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Zendesk acquires Smooch, doubles down on support via messaging apps like WhatsApp
One of the bigger developments in customer services has been the impact of social media — both as a place to vent frustration or praise (mostly frustration) and — especially over messaging apps — as a place for businesses to connect with their users. Now, customer support specialist Zendesk has made an acquisition so that […] [...]
Google says some G Suite user passwords were stored in plaintext since 2005
Google says a small number of its enterprise customers mistakenly had their passwords stored on its systems in plaintext. The search giant disclosed the exposure Tuesday but declined to say exactly how many enterprise customers were affected. “We recently notified a subset of our enterprise G Suite customers that some passwords were stored in our […] [...]
Microsoft makes a push for service mesh interoperability
Services meshes. They are the hot new thing in the cloud native computing world. At KubeCon, the bi-annual festival of all things cloud native, Microsoft today announced that it is teaming up with a number of companies in this space to create a generic service mesh interface. This will make it easier for developers to […] [...]
FlareAgent, a platform that automates real estate transactions, launches out of YC
The real estate industry is experiencing a bit of a rejuvenation. After years resisting the influence of tech, the industry is now feeling the entrance of e-buyers, as well as a variety of software to streamline the process. One such tech company looking to infiltrate real estate is FlareAgent, which launches today out of Y […] [...]
Praqma puts Atlassian’s Data Center products into containers
It’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon this week and in the slew of announcements, one name stood out: Atlassian . The company is best known as the maker of tools that allow developers to work more efficiently, and now as a cloud infrastructure provider. In this age of containerization, though, even Atlassian can bask in the glory […] [...]
IDC: Asia-Pacific spending on AI systems will reach $5.5 billion this year, up 80% from 2018
Spending on artificial intelligence systems in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to reach $5.5 billion this year, an almost 80% increase over 2018, driven by businesses in China and the retail industry, according to IDC. In a new report, the research firm also said it expects AI spending to climb at a compound annual growth […] [...]
Robin picks up $20 million Series B to optimize the office
Robin Powered, a startup looking to help offices run better, has today announced the close of a $20 million Series B funding. The round was led by Tola Capital, with existing investors Accomplice and FirstMark participating in the round, along with a new strategic Allegion Ventures. Robin started as part of an agency called One […] [...]
Wagestream closes $51M Series A to plug the payday gap without putting workers in debt
Getting your work wages on a monthly (not weekly nor biweekly) basis has become a more widespread trend as the price of running payrolls has gone up, and organizations’ cashflow has gone down. That 30-day shift may be a boost to employers, but not employees, who may need access to those wages more immediately and […] [...]
Under the hood on Zoom’s IPO, with founder and CEO Eric Yuan
Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Kate Clark sat down with Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of video communications startup Zoom, to go behind the curtain on the company’s recent IPO process and its path […] [...]
HPE is buying Cray for $1.3 billion
HPE announced it was buying Cray for $1.3 billion, giving it access to the company’s high-performance computing portfolio, and perhaps a foothold into quantum computing in the future. The purchase price was $35 a share, a $5.19 premium over yesterday’s close of $29.81 a share. Cray was founded in the 1970s and for a time […] [...]
Health at Scale lands $16M Series A to bring machine learning to healthcare
Health at Scale, a startup with founders who have both medical and engineering expertise, wants to bring machine learning to bear on healthcare treatment options to produce outcomes with better results and less aftercare. Today the company announced a $16 million Series A. Optum, which is part of the UnitedHealth Group, was the sole investor. […] [...]
Unveiling its latest cohort, Alchemist announces $4 million in funding for its enterprise accelerator
The enterprise software and services-focused accelerator Alchemist has raised $4 million in fresh financing from investors BASF and the Qatar Development Bank, just in time for its latest demo day unveiling 20 new companies. Qatar and BASF join previous investors, including the venture firms Mayfield, Khosla Ventures, Foundation Capital, DFJ and USVP, and corporate investors […] [...]
SugarCRM moves into marketing automation with Salesfusion acquisition
SugarCRM announced today that it has acquired Atlanta-based Salesfusion to help build out the marketing automation side of its business. The deal closed last Friday. The companies did not share the purchase price. CEO Craig Charlton, who joined the company in February, says he recognized that marketing automation was an area of the platform that […] [...]
OpenFin raises $17 million for its OS for finance
OpenFin, the company looking to provide the operating system for the financial services industry, has raised $17 million in funding through a Series C round led by Wells Fargo, with participation from Barclays and existing investors including Bain Capital Ventures, J.P. Morgan and Pivot Investment Partners. Previous investors in OpenFin also include DRW Venture Capital, […] [...]
VMware acquires Bitnami to deliver packaged applications anywhere
VMware announced today that it’s acquiring Bitnami, the package application company that was a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2013 class. The companies didn’t share the purchase price. With Bitnami, the company can now deliver more than 130 popular software packages in a variety of formats, such as Docker containers or virtual machine, an […] [...]
Tealium, a big data platform for structuring disparate customer information, raises $55M at $850M valuation
The average enterprise today uses about 90 different software packages, with between 30-40 of them touching customers directly or indirectly. The data that comes out of those systems can prove to be very useful — to help other systems and employees work more intelligently, to help companies make better business decisions — but only if […] [...]
Solo.io wants to bring order to service meshes with centralized management hub
As containers and microservices have proliferated, a new kind of tool called the service mesh has developed to help manage and understand interactions between services. While Kubernetes has emerged as the clear container orchestration tool of choice, there is much less certainty in the service mesh market. Solo.io today announced a new open-source tool called […] [...]
Egnyte brings native G Suite file support to its platform
Egnyte announced today that customers can now store G Suite files inside its storage, security and governance platform. This builds on the support the company previously had for Office 365 documents. Egnyte CEO and co-founder Vineet Jain says that while many enterprise customers have seen the value of a collaborative office suite like G Suite, […] [...]
In travel tech, 4 rivals merge in Europe to form Altido for property management of Airbnb-style homes
The growth of Airbnb and other big travel startups has given a fillip to the wider travel industry, and today several smaller startups in the short-term property sector are announcing that they have merged to tackle the opportunity with more scale. The UK’s BnbBuddy and The London Residents Club, along with both Hintown from Italy […] [...]
New Relic takes a measured approach to platform overhaul
New Relic, the SaaS applications performance management platform, announced a major update to that platform today. Instead of ripping off the Band-Aid all at once, the company has decided to take a more measured approach to change, giving customers a chance to ease into it. The new platform, called New Relic One, has been designed […] [...]

Security News

Amazon Shareholders Support Selling Face Recognition Tech to Police
Amazon on Wednesday confirmed that shareholders rejected proposals to prohibit sales of facial recognition technology to governments and study how it might threaten privacy or civil rights. read more [...]
GDPR: One Year Down…Now What?
On May 25, 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation came into law for European Union countries, created to protect data relating to E.U. citizens, ensuring the right to know what is being stored, where and why.  read more [...]
Attackers Could Use Mobile Device Sensors to Generate Unique Device Fingerprint: Research
Researchers at Cambridge University have determined that attackers could use the built-in motion sensors in mobile devices to generate a unique device fingerprint. read more [...]
Critical Vulnerabilities Plague South Korean ActiveX Controls
Tens of very basic but Critical vulnerabilities were found in 10 South Korean ActiveX controls as part of a short research project, security researchers with Risk Based Security say.  read more [...]
LinkedIn Allowed TLS Certificate to Expire—Again
Microsoft-owned social media giant LinkedIn has once again put user data and privacy at risk by allowing a TLS certificate to expire. read more [...]
Magecart Skimmer Poses as Payment Service Provider
The skimmer used in a recently discovered Magecart attack on a Magento-based e-commerce website was posing as a payment service provider via a rogue iframe, Malwarebytes reports. read more [...]
One Year On, EU Has 145,000 Data Law Complaints
One year after the entry into force of landmark EU rules to better protect personal data, nearly 145,000 complaints have been registered, an initial assessment revealed on Wednesday. read more [...]
No Root Password for 20% of Popular Docker Containers
An analysis of 1,000 popular Docker containers revealed that nearly 20% of them have nulled root passwords, Kenna Security says.  read more [...]
Flaw Exposes Mitsubishi PLCs to Remote DoS Attacks
Researchers discovered that some programmable logic controllers (PLCs) made by Japanese electrical equipment maker Mitsubishi Electric are affected by a serious denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability. read more [...]
Hunters.AI Emerges From Stealth With $5.4M in Seed Funding
Hunters.AI, an Israel-based company specializing in autonomous threat hunting, on Wednesday emerged from stealth mode and announced that it raised $5.4 million in seed funding from YL Ventures and Blumberg Capital. read more [...]
EU Adopts Powers to Respond to Cyberattacks
The European Union on Friday adopted powers to punish those outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks that cripple hospitals and banks, sway elections and steal company secrets or funds. read more [...]
Researcher Drops Windows 10 Zero-Day Exploit
A researcher has made public technical details, a video and proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit code for an unpatched local privilege escalation (LPE) vulnerability affecting Windows. read more [...]
Google Warns G Suite Customers of Passwords Stored Unhashed Since 2005
Google on Tuesday said that some passwords for its G Suite customers were stored in an unhashed format since 2005. read more [...]
Firefox Now Has Fingerprinting and Crypto-mining Protection
Mozilla this week released Firefox 67 to the stable channel with improved protection against tracking and with fingerprinting and crypto-mining protection capabilities.  read more [...]
Attack Combines Phishing, Steganography, PowerShell to Deliver Malware
URLZone Morphs Into a Downloader for Ursnif Researchers have discovered a malware campaign targeting Japan and combining phishing, steganography, PowerShell, and the URLZone and Ursnif malwares. read more [...]
Guardicore Raises $60 Million in Series C Funding
Data center and cloud security company Guardicore on Tuesday announced that it has secured $60 million in Series C funding round. To date, the company has raised $110 million in funding. read more [...]
Satan Ransomware Expands Portfolio of Exploits
A recently observed Satan ransomware variant has added exploits to its portfolio and is looking to compromise more machines by targeting additional vulnerabilities. read more [...]
Poor Security Hygiene Found Across Almost All Political Parties in US, Europe
Cybersecurity of Major U.S. and European Political Parties Found Wanting read more [...]
Microsoft Adds Live Response Capabilities to Defender ATP
In an effort to to help security teams more easily investigate incidents on remote machines, Microsoft has added live response capabilities to its Microsoft Defender ATP offering. read more [...]
Identity Management Firm Auth0 Raises $103 Million
Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) company Auth0 this week announced the close of a $103 million Series E funding round led by Sapphire Ventures, at a valuation of more than $1 billion. read more [...]