XM Cyber Raises $22 Million To Automate Cybersecurity

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat - 2 months ago
  • There’s a reason that by 2021, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide is expected to reach 3.5 million.
  • That’s why Tamir Pardo — who served as chief of Mossad, Israel’s elite security intelligence service, between 2011 and 2016 — two years ago cofounded XM Cyber, a startup that claims to have pioneered the first platform capable of simulating, validating, and remediating advanced persistent threats (ATP) with artificial intelligence (AI).
  • XM Cyber CEO and cofounder Noam Erez said it’ll use the funding to “accelerate [XM Cyber’s] strong growth” through expanded sales, marketing, and engineering programs.
  • “In this era of hyper-sophisticated cybercrime, our solution demonstrates that organizations should be asking themselves [if their assets are secure], as there are a plethora of ways hackers can compromise them,” he said.

Volkswagen Drivers Can Unlock Their Cars With Siri

Volkswagen drivers can unlock their cars with SiriJohnny Lieu / Mashable - 2 months ago
  • Volkswagen has introduced Siri integration on its Car-Net app, allowing owners to unlock and lock their cars with a voice command.
  • It works with Apple devices on iOS 12, and once you're logged into the Car-Net app, you can simply say, "Hey Siri, unlock my car," to do just that.
  • Additionally, there are new Siri Shortcuts which allow you to check estimated mileage with your current fuel level, or the amount of charge left in the vehicle.

Google Launches Squoosh, An Open Source Online Image Conversion App

Mark Wycislik-Wilson / BetaNews - 2 months ago
  • Google Chrome Labs has released a new online image conversion app by the name of Squoosh.
  • Showcased at the Chrome Dev Summit, Squoosh is not limited to working only in Chrome -- other browsers are also supported.
  • On the face of things, Squoosh is a pretty simple tool, but it works very well, and there are some powerful technologies working away in the background -- and there's no denying that it is fast.
  • You can reduce the physical dimensions of an image, reduce the color palette, and use a range of compression techniques.

Google Goes Down After Major BGP Mishap Routes Traffic Through China

Google goes down after major BGP mishap routes traffic through ChinaDan Goodin / Ars Technica - 2 months ago
  • Google lost control of several million of its IP addresses for more than an hour on Monday in an event that intermittently made its search and other services unavailable to many users and also caused problems for Spotify and other Google cloud customers.
  • The leak started at 21:13 UTC when MainOne Cable Company, a small ISP in Lagos, Nigeria, suddenly updated tables in the Internet’s global routing system to improperly declare that its autonomous system 37282 was the proper path to reach 212 IP prefixes belonging to Google.
  • The redirections, BGPmon said on Twitter came in five distinct waves over a 74-minute period.

Google Announces .dev Top-level Domain

Google announces .dev top-level domainKyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google - 2 months ago
  • Today was Day 1 of the 2018 Chrome Dev Summit, and among the other announcements shared, this one seemed to slip under the radar.
  • Back in 2015, Google caused some minor outrage in the developer community over their new rights to the .dev top-level domain, as many companies used .dev domains for internal testing websites.
  • Fast forward to today, Google is now opening .dev, which was previously a private, Google-only top-level domain, to the public starting early next year.
  • From February 19th through the 28th, an Early Access phase will take place, allowing registration at a higher cost.

Red Hat Tightens Container Integration With Latest OpenShift Release

Red Hat tightens container integration with latest OpenShift releasePaul Gillin / SiliconANGLE - 2 months ago
  • The new version announced early today, which is based upon the OpenStack “Rocky” community version, improves integration with OpenShift, Red Hat’s own version of Kubernetes, and features better support for bare-metal deployments and improved automation.
  • OpenStack is Red Hat’s platform for organizations and service providers that want to run a hybrid cloud infrastructure consisting of common elements that run both on-premises and in public clouds.
  • “We’ve made it extremely simply to expand and integrate container workloads in the same application,” said Ron Pacheco, director of product management for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • The new release reduces the number of overlay networks that are required for communication between “pods,” which are containers that share storage or network resources and common runtime specifications.

Dorsey Says Twitter Is Thinking About An Edit Button To Fix Typos In Tweets

Dorsey says Twitter is thinking about an edit button to fix typos in tweets Ivan Mehta / The Next Web - 2 months ago

Plans To Microchip UK Workers Spark Privacy Concerns

Plans to microchip UK workers spark privacy concernsAnthony Cuthbertson / The Independent - 2 months ago
  • The prospect of UK firms implanting their staff with microchips in order to improve security and efficiency has raised concerns among trade unions.
  • Several legal and financial firms in the UK are reportedly in discussions with a company responsible for fitting thousands of people with chips in Scandinavia.
  • The chips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, are usually implanted beneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger and use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to allow people to replace physical key cards, IDs and even train tickets.
  • Designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini from Italian company Jet Capsule.

IT Management Software Firm Apptio Acquired By Vista Equity Partners For $1.9B

IT management software firm Apptio acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $1.9BDuncan Riley / SiliconANGLE - 2 months ago
  • Slightly over two years since going public, information technology management software firm Apptio Inc. is going private again via a $1.94 billion acquisition from private equity firm Vista Equity Partners.
  • The deal will see Apptio shareholders receive $38 per share, a 53 percent premium to Friday’s closing price of $24.85.
  • According to Marketwatch Sunday, the price is below Apptio’s all-time closing high of $41.23 but is still above the price of shares over the longer term.
  • The agreement includes a 30-day “go-shop” period that allows Apptio’s board and advisers to consider alternative offers, meaning the Vista deal may not be final if another party offers a better deal.

Spectrum Internet Down Again After Series Of Outages Linked To California Wildfires

Spectrum internet down again after series of outages linked to California wildfiresAndrew Griffin / The Independent - 2 months ago
  • Spectrum's internet has stopped working again, after a series of outages blamed on the ongoing California wildfires.
  • The company has suffered repeated outages in the wake of the deadly fires, which it said had caused problems across Southern California.
  • The latest problems have come from across the country: users from as far afield as Kentucky and Ohio have reported issues to Spectrum's Twitter account.
  • Designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini from Italian company Jet Capsule.

Alibaba’s Inexpensive Smart Display Tech Makes Shopping Easier For The Visually Impaired

Alibaba’s inexpensive smart display tech makes shopping easier for the visually impaired Ivan Mehta / The Next Web - 2 months ago

Some MacBook Pro SSDs Could Fail — Apple Launches Free Service Program

Mark Wycislik-Wilson / BetaNews - 2 months ago
  • Apple has discovered a problem with a "limited number" of SSDs used in non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro that could lead to drive failure and data loss.
  • Apple has launched a service program that will enable those with affected drives -- 128GB and 256GB models -- to have the issue addressed free of charge.
  • Apple does not say that the problematic drives will be replaced, just that they will be "serviced".
  • The problem only affects specific MacBook Pro models, so you'll need to check to see whether you qualify.

Black Friday 2018 Won’t Come Close To China’s Record Breaking Singles Day Sale

Black Friday 2018 won’t come close to China’s record breaking Singles Day saleZoey Chong / CNET - 2 months ago
  • John Williams may be leaving Star Wars after the next installment, but before that he's brought us another gift."Across the Stars" is the love theme from Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones, and Williams has written a new arrangement of it for Grammy-award winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, according to the John Williams Fan Network.
  • Alibaba's Singles Day sales is much much bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.
  • Black Friday -- and Cyber Monday -- is a great invention because we get to go crazy buying stuff at lower prices.
  • The event grew 27 percent year-on-year, which means it has slowed -- it was 39 percent last year -- but it nevertheless continues to be a giant affair for the international shopping scene.

Apple Was The Top-selling Mobile Phone Brand

Apple was the top-selling mobile phone brand CNBC - 2 months ago
  • The figures provided by the Chinese firm did not provide details on what kind of iPhones were purchased.
  • Apple has seen a recovery in the China market in recent quarters after suffering hard times in the world's second-largest economy.
  • "It's a positive sign for Apple, because normally Xiaomi or Huawei has been the top brand.
  • "Since iPhone XS and iPhone XR were already so expensive, so they were looking for the right deal to purchase," he added.

Alibaba’s Singles Day Sales Dwarf Amazon’s Biggest Day

Alibaba’s Singles Day sales dwarf Amazon’s biggest dayJon Porter / The Verge - 2 months ago
  • Alibaba’s 10th annual Singles Day sale, which took place yesterday on 11/11, racked up $30.8 billion in sales and set a new record for the platform, reports CNBC.
  • The figure dwarfs the revenue taken during similar major shopping days of US retailers.
  • Although it’s useful to compare the two, Alibaba is less of a traditional retailer than Amazon.
  • Disputes over the validity of GMV matter because of the challenges facing Chinese retailers.

Clearbanc Raises $70M To Loan Startups Ad Money For A Rev Share

Clearbanc raises $70M to loan startups ad money for a rev shareJosh Constine / TechCrunch - 2 months ago
  • Selling equity to buy Facebook and Google ads is a bad deal for startups.
  • “As a business successfully scales, we continue to provide them ongoing capital” co-founder and CEO Andrew D’Souza tells me.
  • After largely flying under the radar since being found in 2015, now Clearbanc has some big funding news of its own.
  • Clearbanc emerged from an angel investing alliance between two serial entrepreneurs.

FCC Tells Phone Carriers To Have A System Ready To Combat Robocalls By 2019

FCC tells phone carriers to have a system ready to combat robocalls by 2019Jacob Siegal / BGR - 2 months ago
  • Robocalls have become so frequent and unavoidable in recent months that US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai this week sent a letter to thirteen major phone carrier CEOs ordering them to have a system in place to handle the issue that affects millions of Americans daily by 2019 at the latest.
  • According to Reuters, Pai asked for companies to start using a “call authentication system” to stop the usage of spoofed numbers back in May, and six months later, he wants to know how those efforts have been proceeding.
  • In his letters, Pai specifically cites Sprint, CenturyLink, Charter and others, as companies he is concerned do “not yet have concrete plans to implement a robust call authentication framework.“ That call framework “digitally validates the handoff of phone calls passing through the complex web of networks, allowing the phone company of the consumer receiving the call to verify that a call is from the person supposedly making it.”
  • YouMail, a company which blocks and tracks robocalls, estimates that 5.1 billion unwanted calls were received in October, up from 3.4 billion in April.

San Francisco Just Passed A First-of-its Kind Tax On Big Businesses — Like Square And Stripe — To Help The Homeless

San Francisco just passed a first-of-its kind tax on big businesses — like Square and Stripe — to help the homelessShirin Ghaffary / ReCode - 2 months ago
  • San Francisco voters passed a measure that has divided the tech community and sparked a national debate about the industry’s responsibility to fix the city’s homelessness crisis.
  • Proposition C will raise the city’s gross receipts tax by an average of .5 percent on annual gross receipts over $50 million that companies like Square, Lyft and Salesforce generate.
  • The thousands of people living on San Francisco’s streets serve as a daily reminder of economic inequality in a city that has one of the highest concentrations of billionaires in the nation.
  • The decision to increase funding for the city’s most needy is a victory for the local nonprofits behind the measure and their tech fairy godfather, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff — who, together with his company, has poured more than $7 million into the campaign within the month leading up to the election.

Facebook Connects Russia To 100+ Accounts It Removed Ahead Of Mid-terms

Facebook connects Russia to 100+ accounts it removed ahead of mid-termsJosh Constine / TechCrunch - 2 months ago
  • The 115 accounts Facebook took down yesterday for inauthentic behavior ahead of the mid-term elections may indeed have been linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency, according to a new statement from the company.
  • Facebook’s head of cyber security policy Nathaniel Gleicher issued this statement to TechCrunch:
  • “Last night, following a tip off from law enforcement, we blocked over 100 Facebook and Instagram accounts due to concerns that they were linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) and engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior, which is banned from our services.
  • Yesterday, Facebook had published that it would provide an update on whether the removed accounts were connected to Russia, as some were in Russian languages:

Overwolf Raises $16 Million For Game Services In Round Led By Intel Capital

Overwolf raises $16 million for game services in round led by Intel CapitalDean Takahashi / VentureBeat - 2 months ago