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Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich will join us for TC Sessions: Enterprise on September 5
Being the CTO for one of the three major hypercloud providers may seem like enough of a job for most people, but Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Microsoft Azure, has a few other talents in his back pocket. Russinovich, who will join us for a fireside chat at our TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise event in San […] [...]
How Facebook does IT
If you have ever worked at any sizable company, the word “IT” probably doesn’t conjure up many warm feelings. If you’re working for an old, traditional enterprise company, you probably don’t expect anything else, though. If you’re working for a modern tech company, though, chances are your expectations are a bit higher. And once you’re […] [...]
Alibaba cloud biz is on a run rate over $4B
Alibaba announced its earnings today, and the Chinese e-commerce giant got a nice lift from its cloud business, which grew 66% to more than $1.1 billion, or a run rate surpassing $4 billion. It’s not exactly on par with Amazon, which reported cloud revenue of $8.381 billion last quarter, more than double Alibaba’s yearly run […] [...]
Incorta raises $30M Series C for ETL-free data processing solution
Incorta, a startup founded by former Oracle executives who want to change the way we process large amounts of data, announced a $30 million Series C today led by Sorenson Capital. Other investors participating in the round included GV (formerly Google Ventures), Kleiner Perkins, M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures), Telstra Ventures and Ron Wohl. Today’s investment […] [...]
VMware says it’s looking to acquire Pivotal
VMware today confirmed that it is in talks to acquire software development platform Pivotal Software, the service best known for commercializing the open-source Cloud Foundry platform. The proposed transaction would see VMware acquire all outstanding Pivotal Class A stock for $15 per share, a significant markup over Pivotal’s current share price (which unsurprisingly shot up […] [...]
Every TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 ticket includes a free pass to Disrupt SF
Shout out to all the savvy enterprise software startuppers. Here’s a quick, two-part money-saving reminder. Part one: TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 is right around the corner on September 5, and you have only two days left to buy an early-bird ticket and save yourself $100. Part two: for every Session ticket you buy, you get […] [...]
Why chipmaker Broadcom is spending big bucks for aging enterprise software companies
Last year Broadcom, a chipmaker, raised eyebrows when it acquired CA Technologies, an enterprise software company with a broad portfolio of products, including a sizable mainframe software tools business. It paid close to $19 billion for the privilege. Then last week, the company opened up its wallet again and forked over $10.7 billion for Symantec’s […] [...]
Slack announces new admin features for larger organizations
Slack has been working to beef up the product recently for its larger customers. A couple of weeks ago that involved more sophisticated security tools. Today, it was the admins’ turn to get a couple of new tools that help make it easier to manage Slack in larger settings. For starters, Slack has created an […] [...]
Procore brings 3D construction models to iOS
Today, Procore, a construction software company, announced Procore BIM (Building Information Modeling), a new tool that takes advantage of Apple hardware advances to bring the 3D construction model to iOS. Dave McCool, senior product manager at Procore, says that for years architects and engineers have been working with 3D models of complex buildings on desktop computers […] [...]
Clumio raises $51M to bring enterprise backup into the 21st century
Creating backups for massive enterprise deployments may feel like a solved problem, but for the most part, we’re still talking about complex hardware and software setups. Clumio, which is coming out of stealth today, wants to modernize enterprise data protection by eliminating the on-premise hardware in favor of a flexible, SaaS-style cloud-based backup solution. For […] [...]
Rimeto lands $10M Series A to modernize the corporate directory
The notion of the corporate directory has been around for many years, but in a time of more frequent turnover and shifting responsibilities, the founders of Rimeto, a three-year-old San Francisco startup, wanted to update it to reflect those changes. Today, the company announced a $10 million Series A investment from USVP, Bow Capital, Floodgate […] [...]
Polarity raises $8.1M for its AI software that constantly analyzes employee screens and highlights key info
Reference docs and spreadsheets seemingly make the world go ’round, but what if employees could just close those tabs for good without losing that knowledge? One startup is taking on that complicated challenge. Predictably, the solution is quite complicated, as well, from a tech perspective, involving an AI solution that analyzes everything on your PC […] [...]
Lucidworks raises $100M to expand in AI-powered search-as-a-service for organizations
If the sheer amount of information that we can tap into using the internet has made the world our oyster, then the huge success of Google is a testament to how lucrative search can be in helping to light the way through that data maze. Now, in a sign of the times, a startup called Lucidworks, […] [...]
India’s Reliance Jio inks deal with Microsoft to expand Office 365, Azure to more businesses; unveils broadband, blockchain and IoT platforms
India’s Reliance Jio, which has disrupted the local telecom and features phone markets in less than three years of existence, is ready to foray into many more businesses. In a series of announcements Monday, which included a long-term partnership with global giant Microsoft, Reliance Jio said it will commercially roll out its broadband service next […] [...]
Adobe’s Amit Ahuja will be talking customer experience at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise
As companies collect increasingly large amounts of data about customers, the end game is about improving the customer experience. It’s a term we’re hearing a lot of these days, and we are going to be discussing that very topic with Amit Ahuja, Adobe’s vice president of ecosystem development, next month at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise in […] [...]
Last chance for early-bird tickets to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019
It’s down to the wire folks. Today’s the last day you can save $100 on your ticket to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019, which takes place on September 5 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The deadline expires in mere hours — at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Get the best possible price and buy your early-bird ticket […] [...]
Preclusio uses machine learning to comply with GDPR, other privacy regulations
As privacy regulations like GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act proliferate, more startups are looking to help companies comply. Enter Preclusio, a member of the Y Combinator Summer 2019 class, which has developed a machine learning-fueled solution to help companies adhere to these privacy regulations. “We have a platform that is deployed on-prem in […] [...]
‘The Operators’: Experts from Airbnb and Carta on building and managing your company’s customer support
Airbnb's Global Product Director of Customer and Community Support, and Carta's Head of Enterprise Relationship Management share how companies should be thinking about customer service. [...]
Only 24 hours left to save $100 on TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019
Heads up all you enterprising enterprise software startuppers. You have only 24 hours before the price goes up on tickets to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019. Save $100 and join us in San Francisco on September 5 — along with some of the industry’s top founders, CEOs, investors and technologists. Buy your early-bird ticket before 11:59 […] [...]
Opsani helps optimize cloud applications with AI
Opsani, a Redwood City, Calif. startup, wants to go beyond performance monitoring to continually optimizing cloud applications, using artificial intelligence to help the software learn what is the optimal state. “We have come up with a machine learning technique centered around reinforcement learning to tune the performance of applications in the cloud,” company co-founder and […] [...]

Security News

Organizations Expose Sensitive Data via Malware Analysis Sandboxes
Researchers at UK-based threat intelligence firm Cyjax have studied files submitted to three popular online malware analysis sandboxes and found that many of the publicly accessible files contain sensitive information. read more [...]
Ransomware Hits Texas Local Governments
A ransomware attack hit 23 local government entities in Texas last week, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has revealed. read more [...]
Uganda, Zambia Deny Huawei Helped Spy on Political Opponents
Uganda and Zambia on Friday denied a report that employees of Chinese telecom giant Huawei had helped them spy on political opponents. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported this week that Huawei technicians helped the two African governments intercept communications and social media activity of their opponents, while also tracking their movements. read more [...]
Iowa Grocery Chain Investigating Possible Hack of Payment Processing Systems
A West Des Moines, Iowa-based grocery chain that also operates restaurants, fuel-pumps and drive-thru coffee shops is warning its customers about a security incident involving some of its payment card systems.  read more [...]
Apple Sues Corellium Over Security Research Tool
Apple has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Florida-based virtualization company Corellium for creating “perfect replicas” of iOS that can be used for security research and other purposes. read more [...]
Uganda Slams Report Huawei Helped Spy on Opposition Leader
Uganda on Friday denied a report that employees of Chinese telecom giant Huawei had aided a domestic spying operation targeting pop star turned opposition icon Bobi Wine. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Huawei technicians helped Ugandan authorities use spyware to intercept Wine's Skype and WhatsApp communications. read more [...]
Many Users Don't Change Unsafe Passwords After Being Warned: Google
Google has shared some interesting data collected by the company from users of its Password Checkup extension for Chrome. read more [...]
Sherlock in the SOC: Leveraging Security Knowledge in a Behavior-Based Approach
“There is a strong family resemblance about misdeeds, and if you have all the details of a thousand at your finger ends, it is odd if you can't unravel the thousand and first.” read more [...]
Cybersecurity Has Become a Political Issue for Americans, Survey Shows
Americans have a pragmatic view towards cybersecurity. For example, while 86% believe that paying ransoms merely encourages more attacks, 70% accept that when organizations do pay, it is because they had no choice. But politicians should consider: 87% believe that cybersecurity should be a top priority for government, but only 51% believe it is currently doing a good job. read more [...]
Many Apache Struts Security Advisories Updated Following Review
Two dozen security advisories for the Apache Struts open source development framework have been updated after researchers determined that they contained incorrect information regarding which versions of the software were impacted by a vulnerability. read more [...]
ECB Uncovers Data Breach in Bank Newsletter
Hackers had access for months to the contact information of hundreds of financial industry subscribers to a European Central Bank newsletter, the Frankfurt institution said Thursday. "Unauthorised parties... breached the security measures protecting (the ECB's) Banks' Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD) website," the bank said in a statement. read more [...]
Vulnerability Patched in Firefox Password Manager
The latest update released by Mozilla for Firefox patches a vulnerability that can be exploited to bypass the master password of the built-in password manager and obtain stored passwords. read more [...]
Intel Patches High-Severity Flaws in Tools, NUC Firmware
Some of the updates released by Intel as part of the August 2019 Patch Tuesday fix high-severity vulnerabilities in NUC firmware, the Processor Identification Utility, and the Computing Improvement Program. read more [...]
Know Your Options When Dealing With Alert Overload
Talent, Technology and Process Can Deliver Relief From Security Alert Overload read more [...]
Millions of Unencrypted Fingerprint and Facial Biometrics Found on Unsecured Database
Yet another database of personal information has been found on an unsecured server. This one stands out for its size, the range of unencrypted PII it contains, and the inclusion of vast numbers of biometric records. read more [...]
Kaspersky Makes Changes After Products Raise Privacy Concerns
Kaspersky has made some changes to the way its products check web pages for malicious activity after a researcher discovered an issue that could have been exploited to track users online. read more [...]
DLL Hijacking Flaws Patched in Trend Micro Password Manager
Trend Micro recently patched a couple of DLL hijacking vulnerabilities in Password Manager that could allow malicious actors to escalate privileges, make their malware persistent, and to load and execute their payloads via a signed service. read more [...]
Focus on Use Cases to Improve Security Operations
There was a time when the term “use case” was confined to product development meetings where software and systems engineers worked through defining why and how a product would be used in order to create requirements. Use cases remain a critical tool to ensure teams are building products their customers need and can use.  read more [...]
Owners of Fake Tech Company Plead Guilty to Fraud Charges
Two Florida men have pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges filed in southern Illinois, where they targeted people with fake technical support services. Michael Austin Seward of Deerfield Beach and Kevin James McCormick of Delray Beach admitted Wednesday they operated a scam called Client Care Experts. read more [...]