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Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers
Twilio is hosting its Signal developer conference in San Francisco this week. Yesterday was all about bots and taking payments over the phone; today is all about IoT. The company is launching two new (but related) products today that will make it easier for IoT developers to connect their devices. The first is the Global […] [...]
Atlassian launches the new Jira Software Cloud
Atlassian previewed the next generation of its hosted Jira Software project tracking tool earlier this year. Today, it’s available to all Jira users. To build the new Jira, Atlassian redesigned both the back-end stack and rethought the user experience from the ground up. That’s not an easy change, given how important Jira has become for […] [...]
Seva snares $2.4M seed investment to find info across cloud services
Seva, a New York City startup, that wants to help customers find content wherever it lives across SaaS products, announced a $2.4 million seed round today. Avalon Ventures led the round with participation from Studio VC and Datadog founder and CEO Olivier Pomel. Company founder and CEO Sanjay Jain says that he started this company […] [...]
PwC staves off disruption with immersive emerging tech training
The big accounting firms are under pressure from digital disruption just like every industry these days, but PwC is trying a proactive approach with a digital accelerator program designed to train employees for the next generation of jobs. To do this, PwC is not just providing some additional training resources and calling it a day. […] [...]
Netflix shares are up after the streaming service adds nearly 7M new subscribers in Q3
After a disappointing second quarter, Netflix is back in Wall Street’s good graces. The company just released its third-quarter earnings report, and as of 5:30pm East Coast time, the stock is up 12 percent in after-hours trading. The most important number here is subscriber growth, and that’s where Netflix came in way ahead of expectations, […] [...]
GitHub launches Actions, its workflow automation tool
For the longest time, GitHub was all about storing source code and sharing it either with the rest of the world or your colleagues. Today, the company, which is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, is taking a step in a different but related direction by launching GitHub Actions. Actions allow developers to […] [...]
Jeff Bezos is just fine taking the Pentagon’s $10B JEDI cloud contract
Some tech companies might have a problem taking money from the Department of Defense, but Amazon isn’t one of them, as CEO Jeff Bezos made clear today at the Wired25 conference. Just last week, Google pulled out of the running for the Pentagon’s $10 billion, 10-year JEDI cloud contract, but Bezos suggested that he was happy […] [...]
Twilio acquires email API platform SendGrid for $2 billion in stock
Twilio, the ubiquitous communications platform, today announced its plan to acquire the API-centric email platform SendGrid for about $2 billion in an all-stock transaction. That’s Twilio’s largest acquisition to date, but also one that makes a lot of sense given that both companies aim to make building communications platforms easier for developers. “The two companies […] [...]
Celonis brings intelligent process automation software to cloud
Celonis has been helping companies analyze and improve their internal processes using machine learning. Today the company announced it was providing that same solution as a cloud service with a few nifty improvements you won’t find on prem. The new approach, called Celonis Intelligent Business Cloud, allows customers to analyze a workflow, find inefficiencies and […] [...]
Anaplan hits the ground running with strong stock market debut up over 42 percent
You might think that Anaplan CEO, Frank Calderoni would have had a few sleepless nights this week. His company picked a bad week to go public as market instability rocked tech stocks. Still he wasn’t worried, and today the company had by any measure a successful debut with the stock soaring up over 42 percent. […] [...]
IBM files formal JEDI protest a day before bidding process closes
IBM announced yesterday that it has filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office over the structure of the Pentagon’s winner-take-all $10 billion, 10-year JEDI cloud contract. The protest came just a day before the bidding process is scheduled to close. As IBM put it in a blog post, they took issues with […] [...]
New Relic acquires Belgium’s CoScale to expand its monitoring of Kubernetes containers and microservices
New Relic, a provider of analytics and monitoring around a company’s internal and external facing apps and services to help optimise their performance, is making an acquisition today as it continues to expand a newer area of its business, containers and microservices. The company has announced that it has purchased CoScale, a provider of monitoring […] [...]
Zuora partners with Amazon Pay to expand subscription billing options
Zuora, the SaaS company helping organizations manage payments for subscription businesses, announced today that it had been selected as a Premier Partner in the Amazon Pay Global Partner Program.  The “Premier Partner” distinction means businesses using Zuora’s billing platform can now easily integrate Amazon’s digital payment system as an option during checkout or recurring payment […] [...]
Snowflake scoops up another blizzard of cash with $450 million round
When Snowflake, the cloud data warehouse, landed a $263 million investment earlier this year, CEO Bob Muglia speculated that it would be the last money his company would need before an eventual IPO. But just 9 months after that statement, the company announced a second even larger round. This time it’s getting $450 million, as […] [...]
Google+ for G Suite lives on and gets new features
You thought Google+ was dead, didn’t you? And it is — if you’re a consumer. But the business version of Google’s social network will live on for the foreseeable future — and it’s getting a bunch of new features today. Google+ for G Suite isn’t all that different from the Google+ for consumers, but its focus […] [...]
Google’s Apigee officially launches its API monitoring service
It’s been about two years since Google acquired API management service Apigee. Today, the company is announcing new extensions that make it easier to integrate the service with a number of Google Cloud services, as well as the general availability of the company’s API monitoring solution. Apigee API monitoring allows operations teams to get more […] [...]
Google introduces dual-region storage buckets to simplify data redundancy
Google is playing catch-up in the cloud, and as such it wants to provide flexibility to differentiate itself from AWS and Microsoft. Today, the company announced a couple of new options to help separate it from the cloud storage pack. Storage may seem stodgy, but it’s a primary building block for many cloud applications. Before […] [...]
Google expands its identity management portfolio for businesses and developers
Over the course of the last year, Google has launched a number of services that bring to other companies the same BeyondCorp model for managing access to a company’s apps and data without a VPN that it uses internally. Google’s flagship product for this is Cloud Identity, which is essentially Google’s BeyondCorp, but packaged for […] [...]

Security News

NSA-Linked 'DarkPulsar' Exploit Tool Detailed
Kaspersky Lab security researchers have analyzed another exploit tool that was supposedly stolen from the National Security Agency-linked Equation Group. read more [...]
0-Day in jQuery Plugin Impacts Thousands of Applications
Thousands of projects are possibly impacted by a jQuery File Upload plugin vulnerability that has been actively exploited in the wild, a security researcher has discovered. read more [...]
City Pays $2,000 in Computer Ransomware Attack
A Connecticut city has paid $2,000 to restore access to its computer system after a ransomware attack. West Haven officials said Thursday they paid the money to anonymous attackers through the digital currency bitcoin to unlock 23 servers and restore access to city data. read more [...]
Chinese Hackers Use 'Datper' Trojan in Recent Campaign
A China-linked cyber espionage group known as Tick was observed using the Datper malware in a recent campaign, Cisco Talos security researchers reveal. read more [...]
Server With National Guard Personnel Data Target of Attack
The Indiana National Guard says a state, non-military computer server containing personal information on civilian and military Guard personnel was the target of a recent ransomware attack. The Guard said Thursday it is notifying the affected personnel that they should be alert for suspicious activity or fraudulent accounts being opened in their name. read more [...]
FreeRTOS Vulnerabilities Expose Many Systems to Attacks
Vulnerabilities discovered in the FreeRTOS operating system can expose a wide range of systems to attacks, including smart home devices and critical infrastructure, researchers warn. read more [...]
EU Leaders Vow Tough Action on Cyber Attacks
EU leaders on Thursday condemned the attempted hack on the global chemical weapons watchdog and vowed to step up the bloc's efforts to tackle cyber attacks. With concerns growing about the malign cyber activities of several countries around the world, notably Russia, the bloc's leaders called for work to begin to set up sanctions to punish hackers. read more [...]
Mozilla Brings Encrypted SNI to Firefox Nightly
Mozilla says Firefox Nightly now supports encrypting the Transport Layer Security (TLS) Server Name Indication (SNI) extension, several weeks after Cloudflare announced it turned on Encrypted SNI (ESNI) across all of its network. read more [...]
Remote Code Execution Flaws Patched in Drupal
Developers of the Drupal content management system (CMS) have patched several vulnerabilities in the 7 and 8 branches, including serious flaws that can be exploited for remote code execution. read more [...]
Splunk Patches Several Flaws in Enterprise, Light Products
Splunk recently patched several vulnerabilities in its Enterprise and Light products, including flaws that have been rated “high severity.” read more [...]
Flaws Open Telepresence Robots to Prying Eyes
Vulnerabilities in telepresence robots could provide an attacker not only with command execution capabilities, but also with access to a live video stream from the device, Zingbox reports. read more [...]
NFCdrip Attack Proves Long-Range Data Exfiltration via NFC
Researchers have demonstrated that the near-field communication (NFC) protocol can be used to exfiltrate small amounts of data, such as passwords and encryption keys, over relatively long distances. read more [...]
Apple's Revamped Privacy Website Offers Users Access to Their Data
Apple users can now get a copy of the data the tech giant has on them, directly from a refreshed and expanded privacy website rolled out this week. read more [...]
Google Pixel 3 Improves Data Protection with Security Chip
Google has packed the recently launched Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices with Titan M, a hardened security microcontroller that can better protect information at hardware level. read more [...]
'Operation Oceansalt' Reuses Code from Chinese Group APT1
A recently observed cyber-espionage campaign targeting South Korea, the United States and Canada is reusing malicious code previously associated with state-sponsored Chinese group APT1, McAfee reports. read more [...]
3 Public Cloud Security Myths Debunked
As more and more organizations embrace the migration to the cloud, there are the inevitable questions that arise around its safety. Specifically, enterprises need to know that their data is going to be secure if they choose to embrace a cloud-based model, particularly a public cloud. read more [...]
Facebook Launches 'War Room' to Combat Manipulation
In Facebook's "War Room," a nondescript space adorned with American and Brazilian flags, a team of 20 people monitors computer screens for signs of suspicious activity. read more [...]
Ex-Virginia Teacher Charged in 2014 'Celebgate' Hacking
A former Virginia high school teacher is the fifth person charged in an investigation into the 2014 "celebgate" scandal in which hackers obtained nude photographs and other private information from more than 200 people, including celebrities. read more [...]
Tumblr Vulnerability Exposed User Account Information
Tumblr on Wednesday disclosed a vulnerability that could have been exploited to obtain user account information, including email addresses and protected passwords. read more [...]
Ex-Equifax Manager Gets Home Confinement for Insider Trading
A former Equifax manager was sentenced Tuesday to serve eight months home confinement for engaging in insider trading in the wake of the company’s massive data breach last year. read more [...]