Tag: Cloud

Are you protected from these secret cloud security weaknesses? (VB Live)

The cloud offers huge business benefits — and new security risks. To learn how to root them out by implementing truly effective role-based access control, automation and self-healing architecture, application-centric security, and more, don’t miss this VB Live event. Register here for free. Right now CEOs are more worried about cybersecurity than a recession — because […]

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Keyfactor raises $77 million to simplify digital security management

Keyfactor, formerly Certified Security Solutions, was founded in 2001 with the mission of automating digital security management across automotive, financial, health care, and retail verticals. In the nearly 20 years since its incorporation, it has carved out a sizeable slice of the $22.68 billion global identity and access management market. The company says it has managed […]

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Yandex let us ride in its autonomous Prius

Dmitry Polischuk had an almost unnerving nonchalance about him as our sleek ride — a Toyota Prius V — bobbed in and out of traffic on its own. The steering wheel, as if guided by unseen forces, navigated the hatchback smoothly around the perimeter of the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, where we’d met […]

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Kaia Health raises $10 million to treat chronic pain with AI

Chronic diseases affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Over 16 million adults in the U.S., for instance, have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammation of the lungs that obstructs airflow. And researchers estimate that 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain several times in their lives. […]

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PitchBook: European VC investment rose 4.2% in 2018, but number of deals dropped 25.9%

Europe recorded a bumper year for venture capital (VC) investment in 2018, even though the overall number of deals fell by more than a quarter. The findings were published as part of data and research company PitchBook’s annual European Venture Report, which revealed that a total of €20.5 billion ($23.3 billion) was invested across 3,384 deals […]

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How GoDaddy is increasing cloud security but keeping developers creative (VB Live)

Companies have been steadily moving to a hybrid cloud infrastructure, but once your data moves beyond private architecture, you face potential attacks that legacy security measures can’t address. To learn how to best protect your enterprise and data, join GoDaddy’s VP of engineering and others at this VB Live event! Register here for free. One […]

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Microsoft wants to make Cortana available through Google Assistant

Cortana might not be the most popular voice assistant around, but Satya Nadella doesn’t have a problem with that. Microsoft’s CEO told media this week that the company’s strategy isn’t to expand its assistant’s reach at the expense of rivals like Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, or Amazon’s Alexa, but rather to work with competitors to […]

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Zipwhip raises $51.5 million to bridge text messaging and phone calls

Landlines are ever-so-slowly going the way of the dodo, but a few holdouts remain. Almost 43 percent of U.S. households still pay for telephone service over copper wire, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control National Health Information Survey’s most recent findings. The same goes for the nearly 200 million companies with business phone numbers in the […]

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Want your sales teams to always be closing? Adopt AI (VB Live)

Artificial intelligence can increase your leads and appointments by 50 percent, reduce costs up to 60 percent, cut call time up to 70 percent, and slash admin work by 40 percent. So why aren’t your sales teams totally AI-enabled? Learn more about how AI can help your salespeople take back their time and close the […]

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Finally, Amazon Echo developers can build robotic bears that twerk to music

If you’ve ever dreamed of making a stuffed bear twerk, a hula girl doll sway its hips, or a disco ball light a room to the beat of an Amazon Echo speaker, you’re in for a treat. Amazon today announced that the MusicData Interface, which enables developers to build Bluetooth-connected devices that respond to tracks from Amazon Music […]

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What3words entices investment from Sony’s Innovation Fund

A universal system to index the world’s locations might sound ambitious, but that’s exactly what Chris Sheldrick and Cambridge mathematician Mohan Ganesalingam set out to build six years ago with What3words. Their mnemonic alternative to longitude and latitude coordinates consists of 57 trillion three-meter-by-three-meter squares spanning the entire globe, each associated with a unique address made of […]

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Alation raises $50 million to index enterprise data

Data catalogs — hierarchical tools designed to organize tables, databases, and other critical bits of information — are a relatively new, but fast-growing, cottage industry within the $42 billion big data market. It’s not difficult to see why; enterprises forced to contend with thousands (or millions) of files across disparate systems stand to benefit from […]

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Facebook open-sources Spectrum to make uploading photos more efficient

Facebook has officially launched a new open source image processing library called Spectrum, which the company said has already helped improve the reliability and quality of images uploaded through its own suite of apps. The social networking giant first unveiled Spectrum to the public in November, and it has been available in beta (v0.9) since […]

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Index Ventures leads $40 million investment in German HR startup Personio

Munich-based human resources startup Personio has raised $40 million in venture capital in a round led by Index Ventures. Personio’s HR and recruiting software targets small and medium-sized companies that are often still running on outdated legacy systems. The company says it has signed up more than 1,000 customers. “This investment further enables us to […]

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Amazon’s AWS launches full-managed data backup service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a new backup service for companies using its cloud computing platform. With AWS Backup, the Amazon subsidiary is making it easier for its customers to back up all their data into a fully-managed, centralized silo — this includes data stored on AWS and on-premises servers. It’s worth noting here […]

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Project Alias feeds smart speakers white noise to preserve privacy

Smart speakers have a problem: They occasionally record things they shouldn’t. In May of last year, a woman claimed that her Amazon Echo taped a private conversation and forwarded it to a person she didn’t know. And in December, a technical error resulted in Amazon sending an Alexa user 1,700 audio recordings of a stranger. […]

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Veeam raises $500 million to grow its data management platform globally

Veeam, a data management company specializing in backup and disaster recovery services for enterprises, has raised $500 million in its first tranche of institutional funding. The round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Founded in 2006 by Russian entrepreneurs Ratmir Timashev and Andrei Baronov, who sold […]

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Bold Commerce raises $16.5 million to bring AI to ecommerce stores on Shopify and elsewhere

Bold Commerce, a software development company that builds tools, integrations, and enhanced functionality for ecommerce stores, has raised CDN$22 million ($16.5 million) in a series A round of funding from Whitecap Venture Partners and Round13 Capital. Founded out of Winnipeg, Canada, in 2013, Bold Commerce currently develops 20 apps that can be integrated with some of […]

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Fractal Analytics raises $200 million to boost enterprise efficiency with AI

The big data analytics market is worth big bucks. A recent report by Market Research Future pegged its value at $275 billion by 2023, and Gartner recently predicted that AI-derived business revenue will reach $3.9 trillion in 2022. With that sort of capital at stake, it’s no wonder investors are throwing their weight around to […]

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