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Scalyr launches PowerQueries for advanced log management
Log management service Scalyr today announced the beta launch of PowerQueries, its new tools for letting its users create advanced search operations as they manage their log files and troubleshoot potential issues. The new service allows users to perform complex actions to group, transform, filter and sort their large data sets, as well as to […] [...]
Alibaba acquires Israeli startup Infinity Augmented Reality
Infinity Augmented Reality, an Israeli startup, has been acquired by Alibaba, the companies announced this weekend. The deal’s terms were not disclosed. Alibaba and InfinityAR have had a strategic partnership since 2016, when Alibaba Group led InfinityAR’s Series C. Since then, the two have collaborated on augmented reality, computer vision and artificial intelligence projects. Founded […] [...]
How Salesforce paved the way for the SaaS platform approach
When we think of enterprise SaaS companies today, just about every startup in the space aspires to be a platform. That means they want people using their stack of services to build entirely new applications, either to enhance the base product, or even build entirely independent companies. But when Salesforce launched Force.com, the company’s Platform […] [...]
HoneyBook, a client management platform for creative businesses, raises $28M Series C led by Citi Ventures
HoneyBook, a customer-relationship management platform aimed at small businesses in creative fields, announced today it has raised a $28 million Series C led by Citi Ventures. All of its existing investors, including Norwest Venture Partners, Aleph, Vintage Investment Partners and Hillsven Capital, also returned for the round. Citi is a strategic partner for HoneyBook and […] [...]
Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview
Last year, Microsoft announced the launch of its Windows Virtual Desktop service. At the time, this was a private preview, but starting today, any enterprise user who wants to try out what using a virtual Windows 10 desktop that’s hosted in the Azure cloud looks like will be able to give it a try. It’s […] [...]
Microsoft Defender comes to the Mac
Microsoft today announced that it is bringing its Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to the Mac. Previously, this was a Windows solution for protecting the machines of Microsoft 365 subscribers and assets of the IT admins that try to keep them safe. It was also previously called Windows Defender ATP, but given that it […] [...]
Skedulo raises $28M for its mobile workforce management service
Skedulo, a service that helps businesses manage their mobile employees, today announced that it has raised a $28 million Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. Existing investors Blackbird and Castanoa Ventures also participated in this round. The company’s service offers businesses all the necessary tools to manage their mobile employees, including […] [...]
Movius raises $45M for its business communications service
Atlanta-based Movius, a company that allows companies to assign a separate business number for voice calls and texting to any phone, today announced that it has raised a $45 million Series D round led by JPMorgan Chase, with participation from existing investors PointGuard Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and Anschutz Investment company. With this, the company […] [...]
Iterable lands $50M Series C investment to expand cross-channel marketing platform
Iterable, a startup that helps companies build complex marketing campaigns across channels to reduce churn and increase usage, announced a $50 million Series C round today. Investors include Blue Cloud Ventures, CRV, Harmony Partners, Index Ventures and Stereo Capital. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $80 million. Company co-founder and CEO Justin Zhu says […] [...]
Abstract, a versioning platform that helps designers work like developers, raises $30M
Design and engineering are two sides of the same coin when it comes to building software and hardware, and yet — unlike engineers, who can use services like GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab or many others to help manage their development process — it has traditionally been slim pickings for designers when it comes to tools to […] [...]
Portworx raises $27M Series C for its cloud-native data management platform
As enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies like containers to build their applications, the next question they often have to ask themselves is how they adapt their data storage and management practices to this new reality, too. One of the companies in this business is the four-year-old Portworx, which has managed to attract customers like Lufthansa Systems, […] [...]
Blameless emerges from stealth with $20M investment to help companies transition to SRE
Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is an extension of DevOps designed for more complex environments. The problem is that this type of approach is difficult to implement and has usually only been in reach of large companies, requiring custom software. Blameless, a Bay Area startup, wants to put it reach of everyone. It emerged from stealth […] [...]
Salesforce finally embedding Quip into platform, starting with Sales and Service Cloud
When Salesforce bought Quip in 2016 for $750 million, it was fair to wonder what it planned to do with it. While company founder Bret Taylor has moved up the ladder to chief product officer, Quip remained a standalone product. Today that changed when the company announced it was embedding Quip directly into its sales […] [...]
The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1
Electric-vehicle chargers, heads-up displays for soldiers and the Costco of weed were some of our favorites from prestigious startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 1. If you want to take the pulse of Silicon Valley, YC is the place to be. But with more than 200 startups presenting across two stages and two […] [...]
AI has become table stakes in sales, customer service and marketing software
Artificial intelligence and machine learning has become essential if you are selling sales, customer service and marketing software, especially in large enterprises. The biggest vendors from Adobe to Salesforce to Microsoft to Oracle are jockeying for position to bring automation and intelligence to these areas. Just today, Oracle announced several new AI features in its […] [...]
Trello aims for the enterprise
Trello, Atlassian’s project management tool, is doubling down on its efforts to become a better service for managing projects at work. To do so, the team is launching thirteen new features in Trello Enterprise today, making this one of the company’s biggest feature releases since the launch of the enterprise version in 2015. As the […] [...]
Teams, Microsoft’s Slack competitor, says it’s signed up over 500k organizations, adds whiteboard and live events support
Microsoft Teams, the collaboration platform that Microsoft built to complement its Office 365 suite of productivity apps for workers — which also ensures a way of keeping those workers staying within its own ecosystem — is hitting a milestone on its second birthday. Today, the company announced that over 500,000 organizations are now using Teams. […] [...]
Vonage brings number programmability to its business service
Chances are you still mostly think of Vonage as a consumer VOIP player, but in recent years, the company also launched its Vonage Business Cloud (VBC) platform and acquired Nexmo, an API-based communications service that competes directly with many of Twilio’s core services. Today, Vonage is bringing its VBC service and Nexmo a bit closer […] [...]
Salesforce update brings AI and Quip to customer service chat experience
When Salesforce introduced Einstein, its artificial intelligence platform in 2016, it was laying the ground work for artificial intelligence underpinnings across the platform. Since then the company has introduced a variety of AI enhancements to the Salesforce product family. Today, customer service got some AI updates. The goal of any customer service interaction is to […] [...]
Oracle adds more AI features to its suite of sales tools
As the biggest sales and marketing technology firms mature, they are all turning to AI and machine learning to advance the field. This morning it was Oracle’s turn, announcing several AI-fueled features for its suite of sales tools. Rob Tarkoff, who had previous stints at EMC, Adobe and Lithium, and is now EVP of Oracle […] [...]

Security News

Microsoft Finds Privilege Escalation, Code Execution Flaws in Huawei Tool
Microsoft researchers have identified potentially serious privilege escalation and arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities in a tool from Huawei. The vendor has released updates that should patch the flaws. read more [...]
Researchers Uncover Vulnerabilities in LTE Wireless Protocol
Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Constitution (KAIST) say they have discovered 36 previously undisclosed vulnerabilities in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) protocol used by most mobile carriers. read more [...]
Supply-Chain Attack Used to Install Backdoors on ASUS Computers
Hijacked Software Update Utility Could Have Impacted Over 1 Million ASUS Users Over 1 million ASUS users may have been impacted after attackers managed to inject a backdoor in the ASUS Live Update utility, Kaspersky Lab reports.  read more [...]
Major U.S. Chemical Firms Hit by Cyberattack
Operations at two major US-based chemical companies, Hexion and Momentive, were disrupted recently by a cyberattack reportedly involving LockerGoga, the ransomware that recently hit Norwegian aluminum giant Norsk Hydro. read more [...]
DHS Warns of Vulnerabilities in Medtronic Defibrillators
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an alert to warn of critical vulnerabilities impacting numerous Medtronic devices, which are exploitable with low skill level.  read more [...]
Industrial Cybersecurity Firm CyberX Raises $18 Million
Industrial cybersecurity firm CyberX on Monday announced that it raised another $18 million in a strategic funding round. read more [...]
Second Critical Crypto Flaw Found in Swiss E-Voting System
More crypto vulnerabilities found in Swiss e-voting system read more [...]
Watchdog: FEMA Wrongly Released Personal Data of Victims
The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. read more [...]
Cisco Patches High Severity Vulnerabilities in IP Phones
Cisco this week released security patches to address high severity vulnerabilities in its IP Phone 8800 Series and IP Phone 7800 Series.  A total of five vulnerabilities were addressed, all impacting the web-based management interface of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Software of IP Phone 8800 Series.  read more [...]
Pwn2Own 2019: Researchers Win Tesla After Hacking Its Browser
Researchers win Tesla Model 3 at Pwn2Own read more [...]
UK Police Federation Hit by Ransomware
The UK Police Federation of England & Wales (PFEW) website was subject to a malware attack that it discovered on March 9, 2019. It appears that this was a ransomware attack; but the strain has not been announced. read more [...]
Russian Hackers Target European Governments Ahead of Elections: FireEye
Hackers believed to be sponsored by the Russian government are targeting European governments for cyber-espionage purposes ahead of the upcoming European elections, FireEye reports.  read more [...]
Industry Reactions to Norsk Hydro Breach: Feedback Friday
Norwegian aluminum giant Norsk Hydro has been hit by a serious ransomware attack that caused disruptions at some of its plants and forced the company to turn to manual processes to fulfill customer orders. read more [...]
Microsoft Launches Defender ATP Endpoint Security for macOS
Microsoft Brings Defender Advanced Threat Protection to macOS read more [...]
D.C. Attorney General Introduces New Data Security Bill
Karl A. Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, on Thursday announced the introduction of a new bill that aims to expand data breach notification requirements and improve the way personal information is protected by organizations. read more [...]
Observations From RSA Conference 2019
The RSA Conference is one of the premier events in the cybersecurity world. At times, it can be an overwhelming experience for vendors and attendees alike because of its massive scale and fast pace; however, it’s also a great opportunity for people like me to get insight into trends in the industry. read more [...]
Researchers Earn $270,000 for Firefox, Edge Hacks at Pwn2Own 2019
White hat hackers earned a total of $270,000 on the second day of the Pwn2Own hacking competition for demonstrating exploits against the Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge web browsers. read more [...]
Global Security Spend Set to Grow to $133.8 Billion by 2022: IDC
Global spending on security-related hardware software and services will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2% between 2018 and 2022, to a total of $133.8 billion in 2022. The figures come from the latest Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide compiled by IDC. read more [...]
Facebook Stored Passwords of Hundreds of Millions Users in Plain Text
Facebook today admitted to have stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of its users in plain text, including the passwords of Facebook Lite, Facebook, and Instagram users.  read more [...]