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TechCrunch Disrupt offers plenty of options for attendees with an eye on the enterprise
We might have just completed a full-day program devoted completely to enterprise at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise last week, but it doesn’t mean we plan to sell that subject short at TechCrunch Disrupt next month in San Francisco. In fact, we have something for everyone from startups to established public companies and everything in between along […] [...]
Facebook has acquired Servicefriend, which builds ‘hybrid’ chatbots, for Calibra customer service
As Facebook prepares to launch its new cryptocurrency Libra in 2020, it’s putting the pieces in place to help it run. In one of the latest developments, it has acquired Servicefriend, a startup that built bots — chat clients for messaging apps based on artificial intelligence — to help customer service teams, TechCrunch has confirmed. […] [...]
Chef CEO says he’ll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests
Yesterday, software development tool maker Chef found itself in the middle of a firestorm after a Tweet called them out for doing business with DHS/ICE. Eventually it led to an influential open-source developer removing a couple of key pieces of software from the project, bringing down some parts of Chef’s commercial business. Chef intends to […] [...]
Vianai emerges with $50M seed and a mission to simplify machine learning tech
You don’t see a startup get a $50 million seed round all that often, but such was the case with Vianai, an early-stage startup launched by Vishal Sikka, former Infosys managing director and SAP executive. The company launched recently with a big check and a vision to transform machine learning. Just this week, the startup […] [...]
Google is investing $3.3B to build clean data centers in Europe
Google announced today that it was investing €3 billion (approximately US$3.3 billion) to expand its data center presence in Europe. What’s more, the company pledged the data centers would be environmentally friendly. This new investment is in addition to the $7 billion the company has invested since 2007 in the EU, but today’s announcement was […] [...]
Quilt Data launches from stealth with free portal to access petabytes of public data
Quilt Data‘s founders, Kevin Moore and Aneesh Karve, have been hard at work for the last four years building a platform to search for data quickly across vast repositories on AWS S3 storage. The idea is to give data scientists a way to find data in S3 buckets, then package that data in forms that […] [...]
New Relic launches platform for developers to build custom apps
When Salesforce launched in 2007 as a place for developers to build applications on top of Salesforce, it was a pivotal moment for the concept of SaaS platforms. Since then, it’s been said that every enterprise SaaS company wants to be a platform play. Today, New Relic achieved that goal when it announced the […] [...]
Tableau update uses AI to increase speed to insight
Tableau was acquired by Salesforce earlier this year for $15.7 billion, but long before that, the company had been working on its fall update, and today it announced several new tools, including a new feature called “Explain Data” that uses AI to get to insight quickly. “What Explain Data does is it moves users from […] [...]
Aliro comes out of stealth with $2.7M to ‘democratize’ quantum computing with developer tools
It’s still early days for quantum computing, but we’re nonetheless seeing an interesting group of startups emerging that are helping the world take advantage of the new technology now. Aliro Technologies, a Harvard startup that has built a platform for developers to code more easily for quantum environments — “write once, run anywhere” is one […] [...]
Salesforce brings AI power to its search tool
Enterprise search tools have always suffered from the success of Google. Users wanted to find the content they needed internally in the same way they found it on the web. Enterprise search has never been able to meet those lofty expectations, but today Salesforce announced Einstein Search, an AI-powered search tool for Salesforce users that […] [...]
Salesforce is building an app to gauge a company’s sustainability progress
Salesforce has always tried to be a socially responsible company, encouraging employees to work in the community, giving 1% of its profits to different causes and building and productizing the 1-1-1 philanthropic model. The company now wants to help other organizations be more sustainable to reduce their carbon footprint, and today it announced it is […] [...]
Boston-based DataRobot raises $206M Series E to bring AI to enterprise
Artificial intelligence is playing an increasingly large role in enterprise software, and Boston’s DataRobot has been helping companies build, manage and deploy machine learning models for some time now. Today, the company announced a $206 million Series E investment led by Sapphire Ventures. Other participants in this round included new investors Tiger Global Management, World […] [...]
IEX’s Katsuyama is no flash in the pan
When you watch a commercial for one of the major stock exchanges, you are welcomed into a world of fast-moving, slick images full of glistening buildings, lush crops and happy people. They are typically interspersed with shots of intrepid executives veering out over the horizon as if to say, “I’ve got a long-term vision, and […] [...]
LinkedIn launches skills assessments, tests that let you beef up your credentials for job hunting
LinkedIn, the social networking service for the working world, is today taking the wraps off its latest effort to provide its users with better tools for presenting their professional selves, and to make the process of recruitment on the platform more effective. It will now offer a new feature called Skills Assessments: short, multiple-choice tests […] [...]
GitLab hauls in $268M Series E on 2.75B valuation
GitLab is a company that doesn’t pull any punches or try to be coy. It actually has had a page on its website for some time stating it intends to go public on November 18, 2020. You don’t see that level of transparency from late-stage startups all that often. Today, the company announced a huge […] [...]
Data storage company Cloudian launches a new edge analytics subsidiary called Edgematrix
Cloudian, a company that enables businesses to store and manage massive amounts of data, announced today the launch of Edgematrix, a new unit focused on edge analytics for large data sets. Edgematrix, a majority-owned subsidiary of Cloudian, will first be available in Japan, where Edgematrix is based (Cloudian is based in San Mateo). It has […] [...]
Daily Crunch: Salesforce launches vertical clouds
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Salesforce doubles down on verticals, launches Manufacturing and Consumer Goods Clouds Salesforce unveiled two new business units today as part of […] [...]
Ten years after Adobe bought Omniture, the deal comes into clearer focus
Ten years ago this week, Adobe acquired Omniture for $1.8 billion. At the time, Adobe was a software company selling boxed software like Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop to creatives. Many people were baffled by the move, not realizing that purchasing a web analytics company was really the first volley in a full company transformation to […] [...]
Walt Disney Studios partners with Microsoft Azure on cloud innovation lab
Seems like everything is going to the cloud these days, so why should movie making be left out? Today, Walt Disney Studios announced a five-year partnership with Microsoft around an innovation lab to find ways to shift content production to the Azure cloud. The project involves the Walt Disney StudioLAB, an innovation work space where […] [...]
FOSSA scores $8.5 million Series A to help enterprise manage open-source licenses
As more enterprise developers make use of open source, it becomes increasingly important for companies to make sure that they are complying with licensing requirements. They also need to ensure the open-source bits are being updated over time for security purposes. That’s where FOSSA comes in, and today the company announced an $8.5 million Series […] [...]

Security News

Payouts From Insurance Policies May Fuel Ransomware Attacks
Experts Worry That Cyber Insurance Policies Designed to Limit Damage of Ransomware Attacks Might Actually be Encouraging Hackers read more [...]
Iran Denies Successful Cyber Attacks on Oil Sector
Iran denied on Saturday its oil infrastructure had been successfully attacked by a cyber operation, after reports of disruptions to the sector online. read more [...]
Facebook Suspends 'Tens of Thousands' of Apps in Privacy Review
Facebook said Friday it suspended "tens of thousands" of apps on its platform as a result of its review on privacy practices launched following the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. read more [...]
Eight U.S. Cities Impacted in New Series of Click2Gov Breaches
More than 20,000 records from eight cities across the United States have been compromised in a new wave of Click2Gov breaches, Gemini Advisory reports. Developed by Superion (now CentralSquare Technologies), Click2Gov provides cities with a self-service bill-pay portal for utilities, community development, and parking tickets. read more [...]
200,000 Sign Petition Against Equifax Data Breach Settlement
200,000 Sign Petition to "Force Equifax to Pay for Their Greed" read more [...]
Indonesia, Malaysia Probe Lion Air Customer Data Leak
Authorities are probing a customer data leak at Lion Air, Indonesia's communications ministry said Friday, in a breach that reportedly affected millions of the carrier's customers. Two of the airline's subsidiaries, Malaysia-based Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air, acknowledged passenger data may have been stolen from remote servers operated by Amazon. read more [...]
Twitter Closes Thousands of Fake News Accounts Worldwide
Twitter said Friday it has closed down thousands of accounts across the world for spreading fake news as well as pro-government propaganda, including in places like the United Arab Emirates, China and Spain. read more [...]
Vulnerability Patched in Forcepoint VPN Client for Windows
Researchers at breach and attack simulation firm SafeBreach discovered that the Forcepoint VPN Client for Windows is affected by a vulnerability that can be exploited to escalate privileges and for other purposes. read more [...]
France Has 'Not Changed Mind' on Rejecting Snowden Asylum
France has not changed its mind on rejecting any asylum request from US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden, its foreign minister said Thursday, after the former CIA employee said he would like sanctuary in the country. read more [...]
Two Indicted in $10 Million Tech Support Fraud Scheme
The United States Department of Justice this week announced the arrest of two individuals charged for participating in a long-term tech support fraud scheme. read more [...]
VMware Patches Six Vulnerabilities in Various Products
VMware this week patched code execution, command injection, information disclosure and denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerabilities in its ESXi, vCenter Server, Workstation, Fusion, VMRC and Horizon Client products. read more [...]
HP Acquires Endpoint Security Company Bromium
HP on Thursday announced the acquisition of California-based endpoint security solutions provider Bromium. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. read more [...]
Key Senate Panel Approves $250 Million for Election Security
A key Senate panel on Thursday approved $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation. read more [...]
Don't Take the Bait: A Look at the Latest Phishing Trends
Since the start of September 2019 we’ve seen some major attacks, including a Facebook data leak which exposed more than 400 million telephone numbers and an Android software vulnerability which revealed devices were susceptible to SMS-based attacks that could change device settings remotely. read more [...]
Phishing Emails Deliver Amadey Malware to U.S. Taxpayers
A recently observed phishing campaign is targeting taxpayers in the United States in an attempt to infect their machines with a piece of malware named Amadey, Cofense security researchers have discovered. read more [...]
MITRE Publishes New List of Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses
The MITRE Corporation this week published an updated list of the most dangerous software weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Known as the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors (CWE Top 25), the new list has been created based on real-world vulnerabilities found in the NVD (National Vulnerability Database). read more [...]
Dataswift Raises $2 Million in Seed Funding to Revolutionize Personal Data Sharing
Dataswift, a Cambridge, UK-based company founded by Professor Irene Ng in 2015, has raised nearly $2 million (£1.6 million pounds) in seed funding from IQ Capital, with participation from Pacific & Orient Properties Ltd and Alphanumeric Corporation. Dataswift sells web services technology to apps and websites who want their users to have HAT personal data accounts. read more [...]
Kaspersky Unveils ICS Vulnerabilities Database
Kaspersky on Thursday announced the ICS Vulnerabilities Database, a new service designed to help industrial organizations keep track of relevant security flaws and protect their networks against potential threats. read more [...]
The Global Reach of GDPR
It isn’t that no one saw it coming.  After all, today’s regimen of European Union General Data Protection Regulations had been crafted under public scrutiny since 2012 and in full force since May 2018.  But its implementation left a degree of uncertainty, particularly among multinationals. read more [...]
Critical Vulnerability Exposes Harbor Registries to Attacks
Harbor registries with default settings are impacted by a vulnerability that allows any user to elevate privileges to administrator, Palo Alto Networks reports. read more [...]