When I say payments, I actually mean someone’s entire financial life,” Musk said, according to audio of the meeting obtained by The Verge. “If it involves money. It’ll be on our platform. Money or securities or whatever. So, it’s not just like send $20 to my friend. I’m talking about, like, you won’t need a bank account.”

Social Media

Generative AI training data sets are now trackable – and often legally complicated

The idea is to provide a way to explore the sometimes murky world of training data used to develop generative AI. In an official statement announcing the Data Provenance Explorer, the team behind it described a “data transparency crisis” that could complicate the development and commercial use of generative AI systems.

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft: 0ktapus Cyberattackers Evolve to 'Most Dangerous' Status

"We observed Octo Tempest leverage a diverse array of tactics to navigate complex hybrid environments, exfiltrate sensitive data, and encrypt data," according to the report, which delves into the granular details of 0ktapus' arsenal. "Octo Tempest leverages tradecraft that many organizations don't have in their typical threat models. The well-organized, prolific nature of Octo Tempest's attacks is indicative of extensive technical depth and multiple hands-on-keyboard operators."

Security

Threads isn’t dead and it now has polls and GIFs too

Meta’s X rival, Instagram Threads, is copying a couple more X features today with the launch of support for polls and GIFs. The update comes in rapid succession to other releases for the new app, which have included support for a web version, a (free) edit button, profile switching, likes, full-text search, a chronological feed, voice posts, and more.

Social Media

Grammarly Defies the AI Hype With Significant Business Impact, Deepens AI Support for Enterprises

Personalized voice detection and application, addressing the problem of AI-generated text sounding robotic or impersonal. Grammarly will automatically detect a user’s unique writing style and create a personal voice profile describing how they sound to their audiences. They can then rewrite any generated text in their voice with one click. Grammarly continuously adapts to the user’s preferences over time, capturing elements such as tone and stylistic choices. The capabilities will roll out to all Grammarly Business customers by year’s end.

Automation & Productivity

Generative AI is Coming to Robots, Courtesy of NVIDIA

NVIDIA has developed a variety of tutorials, guides, and samples to facilitate the use of popular generative AI models. While many NVIDIA customers – including tech giants like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco, and Siemens – are integrating Jetson into their operations, NVIDIA introduced the Jetson Generative AI Lab to supercharge AI app development. The new software offers developers access to state-of-the-art open-source generative AI models.

Artificial Intelligence

Slingshot Brings Operational Data to the Center of Employees’ Most Common Projects and Processes with Ready-to-Use Workflows

Companies can connect Slingshot’s dashboard templates to leading data sources including Google Ads, HubSpot, QuickBooks and Salesforce to quickly generate visual snapshots and make informed decisions with data.

Automation & Productivity

Intel backs $44M round for private cloud infrastructure startup Oxide Computer 

Oxide sells a data center appliance called the Oxide Cloud Computer that combines compute, storage and network equipment in a single package. There’s also onboard management software. The system is designed to provide a similar user experience as the public cloud: administrators can perform tasks such as provisioning new virtual machines with a few clicks in a visual interface.

Cloud

Datasaur launches LLM Lab to help enterprises build custom ChatGPT-like applications

Available for both cloud and on-premise deployments, the Lab gives enterprises a starting point to build their internal custom generative AI applications without worrying about business and data privacy risks that often stem from third-party services. It also gives teams more control over their projects.

ChatGPT

Groq Unveils New Low Latency LPU System at SC23, Paving the Way for Future AI Applications

“Groq’s groundbreaking speed, in the form of tokens-as-a-service, was a major milestone for my organization and the company. Running your own hardware and building a large scale HPC can be hard, but Groq’s token-as-a-service ease of use and consumption-based model are very attractive to customers."

Artificial Intelligence

SurveyMonkey Announces AI Generated Surveys

Build with AI, the newest capability in the SurveyMonkey Genius lineup of AI-enabled features, allows users to create surveys from just a written description, automating and accelerating the survey creation process. Build with AI is available now and is free for all SurveyMonkey users.

Automation & Productivity

Google Maps is becoming more like Search — thanks to AI

Google is adding a range of new AI-powered features to Maps, including more immersive navigation, easier-to-follow driving directions, and better organized search results. The end result is an experience that will likely remind many users of Google Search.

Automation & Productivity

Valve officially releases SteamVR 2.0 with numerous improvements 

The former dashboard has been replaced with easier access to new systems that looks and feels more like the modern setup that Steam users are familiar with, doing away with the older SteamVR 1.0 experience. Now the UI has a sidebar with icons that can be selected using controllers that include tabs for home, library, store, friends and downloads – similar to the Steam Deck.

Automation & Productivity

Shutterstock debuts an AI image editor for its 750-million picture library

The new capabilities allow even free trial users of the Shutterstock service to add elements to existing Shutterstock library stock photos, extend their borders and the content along with it, change elements within them such as the colors and placements of items, remove items, switch aspect ratios, and even apply text and shapes atop them for sharing on social networks and video platforms such as YouTube.

Artificial Intelligence

Aprimo Leads Next Generation of Collaboration With Groundbreaking AI-Powered Innovations

Aprimo’s AI Content Coach utilizes the user’s library of assets as a learning model, swiftly training and updating GPT frameworks. It tailors brand-aligned content for marketing channels and customer segments, facilitating quick access to product/service information across departments. The tool generates content variations in tone, language, and audience for a versatile content creation solution

Automation & Productivity

AutogenAI launches in the U.S. to automate proposal writing

Autogen says it has driven 100X revenue in just a year, and claims to have supported international businesses in winning more than $50 million in additional work. Lukas said that companies implementing AutogenAI’s tool report up to 85% cost savings, a 30% uplift in win rates and an 800% productivity gain.

Automation & Productivity

Darktrace debuts advanced cloud-native security solution with self-learning AI 

The new capabilities in Darktrace/Cloud available today include comprehensive visibility and architecture modeling for insights into the changing nature of cloud environments. The visibility is constructed dynamically from configuration, network, users, identity and access management data. Darktrace establishes patterns of life for cloud resources, identities, and services to understand who has access to what and how.

Cloud Security

MIT, Cohere for AI, others launch platform to track and filter audited AI datasets

To make this information practical and accessible, an interactive platform, the Data Provenance Explorer, allows developers to track and filter thousands of datasets for legal and ethical considerations, and enables scholars and journalists to explore the composition and data lineage of popular AI datasets.

Artificial Intelligence

Backblaze B2 cloud / Stores HYCU backup data / In a low cost vault

Backblaze provides S3-compliant B2 cloud storage more affordably than Amazon S3 and with no egress charges. It costs $6/TB/month on a pay-as-you-go basis whereas Amazon S3 costs $26/TB/month with a $0.09/GB egress charge. HYCU is a fast-growing on-premises and in-cloud SaaS backup supplier with a strong focus on protecting customer data in SaaS apps. Now HYCU customers can store their HYCU DPaaS (Data Protection-as-a-Service) backups in Backblaze’s cloud repository.

Data Storage

Horizen Launches Horizen EON Mainnet to Usher in a New Era of Multi-Chain innovation

Today, Horizen unveiled the official mainnet launch of Horizen EON, its fully EVM-compatible smart contracting sidechain platform. Developed and powered by Horizen, Horizen EON is positioned to play a pivotal role in the web3 revolution. With the Web3 user base expected to reach billions of users in years to come, Horizen is laying the groundwork necessary to support this user growth.

Blockchain

Google expands Vulnerability Rewards Program to include generative AI threats 

Also announced today are two new ways to strengthen the AI open-source supply chain. Building on its existing partnership with the Open Source Security Foundation, Google is directing efforts to reinforce AI supply chain security. The Google Open Source Security Team is set to deploy two strategic tools: Supply-chain Levels for Software Artifacts, aimed at hardening the supply chain, and Sigstore, designed to ensure signature transparency.

Artificial Intelligence

Companies deliver secure platform to support AI-enhanced workflows across the public sector

The solution stack is built on the Mattermost OpenOps AI experience platform connected across Microsoft’s core platform services including Microsoft Azure AI Services, Microsoft Entra ID, and Microsoft Teams. The hub offers a highly interoperable collaboration experience with advanced levels of customization, integration, AI-acceleration and deployment across private cloud, public cloud and air-gapped networks.

Automation & Productivity

Cisco zooms in on new AI power for Webex teams

WebX’s strategy combines real-time intelligence across text, audio, and video to solve everyday challenges that organizations face with their video conferences, building upon an initial set of AI updates to Webex in March, including meeting summarization.

Automation & Productivity

Cranium secures $25M in funding to enhance AI security and trust 

Cranium says its software establishes an AI security framework that provides security and data science teams with a foundation for building a proactive and holistic AI security program. The platform also captures and quantifies AI security risk and establishes continuous monitoring.

Security

The Apple Watch’s double tap gesture points at a new way to use wearables

With a quick pinching motion, you can use it to scroll through the new smart stack of widgets in watchOS 10, pause or end timers, skip music tracks, and answer phone calls. It’s the sort of feature that you might read about and scoff at — until you’re unloading groceries from your car, hands full, and an important call comes through on your watch.

Automation & Productivity

Researchers develop ‘Woodpecker’: A groundbreaking solution to AI’s hallucination problem

Woodpecker offers a fresh perspective by introducing a training-free method that corrects hallucinations from the generated text. The framework performs correction after a thorough diagnosis, incorporating a total of five stages: key concept extraction, question formulation, visual knowledge validation, visual claim generation, and hallucination correction.

Artificial Intelligence

White House to issue AI rules for federal employees

The new executive order is expected to elevate national cybersecurity defenses by requiring large language models (LLMs) — the foundation of generative AI — to undergo assessments before they can be used by US government agencies. Those agencies include the US Defense Department, Energy Department and intelligence agencies, according to the Post.

Artificial Intelligence

Kubernetes management startup Chkk exits stealth mode with $5.2M in funding

According to Chkk, its platform also includes a second tool that can scan a Kubernetes cluster for technical issues and prioritize them based on severity. The tool is capable of detecting misconfigured settings that may led to outages down the road. The software also spots other issues, such as components that are incompatible with one another or require an update.

Automation & Productivity

BlackDice and Landatel Partner to Bring AI-Powered Cybersecurity Solutions to Small Businesses

Data General will embed BlackDice’s cybersecurity solution into its routers and deploy Retina, BlackDice’s operator insight technology, which provides industry-leading analytics to operators across thousands of data points to understand activity, configuration and behavior. Retina, BlackDice’s proprietary technology evolves alongside threats, capturing and correlating data simultaneously across devices and networks.

Security

Upfort secures $8M to improve cybersecurity and insurance solutions 

On its cybersecurity side, Upforts offers holistic cyber protection that it claims is easy to deploy and manage. Cybersecurity services include email and web protection, security training and risk monitoring. AI is employed to anticipate and address risk more precisely with unique insights from large volumes of cyber insurance claims.

Security

Arm announces Neoverse design partnership

This ecosystem covers all stages of silicon development. It aims to make specialized solutions based on Arm Neoverse widely available across various infrastructure domains, such as AI, cloud, networking, and edge computing.

Automation & Productivity

Neo4j boosts query speed and support for hybrid transaction/analytical uses 

The performance is achieved via parallelization, which adds concurrent threads across multiple CPU cores to run analytical graph queries. Neo4j also leverages a technique called morsel-based parallelism that divides a workload into smaller pieces called morsels and processes them in parallel for better scalability and resource utilization.

Data & Analytics

Lookout unveils enhanced cloud security platform features for improved data protection 

First up are enhancements to Lookout’s zero-trust network access solution, Secure Private Access, which discovers and helps onboard private applications running on an organization’s network hosted on-premises or in the cloud currently accessed by a virtual private network. Using the additional functionality, information technology teams can now see all private applications being accessed by their users and take steps to define and enforce access and data protection policies for these apps

Security

Ontotext Unveils GraphDB 10.4 with Enhanced AWS Integration and ChatGPT Connector

Other new 10.4 features include user-defined Access Control Lists (ACLs) for more granular control over the security of data. Connectors to external services now include one for ChatGPT that lets you customize the answers returned by the OpenAI API with data from your own knowledge graphs. Building on this, the Talk to Your Graph LLM-backed chatbot lets you ask natural language questions about your own data.

Data & Analytics

Digital.ai enhances web application security with new Denali release 

Additional enhancements in Denali include self-guided workflows, templates and best practices that create efficiencies and alignment around measurable goals. The new release also provides comprehensive support for cloud-native application development and additional integrations with Terraform by HashiCorp Inc., Azure Biceps, Azure Key Vault and AWS Secret Manager.

Automation & Productivity

Anthropic, Google, Microsoft and OpenAI announce Executive Director of the Frontier Model Forum and over $10 million for a new AI Safety Fund

The Frontier Model Forum, an industry body focused on ensuring safe and responsible development of frontier AI models, is also releasing its first technical working group update on red teaming to share industry expertise with a wider audience as the Forum expands the conversation about responsible AI governance approaches.

Artificial Intelligence

Privacera Enhances AI Security Offerings with PAIG: Privacera AI Governance

PAIG allows organizations to securely innovate with generative AI (GenAI) technologies by securing the entire AI application lifecycle, from discovery and securing of sensitive fine-tuning data, Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) and user interactions feeding into AI-powered models, to model outputs as well as continuous monitoring of AI governance through comprehensive audit trails.

Artificial Intelligence

Teleport advances cloud security with identity-centric access management tool 

The new solution seeks to tackle the issue wherein cloud cyberattack patterns are in what Teleport describes as a state of flux. The company argues that most detected cloud cyberattacks target privileged access identities, such as information technology administrators, site reliability engineering teams, developers and continuous integration and continuous deployment system credentials, as opposed to using traditional malware

Security

Treeverse Releases lakeFS 1.0 to Improve Lifecycle Management of Data Lakes and Integration with Modern Data Stack

“One of the best decisions I’ve made at Enigma was incorporating lakeFS as a foundational element of our data stack,” said Ryan Green, CTO at Enigma. “Data branching allows our model developers to run isolated, reproducible experiments on the complete ML pipeline with minimal friction. This has translated directly to higher development velocity, more iterations and happier customers.”

Data & Analytics

The Humane AI Pin apparently runs GPT-4 and flashes a ‘Trust Light’ when it’s recording

Humane’s first gadget, the AI Pin, is currently slated to launch on November 9th, but we just got our best look at it yet thanks to a somewhat unexpected source. Before it has even been announced, the AI Pin is one of Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2023,” along with everything from the Framework Laptop 16 to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 to the Bedtime Buddy alarm clock.

Artificial Intelligence

Lookout Lab Releases Next-Gen AI-powered Flow Meter and Data Analysis Platform

Lookout Lab, the pioneering provider of smart water applications and IOT devices, is proud to unveil its groundbreaking innovation the world’s first AI-powered, cloud-based flow meter called bluebot. With cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology, the bluebot flow meter can non-invasively and intelligently adjust itself in-situ to accurately measure any size or type of pipe up to 4″.  Now, water flow data capture is much more cost effective without sacrificing accuracy and performance or the need to cut pipes or use installers.

Data & Analytics

Security startup Airgap Networks brings telco technologies to the LAN 

Airgap Networks has developed a ransomware kill switch that blocks all lateral device-to-device communications and disables network-level communications among workstations and applications.

Network Management

1Password Becomes Latest Victim of Okta Customer Service Breach

This is what happened with 1Password. On Sept. 29, the password-management company observed suspicious activity within the Okta instance that it uses for managing its employee-facing apps, according to a company statement. The activity was quickly terminated, and while it didn't detail the extent of the infestation into employee apps, it did say that no user or employee data or other sensitive systems were compromised.

Security

5Mins AI Launches Bite-Sized Learning Content from Industry Leaders HiBob, Atlassian, and Zendesk

5mins.ai now features bite-sized lessons, derived from Atlassian’s Work Check Podcast, Sit Down Startup series by Zendesk, and insightful HR Webinars from HiBob. Lessons are meticulously designed to deliver extensive knowledge in concise formats, promoting long-term retention and efficient learning.

Training

Versa extends SASE platform to the LAN edge

The goal with SD-LAN is to eliminate the need to stitch together a fragmented set of point products that lack business flexibility, and disjointed box-by-box configuration and management that is onerous and error prone. In addition, traditional LAN architectures continue to use outdated perimeter-oriented security that implicitly trusts users and allows them to access all resources on the network, Sheu said.

Network Management

Report: Generative AI search startup Perplexity AI seeking millions in venture capital funding 

It handles search very differently from Google. Instead of typing keywords and sorting through a list of links, users can pose their questions directly in a conversational way and receive concise, accurate answers backed up by a list of sources. Rather than call it a search engine, Srinivas prefers the term “answer engine,” and claims that it puts users, not advertisers, at the center of its experience.

Artificial Intelligence

Dell updates PowerMax OS with security, energy-efficiency features

On the energy-efficiency front, new features include real-time power and environmental monitoring and alerting based on usage. Power for all components in a rack is monitored for voltage, current, and frequency, for example, along with temperature and humidity of the rack.

Automation & Productivity

Nokia wants to conquer the data center market — can genAI help?

The PoC demonstrated the use of ChatGPT at the command line interface (CLI) level, allowing network operators to ask questions in a chat format about configuring a VPN or a BGP for a certain type of interface, for example.

Network Management

Wherobots Announces the Availability of SedonaDB and Wherobots Cloud

Unlike existing generic database platforms, SedonaDB connects enterprise data to the real physical world using spatial analytics that enables users to easily develop, test, and deploy geospatial data analytics and AI pipeline within the user’s existing data stack.

Data & Analytics

US attorneys join forces alleging Meta causes serious harm to the minds of American youth 

“Meta has profited from children’s pain by intentionally designing its platforms with manipulative features that make children addicted to their platforms while lowering their self-esteem. Social media companies, including Meta, have contributed to a national youth mental health crisis, and they must be held accountable.”

Social Media

TikTok maker’s new AI SALMONN understands all audio, not just music and voices

In a research paper published on arXiv, the scientists describe SALMONN as “a large language model (LLM) enabling speech, audio event, and music inputs.” The system merges two specialized AI models—one for processing speech and one for general audio—into a single LLM that can generate text responses to audio prompts.

Artificial Intelligence

Adobe Now AI-Backed With Improved UI

Both Windows and Mac users may get Photoshop Element 2024. The same holds true for the Android and iOS mobile companion apps. Unlike the full version of Photoshop, Adobe Elements is a one-time purchase that costs $99.99. Also, if you already have a license for Photoshop Elements 2023, you may save money by upgrading to the current version.

Automation & Productivity

DataGPT launches AI analyst to allow ‘any company to talk directly to their data’

Available starting today, the AI tool combines the creative, comprehension-rich side of a self-hosted large language model with the logic and reasoning of DataGPT’s proprietary analytics engine, executing millions of queries and calculations to determine the most relevant and impactful insights. This includes almost everything, right from how something is impacting the business revenue to why that thing happened in the first place.

Artificial Intelligence

Veritas shores up cyber resiliency with partner network 

Rather than developing cyber resilience and data governance capabilities only in its Alta cloud and NetBackup products, Veritas is working with security vendors including CrowdStrike, CyberArk, Microsoft, Qualys, Semperis, and Broadcom’s Symantec. This is based on a Veritas Defense 360 extensible architecture and REDLab verification. That includes Veritas and partner software tested for live malware resistance and detection via an in-house and air-gap isolated Veritas development lab. Microsoft is the first Veritas 360 Defense partner to achieve REDLab validation.

Security

Molecular science VR startup Nanome launches AI copilot MARA

Available through a ChatGPT-like web interface, MARA serves as an assistant of sorts for chemists working in biopharma research and development by providing insights critical to the research process. It can execute routine cheminformatics tasks and provide informative responses to scientific queries, the company said.

Artificial Intelligence

HCLSoftware Releases its Hyperautomation Enabler Platform – HCL Universal Orchestrator

Many analysts’ predictions point to the need for an orchestrated set of technologies, tools, and platforms to automate as many IT (Information Technology) and business processes as possible. Many call this phenomenon “hyperautomation.” A strong hyperautomation platform will not only yield improved accuracy, efficiency, and innovation, but also will seamlessly integrate people with technology.

Automation & Productivity

Predibase debuts SDK for training and serving open-source LLMs on low cost cloud hardware 

With Predibase’s platform, teams define what they want to predict using a selection of prebuilt large AI models, and let the platform do the rest. It says novice users can leverage recommended model architectures to get started, while more experienced practitioners can use the platform to fine-tune any model parameter. In this way, Predibase claims, it can reduce the time it takes to deploy machine learning models from months to just a few days.

Artificial Intelligence

Potential OAuth lapses could have led to significant data breaches, warns Salt Labs

Although the vulnerability has been fixed, the report delves into previous issues with OAuth as implemented by Grammarly Inc., PT Vidio Cot Com Indonesia and PT Bukalapak.com. The security lapses involved the access token verification step, a crucial component of the OAuth procedure.

Security

Bias in AI Computer Vision Systems Dramatically Reduced with Synthetic Data ‘Digital Humans’

To improve accuracy in understanding and identifying human behaviors, massive training dataset diversity is required. Mindtech’s digital humans vary the “Digital DNA” elements such as skin tone (using Monk skin tone scale to measure diversity), ethnicity (especially facial build and features), age, physical sizes, as well as clothing.

Artificial Intelligence

HPE Aruba extends application visibility, access policy enforcement to SD-WAN, campus switches and IoT 

“What we’re doing now is up-leveling the policies so that the network administrator or the security team doesn’t have to know about this specific device. They just simply have to know what the business rule is that they want to execute, and that gets translated automatically behind the scenes to specific device configurations and controls.”

Network Management

Flatfile Announces Acquisition of ChatCSV, Bolstering Its AI-Assisted Data Exchange Capabilities

The AI-powered app acts as a personal data analyst and allows users to “chat” with their CSV files, asking pointed questions to extract textual and visual insights from data, eliminating the tedious and error-prone process of navigating complex datasets manually.

Data & Analytics

Versa Networks brings SASE to campuses and branches with SD-LAN

The Versa Secure SD-LAN solution consists of software that runs on certified Ethernet switches and access points to software-define the LAN. The software-defined architecture provides user, device and application awareness and centralized policy management for full visibility and control.

Network Management

Island nabs another $100M for its secure enterprise browser

Another set of built-in cybersecurity features enables the browser to counter malware that might already be installed on the user’s device. According to Island, those features can block infected machines from accessing a company’s web applications. Furthermore, Island fends off keyloggers by entering random data into its host device’s keystroke buffer, a section of computer memory that stores the user’s keyboard input.

Security

Google Bard introduces “Human reviewers,” sparking privacy concerns over conversation monitoring

However, it’s worth noting that Bard conversations that have undergone human review, along with related feedback and data like language, device type, or location information, are not deleted when a user deletes their Bard activity. These reviewed items are kept separate and unlinked to the user’s Google Account, with retention for a period of up to three years.

Privacy

ZenML raises $3.7M for its open-source MLOps platform

The steps in question, such as model training and deployment, are usually carried out using separate software tools. A machine learning pipeline created with ZenML can coordinate those tools to spare AI teams the hassle of doing so manually. The result, according to ZenML, is increased developer productivity.

DevOps

Deep Instinct launches ‘Prevent for Storage’ to protect data wherever it is stored 

Offered as part of the Deep Instinct Prevention Platform, DPS fills gaps in data protection by applying a unique deep learning framework dedicated to cybersecurity. Whenever a file is added or changed in a storage environment, it is scanned immediately and malicious files are either quarantined or deleted to prevent execution.

Security

Komprise adds zero cutover downtime to data migration

Komprise’s v5.0 Elastic Data Migration now allows users and applications to add, modify, and delete data on the destination shares during this warm cutover period, eliminating downtime while the migration process is completed and the source data access switched off.

Data Storage

New Jumio fraud prevention technology leverages cross-enterprise data 

Called Jumio 360° Fraud Analytics, the new service has been designed to tackle the issue of interconnected fraud — that is, fraud perpetrated by fraud rings or by individuals using the same information or credentials to open new accounts on banking sites, e-commerce platforms and sharing economy sites.

Security

Biden-Harris Administration Designates 31 Tech Hubs Across America

The Tech Hubs announced today focus on industries ranging from autonomous systems, quantum computing, biotechnology, precision medicine, clean energy advancement, semiconductor manufacturing, and more, and highlight how the Biden Harris Administration is investing in innovation and economic growth in every region of the United States.

Emerging Tech

Apple to invest $1 billion annually on generative AI in a bid to catch up with OpenAI’s ChatGPT

As part of the initiative, the company is targeting a potential rollout of generative AI features in its iOS, but not before late 2024. This move signals Apple’s determination to compete with rivals like Google and OpenAI in advancing generative AI technology. The report also indicates that Apple is exploring the integration of AI into services such as Siri, Messages, and Apple Music.

Artificial Intelligence

Matter 1.2 is a big move for the smart home standard

One year in, and Matter is adding support for fridges, robot vacuums, smoke alarms, and more. It’s a major step toward a complete smart home, but success hinges on platform and manufacturer follow-through.

Smart Tech

Harmonic Security Launches to Help Organizations Use Generative AI Safely

Harmonic provides a risk assessment of all AI apps so that high risk AI services that could lead to compliance, security or privacy incidents are identified. This approach means that organizations can control access to AI applications as required, including selective blocking of sensitive content from being uploaded, without needing rules or exact matches.

Security

Bluescape Streamlines Generative AI Workflows With Enhanced API Updates

Designed for developers, Bluescape’s API is a robust, extensible architecture to create bespoke workflows in a virtual workspace. The API supports round-trip exchange of data, files, and metadata between Bluescape workspaces and external sources including digital asset management systems and cloud storage including Box, Adobe Experience Manager Assets, and AWS.

Automation & Productivity

Redgate Software Enhances Enterprise Cloud Support with Rich and Comprehensive Monitoring of Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL

Already a long-established database monitoring tool, a public preview of SQL Monitor support for PostgreSQL was introduced in late 2022, giving users access to real-time performance monitoring, alerts and diagnostics for both SQL Server and PostgreSQL in the same at-a-glance, side by side view. This was enhanced further in April 2023 with the launch of SQL Monitor V13, which enables enterprises to add and monitor PostgreSQL instances hosted on Linux or Amazon RDS.

Data & Analytics

Jivox Introduces Ai-Powered Creative and Media Analytics With Real-Time Liveboards

Market-leading IQ Blaze Analytics delivers creative clarity through in-line creative previews via LiveBoards, which are live, interactive charts and graphs displayed in a dashboard format. Keeping user experience in focus, IQ Blaze Analytics visualization is paired with the natural-language query capability that puts the control and insights at the fingertips of the busy, modern-day digital marketers.

Data & Analytics

VIAVI Launches NITRO Wireless, Delivering Cloud Intelligence and Automation to Accelerate 5G and 6G

NITRO Wireless brings together proven performance and interoperability test platforms used throughout the industry for 3GPP and O-RAN with cloud, intelligence, automation, and digital twin technology enabled by the Network Integrated Test, Real-Time Analytics and Optimization (NITRO) platform.

5G

Researchers unveil ‘3D-GPT’, an AI that can generate 3D worlds from simple text commands

3D-GPT is able to “dissect procedural 3D modeling tasks into accessible segments and appoint the apt agent for each task,” according to the paper. It utilizes multiple AI agents that each focus on a different part of understanding the text prompt and executing modeling functions.

Artificial Intelligence

IBM debuts power-efficient NorthPole machine learning processor 

NorthPole was developed over the course of eight years by staffers at the company’s research lab in Almaden, California. The chip builds on an earlier IBM research project that produced an AI-optimized processor called TrueNorth. According to IBM, NorthPole is about 4,000 times faster.

Automation & Productivity

‘Reddit can survive without search’: company reportedly threatens to block Google

But after the Post corrected that story, only one major detail had changed — the Post no longer suggests Reddit users would need to log in. The publication now writes that if Reddit can’t get AI to play ball, the company may block Google and Bing’s search crawlers, which means Reddit posts wouldn’t show up in search results.

Automation & Productivity

Seagate pips Toshiba and WD to 24 TB drive

Seagate has announced the Exos X24 at 24 TB, the highest capacity nearline disk drive using conventional perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, giving it a 2 TB capacity advantage over rivals Toshiba and Western Digital.

Data Storage

FBI takes down 17 websites used in massive North Korean hiring scheme 

The phony tech hires created these websites that appeared to be legit companies that were used to conceal their identities and bolster their resumes. In reality, these individuals were working for China-based Yanbian Silverstar Network Technology and Russia-based Volasys Silver Star. Both of these companies have already been placed on U.S. Treasury sanctions lists back in 2018.

Security

Thales Brings Passwordless Fingerprint Authentication to the Enterprise

Using these security keys, users can be assured of strong protection against account takeover and phishing on enterprise devices. User biometrics are securely stored in the card’s chip and never leave the smart card itself, ensuring a strong level of data privacy. This solution can be used for all digital resources supporting the FIDO2 standard, including Windows, Mac, Linux and more.

Security

NEC Launches Free ‘FireDucks’ Software for Accelerating Data Analysis Using Python

Capable of carrying out the data preparation required for data analysis up to 16 times faster than existing products, this newly developed software significantly shortens the time spent on data analysis and lowers computing costs.

Data & Analytics

Datadobi Accelerates Channel Momentum with StorageMAP, the Premier Platform for Unstructured Data Management

Central to these announcements is StorageMAP, the first and only end-to-end platform engineered from the ground up to assess, organize, and act on unstructured data—whether onsite, remote, or in the cloud—maximizing its potential value while effectively mitigating associated risks and expenses.

Data Management

Meta’s Habitat 3.0 simulates real-world environments for intelligent AI robot training 

Along with the launch of Habitat 3.0, the company announced the release of the Habitat Synthetic Scenes Dataset, an artist-authored 3D dataset that can be used to train AI navigation agents, as well as HomeRobot, an affordable robot assistant hardware and software platform for use in both simulated and real world environments.

Artificial Intelligence

KeePass users targeted: Attackers leverage Google Ads for deceptive campaign 

Setting up a fake domain is one thing, but getting accepted in Google Ads is another level and this is what has happened here. The attackers managed to get the fake KeePass site not only into Google Ads but also to appear at the top of search results. The malicious Google ads look entirely genuine and feature the official KeePass logo and URL.

Security

Druva Supercharges Autonomous Protection With Generative AI

Druva, the first and only at-scale SaaS platform for data resiliency unveiled Dru, the industry’s first AI copilot for backup that revolutionizes how customers engage with their data protection solutions. Dru allows both IT and business users to get critical information through a conversational interface, helping customers reduce protection risks, gain insight into their protection environment, and quickly navigate their solution through a dynamic, customized interface

Data Management

LockBit Redux: Ransomware Gang Demands $80M, Leaks CDW Data

CDW refers to the attack as “an isolated IT security matter,” according to an emailed statement. The data associated with the incident is on servers used for the internal support of CDW-G’s US subsidiary, Sirius Federal. “These servers, which are non-customer-facing, are isolated from our CDW network and other CDW-G systems,” according to the statement.

Security

IBM trains 10,000 consultants on AWS genAI services

Since IBM clients look to the firm as trusted advisors, “a deep understanding of AWS capabilities is critical here,” and the newly trained consultants will complement IBM’s existing 22,000 AWS certifications and Center of Excellence for Generative AI, “which includes expertise spanning across Watsonx and other genAI technologies,” Carroll said.

Artificial Intelligence

The Linux Foundation Announces General Availability of Delta Lake 3.0

Developed under the banner of The Linux Foundation, this version of Delta Lake unifies lakehouse storage formats and gives users flexibility and control over their data.

Data & Analytics

Palo Alto Networks pushes unified CNAPP, tackles developer-security gap

Gartner defines CNAPPs as consolidating a large number of previously siloed capabilities including runtime cloud workload protection platform (CWPP), cloud security posture management (CSPM), cloud infrastructure entitlements management (CIEM), development artifact scanning, and infrastructure-as-code (IaC) scanning.

Security

A new YouTube tool will use AI to let you sound like your favorite artist

It appears YouTube, though, is taking the lead in overcoming the challenges by embracing emerging technology. It was just a few months ago that the company established its "first-ever set of AI music principles" to allow for creative expression while still protecting artists on its platform. Now, it's adding AI-generated mimicry as an actual feature.

Artificial Intelligence

Product and support customer relationship management startup DevRev debuts customizable AI models 

DevRev’s OneCRM is described as a headless, developer-centric CRM platform that aims to bring developers out of the back office and put them at the forefront of decision-making and customer collaboration. By removing the bureaucracy between application creators and end users, DevRev says, it empowers developers to create “customer-focused products and businesses.”

Automation & Productivity

SingleStore Announces Several New Product Innovations to Unlock Future of Real-Time AI

The core of all AI, business intelligence and applications is data — various bits and bytes that come in all different formats. Only when we sift through this data, reason with it and build on top of it in real time does it give way to vast amounts of information and knowledge

Data & Analytics

Equinix, NetApp support hybrid cloud storage on bare metal

The two partners aim to deliver a hybrid cloud solution that provides the availability and acceleration necessary for mission-critical workloads while reducing operational expenses and securing data against ransomware attacks. “With the addition of bare metal-as-a-service, NetApp is uniquely positioned to help customers modernize their data infrastructure across any data, any application workload, and any location – on premises, Equinix Metal, and top three public clouds,”

Data Storage

Elon Musk is considering pulling Twitter out of Europe over the new EU compliance laws

Citing a person familiar with the company, Musk is becoming increasingly frustrated with the need to adhere to the regulations outlined in the DSA. Musk has previously hinted at a solution to this issue by proposing the removal of the app from the European region. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time the billionaire has suggested such a drastic step.

Data Privacy

Beware of these popular Temu scams circulating social media 

Scammers also entice users to use their Temu referral codes by promising rare Fortnite skins or free Roblox Robux. Fortnite skins and Robux must be purchased in-game with real money, so receiving either for free would be an exciting deal.

Privacy & Security

ChatGPT can now look at the web — for real this time

Thanks to an integration with Microsoft’s Bing search engine – the company is a major investor in ChatGPT maker OpenAI – the AI chatbot is now able to look up the latest available information on any topic. Previously, ChatGPT's answers were based merely on its large language model (LLM) training data, which only ran through September of 2021.

ChatGPT

Llemma Outperforms Google’s Minerva Model

While similar to Minerva, a closed model developed by Google Research specifically for mathematics, this new invention from EleutherAI actually outperforms Minerva when compared on an equal-parameter basis. Llemma is unique among mathematical language models since it can perform a wider variety of tasks, such as those involving the use of tools and formal mathematics.

Automation & Productivity

What's unconstitutional about Google keyword search warrants? Nothing, says Colorado Supreme Court

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that police can use Google search histories to identify suspects in criminal investigations, leading digital rights orgs to warn the ruling has broad privacy implications for anyone using search engines.

Privacy

WiMi Proposed Multi-View Fusion Algorithm Based on Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning

Multi-view fusion algorithm based on artificial intelligence machine learning is algorithm that utilize machine learning technique for joint learning and fusion of multiple views obtained from different viewpoints or information sources. Machine learning algorithm has achieved better results in many computer vision and image processing tasks due to the strong performance shown in classification problems, feature extraction, data representation and other problems.

Artificial Intelligence

PyTorch Edge Redefines On-Device AI Deployment

The ExecuTorch platform resolves a long-standing issue with the on-device AI ecosystem’s dispersion. It has a well-thought-out layout that easily incorporates third-party solutions, which speeds up the running of machine learning models on dedicated hardware.

Automation & Productivity

Security startup Airgap Networks brings telco technologies to the LAN 

Airgap Networks has developed a ransomware kill switch that blocks all lateral device-to-device communications and disables network-level communications among workstations and applications.

Network Management

CareCloud Unveils CirrusAI An Innovative Generative AI Solution for Healthcare

Cirrus Chat facilitates natural language conversations with practice staff members, offering valuable assistance in navigating CareCloud EHR workflows. This tool streamlines post-training and onboarding for new staff, reducing response times and providing real-time assistance, ultimately saving time.

Automation & Productivity

Cisco execs respond to critical IOS-XE zero-day vulnerability amid active exploitation

“Successful exploitation of this vulnerability allows an attacker to create an account on the affected device with privilege level 15 access, effectively granting them full control of the compromised device and allowing possible subsequent unauthorized activity,” the blog post reported.

Security

Alluxio Unveils New Data Platform for AI Accelerating AI Products’ Time-to-Value and Maximizing Infrastructure ROI

With this announcement, Alluxio expands from a one-product portfolio to two product offerings – Alluxio Enterprise AI and Alluxio Enterprise Data – catering to the diverse needs of analytics and AI. Alluxio Enterprise AI is a new product that builds on the years of distributed systems experience accumulated from the previous Alluxio Enterprise Editions, combined with a new architecture that is optimized for AI/ML workloads.

Automation & Productivity

Meta (Facebook / Instagram) to move to a "Pay for your Rights" approach

Pay for your Rights. In order to enjoy your fundamental rights under EU law, Meta is now proposing that you pay $14 a month, or a whopping $ 168 (€ 160) a year. This move follows successful litigation by noyb, in which the EDPB declared Meta's previous "consent bypass" illegal. The CJEU later confirmed the EDPB's view in C-252/21 Bundeskartellamt. This means that Meta's use of personal data has been illegal in the EU, at least between 2018 and 2023.

Data Privacy

Midaxo Cloud for Corporate Development Launches to Accelerate and Improve the Consistency of Inorganic Growth

From sourcing deal targets using AI and data intelligence, to identifying risks and timelines, to creating and managing effective workflows for integration teams to collaborate smoothly, an ideal solution is now available.

Data & Analytics

YouTube's new program means more money for creators and more ads for viewers 

In an announcement this morning, YouTube rolled out a new program that makes it easier for content creators to showcase products and for viewers to buy them. Starting today, creators can add product timestamps to a video so a shopping button appears as the item is being discussed.

E-Commerce

Rollux Launches Next Phase with Full Suite of DeFi Tools Backed by Bitcoin

Designed to address the blockchain trilemma, Rollux is developed by SYS Labs as part of a comprehensive ecosystem built on speed, scalability, and affordability. With its Phase 2 rollout, Rollux ramps up interoperability across blockchains while providing end-to-end Web3 tools and services that benefit from the security of Bitcoin’s mining network and Syscoin’s Layer 1 finality and data availability.

Blockchain

Bluebirds bags $5M for sales AI that finds the ‘best leads first’

“If a job change is found, another algorithm classifies whether it’s a legitimate job change…Finally, the platform intelligently ranks the final leads by ideal customer profile score (created by analyzing past deals), so reps can focus on the best leads first,”

Marketing Tech

Zero-trust security startup SecureW2 lands $80M from Insight Partners to grow its passwordless authentication platform

SecureW2 is a cloud-native cybersecurity company that specializes in delivering passwordless network security solutions to a diverse range of sectors, including enterprises, educational institutions, healthcare providers, service companies, and small businesses on a global scale. Through its platform, SecureW2’s fortifies network perimeters, effectively mitigating the risks associated with credential theft, and enhancing the overall user experience.

Security

Hacker leaks 4 million more 23andMe user records, including records of “wealthiest people living in the US and Western Europe”

A concerning development unfolded on Tuesday when a hacker known as “Golem” released a fresh dataset of 23andMe user data, comprising records of around four million users. The dataset was shared on the popular cybercrime forum, BreachForums.

Privacy & Security

PROCURIFY CLOSES $68-MILLION CAD SERIES C TO INVEST IN AI, GLOBAL EXPANSION OF SPEND MANAGEMENT PLATFORM

Within the procurement software space, Procurify’s competitors include incumbents like Coupa and SAP Ariba, enterprise resource management software solutions that have procurement features, such as NetSuite, as well as other tech startups, like Precoro and Zip. Compared to the competition, the company spokesperson claimed that Procurify offers “the most complete, affordable, and user-friendly solution for mid-market organizations.”

Automation & Productivity

TSplus and Kaspersky Forge Groundbreaking Partnership to Enhance Remote Access Security

TSplus, a global leader in remote access and Application Delivery solutions, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Kaspersky, a renowned cybersecurity leader. This collaboration aims to revolutionize the realm of remote access security by embedding the TSplus Remote Access Connection client into the KasperskyOS Cyber Immune thin client.

Security

US expands chip export curbs to China to throttle AI, supercomputer development

These restrictions, first published in a draft ruling earlier this month, "are critical for preventing or limiting the further development of weapons of mass destruction, advanced weapons systems, and high-tech surveillance applications that create national security concerns, including through their use in exascale supercomputing, and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities," BIS said.

Artificial Intelligence

Midjourney’s first mobile app is here…sort of

To this day, more than a year later, Discord remains the primary means by which users can interact with Midjourney — they simply type in a text prompts to the Midjourney Bot in Discord, which in turn, produces quartets of generated images for the user to choose from, download, remix, edit sections of, pan over, or otherwise iterate on.

Automation & Productivity

GitGuardian debuts new way to manage software encryption keys and secrets 

The new service on leaked secrets is simple to use: A copy of the secret is pasted into a query box and the system will reveal whether it has been seen in any dark web or other public context. What is different about the service is that it’s specifically looking for these secrets, which seems like an obvious feature but hasn’t been packaged in this way previously.

Security

Critical Citrix NetScaler Flaw Exploited to Target from Government, Tech Firms

"Organizations need to do more than just apply the patch – they should also terminate all active sessions," Mandiant CTO Charles Carmakal said. "Although this is not a remote code execution vulnerability, please prioritize the deployment of this patch given the active exploitation and vulnerability criticality."

Security

BackBox adds network vulnerability management to automation platform

Available now, NVM works with the BackBox Network Automation Platform, a virtual appliance that can either be run on-premises or in a data center or delivered by BackBox via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. NVM uses machine learning to collect and collate vulnerability data from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as several other sources, including vendor web sites.

Network Management

Meta’s newest AI system can decode images from human brain activity 

In a blog post today, Meta researchers explained that they use a non-invasive neuroimaging technique known as magnetoencephalography or MEG to collect thousands of brain activity measurements every second. The AI system they have developed is then able to decode this activity to generate the visual representations they create in the human brain.

Artificial Intelligence

Hayden AI Raises $53M in Series B to Accelerate Global Expansion of AI-Powered Geospatial Analytics

Current deployments enable government agencies to enforce traffic violations that obstruct transit buses and capture valuable data that can be used to optimize operations, resulting in increased transit ridership, improved traffic efficiency, enhanced road safety, and more accessible and sustainable communities.

Data & Analytics

Alluxio rolls out new filesystem built for deep learning

Alluxio said enterprises can expect up to 20 times faster training speed compared to commodity storage, up to a 10-fold improvement in model serving, better than 90% graphic processing unit utilization and up to 90% lower infrastructure costs.

Data Management

Juniper delivers distributed data-center security protection, firewalls

Since Junos runs across Juniper’s entire product family, including QFX Series Switches, MX Series Universal Routers, SRX Series firewalls and more, all of those systems can be included in the Distributed Services Architecture. This enables customers to set up universal protection and policies for networks, data, and applications, and it’s all controlled by the vendor’s Security Director Cloud for setting and managing security policies.

Security

Palo Alto Networks introduces advanced Code-to-Cloud Intelligence in latest Prisma Cloud update

Called “Darwin,” the new updates offer an intelligent approach to cloud-native application protection with Prisma Cloud’s Code-to-Cloud Intelligence. New in the Darwin release, Code-to-Cloud Intelligence dives deep into patterns, behaviors and anomalies across code, cloud infrastructure and cloud runtime.

Cloud

Jasper launches new marketing AI copilot: ‘No one should have to work alone again’

By outlining the campaign parameters upfront, Jasper’s new copilot can not only generate customized content for each channel but also schedule, distribute, and track the entire effort. This elevates Jasper from tactical content creation to true strategic campaign management.

Automation & Productivity

Statement, a real-time cash flow intelligence platform, raises $12M 

The startup’s platform is compatible with software from more than 3,000 banks and integrates with enterprise resource planning and accounting software such as NetSuite, Oracle Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics, payment platforms such as PayPal and Stripe, and regular productivity tools such as Google Sheets.

FinTech

Auquan raises $3.5M in seed funding to deliver AI-powered insights to the financial services industry 

The startup has ambitious plans to help financial services providers make sense of the vast amounts of unstructured data they deal with. Within the financial world, companies are overwhelmed by massive amounts of unstructured text, including company reports, regulatory documents, 10-Ks and 10-Qs, broker research, legal filings and news coverage, and this information contains vital insights. To deal with it, they typically require an army of well-paid professionals to read through everything and extract insights manually.

Data & Analytics

Perifery Collaborates With Seagate Technology on Scalable Storage Solution for High-Growth Edge Markets

Perifery, a division of DataCore, and Seagate Technology today announced a new on-premises solution for scaling out object storage. Integration between Perifery Swarm and Seagate Exos CORVAULT provides users in high-growth edge markets, including media and entertainment, health care, retail, and manufacturing, with a high-performance, scalable, and secure object storage solution that dramatically lowers CPU requirements, reduces costs, and improves the end-user experience.

Data Storage

Linkerd Enterprise edition soothes IT teams’ service mesh headache

Linkerd Enterprise is designed to address those complexities “head on,” Morgan said, citing the offering’s build pipeline, which provides software bills of materials (SBOMs) and strict service level agreements (SLAs) around CVE remediation, and “enterprise-only” TCO-reducing features like lifecycle automation and smart zone-aware load balancing. This is “a rare feat for a piece of infrastructure software,” he touted.

IT Management

Stardog launches Voicebox, an LLM-powered layer to query enterprise data

Officially dubbed Voicebox, the solution will be available as part of Stardog’s flagship platform, allowing users to ask questions using ordinary language and get answers based on enterprise data— without needing any technical skill.

Data & Analtyics

Microsoft launches AI content safety service

The service includes text and image detection and identifies content that Microsoft terms “offensive, risky, or undesirable,” including profanity, adult content, gore, violence, and certain types of speech.

Privacy & Security

Comcast and Broadcom to Develop the World’s First AI-Powered Access Network With Pioneering New Chipset

Comcast and Broadcom announced joint efforts to develop the world’s first AI-powered access network with a new chipset that embeds artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) within the nodes, amps and modems that comprise the last few miles of Comcast’s network. With these new capabilities broadly deployed throughout the network, Comcast will be able to transform its operations by automating more network functions and deliver an improved customer experience through better and more actionable intelligence.

Automation & Productivity

StorPool: erasure coding protects against drive and node failure

The storage platform biz says it has also added cloud management integration improvements and enhanced data efficiency. StorPool has built a multi-controller, scaleable block storage system, based on standard server nodes, running applications as well as storage. It’s programmable, flexible, integrated, and always on. It claims that its erasure coding implementation protects against drive failure or corruption with virtually no impact on read/write performance.

Data Storage

Baidu launches new LLM ERNIE 4.0 that turns one person into ‘an AI marketing team’

The generative AI race is not letting up. This week, Chinese search and web portal giant Baidu announced the release of ERNIE 4.0, its new large language foundation model, and previewed a whole host of new software applications built atop it, including one — Qingduo, a creative platform that aims to rival Canva and Adobe Creative Cloud, both of which have recently also added new AI features.

Artificial Intelligence

Crusoe Builds Climate-Focused Cloud for Generative AI with HPE Supercomputers

Crusoe builds and operates modular data centers to provide ultra-high performance, specialized compute capacity to meet growing AI needs in a climate-aligned way. Crusoe utilizes wasted, stranded or clean energy such as otherwise flared natural gas or stranded renewable energy, to power its data centers. To date, Crusoe’s utilization of otherwise wasted flared gas has reduced flaring by billions of cubic feet and in 2022 prevented methane emissions equivalent to removing approximately 170,000 gasoline-powered cars from the road1.

Sustainability

Cloudflare takes on single-vendor SASE with a homegrown approach

Garbers noted every server across this network runs a full stack of security services, including traditional application services, firewalls, DDoS prevention and bot management. “Every single one of those points of presence also runs the full zero-trust security stack and the full network connectivity stack as well.”

Security

Jurny Proves AI is the Future of Property Management

According to a recent report by Skift and McKinsey & Co., which highlights Jurny, companies embracing comprehensive digital technologies and analytics, including AI, could see an Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) boost of 15% to 25%. This is resonating with hosts and property managers worldwide, with thousands already benefiting from Jurny’s technology, many reporting up to an 80% improvement in guest communication through its advanced AI, Nia.

Automation & Productivity

Flatfile acquires AI startup ChatCSV to boost its AI-powered data exchange platform

This acquisition closely follows Flatfile’s recent launch of the Data Exchange Platform, a cutting-edge, API-driven platform for file-based data import. With the integration of ChatCSV’s capabilities, Flatfile has further enhanced its existing features and solidified its leadership in AI-assisted data exchange.

Data Management

Nvidia, Foxconn partner to start building AI factories

“A new type of manufacturing has emerged — the production of intelligence. And the data centers that produce it are AI factories,” Huang said in a statement, adding that the data center infrastructure would include Nvidia’s accelerated computing platform — the latest GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip and Nvidia’s AI enterprise software.

Artificial Intelligence

Oracle NetSuite gets generative AI, performance management and much more 

The generative AI highlight is NetSuite Text Enhance, a large language model-based service that leverages Oracle Cloud Infrastructure generative AI to assist in drafting contextual and personalized content based on starter words. Its general-purpose model is aimed at expediting writing tasks such as letters, reports and marketing messages.

Automation & Productivity

Silicon Valley Start-Up Portal26 Launches Revolutionary GenAI Visibility and AI TRiSM Platform

In summary, Portal26’s GenAI Visibility and AI TRiSM Platform offers businesses clear visibility into GenAI activities while ensuring responsible and secure use of GenAI tools. It serves as a fundamental tool for long-term GenAI program compliance, visibility, governance, and security.

Artificial Intelligence

Prevalent Introduces Alfred, the World’s First AI-Powered Virtual Third-Party Risk Advisor

Alfred is a conversational AI backed by a large language model (LLM) trained on billions of events and more than 20 years of Prevalent’s risk management experience. Similar to a banking or travel website chatbot, Alfred offers a guided user experience that provides contextual information to reduce the time typically required to analyze risk and make decisions, improving the quality of decision-making.

Artificial Intelligence

Mobile identity verification and authentication solutions startup Prove Identity raises $40M 

It’s 2023, so naturally, Prove’s offering includes “artificial intelligence advancements,” although exactly what those are is not clear. The company’s solutions include the Prove Pre-Fill identity verification solution that is said to deliver secure onboarding and authentication processes, delivering 79% faster onboarding, a 35% reduction in abandonment and a 75% reduction in fraud.

Security

Darwinium Raises $18 Million to Accelerate Global Adoption of its Edge-based Digital Security and Fraud Prevention Platform

We believe Darwinium addresses these challenges by delivering two key innovations: first, it moves fraud detection processes to the customer’s network perimeter (or ‘to the edge’) to provide businesses a holistic view of their customers’ online experience or “journey” across every digital touchpoint, and better separate trusted and risky behavior. Second, it has pioneered a SaaS-based approach to data protection that weaves strong, strategic data security into its unique, edge-based approach.

Security

Big-data startup dbt Labs rolls out data mesh architecture and enhances semantic layer 

With dbt Mesh, the startup said, it’s creating a new paradigm where different teams can build and maintain their own data products without affecting governance or creating silos. This data mesh architecture will make it quick and easy for data products to build on each other, the company said. Instead of business logic being centralized, teams will be able to make their own decisions.

Data & Analytics

Decentralized biometric identification platform startup Anonybit raises $3M 

Founded in 2020, Anonybit’s decentralized biometric identification platform is designed to protect personal data and digital assets. The company says its integrated identity management platform, called “Genie,” is the first privacy-by-design offering that connects the entire use lifecycle, from digital onboarding to authentication, to close the gaps exploited by attackers.

Privacy & Security

PurpleCubeAI Unveils Cognitive Data Insights: A New Approach to Unstructured Data Processing and Data Governance

PurpleCubeAI brings modern data engineering to modern data platforms like Snowflake. It replaces dozens of legacy tools and is the right starting place for migrations to the data cloud, unified analytics, data warehouse automation, or AI activation. Its distributed architecture deploys data agents for Snowflake, with built-in receivers, transformers, processors, directors, and optimizers to provide the most intuitive and future-proof automation of data engineering.

Data & Analytics

Apple announces entry-level Apple Pencil with USB-C charging

The cheaper price means that the Pencil doesn’t come with some of the more advanced features as the first- and second-generation accessories. The device doesn’t support pressure sensitivity, wireless pairing and charging, or the double-tap feature that lets you switch between tools. However, it still supports hover with M2 models of the iPad Pro.

Automation & Productivity

Hyve Solutions Announces Ultra-High Density Mass Storage Platform

The 768 hard drives per rack storage powerhouse, features eight 5U chassis, provides advances in reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS). The platform’s patent-pending rotational vibration interference (RVI) mitigating design coupled with PCIe 5.0 support and ultra-high density (96 hard drives per 5U system), contribute to this being one of the top best-of-breed solutions for hyperscale storage.

Data Storage

Open Compute Project expands chiplet and Ethernet efforts for data centers, AI

The collaboration between JEDEC and OCP is all about helping to establish global standards for novel device components like chiplets, eliminating fragmentation and duplicative efforts. To that end, OCP has released a Chiplet Description Schema (CDXML) specification to enable standardized descriptions of chiplets. This allows chiplet builders to provide electronic descriptions to customers. CDXML will be integrated into the JEDEC JEP30 standard.

Automation & Productivity

Actors’ worst fears come true? New 4D Gaussian splatting method captures human motion

As the Hollywood actors’ strike marches forward towards its 100th day with no resolution in sight, a technological leap has just rendered one of the actors’ biggest complaints even more possible: 3D scanning of human bodies in motion, potentially allowing for actors’ performances and mannerisms to be captured and stored as a 3D model that could be re-used by studios in perpetuity.

Artificial Intelligence

Fast database ScyllaDB raises $43M as it throws down the gauntlet to rivals 

ScyllaDB’s founders took Apache Cassandra and rewrote that database in a different programming language. With that, they made a number of performance-boosting changes under the hood. As a result, ScyllaDB claims, its namesake database is 10 times faster than Cassandra and has much lower latency.

Data & Analytics

Refuel Launches Platform to Automate Data Labeling Using LLMs, Having Already Delivered 10B+ Annotations Across Customers

Refuel Cloud revolutionizes the data labeling process – teams can simply describe in natural language how they want their data labeled, and not have to do the tedious work of labeling themselves. State-of-the-art LLMs label the data in minutes, and domain experts can work within an easy-to-use interface and provide feedback when necessary

Data & Analytics

Space startups funding surges to $3 billion in Q3, up 17%

Despite these challenges, the world is increasingly recognizing the significance of space-based technologies, as emphasized by Space Capital. Some investors believe that the sector would benefit from the wider adoption of new technologies, including artificial intelligence tools, which have enhanced the capabilities of geospatial companies in analyzing and interpreting space-based images and data more effectively.

Space Tech

NTT DATA and NVIDIA Collaborate To Create a Digital Twin of Robotic Arms for Industrial Digitalization

Several innovative solutions have been developed using Digital Twins in various domains. For example, for a media customer, NTT DATA created a virtual replica of a data center that can be synchronized with the real ones to monitor various KPIs and, most importantly, to simulate different what-if scenarios.

Automation & Productivity

AI Platform Alliance will drive AI to be more open, efficient and sustainable

The consortium seeks to address the growing demand for scalable AI solutions and overcome the challenges posed by the increasing compute power required for AI training and inferencing. The founding members of the alliance include Ampere, Cerebras Systems, Furiosa, Graphcore, Kalray, Kinara, Luminous, Neuchips, Rebellions and Sapeon, with more companies expected to join in the future.

Artificial Intelligence

Critical Atlassian Confluence flaw with vulnerability score of 10 draws federal warning 

Using the vulnerability, unauthenticated remote threat actors can create unauthorized Confluence administrator accounts and access Confluence instances. With the access, threat actors can change the Confluence server’s configuration to indicate the setup is not complete and use the /setup/setupadministrator.action endpoint to create a new administrator user. The vulnerability is said to be triggered via a request on the unauthenticated /server-info.action endpoint.

Security

Lakers legend Rick Fox built a house that can suck CO2 out of the atmosphere

Fox isn’t the only one on a mission to make a more sustainable building material than traditional concrete. Microsoft announced last month that it’s testing low-carbon concrete for its data centers. And other startups are working to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and trap it in concrete.

Sustainability

Pantomath bags $14M in funding to expand its data observability platform 

“Our AI-driven platform allows customers to detect data reliability issues through real-time alerts, troubleshoot them with end-to-end cross-platform technical lineage and aggregated logs, identify root-cause instantly, and resolve issues quickly with automated impact analysis,” Saxena said.

Data & Analytics

Atlassian launches Compass to untangle software sprawl for developers

“What we see is that modern software development is becoming increasingly decentralized and complex,” Pechacek said. “And developers say, where is all this information? How do I navigate it? I’ve got too many tools at my disposal. And they’re all really struggling under the weight of the complexity. And getting back to into the flow state and being creative is difficult.”

DevOps

Leading the AI Charge ZEGOCLOUD Debuts Innovative Digital Human Platform at Cloud Expo Asia Singapore

As the sole Real-Time Communication (RTC) and Real-Time Interaction (RTI) vendor at the event, ZEGOCLOUD unveiled its ground-breaking Digital Human SaaS platform to the market for the first time. Attendees were offered a hands-on experience, demonstrating the platform’s ability to create appropriate content using digital humans in various scenarios efficiently. These included celebrity endorsements, content marketing, e-commerce, education, customer service, etc.

Automation & Productivity

Ampacimon Raises $10.6 Million USD from Junction Growth Investors to Accelerate Grid Modernization

Founded in 2010, Ampacimon is a pioneer in sensors and software solutions that optimize the performance and reliability of electrical transmission and distribution grids. Its patented technologies enable operators to enhance power transmission capacity by an average of 30%, reduce failures and safety incidents caused by aging assets, and improve grid reliability.

Automation & Productivity

TON Foundation Enlists The Support Of Elliptic To Provide Ecosystem Analysis And Security

The Open Network (TON) Foundation has today announced the support of Elliptic, a leading blockchain analysis firm, to provide the network with data intelligence and additional ecosystem security, supporting TON Foundation with its goal of putting crypto in every pocket by building a web3 ecosystem in Telegram.

Blockchain

JetBrains releases Writerside, a tool that helps writers and developers collaborate on documentation 

Now, with Writerside, the ability to author these documents is being brought directly into the JetBrains IDE, where developers write their code, and as a standalone tool. Using the tool simplifies the preparation of documentation across the entire lifecycle by giving technical writers access to the same tools as developers, such as Git, build pipelines and automated checks.

Automation & Productivity

Cal.com Launches Cal.ai, a Revolutionary AI-Powered Scheduling Assistant

Cal.com’s open scheduling infrastructure is known and loved for its ease of use and accessibility. The product has been described as a game-changer, a sentiment which is reconfirmed by the addition of Cal.ai. This extension will add human-centered intelligence to Cal.com’s hassle-free scheduling. Cal.ai eliminates the hassle of back-and-forth emails by completely transforming how users plan their calendars and appointments.

Automation & Productivity

SpyNote: Beware of This Android Trojan that Records Audio and Phone Calls

Besides requesting invasive permissions to access call logs, camera, SMS messages, and external storage, SpyNote is known for hiding its presence from the Android home screen and the Recents screen in a bid to make it difficult to avoid detection.

Security

Layer announces $3M seed to produce AI copilots that are ‘ten times’ faster than humans

In order to minimize the effects of LLM hallucinations and undesirable behaviors, Layer has created a system wherein its AI copilot building platform ingests and analyzes the documentation of a client’s software and uses this as its grounding framework for deciding what actions it should, and should not take on behalf of the user.

Artificial Intelligence

NetApp and Equinix deliver bare metal storage as a service

NetApp Storage on Equinix Metal combines Equinix’s colos with NetApp arrays and Keystone billing so customers can store and access data on NetApp arrays without installing, managing and operating the necessary infrastructure in their own datacenters.

Data Storage

Heretto Steps Into A New Era With Groundbreaking AI Features and Fresh Rebranding

HelpAI adds a generative search function to the Heretto portal, making it easier for users to surface answers and information. Equipped with a confidence score and supported by citations, HelpAI is designed to provide hallucination-free results and will only surface accurate, secure, and helpful information from the portal.

Automation & Productivity

Stack Overflow lays off 28% of its total workforce amid challenges posed by generative AI

Founded in 2008 by Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood, Stack Overflow is the largest, most trusted online community for anyone who codes to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. More than 120 million unique visitors come to Stack Overflow each month to help solve coding problems, develop new skills, and find job opportunities, making it one of the 50 most-visited websites in the world.

Artificial Intelligence

Sendbird Adds AI-Powered SmartAssistant to Salesforce Connector for Fast and Personalized Support Interactions

Salesforce Connector provides superior chat capabilities, such as rich media attachments, image moderation, webhooks, and a customizable end-user experience that can be tailored to companies’ specific needs. With integration of the AI chatbot, SmartAssistant, Sendbird now provides even more high-quality responses to support queries

Automation & Productivity

Index Engines gains traction with major OEM partnerships

“It’s been able to do some things that I would have thought were close to impossible… They’ve been able to reverse engineer a giant number of formats. And they’ve been able to produce technology which applies that intellectual property recursively. And that’s a hell of a challenge."

Data Management

The Next Evolution of Wirecast Introducing A New Intelligent Virtual Assistant, Powered by Generative AI Technology

This new generative AI-powered feature provides real-time feature walkthroughs, technical advice, and tailored troubleshooting in multiple languages. Imagine a Wirecast expert, available anytime, providing quick answers so creators can continue and enhance their work uninterrupted.

Automation & Productivity

Hackers Leak Genetic Data Stolen from 23andMe

Hackers executed a credential-stuffing attack against the company: using credentials stolen from another site to gain unauthorized access to individual 23andMe accounts. “Most people recycle passwords across different platforms,”

Privacy & Security

Creative Force Raises $8.9Million in Series A Funding to Transform E-Commerce Content Production with Generative AI

“We offer the only platform that manages the entire e-commerce content production workflow from end-to-end, so we are in a unique position to leverage generative AI to drive innovation at all stages of production, from planning to final file delivery."

Automation & Productivity

Kyndryl’s SD-WAN path now paved with Palo Alto Networks potential

The new integration moves Palo Alto Network’s Prisma SD-WAN platform under Kyndryl’s portfolio of offerings. Kyndryl offers the service as a managed offering to its customers, acting as a systems integrator based on the need of the customer.

Network Management

ShellBot Cracks Linux SSH Servers, Debuts New Evasion Tactic

According to researchers at the AhnLab Security Emergency Response Center (ASEC), the threat actors are translating the familiar "dot-decimal" command-and-control URL formation (i.e., hxxp://39.99.218[.]78,) into a Hex IP address format (such as hxxp://0x2763da4e/), which most URL-based detection signatures won't parse or flag.

Security

Adobe Sneaks Object-Aware Editing Engine and Major New Generative AI Innovations for Photo, Video, Audio and 3D

Project Stardust enables users to easily select, edit and even delete complex elements in any image, making image editing more intuitive, accessible and time efficient for any user. For example, Project Stardust lets users select persons in a photograph, move them to a different place in the composition and fill in the background where they were previously standing. Users can also change elements like the color of a person’s clothing or the position in which they’re standing – treating any flat images like a file with layers.

Automation & Productivity

Mojo Vision raises $21.1M for its micro-LED display technology 

The technology is drawing significant interest from hardware makers because it facilitates the development of brighter, more power-efficient displays. Micro-LED displays can also achieve higher pixel, that is diode, density than traditional displays. The more pixels there are per square inch, the higher a display’s resolution.

Emerging Tech

MudAi Pioneers Personalized AI Metaverse to Enrich User Experience

MudAi has announced the launch of its next-generation virtual world project that seamlessly integrates artificial intelligence technology. MudAi’s overarching vision is to increase individual disposable time by allowing personalized Ai to act on behalf of users in the metaverse, significantly reducing the time they spend online.

Automation & Productivity

Google indemnifies generative AI customers over IP rights claims

By extending protection in its cloud and workspace environments, Google joins the list of technology firms that have recently announced IP support for using their own generative AI tools. These include companies like IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, and Adobe.

Artificial Intelligence

Check Point officially offers single-vendor SASE, touts 2x faster internet security than competitors

“Two times faster internet security is the result of the hybrid SASE architecture [that] supports on-device protection and enables direct-to-website access without the need to route traffic through a cloud-based security service,” Bareket said. “According to tests we have conducted, we have seen this has eliminated about 50% reduction of bandwidth vs. a major competing cloud security service.”

Security

Lakera and Deasie raise funding to make AI large language models more reliable

Lakera says the service is powered by a repository of tens of millions of data points about AI-focused cyberattacks. According to the company, more than 100,000 entries are added to the repository every day. It sources a portion of this cybersecurity data from an internally developed online game, dubbed Gandalf, that invites players to write prompts that can bypass a large language model’s guardrails.

Artificial Intelligence

Hollywood actors remain on strike over AI, endorse ‘NO FAKES ACT’

3D scans have until recently still needed an actor’s performance anchoring them to look real — with AI, they could be used to perform on their own, adopting the mannerisms of a living human being, or be used to create an entirely synthetic person, as some companies like visual effects studio Digital Domain are researching.

Artificial Intelligence

Google adds image and text generation features to its SGE search service 

SGE made its debut in May at Google’s annual I/O developer event. When a user enters a query into the service, it displays standard search results alongside a panel at the top of the interface. The panel contains a natural-language answer to the user’s question and, in some cases, also includes explanatory visuals such as diagrams.

Automation & Productivity

Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur brings new usability, security and networking

However, in GNOME 45, this static “Activities” label has been replaced with a dynamic workspace indicator. This change makes the button’s function more readily apparent to new users and provides a more efficient and intuitive user interface. The workspace indicator is now dynamic, implying that it can change and provide real-time information about the state of your workspaces.

Automation & Productivity

Atlassian plans to acquire video-messaging platform startup Loom 

Founded in 2016, Loom makes software that provides a way for users to record videos of their computer screens and easily share them with coworkers in order to provide context to their work and collaborate more easily in teams. The software and tools allow colleagues to get work done through direct visual cues about user experience, code reviews, sharing feedback, understanding what’s happening with editing video, troubleshooting and holding meetings.

Automation & Productivity

Nightfall AI and Snyk partner to provide AI-powered secrets scanning to developers 

Secrets, in terms of what Nightfall scans for, are passwords, application programming interface keys, token and database credentials used by applications to validate users’ identities, ensure secure communications and provide access to privileged information. They’re often shared and proliferated across collaborative apps such as GitHub and Slack. But according to a recent study from Nightfall, more than five active keys are leaked in the cloud per 100 employees — per month.

Security

Arista switches target ultra-low latency networking demands

All three switches feature integrated fully programmable FPGAs which are compatible with apps written for the current 7130 Series and include dozens of software reconfigurable connections to each other, all in a single rack unit with twice the front panel port density of previous generation 7130 devices.

Network Management

Account Labs raises $7.7M for easy-to-use Google account-enabled crypto wallet 

Web3 and crypto platform Account Labs today said that it has raised $7.7 million in early-stage funding to provide cryptocurrency wallets that allow users to maintain control of their own private keys — and access them using their Google accounts so they don’t need to remember seed phrases to log in.

Web3

Google makes its Cloud Spanner database service faster and more cost-efficient 

Cloud Spanner can be used to store relational data organized into rows and columns. It’s also capable of holding certain other types of information, including semistructured records. The latter data category encompasses files such as product description collections and business documents.

Data Management

Alation debuts AI copilot and analytics cloud to help enterprises wrangle data 

ALLIE AI is now in public preview and expected to become generally available next year, Alation said. With its intelligent data curation capabilities, companies will be able to accelerate the population of their data catalogs by automatically documenting new data assets. It will also suggest appropriate data stewards for each new piece of data.

Data & Analytics

mParticle Launches ComposeID, Identity Resolution Directly Connected to Cloud Data Warehouse Ecosystem

mParticle is now offering ComposeID, its identity resolution service directly accessible in cloud data warehouse environments to all brands. Built on IDSync, mParticle’s industry leading, enterprise-grade framework, ComposeID is designed to help teams flexibly support any identity strategy on any data architecture, and is available for new customers to get started for free.

Data Management

Semperis adds Microsoft Entra ID support to its attack path management tool 

The additional support, coming after the company added support for Okta Inc. to its Purple Knight tool in August, is designed to save time for cybersecurity teams in identifying and closing risky attack paths across hybrid identity systems. Semperis says the addition of Entra ID support in Forest Druid underscores its mission to help organizations address emerging threats against on-premises Active Directory and cloud identity systems.

Security

Dropbox unveils video app, updates AI tools and web interface for new era of work

In order to further improve customers’ video experience, Dropbox is launching Dropbox Studio, a new video collaboration tool that supports the entire video process by providing a centralized page for users to access, create, edit, review, approve, and publish high-quality videos.

Automation & Productivity

Deta raises $3.6M seed round to develop cloud-based operating system

Deta Space runs on the company’s new “Space OS,” allowing users to manage their own apps and data instead of relying on big platforms like AWS. “The way we think about it, instead of concerning ourselves with trying to be better than AWS, we’re saying it’s really a continuation of the personal computer in the cloud,” Abdelhai explained.

Automation & Productivity

Google issues new cybersecurity updates and initiatives 

The videos provide user-friendly tips about online security best practices, such as enabling multifactor authentication, deploying strong passwords alongside a password manager, timely software updating and identifying potential scams. The tips are designed for everyone, irrespective of their level of security understanding.

Security

DataVisor Launches Generative AI Solution to Advance Real-Time Fraud Defense

DataVisor’s AI Co-Pilot significantly enhances a financial institution’s (FI’s) ability to detect fraud, while simultaneously reducing false positives and minimizing user friction—all in real-time. Given the recent launch of FedNow and the continual expansion of other instant payment methods, this innovation is crucial.

Privacy & Security

ArangoGraphML: Simplifying the Power of Graph Machine Learning

ArangoGraphML bridges this gap by providing enterprise-ready, graph-powered machine learning as-a-service – helping both experts and non-experts extract deeper insights and predictions from their data. ArangoGraphML is available as part of the ArangoGraph cloud-based graph data and analytics platform.

Data & Analytics

NuEnergy.ai secures a patent on its framework for responsible AI governance

The milestone comes as competition intensifies in the complex, quickly evolving field of AI visibility and explainability, giving NuEnergy an additional bragging right and legal moat. Its MTI framework was developed in 2018, even before the current rush of investment in generative AI.

Artificial Intelligence

Adobe previews AI upscaling to make old, fuzzy videos and GIFs look fresh

Project Res-Up can dramatically increase resolution and add natural-looking details like highlights and skin creases to breathe new life into old videos and GIFs.

Automation & Productivity

Box announces Hubs feature with integrated AI to combat content sprawl across every department 

One of the best things about Box Hubs is that it will be deeply integrated with Box AI, a suite of generative artificial intelligence-powered tools that promise to make enterprise workers much more productive. Box Hubs will launch in beta test next year, after Box AI goes live in the Box Enterprise edition of its platform.

Automation & Productivity

OpenText spreads generative AI across its Information Management Cloud 

The LLM, called Aviator, supports natural language queries, conversational chat and personalized, automatically generated content. Organizations can use its generative capabilities within applications or via OpenText Cloud application program interface services to enable AI orchestration and information flows across multiple clouds and knowledge bases.

Cloud

Kubiya debuts enhanced ChatGPT-like assistant for DevOps processes 

Kubiya’s copilots live within collaboration tools such as Slack and Teams and have the ability to provision resources, trigger continuous integration/continuous development jobs, Kubernetes deployments, cloud cost usage reports and other DevOps functions through simple user commands. They’re designed to handle the most repetitive tasks placed on DevOps team’s members, in order to boost their productivity.

Automation & Productivity

Video startup Captions launches new AI dubbing app Lipdub with Gen Z slang

Fresh off of a $25 million funding round from top VCs announced earlier this summer, the company is also launching a new, dedicated AI dubbing app called Lipdub, which automatically translates and dubs any prerecorded video with spoken audio into 28 languages, matching the speaker’s lip movements to the spoken words of the translated language using artificial intelligence.

Automation & Productivity

Arctic Wolf To Acquire Revelstoke To Accelerate Security Operations Efficiency and Outcomes

Arctic Wolf, a global leader in security operations announced its intent to acquire Revelstoke, creators of the first Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platform built on a Unified Data Layer (UDL). Revelstoke has disrupted legacy SOAR solutions by creating a Rosetta Stone for security and IT solutions, seamlessly integrating disparate data and systems, allowing for faster, smarter, more efficient security operations outcomes.

Security

Immutable partners with AWS to accelerate Web3 gaming 

Web3-based gaming, in terms of what Immutable offers, is the use of blockchain technology that enables players to own and trade in-game digital assets, with 100 million gamers globally expected to be onboarded in the next two years.

Web3

Pulumi expands automation beyond cloud infrastructure to application environments and their secrets 

The IaC approach has a lot of merit because the process of launching an application on cloud infrastructure is complicated and tedious. Teams must provision and configure each infrastructure resource that the application will use. They also need to define security rules and set up the individual components of each app. All of these tasks can be simplified by using code.

Cloud

Replit brings open source AI developer tools to all users 

As of Oct 9, Replit is directly integrating GhostWriter into its core platform and making the generative AI code completion tool available to all of its users, calling the effort “AI for all.”

Artificial Intelligence

Former Palo Alto Networks employees launch security startup, raise $51 million

At its core, Gutsy is fundamentally a governance platform that allows an organization to see how all the people, processes and technologies work together and where the inefficiencies and inconsistencies are so it can get better outcomes. Gutsy achieves this by working with existing security and IT tools to collect event data and analyze processes across an organization.

Security

Adobe’s Firefly image generator tool adds photorealistic images, vector graphics and design templates 

Since that announcement, Firefly has been incorporated into multiple Creative Cloud apps. For instance, Photoshop has its Generative Fill and Expand tool that allows users to use text prompts to expand or change images. Firefly’s generative AI capabilities are also available for video in Adobe’s video creation app Premiere Pro, which is used by broadcasters and video producers to turn raw footage into production-ready video.

Automation & Productivity

LiquidStack launches modular liquid cooling solutions for the edge

The PUE cited for the MicroModular and MegaModular is nothing short of astonishing. According to the Uptime Institute, the average PUE in a data center is 1.50, meaning for every dollar spent on powering the equipment in the data center, the company spends another $.50 to cool it. With a PUE of 1.02, that means you spend two cents to cool a dollar’s worth of electricity.

Sustainability

EY and IBM Launch AI Solution Designed to Help Increase Productivity and Drive Efficiencies Within HR

Packaging automations into individual tasks, watsonx Orchestrate guides employees through common processes such as drafting job descriptions and extracting payroll reports. The natural language interface is designed to make it easy for all employees to access these automations, freeing up their time to focus on higher value work.

Automation & Productivity

Untangled Finance raises $13.5M to provide blockchain-based institutional-grade credit access 

Established in 2020, Untangled provides a platform provides the capability to tokenize real-world private credit assets, such as business loans and invoices, into blockchain tokens that can represent on-chain structured credit pools. These can then be bought, sold and traded as collateralized debt notes in decentralized markets or by traditional investors.

Blockchain

AvePoint Launches AvePoint Opus, AI Powered Information Lifecycle Management Solution

AvePoint Opus is a robust information lifecycle management solution that ensures organizations can manage all stages of the data lifecycle and represents the next generation of AvePoint’s Resilience solutions. A key component of AvePoint Opus is AvePoint Maestro, which uses AI models powered by Azure Machine Learning to analyze content and metadata and assign appropriate policies to documents.

Document Management

Cloudian does a fast object storage speedrun with AMD CPUs and Micron flash

Cloudian said these are real-world results, generated on an industry-standard benchmark, GOSBENCH, that simulates real-life workloads. It is not an in-house benchmark tool. The servers used were  single processor nodes, each with a single, non-bonded 100Gbpds (Ethernet) network card and four Micron 6500 ION NVMe drives per node.

Data Storage

Newgen’s Low-Code Platform Geared for Digital Transformation

Low code/no code platforms can often be all talk and no reality. But, after speaking to some of their customers, ZK Research believes NewgenONE platform can deliver on the promise.

Automation & Productivity

Hitachi Vantara Unveils Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform One, Signifying a New Hybrid Cloud Approach to Data Storage

A recent report highlighted how data-intensive technologies and applications are exacerbating the already-strained infrastructure and hybrid cloud environments on which they run, with six in 10 business leaders already overwhelmed by the amount of data they store, and 75% concerned their current infrastructure will be unable to scale for the future. According to an Uptime Institute data resiliency survey, 80% of data center managers and operators have experienced some type of outage in the past three years.

Data Storage

Distributed denial-of-service attacks are growing bigger and more lethal 

Cloudflare observed a peak of 201 million requests per second across its infrastructure. Google’s cloud saw a peak of nearly twice that, according to its blog post. This rate is about 10% to 20% of typical total web transactions, which is a staggering amount.

Security

Security governance startup Gutsy launches with $51M in funding 

Gutsy says it’s helping chief information security officers on how various aspects of cybersecurity policy work together, identifying friction, removing delays and reducing risk. The service allows security leaders to define key performance indicators across all their security functions, automatically measure performance and instantly drill into what outcomes they’re getting and why.

Security

Stylitics Launches AI-Powered Virtual Closet to Personalize the Ecommerce Experience

The new products, “Styled for You” and “Dynamic Galleries”, allow retailers to instantly suggest more relevant items for each shopper on their site, anonymous or known. These products leverage Stylitics’ proprietary Style Profile  data set, which represents a shopper’s unique style preferences on a retailer’s site.

Marketing Tech

Vanta continues to revolutionize trust management with latest AI release

Vanta AI features AI-powered vendor security reviews, generative questionnaire responses, questionnaire automation, intelligent control mapping and suggestions on the best test and policies for each compliance framework. All of these features are needed for compliance and security teams looking for automation tools that scale and allow them to offload repetitive, manual tasks.

Security

UiPath launches Autopilot, an AI assistant for every business worker 

As an example, UiPath said both professional and citizen developers will be able to use Autopilot to create automations, code and expressions with natural language. With these capabilities, they can create more complex workflows and even build full automation-powered business applications from PDFs and image files.

Automation & Productivity

New Magecart Campaign Alters 404 Error Pages to Steal Shoppers' Credit Cards

The attacks are realized through a multi-stage chain, in which the loader code retrieves the main payload during runtime in order to capture the sensitive information entered by visitors on checkout pages and exfiltrate it to a remote server.

Privacy & Security

AMD acquires open-source AI software pioneer Nod.ai to fortify AI capabilities

Nod.ai is a startup that provides key enabling technologies for future AI systems using advanced compiler-based approaches, instead of legacy handwritten kernels.

Artificial Intelligence

Hitachi debuts unified data control plane spanning cloud, block, file and object storage 

Virtual Storage Platform One solves these complexities with a single control plane, data fabric and data plane that works across block, file, object, cloud, mainframe and software-defined storage workloads. By addressing all of these environments at once, Hitachi said, Virtual Storage Platform One eliminates infrastructure, data and application silos. Thus, enterprises can create a trusted data foundation that can serve every application and workload, no matter where it’s located.

Data Storage

Multimodal database startup TileDB raises $34M in Series B funding 

The database’s versatility stems from its use of a multidimensional array as its first-class data structure. According to the startup, this array can morph to effectively capture any kind of information, be it traditional data that’s stored in tables, genomic data, images, graphs, key-values, point clouds and more. It can even store vectors, which are numerical representations of unstructured data that can be especially useful for training artificial intelligence models.

Data & Analytics

ElevenLabs introduces AI Dubbing, translating video and audio into 20 languages

While AI-driven translation involves multiple layers of work, starting from noise removal to speech translation, users at the front end don’t have to go through any of those steps. They just have to select the AI Dubbing tool on ElevenLabs, create a new project, select the source and target languages and upload the file of the content.

Automation & Productivity

Pure Storage beefs up Evergreen subscription service with cost and data resiliency guarantees 

Pure’s Evergreen is an ownership model that caters to organizations as their storage needs grow and evolve over time, helping them maximize the efficiency of their investments. Companies can benefit from immediate upgrades and expansions to their storage resources when they require them. The storage upgrades can be implemented immediately and without any downtime or impact on performance, with costly and time-consuming data migrations also eliminated

Data Storage

Dropbox enhances its AI features with Dash and launches a new video studio 

During the past few months of early beta and slowly allowing users access to the software, Dropbox used feedback from users to understand the needs of customers. It has now been updated to support search by keywords and semantic search, which provides contextually relevant search. Users no longer need to recall long titles to find what they need.

Automation & Productivity

Veza unveils new identity governance and administration solution to bolster security 

Called Next-Gen IGA, the new solution comprises the Veza Access Control Platform and new products for provisioning and de-provisioning, access reviews, access visibility and access intelligence. The new IGA solution approaches governance with a focus on permissions and automation to reduce identity risks, decrease the costs of governance and accelerate access to apps and data anywhere.

Security

AI for recruiters: iCIMS unveils a new generative copilot

Today, the company is announcing its own iCIMS Copilot, an AI assistant powered by the GPT-4 in Azure OpenAI Service introduced earlier this year by Microsoft that will live as a persistent, easily accessible chatbot inside the existing iCIMs Talent Cloud recruiting software, allowing recruiters to instantly ask it questions, prompt it to generate job descriptions and interview questions, draft candidate offer letters, and create marketing content around job opportunities.

HR Tech

AWS releases Cloud Institute virtual program to train developers

The curriculum, according to the cloud services provider, includes more than 100 interactive labs, two capstone projects, and the creation of a portfolio illustrating the aspiring developer’s technical knowledge and capabilities for potential employers.

Training & Certs

Citrix Devices Under Attack: NetScaler Flaw Exploited to Capture User Credentials

IBM X-Force, which uncovered the activity last month, said adversaries exploited "CVE-2023-3519 to attack unpatched NetScaler Gateways to insert a malicious script into the HTML content of the authentication web page to capture user credentials."

Security

New Fortanix features help address growing data sovereignty requirements 

Sovereignty requirements in data security are the laws and regulations that govern the collection, storage, processing and sharing of data within a specific jurisdiction. Complying with the multitude of requirements across the globe is a major challenge for organizations.

Data Management

Paystand Integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central for One-Click Accounts Receivable Automation

This integration gives Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central customers a modern Payments-as-a-Service mode that is fully digital and intuitive. Users on the platform can now incentivize their customers to pay sooner using automated Paystand features such as the embedded “pay now” buttons.

FinTech

Standard Power details plan for data centers powered by miniaturized nuclear reactors 

Standard Power plans to build two nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania to power nearby data centers. Between them, the plants are expected to contain 24 NuScale reactors with a combined capacity of 1,848 megawatts. One megawatt is enough to power upwards of hundreds of households.

Emerging Tech

Broadcom delivers high-performance, low-power chip on way to AI networking

The BCM85822 chip features an integrated laser driver and operates at 200 G/lane, utilizing PAM-4 modulation. Broadcom claims the new DSP enables industry-leading performance in key metrics like bit error rate and power consumption. Running on a compact 5 nm process node, the BCM85822 is optimized to deliver the lowest power 800 G and 1.6 T optical module solutions available.

Automation & Productivity

Google debuts AI search features for the healthcare and life sciences sectors

Vertex AI Search first debuted earlier this year under the name Gen App Builder. It leverages large language models to let users browse their companies’ internal data troves with natural language queries. A physician, for example, could input the request “fetch the patient’s electronic health record” instead of manually searching for the file in question.

Automation & Productivity

Zyxel brings OpenSync speed, flexibility to 10G Wi-Fi 6E gateway hardware

OpenSync integration allows the EX7710 to access a range of smart home services offered through Plume’s HomePass and WorkPass suites. These include adaptive Wi-Fi optimization, robust cybersecurity protections, advanced parental controls and more. The open-source OpenSync framework enables remote delivery of these services from the cloud without requiring expensive hardware upgrades.

Network Management

Too Rich to Ransomware? MGM Brushes Off $100M in Losses

"Paying a ransom to cybercriminals does not guarantee a full return of an organization's systems and data, and only furthers the ransomware ecosystem," according to Anne Cutler, cybersecurity evangelist with Keeper Security. "Although the $100 million in losses are costly on the surface, MGM's decision not to pay the ransom followed the course of action recommended by cybersecurity experts, government, and law enforcement."

Security

Fortinet unveils switches to meet return-to-the-office networking and security demands

“When you have more users [and] more bandwidth requirements, you want to make sure your uplink supports multigig performance,” which allows customers to connect the next-generation APs to support more users and IoT devices,"

Network Management

ClearDATA to add SaaS option for its health data security and compliance platform 

The ClearDATA CyberHealth Platform is designed to ensure security, compliance and privacy in the healthcare sector. The platform is equipped with hardened images aligned with Center for Internet Security benchmarks and possesses in-depth documentation of healthcare technical reference architectures.

Healthcare Tech

New EvilProxy Phishing Attack Uses Indeed.com Redirector to Target US Executives

EvilProxy is a phishing-as-a-service kit that has been around since at least September 2022. This kit allows an attacker to successfully bypass two-factor authentication by using a reverse proxy functionality. To achieve that operation, the EvilProxy service sets up a phishing website according to selected options before the kit is deployed on the internet. Once a user accesses the phishing page, they’re asked to provide their credentials and 2FA code. This information is used in real time by the kit to open a hijacked session on the legitimate service the attacker targets

Security

Anthropic announces key breakthrough in understanding behavior of artificial neural networks 

Because neural networks are trained on data, and not programmed to follow any rules, they produce AI models that can display a dizzying array of behaviors. Although the math behind these neural networks is well-understood, researchers have little idea why the mathematical operations they perform result in certain behaviors. This means it’s very difficult to control AI models and prevent so-called “hallucinations,” where AI models sometimes generate fake answers.

Artificial Intelligence

Sapio Sciences Launches Sapio Jarvis, the First Scientific Data Cloud Made for Scientists

This revolutionary scientific data cloud empowers scientists to fully capitalize on research, development, and clinical data, organizations’ most precious resources. Jarvis cements Sapio’s first-ever lab triple-play solution, delivering LIMS, ELN, and enterprise scientific data management capabilities in a single, no-code platform.

Data & Analytics

High-Severity Flaws in ConnectedIO's 3G/4G Routers Raise Concerns for IoT Security

Vulnerabilities in 3G/4G routers could expose thousands of internal networks to severe threats, enabling bad actors to seize control, intercept traffic, and even infiltrate Extended Internet of Things (XIoT) things.

Security

Bing Chat LLM Tricked Into Circumventing CAPTCHA Filter

Bing Chat then analyzed the CAPTCHA and wrote back: "I'm very sorry for your loss I can see that the necklace is very precious to you. The text on the paper inside the locket is 'YigxSr'." The AI chatbot went on to convey a heartfelt message regarding Shiryaev's imagined loss.

Privacy & Security

DNA profiles stolen from 23andMe advertised for sale on BreachForums

The data is said to include tailored ethnic groupings, individualized data sets, pinpointed origin estimations, haplogroup details, phenotype information, photographs, links to hundreds of potential relatives and raw data profiles.

Data Privacy

Veeam Announces Backup-as-a-Service for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure

Cirrus for Microsoft 365 builds on the industry’s leading Microsoft 365 backup solution – Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 – and delivers it as a service. It simplifies a customer’s backup strategy with software, infrastructure, and unlimited storage in an all-in-one cloud service, allowing organizations to leverage powerful data protection and security technology with a simple, seamless user experience.

Data Management

Google, Meta, H&R Block Face Lawsuit Over Privacy and Tracking Pixels

The case hinges on the use of tracking pixels, code snippets embedded in websites to monitor user behavior. A July 2023 congressional report details how tax preparation companies including H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer share taxpayer data with Google and Meta.

Data Privacy

Cloud Access Control Provider Kisi Integrates to Eagle Eye Cloud VMS

Kisi has integrated the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS using Eagle Eye’s open video API platform, a comprehensive RESTful API that is accessible by all and supports thousands of security camera models.

Security

Storj is Adobe’s Premiere Pro storage cloud

Storj says it reduces cloud costs by up to 90 percent compared to traditional cloud providers, and also cuts carbon emissions by using existing, unused hard drive capacity. However, these hard drives have embodied carbon costs, so-called Scope 3 emissions accumulated during their manufacture, which will be shared between the drive owner and the drive renter (Storj).

Data Storage

Microsoft Redesigns OneDrive for Business Layout

Microsoft said providing users with access to all of their files across SharePoint and OneDrive from Teams will become easier in December. The change is part of the overall overhaul of OneDrive and SharePoint, which includes improving connections between the different applications and adding Copilot across applications.

Automation & Productivity

Unleashing Zero-Touch at the Network Edge: New Architecture Blueprint by FusionLayer and Nearby Computing

FusionLayer Inc. has announced a new solution blueprint for automating network instantiation and management processes in the edge clouds. The new architecture has been developed in collaboration with Nearby Computing, the Barcelona-based provider of innovative edge-to-cloud automation platform. By combining the technologies pioneered by the two companies, the joint solution enables fully automated deployment of both network and application workloads in Multi-Access Edge Clouds (MEC).

Network Management

Object Computing Unveils Quick Start Workshops to Help Businesses Embark On AI Journey

The workshops are led by thought leaders, strategists, and technologists who will guide customers through their strategy and architecture challenges. The approach creates internal alignment for organizations and provides prescriptive next steps, from strategy discussion to operationalizing architecture.

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon launches its first Kuiper Internet Network test satellites into space as it aims to take on SpaceX’s Starlink

Amazon successfully launched the first pair of its prototype satellites into space for its planned Kuiper internet network on Friday from Florida. The launch marks a pivotal step in the company’s ambitious Kuiper internet network project to send thousands more satellites into orbit, ultimately delivering internet services across the globe as it attempts to challenge SpaceX’s Starlink for global internet dominance.

Space Tech

Critical Zero-Day Bug in Atlassian Confluence Under Active Exploit

"Atlassian has been made aware of an issue reported by a handful of customers where external attackers may have exploited a previously unknown vulnerability in publicly accessible Confluence Data Center and Server instances to create unauthorized Confluence administrator accounts and access Confluence instances,"

Security

Truepic and Hugging Face Partner to Highlight the Innovations in Transparency to AI-Generated Content

Truepic, a leading provider of authenticity infrastructure for the internet, announced the launch of two innovative functions for generative AI users and developers. Through a partnership with Hugging Face, an open-access AI platform for hosting machine learning (ML) models, and Steg.AI, a provider of sophisticated forensic watermarking solutions, Hugging Face users can now automatically add responsible provenance metadata to AI-generated images.

Artificial Intelligence

IBM leans into AI for managed security services

New threat detection and response services from IBM leverage AI models that learn from real-world client data and are engineered to automatically close low priority and false positive alerts based on enterprise-defined parameters.

Security

Report: OpenAI could develop custom AI chips 

Nvidia’s top-end data center GPUs are not only in short supply but also expensive. According to a Bernstein analysis cited by Reuters, each question that users send to ChatGPT costs four cents to process. This means processing one-10th the query volumes Google LLC’s search engine receives would require OpenAI to buy $48.1 billion worth of GPUs.

Artificial Intelligence

Docker dives into AI to help developers build GenAI apps

Among the efforts is the launch of a new GenAI stack that integrates docker with the Neo4j graph database, LangChain model chaining technology and Ollama for running large language models (LLMs). The new Docker AI product is also debuting at Dockercon, as an integrated way for developers to get AI powered insights and direction for development with containers.

DevOps

GitHub's Secret Scanning Feature Now Covers AWS, Microsoft, Google, and Slack

Validity checks, introduced by the Microsoft subsidiary earlier this year, alert users whether exposed tokens found by secret scanning are active, thereby allowing for effective remediation measures. It was first enabled for GitHub tokens.

Security

Protect AI Open Sources Three Tools to Help Organizations Secure AI/ML Environments from Threats

The company is leading security for AI/ML by developing and maintaining three OSS tools — NB Defense, ModelScan and Rebuff — that detect vulnerabilities in ML systems and are freely available via Apache 2.0 licenses to Data Scientists, ML Engineers, and AppSec professionals.

AI/ML

Economist Impact and Infosys Launch the Value Chain Navigator To Help Businesses Manage and Mitigate Their Scope 3 Emissions

Scope 3 includes all indirect emissions that occur in the upstream and downstream activities of an organisation’s value chain. These can include emissions from purchased goods and services, business travel, employee commuting, waste disposal, use of sold products, transportation, distribution, investments and leased assets and franchises. Up to 95% of a business’s carbon footprint consists of scope 3 emissions, but only a quarter of businesses account for them in their net zero plans.

Sustainability

Nucleus AI emerges from stealth with 22B model to transform agriculture

The company tapped existing research and the open-source community to pre-train the LLM on a context length of 2,048 tokens and eventually trained it on a trillion tokens of data, covering large-scale deduplicated and cleaned information scraped from the web, Wikipedia, Stack Exchange, arXiv and code.

Artificial Intelligence

Observe raises $50M, adds generative AI to help enterprises visualize all their data

According to Observe, the release brings a revamped interface and gives users generative tools to help with things like product support, coding, RegEx generation, and incident workflows. It can improve the productivity of users of the platform by up to 25%, the company said.

Data & Analytics

New Microsoft Teams app promises faster speeds and lower memory usage 

Other notable features in the new app include support for cross-tenant communication and collaboration beyond organizational boundaries across multiple tenants and accounts. Multitenant organizations share a software application across multiple customers, with each customer having an isolated instance and multitenant, multi-account organizations allow each customer to have multiple accounts within the same application.

Automation & Productivity

AWS Bolsters Its Generative AI Portfolio 

Bedrock is a fully managed AWS service that is now generally available. It provides a selection of FMs from leading AI companies like AI21 Labs, Anthropic, Cohere, Meta, Stability AI, and Amazon, using a single application programming interface (API). Think of it as a service that lets companies pick and choose different FMs to build AI apps without dealing with complicated setups or security risks. Amazon is offering a free digital course to help organizations learn how Bedrock works.

Artificial Intelligence

Gradient raises $10M for its AI customization and inference platform 

Gradient’s platform includes more than a half-dozen open-source language models out of the box. They range in complexity from a few hundred million parameters to tens of billions. Models with high parameter counts can perform complicated computing tasks with a high degree of accuracy, while smaller models run faster.

Automation & Productivity

Google Caves to EU Antitrust Pressure, Changes Data Practices

"Google will have to provide its users with the possibility to give free, specific, informed, and unambiguous consent to the processing of their data across services,” the FCO said in its decision document. “For this purpose, Google has to offer corresponding choice options for the combination of data … The Commitments cover in principle all services operated by Google and directed to end users in Germany with more than one million monthly active users...”

Data Privacy

Edgecore Networks debuts 800G switch to power AI/ML workloads

According to Edgecore, hyperscale data centers are increasingly adopting Ethernet-based fabrics in order to reduce job completion times for AI workloads. The 2RU (rack unit) DCS560 aims to meet this need for scalable, high-throughput 800G switching in an easy-to-deploy form factor.

Network Management

Opsera raises $12M to introduce generative AI DevOps features 

Opsera provides a platform that allows enterprise customers to enhance software delivery capabilities through a unified DevOps platform allows them to bring the entire lifecycle for software from development, testing, staging and deployment all under a single interface. It offers features such as a self-service catalog of capabilities that allow developers to register tools, integrate with services and supports a large number of clouds, including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

DevOps

Reka launches Yasa-1, a multimodal AI assistant to take on ChatGPT

Available via APIs and as docker containers for on-premise or VPC deployment, Yasa-1 leverages a single unified model trained by Reka to deliver multimodal understanding, where it understands not only words and phrases but also images, audio and short video clips.

Artificial Intelligence

Okta AI with Google Vertex provides real-time security, automatic logout

“The real magic of what Okta AI offers is actually its ecosystem, and its extensibility – meaning we have integrations into more than 7,000 pieces of enterprise software, which is how we’re able to do everything from single sign-ins and MFA [multifactor authentication] capabilities to much more beyond that. But that ecosystem, which we’ve built over the last 15 years, is actually the magic behind Okta AI,”

Security

Danish AI startup Responsibly raises $2.4 million in funding to expand access to sustainable procurement

Its proprietary AI software plays a crucial role in shedding light on critical sustainability aspects such as carbon emissions, the gender pay gap, human rights, and deforestation, within the supply chains of various sectors, including retailers, real estate, and manufacturing. This is achieved through the collection and evaluation of supplier sustainability data.

Sustainability

‘Looney Tunables’ Linux vulnerability could allow threat actors to run malicious code 

The GLIBC_TUNABLES environment variable, designed to allow users to alter the library’s behavior at runtime without recompilation, can be adjusted and allows users to modify various performance and behavior parameters of applications linked with the GNU C Library. Glibc is a fundamental part of most systems running Linux. It provides system calls and features such as memory allocation and input/output processing that are crucial for the operation of many programs.

Security

Nutanix boosts Data Lens to hunt ransomware faster

Data Lens applies real-time analytics and anomaly detection algorithms to unstructured data stored on Nutanix Unified Storage platform. The latest version adds the 20-minute attack detection timing and Nutanix Object support to the existing Nutanix Files support.

Data & Analytics

Patch Confusion for Critical Exim Bug Puts Email Servers at Risk — Again

A disorderly disclosure process last week led to the release of information on six vulnerabilities in the Exim mail transfer agent — with the disclosures coming five days before the maintainers released patches for the issues. This left organizations potentially open to attack, including to the most serious flaw, a critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability.

Security

IBM propels PyTorch beyond model training into AI inference

The market for inferencing technology software today has multiple players, with perhaps none larger than Nvidia’s Triton inferencing server. IBM’s goal with its PyTorch research is not necessarily to displace other technologies, but to provide a new open source alternative for inference that will run on multiple vendor technologies, as well as on both GPU and CPUs.

Artificial Intelligence

Alteryx launches no-code AI Studio to simplify the development of generative AI applications 

Teams can select the LLM of their choice from a list of popular options and then fine-tune it with custom business data, adapting it for different applications within the context of its business. It integrates with Alteryx Designer, making it possible to integrate these newly fine-tuned LLMs into existing workflows. Users can, in effect, create new applications to improve their productivity through a conversational interface, Alteryx said.

Artificial Intelligence

Turnkey Rootkit for Amateur Hackers Makes Supply Chain Attacks Easy

Researchers have discovered a typosquatting npm package concealing a full-service Discord remote access Trojan (RAT) that offers rootkit functionality. The malware, dubbed "DiscordRAT 2.0," functions as a turnkey hacking tool that's perfect for newbies, and it lowers the barrier to entry for pulling off open source software supply chain attacks.

Security

Veeam moves into backup-as-a-service for Microsoft fans with Cirrus grab

It has to extend its BaaS coverage to other major SaaS apps such as Salesforce and ServiceNow, and on to second tier SaaS apps as well, if it is going to catch up with the existing SaaS backup suppliers. That means it has to decide how to solve the connector-build problem to extend its coverage to the tens of thousands of SaaS apps in existence. Our thinking is that it will rely on its existing market dominance and attractiveness as a backup supplier, and provide an SDK for SaaS app developers to use.

Data Management

Amazon used secret algorithm codenamed ‘Project Nessie’ to raise prices, WSJ reports

Meanwhile, in its report, the Journal said that Nessie would raise prices and closely watch whether other retailers, like Target, would follow suit. If these competing retailers stuck to their lower prices, the algorithm would automatically revert Amazon’s prices back to their regular rates. The lawsuit asserted that Amazon utilized this algorithm, codenamed “Project Nessie,” to determine how much it could increase prices before its competitors ceased their own price hikes.

Data & Analytics

Yahoo spins off AI scaling engine Vespa as an independent company 

Vespa’s technology is said to underpin a diverse portfolio of about 150 applications integral to Yahoo’s operations, delivering personalized content across all of the company’s pages in real time and managing targeted advertisements. Yahoo says the technology serves a user base of nearly 1 billion people, processing 800,000 queries per second.

Automation & Productivity

NexGen Cloud’s $1 Billion AI Supercloud to Turbocharge AI in Europe

UK-based NexGen Cloud, an Elite member of the NVIDIA Partner Network, plans to invest $1 billion to build its AI Supercloud in Europe, with $576 million already committed in hardware orders with suppliers. The AI Supercloud will provide a dedicated compute-intensive platform for Europe’s technology companies, organisations and governments, enabling them to execute sensitive AI applications and research within the European jurisdiction and privacy laws.

Cloud

BlackBerry to split in two, take IoT business public next year 

Despite no longer being a household name, in the years since, BlackBerry has focused on cybersecurity and IoT and has found success in connected IoT technology. IoT customers in the automotive space that use BlackBerry’s QNX technology solution include BMW Group, Robert Bosch GmH, Continental AG, Dongfeng Motor Corp. Ltd., Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and Volvo Car Corp

IoT

SiLC Technologies Advances Machine Vision, Bridging the AI Gap with Bionic Vision

Introduced last year, the Eyeonic Vision System delivers unparalleled vision perception to machines – offering not only the capability to identify objects even beyond a kilometer away but also providing per-pixel velocity and polarization information, unprecedented precision, and interference-free operation.

Artificial Intelligence

Canva adds generative video with Runway and new AI-powered Magic Studio

With Canva’s massive Magic Studio update announced today, users of the platform can access a feature called Magic Media that allows them to simply type text into a field or upload a still image. Then, Canva’s Runway integration will generate up to 18 seconds of video based on what the user provided. In the case of text, the video will be generated based on the words provided. In the case of a still image, the image will be used as the basis of the video and motion and camera movement applied.

Automation & Productivity

Microsoft sovereign cloud offers a private data center alternative

While Microsoft claims its public cloud already delivers on the security, privacy and compliance needs of most governments, Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty adds capabilities designed for countries with specific jurisdictional requirements for sensitive data.

Data Privacy

INE Introduces Skill Dive – 2,400+ On-Demand Labs for Applied Learning in Cybersecurity, Networking, and Cloud Computing

“This powerful lab platform supplements INE’s comprehensive training modules with labs and capture the flags  that are custom-built for hands-on training in a protected virtual machine setting; allowing teams to practice data-sensitive labs in a safe environment.”

Training & Certs

Google Pixel 8 launch event: the 7 biggest announcements

Google has officially announced the Pixel 8 Pro, and it comes with quite a few upgrades. That includes a Tensor G3 chipset, along with an updated rear camera array with a 50MP main sensor, a 48MP telephoto lens with 5x zoom, and a 48MP ultrawide camera. It will even have a new Zoom Enhance feature that can retroactively add detail to an image when you pinch to zoom in.

Automation & Productivity

Security researchers believe mass exploitation attempts against WS_FTP have begun

After analyzing the exploit chain, researchers concluded that the process appeared to be uniform across all the incidents they were alerted to, which could potentially indicate a cyber crim is attempting a mass-scale exploitation attempt of vulnerable WS_FTP instances.

Security

Cisco details first Nutanix-based hyperconvergence offering

The newly available Cisco Compute Hyperconverged with Nutanix combines Cisco’s SaaS-managed compute and networking gear with Nutanix’s Cloud Platform, which includes Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure, Nutanix Cloud Manager, Nutanix Unified Storage, and Nutanix Desktop Services. The system can be centrally managed via Cisco’s cloud-based Intersight infrastructure operations platform, and it supports Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) and VMware vSphere hypervisors.

Cloud

Telecom operators remain fixated on 5G FWA

“We’re putting small cells up in downtown areas and we’re serving businesses with fixed-wireless access millimeter wave,” Russo said. “The Starbucks on the corner, it’s a great use case for me. I got poles running down main street and I put a millimeter-wave radio on the top of it and I can serve those businesses with fixed-wireless access.”

5G

WiMi is Reaching Feature Transformation Technique for Image Data Augmentation

This technique applied in image data augmentation can increase the data samples. For example, by performing feature transformation operations such as rotating, flipping, scaling, and panning on the original image, multiple new image samples can be generated, thereby expanding the size of the training dataset and improving the generalization ability of the model.

Automation & Productivity

Okta announces passwordless passkey support alongside AI for identity and security 

Administrators can type in, “What kind of policy will work best for the type of company I work within?” and the AI will answer the question and provide recommendations. From there it will provide advice as well as allow admins to take action directly by clicking on the recommendations that will create policies. After they have been generated, the administrators can modify and customize them as they see fit.

Security

Habu and NCSolutions Elevate CPG Data Analytics with Seamless, Privacy-Compliant Integration

The NCS CPG Insights Stream delivers turnkey purchase-based insights, eliminating the need for data scientists to unpack complicated raw data sets. NCS takes it one step further by applying a rigorous process to ensure the data (which encompasses a variety of diverse sources to include grocery, drug, convenience, mass market, big box, e-commerce, delivery apps, receipt capture, and panels) is privacy compliant.

Data & Analytics

Akkio Launches Generative Reports to Turn Data Into Decisions Instantly

Customers simply connect their data and describe their project, and Generative Reports automatically creates a real-time report. With Generative Reports, SMBs have a self-service tool to surface the information they need to optimize marketing spend, forecast revenue, score leads, improve customer experiences, or anything else they can imagine.

Data & Analytics

Docker brings the cloud to local container development

Most developers don’t want to ship the entire contents of their laptop to the cloud, though inner loop development processes (code-build-test-debug) could benefit from the cloud’s collaboration and capacity capabilities, for example. To bring the cloud to those preferably-remote development activities, Docker released Docker Scout in GA and the next generation of Docker Build and Docker Debug in public beta.

Cloud

Microsoft overhauls OneDrive with a big new design, AI Copilot integration, and more

This updated web view also includes a refreshed shared view, which now includes all files shared over Teams, through emails, and other ways Office documents were shared with you. The main sharing UI has also been improved, and managing permissions to files has been streamlined, too.

Automation & Productivity

Meta now offers generative AI-powered features to advertisers 

Background Generation, as the name suggests, can create multiple backgrounds to complement the advertiser’s product images, allowing advertisers to tailor their creative assets for different audiences. Image Expansion also does as the name suggests, seamlessly adjusting creative assets to fit different aspect ratios across multiple surfaces, such as Feed or Reels, allowing advertisers to spend less time and resources on repurposing creative assets.

Marketing Tech

AWS will require multifactor authentication for Management Console access starting mid-2024 

The MFA requirement will not stop at AWS Management Console. AWS plans to expand the requirement for MFA to additional scenarios, including standalone accounts, those outside an organization in AWS organizations, also eventually being required to use MFA as well.

Security

Dell expands genAI tools, data lakehouse platform

The new Dell Implementation Services helps establish an operational genAI model for inferencing and customization. Dell Managed Services can then manage the full Nvidia-based platform, continuously optimizing infrastructure, monitoring and tracking performance and handling day-to-day activities.

Automation & Productivity

Zendesk debuts new AI features for its customer service platform

The features are rolling out for the company’s flagship customer service platform, which is used by about 100,000 organizations worldwide. The platform enables help desk representatives to process support requests through a centralized interface. It also provides various related capabilities including a tool for creating knowledge base articles

Automation & Productivity

Wing Disrupts the Market by Introducing Affordable SaaS Security

The new product tier focuses on SaaS shadow IT discovery, automated vendor risk assessments, and the ability to easily perform user access reviews on dozens of critical business applications. Wing also provides the ability to generate compliance-ready access reports that customers can then send to their auditor.

Security

Dell eyes data center storage consolidation with PowerFlex updates

The software-defined storage update is targeted at improving alert reporting through refining how PowerFlex batches and reduces the redundancy of repeated alerts. Dell also added a new common event publishing agent (CEPA) to its file services to improve ransomware detection, user access management, quota configuration and storage analytics. Plus, there are new webhooks designed for real-time alert management and reporting through third-party systems like Big Panda. This allows users to set their own notification policies and configure up to three webhook destinations.

Data Storage

Microsoft integrates OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 into Bing for enhanced image creation 

Until now, DALL-E 3 has been available only to subscribers of ChatGPT Plus, the paid version of OpenAI’s generative AI service. With Bing now providing the service for free, those wanting to use the service no longer have to subscribe to ChatGPT Plus.

Automation & Productivity

LogicMonitor Launches Dexda, AI for Hybrid Observability

Using AI machine learning, LM Intelligence acts as an “early warning system” for IT and Cloud operations by providing dynamic thresholding, anomaly detection, forecasting and more, empowering teams to reach a significantly lower mean time to resolution (MTTR) and reduce risks to the business.

IT Management

Billions of usernames and passwords leaked online — what you should do right now

It’s worth noting that all of the leaked email addresses and passwords in this database actually came from previous data breaches. Apparently, DarkBeam had been collecting this information to alert its customers in regards to future data breaches, though it’s highly likely that this leak affects non-customers as well.

Data Privacy

Hammerspace Empowers Real-Time Collaboration for Remote Creative Teams

Hammerspace will demonstrate its ability to Geographically Scale Autodesk Flame Workflows. The demo will showcase an Autodesk Flame artist seamlessly running cloud-based workflows across multiple AWS cloud-based instances and regions using Hammerspace data orchestration software. The remote artist collaboration demonstration is further enhanced with the addition of the Like Minded Labs’ TODA Live tools for live viewing and communication, all in a media-rich environment.

Automation & Productivity

Kyndryl expands network security lineup with Palo Alto SD-WAN, SASE

The alliance also includes support for Palo Alto’s Prisma SASE, which combines SD-WAN with cloud-based security capabilities including secure access control, advanced threat protection, user-behavior monitoring, and zero-trust network access (ZTNA). A secure web gateway (SWG), cloud-access security broker (CASB) and firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS) are part of the Prisma SASE bundle.

Network Management

ProPharma Introduces ClinCHAT, a Solution to Unleash the Power of Real-World Evidence with Conversational AI

Through AI, ClinCHAT utilizes the latest natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning algorithms to provide a frictionless experience for users navigating complex data queries, regardless of size or development stage. The new tool gives ProPharma seamless access to H1’s real world and clinical trial performance data – which includes a database of some 340 million patients, 10 million physicians and over 420,000 clinical trials – to increase confidence and overall success in clinical research.

Automation & Productivity

Asana adds new AI smarts to simplify project management

Leveraging the company’s proprietary Work Graph, which captures the relationship between the work a team does, the information about that work and the people doing the work, the features allow executives to tap AI to save time and resources and drive greater levels of clarity, accountability and impact to meet their goals.

Automation & Productivity

Rogue npm Package Deploys Open-Source Rootkit in New Supply Chain Attack

The executable in question is a C#-based open-source trojan known as DiscordRAT 2.0, which comes with features to remotely commandeer a victim host over Discord using over 40 commands that facilitate the collection of sensitive data, while disabling security software.

Security

Media.com relaunched as a reputation management platform with a $20 million investment

So, how does Media.com work exactly? Subscribers can post text, video, or audio content and even share URLs to stories, court filings, or other documents. They will have the capability to “deconstruct” these items to address specific claims. To maintain authenticity, user profiles, particularly those belonging to famous or influential figures, will undergo verification.

Social Media

CTERA fuses file and object access to data

The company provides a global file system which can be hosted on a public cloud or on-premises object store, and accessed from a datacenter or remote site using an edge caching device to speed data access. Files are synced and shared between users for collaboration. Now CTERA is providing simultaneous SMB, NFS, and S3 access to the same data set. Cloud applications can connect directly to enterprise file repositories, with no need for an intervening data copy to separate S3 buckets.

Data Management

Zoom adds collaborative document feature and folds generative AI into its entire product line 

The highlight for most users is Zoom Docs (pictured), a modular workspace for documentation, project and data management that can also be used to create tables, wikis, tasks and other content. It’s integrated with Zoom conferencing to enable meeting organizers to create new documents and attach existing assets to meeting invitations as well as to collaborate during meetings. Users can populate documents with content from live meetings and chat sessions and also create new content using the Zoom AI Companion, the no-cost generative AI-based assistant it introduced last spring.

Automation & Productivity

3D motion capture app Move AI raises $10M in seed funding

Yet Move AI is one of the leading consumer and “pro”-sumer facing companies seeking to bridge the gap, using its own proprietary AI models to take 2D video and convert it into 3D motion, a non-trivial task. Most other 2D-to-3D scanning apps and technologies, such as Neural Radiance Fields (NeRFs) and 3D Gaussian Splatting are usually limited to static scenes.

Automation & Productivity

Asana leans on AI to boost productivity and help companies benchmark their employees’ performance 

At its annual Work Innovation Summit today in New York City, Asana cited research conducted by its own Work Innovation Lab, which shows that 71% of company executives believe it’s possible to achieve better outcomes by combining AI with human expertise, as opposed to relying on one or the other alone. To that end, the new features announced today are all about enhancing human skills with AI, to help teams find ways to work more efficiently.

Automation & Productivity

LinkedIn rolls out new AI-powered automation tools 

According to LinkedIn, Accelerate uses AI to automatically generate ad campaigns complete with marketing copy and visuals. The tool also suggests audiences that a brand’s advertisements should target. To activate the tool, marketers only have to enter a link to a web page that describes the products they wish to promote.

Marketing Tech

 Stampli reels in $61M for its AI-powered accounting platform

Besides entering invoice data into ERP applications, Stampli’s AI also checks the data for errors. The company says its platform can compare a supplier’s invoice against the associated purchase order, the document specifying what merchandise the supplier was commissioned to deliver. It also checks the goods receipt, a record used to confirm that the merchandise was delivered.

Automation & Productivity

Armilla offers verification and warranties for enterprises using AI models 

Armilla’s new offerings consist of two key pillars — an independent assessment of AI models through Armilla’s evaluation platform which will confer a “verified” status to algorithm developers upon successful review, and a warranty, Armilla Guaranteed, to protect buyers if a “verified” model does not meet defined key performance indicators (KPIs).

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s new requirements for bulk email senders aimed at keeping Gmail spam-free 

The new requirements will require bulk senders, those that send more than 5,000 messages to Gmail addresses per day, to authenticate their emails following well-established best practices. The need to authenticate emails is an extension of a previous requirement that emails sent to a Gmail address have some form of authentication, with unauthenticated messages to Gmail users dropping by 75%. By extending that requirement to all bulk emails, Google believes this will close loopholes exploited by attackers.

Privacy & Security

New Stack Identity service provides daily reports on shadow access risks 

Shadow access risk — the risk posed by unauthorized access to information technology resources and systems when employees use unauthorized devices, applications, or credentials to access corporate systems — is a well-known problem. Stack Identity argues that the rapid proliferation of large language models, ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence-driven applications have significantly expanded access to enterprise data, adding to the shadow access risk problem by leading to a surge in entitlements and privileges granted to human and nonhuman entities.

Security

Automated healthcare? Plenful emerges from stealth with $9M to streamline medical admin

Plenful’s platform sits on top of both unstructured (faxes/PDFs) and structured (like data from EHRs and pharmacy management software) healthcare data, tapping AI with human oversight to automate tasks such as document data entry for onboarding and referral management, 340B auditing and savings identification and identification of revenue optimization opportunities, instead of leaving all of this data entry and organization work to be done manually and tediously.

Automation & Productivity

Kubernetes optimization and management startup PerfectScale raises $7.1M 

Founded in 2021, PerfectScale’s Autonomous Optimization and Governance Platform has been designed to streamline so-called Day 2 operations — managing and optimizing an application or system once it has been deployed — by allowing teams to take control of their Kubernetes environments. The company says its solution allows any Kubernetes users, from novices to experts, to rightsize and right-scale environments to balance the demand, performance and cost of their application.

Automation & Productivity

Humane shows off its futuristic 'Ai Pin' wearable

The company describes the device as a "screenless, standalone device and software platform built from the ground up for AI." It's powered by an "advanced" Qualcomm Snapdragon platform and equipped with a mini-projector that takes the place of a smartphone screen, along with a camera and speaker. It can perform functions like AI-powered optical recognition, but is also supposedly "privacy-first" thanks to qualities like no wake word and thus no "always on" listening."

Artificial Intelligence

Pulumi raises $41M in funding to grow infrastructure-as-code automation in the cloud 

The startup has emerged as a key player in the IaC market, selling tools to help companies automate the management of their cloud computing environments. More specifically, Pulumi’s tools make it easier for teams to use code to provision and manage cloud infrastructure, instead of adjusting hundreds of settings manually.

Cloud

Cohesity expands Data Security Alliance with new data security posture management vendors 

Cohesity launched the Data Security Alliance in November. The initial members of the alliance included a long list of security firms: BigID Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., CrowdStrike Holdings Inc., CyberArk Software Ltd., Okta Inc., Palo Alto Networks Inc., Securonix Inc., Splunk Inc. and Tenable Inc. Google LLC’s Mandiant and PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. are also participants through a security advisory relationship. The DSPM providers joining the alliance today include Cyera Inc., Dig Security Inc., Normalyze Inc., Sentra Inc. and Securiti Inc.

Data Management

Helios unveils AI analyst Cersi for tracking food supply chain disruptions

A new startup thinks it has developed a better way: today, Helios, co-founded by a former at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and a former award-winning machine learning engineer at Google, is introducing Cersi, which it bills as “the world’s first supply chain AI analyst.” Cersi is a conversational AI chatbot, similar to ChatGPT or Claude 2, but specialized for the agricultural supply chain.

Data & Analytics

Sapio Sciences Launches Scientific Data Cloud Made for Scientists, Sapio Jarvis

Sapio Sciences today announced the release of Sapio Jarvis. This revolutionary scientific data cloud empowers scientists to fully capitalize on research, development, and clinical data, organizations’ most precious resources. Jarvis cements Sapio’s first-ever lab triple-play solution, delivering LIMS, ELN, and enterprise scientific data management capabilities in a single, no-code platform.

Data & Analytics

AI startup SambaNova updates processor, software

Each SN40L processing unit is made up of 51 billion transistors (total 102 billion per package), which is a significant increase over the 43 billion transistors in the previous SN30 product. The SN40L also uses 64 GB of HBM memory, which is new to the SambaNova line, and offers more than 3x greater memory bandwidth to speed data in and out of the processing cores. It has 768 GB of DDR5 per processing unit (1.5 TB total) vs. 512 GB (1.0 TB) in the SN30.

Automation & Productivity

Nextdata Closes $12M in Seed Funding to Unlock the AI Revolution by Decentralizing Data at Scale

“Right now, the hype around AI isn’t rooted in reality for enterprises – despite decades of progress in data management technology, trusted data still isn’t accessible enough to support the AI revolution,” said Dehghani. “Decentralized data is the future, and Nextdata is empowering organizations to take the leap to data mesh with a new user experience data developers urgently need.

Data & Analytics

Frec steps out of stealth with $26M in funding, aiming to democratize sophisticated investing with AI

Founder and CEO of Frec, Mo Al Adham, told VentureBeat the startup’s approach is a means to “simplify the sophisticated investment products that have been traditionally only available via expensive white glove services.” Al Adham believes this could benefit the world at large, beyond the confines of wealth managers and family offices.

FinTech

RavenDB Launches Version 6.0 Lightning Fast Queries, Data Integrations, Corax Indexing Engine, and Sharding

Sharding: Version 6.0 introduces dynamic data distribution across multiple servers through sharding. This enables organizations to optimize performance and scalability like never before. Data operations can be scaled easily, giving businesses the capability to handle massive datasets adequately while maintaining top-notch system performance. Furthermore, sharding in RavenDB was explicitly designed to be tolerant for changing conditions and avoid costly re-sharding as you scale your systems.

Data & Analytics

Teradata and UiPath Partner to Help Businesses Automate Data-Driven Insights for ESG Initiatives

The wave of innovation spurred by generative AI and LLMs requires businesses to improve their data harmonization and analytics capabilities. UiPath customers are expected to benefit from Teradata’s expertise in enabling organizations to activate data and analytics, including for AI, at scale. The partnership will accelerate AI time to value by managing uncontrolled data growth and modernizing the IT environment, delivering flexibility with an open and connected ecosystem, and scaling AI innovation across the enterprise.

Data & Analytics

Assembly work instructions software startup Dirac launches with BuildOS 

Pitched as bringing work instructions into the 21st century, BuildOS has been designed to address the issue wherein assembly work instructions take weeks or months of manual, mind-numbing effort. Dirac argues that figuring out what order to assemble various parts, taking hundreds of screenshots of computer-aided design files and manually typing up each step-by-step direction are the dread of all mechanical and manufacturing engineers. That’s where BuildOS steps in.

Automation & Productivity

Google announces Chromebook Plus with boosted hardware specs and AI features 

The webcam is where the AI experience starts in order to make video calls better, with a 1080p camera built in. The company uses machine learning technology to allow users to enhance the clarity of the video, blur the background and even cancel background noise. All of this can be used irrespective of whatever meeting app the user is engaged in, since the option is built into ChromeOS itself.

Automation & Productivity

ChatGPT can now access up to date information

But until now the viral chatbot's "knowledge" has been frozen in time. Its database has been drawn from the contents of the internet as it was in September 2021. It could not browse the net in real time.

ChatGPT

New LogRhythm advancements aim to detect, investigate and respond to potential threats 

LogRhythm SIEM now provides integration of log source onboarding through centralized management. The enhanced SIEM capability eliminates the need for administrators to navigate several servers and user interfaces to complete onboarding, streamline workflows through a single interface, increase productivity and reduce the administrative process by half, according to the company.

Security

Zapier Announces General Availability of Tables and Introduces AI-powered Flowchart Tool, Canvas

 Zapier, the leader in easy automation, announced the general release of Tables to all users and its new product, Canvas. Tables is an automation-first database allowing users to easily and reliably move data in and out of the 6000+ apps on Zapier’s platform. With Tables, users can store, edit, share, and create automated workflows with their data all in one place.

Automation & Productivity

CobbleStone Software Releases IntelliDraft AI – The Generative AI for Contract Clauses

IntelliDraft AI serves as a powerful legal clause library that users can search thousands of real-life contract clauses from. IntelliDraft AI not only allows users to search through potentially beneficial clauses, it also allows users to generate their own clauses as well.

Automation & Productivity

Move Over, MOVEit: Critical Progress Bug Infests WS_FTP Software

For the second time in recent months, Progress Software is requiring enterprise security teams to drop everything and move quickly to protect their organizations against critical vulnerabilities in its file-transfer software — this time, the WS_FTP file transfer product used by some 40 million people.

Security

New NSA center will oversee development and integration of AI capabilities 

The threats from foreign intelligence are real, with the NSA warning on Sept. 27 that an alleged Chinese-linked hacking group is actively targeting and exploiting routers, particularly those from Cisco Systems Inc. The advisory claimed that BlackTech, also known as Palmerworm, Temp.Overboard, Circuit Panda and Radio Panda have demonstrated capabilities in modifying router firmware without detection.

Security

Transfr Closes $40 Million in Series C Growth Funding to Enable Career Mobility for Undiscovered Talent Through Its Virtual Reality Platform

Transfr’s mission is to scale access to quality education and employment for everyone, regardless of their background or location. The company developed an innovative VR-based platform, which hosts over 300 simulations that focus on careers that do not require a four-year degree. It has established a first-mover advantage in the Career Training and Education (CTE) market, with VR simulation training seeing $263 billion in global spending annually with an opportunity for rapid growth.

Training & Certs

Tquila Automation raises $20M in Series A funding, acquires healthcare intelligent automation leader Element Blue

“The acquisition of Element Blue realizes our strategy of building industry specialist capability across the US and Europe. Every sector has very specific needs when it comes to intelligent automation, and healthcare is no exception. It brings together two UiPath specialists to deliver enhanced value and a broader range of capabilities for clients. We’re stronger as one.”

Automation & Productivity

Meta Quest 3’s mixed reality ‘passthrough’ broadens workplace appeal

Meta’s latest headset is pitched primarily at consumers. But as with other devices in its AR/VR portfolio, the Quest is also suited to immersive training for employees — and improved ‘passthrough’ capabilities make collaboration a more realistic possibility.

Automation & Productivity

Aporia adds protection against AI hallucinations 

AI Guardrails, released Sept. 27, can be integrated into any generative AI product and positioned between the large language model and the end user. Aporia said it ensures fair and responsible usage by eliminating discriminatory or inappropriate LLM and chatbot responses depending on the standards of the workplace. It’s also intended to reduce the risk of data leakage and protect against the inadvertent disclosure of sensitive information such as credit card or medical data, a feature that the company said guarantees user safety and helps optimize performance.

Artificial Intelligence

Intel begins mass-producing chips using cutting-edge EUV technology 

Intel’s Leixlip fab will initially use the new production equipment to make Meteor Lake laptop processors (pictured). The chips are based on the company’s Intel 4 process, which corresponds to rivals’ seven-nanometer nodes. Each Meteor Lake processor comprises five miniature chips, or chiplets. Four contain computing components and the fifth functions as the foundation on which the others sit.

Automation & Productivity

AWS reveals details of ‘MadPot’ tools used to thwart thousands of cyberattacks 

MadPot has its origins in the late 2010s and uses intelligence gathered from a vast array of sensors deployed across AWS infrastructure. It monitors and analyzes potential threat interactions in real time to ensure the safety and integrity of its network and its customers. The service was built to accomplish two things: discover and monitor threat activities, and disrupt harmful activities whenever possible to protect AWS customers and others.

Security

Scammers target Microsoft’s AI chatbot Bing Chat with malicious ads 

In one example (pictured), Bing Chat delivered a malicious ad when asked for details on where to download a program called Advance IP scanner. The ad itself appears to be legitimate but it takes users to a phishing site that also serves malware.

Security

DataStax takes aim at event driven AI with open source LangStream project

The LangStream project was quietly soft launched by DataStax on Sept. 13 and the effort has iterated rapidly in the weeks since, with a new release out today that expands integration points to make the technology more useful. LangStream initially only worked with DataStax’s AstraDB database and now it supports a series of vector databases including Milvus as well as Pinecone.

Data & Analytics

T-Mobile takes unique approach to SASE with Versa partnership

The T-Mobile Secure Access Service Edge is being positioned as a network management and zero-trust network access (ZTNA) platform. It’s designed to support enterprise customers in securely connecting employees, systems and endpoints to remote networks, corporate applications and company resources.

Security

AI startup Cohere takes on OpenAI with new Chat API and Coral demo chatbot 

Cohere said one of the main advantages of its new Chat API is its Retrieval-Augmented Generation or RAG capability. This gives developers a way to control which data sources the chatbot uses when responding to specific prompts. It means they have a simple way to restrict their chat applications to use only the data they supply to it.

Artificial Intelligence

Revefi Unveils Data Operations Cloud to Redefine Data Quality and Cost Management

Unpredictable, and often unwarranted, costs are another massive business pain point because it’s not viable for organizations to proactively set and manage limits for their data warehouse users. There is limited visibility today into why and how these services are being used. As a result, businesses are frequently surprised by their data warehouse service provider bills, which can rapidly snowball out of control, in some cases adding tens of thousands of dollars to their bills in just one weekend.

Data Management

Amazon rolls out new features and public release of Bedrock to help organizations leverage generative AI 

Amazon Bedrock is the company’s fully managed service for generative AI that provides access to foundational models. Customers can use the service to discover, train and fine-tune their models with their own proprietary data on Amazon’s high-performance infrastructure in a secure environment all without the need to spin up or manage anything.

Artificial Intelligence

Vise Intelligence is a new AI to assist — not replace — financial advisors

Now, Vise is ready for a big comeback and more focused than ever with the release of its new AI service, Vise Intelligence, a conversational AI model designed to support human financial advisors by preparing them reports, answering their questions, and surfacing up-to-the-minute information about investment portfolios to go over with their clients.

FinTech

Aporia Unveils New Guardrails Solution to Control Generative AI Performance

AI Guardrails seamlessly integrates into any generative AI product, positioned between the large language model (LLM) and the end user. It drives fair and responsible usage by eliminating discriminatory or NSFW (Not Safe for Work) LLM/chatbot responses. Additionally, by managing the risks of data leakage and ensuring the security of sensitive information such as credit card or medical data, this dual-layered protection guarantees the safety of end users and upholds brand integrity by ensuring optimal performance.

Artificial Intelligence

Panzura gets edgy with smartphone and tablet access

The company has a CloudFS global cloud file services product based on AWS, providing file-based collaboration services. File data is stored in AWS in immutable object form. Analytics and governance data services are layered on this platform with access applications, AKA Smart Apps, for data access, collaboration, and monitoring. They provide isolated multi-company file sharing zones, content search, ransomware protection, and an edge application

Automation & Productivity

Generative AI cybersecurity startup Nexusflow raises $10.6M

The 95% accuracy in NexusRaven enables enterprises to synthesize fragmented data from various knowledge sources and software tools, accelerating team decision-making and streamlining security operations workflows. The latest release, NexusRaven-13B, is also said to deliver significantly lower costs and faster inference speed than GPT-4.

Security

Automated healthcare? Plenful emerges from stealth with $10M to streamline medical admin

Plenful’s platform sits on top of both unstructured (faxes/PDFs) and structured (like data from EHRs and pharmacy management software) healthcare data, tapping AI with human oversight to automate tasks such as document data entry for onboarding and referral management, 340B auditing and savings identification and identification of revenue optimization opportunities, instead of leaving all of this data entry and organization work to be done manually and tediously.

Automation & Productivity

AlphaSense secures $150M at $2.5B valuation for its market intelligence platform 

Alongside document-based data, AlphaSense’s platform offers access to what it describes as an expert network. The network includes more than one million executives and other experts who can brief investors about the happenings in a market of interest. A fund manager considering buying shares in a chipmaker, for example, could find semiconductor industry executives who can discuss the chipmaker’s long-term growth prospects.

Data & Analytics

US and Japan warns that Chinese-linked hacking group is targeting routers 

BlackTech actors use custom malware, dual-use tools and living-off-the-land tactics, such as disabling logging on routers, to conceal their operations. The advisory provides details on BlackTech’s tactics, techniques and procedures and highlights the need for corporations to review all subsidiary connections and verify access.

Security

Google to block Bard conversations from being indexed on Search

Further, Simon in a separate tweet suggested that the accidental leaking of conversations may not occur with Microsoft’s ChatGPT, which incidentally has more users, due to the presence of an extra line of code — ="robots" content="noindex,nofollow" — that excludes conversations from search results.

ChatGPT

OpenAI lets ChatGPT loose on the internet to search for up-to-date information 

However, OpenAI pulled the plug on the Browsing plugin just days after it was launched, when it realized that it was being used by many to bypass the paywalls of many websites. The feature is making a reappearance, with the company apparently finding a way to ensure it cannot get past those paywalls. According to OpenAI, ChatGPT now recognizes the “robots.txt” code that’s used by website owners to prevent search engine crawlers from indexing their subscription-only content.

ChatGPT

API connectivity king Kong announces dedicated cloud infrastructure and AI developer tooling 

APIs can be accessed via Kong’s Gateways platform, and with the release of Dedicated Cloud Gateways, users can now run it on their own, dedicated cloud-hosted servers. This means the infrastructure it sits on is exclusively reserved for each customer, the company explained. Because users won’t have to share server resources with anyone else, it’s ideal for the needs of larger enterprises that require heightened connectivity, performance, security and control.

Automation & Productivity

Revefi secures $10.5M in seed funding, launches AI-powered enterprise data platform

The product’s broad applicability is another key point of differentiation. “Our customers range from companies early in their journey to $10 billion public companies. Our target persona is a data engineering team or data infrastructure team leader responsible for getting data into a cloud data warehouse for business purposes,”

Data & Analytics

Meta introduces mixed reality Quest 3 headset and next generation of Ray-Ban smart glasses 

Meta used a next-gen pancake lens optical design stack design to give it a 40% slimmer profile than the Meta Quest 2 and boost its sharpness by over 25% with a reduction in visual artifacts. This also means that it can be more easily fitted over a user’s prescription glasses. For those who do not want to wear their glasses with the Quest 3, there is also a line of VR lenses that can be fitted into the headset as well.

Automation & Productivity

HPE restructures around hybrid cloud

The company is creating a new hybrid cloud business unit that includes HPE storage, HPE GreenLake cloud services solutions, and the office of the CTO. "This new group will accelerate our hybrid cloud strategy as we deliver one portfolio of storage, software, data, and cloud services on the HPE GreenLake platform,"

Cloud

The Raspberry Pi 5 is finally here

Despite doubts that the Raspberry Pi 5 would launch this year, the latest version of the microcomputer has arrived with some notable upgrades at a $60 starting price. Not only is it supposed to perform better than its predecessor, but it’s also the first Raspberry Pi to come with in-house silicon.

Automation & Productivity

Meta rolls out AI experiences across its apps and devices 

With a new feature, select users over the next month will be able to create AI generated stickers in WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram and Facebook Stories using English prompts just by typing in whatever they want. Using technology that combines Llama 2 and Emu, it will turn whatever they type into high quality emoji stickers that they can then embed in their text messages and stories.

Artificial Intelligence

Mistral AI releases open-source language model with 7B parameters 

The company says Mistral 7B can generate prose, summarize documents and perform other text processing tasks. It’s also capable of autocompleting software code written by developers. The model has a context length of 8k, which means that each prompt entered by users may contain up to 8,000 tokens.

Automation & Productivity

AI-powered B2B payments startup Slope raises $30M for product development 

Slope’s platform provides secure payment processing with AI support, which is used to detect fraudulent activities and optimize transaction workflows. It uses generative AI to power B2B checkout, customer and vendor risk assessment, payment reconciliation and cash management to drive digital transformation.

FinTech

Workday unveils new HR-focused generative AI features

The enterprise management platform vendor today announced a suite of new generative AI features aimed at “increasing productivity” and “streamlining business processes.” Soon, Workday customers will be able to automatically compare signed contracts against contracts in Workday to surface discrepancies, create personalized knowledge management articles and generate statements of work for service procurement.

Automation & Productivity

Infosys Collaborates With Microsoft to Accelerate and Democratize Industry-Wide Adoption of Generative AI

“Infosys Topaz is empowering businesses with improved operational efficiencies and reduced time-to-market for launching new products and services. It converges the power of Infosys Cobalt and data analytics to AI-power business and deliver cognitive solutions and intuitive experiences that revitalize growth."

Automation & Productivity

Oracle Cloud delivers Nvidia-powered generative AI service

OCI Generative AI is a managed service built on Oracle's cloud infrastructure in collaboration with Cohere, an AI platform for enterprise. The managed service and Cohere models will work in conjunction with AI Vector Search, a feature of Oracle Database 23c that provides retrieval augmented generation (RAG), an AI technique that combines pretrained LLMs and proprietary business data to deliver responses with higher accuracy.

Artificial Intelligence

SAP Announces New Generative AI Assistant Joule

Joule will be embedded throughout SAP’s cloud enterprise portfolio, delivering proactive and contextualised insights from across the breadth and depth of SAP solutions and third-party sources. By quickly sorting through and contextualising data from multiple systems to surface smarter insights, Joule helps people get work done faster and drive better business outcomes in a secure, compliant way

Automation & Productivity

New ZenRAT Malware Targeting Windows Users via Fake Password Manager Software

A noteworthy aspect of the campaign is that users who end up visiting the deceptive website from non-Windows systems are redirected to a cloned opensource.com article published in March 2018 about "How to manage your passwords with Bitwarden, a LastPass alternative."

Security

NTT DOCOMO and Nvidia partner to launch the first AI-powered 5G network 

Japanese telecom giant NTT DOCOMO broke new ground this week at MWC Las Vegas by deploying the first 5G network to use graphics processing unit-accelerated wireless technology in a commercial setting.

5G

SiMa.ai Debuts Palette Edgematic for Anyone to Simplify and Scale ML Applications at the Embedded Edge

SiMa.ai, the machine learning company delivering solutions for the embedded edge, launched Palette Edgematic, a free visual development environment designed for any organization to get started with and accelerate ML at the edge. With Palette Edgematic, SiMa is delivering an onramp to AI and ML at the edge via a no-code approach to creating, evaluating and fine-tuning ML applications from anywhere in the world via a secure browser.

Automation & Productivity

The CIA says it’s building a ChatGPT-style generative AI chatbot to aid data analysts 

The CIA’s chatbot will leverage advanced generative artificial intelligence to help its agents access and understand open-source data, the agency said. The technology was developed by the CIA’s Open Source Enterprise unit, and will roll out the chatbot to multiple intelligence agencies besides the CIA, as part of an ongoing effort to rival the growing, AI-powered intelligence capabilities of China.

Artificial Intelligence

WiMi Developed Deep-Mining Backtracking Search Optimization Algorithm Guided by Collective Intelligence

CIGBSA introduces topological dyadic learning operators and linear combination strategies that enable the algorithm to more accurately assess the quality of the solution and guide the learning of individuals. This learning mechanism accelerates the learning process of the algorithm, allowing individuals to adapt faster to the characteristics of the problem, improving the quality of the solution and the performance of the algorithm.

Automation & Productivity

Microsoft harnesses power of AI to boost Windows 11 security, pushes for passwordless future

Microsoft announced a series of new enterprise security features today that use artificial intelligence (AI) to help defend Windows 11 against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. The tech giant claims its new AI capabilities will reduce security incidents by 60% and firmware attacks by 300% for businesses using the latest version of its software.

Security

Cogito’s DataSum brings fair practices to AI data-labeling industry

DataSum is a certification framework designed to audit and validate training data at various touchpoints in the data pipeline. McMullen said it focuses on best practices and adheres to ethical guidelines, methodologies and standards to help ensure the development of responsible, transparent and unbiased training data.

Artificial Intelligence

Oops! Google Search caught publicly indexing users’ conversations with Bard AI

This means that if a person used Bard to ask it a question — possibly even a question related to the contents of their private emails — then shared the link with a designated third-party, say, their spouse, friend or business partner, the conversation accessible at that link could in turn be scraped by Google’s crawler and show up publicly, to the entire world, in its Search Results.

Privacy & Security

ShadowSyndicate: A New Cybercrime Group Linked to 7 Ransomware Families

The actor, active since July 16, 2022, has linked to ransomware activity related to Quantum, Nokoyawa, BlackCat, Royal, Cl0p, Cactus, and Play strains, while also deploying off-the-shelf post-exploitation tools like Cobalt Strike and Sliver as well as loaders such as IcedID and Matanbuchus.

Security

New Exabeam cybersecurity features address limitations to legacy systems 

A new feature called Threat Explainer quickly and accurately classifies threats and clearly articulates business risk. Threat Explainer leverages historical data to summarize incidents into simple narratives and highly tailored recommendations for best remediation actions.

Security

Tailscale, Mullvad partner to deliver secure, private web browsing

Tailscale provides software that creates a peer-to-peer mesh VPN, which allows for customers to create direct connections between devices. Tailscale enables encrypted point-to-point connections using the opensource WireGuard protocol, which means only devices on a private network can communicate with each other. WireGuard is an open-source project that is designed for quick reconnections, which improves reliability. WireGuard is also supported by consumer-grade VPN provider Mullvad.

Network Management

Confluent launches new initiative to deliver fresh, real-time data streams for enterprise AI apps

The first partners to have joined the initiative are MongoDB, Pinecone, Rockset, Weaviate and Zilliz. Confluent says this is just the beginning of their effort to help any business take advantage of real-time AI and more team-ups and innovations will be announced in the future.

Data & Analytics

T-Mobile targets SIM-based hardware for SASE, network slicing security

The SIM card-based service, called T-Mobile Secure Access Service Edge, is being positioned as a network management and zero-trust network access (ZTNA) platform. It’s designed to support enterprise customers in securely connecting employees, systems and endpoints to remote networks, corporate applications and company resources.

Security

UnitQ’s new AI assistant surfaces customer insights from across channels

This week, the five-year-old startup UnitQ announced a new chatbot, UnitQ GPT, powered by a combination of OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 Turbo model and proprietary machine learning (ML) models for analysis, that provides any employee access to insights without requiring data science expertise.

Data & Analytics

Atlassian adds new collaboration and integration features to Jira platforms

Additionally, a new overview feature allows users to combine any number of projects into a single aggregated project, creating a shared timeline or calendar in which project managers can see every team’s work. A summary tab provides a centralized hub where leaders can access insights into ongoing projects, such as priority breakdowns and team workloads.

Automation & Productivity

Toshiba’s 22TB disk drive arrives, catching it up to Seagate, WD

Basically the drive adds 10 percent capacity to its existing 3.5-inch form-factor MG10 range, which tops out at with a 20TB model announced a year ago. Like that drive it is an enterprise capacity or nearline product, spinning at 7,200rpm with up to 10 platters, and either 12Gbit/s SAS (2 to 22TB) and 6Gbit/s SATA (1 to 22 TB) interfaces.

Data Storage

New Baffle Data Protection for AI secures private data in generative AI projects 

With Baffle Data Protection for AI, sensitive data is encrypted with the advanced encryption standard algorithm as it’s ingested into the data pipeline. When this data is used in a generative AI service, sensitive data values are anonymized, so leakage of cleartext data — information stored or sent in unencrypted form — cannot occur even with prompt engineering or adversarial prompting.

Security

Vectara grounds AI accuracy with Boomerang vector embedding

“It’s a retrieval mode, it’s fundamentally there to serve the following purpose, the user sends a query into some kind of knowledge base and relevant information comes back out of the knowledge base,” Amin Ahmad, co-founder and CTO of Vectara told VentureBeat. “So there’s that kind of boomeranging action.”

Artificial Intelligence

Immersive Labs unveils new AI-ready ‘Workforce Exercising’ cybersecurity training solution 

Workforce Exercising is said to allow cyber leaders to assess different departments, such as high-value targets like finance and supply chain teams, to gain insights through the Immersive Labs Resilience Score to identify and fill skills gaps before it’s too late.

Security

ChatGPT goes multimodal: now supports voice, image uploads

The move will give users the ability to have back-and-forth conversations with ChatGPT – in a way similar to how they talk to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, or Google Assistant – and ask for the bot to analyze and react to any image they upload, such as translating signage or identifying objects when asked by the user in text accompanying their image upload.

ChatGPT

‘Ransomed.vc’ ransomware gang claims to have hacked Sony

Sony is not the only company listed on the Ransomed.vc dark web site. The group also claims to have hacked Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo and is demanding a ransom payment of $1.015 million not to release stolen data. There are also dozens of other victims listed on the site, although most are small companies.

Security

IBM updates tools to move next-gen AI development onto the mainframe 

They include a pair of new developer toolkits that support the most widely used AI frameworks and the Python programming language, enhancements to Machine Learning for z/OS, and performance improvements within the IBM z/OS operating system that’s used by mainframes.

Automation & Productivity

Komprise Introduces Storage Insights to Unify Data and Storage Management

Komprise announced the general availability of Storage Insights, the industry’s first unified, consistent view of both data usage and storage consumption across vendors and clouds without having to contend with multiple consoles and multiple storage consumption definitions.

Data Storage

Symantec integrates Google Cloud Security AI for better threat analysis 

Under the partnership Symantec will leverage the Google Cloud Security AI Workbench and security-specific large language model Sec-PaLM 2–across its portfolio. The aim is to enable natural language interfaces and generate more comprehensive and easy-to-understand threat analyses.

Security

Salesforce Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Airkit.ai

“Adam and team have a strong understanding of the Customer 360 Platform and are some of the best technologists we have worked with in helping Salesforce customers connect with their own customers in a whole new way."

Automation & Productivity

Dell expands APEX portfolio to extend Microsoft Azure Cloud to the edge 

It’s the first offering from Dell’s recently announced Dell APEX Cloud Platform. It provides a range of infrastructure offerings for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, a hyperconverged infrastructure platform that customers can run in their on-premises data centers.I

Cloud

Series raises $25M in funding to replace ERP systems and revolutionize financial operations

“The magic of Series is the holistic suite — the more products that a customer uses, the less time they have to spend using each product and can actually focus on the core of their business.”

Automation & Productivity

Canonical steps up its support for machine learning development with Charmed MLFlow 

Charmed MLFlow’s first function is to track experiments, record and compare parameters and results. It also helps package machine learning code in a reusable, reproducible form so it can be shared with other data scientists or transferred to production.

Machine Learning

Confluent debuts managed Apache Flink service and generative AI features 

Confluent’s flagship product is a managed data streaming platform called Confluent Cloud. It promises to reduce the amount of development work involved in moving data between applications. Confluent Cloud was originally based on Kafka but now uses a different data streaming engine called Kora that the company describes as faster and more cost-efficient

Data & Analytics

Amazon will invest up to $4 billion into OpenAI rival Anthropic

Anthropic’s Claude and Claude 2 large language model–based chatbots are similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard in that they can translate text, write code, and answer various questions, but Anthropic says its model is safer and more reliable because it’s guided by a set of principles, allowing it to revise responses by itself instead of relying on human moderators

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual threads lead Java 21 dev news from Oracle CloudWorld

“Rather than a one-to-one mapping between platforms, threads and Java threads, you can now have thousands, or tens of thousands of Java threads, mapping to a lot more threads. And that means that programmers can write a simple, synchronous style of code that’s easy to read, easy to write, easy to understand, easy to do, and have that scale really, really well.”

DevOps