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Perigee infrastructure security solution from former NSA employee moves into public beta
Perigee founder Mollie Breen used to work for NSA where she built a security solution to help protect the agency’s critical infrastructure. She spent the last two years at Harvard Business School talking to Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and fine-tuning that idea she started at NSA into a commercial product. Today, the solution that […] [...]
APAC cloud infrastructure revenue reaches $9B in Q2 with Amazon leading the way
When you look at the Asia-Pacific (APAC) regional cloud infrastructure numbers, it would be easy to think that one of the Chinese cloud giants, particularly Alibaba, would be the leader in that geography, but new numbers from Synergy Research show Amazon leading across the region overall, which generated $9 billion in revenue in Q2. The […] [...]
Narrator raises $6.2M for a new approach to data modelling that replaces star schema
Snowflake went public this week, and in a mark of the wider ecosystem that is evolving around data warehousing, a startup that has built a completely new concept for modelling warehoused data is announcing funding. Narrator — which uses an 11-column ordering model rather than standard star schema to organise data for modelling and analysis — […] [...]
Luther.AI is a new AI tool that acts like Google for personal conversations
When it comes to pop culture, a company executive or history questions, most of us use Google as a memory crutch to recall information we can’t always keep in our heads, but Google can’t help you remember the name of your client’s spouse or the great idea you came up with at a meeting the […] [...]
ServiceNow updates its workflow automation platform
ServiceNow today announced the latest release of its workflow automation platform. With this, the company is emphasizing a number of new solutions for specific verticals, including for telcos and financial services organizations. This focus on verticals extends the company’s previous efforts to branch out beyond the core IT management capabilities that defined its business during […] [...]
Pure Storage acquires data service platform Portworx for $370M
Pure Storage, the public enterprise data storage company, today announced that it has acquired Portworx, a well-funded startup that provides a cloud-native storage and data-management platform based on Kubernetes, for $370 million in cash. This marks Pure Storage’s largest acquisition to date and shows how important this market for multicloud data services has become. Current […] [...]
User-generated e-learning site Kahoot acquires Actimo for up to $33M to double down on corporate sector
Norwegian company Kahoot originally made its name with a platform that lets educators and students create and share game-based online learning lessons, in the process building up a huge public catalogue of gamified lessons created by its community. Today the startup — now valued at more than $2 billion — is announcing an acquisition to […] [...]
Dropbox CEO Drew Houston says the pandemic forced the company to reevaluate what work means
Dropbox CEO and co-founder Drew Houston, appearing at TechCrunch Disrupt today, said that COVID has accelerated a shift to distributed work that we have been talking about for some time, and these new ways of working will not simply go away when the pandemic is over. “When you think more broadly about the effects of […] [...]
Fiverr Business helps teams manage freelance projects
Freelance marketplace Fiverr launched a new service today designed to help teams at larger companies manage their work with freelancers. CEO Micha Kaufman told me via email that Fiverr had already begun working with larger clients, but that Fiverr Business is better-designed to meet their needs. “Organizations require tools to manage their team accounts, defining […] [...]
In 2020, Warsaw’s startup ecosystem is ‘a place to observe carefully’
If you listed the trends that have captured the attention of 20 Warsaw-focused investors who replied to our recent surveys, automation/AI, enterprise SaaS, cleantech, health, remote work and the sharing economy would top the list. These VCs said they are seeking opportunities in the “digital twin” space, proptech and expanded blockchain tokenization inside industries. Investors […] [...]
Latent AI makes edge AI workloads more efficient
Latent AI, a startup that was spun out of SRI International, makes it easier to run AI workloads at the edge by dynamically managing workloads as necessary. Using its proprietary compression and compilation process, Latent AI promises to compress library files by 10x and run them with 5x lower latency than other systems, all while […] [...]
Data virtualization service Varada raises $12M
Varada, a Tel Aviv-based startup that focuses on making it easier for businesses to query data across services, today announced that it has raised a $12 million Series A round led by Israeli early-stage fund MizMaa Ventures, with participation by Gefen Capital. “If you look at the storage aspect for big data, there’s always innovation, […] [...]
Verkada adds environmental sensors to cloud-based building operations toolkit
As we go deeper into the pandemic, many buildings sit empty or have limited capacity. During times like these, having visibility into the state of the building can give building operations peace of mind. Today, Verkada, a startup that helps operations manage buildings via the cloud, announced a new set of environmental sensors to give […] [...]
Airtable’s Howie Liu has no interest in exiting, even as the company’s valuation soars
In the middle of a pandemic, Airtable, the low-code startup, has actually had an excellent year. Just the other day, the company announced it had raised $185 million on a whopping $2.585 billion valuation. It also announced some new features that take it from the realm of pure no-code and deeper into low-code territory, which […] [...]
Quantum startup CEO suggests we are only five years away from a quantum desktop computer
Today at TechCrunch Disrupt 2020, leaders from three quantum computing startups joined TechCrunch editor Frederic Lardinois to discuss the future of the technology. IonQ CEO and president Peter Chapman suggested we could be as little as five years away from a desktop quantum computer, but not everyone agreed on that optimistic timeline. “I think within […] [...]
Airtable raises $185M and launches new low-code and automation features
The spreadsheet-centric database and no-code platform Airtable today announced that it has raised a $185 million Series D funding round, putting the company at a $2.585 billion post-money valuation. Thrive Capital led the round, with additional funding by existing investors Benchmark, Coatue, Caffeinated Capital and CRV, as well as new investor D1 Capital. With this, […] [...]
StackRox nabs $26.5M for a platform that secures containers in Kubernetes
Containers have become a ubiquitous cornerstone in how companies manage their data, a trend that has only accelerated in the last eight months with the larger shift to cloud services and more frequent remote working due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alongside that, startups building services to enable containers to be used better are also getting […] [...]
B2B marketing company Metadata.io raises $6.5M
Metadata.io announced today that it has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. It’s been more than four years since I wrote about the startup’s $2 million seed funding. At the time, co-founder and CEO Gil Allouche described the product as helping business-to-business marketers target their ads as people who resemble their existing sales leads. Since […] [...]
Xometry raises $75M Series E to expand custom manufacturing marketplace
When companies need to find manufacturers to build custom parts, it’s not always an easy process, especially during a pandemic. Xometry, a seven-year-old startup based in Maryland, has built an online marketplace where companies can find manufacturers across the world with excess capacity to build whatever they need. Today, the company announced a $75 million […] [...]
Socialbakers acquired by customer engagement company Astute
Astute, a customer engagement platform headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is announcing that it has acquired social media marketing company Socialbakers. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Socialbakers CEO Yuval Ben-Itzhak will become president of Socialbakers for the combined company, and he told me via email that the entire Socialbakers team will be […] [...]

Security News

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Patch Vulnerabilities, Introduce New Privacy Features
Apple has patched nearly a dozen vulnerabilities and it has introduced new privacy features with the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 this week. read more [...]
Enterprise Threat Visibility Versus Real-World Operational Constraints
The phrase “assume breach” has been transformational to enterprise security investment and defensive strategy for a few years but may now be close to retirement.  read more [...]
U.S. Charges Three Iranian Hackers for Attacks on Satellite Companies
The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced charges against three Iranian nationals believed to have stolen information related to the United States’ aerospace and satellite technologies. read more [...]
Information Disclosure, XSS Vulnerabilities Patched in Drupal
Several information disclosure and cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities, including one rated critical, have been patched this week in the Drupal content management system (CMS). read more [...]
German Hospital Hacked, Patient Taken to Another City Dies
German authorities said Thursday that what appears to have been a misdirected hacker attack caused the failure of IT systems at a major hospital in Duesseldorf, and a woman who needed urgent admission died after she had to be taken to another city for treatment. read more [...]
The Crucial Component of Detection and Response: Intelligence Pivoting
Intelligence Pivoting Allows You to Build a Broader Picture and is Pivotal to Detection and Response read more [...]
Google Ups Malware Protection for 'Advanced Protection' Users
Google this week announced improved malware protection capabilities for all users who are enrolled in its Advanced Protection Program. read more [...]
CISA Named Top-Level Root CVE Numbering Authority
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been named a Top-Level Root CVE Numbering Authority (CNA) and it will be overseeing CNAs that assign CVE identifiers for vulnerabilities in industrial control systems (ICS) and medical devices. read more [...]
U.S. Charges Two State-Sponsored Iranian Hackers
Two Iranian hackers were indicted in the United States for allegedly engaging in numerous cyberattacks, some of them conducted on behalf of the government of Iran, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday. read more [...]
Two Russians Charged Over $17M Cryptocurrency Fraud Scheme
The United States Department of Justice on Wednesday unsealed an indictment against two Russian nationals allegedly engaged in cryptocurrency fraud schemes. read more [...]
U.S. Charges Alleged Hackers of Chinese APT41 Group for Attacks on 100 Firms
Hackers of China's APT41 group charged read more [...]
Computer Attack Disables California School District's System
A ransomware virus took down a California school district’s computer system, forcing a shutdown of distance learning for about 6,000 elementary school students, an official said. The attack disabled the computer server and email service for the Newhall School District in Valencia, The Los Angeles Times reports. read more [...]
Box Showcases New Offerings for Remote Working Environment
The primary problem caused by the growth in remote working is a new degree of complexity. The threats remain the same, but the solutions must be new. Box on Wednesday announced additions and enhancements to its range of products designed for the growing remote working environment. read more [...]
U.S. House Passes IoT Cybersecurity Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act, a bill whose goal is to improve the security of IoT devices. read more [...]
Nozomi Networks Becomes CVE Numbering Authority
Nozomi Networks, a company that specializes in the security of OT and IoT systems, on Tuesday announced that it has become a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Numbering Authority (CNA). read more [...]
NSA Publishes Guidance on UEFI Secure Boot Customization
The United States National Security Agency (NSA) this week published guidance on how the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot feature can be customized to fit an organization’s needs. read more [...]
More Links Found Between North Korean and Russian Hacking Operations
Security researchers with Intel 471 have identified connections between cyber-activities attributed to North Korean hackers and those of Russian cybercriminals. read more [...]
CISA Shares Details on Web Shells Employed by Iranian Hackers
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) this week released a malware analysis report (MAR) detailing web shells employed by Iranian hackers. read more [...]
Man Pleads Guilty to Role in $600K Malware Protection Scam
A man from India has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme that tried to embezzle about $600,000 from seven people over the age of 65 in the U.S., federal prosecutors say. read more [...]
Devo Technology Raises $60 Million, Names New CEO
Devo Technology, a company that provides data analytics and security solutions, announced on Tuesday that it has raised another $60 million and that Marc van Zadelhoff has been appointed its chief executive officer. read more [...]