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Investor Jocelyn Goldfein to join us on AI panel at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise
Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming a foundational technology for enterprise software development and startups have begun addressing a variety of issues around using AI to make software and processes much more efficient. To that end, we are delighted to announce that Jocelyn Goldfein, a Managing Director at Zetta Venture Partners will be joining on us […] [...]
InCountry raises $15M for its cloud-based private data storage-as-a-service solution
The rise of data breaches, along with an expanding raft of regulations (now numbering 80 different regional regimes, and growing) have thrust data protection — having legal and compliant ways of handling personal user information — to the top of the list of things that an organization needs to consider when building and operating their […] [...]
VComply raises $2.5 million seed round led by Accel to simplify risk and compliance management
Risk and compliance management platform VComply announced today that it has picked up a $2.5 million seed round led by Accel Partners for its international growth plan. The funding will be used to acquire more customers in the United States, open a new office in the United Kingdom to support customers in Europe and expand […] [...]
Intel announces deep, multi-year partnership with SAP
Intel announced a deep partnership with SAP today around using advanced Intel technology to optimize SAP software tools. Specifically, the company plans to tune its Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory for SAP’s suite of applications. The multi-year partnership includes giving SAP early access to emerging Intel technologies and building a […] [...]
Southeast Asian cloud communications platform Wavecell acquired by 8×8 in deal worth $125 million
Wavecell, a cloud-communications platform for companies in Southeast Asia, announced today that it has been acquired by 8×8 in a deal worth about $125 million. The acquisition will help San Jose, Calif.-based 8×8 expand in Asia, where Wavecell already has offices in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong. Wavecell’s cloud API platform, which […] [...]
AT&T signs $2 billion cloud deal with Microsoft
While AWS leads the cloud infrastructure market by a wide margin, Microsoft isn’t doing too badly, ensconced firmly in second place, the only other company with double-digit share. Today, it announced a big deal with AT&T that encompasses both Azure cloud infrastructure services and Office 365. A person with knowledge of the contract pegged the […] [...]
ClassPass introduces a corporate wellness program
ClassPass has set up yet another revenue stream, signing to a corporate wellness program partners like Facebook, Glossier, Google, Morgan Stanley, Under Armour, Etsy, Southwest Airlines and Gatorade. The program will give employees at these companies access to the ClassPass network of more than 22,000 studio partners across 2,500 cities around the world, which includes […] [...]
Dust Identity secures $10M Series A to identify objects with diamond dust
The idea behind Dust Identity was originally born in an MIT lab where the founders developed the base technology for uniquely identifying objects using diamond dust. Since then, the startup has been working to create a commercial application for the advanced technology, and today it announced a $10 million Series A round led by Kleiner […] [...]
Stonly lets you create interactive step-by-step guides to improve support
French startup Stonly wants to empower users so that they can solve their issues by themselves. Instead of relying on customer support agents, Stonly wants to surface relevant content so that you can understand and solve issues. “I’m trying to take the opposite stance of chatbots,” founder and CEO Alexis Fogel told me. “The issue […] [...]
AlphaSense, a search engine for analysis and business intel, raises $50M led by Innovation Endeavors
Google and its flagship search portal opened the door to the possibilities of how to build a business empire on the back of organising and navigating the world’s information, as found on the internet. Now, a startup that’s built a search engine tailored to the needs of enterprises and their own quests for information has […] [...]
ContractPodAi scores $55M for its ‘AI-powered’ contract management software
ContractPodAi, a London-based startup that has developed what it describes as AI-powered contract lifecycle management software, is disclosing $55 million in Series B funding. The round is led by U.S.-based Insight Partners, with participation from earlier backer Eagle Investment. Founded in 2012, ContractPodAi offers an “end-to-end” solution spanning the three main aspects of contract management: […] [...]
Qualtrics’ Julie Larson-Green will talk experience management at TC Sessions: Enterprise
We’re less than two months out from our first TC Sessions: Enterprise event, which is happening in San Francisco on September 5, and did you know our buy-one-get-one-free sale ends today too! Among the many enterprise and startup executives that’ll join us for the event is Qualtrics’ Julie Larson-Green. If that name sounds familiar to […] [...]
Workplace, Facebook’s service for business teams, is raising its prices for the first time since launch
Three years into its life with 2 million paying users signed up, Workplace — Facebook’s platform for businesses and other organizations to build internal communities and communications — is about to make a significant business shift of its own. Come September 2, Workplace is changing its pricing tiers, how it charges its users and the […] [...]
Amazon adds Hindi to the Alexa Skills Kit
Users of Amazon’s voice assistant will soon be able to talk to Alexa in Hindi. Amazon announced today that it has added a Hindi voice model to its Alexa Skills Kit for developers. Alexa developers can also update their existing published skills in India for Hindi. Amazon first revealed last month during its re: MARS […] [...]
48-hour, buy-one-get-one free — TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019
Every startupper we’ve ever met loves a great deal, and so do we. That’s why we’re celebrating Prime day with a 48-hour flash sale on tickets to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019, which takes place September 5 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. We’re talking a classic BOGO — buy-one-get-one — […] [...]
Judge dismisses Oracle lawsuit over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract
Oracle has been complaining about the procurement process around the Pentagon’s $10 billion, decade-long JEDI cloud contract, even before the DoD opened requests for proposals last year. It went so far as to file a lawsuit in December, claiming a potential conflict of interest on the part of a procurement team member. Today, that case […] [...]
With $34B Red Hat deal closed, IBM needs to execute now
In a summer surprise this week, IBM announced it had closed its $34 billion blockbuster deal to acquire Red Hat. The deal, which was announced in October, was expected to take a year to clear all of the regulatory hurdles, but U.S. and EU regulators moved surprisingly quickly. For IBM, the future starts now, and […] [...]
Attend TC Sessions: Enterprise and score a free pass to Disrupt SF 2019
We can’t wait to dig into the competitive, high-stakes world of enterprise software at TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 on September 5 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. We’re channeling the excitement into creating extra ROI for you. How’s that work? Read on. It starts with the $100 you’ll save when […] [...]
Microsoft says Teams now has 13M daily active users
Teams, Microsoft’s two-year-old Slack competitor, is the company’s fastest-growing application in its history. That’s something Microsoft has said in the past, but for the first time, Microsoft today also announced actual user numbers for the service ahead of its Inspire partner conference next week. Teams now has 13 million active daily users, Microsoft said, and […] [...]
Andrew Ng to talk about how AI will transform business at TC Sessions: Enterprise
When it comes to applying AI to the world around us, Andrew Ng has few if any peers. We are delighted to announce that the renowned founder, investor, AI expert and Stanford professor will join us onstage at the TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise show on September 5 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.  AI […] [...]

Security News

Scotland Yard Twitter and Emails Hacked
London's Metropolitan Police apologised Saturday after its Twitter, emails and news pages were targeted by hackers and began pumping out a series of bizarre messages. read more [...]
Iranian Hackers Use New Malware in Recent Attacks
The Iran-linked cyber-espionage group OilRig has started using three new malware families in campaigns observed over the past month, FireEye reports. read more [...]
The Growing Threat of Targeted Ransomware
Ransomware targeting organizations is a growing threat. The extent of that threat is not always obvious. Except for the healthcare sector, disclosure of a ransomware attack is not generally required -- so victims will not necessarily report an incident. This is exacerbated by those victims who simply pay up and recover their files without the problem becoming obvious. read more [...]
Author of Dryad and Rubella Macro Builders Arrested
Dutch authorities this week announced the arrest a 20-year old man for allegedly developing and distributing Office Macro Builders.  read more [...]
Why Incident Response Must Adopt a Kill Chain Perspective
Even as incident response (IR) has evolved, it has struggled to see beyond individual events and create a more complete perspective. IR tools are still very effective, particularly as advances in orchestration and automation technology have turned many IR tools into SOAR tools, but they are limited by this narrow focus. read more [...]
Israel Spyware Firm Can Mine Data From Social Media: FT
An Israeli spyware firm thought to have hacked WhatsApp in the past denied a report Friday that it had boasted to clients that it can scoop user data from servers run by technology titans. read more [...]
Microsoft Launches Bug Bounty Program for Dynamics 365
Microsoft launches new bug bounty program for Dynamics 365 read more [...]
Ex-NSA Contractor to Be Sentenced in Stolen Documents Case
A former National Security Agency contractor awaits sentencing in Baltimore’s federal court for storing two decades’ worth of classified documents at his Maryland home. read more [...]
Google Increases Bug Bounty Program Rewards
Google on Thursday informed security researchers that they can now earn significantly higher rewards if they submit vulnerability reports through the company’s bug bounty programs. read more [...]
Researchers Claim They Bypassed Cylance's AI-Based Antivirus
Researchers at Australia-based cybersecurity firm Skylight claim to have found a way to trick Cylance’s AI-based antivirus engine into classifying malicious files as benign. read more [...]
Poland, Lithuania Probe Russian-made App Behind Viral Old Age Selfies
Poland and Lithuania said Thursday they were looking into the potential security risks of using a Russian-made face-editing app that has triggered a viral social media trend where users post "aged" selfies. read more [...]
Over 800,000 Systems Still Vulnerable to BlueKeep Attacks
Users and organizations continue to patch the Windows vulnerability tracked as BlueKeep and CVE-2019-0708, but over 800,000 systems are still exposed to attacks. read more [...]
Biometrics: Dismantling the Myths Surrounding Facial Recognition
Biometric Authentication is No Longer Just the Stuff of Spy Movies or Reserved for Military-Grade Installations read more [...]
Slack Resetting More User Passwords in Response to 2015 Breach
Slack announced on Thursday that it’s resetting passwords for accounts that users have not secured after the data breach suffered by the company back in 2015. read more [...]
US Senator Calls for Investigation into Russia-made FaceApp
The chart-topping Russian-made FaceApp, which allows users to see how they will look as they age, found itself in the eye of a political storm in the US Wednesday, with one senator urging an FBI investigation into its "national security and privacy risks". read more [...]
Malware Framework Gathers 1 Billion Ad Impressions in 3 Months
Flashpoint security researchers have discovered a new malware framework that managed to gather over one billion fraudulent ad impressions in the past three months. read more [...]
Report Finds California Government IT Security Flaws
California’s state auditor raised alarms Tuesday about information security in some state offices and called for additional oversight and regular assessments. read more [...]
StrongPity Targets Victims with Malicious WinBox Installer
A recently discovered ongoing campaign attributed to the StrongPity threat actor abuses malicious WinBox installers to infect victims, AT&T’s Alien Labs security researchers reveal. read more [...]
Microsoft Reports Hundreds of Election-Related Cyber Probes
Microsoft says it has detected more than 740 infiltration attempts by nation-state actors in the past year targeting U.S.-based political parties, campaigns and other democracy-focused organizations including think tanks and other nonprofits. read more [...]
Vulnerability Allows Hackers to Take Control of Drupal 8 Websites
Drupal developers on Wednesday informed users that version 8.7.4 is affected by a potentially serious vulnerability, and advised them to update to version 8.7.5, which addresses the issue. read more [...]