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



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