Archives by date

You are browsing the site archives by date.

ServiceNow acquires FriendlyData for natural language interfaces

ServiceNow said Wednesday that it’s acquiring the technology of FriendlyData, a two-year-old company based in San Francisco that provides a natural language interface for databases. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. FriendlyData makes it easier for non-technical users to ask quantitative questions in plain English. ServiceNow plans to embed the natural language query (NLQ) technology into the interfaces of… Read more →

Square CFO Sarah Friar steps down

Square’s finance chief Sarah Friar is stepping down from the mobile payments company to take the CEO position at neighborhood social platform Nextdoor. Square board member and former Goldman Sachs CFO David Viniar will lead the search for her replacement, the company said. Friar joined Square six years ago and, according to Square CEO Jack Dorsey, steered the company through… Read more →

Google’s Pixel 3 is the first Android device to ship with new CFI kernel protections

Google’s new Pixel 3 handset is the first Android device to feature a new kernel code protection system, the company said today. Named Control Flow Integrity (CFI), this technique works by preventing malware, exploits, or other malicious code from hijacking the execution flows of legitimate applications. CFI prevents attackers from hijacking functions and pieces of code from legitimate apps and… Read more →

Google opens up G Suite security threat alert service to businesses

Google has made the alert center for the enterprise productivity platform G Suite widely available days after an exposure of data prompted the company to close down Google+. On Wednesday, the Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant said in a blog post that the alert center, previously only available in beta, “helps G Suite organizations detect threats and take action to… Read more →

Tencent joins forces with Brazilian fintech Nubank

Brazilian fintech Nubank has announced a strategic partnership with Chinese technology giant Tencent as part of a plan to further develop its footprint in the local financial services industry. The deal involves $90 million in funding and takes the total amount of funding raised to $420 million over seven funding rounds since its launch in 2013. Over the last five… Read more →

Microsoft needs to refocus on Windows 10 fundamentals, not just new features

Windows as a service, as it currently exists, isn’t working. Microsoft’s plan to release two feature updates to Windows 10 annually, as Microsoft has been doing since 2015, is not seen as a plus by many customers. After the debacle around the Windows 10 October Update/1809, the perception that Microsoft has lost control of its Windows 10 update strategy is… Read more →

Amazon Web Services, C3 expand go-to-market pact

Amazon Web Services and C3 IoT are building on their existing partnership with a wide-ranging go-to-market strategy. The companies said on Wednesday that they plan to increase investments in existing customer deployments, joint sales, technology integrations, a global event series, and training on joint solutions for sales and delivery personnel. The aim is to drive AI adoption among commercial and… Read more →

Five years later, Italian police identify hacker behind 2013 NASA hacks

A 25-year-old Italian man pleaded guilty this week for defacing NASA websites and 60 other Italian government sites back in 2013. The suspect, identified only by his initials of Z.R., was a member of the “Master Italian Hackers Team” that claimed responsibility for the hacks at the time on social media. Italian police say they tracked down the suspect after… Read more →

A deep dive into the forces driving Russian and Chinese hacker forums

State-sponsored threat groups, hacktivists, and cybercriminals in the game for financial reasons are now part and parcel of the daily threats faced by businesses and individuals alike. We are no longer in the time of Stuxnet, in which state-sponsored groups focused on computer disruption and destruction in extremely limited and covert cases. Now, scammers have evolved from phishing emails littered… Read more →

Google Pixel bets on software, localisation to entice APAC consumers

Pixel 3 (Credit: Google) Google is betting on its software portfolio and market localisation to convince Asia-Pacific consumers they need its latest smartphones, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Available from November 1 in five markets in this region, including Singapore, Japan, and Taiwan, the third iteration of Google’s smartphones showcase tighter integration with the vendor’s applications–in particular, those powered… Read more →