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Oracle is suing the US government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process
Oracle filed suit in federal court last week alleging yet again that the decade-long $10 billion Pentagon JEDI contract with its single-vendor award is unfair and illegal. The complaint, which has been sealed at Oracle’s request, is available in the public record with redactions. If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same argument the […] [...]
Tigera raises $30M Series B for its Kubernetes security and compliance platform
Tigera, a startup that offers security and compliance solutions for Kubernetes container deployments, today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series B round led by Insight Venture Partners. Existing investors Madrona, NEA and Wing also participated in this round. Like everybody in the Kubernetes ecosystem, Tigera is exhibiting at KubeCon this week, so […] [...]
AI-powered knowledge-sharing platform Guru raises $25 million Series B
Guru, the enterprise-focused information-sharing platform, has today announced the close of a $25 million Series B funding led by Thrive Capital, with participation from existing investors Emergence Capital, FirstMark Capital, Slack Fund and Michael Dell’s MSD Capital. Guru came on to the scene in 2013 with the premise that organizations are not so great at […] [...]
AtScale lands $50 million investment led by Morgan Stanley
AtScale, the startup that helps companies move massive amounts of data into business intelligence and analytics tools, announced a $50 million Series D round today. Morgan Stanley led the round, with previous investors Storm Ventures and Atlantic Bridge joining in. New investor Wells Fargo also participated. The funding comes almost exactly a year after the […] [...]
Software marketplace G2 Crowd acquires Siftery to fold software usage into its dataset
After raising $55 million in October at a $500 million valuation, business software marketplace G2 Crowd is making its first-ever acquisition to bring more features to its platform. It is acquiring Siftery, a startup that has built its own database of business software not on user reviews, but by providing a service to businesses where it […] [...]
Juniper Square lines up $25M for its real estate investment platform
Juniper Square, which operates an enterprise software platform for commercial real estate investment firms, raised the funds from Ribbit Capital. [...]
Nexthink raises $85M to monitor and improve ’employee experience’ of apps
As companies compete for talent, a startup that has built a platform to help ensure that the talent — once it’s working for you — doesn’t get bogged down by IT frustration, has raised a significant round of funding. Lausanne, Switzerland-based Nexthink has nailed down $85 million in funding led by Index Ventures (which has […] [...]
Dell’s long game is in hybrid and private clouds
When Dell voted to buy back the VMware tracking stock and go public again this morning, you had to be wondering what exactly the strategy was behind these moves. While it’s clearly about gaining financial flexibility, the $67 billion EMC deal has always been about setting up the company for a hybrid and private cloud […] [...]
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds etcd to its open-source stable
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open-source home of projects like Kubernetes and Vitess, today announced that its technical committee has voted to bring a new project on board. That project is etcd, the distributed key-value store that was first developed by CoreOS (now owned by Red Hat, which in turn will soon be […] [...]
Dell votes to buy back VMware tracking stock and go public again
Dell announced it has agreed to buy back the VMware tracking stock from the EMC acquisition. The company confirmed the buy-back price of $120 per share for a total of $23.9 billion. With today’s move, Dell will return to being publicly traded starting on December 28th. Sixty-one percent of shareholders voted in favor of the deal. It’s […] [...]
TechSee nabs $16M for its customer support solution built on computer vision and AR
Chatbots and other AI-based tools have firmly found footing in the world of customer service, used either to augment or completely replace the role of a human responding to questions and complaints, or (sometimes, annoyingly, at the same time as the previous two functions) sell more products to users. Today, an Israeli startup called TechSee […] [...]
InVision, valued at $1.9 billion, picks up $115 million Series F
“The screen is becoming the most important place in the world,” says InVision CEO and founder Clark Valberg . In fact, it’s hard to get through a conversation with him without hearing it. And, considering that his company has grown to $100 million in annual recurring revenue, he has reason to believe his own affirmation. […] [...]
Kong launches its fully managed API platform
API platform Kong, which you may remember under its previous name of Mashape, is launching its new Kong Cloud service today. Kong Cloud is the company’s fully managed platform for securing, connecting and orchestrating APIs. Enterprises can deploy it to virtually any major cloud platform, including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, and Kong will handle […] [...]
Trello acquires Butler to add power of automation
Trello, the organizational tool owned by Atlassian, announced an acquisition of its very own this morning when it bought Butler for an undisclosed amount. What Butler brings to Trello is the power of automation, stringing together a bunch of commands to make something complex happen automatically. As Trello’s Michael Pryor pointed out in a blog […] [...]
Why you need a supercomputer to build a house
When the hell did building a house become so complicated? Don’t let the folks on HGTV fool you. The process of building a home nowadays is incredibly painful. Just applying for the necessary permits can be a soul-crushing undertaking that’ll have you running around the city, filling out useless forms, and waiting in motionless lines […] [...]
Pivotal announces new serverless framework
Pivotal has always been about making open-source tools for enterprise developers, but surprisingly, up until now, the arsenal has lacked a serverless component. That changed today with the alpha launch of Pivotal Function Service. “Pivotal Function Service is a Kubernetes-based, multi-cloud function service. It’s part of the broader Pivotal vision of offering you a single […] [...]
IBM selling Lotus Notes/Domino business to HCL for $1.8B
IBM announced last night that it is selling the final components from its 1995 acquisition of Lotus to Indian firm HCL for $1.8 billion. IBM paid $3.5 billion for Lotus back in the day. The big pieces here are Lotus Notes, Domino and Portal. These were a big part of IBM’s enterprise business for a long […] [...]
Contentful raises $33.5M for its headless CMS platform
Contentful, a Berlin- and San Francisco-based startup that provides content management infrastructure for companies like Spotify, Nike, Lyft and others, today announced that it has raised a $33.5 million Series D funding round led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from OMERS Ventures and Salesforce Ventures, as well as existing investors General Catalyst, Benchmark, Balderton Capital and Hercules. In […] [...]
Looker snags $103 million investment on $1.6 billion valuation
Looker has been helping customers visualize and understand their data for seven years, and today it got a big reward, a $103 million Series E investment on a $1.6 billion valuation. The round was led by Premji Invest, with new investment from Cross Creek Advisors and participation from the company’s existing investors. With today’s investment, […] [...]
LeanIX, the SaaS that lets enterprises map out their software architecture, closes $30M Series C
LeanIX, the Software-as-a-Service for “Enterprise Architecture Management,” has closed $30 million in Series C funding. The round is led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from previous investors Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP), Capnamic Ventures and Iris Capital. It brings LeanIX’s total funding to nearly $40 million since the German company was founded in 2012. […] [...]

Security News

Grammarly Launches Public Bug Bounty Program
Grammarly, the popular service for checking grammar and spelling, this week announced the launch of a public bug bounty program. Grammarly has been running a private bug bounty program with HackerOne for more than a year. The program has nearly 1,500 participants and resulted in payouts totaling $50,000. read more [...]
New Variant of Shamoon Malware Uploaded to VirusTotal
A new variant of the destructive Shamoon malware was uploaded to VirusTotal this week, but security researchers haven’t linked it to a specific attack yet. read more [...]
U.S. House Report Blasts Equifax Over Poor Security Leading to Massive 2017 Breach
Equifax Could Have Prevented Massive Data Breach, Report From U.S. House Says read more [...]
Super Micro: No Malicious Hardware Found on Motherboards
California-based Super Micro told customers on Tuesday that it has conducted a thorough investigation in response to a Bloomberg article claiming that Chinese spy chips had been planted on its servers, but found no evidence of malicious hardware. read more [...]
Personal Details of 120 Million Brazilians Exposed
Misconfigured databases with poor or absent access controls on both cloud and in-house servers is a known and common problem. Where these databases are exposed to the internet, anybody -- with or without cyber expertise -- can access the database and its content. While there is no 'hack' involved, such instances should still be called a breach since there is often no way of knowing whether the data contained has been accessed by malicious actors. read more [...]
SAP Patches Critical Vulnerability in Hybris Commerce
SAP this week released its December 2018 set of security updates to address a dozen vulnerabilities in its products, including a Critical flaw in Hybris Commerce.  read more [...]
A New Year's Resolution: Security is Broken…Let's Fix It
As we near the end of 2018, another wave of massive cyber-attacks has exposed personally identifiable information belonging to hundreds of millions of people and will cost the impacted businesses untold amounts of dollars in lost revenue, settlements, and fines. read more [...]
Claroty Adds New Capabilities to Industrial Security Platform
Industrial cybersecurity firm Claroty on Tuesday announced significant enhancements to its threat detection product, along with technology integrations with several cybersecurity, network infrastructure and industrial automation providers. read more [...]
Windows Zero-Day Exploited by New 'SandCat' Group
Experts believe that the Windows kernel zero-day vulnerability fixed this week by Microsoft with its Patch Tuesday updates has been exploited by several threat actors, including a new group. read more [...]
Hertz, Clear Partner to Speed Rentals With Biometric Scans
Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry. Hertz said Tuesday it is teaming up with Clear, the maker of biometric screening kiosks found at many airports, in an effort to slash the time it takes to pick up a rental car. Clear hopes it will lead more travelers to its platform, which has 3 million members in the U.S. read more [...]
Windows Kernel Vulnerability Exploited in Attacks
Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates for December 2018 address nearly 40 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day flaw affecting the Windows kernel. read more [...]
Adobe Patches 87 Vulnerabilities in Acrobat Software
The December 2018 Patch Tuesday updates released by Adobe address a total of 87 vulnerabilities affecting the company’s Acrobat software. read more [...]
New Exploit Kit Targets SOHO Routers
A newly identified exploit kit is targeting home and small office routers in an attempt to compromise the mobile devices or desktop computers connected to the routers, according to Trend Micro. read more [...]
House Releases Cybersecurity Strategies Report
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce has released a report identifying strategies for the prevention and mitigation of cybersecurity incidents. read more [...]
Russian Critical Infrastructure Targeted by Profit-Driven Cybercriminals
Several critical infrastructure organizations in Russia have been targeted by hackers believed to be financially-motivated cybercriminals rather than state-sponsored cyberspies. read more [...]
Italian Oil Services Company Saipem Hit by Cyberattack
Italian oil and gas services company Saipem reported on Monday that some of its servers were hit by a cyberattack. read more [...]
Secure Messaging Applications Prone to Session Hijacking
Secure messaging applications such as Telegram, Signal and WhatsApp can expose user messages through a session hijacking attack, Cisco’s Talos security researchers warn.  read more [...]
Google CEO Faces House Grilling on Breach, China Censorship
WASHINGTON (AP) — Google's CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands. read more [...]
Organizations Still Slow to Detect Breaches: CrowdStrike
Organizations are getting better at detecting intrusions on their own, but it still takes them a long time to do it, according to a new report published on Tuesday by endpoint security firm CrowdStrike. read more [...]
Researchers Find Thousands of Twitter Amplification Bots in Just One Day
7,000 Twitter Amplification Bots Found in One Day's Search read more [...]