Tag: Cloud

Directly raises $20 million to inject AI into customer service

According to CustomerTheromometer, 54% of customers have higher expectations for customer service today compared with one year ago. In order to meet those expectations, three entrepreneurs — Antony Brydon, Jean Tessier, Jeff Patterson — argue that a degree of automation is required. They’re the cofounders of Directly, a San Francisco, California-based company helping enterprise companies […]

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U.K. allows Huawei to supply some 5G network gear, despite U.S. pressure

(Reuters) — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday granted China’s Huawei a limited role in Britain’s 5G mobile network, resisting U.S. pressure to exclude the company from next generation communications on fears China could use it to steal secrets. In the biggest test of his post-Brexit foreign policy to date, Johnson ruled that “high-risk vendors” […]

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AppOmni raises $10 million to monitor and manage app security and compliance

Some estimates show that an astounding 92% of web apps have security flaws or weaknesses that can be exploited and some 16.2% of U.S. companies have two or more web apps that don’t securely store personally identifiable information. If you ask AppOmni founder Brendan O’Connor, the problem is less negligence than ignorance. Companies often lack […]

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Roambee raises $15.2 million to track physical assets with AI

An astonishing 55% of small businesses that deal in physical assets don’t manage them in any way. Roambee is working to change that. The Santa Clara, California-based startup provides on-demand shipment and asset monitoring for companies in the logistics, transportation, finance, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries, with products that combine internet of things sensors and AI […]

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ActiveCampaign raises $100 million to automate marketing campaigns with AI

The global campaign management software market was valued at approximately $1.85 billion in 2017, and it’s anticipated to grow at 15.65% from 2018 to 2025.  It’s a boom that’s undoubtedly benefited Jason F. VandeBoom’s ActiveCampaign, a customer experience automation platform founded in 2003 with the goal of developing a product suite designed to help businesses […]

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Miso Robotics unveils its next-gen robot kitchen assistant

According to a McKinsey & Company analysis, 73% of the activities food service workers perform have the potential for automation. This might seem like cause for alarm, but Miso Robotics, a startup developing automation products for fast-food and quick-service restaurant kitchens, asserts machines can boost productivity by working with humans as opposed to wholly replacing […]

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Bird raises $75 million and acquires escooter startup Circ

The micromobility market consolidated a bit today in what might be a harbinger of wider contraction. Coinciding with a $75 million extension to Bird’s series D funding round that brings its total raised to $350 million (up from $275 million as of November 2019), the Berlin- and Santa-Monica electric scooter and bike company confirmed it […]

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Google will shut down App Maker on January 19, 2021

Google today announced it is killing off yet another service: App Maker, G Suite’s low-code environment for building custom business apps. Google App Maker will be “turned down” gradually this year and officially shut down on January 19, 2021. Google cited “low usage” as an explanation for the move. If your business was using App […]

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Gravyty raises $21 million for AI fundraising platform

Nonprofit organizations send an average of 3 email newsletters and 2 donation appeals monthly, and for every 1,000 emails sent to subscribers, they raise an average of only $42. To help bolster their efforts, Adam Martel and Rich Palmer founded Gravyty in 2016, a Newton, Massachusetts-based startup leveraging AI and machine learning to help nonprofits […]

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Iguazio raises $24 million for AI development and management tools

AI adoption levels are higher than they’ve ever been in the enterprise. According to a January survey conducted by Gartner, corporate use of AI grew 270% over the past four years. But developing, deploying, and managing AI applications at scale requires a platform that supports doing so, which is what startup company Iguazio provides. Its […]

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4 trends that will shape the cloud-native world in 2020 

2019 was a pivotal year for the cloud native community, with lots of announcements that made it hard to get a clear view of what’s happening. But there are 4 key trends in the cloud space that will shape 2020. And if you take a step back, you’ll spot them. A big step back. In […]

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In public cloud, what worked at 1PB won’t work at 100PB

Public cloud has served as a catalyst to nearly every successful enterprise. It brought into being a plethora of startups. For small teams with great ideas the public cloud’s cost model and convenience made it possible to build a business. Public cloud providers unlocked innovations that otherwise would have taken much longer or never would […]

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Enclaves and SGX: Armor plate against deep-stack attacks

This article is part of the Technology Insight series, made possible with funding from Intel.________________________________________________________________________________________ Three years ago, the NotPetya ransomware wreaked over $10 billion in damage. Crafted by the Russian military, the malware relied on a nearly decade-old code named Mimikatz. It highlighted an ongoing Windows flaw that could expose users’ passwords left as […]

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Aurora urges autonomous vehicle industry to adopt better safety metrics

Amazon-backed autonomous vehicle company Aurora is in search of better metrics by which to compare driverless system safety. In a Medium post this morning, CEO Chris Urmson noted that the commonly used disengagement number, which indicates how often a vehicle switched from autonomous to manual mode, doesn’t adequately capture improvements or their impact over time. […]

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Docomo says 6G will bring AI everywhere, deliver ‘extreme’ performance

While most of the world focuses on deploying and improving the performance of early 5G networks, small groups of telecom engineers are working to establish what 6G networks will bring a decade from now. As one of the earliest cellular pioneers, Japanese carrier NTT Docomo today weighed in with predictions on what 6G will look like […]

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London police deploy real-time facial recognition cameras

(Reuters) — British police are to start operational use of live facial recognition cameras in London, despite warnings over privacy from rights groups and concerns expressed by the government’s own surveillance watchdog. “The use of live facial recognition technology will be intelligence-led and deployed to specific locations in London,” the city’s Metropolitan Police said in […]

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Google schedules I/O 2020 for May 12-14 in Mountain View

It’s official: For the fifth year in a row, Google will host its annual I/O developer conference at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. (The event previously took place in San Francisco.) The dates — May 12 to May 14 — appeared after savvy social media users solved a series of online puzzles that went […]

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How open, trusted edge can help improve data sharing and monetization

This article is part of the Technology Insight series, made possible with funding from Intel. Data is valuable only insofar as you can trust it. If you can’t be confident about its origin or contents, then the information isn’t worth much.That’s a big problem for businesses eyeing the 5G future and developing strategies for monetizing […]

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Uber begins mapping Washington D.C. for self-driving vehicles

Following hot on the heels of rival Waymo, Uber announced that it’s bringing self-driving cars to a new city: Washington D.C. In Medium post today, Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) — the skunkworks group responsible for autonomous vehicles research — said that it will deploy a fleet of three cars in the nation’s capital starting […]

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To realize the promise of CES 2020, let’s address the real “I” in IoT: inefficiency

Presented by Avnet Connected things are no longer the exception. They’re the rule. Nowhere was this clearer to me than at CES this year, where virtually every thing on the floor — every robot, wearable, screen, vehicle, appliance, furnishing — was either somehow connected to the internet or at least was on track to be […]

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CloudKnox raises $12 million to protect cloud infrastructure from insider risks

CloudKnox Security, a cybersecurity startup that helps companies protect their private and public clouds from insider threats and poor security hygiene, has raised $12 million in a round of funding led by Sorenson Ventures, with participation from Dell Technologies Capital, ClearSky Security, and Foundation Capital. The threats posed by external adversaries are well documented, thanks […]

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Amazon asks court to pause Microsoft’s work on Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI contract

(Reuters) — Amazon said on Wednesday that it filed a motion in court to pause the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft from carrying out an up to $10 billion cloud computing deal until a court rules on Amazon’s protest of the contract award. Amazon, originally considered to be the favorite to win the award, […]

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Desktop-as-a-Service: Work from anywhere, on any device

Presented by Nutanix A new level of confusion hit the tech world when cloud computing became practical in the enterprise and the term “XaaS” was coined. XaaS, or anything-as-a-service, was used to describe the seemingly endless list of digital services that can be delivered via the cloud. Initially it wasn’t the most intuitive acronym for […]

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