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Coralogix raises $25 million to parse software logs with AI
Its suite automatically clusters log records back to their patterns and identifies connections among those patterns, forming baseline flows for comparison and future study.
Data Analytics
HP launches HP Reverb G2 Omnicept edition, eyes human centric VR
HP is launching the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition virtual reality system and software development kit to go with it as the company aims to use sensors to gauge reactions to experiences and improve them.
Amazon starts offering virtual classes and sightseeing tours via new Explore platform
It works via a video stream, with tour guides, instructors, and personal shoppers providing one-on-one sessions.
Fake software crack sites used to push Exorcist 2.0 Ransomware
This crack site, shown below, pretends to offer download links for the programs that break copyright protection on commercial software so that it can be used for free.
Privacy & Security
Dell bakes VMware support into VXRail, ObjectScale and PowerProtect systems
PowerProtect Data Manager (PPDM) now protects Tanzu Kubernetes clusters, Kubernetes clusters in vSphere, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated (TKGI) on-premises and in public clouds.
Cloud Computing
DocuSign Analyzer aims to save legal costs, labor with AI-aided contract negotiations
DocuSign is launching DocuSign Analyzer, an artificial intelligence service, that aims to speed up contract negotiations, save billable legal hours and get better terms.
Automation & Productivity
Boomi Advances iPaaS with Announcement of New Integrated Experiences Vision
It is the confluence of information, integration, and interaction, building on a foundation of integration and adding data readiness and user engagement touchpoints. Data Analytics
PowerMax maxes more with vVOL replication, better DR and cloud tiering
Dell EMC today updated the high-end PowerMax storage array to run more VMware Virtual Volumes (vVOLs), migrate data to the public cloud and improve disaster recovery capability.
Data Storage
Las Vegas Students’ Personal Data Leaked, Post-Ransomware Attack
Personal information for students in the Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, has reportedly turned up on an underground forum, following a ransomware attack that researchers say was carried out by the Maze gang.
Privacy & Security
PyTorch / XLA now generally available on Cloud TPUs
PyTorch / XLA combines the intuitive APIs of PyTorch with the strengths of the XLA linear algebra compiler, which can target CPUs, GPUs, and Cloud TPUs, including Cloud TPU Pods.
Data Analytics
Twitter’s voice tweets are rolling out to more iOS users, and transcriptions are on the way
Twitter has since announced two new teams dedicated to accessibility, on September 2nd: one promoting accessibility within Twitter’s products, and one focusing on accessibility for Twitter as a business
Automation & Productivity
Facebook introduces cross-app communication between Messenger and Instagram, plus other features
On Instagram, users will be presented with an option to update to a new messaging experience that offers the ability to change your chat color, react with any emoji, watch videos together, set messages to disappear and more.
Dimensions Partners With Google Cloud, Launches Integration with BigQuery
Updated daily, it currently contains 112m publications linked to 1.3bn citations, 5.5m grants worth $1.7 trillion in funding, 41m patents, 600k clinical trials, over 120m Altmetric data points – and more.
Data Analytics
Microsoft Edge to get a web screenshot utility
"In the near future, you can expect to see more functionalities  added to web capture, like adding ink or highlights to your captures,  capturing full webpages, and scrolling while marking them."
Automation & Productivity
New Denodo Platform 8.0 Accelerates Hybrid/Multicloud Integration, Automates Data Management with AI/ML, and Boosts Performance
By further augmenting the Denodo Platform’s already advanced data integration, management, and delivery capabilities with intelligent recommendations, hyper performance, and PaaS support, Denodo Platform 8.0 advances data virtualization into a logical data fabric.
Data Analytics
Oracle adds digital assistants and boosts AI features in its enterprise cloud suite 
Oracle today announced a broad set of updates to its Fusion Cloud enterprise software suite, highlighted by the addition of digital assistants and expanded machine learning capability.
Cloud Computing
Google Meet’s noise cancellation feature is rolling out on iOS and Android
You have to be a G Suite Enterprise or G Suite Enterprise for Education customer to take advantage of the handy feature
Online course platform Thinkific raises $22M to meet surging demand in online courses
Thinkific is a Vancouver, Canada-based ed-tech startup that makes it easy for a business of any size to create, market, and sell their own customized online courses.
Labor awards $805.9M in EIS task orders for modernizing telecom
A second 12-year, $10.2 million task order is for web and audio conferencing services, while the third 12-year, $164.2 million task order is for Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service (MTIPS).

SimioCloud Launches Next Generation Cooperative Database Designed Specifically for Nonprofit Fundraising
Combining uniquely sourced transactional and consumer data on more than 250 million U.S. adults, SimioAudience delivers accurate, real-time insights on nonprofit prospects.
Data Analytics
71% of Healthcare Medical Apps Have a Serious Vulnerability; 91% Fail Crypto Tests
The report investigated 100 publicly available global mobile healthcare apps across a range of categories—including telehealth, medical device, health commerce, and COVID-tracking—to uncover the most critical mHealth app threats.
Privacy & Security
Amazon debuts Amazon One: bringing payments to your palm
Amazon has debuted Amazon One, a device that connects your account and payment card to your palm for contactless shopping.
Rackspace Technology Expands Options to Hybrid Cloud
Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, comprised of VCF on Dell EMC VxRail, enables organizations to provide consistent and secure management of their entire application portfolio across multiple clouds and is the only HCI system fully integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager.
Cloud Computing
New Facebook software creates smarter natural language processing models 
The RAG architecture is essentially a kind of knowledge extractor that can generate answers to questions posed to it simply by reading documents available on the internet
Arista Networks buys well-funded AI threat detection startup Awake Security 
Publicly traded Arista makes network equipment and management software for enterprises. Awake has developed a software platform that uses artificial intelligence to find threats inside the corporate network. 
Network Management
Windows 7 ‘Upgrade’ Emails Steal Outlook Credentials
An ongoing phishing attack puts pressure on enterprise employees to upgrade their Windows 7 systems – but in reality, they are redirected to a fake Outlook login page that steals their credentials
Privacy & Security
Cohesity Announces Automated Disaster Recovery that Minimizes Application Downtime and Data Loss
With Cohesity SiteContinuity, organizations can recover a single file, critical business application, or an entire data center with just a few clicks, automating recovery operations spanning across application tiers and on-premises and public cloud environments
Data Storage
DeepSurface Security emerges from stealth with $1 million in funding to launch the first automated tool to help cybersecurity teams analyze and prioritize risks
“With Deep Surface’s unique mapping, wayfinding capabilities and actionable intelligence, security teams are finally able to attack the most dangerous vulnerabilities first with precision allowing teams to optimize the time spent on the areas of greatest risk.”
Privacy & Security
CamScanner Unveils New PDF Tools Ideal For Back To School & University
Users can simply take a picture of a book or PTT slides during a class and these texts will be instantly extracted thanks to the CamScanner OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology.
Logistics giant CMA CGM goes offline to block malware attack
CMA CGM has 755 offices, 750 warehouses, and over 110,000 employees in more than 160 countries, and it operates a shipping fleet of over 480 vessels on more than 200 shipping lines.
Privacy & Security
NASA opens bidding on expanded billion-dollar enterprise IT contract
Science Applications International Corp., better known as SAIC, is the incumbent on the NICS contract. According to Bloomberg, the company has earned about $1.3 billion under NICS, which expires next May.
IT Consulting & Services
VMware, Nvidia partner to make AI chips easier for businesses to use
“There is some very important computer science that has been done between the VMware and Nvidia teams to enable this.”
Automation & Productivity
Adobe beefs up developer tools to make it easer to build apps on Experience Cloud
The idea is to build a more complete framework over time to make it easier to build applications and connect to data sources that take advantage of the Experience Cloud tooling
Universal Health Services Ransomware Attack Impacts Hospitals Nationwide
"We have no access to anything computer based including old labs, EKGs or radiology studies. We have no access to our PACS radiology system.”
Privacy & Security
You can now make Zoom or Microsoft Teams calls via LinkedIn
The battle for video conferencing supremacy has taken another twist with a number of upgrades and improvements for Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet.
Automation & Productivity
E-License Plate Maker Sets Sights on Service Expansion
The plates, produced by the company Reviver, function as an electronic screen capable of altering its message — such as the car’s license plate number — as well as messaging, and even a “find my vehicle” feature, thanks to the technology’s wireless connectivity.
Smart Cities
Suspicious logins reported after ransomware attack on US govt contractor
Customers of Tyler Technologies, one of the biggest software providers for the US state and federal government, are reporting finding suspicious logins and previously unseen remote access tools (RATs) on their networks and servers.
Privacy & Security
New Google ChromeOS updates cause 100% CPU usage, heating issues
After users investigated the issue, it was found to be caused by the Google Play '' suddenly utilizing 95-100% of the CPU for an extended period.
TIBCO Simplifies Data Unification With TIBCO Any Data Hub
The framework offers necessary capabilities to support the demand for accurate and consistent data across the organization with trust and control, aligning IT and the business.
Data Analytics
VanDyke Software Announces New Beta Releases of SecureCRT 9.0 for Windows with Built-in RDP and SecureFX 9.0 for Windows with AWS S3 Support
Now you can consolidate network connections right in SecureCRT and quickly connect RDP sessions in a tab. We also added a scratchpad tab and script editor tab so there’s no need to open separate editors.  
Automation & Productivity
Dell upgrades XPS 13 laptops with Intel's new Tiger Lake processors
In addition to the notebooks gaining the latest 11th-generation Core processors and Xe integrated graphics, the Developer Edition will be the first Tiger Lake laptop to ship with Linux Ubuntu 20.04TLS pre-loaded.
Automation & Productivity
Judge halts Trump administration ban on TikTok downloads
Attorneys for TikTok argued Sunday morning during a dial-in hearing that a ban by the Trump administration would be “devastating,” and urged a judge to block it until the entire case can be decided.
SoftBank leads $68 million investment in eCommerce startup ShipBob to expand its global eCommerce fulfillment solution
Its software combines order and inventory management, warehouse management, predictive data, and analytics, as well as optimized shipping for eCommerce companies.
Data Analytics
Noyo raises $12.5M Series A to keep building its health insurance API business
The startup sells the use of its application programming interfaces, or APIs, which in Noyo’s case allow customers to “execute, track, and confirm the fulfillment of member transaction requests to carriers,” 
Ring’s Flying In-Home Camera Drone Escalates Privacy Worries
Ring’s newly announced robot drone – a connected device that flies around homes taking security footage – is causing privacy experts’ concerns to take off.
Privacy & Security
McAllen, TX's communitywide Wi-Fi to bridge digital divide 
Using heat mapping to determine where coverage would go once the infrastructure was deployed, Mangriotis said it means residents receive "the best coverage with the least amount of points and least amount of equipment."
Smart Cities
ThunderX ransomware silenced with release of a free decryptor
A decryptor for the ThunderX ransomware has been released by cybersecurity firm Tesorion that lets victims recover their files for free.
Privacy & Security
Cisco extends SD-WAN options with AWS, Azure hybrid-cloud integration
With these additions, Cisco’s goal is to ensure cloud-destined traffic gets into the cloud network faster, improving management, performance, security and reducing the latency that can impact cloud workloads.
Cloud Computing
FirstComm Launches Microsoft Teams Integration: Targeting Enhanced Business Phone Capabilities
Customers will now be able to experience the full scope of FirstComm UCaaS telephony features directly through their Teams client, with minimal cost and quick implementation
JAIC seeking industry input for new model to rapidly acquire AI
To lead Tradewind, “the JAIC is considering setting up a competition for a 501(c) (non-profit) manager(s) of its prototype Artificial Intelligence (AI) Acquisition Business Model,” the RFI says. Artificial Intelligence
Google makes AI Platform Prediction generally available with expanded features 
Google LLC today announced the general availability of AI Platform Prediction, a service that allows companies to host machine learning models on its public cloud without having to worry about infrastructure management.
Cloud Computing
Pastebin adds 'Burn After Read' and 'Password Protected Pastes' to the dismay of the infosec community
Across the years, malware authors have used Pastebin to store malicious commands that they retrieve and run on infected hosts, hacked data, IP addresses for malware command and control servers, and many other operational details.
Privacy & Security
WANdisco Announces Global Agreement with Infosys to De-Risk and Accelerate Data Lake Migration to the Cloud
The solution provides a seamless and intuitive user experience for inventory collection, analysis, migration planning, migration, validation and data certification, thus automating the end-to-end data migration life cycle.
Cloud Computing
LAKE Solutions Puts Trust in Scality for New Cloud-Delivered Backup-as-a-Service Offering
LAKE can now assure customers that their data is both available and compliant with local data protection regulations.
Data Storage
Telepath is a buzzy new social network trying to fix what’s broken on Twitter
It may go without saying, but Telepath is going well beyond the standard social network bans on hate speech and incitement to violence.
Airbnb data portal to aid city tourism economies amid COVID-19 
The pilot will kick off in 15 cities and counties including New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver.
Smart Cities
Facebook’s Dynabench tool fools neural networks to advance AI research 
With Dynabench, Facebook hopes to address shortcomings it sees in current benchmarking methods and facilitate the creation of more robust artificial intelligence software.
Alien Android Banking Trojan Sidesteps 2FA
A newly uncovered banking trojan called Alien is invading Android devices worldwide, using an advanced ability to bypass two-factor authentication (2FA) security measures to steal victim credentials.
Privacy & Security
Amazon builds custom AZ1 ‘neural edge’ chip into its new Echo speaker 
 Amazon executives said today. It will enable the Echo to answer user questions faster by processing voice commands locally
Automation & Productivity
Unidentified agency’s network breached with ‘sophisticated’ malware
The attacker used compromised credentials to implant malware that evaded the agency’s security software and gained persistent access by exploiting firewall weaknesses.
Privacy & Security
Epic Games acquires kid tech platform SuperAwesome
SuperAwesome’s “kid tech” infrastructure sees use from more than 300 companies, such as Mattel, Disney, Hasbro, and Lego.
Phishing attacks are targeting your social network accounts
Scammers are targeting your social network accounts with phishing emails that pretend to be copyright violations or promises of a shiny 'blue checkmark' next to your name.
Privacy & Security
IBM Financial Transaction Manager Version 4.0 Arrives on Red Hat OpenShift
The new version of FTM solution will help fintech customers run Virtualized workflows and deploy containerization on Red Hat OpenShift.
Cloud Computing
Clearview, a controversial facial-recognition AI startup with an app that lets strangers invade your privacy, raises $8.6 million in funding 
According to a mission statement on its website, Clearview dubbed its app as “a new research tool used by law enforcement agencies to identify perpetrators and victims of crimes.”
Seagate gets into object storage with new CORTX software
The disk drive maker aims to build a developer community for the open source software and has published a reference architecture for use in a Lyve Drive Rack
Data Storage
The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache IoTDB as a Top-Level Project
Apache IoTDB is the missing link between current IoT data and IoT applications, and is redefining how IoT data is managed, both in the cloud and on the edge.
Data Analytics
Twitter is bringing its ‘read before you retweet’ prompt to all users
Encouraging people to at least read the article they’re sharing seems like a smart way to promote media literacy and stop some of the knee-jerk reactions that can make misinformation viral.
Spectra Logic Announces Industry’s First Tape Library to Store One Exabyte of Uncompressed Data Leveraging LTO-9 Technology
The ninth generation of LTO technology surpasses the per-cartridge capacity of LTO-8 by 50 percent to 18TB native, and advances full height LTO-9 drive performance by 15 percent to 400 MB/s native.
Data Storage
TCS and Yale University Develop Secure, Private off-Grid Networking Platform Using Blockchain
This framework is the first to combine the scalability and identity verification benefits of private blockchains with the trust and decentralization provided by public blockchains.
Govt. Services Firm Tyler Technologies Hit in Apparent Ransomware Attack
In a statement provided to KrebsOnSecurity after the markets closed central time, Tyler Tech said early this morning the company became aware that an unauthorized intruder had gained access to its phone and information technology systems.
Privacy & Security
New Microsoft Office on the way for people who don't want a subscription
While many have moved over to Microsoft 365, some prefer a perpetual license for Office that allows them to purchase a product once and to have it forever
Cerberus Sentinel acquires cybersecurity assessment firm Clear Skies Security
Under the deal, Clear Skies will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Cerberus Sentinel and will continue to focus on providing security assessments and penetration testing services
Privacy & Security
CelerX Becomes First Mobile eSports Platform on Blockchain to Surpass $3 Million in Player Winnings in One Month
As the world’s first mobile eSports app that runs on blockchain and the first (and only) approved by Apple to download, CelerX supports transactions made with cryptocurrency – including 20% of BUST-A-MOVE’s player deposits
CrowdStrike acquires zero-trust cybersecurity startup Preempt Security for $96M 
Post-acquisition, CrowdStrike intends to offer its customers enhanced zero-trust security capabilities and strengthen the CrowdStrike Falcon platform with conditional access technology.
Privacy & Security
KIOXIA Bolsters NVMe-oF Ecosystem with Ethernet SSD Storage; Collaborates with Marvell, Foxconn-Ingrasys and Accton
The EBOF storage solution bypasses the cost, complexity, and system limitations inherent with standard JBOF storage systems, which typically include a CPU, DRAM, HBA, and switch.
Data Storage
Estonia-based tech startup Klaus raises $5.4M in funding to help large support teams improve conversations with customers
Klaus connects via API with 17 modern help desk software like Intercom, Zendesk, and Salesforce Service Cloud, providing dozens of specialized features for giving internal feedback at scale to hundreds or thousands of service agents.
Automation & Productivity
Three in a row. Liqid composes DoD supercomputer contract
The new system will live at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Mississippi and The new Liqid system will enable the ERDC to design physical infrastructure that can withstand disasters.
Data Storage
Wikipedia is getting its first desktop redesign in 10 years
A collapsible sidebar will be the first change to roll out; this will allow users to collapse the menu on the left side of each page, to minimize distractions, and limit irrelevant content and links on the left of your screen to make it easier to focus
Automation & Productivity
Traefik Labs adds another layer to its open-source microservices networking stack 
It built Traefik Proxy as a cloud-native alternative to traditional network routers, which lack important features such as service discovery, automation and auto-scaling.
Network Management
TIBCO Hyperconverged Analytics Dramatically Simplifies Analytics Experience
As part of the Hyperconverged Analytics experience, the company also unveiled TIBCO Spotfire 11 and TIBCO Cloud Data Streams, which dramatically accelerate insights and actions for businesses.
Data Analytics
Instagram bug allowed crashing the app via image sent to device
Technical details about a high-severity vulnerability in Facebook’s Instagram app for Android and iOS show how an attacker could exploit it to deny user access to the app, take full control of their account, or use their mobile device to spy on them.
Privacy & Security
AT&T Delivering 5G and Networking-as-a-Service Capabilities to Three Air Force Bases as Part of Air Force Push to Modernize
“We think it is vital to test commercially provided services like 5G and software-based networking-as-a-service capabilities as we explore ways to help us innovate and improve our global air, space and cyber readiness."
Network Management
Zoom’s earliest investors are betting millions on a better Zoom for schools
Although the name might convince you that it’s a third-party add-on to Zoom, it’s an entirely independently owned company. And it’s built for teachers who need to find a way to create more-engaging, live-synchronous learning.
Microsoft gets exclusive license for OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model
“The scope of commercial and creative potential that can be unlocked through the GPT-3 model is profound, with genuinely novel capabilities — most of which we haven’t even imagined yet."
Adobe intros Liquid Mode, an AI tool that automatically reformats PDFs for small screens
Using its AI framework Sensei, Adobe's new Liquid Mode tool can understand the structure of PDFs and automatically reformat text, images and tables for consumption on small screens.
Automation & Productivity
Infortrend Scale-out NAS Supports Copy Data Management for Backing Up and Archiving of Production Data
To satisfy these requirements, CS now supports CDM software, including Rubrik’s CDM platform, for easy backup of enterprise production data to CS scale-out cluster system. CS’ capacity can be expanded by demand to 100+ PB for archiving big data produced by various enterprise applications.
Data Stroage
ThoughtSpot Launches SaaS Offering to Unlock the Value of Cloud Data Warehouses with Search & AI-Driven Analytics
With ThoughtSpot Cloud, businesses can empower employees to access granular insights across the entirety of their cloud data in a matter of minutes, helping these organizations maximize ROI from their investments in cloud data warehouses like Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, and Microsoft Azure Synapse.
Data Analytics
Microsoft expands Azure Arc’s hybrid cloud capabilities for better communications 
In addition, the company announced a new communications service built on top of Azure that makes it possible for developers to add video call, chat and SMS text capabilities to their applications.
Cloud Computing
Intel launches industrial IoT processors, software packages for various industries
Think of it as a full asset stack with reference designs, tooling, acceleration, applications, and connectivity," said Healy, who added that Intel is creating a consistent edge developer experience.
Gigamon Partners with Nokia to Deliver Breakthrough Network Visibility and Customer Experience Solution to Accelerate 5G Adoption
An industry-first, Gigamon delivers real-time analytics for its global customers, providing the network traffic visibility required by 5G providers for seamless performance.
Network Management
Cyber insurer's security scans reduced ransomware claims by 65%
Since introducing Corvus Scan 2.0 in April, Corvus states that the amount of ransomware-related claims has dropped by 65% with zero claims in new customers caused by breaches through RDP.
Privacy & Security
Ceph scales to 10 billion objects
Red Hat wants to demonstrate both the scalability of object storage in Ceph and its speed. The company has shown Ceph can scale to a billion objects and perform well at that level via metadata caching on NVMe SSDs.
Data Storage
London-based CloudMargin raises $15M Series B funding led by Citi, Deutsche Bank, and Deutsche Börse, for its SaaS-based collateral management platform
Unlike the traditional collateral management solution, CloudMargin bypasses many of the shortfalls of legacy, on-premise software, enabling clients to experience rapid implementation and access to robust and secure collateral management workflow software.
Automation & Productivity
Google Cloud Buckets Exposed in Rampant Misconfiguration
Six percent of all Google Cloud buckets are misconfigured and left open to the public internet, for anyone to access their contents.
Privacy & Security
Red Hat shifts automated data pipeline into OpenShift
“With Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4.5 … we’ve taken a significant step forward in our mission to make enterprise data accessible, resilient and actionable to applications across the open hybrid cloud.”
Data Storage
Qlik Expands Strategic Partnership With Google Cloud With Integrated Solution for SAP Data Analytics
The newly launched solution from Qlik for Google Cloud enables customers to accelerate and simplify the delivery of SAP data for real-time analytics on BigQuery.
Data Analytics
Mozilla spins out WebThings as an independent IoT project
There are other open IoT standards initiatives currently in motion too, such as Connected Home Over IP, a working group comprising dozens of major technology companies including Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook.
Druva pushes Kubernetes container protection into beta
The service, currently in beta, will provide application-consistent data protection, including resources inside and outside Kubernetes clusters. That includes dependencies on external storage and databases.
Data Storage
HP's first Intel 11th-gen laptops use recycled ocean-bound plastics
They’re also among the company’s first laptops (along with the Elite Dragonfly) to use post-consumer-recycled and “ocean-bound” plastics (limited to the speaker housing) that would otherwise end up in the sea.
IDC reports jump in server sales, decline in storage revenue
IDC released two surveys last week with seemingly contradictory results, but there is an underlying pattern: For now, on-premises hardware sales are dipping, while cloud sales are booming.
Cloud Computing
Firefox for Android Bug Allows ‘Epic Rick-Rolling’
The attack manifests in the form of a Firefox browser window on the target device suddenly launching, without the users’ permission.
Privacy & Security
BindTuning’s Design, Featuring SharePoint and Office 365 Themes, Now Available on Microsoft AppSource
This out-of-the-box solution helps organizations reshape their intranet design to mirror their brand identity with customizable themes that don’t require coding or design skills
TouchNet Launches Mobile Ordering App
Campus commerce vendor TouchNet has introduced TouchNet OrderAhead, a mobile ordering application that integrates with the company's OneCard credential solution or can be added to a university's own mobile app.
TikTok proposes social media coalition to curb harmful content
The company, owned by China’s ByteDance and at the center of a political battle between Washington and Beijing, said it had sent letters to nine companies for a memorandum of understanding on content moderation.
Privacy & Security
Google App Engine feature abused to create unlimited phishing pages
A newly discovered technique by a researcher shows how Google's App Engine domains can be abused to deliver phishing and malware while remaining undetected by leading enterprise security products.
Privacy & Security
India Mobile Premier League raises $90 million in Series C funding for the largest eSports and mobile gaming platform in Asia
Mobile Premier League (MPL) is a Bengaluru, India-based online gaming startup and a skill-based E-Sports platform where anyone can play their favourite mobile games and win real cash. It’s also the largest esports and mobile gaming platform in Asia.
Facebook says it could be forced to leave EU over data regulation 
If Facebook loses the case, that could mean that it would lose its 410 million users in the EU, which would not only be a significant loss to them, but also to Facebook’s bottom line.
Privacy & Security
Russia wants to ban the use of secure protocols such as TLS 1.3, DoH, DoT, ESNI
The Russian government is working on updating its technology laws so it can ban the use of modern internet protocols that can hinder its surveillance and censorship capabilities. Privacy & Security
PagerDuty to Acquire Rundeck to Expand DevOps Automation Capabilities Across Digital Operations
Rundeck gives front line incident response teams, including engineering, IT, customer service and security, a self-service way to run automated machine-centric workflows – or runbooks – that prevent, diagnose and resolve incidents at the push of a button, without needing to escalate to an expert
Automation & Productivity
GSA adds machine learning support for agency regulatory reviews
The CoE initiative aims to accelerate agencies’ information technology modernization through a combination of industry innovations and government services, while also compiling best practices
Automation & Productivity
Document Management Market to Witness Astonishing Growth by 2026 | Dell, IBM, Microsoft
Major players in the report included are Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Xerox, SpringCM, Agiloft, Synergis, Trace.
Document Management
Microsoft acquires game publisher Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion
The move comes on September 21, a day before Microsoft is opening up preorders for its new gaming consoles, the Xbox One X and Xbox One  S.
NCR Teams Up with Microsoft to Keep Millions of IoT Edge Devices Running
NCR’s Digital Connected Services Internet of Things (IoT) management software will run on top of Azure IoT AI technology. That means data can be turned into insights faster, and incidents that could potentially impact availability can be identified sooner, increasing uptime
PagerDuty gets a dose of automation to help resolve issues more proactively 
Incident response platform provider PagerDuty Inc. said today it’s adding new machine learning and automation capabilities to its digital operations management platform in what it calls its biggest set of upgrades in years.
Automation & Productivity
Ahana announces managed service for Presto on AWS
Ahead of the Linux Foundation's PrestoCon virtual event on September 24, Ahana, a relatively new challenger in the Presto query engine market, is announcing the release of its managed cloud service
Cloud Computing
Ionir exits stealth with the promise of instant data mobility for Kubernetes apps 
Ionir has built a cloud-native, software-defined storage and data management platform for Kubernetes applications that runs entirely in the cloud. It says its platform provides a “Data Teleport” capability that enables instant data mobility for persistent storage volumes.
Cloud Computing
Judge blocks US ban on WeChat that was set to go into effect today
US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said in her order that WeChat users showed “serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor.”
Playco raises $100 million at $1 billion valuation for instant games across platforms
"And there’s a new push with binary streaming, which is quite interesting with iOS App Clips, which comes with iOS 14, as well as Google Instant Play. They let you play a game before you’ve installed it.”
Mobile banking startup Chime lands $485M mega-round at $14.5B valuation 
The startup offers checking and savings accounts that do away most of the fees traditional banks charge for actions such as ATM withdrawals. Chime also doesn’t require a monthly subscription to use its service.
Hurd, Kelly make final push to create a national AI strategy
“America leads the world in innovation, but to keep up we must embrace AI in the government, private sector and education,” Hurd said in the announcement Wednesday.
Automation & Productivity
NYC, DC lead 10 US cities in global smart city rankings 
The IMD ranking surveyed hundreds of citizens across 109 cities in April and May of this year and asked them about technological provisions across health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities and governance.
Smart Cities
Google, OnStar, ADT and Others Integrate With 911 Startup
Cloud-based emergency response platform RapidDeploy has integrated with hardware and software from dozens of other companies, trying to create a shared ecosystem for legacy and cutting-edge tech.
Smart Cities
Norway-based Exabel closes $3.6m seed funding to help and empower human investors with AI
Exabel team combines sophisticated mathematical models and machine learning to extract insights by cross-analyzing both traditional and alternative data sources.
Data Analytics
Poste Italiane Speeds Up Cloud-Native Application Development by 80% Using Red Hat’s Open Hybrid Cloud Technologies
Open innovation platform aims to address new normal with faster delivery of new and updated digital services on Poste Italiane’s journey to be the cloud-enabled distribution platform of choice in Italy
Cloud Computing
Accenture Cloud First Launches with $3 Billion Investment to Accelerate Clients’ Move to Cloud and Digital Transformation
"Accenture Cloud First brings our strong capabilities in driving change and developing talent not only for our clients but also for Accenture — we are already 95% in the cloud, and in FY19, we invested $1 billion in developing our people.”
Cloud Computing
Firefox bug lets you hijack nearby mobile browsers via WiFi
Mozilla has fixed a bug that can be abused to hijack all the Firefox for Android browsers on the same WiFi network and force users to access malicious sites, such as phishing pages.
Privacy & Security
Ericsson snaps up Cradlepoint for $1.1B to bring 5G to the enterprise 
Ericsson supplies carriers with technology for building 5G networks, while Cradlepoint’s routers enable enterprises to connect their stores and other assets to those 5G carrier networks
Unity Technologies raises more than $1.3 billion in IPO at $13.6 billion valuation
Unity is one of the most important technologies in gaming, as software built with its tools runs on more than 1.5 billion devices.
Avertium Enhances LogRhythm Expertise With Acquisition of 1440 Security
This acquisition enhances Avertium’s extended detection and response (XDR) approach, and advanced threat management expertise within its managed security service offerings
Privacy & Security
VMware and Nutanix grab lion’s share of spoils, in ‘difficult quarter’ for HCI vendors
IDC’s converged systems tracker for Q2 2020 shows a decline in a “difficult quarter”. But HCI sales did grow well in China and Japan, and HPE did well with its HCI systems.
Data Storage
Microsoft removes Windows Defender ability after security concerns
With yesterday's release of the Windows Defender Antimalware Client version 4.18.2009.2-0, BleepingComptuer discovered that Microsoft once again quietly changed the MpCmdRun.exe features.
Privacy & Security
NTT DATA Delivers End-to-End AI Capabilities with New Data Partners, Dataiku and Snowflake
In a recent study by NTT DATA, 79 percent of responding executives say they recognize the value of data but are hampered by data silos and poor leadership. And, only 10 percent reported that they are very effective at using data to adopt new business models and enter new markets.
Data Analytics
Microsoft Teams and OneNote bring these new features for remote learning
The latest Teams tools include 'praise badges' from the Praise app, which Microsoft suggests teachers can use to "recognize student social skills, grow emotional vocabulary, and give valuable recognition to the daily wins".
Payment Card Skimming Hits 2,000 E-Commerce Sites
"Seller z3r0day stressed that - because Magento 1 is end-of-life - no patches will be provided by Adobe to fix this bug, which renders this exploit extra damaging to store owners using the legacy platform," the Sanguine Security report notes.
Privacy & Security
Alibaba debuts a new cloud operating system and its first cloud computer
He said the platform offers a digital native operating system that will be “intelligent, future-proof, mobile and driven by big data.”
Cloud Computing
Trump to ban US TikTok and WeChat app store downloads on September 20th
Reuters said that the administration’s ban would bar Apple and Google from offering any of these Chinese-owned apps in their app stores for US users
Sigfox and Cube Infrastructure Managers Announce Major Partnership in IoT Infrastructure
Sigfox has grown its 0G IoT services by rolling out 0G networks across 72 countries and regions, which was largely achieved with partners called Sigfox Operators
erwin Launches New Cloud Migration and Data Governance Suite
erwin Cloud Catalyst is comprised of erwin Data Modeler (erwin DM), erwin Data Intelligence (erwin DI) and erwin Smart Data Connectors, working together to automate every step of cloud migration and data governance, including data mapping, cataloging and lineage
Cloud Computing
Seagate ships 18TB Exos disk drive
The nearline disk drive capacity race is hotting up – Western Digital has shipped 18TB drives since July and Seagate aims to ship 20TB drives by the end of the year.Data Storage
Apple Bug Allows Code Execution on iPhone, iPad, iPod
According to researchers at IBM’s X-Force, one of the most significant bugs patched by Apple is a privilege-escalation vulnerability impacting Apple iOS and iPadOS (up to 13.7).
Privacy & Security
CB Insights buys Netherlands-based Blockdata to build out blockchain data offering and untangle the blockchain economy
The startup synthesizes vast amounts of unstructured information about the blockchain/DLT ecosystem to enable financial institutions, governments, and enterprises to confidently decide on the use cases, companies, and projects they should pursue.
Hysolate delivers centrally managed secure endpoint VMs as a service 
The Isolated Workspace-as-a-Service is intended for companies that need to control employee workstation security closely in remote work environments by providing operating system-isolated endpoints that can be managed centrally from the cloud.
Privacy & Security
Mozilla sunsets Notes and Send to ‘tighten’ its product focus
As of this morning, the Firefox Send portal still sported a “temporarily unavailable” message, but in a blog post Mozilla confirmed that it won’t be bringing the service back.
Privacy & Security
GlobalSign Digital Signing Service Now Available on the New PKI ‘Atlas’ Platform
Already the industry’s leading digital signing solution, DSS within Atlas offers expanded automation, lifecycle management, and access capabilities to enterprise IT administrators as well as an upgraded user interface
Automation & Productivity
AppDirect secures $185M funding for its subscription commerce platform; now valued at $1.5 billion
The AppDirect cloud service commerce platform unites providers, developers, and consumers of cloud services into a single ecosystem.
Cloud Computing
Snowflake shares skyrocket on data warehousing player's market debut
Snowflake offers companies a way to generate, process, and analyze large amounts of data in real time.
Data Analytics
Pure Storage buys Portworx for $370M to expand further into cloud-native storage 
Pure Storage Inc. said today it’s acquiring data services platform Portworx Inc. as it looks to expand into the growing market for cloud-native and Kubernetes-based storage services.
Data Storage
This security awareness training email is actually a phishing scam
A creative phishing campaign uses an email template that pretends to be a reminder to complete security awareness training from a well-known security company.
Privacy & Security
Monte Carlo Raises $16M to Build the World’s First Data Reliability Platform
Monte Carlo has built the first end-to-end platform for enterprises to increase trust in data and eliminate Data Downtime, in other words, times when data is inaccurate, missing, or otherwise erroneous.
Data Analytics
Bluetooth Spoofing Bug Affects Billions of IoT Devices
The BLE Spoofing Attacks (BLESA) flaw arises from authentication issues in the process of device reconnection — an area often overlooked by security experts.
Privacy & Security
Cloudera adds data engineering, visualization to its Data Platform
Cloudera announces the addition of new data engineering and data visualization "experiences" to the Cloudera Data Platform, complementing its equally new analytical database offering.
Data Analytics Secures $26 Million in Venture Capital Funding
Our customers rely on’s enterprise data catalog and governance capabilities to help them meet their critical business goals and thrive in this new economy.
Data Analytics
WANdisco launches LiveData Migrator to move on-premises Hadoop data to the cloud 
LiveData Migrator overcomes the challenge by using a homegrown technology that enables what WANdisco describes as nonblocking file system reads and writes. In other words, users who depend on the data being moved for their work can keep using it during the migration.
Cloud Computing
RapidAI raises $25 million to analyze medical scans with AI algorithms
RapidAI also offers a HIPAA-compliant mobile app designed to give stroke team members access to results and preview files, plus the ability to communicate about patient care via an in-app messaging system.
Automation & Productivity
Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is growing fast
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, announced that August 2020 ended in over 2 billion total searches via its search platform.
Privacy & Security
Seeqc raises $22.4M to build out its hybrid quantum computing architecture 
Seeqc also has the distinct advantage of being able to access to Hypres’ fab, which means it can also manufacture its own chips. That makes it one of the few companies in the quantum area with the capability to design, build and test such a system by itself.
Automation & Productivity
Gigamon and Cisco Strengthen Network Threat Detection and Response with New Integration
As part of the deal, the two companies will expand the integration of Gigamon ThreatINSIGHT and Cisco SecureX. The integration acts to optimize network security through accelerated threat detection and response (NDR).
Privacy & Security
VAST Data tackles AI workloads at LightSpeed
VAST Data is enabling customers to tackle bigger AI and HPC workloads  courtesy of a new storage architecture that works hand in glove with Nvidia GPU Direct.
Data Storage
GoDaddy acquires SkyVerge, the tech startup behind the popular WordPress plugin WooCommerce
SkyVerge has more than 60 WooCommerce extensions, spanning payments, email marketing, and memberships, used by over 100,000 eCommerce merchants for high-performance online stores
Automation & Productivity
Amperity 3.0 Launches: First and Only CDP to Solve the End-to-End Customer Data Challenges of the Enterprise
Recent partnerships with Kroger, DICK’s Sporting Goods, and many others, demonstrate Amperity’s ability to operate at a true enterprise-scale and confirm the urgency of brands’ needs to invest in a customer data foundation amid radical changes to consumer habits.
Data Analytics
Seven storage suppliers settle on AWS Outposts
AWS Outposts is a fully managed service based on a converged infrastructure rack, Amazon’s public cloud in a box, providing an AWS computing environment within a customer’s data centre.
Cloud Computing
HP's new PCs include the first-ever AMD-based business class desktop mini PCs
The HP EliteDesk 805 G6 Small Form Factor is the first-ever AMD-based small form factor business class desktop. Meanwhile, the HP ProBook 635 Aero G7 is the lightest AMD-based business notebook.  
Automation & Productivity
Google partners with Lenovo on videoconferencing hardware
These high-end room kits are powered by the Google Meet Compute System, which serves as a kind of nerve center for the hardware and uses much of the same technology found in Google’s cloud data centers
Automation & Productivity
Code42 Unveils Incydr: Detection and Response for Insider Threats
After forging a strategic partnership with Exabeam,  Code42 has announced the Code42 Incydr product, a new SaaS offering that protects organizations’ intellectual property, source code and trade secrets.
Privacy & Security
Zwift, maker of a popular indoor training app, just landed a whopping $450 million in funding led by KKR Co
Since its 2015 founding, 2.5 million people have signed up to enter a world that, as Outside magazine once described it, is “part social-media platform, part personal trainer, part computer game.”
Apple announces updated eighth-generation 10.2-inch entry-level iPad for $329
The A12 chip brings Apple’s “Neural Engine” processing capabilities to its entry-level iPad for the first time, with a promise of twice the graphics performance.
Automation & Productivity
Qumulo Launches on AWS Outposts to Enable File Storage and Data Management Everywhere
“With Qumulo File Data Platform for AWS Outposts, customers can benefit from a comprehensive data management solution for any application in their environment, on AWS Outposts, or in AWS Regions, for a truly consistent hybrid experience.”
Data Storage
DataStax unveils Stargate project to turn Cassandra into a multi-model database
The goal of Stargate is opening up Cassandra beyond the existing develop base skilled in CQL (Cassandra Query Language) or Gremlin to JavaScript developers versed in JSON, or Java developers accustomed to working with SQL.
Surge in DDoS attacks targeting education and academic sector
“For each month from February to June, the number of DDoS attacks that affected educational resources out of the total number of attacks was 350-500% greater in 2020 than in the corresponding month in 2019,” Kaspersky found.
Privacy & Security
Google launches Kartta Labs to recreate historical maps in 3D
Google today launched Kartta Labs, an open source, scalable system on Google Cloud and Kubernetes that reconstructs what cities looked like in the past from historical maps and photos.
QR Codes Serve Up a Menu of Security Concerns
Sample attack scenarios include an attacker embedding a malicious URL containing custom malware into a QR code, which could then exfiltrate data from a mobile device when scanned, he added
Privacy & Security
Anaplan integrates with AWS, Amazon Forecast with PlanIQ managed service
PlanIQ with Amazon Forecast takes Anaplan's calculation engine and integrates it with AWS' machine learning and deep learning algorithms.
Data Analytics
Dell integrates VxRail with VMware Tanzu for faster on-premises Kubernetes deployments 
The company said that means Dell EMC VxRail is the first appliance to offer a fully integrated Tanzu portfolio with reference architecture, cluster and private cloud offerings.
Data Storage
Adobe’s new 3D transform tools for After Effects look great
Adobe is updating both Premiere Pro and After Effects today with some pretty nice quality-of-life features, but the most exciting are the new 3D transform tools for After Effects.
Automation & Productivity
Airmeet bags $12 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital India
Airmeet claims it is already doing around 1,000 events a month and has a base of close to one million users, which is growing at around 25% month-on-month.
Automation & Productivity
Windows 10 ‘Finger’ command can be abused to download or steal files
These are known as living-off-the-land binaries (LoLBins) and can help attackers bypass security controls to fetch malware without triggering a security alert on the system.
Privacy & Security
WorldRemit Launches WorldRemit Transfer Tracker App
Consumer research shows that financial insecurity is at an all time high. WorldRemit is working tirelessly to increase transparency and support users by providing easy access to financial services
Scality RING8 on All-Flash Delivers File and Object Storage Performance 10x Faster Than Competitive Solutions
Scality RING customers gain the all-flash advantage with the industry’s only solution to support both scale-out file and object storage on a single platform.
Data Storage
Sternum, an Israeli cybersecurity startup founded by a 28-year-old female founder, raises $6.5M to secure medical IoT devices
Sternum provides on-device real-time threat detection and prevention, as well as cloud-based monitoring, management, and response platform for IoT devices. I
Verisk Unveils New Vai-Powered App to Help Streamline Contents Removal Workflows After a Loss
The Vai technology in ContentsTrack uses image-detection artificial intelligence known as Object Recognition to help restorers significantly speed up their contents inventorying workflows.
VMware adds files, objects and more in vSAN two-step
The company is adding the Kubernetes API and vSAN Data Persistence platform with Tanzu to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1.
Data Storage
Vast majority of cyber-attacks on cloud servers aim to mine cryptocurrency
"Our analysis suggests that the threat landscape shifted towards organized cybercrime, which is investing in infrastructure," Aqua said.
Privacy & Security
Oracle Cloud Guard, Maximum Security Zones now available
Maximum Security Zones enable customers to protect sensitive data with pre-configured security policies, which can't be changed for any reason. The idea is to prevent organizations from opening themselves up to breaches based on misconfiguration errors.
Privacy & Security
Magecart Attack Impacts More Than 10K Online Shoppers
According to Sansec Threat Intelligence, online stores running Magento versions 1 and 2 are being targeted in a classic Magecart attack pattern, where e-commerce sites are hacked, either via a common vulnerability or stolen credentials
Privacy & Security
Talend integrates trust metrics into its data integration platform 
Talend Trust Score instantly assesses the reliability of an organization’s data to help companies resolve data integrity issues across increasingly sprawling on-premises and cloud environments.
Data Analytics
Facebook introduces a co-viewing experience in Messenger, ‘Watch Together’
The feature, called “Watch Together,” works with all Facebook Watch video content, including its original programs, user uploads, creator content, live streams, and soon, music videos.
Microsoft’s Cloud Business Revenue Overtakes AWS and Google Combined
The most astonishing aspect of the Q4 Revenue report is the growth of Azure Cognitive Services. In June 2020, the platform was used to process 13.5 billion transactions, transcribing 9 million hours of speech and sending 2.5 billion messages.
Cloud Computing
Oracle reportedly wins deal for TikTok’s US operations as ‘trusted tech partner’
This is different from an outright sale, and appears to suggest Oracle will be helping run TikTok’s US operations with its own cloud technologies.
Cloud Computing
New, Free Training Course Teaches Fundamentals of Serverless on Kubernetes
To help close this talent gap, The Linux Foundation and Cloud Native Computing Foundation have released a new, free training course, Introduction to Serverless on Kubernetes, on the edX platform.
Cloud Computing
US staffing firm Artech discloses ransomware attack, data breach
REvil is a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation that breaches corporate networks via exposed remote desktop services and compromised Managed Service Providers, as well as by using exploits and spam emails.
Privacy & Security
CYBER.ORG Kicks off National K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Development
State standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Currently, there are only a few models of state-developed cybersecurity standards and no national standards specific to cybersecurity.
Microsoft will bundle updates to streamline patching
The new practice will combine the two – SSU and CU – into one package for download and deployment by IT administrators.
Automation & Productivity
China has Been Doing ‘Mass Surveillance’ on Millions of Citizens in US, UK, Australia and India
One intelligence analyst described the giant global database as "Cambridge Analytica on steroids", according to the ABC, while the Telegraph reported that intelligence sources described the scale of information as "frightening". 
Privacy & Security
BLURtooth vulnerability lets attackers overwrite Bluetooth authentication keys
In some versions of the BLURtooth attack, the authentication keys can be overwritten completely, while in other authentication keys can be downgraded to use weak encryption.
Privacy & Security
Report: SoftBank close to selling Arm to Nvidia for $40B+ 
But if the deal happens and is approved by regulators, Nvidia would vastly expand its already fast-growing business in chips for gaming and artificial intelligence workloads in data centers.
Automation & Productivity
New York Times invests in the world’s first platform to leverage speech-to-text for audio, video, and text content production
Founded in 2014 by Jeff Kofman and Mark Boas,  Trint uses A.I. to automatically transcribe and translate, making multimedia content verifiable, searchable, editable, and shareable.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft takes aim at Sony with cloud gaming service
Subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, priced at $14.99 monthly, will be able to play more than 150 games via the cloud on Xbox consoles, Android devices and PCs.
Cloud Computing
JAIC is working on new contract vehicles to buy AI
OTAs give the DOD the authority to sidestep traditional acquisition requirements to speed up pilot procurements with nontraditional technology providers.
Indianapolis-based tech startup Sharpen secures $12 million in funding to grow its agent-first omnichannel cloud contact center platform
The omnichannel platform lets users work-from-anywhere, seamlessly moving between calls, texts, webchats, emails, social media, video, etc. all in real-time and in a single interaction.
Automation & Productivity
Microsoft AI tool enables ‘extremely large’ models with a trillion parameters 
Microsoft Corp. has released a new version of its open-source DeepSpeed tool that it says will enable the creation of deep learning models with a trillion parameters, more than five times as many as in the world’s current largest model.
Office 365 will let users view their quarantined phishing messages
Microsoft is planning to allow Office 365 users to view and request the release of phishing messages automatically quarantined by the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) filtering stack.
Privacy & Security
LTO org changes tape roadmap strategy, cuts LTO-9 capacity to build air-gapped ransomware defence for storage
In other words we don’t actually need a doubled tape capacity with gen 9 because we can capably air-gap defend disk data against ransomware by using 18TB LTO-9 tapes.
Data Storage
WordPress Plugin Flaw Allows Attackers to Forge Emails
To fix the flaw, users must “upgrade to WordPress Email Subscribers & Newsletters plugin by Icegram version 4.5.6 or higher,” according to researchers at Tenable, who discovered the flaw, in an advisory on Thursday.
Privacy & Security
Cisco extends Meraki SD-WAN to Microsoft Azure
Cisco and Microsoft have teamed up on another joint effort, this time to make it easier for enterprise branch offices with Cisco Meraki SD-WAN gear to tap into the Azure  Virtual WAN service.
Network Management
Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers
Failure to comply with the Irish preliminary order could mean fines of up to 4 percent of Facebook’s annual revenue, according to the WSJ, roughly $2.8 billion.
Privacy & Security
Control Bionics Launches World-Class Multi-Modal Augmentative and Alternative Communications Device for Those With Speech and Motor Disorders
The new neuro-based voice output communication aid is intended to help people living with a range of conditions, including ALS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Cerebral Palsy and Spinal Cord Injury, find their voice.
Automation & Productivity
ThreatConnect acquires enterprise risk management firm Nehemiah Security
Nehemiah Security's CRQ solutions will be added to ThreatConnect's existing Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP), which includes security orchestration, automation, and threat response technologies
Privacy & Security
New PKI Risk Assessment Tool Measures Exposure to Cybersecurity Risks
The PKI Risk Assessment Tool, available now for any enterprise to download at no cost, determines the risk level for each specific use case independently, making the approach unique to Sectigo and the security market as a whole.
Privacy & Security
Ransomware And Zoom-Bombing: Cyberattacks Disrupt Back-to-School Plans
As students prepare to return to school, whether in-person or virtually, school districts are battling a slew of ransomware, phishing and virtual classroom hijacking attacks.
Privacy & Security
Actifio pushes cloud DR that accelerates slow object storage to near SSD speed
With a 50:50 read/write mix, the Actifio DR instance running off Nearline storage, and with a Persistent Disk cache, provided 95 per cent of the performance of the production instance running on Persistent Disk.
Data Storage
Dgraph Labs Launches Slash GraphQL, Industry’s First GraphQL-Native Database Backend-As-A-Service
Dgraph, creators of the world’s most advanced graph database, today announced the launch of Slash GraphQL, a fully managed GraphQL backend service powered by the industry’s first native GraphQL database, Dgraph.
Data Analytics
Zoom adds two-factor authentication (2FA) support to all accounts
This is because, Zoom accounts secured using 2FA will require you to enter a one-time code from a mobile authenticator app or received via SMS or phone call, in addition to the account's password, before allowing you to sign in to the Zoom web portal, desktop client, mobile app, or Zoom Room.
Privacy & Security
Microsoft will power virtual fan experience at NFL games with Teams, following NBA deal
They’ll watch the game via Microsoft Teams, the company’s collaboration software, and show up on the “Fan Mosaic.”
Automation & Productivity
NSF’s new AI Institutes will leverage industry resources to expand network
Accenture, Amazon, Google and Intel committed to help put more than $160 million toward the second round of institutes, making growing the network a multi-sector endeavor.
Artificial Intelligence
Facebook launches a social network for college campus students 
Although the apps are completely separate, if someone is blocked on Facebook they’ll be blocked on Campus and vice versa. What is shared on Campus is only available to people who use Campus, Facebook said.
Ransomware accounted for 41% of all cyber insurance claims in H1 2020
"In the first half of 2020 alone, we observed a 260% increase in the frequency of ransomware attacks amongst our policyholders, with the average ransom demand increasing 47%," the company added.
Privacy & Security
Mastercard launches blockchain virtual currency test platform for central banks 
Mastercard’s proprietary virtual testing environment, the “Mastercard Content Exchange,” will evaluate CDBC use cases for central banks and enable the simulation of issuance, distribution and exchange of CDBCs between banks, financial service providers and consumers.
Secureworks acquires vulnerability management platform Delve
Founded in 2014, Delve offers enterprise clients a vulnerability management platform based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).  

Privacy & Security
Esri Acquires nFrames to Enhance Its 3D Capabilities
This will enable the fusion of imagery with 3D GIS, allowing nFrames and Esri users to seamlessly capture and analyze 3D data from aerial, drone, and ground-based sensors in an automated end-to-end process.
Automation & Productivity
Orchard raises $69 million to develop machine learning for buying and selling homes
This feature is complemented by Photo Switch, which uses computer vision and machine learning to scan interior and exterior photos of a home and add precise details to the database.
Automation & Productivity
Zoho debuts Workplace, a unified cloud workspace for its office apps
Zoho may not be as famous as Google or Microsoft, but it's developed numerous apps that compete with G Suite and Microsoft Office.
Automation & Productivity
New CDRThief malware steals VoIP metadata from Linux softswitches
A softswitch is a software solution acting as a VoIP server that manages traffic (audio/video/text) in a telecommunication network. It is a central element that ensures a connection between both internal and external lines.
Privacy & Security
TeamTNT Gains Full Remote Takeover of Cloud Instances
Using a legitimate tool called Weave Scope, the cybercrime group is establishing fileless backdoors on targeted Docker and Kubernetes clusters.
Privacy & Security
Back to basics: HPE adds SSDs, faster controllers, tiering and Cloud Volumes backup juice to MSA arrays
HPE’s basic Modular Smart Array storage line now goes a bit faster, with tiering and backup to the cloud, after the tech giant’s Gen 6 update announcement.
Data Storage
IFTTT introduces Pro subscriptions, limits free version to three applets
Now IFTTT can be configured to pause the music and light up the doorway light and send an SMS message whenever that doorbell is pressed, all from a single applet configuration.
Wi-Fi sensing adds motion detection and gesture recognition to your wireless network
Wi-Fi sensing offers a compelling alternative for keeping an eye on the kids after school, caring for elderly relatives remotely, and collecting biometric measurements with a bit of anonymity.
Accenture myWizard and the Dawn of AI-based Intelligent Automation Platform
Accenture myWizard® is an integrated automation platform with AI at the core and resilient, plug-and-play architecture.
Automation & Productivity
Blue Prism adds optical character recognition, e-commerce enhancements to platform
Decipher IDP includes AI so customers can scan, classify and extract data from documents including invoices, purchase orders and applications.
Automation & Productivity
Hyland enters definitive agreement to acquire Alfresco 
"With this acquisition Alfresco brings significant geographic and industry experience to Hyland as well as an open source community as a new source of product innovation. "
Document Management
Android 11 officially debuts with a focus on usability more than new features 
The bubble feature allows users to respond to important conversations without having to switch back and forth between what they are doing and a messaging app.
Yubico’s new USB-C security key with NFC could be the one key to unlock them all
The YubiKey 5C NFC is available today and costs $55, which is $5 more than the standard YubiKey 5C, and Yubico says it supports iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and Linux.
Privacy & Security
Pcysys raises $25 million for automated cybersecurity testing
Pcysys’ platform, which doesn’t require installation or network reconfiguration, uses algorithms to scan and “ethically” attack enterprise networks.
Privacy & Security
IBM Announces Red Hat Marketplace to Accelerate Open Hybrid Cloud Innovation
The new platform is called Red Hat Marketplace, a one-stop-shop to find, try, buy, deploy and manage enterprise applications across an organization’s hybrid IT infrastructure.
Cloud Computing
Warner Music Group finds hackers compromised its online stores
"This allowed the unauthorized third party to potentially acquire a copy of the personal information you entered into one or more of the affected website(s) between April 25, 2020 and August 5, 2020."
Privacy & Security
JourneyApps deploys its low-code development platform OXIDE 
The company said it’s trying to strike a better balance between the speed and efficiency of low-code software creation with the flexibility and power of traditional code-based development.
Catalog bags $10 mil to fund DNA storage tech
Catalog can encode data in DNA at 25MB/hour, according to Turek and he expects orders of magnitude improvements in performance and cost.
Data Storage
Hasura Brings Instant GraphQL to MySQL and SQL Server for Rapid API Development, Raises $25M in Series B
Now they can enjoy instant data access with a modern GraphQL API, and Hasura’s built-in security, governance and scalability features will get their applications into production quickly and safely,”
Data Analytics
Google Cloud's Business Application Platform aims to court citizen, business developers with no-code approachGoogle Cloud Platform is launching its Business Application Platform, which couples API management with no-code application development, automation and analytics.Apps/DevOps
AI-powered CXM platform Sprinklr raises $200 million at a $2.7 billion valuation
Using what Sprinklr refers to as “AI listening processing,” the platform breaks down the data by elements like sentiment and location to figure out what people think about a company or its products and glean specific audience insights, such as why a product is selling better in London than San Francisco.
Data Analytics
Segment Launches Data Lakes, a New Data Architecture for Customer-First Companies
Combining the best of data lake architecture and data warehouse architecture, Segment Data Lakes provides companies with a flexible and affordable foundation for advanced customer analytics, data science and machine learning.
Data Analytics
Clarivate Launches Online Innovation Exchange to Advance Research, Development and Commercialization Activities
New Platform Features Curated Ecosystem of Partners, Enabling Life Science, Healthcare and Research Professionals Across Enterprises to Access Innovative Software and Data Offerings
Automation & Productivity
Inspur Information Unveils inMerge HCI Systems Targeting AI, Edge and Cloud Computing
The four HCI systems are built on Inspur’s NF5280M5 server and i24 multi-node server, with targeted optimization of density, storage, and heterogeneous computing.
Cloud Computing
Windows 10 themes can be abused to steal Windows passwords
Pass-the-Hash attacks are used to steal Windows login names and password hashes by tricking a user into accessing a remote SMB share that requires authentication.
Privacy & Security
Attackers Steal Outlook Credentials Via Overlay Screens on Legitimate Sites
Attackers are on the prowl for enterprise Microsoft Outlook credentials, with a new phishing campaign that leverages email-quarantine policies and uses an overlay screen tactic — on top of legitimate company webpages — to lure in victims.
Privacy & Security
Cyble Launches AmiBreached App to Help Users Ascertain Their Exposure in the Deep and Dark WebThe android application has been released on the Google Play store where the customer can download the app with full benefits for free. Cyble is on track to release the iOS version soon.
Google expands Confidential Computing to Kubernetes workloads 
Confidential Computing is a new initiative that involves keeping data encrypted as it’s being processed. It’s the final piece of the puzzle in data encryption, since cloud providers already encrypt data at rest and data in transit.
Cloud Computing
AppyWay, a curbside management and smart parking tech startup, is raising $26.3M to provide parking apps and services for drivers
AppyWay is a maker of an app that solves the frustration of finding a parking space. its platform of data, APIs, and tools provide digital curbside management solutions that enable intelligent mobility, better connecting cities with people and businesses.
Smart Cities
Kryon Launches Market-first Real-time Process Discovery to Bolster its Full-Cycle Automation Solution
Real-time Kryon Process Discovery (version 20.9) further strengthens the Full-Cycle Automation Suite by enabling enterprises to swiftly identify business processes across the entire organization, and then implement thousands of robots to scale up automation.
Automation & Productivity
Samsung wins mammoth $6.65B 5G infrastructure deal with Verizon 
Samsung in 2012 became one of the first to develop a working implementation of 5G and followed up the milestone two years later by demonstrating the world’s first high-speed mobile implementation. 
S2C Announces 300 Million Gate Prototyping System With Intel Stratix 10 GX 10 Million FPGAs
Stratix 10 GX 10M FPGA is the world’s largest capacity FPGA device with 10.2M Logic Elements, 253Mb M20K memory and 3,456 DSP blocks
Automation & Productivity
Malware gang uses .NET library to generate Excel docs that bypass security checksThe OOXML spreadsheet files generated by Epic Manchego lacked a section of compiled VBA code, specific to Excel documents compiled in Microsoft's proprietary Office software.Privacy & Security
After closely watched re-evaluation, Pentagon says JEDI will go to Microsoft after allThe JEDI Cloud contract is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that will make a full range of cloud computing services available to the DoD.”Cloud Computing
Micro Focus Introduces Vertica by the Hour on Google Cloud PlatformData-driven organizations can now access hourly pricing on Google Cloud Marketplace to apply Vertica’s powerful analytics performance to a wide variety of use cases – from predictive maintenance to customer behavior analytics.Data Analytics
Firefox will add a new drive-by-download protectionMozilla will add a new security feature to Firefox in October that will make it harder for malicious web pages to initiate automatic downloads and plant malware-laced files on a user's computerPrivacy & Security an Online Academy Powered by AI & Human Instructors Launched by Global Banking & Finance ReviewThe e-learning platform launched with over 100 courses and offers a few free online courses as an introductory offer.EDTech
Aspinity raises $5.3M Series A funding to stop battery drain and reduce power consumption in always-on IoT and IIoT devicesEnter Aspinity, a Pittsburgh, PA-based chip tech startup and a pioneer in ultra-low-power analog machine learning processors that produces neuromorphic analog chip that dramatically reduces power consumption in always-on smart sensing products and improves the battery life.IoT/Mobility
Kinetica Releases New Version of The Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse PlatformThe Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse is the only platform able to transform data in motion into immediate, usable insights, which require a streaming data warehouse.Data Analytics
Episerver acquires product development lifecycle startup OptimizelyThe platform is said to lend itself to performing tests on the server-side components that supports a service, such as a product recommendation algorithm or a payment processing engine.Apps/DevOps
Arm speeds up compute-on-storage with 64-bit Cortex-R“Computational storage is emerging as a critical piece of the data storage puzzle because it puts processing power directly on the storage device, giving companies secure, quick and easy access to vital information.”Data Storage
Assist Wireless exposes customer licenses, passports and Social Security numbersRemarkably the data itself was found through a simple Google search result and included tens of thousands of customer documents, including driver licenses, passports and Social Security numbers that customers used to verify their eligibility for a free phone and plan.Privacy & Security
Consumer Acquisition: Apple’s IDFA change will disrupt mobile game ads and prompt layoffsApple is about to disrupt mobile game and app advertising in the name of privacy, and that could lead to substantial layoffs in the game industry, according to an analysis by mobile marketing firm Consumer Acquisition.Privacy & Security
TCL announces two Android tablets, new true wireless earbuds, and a smartwatch for seniorsThe Android tablets are perhaps the most interesting products of the bunch, as the higher-end model features a 10.36-inch widescreen (2000x1200) display with slim bezels; it even comes with a stylus.IoT/Mobility
ScyllaDB Unveils One-Step Migration from Amazon DynamoDB to Scylla NoSQL DatabaseDatabase cloning has never been simpler. Scylla Migrator uses Spark to duplicate existing tables, automatically capturing the live stream of changes and directing them to the Scylla databaseData Analytics
WD ArmorLock SSD does away with passwords and PINsWestern Digital has developed a password-free secure external SSD that uses smartphone biometric recognition and fancy cryptographic technology.Data Storage
COVID-19 Phishing Scheme Spreads AgentTesla TrojanThe fraudsters apparently are switching their tactics, techniques and procedures every 10 days, tweaking the messages and spoofed domains to avoid detection, according to the report.Privacy & Security
New IRS office brainstorming pilots to modernize IT, go paperlessThe IRS’s new modernization arm will design a series of pilot projects simplifying business processes and taking the agency paperless to improve the taxpayer and employee experiences.Automation & Productivity
Critical Slack Bug Allows Access to Private Channels, ConversationsThe bug (rated between nine and 10 on the CvSS vulnerability-severity scale), was disclosed on Friday, and involves cross-site scripting (XSS) and HTML injection.Privacy & Security
Google expands its Cloud AI portfolio"We are steadily transferring advancements from Google AI research into cloud solutions that help you create better experiences for your customers,"Cloud Computing
Firewall automation specialist FireMon raises $40M debt round to fuel growthFireMon has developed a product called FireMon Automate that automates the recalibration processPrivacy & Security
Chainlink Acquires DECO from Cornell UniversityIt does so by employing advanced cryptography and zero-knowledge proofs from any server using HTTPS/TLS, without revealing that data to the outside world or even to the final computation using the dataBlockchain
Allen Institute open-sources AllenAct, a framework for research in embodied AIAllenAct, which is available in beta, supports multiple training environments and algorithms with tutorials, pretrained models, and out-of-the-box real-time visualizations.Automation & Productivity
Hackers are backdooring QNAP NAS devices with 3-year old RCE bugHackers are scanning for vulnerable network-attached storage (NAS) devices running multiple QNAP firmware versions, trying to exploit a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability addressed by QNAP in a previous release.Privacy & Security
Apple will soon release two Apple Watches and a new iPad Air: reportFour new iPhones with OLED screens coming in sizes of 5.4, 6.1, or 6.7 inches; the 6.1-inch size will be an option for both the steel-edged “Pro” line and the lower-end aluminum equivalent to the current iPhone 11IoT/Mobility
Qualcomm doubles 5G mmWave range to 2.36 miles for broadband modemsToday, Qualcomm announced a breakthrough in mmWave transmission range, successfully achieving a 5G data connection over a 3.8-kilometer (2.36-mile) distance — over twice the range originally promised by its long-range QTM527 antenna system last year.Telecom
Defense Innovation Unit Teaching Artificial Intelligence to Detect CancerThe Defense Innovation Unit is bringing together the best of commercially available artificial intelligence technology and the Defense Department's vast cache of archived medical data to teach computers how to identify cancers and other medical irregularities.Data Analytics
Dresner Advisory Services Publishes 2020 Data Science and Machine Learning Market Study“Across all the thematic topics covered in our annual research, data science and machine learning stands out as having among the strongest growing interest within our base of readership."Automation & Productivity
Facebook Sues Two Companies Over Fake Instagram Likes, Data CollectionIn the US, Facebook sued Nikolay Holper, creator of a service called Nakrutka, for using "a network of bots and automation software to distribute fake likes, comments, views and followers on Instagram [and selling] fake engagement services,Apps/DevOps
Bill Gates leads $85M investment in Kymeta as satellite broadband venture preps for key rolloutKymeta uses metamaterials to “steer” its antennas electronically to find a signal, without the moving parts in traditional satellite dishes.Telecom
OVHcloud Announces Technology Acquisition from EXTEN TechnologiesEXTEN offers an outstanding disaggregated storage platform that replaces local NVMe drives with flexible shared pools of fault tolerant capacity, without any tradeoff on performanceData Storage
Samsung says its latest mobile memory is a production breakthroughThe Korean firm has started mass production of 16-gigabit LPDDR5 mobile RAM chips that are billed as the first memory ever to be made using extreme ultraviolet lithography, which uses lasers and light-sensitive chemicals to etch silicon.IoT/Mobility
HP launches new Z workstations, ZCentral virtual desktop systemThe Z portfolio will be preloaded with data science tools such as Ubuntu 20.04 Linux, deep learning and machine learning libraries and Python & R Studio.Automation & Productivity
Cloudflare says its Sunday morning problems were due to CenturyLink outageThe outage began early Sunday, and according to Cloudflare’s status page, it was seeing “an increased level of HTTP 5xx class errors,” such as 522 and 503.Telecom
Instagram ‘Help Center’ Phishing Scam Pilfers CredentialsThey pretend to be the Instagram Help Center and claim that a copyright violation complaint has been filed against the account owner – and that their account is now at risk of being deleted.Privacy & Security
All of the DOD can now use Microsoft’s secret cloudThe Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has removed the training wheels from Microsoft’s Azure Government Secret program, allowing it to support secret-level work across the entire Department of Defense.Cloud Computing
Jobvite Launches AI Innovation Lab to Deliver Recruitment Insights"Jobvite’s AI Innovation Lab offers customers the benefit of an entire center of excellence that can leverage data from thousands of companies and hundreds of millions of candidates to deliver deeper insights, benchmarks, and best practices.”Automation & Productivity
Malicious npm package caught trying to steal sensitive Discord and browser filesThe malicious package was a JavaScript library named "fallguys" that claimed to provide an interface to the "Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout" game API.Privacy & Security
Facebook pilot program linking its users’ news subscriptions could cut down on password fatigueFacebook says it’s now testing a feature that will help reduce how often you have to log in to news sites, allowing paying news subscribers to link their Facebook accounts to their subscriptions.Apps/DevOps
US Air Force Gives Blockchain Firm $1.5M to Build Supply Chain NetworkThe South Bend, Ind., firm said on Monday it has entered Phase II of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) USAF project with a renewed mandate to investigate blockchain’s military supply chain value propositionsBlockchain
New Amazon Halo fitness band is designed to track healthThe band stands out from the competition by having no screen, an arguably bold move that Amazon pitches as being comfortable, stylish and distraction-freeApps/DevOps
Battery startup Joule Case lands $500K after making key pivot due to the pandemicUsing lithium ion and lead acid batteries, Joule Case has created a stackable system that can be added or subtracted to depending on the amount and duration of energy needed.IoT/Mobility
New version of Qbot Trojan can hijack Microsoft Outlook email threadsThe new version is said to be capable of stealing information from infection machines such as passwords and credit card informationPrivacy & Security
Apple launches AI/ML residency program to attract niche expertsNow Apple is openly seeking to recruit U.S. and European candidates with niche expertise for a yearlong AI/ML residency program, promising immersion and mentoring that will advance their careers.EDtech
Dynatrace Announces Enhanced AI-Powered Observability for All AWS ServicesWith these enhancements, Dynatrace will automatically identify and collect metrics from the 95 AWS services currently supported by Amazon CloudWatch.Data Analytics
Hachi Infinite m1, the First-Ever AI-Powered Interactive Touchscreen Projector, Launches on AmazonNow available for purchase on Amazon and, the first-ever portable smart projector turns any flat surface into an interactive touchscreen, featuring human-computer interaction and AI integrations for unmatched immersive experiences.Automation & Productivity
Flash memory maker Kioxia files for $3.6bn IPOSince then Kioxia has progressed through a NAND glut and currently has a 17 per cent share of the NAND Flash market, second to market leader Samsung which has 31 per cent.Data Storage
Berbix raises $9 million Series A funding for its instant identity verification platformUnlike the current approach to identity verification, Berbix uses sophisticated machine learning techniques to instantly spot fraud that no human eye could detect.Privacy & Security
Facebook’s OASIS-style VR playground Horizon enters public betaThe app (service? social network? gamespace?) is, in Facebook’s own words, “an ever-expanding universe of virtual experiences designed and built by the entire community.Apps/DevOps
ProteanTecs raises $45 million to apply AI to chip design and performance monitoringDuring chip ideation, ProteanTecs models hundreds of possible manufacturing variants for each potential chip, providing insights into a given chip’s performance, power, frequency, area, and parametric yields.Data Analytics
Facebook says Apple's new privacy rules could spare its own apps but hit smaller companiesThe changes Facebook announced Wednesday will fall hardest on ads that prompt users to install new mobile apps, a format that is heavily used in the video game industry.Privacy & Security
Gitpod Goes Open Source with its IDE Platform; Launches Self-Hosted Cloud PackageGitpod has been leading the front with its Kubernetes application for the past 10 years. It has created Theia, Xtext, Open VSX and many other projects as open source applicationsApps\DevOps
US govt warns of North Korean hackers targeting banks worldwideSince CISA's initial alert on North Korea's FASTCash campaigns, the BeagleBoyz has moved to target regional interbank payment processors with FASTCash malware besides individual banks, showing a clear goal of exploring other "upstream opportunities in the payments ecosystem."Privacy & Security
Organizational management startup ChartHop raises $14M to expand its platformChartHop enables customers to streamline organization management across people, finance, recruiting and team managers by providing a single platform for sharing people data and collaboratively building headcount plans.Cloud Computing
Your email threads are now being hijacked by the QBot TrojanThe malware lands on a vulnerable machine via phishing documents containing URLs to .ZIP files that serve VBS content, calling the payload from one of six hardcoded encrypted URLs.Privacy & Security
Cisco Collaboration to Acquire BabbleLabs For Noise-Blocking Know-HowThe tech giant on Tuesday announced plans to buy privately-held BabbleLabs, Inc. for its noise removal and speech enhancement technologyAutomation & Productivity
Nimbus Data Introduces ExaDrive NL SolutionNimbus Data, provider of flash memory storage, unveiled ExaDrive NL, the world’s highest capacity QLC flash SSD and the industry’s first QLC flash SAS SSD for enterprise workloadsData Storage
Energy planning first AI training module for the fallRather than upskilling, AITO is planning a “conversion” of technically savvy employees with an interest in AI into specialists, she said.Automation & Productivity
Facebook warns Apple's iOS 14 could shave more than 50% from Audience Network revenueThe Facebook Audience Network allows mobile software developers to provide in-app advertisements targeted to users based on Facebook's data.Apps/DevOps
New Mercenary APT Group Targeted Autodesk SoftwareTo carry out its industrial espionage goals, the group utilized C&C infrastructure in South Korea and a zero-day malicious payload designed to exploit vulnerable Autodesk 3ds Max software used by the victim organization for 3D modelling.Privacy & Security
Grid raises $12M Series A to turn spreadsheets into visual ‘narratives’“Grid provides a way for the everyday spreadsheet user to easily create visual and interactive narratives on top of existing spreadsheets and securely share them using the web,” Gislason explains.Automation & Productivity
Visual enterprise collaboration startup Mural raises $118M to expand operationsFounded in 2011, Mural, formally known as Tacivos Inc., offers a digital workspace for collaboration in the enterprise that is designed to solve problems and build consensus using visual methods.Automation & Productivity
US announces $1 billion research push for AI and quantum computingTheir work will span a diverse range of topics, from using machine learning for atmospheric and ocean science, to speeding up high-energy physics simulations with quantum systems.Automation & Productivity
Aira FreePower hands-on: A breakthrough for Qi wireless chargingThanks to FreePower, you just drop any Qi phone (or two) and wireless charging earbud case wherever you want on the leather, and they charge.Automation & Productivity
Lazarus Group Targets Cryptocurrency Firms Via LinkedIn MessagesThe goal of the campaign appears to be financially motivated, with the attackers harvesting credentials necessary for accessing cryptocurrency wallets or online bank accounts.Privacy & Security
Google Cloud Platform Acquires StratoZone to Ramp Up Cloud Migration Discovery and AssessmentWith StratoZone, RAMP helps customers unlock their cloud potential through repeatable processes with predictable results for cloud migrations.Cloud Computing
ThoughtSpot Introduces DataFlow to Leverage All Enterprise DataUsers simply connect to their data source, preview and select which data they want to move into ThoughtSpot through a point and click UX that requires no coding,Data Analytics
Nimbus Data touts 64TB SSD as nearline drive alternativeNimbus is pitching the ExaDrive NL as a disk drive replacement and claims customers can increase storage capacity by 4x, improve data access times by over 100x, and reduce power per terabyte by 75 per cent compared to disk.Data Storage
Firefox 80 released with new and faster extensions blocklistFirefox 80 also enables users to set it as their system's default system PDF viewer and fixes several crashes that make the web browser more stable for screen reader users.Automation & Productivity
States Join Automated Security Pilot with MS-ISAC, Johns HopkinsLast month, the states of Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Texas, along with Maricopa County, Ariz., announced a partnership with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to pilot a cybersecurity automation program.Privacy & Security
Axon launches cloud services to enhance data sharing, awareness in policingAxon is extending its cloud services for policing to real-time awareness and data sharing, virtual reality-based training and artificial intelligence to auto transcribe body cam video.Cloud Computing
BackupAssist builds bridge between backup and DRBackupAssist new ER (Express Recovery) provides disk to disk to cloud protection, with local copies providing fast response and the cloud copy supplying the DR.Data Storage
AI development unicorn Dataiku picks up $100M in fresh fundingFor the initial phase of a machine learning project, the platform provides tools that help engineers prepare the data with which they’ll train their model and remove erroneous records.Apps/DevOps
3D-printing tech startup Azul3D secures $12.5 million in seed funding to support the launch of high-throughput 3D printersWith High-Area Rapid Printing (HARP) technology, Azul 3D can print large objects at unparalleled speeds from a wide range of consumer and industrial-grade plastics.Automation & Productivity
Infor Expands Cloud-Based Construction Solution to Support Industry’s Push into Property ManagementImproved features include job cost accounting, purchase order management and service request modules, and an interactive map that acts as a visual guide to filter by region, state or project.Automation & Productivity
VA launches new scheduling software at Ohio medical facilityA Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Ohio is the first to launch a new scheduling software application to plan visits for veterans in need of care — an integral part of the VA’s Electronic Health Record modernization journey.Automation & Productivity
Office 365 now opens attachments in a sandbox to prevent infectionsApplication Guard for Office (also known as Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office) is designed to help prevent block files downloaded from untrusted sources from gaining access trusted resources by opening them within an isolated sandbox.Privacy & Security
iRobot’s Genius platform marks shift from autonomy to human-robot collaborationGenius will arrive this fall alongside a redesigned Home app compatible with all of iRobot’s flagship products, and it supports sweeping based on habits while providing insights into robots’ cleaning performance.Apps/DevOps
Google updates Anthos and debuts a new app modernization programGoogle LLC today expanded the capabilities of its hybrid cloud application development platform Anthos, with an eye to helping companies modernize their most critical business applications.Apps/DevOps
Visual collaboration startup MURAL raises huge $118M Series BThe visual collaboration startup provides a whiteboard-like digital environment that allows for users to cooperate and brainstorm.Automation & Productivity
Firefox Daylight for Android arrives with Enhanced Tracking Protection, new UI, and GeckoViewMozilla is rolling out the new Firefox for Android globally, starting in Germany, France, and the U.K. today and in North America from August 27.IoT/Mobility
Facebook is expanding its dedicated news section to more countriesAs in the US, Facebook will pay news publishers for their content. But the feature will likely change in other ways, to meet the consumer preferences and regulatory demands of other countries.Apps/DevOps
University of Utah paid $457,000 to those behind a ransomware attackBy the university’s own account, it managed to restore the encrypted data using backup copies and it advised students, staff and faculty to change their passwords as a precaution. But then it paid the ransom anyway.Privacy & Security
Microsoft Teams Issues New Blow To Zoom With These Superb FeaturesThe boost for mobile Teams users comes via enhancements to the apps, including the ability to upload images to your gallery and search inside chats and channels on Android.Automation & Productivity
Hyland acquires RPA software provider Another MondayThe addition of a feature-rich, end-to-end RPA software solution that is highly configurable extends Hyland's process automation capabilities and strengthens its content services product portfolio.Automation & Productivity
Zoom meetings hit by outageThe video calling giant said it’s “received reports of users being unable to visit the Zoom website ( and unable to start and join Zoom Meetings and Webinars.”Automation & Productivity
ZPE Systems Announces Integration With Palo Alto Networks to Provide Enhanced Network SecurityZPE Systems’ Nodegrid Services Router (NSR) solutions come in a variety of form factors for various applications, resulting in a network stack that’s easy to deploy, scale and manage even in isolated and obscure locationsNetwork Management
Lightmatter Introduces Optical Processor to Speed Compute for Next-Generation AISince 2010, the amount of compute power needed to train a state-of-the-art AI algorithm has grown at five times the rate of Moore’s Law scaling—doubling approximately every three and a half months.Automation & Productivity
NVMe of the People: WD launches superfast My Passport SSDWestern Digital has introduced an NVMe version of the WD My Passport portable SSD drive that reads data at 1,050MB/sec and writes at 1,000MB/sec – almost twice the speed of its immediate predecessor.Data Storage
Iranian hackers attack exposed RDP to deploy Dharma ransomwareThey find victims by scanning IP address ranges on the internet for exposed remote desktop connections (RDP); their tool of choice for this stage is Masscan, an open-source port scanner.Privacy & Security
Hangar Pulls in $15M to Launch New Gov Tech CompaniesThe New York-based startup fund will use the money to launch an additional three tech companies a year with the goal of addressing issues such as public health, education and economic revitalization.Automation & Productivity
Spotify is launching an exclusive League of Legends esports podcastThe company announced a multiyear partnership with Riot Games that’ll make Spotify the hub for all League of Legends audio content, including exclusive podcast seriesApps/DevOps
Free photos, graphics site Freepik discloses data breach impacting 8.3m usersAccording to the company's official statement, the security breach occurred after a hacker (or hackers) used an SQL injection vulnerability to gain access to one of its databases storing user data.Privacy & Security
BurstIQ releases blockchain-enabled user interface toolset for JavaScript and PythonThe UI SDK is filled with tools for developers to rapidly develop and deploy distributed ledger blockchain hooks for web applications and services using the BurstIQ platform.Blockchain
Air Force’s Digital University prepares for launch with a focus on ‘tactical operators’The skills-based courses are targeting the department’s “tactical operators” of IT networks and cybersecurity missions on a day-to-day basis for them to sharpen their skillsEdTech
Regalix Nytro and LiquidSMARTS(SM) Form a Strategic Partnership Creating a Powerful Combined Solution in Sales Enablement“Given the new reality of selling in a virtual world, our combined solutions align and prepare remote sales and marketing teams with advanced enablement technology, micro-learning assets and integrated communication tools to effectively engage prospects in their buyer journey.”Automation & Productivity
iXsystems supercharges OpenZFS storageOpenZFS is an open source version of the ZFS file system, and is the basis of iXsystems’s FreeNAS and paid-for TrueNAS products. There are an estimated one million-plus installed FreeNAS andTrueNAS systems.Data Storage
Apple apologizes to WordPress, won’t force the free app to add purchases after allSince the developer removed the display of their service payment options from the app, it is now a free stand-alone app and does not have to offer in-app purchasesApps/DevOps
FBI, CISA Echo Warnings on ‘Vishing’ ThreatThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Thursday issued a joint alert to warn about the growing threat from voice phishing or “vishing” attacks targeting companiesPrivacy & Security
Windows 10 Settings gets a modern Disk Management ToolWith today's release of Windows 10 Insider build 20197, Microsoft has now introduced a modern 'Manage Disks and Volumes' utility that has better integration with the Storage Spaces and Storage settings.Data Storage
Researchers Sound Alarm Over Malicious AWS Community AMIsThe danger, according to researchers with Mitiga, is that threat actors can easily build malware-laced Community Amazon Machine Images (AMI) and make them available to unsuspecting AWS customers.Privacy & Security
WordPress founder claims Apple cut off updates to his completely free app because it wants 30 percentApple admitted to The Verge that it’s involved, reminding us that in-app purchases are required whenever apps “allow users to access content, subscriptions, or features they have acquired in your app on other platforms or your web site.”Apps/DevOps
BigID Introduces Hyperscan for Speeding Unstructured File Scans at ScaleBigID’s patent-pending ML intelligently prioritizes how data is processed based on content and context, significantly reducing scan processing time without losing precisionData Analytics
Facebook open-sources ‘embodied AI’ tools to advance robotic navigationFacebook Inc. today introduced a new research dataset and an open-source development module to enable the creation of more capable “embodied” artificial intelligence models.Apps/DevOps
Lifesize Acquires Kaptivo to Fuel Next Generation of Advanced CollaborationWith the addition of Kaptivo, Lifesize further expands its portfolio of cloud-based unified communications and collaboration (UCC) solutions for contact centers, video conferencing, and meeting rooms with a new suite of advanced collaboration tools.Cloud Computing
iFarm Raises $4 million to automate urban farming with AI and dronesAutomation, AI, robotics, and farming are increasingly converging. Paris-based Agricool installs automated systems in a shipping container to grow strawberries in urban areas.Automation & Productivity
DIU launches governmentwide drone-buying programThe companies in the new program are Altavian, Parrot, Skydio, Teal and Vantage Robotics.IoT/Mobility
Alibaba Cloud reports strong first-quarter salesThe growth comes at a time when Alibaba Cloud is branching out from its basic cloud compute and storage services to other areas such as artificial intelligence.Cloud Computing
Malware can no longer disable Microsoft Defender via the RegistrySince Windows Vista, users have been able to disable Microsoft Defender completely, and potentially other third-party security software, through the use of the 'Turn off Microsoft Defender Antivirus' group policy setting.Privacy & Security
Crypto lender BlockFi raises $50M Series C funding to provide digital asset-backed loans to crypto investorsOur products bring additional liquidity to the blockchain asset sector and meet the needs of both individuals and institutions holding blockchain assets.Blockchain
KumoScale adds online data migration to its storage bowThe new features include online volume migration, in which a set of data is replicated from one SSD to another.Data Storage
Elastic Introduces Free One-Click Malware Prevention and Cloud DetectionsThis milestone includes malware prevention on Windows and macOS and advanced detections and deep visibility for all major operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. All provided under the free distribution tier.Privacy & Security
iPhone and iPad photos permanently wiped, as Adobe bungles iOS Lightroom app updateAdobe has admitted that a recent update to its popular Lightroom photo-editing app for iOS devices has wiped users' photos and custom preset filters permanently if they didn't pay for a subscription to sync their files to Adobe's cloud.Apps/DevOps
IBM Db2 shared memory vulnerability opens to the door to attackersUsers of IBM Db2 data management software are being warned of a shared-memory vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain read and write access and perform unauthorized actions on a targeted system.Privacy & Security
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 is receiving Note 20 features with new One UI updateOne UI 2.5 brings a number of the Galaxy Note 20’s features to the S20 lineup. The most interesting of these is support for Wireless DeX, which lets you mirror your phone’s screen to supported TVs and use it as a touchpad.IoT/Mobility
Auritas and BigID Announce Strategic PartnershipIn addition, the partnership enables SAP customers to identify at risk data across the enterprise while incorporating a solution to dispose of unwanted and redundant data both inside and outside of their SAP systems.Data Analytics
UTEP to Offer New Doctoral Degree in Data ScienceAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for data scientists is almost $123,000 and the demand for them will grow 16% in the next eight years.Edtech
CEVA’s Wi-Fi 6 Solution Becomes World’s First IP to Achieve Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 Status from the Wi-Fi AllianceWi-Fi 6 is set to have a huge role in the expansion of the Internet of Things in the coming years, with its inherent low power design and high throughput being ideal for IoT devicesIoT/Mobility
Cobalt raises $29 million to bring its ‘pentest as a service’ platform to more software teamsFounded in 2013, San Francisco-based Cobalt vets qualified human pentesters and facilitates on-demand tests for its clients, who pay a fixed price based on the size of their application and how frequently they want tests to be carried out.Privacy & Security
NetApp aims to make ONTAP Kubernetes-nativeNetApp’s Project Astra is focused on developing application data lifecycle management for Kubernetes-orchestrated containerised applications that run on-premises and in the public clouds.Apps/DevOps
Gmail, Docs, Drive, and more Google services hit by widespread disruptionWhile the disruptions were ongoing, we verified that file uploads were failing across Google’s services, including uploading attachments in Gmail to both personal and G Suite Gmail accounts.Cloud Computing
FritzFrog Botnet Attacks Millions of SSH ServersAccording to an analysis from Guardicore Labs, FritzFrog propagates as a worm, brute-forcing credentials at entities like governmental offices, educational institutions, medical centers, banks and telecom companies.Privacy & Security
BigID adds Hyperscan tool for large volumes of unstructured dataData protection and privacy startup BigID Inc. said today it’s adding a new Hyperscan technology to its platform that enables customers to scan large volumes of unstructured file data hosted in their internal data centers or in the cloud at petabyte scale.Data Analytics
Neo4j Delivers Integrated Graph Database Service on Google Cloud PlatformSince its launch, Neo4j Aura customers have built over one thousand powerful applications, executing billions of complex queries each month.Data Analytics
Google Maps will show wildfire boundaries in near real timeGoogle Maps will also update users with road closures and provide them with directions that help them avoid danger and roadblocks. If someone is looking at an area near a blaze on Google Maps, they’ll get an alert.Apps/DevOps
Hangar raises $15M from Bloomberg and Kresge to launch high-growth technology companies tackling problems government can’t solve alone“Hangar’s model is unique: identifying complex challenges and building new companies from the ground up to help solve them."Apps/DevOps
Blockchain Innovation ChallengeTeams must address three important characteristics of an ecosystem-first design approach uncovered through Connected Impact: Unlocking Education and Workforce Opportunity Through Blockchain with a goal of helping individuals to achieve social and economic mobilityBlockchain
Western Digital’s new portable SSDs are faster than everThe idea is that the hard drive lineup — with its larger capacities of up to 5TBs on a single device — will serve customers looking for sheer storage, while the new SSDs will offer better speed and durability.Data Storage
Zoom is coming to Amazon, Google, and Facebook smart displaysCurrently, Facebook Portal users have to make calls using Messenger or WhatsApp, and Google Nest users are only able to make calls with Duo and Meet.Apps/DevOps
Lucifer cryptomining DDoS malware now targets Linux systemsA hybrid DDoS botnet known for turning vulnerable Windows devices into Monero cryptomining bots is now also scanning for and infecting Linux systemsPrivacy & Security
IBM hits new quantum computing milestoneBM on Thursday announced it's reached a new quantum computing milestone, hitting its highest Quantum Volume to date. Using a 27-qubit client-deployed system, IBM achieved a Quantum Volume of 64.Apps/DevOps
Microsoft targets its fastest Azure AI instance to date at large neural networksOne notable example of such an AI is the OpenAI research group’s GPT-3 model, whose 175 billion learning parameters allow it to perform tasks as varied as searching the web and writing code.Apps/DevOps
Kali Linux gets a GUI desktop in Windows Subsystem for LinuxWith the release of Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2), a real Linux kernel is now run on top of Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization architectureApps/DevOps
Large Orgs Plagued with Bugs, Face Giant Patch BacklogsLarge companies find an average of 779,935 individual security bugs when running routine vulnerability scans; and over the course of six months, an average of 28 percent of those vulnerabilities will remain unmitigatedPrivacy & Security
SaaS tech startup Chili Piper raises $18M to connect remote sales teams to customers instantlyChili Piper’s mission is to reinvent the system of action of sales professionals to provide them with new levels of productivity. Chili Piper is reinventing buyer engagement by enabling companies to book or connect prospects in real-time from web formsAutomation & Productivity
SK hynix touts its first NVMe consumer SSD: Good spec, good priceSK hynix has entered the consumer NVMe SSD market with a gumstick format Gold P31 drive intended for designers, content creators and PC gamers.Data Storage
Informatica Acquires GreenBay Technologies to Advance AI and Machine Learning CapabilitiesThe acquisition will strengthen the core capabilities of Informatica’s AI-powered CLAIRE engine across its Intelligent Data Platform, empowering businesses to more easily identify, access, and derive insights from organizational data to make informed business decisions.Automation & Productivity
AWS announces AI tools to assist contact center workflowsAWS CCI is a combination of services that enables companies to bring machine learning capabilities including text-to-speech, language comprehension, translation, enterprise search, business intelligence and chatbots to their contact centersAutomation & Productivity
Cryptojacking worm steals AWS credentials from Docker systemsThis botnet uses already infected servers to execute an open-source masscan IP port scanner instance that scans for exposed Docker APIs (and Kubernetes systems as later discovered), installing itself in new containers on any misconfigured servers it finds.Privacy & Security
DISA expands cloud services, endpoint security as telework continuesThe project is also working more with users and agencies to better design services, find ways to link into other DOD clouds and make mobile device access more secure.Automation & Productivity
Researchers Warn of Active Malware Campaign Using HTML SmugglingAn active campaign has been spotted that utilizes HTML smuggling to deliver malware, effectively bypassing various network security solutions, including sandboxes, legacy proxies and firewallsPrivacy & Security
Portworx rolls out container storage update, boasts of sales momentum“Portworx provides an enterprise-class alternative to the network-attached storage commonly available on the cloud but at one third the price and substantially higher performance.”Data Storage
Facebook is killing Oculus accounts, starting in OctoberStarting in October 2020, new Oculus device users will need to log in with a Facebook account, and existing Oculus device users will have two years to continue accessing their Oculus accounts.IoT/Mobility
Cyware raises $10M to enhance its threat intelligence and security solutionsThe company’s cybersecurity solution emphasizes proactive engagement as the core of cybersecurity strategy with a goal to help change the ecosystem of cybersecurity and optimize security operations by eliminating security team silos within organizations.Privacy & Security

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