Marriott Got Hacked. Yes, Again
by Brian Barrett on March 31, 2020 at 7:32 pm
The hotel chain has suffered its second major breach in 16 months. Here's how to find out if you're affected.
Disney+ Should Offer the Star Wars Original Cuts—All of Them
by Drew Stewart on March 31, 2020 at 6:39 pm
George Lucas has been retro-tweaking the saga for years. It's time to give fans every version.
Covid-19 Is Our 9/11. Who Will Be Our Rudy Giuliani?
by Garrett M. Graff on March 31, 2020 at 6:23 pm
The scale of the Covid-19 crisis is dwarfing the leaders confronting it.
Online Credit Card Skimmers Are Thriving During the Pandemic
by Lily Hay Newman on March 31, 2020 at 5:19 pm
As brick and mortars close due to the novel coronavirus, thieves have increasingly targeted digital checkout.
The Coronavirus Relief Bill Promotes Surveillance for Health
by Sidney Fussell on March 31, 2020 at 4:26 pm
The package includes $500 million for tracking and data collection, worrying some government watchdogs.
Palo Alto Networks to acquire CloudGenix for $420M
by Ron Miller on March 31, 2020 at 3:26 pm
Palo Alto Networks announced today that it has an agreement in place to acquire CloudGenix for $420 million. CloudGenix delivers a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) that helps customers stay secure by setting policies to enforce compliance with company security protocols across […]
Microsoft launches Edge Zones for Azure
by Frederic Lardinois on March 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Microsoft today announced the launch of Azure Edge Zones, which will allow Azure users to bring their applications to the company’s edge locations. The focus here is on enabling real-time low-latency 5G applications. The company is also launching a version of Edge Zones with carriers […]
'Tiger King' Is Cruel and Appalling—Why Are We All Watching It?
by Kate Knibbs on March 31, 2020 at 2:48 pm
The Netflix docuseries is extremely popular. It’s also appalling. Why are people flocking to such a feel-bad show?
Amid shift to remote work, application performance monitoring is IT’s big moment
by Ron Miller on March 31, 2020 at 2:09 pm
In recent weeks, millions have started working from home, putting unheard-of pressure on services like video conferencing, online learning, food delivery and e-commerce platforms. While some verticals have seen a marked reduction in traffic, others are being asked to scale to new heights. Services […]
Xage adds full-stack data protection to blockchain security platform
by Ron Miller on March 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Xage, a startup that has been taking an unusual path to secure legacy companies like oil and gas and utilities with help from the blockchain, announced a new data protection service today. Xage CEO Duncan Greatwood, says that up until this point, the company has concentrated on protecting customers […]
The Search for the Next Big Idea in Magnetic Field Mapping
by Sarah Scoles on March 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm
A new competition challenges scientists to innovate on how we map Earth's constantly shifting magnetic field—and make navigation safer and more accurate.
Axonius nabs $58M for its cybersecurity-focused network asset management platform
by Ingrid Lunden on March 31, 2020 at 1:28 pm
As companies get to grips with a wider (and, lately, more enforced) model of remote working, a startup that provides a platform to help track and manage all the devices that are accessing networked services — an essential component of cybersecurity policy — has raised a large round of […]
This Pandemic Is Perilously Boring
by Michael Waters on March 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm
It's far from being the most important source of human suffering. But the rapid spread of boredom across the world is a crisis of its own.
A Creator of the Ebola Vaccine Has Hope for Slowing Covid-19
by Fred Vogelstein on March 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Gary Kobinger says a vaccine targeting groups like the elderly could be ready in less than a year, and control measures are slowing the disease's spread.
DataStax launches Kubernetes operator for open source Cassandra database
by Ron Miller on March 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Today, DataStax, the commercial company behind the open source Apache Cassandra project, announced an open source Kubernetes operator developed by the company to run a cloud native version of the database. When Sam Ramji, chief strategy officer at DataStax, came over from Google last year, the […]
In Crowded Hospitals, Who Will Get Life-Saving Equipment?
by Gregory Barber on March 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm
As health care workers prepare for surges of Covid-19 patients, they must grapple with the ethics of rationing critical medical gear.
People Read a Lot of Covid News—but It Won't Save the Media
by Philip M. Napoli on March 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Yes, everyone is hungry for information about the pandemic. But media's ability to monetize that readership is dissolving. Time for policymakers to act.
Today's Cartoon: Roomba Commute
by WIRED Cartoons on March 31, 2020 at 11:00 am
Zoom from room to room on a vacuum.
Why Life During a Pandemic Feels So Surreal
by Matt Simon on March 31, 2020 at 11:00 am
The study of the surreal has mostly concerned Dali's paintings and Kafka’s writings. But there are psychological reasons why every day seems so otherworldly.
Covid-19 Symptoms: What to Do If You Might Have It
by Parker Hall on March 31, 2020 at 11:00 am
Stay calm. Here's our guide to what symptoms you should look out for, and how to respond if you've been exposed.
The Newest US Sanctions on China's Huawei Could Backfire
by Will Knight on March 31, 2020 at 11:00 am
A reported ban on sales to Huawei of chips made with American equipment might intensify China's drive to develop its own chip industry.
Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find
by Steven Levy on March 30, 2020 at 11:09 pm
The social media giant gave $100 million to help local news during the pandemic, but it still makes you hunt for trusted sources.
Nonprofits and Companies That Are Helping to Fight the Pandemic
by Medea Giordano on March 30, 2020 at 9:47 pm
Donate, if you can. Everyone is trying to get by, but these nonprofits, retailers, and companies are directly helping make a difference against the novel coronavirus.
Should I Stop Ordering Packages? Is It Ok to Get Takeout? Your Covid-19 Questions, Answered
by Meghan Herbst on March 30, 2020 at 8:29 pm
Plus: What it means to 'flatten the curve,' and everything else you need to know about the coronavirus.
An Online Library Is Venturing Into Uncharted Legal Waters
by Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica on March 30, 2020 at 5:57 pm
With public libraries closed, the Internet Archive announced an initiative to offer 1.4 million books for free online—reopening a heated copyright debate.
A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19
by Sidney Fussell, Adrienne So on March 30, 2020 at 5:05 pm
It alerts staff when a patient’s condition changes, allowing people to be sent home and monitored remotely. Two hospital systems will begin testing it this week.
Atlassian’s Confluence gets a new template gallery
by Frederic Lardinois on March 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Confluence, Atlassian’s content-centric collaboration tool for teams, is making it easier for new users to get started with the launch of an updated template gallery and 75 new templates. They incorporate what the company has learned from its customers and partners since it first launched the […]
SMB loans platform Kabbage to furlough a ‘significant’ number of staff, close office in Bangalore
by Ingrid Lunden on March 30, 2020 at 4:33 pm
Another tech unicorn is feeling the pinch of doing business during the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Kabbage, the SoftBank-backed lending startup that uses machine learning to evaluate loan applications for small and medium businesses, is furloughing a “significant number” of its U.S. […]
Turbo Systems hires former Looker CMO Jen Grant as CEO
by Ron Miller on March 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Turbo Systems, a three-year old, no-code mobile app startup, announced today it has brought on industry veteran Jen Grant to be CEO. Grant, who was previously vice president of marketing at Box and chief marketing officer at Elastic and Looker, brings more than 15 years of tech company experience […]
Tech giants should let startups defer cloud payments
by Josh Constine on March 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm
Google, Amazon and Microsoft are the landlords. Amidst the coronavirus economic crisis, startups need a break from paying rent. They’re in a cash crunch. Revenue has stopped flowing in, capital markets like venture debt are hesitant and startups and small-to-medium sized businesses are at […]
Salesforce’s Benioff pledges no ‘significant’ layoffs for 90 days
by Ron Miller on March 26, 2020 at 4:53 pm
In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff outlined an eight-step plan to keep people safe and find treatments and a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, all while working to find a way to get people back to work safely. He also asked that all CEOs take a 90-day “no lay off” […]
Microsoft acquires 5G specialist Affirmed Networks
by Frederic Lardinois on March 26, 2020 at 4:09 pm
Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Affirmed Networks, a company that specializes in fully virtualized, cloud-native networking solutions for telecom operators. With its focus on 5G and edge computing, Affirmed looks like the ideal acquisition target for a large cloud provider looking to […]
Kaizo raises $3M for its AI-based tools to improve customer service support teams
by Ingrid Lunden on March 26, 2020 at 3:39 pm
CRM has for years been primarily a story of software to manage customer contacts, data to help agents do their jobs, and tools to manage incoming requests and outreach strategies. Now to add to that we’re starting to see a new theme: apps to help agents track how they work and to work better. […]
Yaguara nabs $7.2M seed to help e-commerce companies understand customers better
by Ron Miller on March 26, 2020 at 2:47 pm
Yaguara, a Denver-based startup that wants to help e-commerce companies understand their customers better to deliver more meaningful experiences, announced a $7.2 million seed investment today. The round was led by Foundation Capital with participation from Gradient Ventures, Rainfall Ventures and […]
Spotinst rebrands as Spot and announces new cloud spend dashboard
by Ron Miller on March 25, 2020 at 3:30 pm
Spotinst, the startup that helps companies find lower-cost spot instances in the cloud, announced today that it was rebranding as Spot. It also announced a brand new cloud usage dashboard to help companies get a detailed view of their cloud spend. Amiram Shachar, co-founder and CEO at Spot, says […]
Humio announces $20M Series B to advance unlimited logging tool
by Ron Miller on March 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Humio, a startup that has built a modern unlimited logging solution, announced a $20 million Series B investment today. Dell Technologies Capital led the round with participation from previous investor Accel. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $32 million, according to the company. […]
Espressive lands $30M Series B to build better help chatbots
by Ron Miller on March 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Espressive, a four-year-old startup from former ServiceNow employees, is working to build a better chatbot to reduce calls to company help desks. Today, the company announced a $30 million Series B investment. Insight Partners led the round with help from Series A lead investor General Catalyst […]
TripActions lays off hundreds amid COVID-19 travel freeze
by Natasha Lomas on March 25, 2020 at 11:10 am
The coronavirus demand crunch has taken another bite: Palo Alto-based corporate travel-focused unicorn TripActions has confirmed laying off hundreds of staff. Per this post on Blind — written by someone with a verified TripActions email address — the company laid off 350 people. […]
Control each other’s apps with new screensharing tool Screen
by Josh Constine on March 24, 2020 at 8:33 pm
It’s like Google Docs for everything. Screen is a free interactive multiplayer screensharing app that gives everyone a cursor so they can navigate, draw on and even code within the apps of their co-workers while voice or video chatting. Screen makes it easy and fun to co-design content, pair […]
GitLab offers key lessons in running an all-remote workforce in new e-book
by Ron Miller on March 24, 2020 at 1:36 pm
As companies that are used to having workers in the same building struggle to find ways to work from home, one company that has been remote from Day One is GitLab . It recently published a handbook to help other companies who are facing the work-from-home challenge for the first time. Lest you […]
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