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Our 3 favorite startups from Morgan Stanley’s 2nd Multicultural Innovation Lab Demo Day 
The Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, Morgan Stanley’s in-house accelerator focused on companies founded by multicultural and female entrepreneurs, hosted its second Annual Showcase and Demo Day. The event also featured companies from accelerators HearstLab, Newark Venture Partner Labs and PS27 Ventures. (Note: I was formerly employed by Morgan Stanley and have no financial ties.) The showcase represented […] [...]
Autodesk agrees to buy PlanGrid for $875 million
Autodesk announced plans to acquire PlanGrid for $875 million today. The San Francisco startup helped move blueprints from paper to the iPad when it launched in 2011. This digitization of construction fits with Autodesk’s vision of digitizing design in general, and CEO Andrew Anagnost certainly recognized the transformational potential of the company he was buying. “There […] [...]
LinkedIn launches its own Snapchat Stories: ‘Student Voices’
The social media singularity continues with the arrival of Snapchat Stories-style slideshows on LinkedIn as the app grasps for relevance with a younger audience. LinkedIn confirms to TechCrunch that it plans to build Stories for more sets of users, but first it’s launching “Student Voices” just for university students in the U.S. The feature appears […] [...]
Microsoft acquires FSLogix to enhance Office 365 virtual desktop experience
Back in September, Microsoft announced a virtual desktop solution that lets customers run Office 365 and Windows 10 in the cloud. They mentioned several partners in the announcement that were working on solutions with them. One of those was FSLogix, a Georgia virtual desktop startup. Today, Microsoft announced it has acquired FSLogix. It did not […] [...]
Google looks to former Oracle exec Thomas Kurian to move cloud business along
Diane Greene announced on Friday that she was stepping down after three years running Google’s cloud business. She will stay on until the first of the year to help her successor, Thomas Kurian in the transition. He left Oracle at the end of September after more than 20 years with the company, and is charged with making Google’s […] [...]
Former Oracle exec Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene as head of Google Cloud
Diane Greene announced in a blog post today that she would be stepping down as CEO of Google Cloud and will be helping transition former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian to take over early next year. Greene took over the position almost exactly three years ago when Google bought Bebop, the startup she was running. The […] [...]
Uber joins Linux Foundation, cementing commitment to open-source tools
Uber announced today at the 2018 Uber Open Summit that it was joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member, making a firm commitment to using and contributing to open-source tools. Uber CTO Thuan Pham sees the Linux Foundation as a place for companies like his to nurture and develop open-source projects. “Open source technology […] [...]
Citrix pays $200M to acquire Sapho, which connects legacy software with ‘micro apps’
As large organizations grapple with adopting modern work practices without throwing out all of their legacy software, a company that works with them is making an acquisition that it hopes will help with that process. Citrix today is announcing that it has acquired Sapho, a startup that develops “micro apps” for legacy software so that workers […] [...]
Canonical plans to raise its first outside funding as it looks to a future IPO
It’s been 14 years since Mark Shuttleworth first founded and funded Canonical and the Ubuntu project. At the time, it was mostly a Linux distribution. Today, it’s a major enterprise player that offers a variety of products and services. Throughout the years, Shuttleworth self-funded the project and never showed much interest in taking outside money. […] [...]
RPA startup Automation Anywhere nabs $300M from SoftBank at a $2.6B valuation
The market for RPA — Robotic Process Automation — is getting a hat trick of news this week: Automation Anywhere has today announced that it has raised $300 million from the SoftBank Vision Fund. This funding, which values Automation Anywhere at $2.6 billion post-money, is an extension to the Series A the company announced earlier […] [...]
Propel accelerates with $18M Series B to manage product lifecycle
We hear so much about managing the customer relationship, but companies have to manage the products they sell, too. Propel, a Santa Clara startup, is taking a modern cloud approach to the problem, and today it landed an $18 million Series B investment. The round was led by Norwest Venture Partners. Previous investors Cloud Apps […] [...]
Docker inks partnership with MuleSoft as Salesforce takes a strategic stake
Docker and MuleSoft have announced a broad deal to sell products together and integrate their platforms. As part of it, Docker is getting an investment from Salesforce, the CRM giant that acquired MuleSoft for $6.5 billion last spring. Salesforce is not disclosing the size of the stake it’s taking in Docker, but it is strategic: […] [...]
Airtable, maker of a coding platform for non-techies, raises $100M at a $1.1B valuation
If data is the new oil, you might think of apps are the cars that need it to move. Now, a startup that has built a platform to let everyone — not just those with technical expertise — make and drive their own “cars” has raised a significant round of funding to grow its business. […] [...]
Government denies Oracle’s protest of $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud RFP
When Oracle filed a protest in August with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI RFP process was unfair, it probably had little chance of succeeding. Today, the GAO turned away the protest. The JEDI contract has been set up as a winner-take-all affair. With $10 billion on the table, there has […] [...]
Meet Jennifer Tejada, the secret weapon of one of Silicon Valley’s fastest-growing enterprise software startups
PagerDuty, an eight-year-old, San Francisco-based company that sends companies information about their technology, doesn’t receive a fraction of the press that other fast-growing enterprise software companies receive. In fact, though it counts as customers heavyweight companies like Capital One, Spotify and Netflix; it employs 500 employees; and it has five offices around the world, it […] [...]
ServiceTitan raises $165M for its home services software, now valued at $1.65B
ServiceTitan, a startup out of Glendale, Calif. that has built a software platform for home services businesses — in areas like air conditioning, plumbing and electrical repairs — to manage their work, has raised $165 million in what it claims is the “largest software raise in Southern California history.” (That distinction might be specifically for […] [...]
Microsoft to acquire Xoxco as focus on AI and bot developers continues
Microsoft has been all in on AI this year, and in the build versus buy equation, the company has been leaning heavily toward buying. This morning, the company announced its intent to acquire Xoxco, an Austin-based software developer with a focus on bot design, making it the fourth AI-related company Microsoft has purchased this year. […] [...]
‘Software robot’ startup UiPath expands Series C to $265M at a $3B valuation
UiPath, a startup that works in the growing area of RPA, or robotic process automation — where AI-based software is used to help businesses run repetitive or mundane back-office tasks, to free up humans to tackle more sophisticated work — has raised money for the third time this year. The company is today announcing that […] [...]
SAM nabs $12M for cybersecurity aimed at home routers and devices connected to them
A wave of security startups have built solutions for enterprises that are meeting the challenges of “consumerization”, where IT organizations are tasked with securing a range of devices and apps — some brought in by employees, not issued by IT — that are on the organization’s networks. Today, a startup based out of Israel that […] [...]

Security News

Infamous Russian Hacking Group Used New Trojan in Recent Attacks
A well known Russian state-sponsored cyber-espionage group has used a new Trojan as a secondary payload in recent attacks targeting government entities around the globe, Palo Alto Networks reports.  read more [...]
U.S. Mulls Curbs on Artificial Intelligence Exports
The administration of US President Donald Trump is exploring curbing exports of sensitive technologies including artificial intelligence for national security reasons, according to a proposal this week. read more [...]
Is Facebook Out of Control? Investigations and Complaints Are Rising
Complaints Rise About Facebook read more [...]
Flash Player Update Patches Disclosed Code Execution Flaw
Security updates released on Tuesday by Adobe for Flash Player address a critical vulnerability whose details were disclosed a few days earlier. read more [...]
Vision Direct Reveals Data Breach
Popular European online contact lenses supplier Vision Direct on Monday revealed that customer data was compromised in a data breach earlier this month.  read more [...]
Attackers Target Drupal Web Servers with Chained Vulnerabilities
A recent attack targeted Drupal web servers with a chain of vulnerabilities that included the infamous Drupalgeddon2 and DirtyCOW flaws, Imperva security researchers say. The attack was short and impacted only some Linux-based systems, but it was noteworthy for attempting to persistently infect vulnerable servers and take over machines. read more [...]
OSIsoft Warns Employees, Contractors of Data Breach
Software company OSIsoft recently warned employees, interns, consultants and contractors that all domain accounts have likely been compromised as a result of a data breach. read more [...]
TalkTalk Hackers Sentenced to Prison
Two individuals were sentenced to prison on Monday for their roles in the 2015 hacking of British telecoms company TalkTalk. Connor Allsopp, 21, and Matthew Hanley, 23, both from Tamworth, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to hacking-related charges last year. Allsopp has been sentenced to 8 months in jail and Hanley to 12 months. read more [...]
Surge in China Theft of Australia Company Secrets: Report
China has sharply escalated cyberattacks on Australian companies this year in a "constant, significant effort" to steal intellectual property, according to a report published Tuesday. read more [...]
TP-Link Patches Remote Code Execution Flaws in SOHO Router
Vulnerabilities recently addressed by WiFi device maker TP-Link in its TL-R600VPN small and home office (SOHO) router could allow remote code execution, Cisco Talos security researchers warn. read more [...]
New Vehicle Hack Exposes Users’ Private Data Via Bluetooth
People who have synced their mobile phones with a wide variety of vehicle infotainment systems may have have their personal information exposed to a new type of vehicle hack, security researchers say.  read more [...]
Instagram Download Tool Exposes User Passwords
Instagram informed some users last week that their passwords may have been exposed as a result of using the “Download Your Data” tool. read more [...]
Microsoft Enhances Windows Defender ATP
Microsoft has unveiled several enhancements to its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) product to improve its protection capabilities. read more [...]
Small Businesses, Big Breaches
I love the fall. Brisk morning weather. Football. And politicians tripping over themselves to say nice things about small businesses. In this age of divisive politics, it’s nice that politicians of all stripes can agree that small businesses are awesome. read more [...]
Iran-Linked Hackers Use Just-in-Time Creation of Weaponized Attack Docs
Researchers Analyzed How the Iran-linked "OilRig" Hacking Group Tests Malicious Documents Before Use in Attacks read more [...]
Singapore Signs Cybersecurity Agreements With US, Canada
Singapore last week signed cybersecurity-related agreements with both Canada and the United States as officials from both countries visited Singapore for the 33rd ASEAN Summit. read more [...]
Hackers Earn $1 Million for Zero-Day Exploits at Chinese Competition
White hat hackers earned more than $1 million for exploits disclosed at the Tianfu Cup PWN hacking competition that took place on November 16-17 in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province. read more [...]
Suspected Russian Hackers Impersonate State Department Aide
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. cybersecurity experts say hackers impersonating a State Department official have targeted U.S. government agencies, businesses and think tanks in an attack that bears similarity to past campaigns linked to Russia. The "spear phishing" attempts began on Wednesday, sending e-mail messages purported to come from a department public affairs official. read more [...]
Smartphones: A Double-edged Sword for Terrorists
Bombs and guns aside, a smartphone can be a powerful weapon in the hands of a terrorist -- but it can also provide intelligence services with the tools to track them down. Three years ago to the day, the Paris attacks of November 13, 2015 remain one of the best known examples of a large-scale assault that could not have been planned without phones. read more [...]
Does Not Compute: Japan Cyber Security Minister Admits Shunning PCs
A Japanese minister in charge of cyber security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive. read more [...]