TechTarget News - Week of Mar 26, 2023

Comcast subsidiary survives March Madness with AIOps

AIOps alert reduction brought order to a chaotic environment at TV advertising specialist FreeWheel just in time for a big test of its resiliency during a wild NCAA tournament.

MinIO airs Weka licensing complaint

MinIO launched a blog battle with Weka on its use of the former's object store, with both claiming to be in the right.

UK government publishes AI whitepaper

Artificial intelligence whitepaper outlines UK government’s proposals to regulate the technology, which are based around creating an agile, “pro-innovation” framework

BT Wholesale arms channel with mobile SIMs

Telecoms service provider concludes trial and makes its Complete Mobile offering available to wider partner community

Google unveils new Looker tool, BigQuery pricing models

The tech giant revealed a standalone tool that opens up its analytics platform's semantic layer to users of any BI vendor and introduced usage-based pricing options for BigQuery.

IT system issues hit RM numbers

Rolling out a fresh system caused problems for RM, but executives stress that the educational specialist remains in a strong position

SIOS looks to boost SAP HANA automated replication

New capabilities for LifeKeeper for Linux enables additional nodes for multitarget replication for high availability of SAP HANA databases both on premises and in the cloud.

New North Korean APT launders crypto to fund spying programmes

Mandiant has attributed an ongoing campaign of malicious activity to a newly designated APT that is engaged in the acquisition and laundering of cryptocurrency to fund the regime’s espionage activities

Lloyds Bank looking for fintech partners

Lloyds Banking Group wants to partner startups in the financial services sector in its latest fintech and insurtech programme

How organisations can weaponise data privacy

Organisations should turn data privacy into a competitive advantage and look beyond regulatory compliance to build a privacy programme that aligns with business targets, says Gartner

Faroese Telecom, Ericsson set European 5G mmWave downlink speed record

Telco serving self-governing North Atlantic Ocean archipelago reveals details of 5G mmWave text aggregating 800MHz of 5G mmWave spectrum in n258 and 40 MHz of 4G FDD spectrum to achieve downlink speed of 5.9Gbps and upload speed of 1.6Gbps

Microsoft updates Teams for faster online collaboration

The tech giant's popular collaboration platform gets new features including enabled multi-tenant accounts, QR code sign-in for hot desking and interoperability with Cisco devices.

Microsoft launches AI-powered Security Copilot

Microsoft Security Copilot is an AI assistant for infosec professionals that combines OpenAI's GPT-4 technology with the software giant's own cybersecurity-trained model.

IBM Storage launched with backup appliance plan

Prosaically named brand will replace Spectrum products, while IBM rationalises offer for AI/ML, hybrid cloud and malware, which it sees as the backdrop to contemporary IT

Alan Turing Institute unveils strategy to support UK AI

The strategy is built around helping the UK government realise its artificial intelligence ambitions, and focuses on areas where the UK can play a transformative role in shaping AI development

Cisco enhances hybrid work with AI Webex innovations

Comms tech giant makes AI-powered enhancements to collaboration offering, encompassing devices and customer experience to deliver more personalised and inclusive experiences with camera intelligence

Apple security updates fix 33 iPhone vulnerabilities

A larger-than-usual update to Apple’s mobile operating system fixes more than 30 distinct vulnerabilities, including two serious issues that may potentially affect device kernels

AI vendor Cerebras releases 7 open source LLMs

The hardware/software vendor diverges from tech giants such as Google, Meta and Microsoft partner OpenAI by making models available to both researchers and for-profit enterprises.

Cisco updates Webex and RoomOS for better video views

The digital communications vendor injects virtual conferencing tech with higher-resolution video, enhanced user detection and AI-backed chat summary features.

Europol warns cops to prep for malicious AI abuse

In a report looking at how large language models can be used by criminals, Europol’s Innovation Lab calls on law enforcement agencies to prepare themselves for wide-ranging impacts on their work

Barclays makes further cut to branch network

Barclays cuts another 14 branches from its network as it continues to see a migration to digital banking channels

Zoom announces AI-based collaboration smart companion

Conferencing and communications company uses OpenAI technologies to offer what it claims will be a unique federated approach to artificial intelligence based on flexibility

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore dies

Moore was instrumental in the pace of development in the tech industry

Zoom to boost Zoom IQ with generative AI-backed capabilities

The videoconferencing platform's new Open AI-backed tool will provide email writing suggestions. More updated tools include a chat composer and meeting summarizer.

Canva steps up design game with new AI-powered design tools

The platform provides accessible tools for small businesses that need design help. Canva is also escalating its technology to compete against bigger design platforms such as Adobe.

IT services M&A slows, but could revive in 2H

M&A rebounded after the initial shock of COVID-19, but the pace has slackened amid economic uncertainty. The deals getting done reflect interest in specific skill sets.

Amazon Chime SDK gets new tools for call analytics insights

The communications service's new call analytics tool set enables users to conduct voice tone analysis to track customer sentiment and send the data to their preferred data lake.

Brent hails open access era for West London telecoms

Leading telecoms infrastructure provider announces long-term agreement with London council as part of bid to ensure improvements in mobile coverage and capacity across the borough

Lords AI weapons committee holds first evidence session

In first evidence session of Lords AI weapons committee, expert witnesses unpack claims that artificial intelligence in weapon systems will help military organisations to improve their compliance with international humanitarian law

CBI launches campaign to boost UK tech unicorns

The CBI has launched a campaign to transform the UK’s technology unicorns into decacorns valued at $10bn, with specific policy recommendation due to be published later in 2023

France latest to ban TikTok on government devices

Following bans in the UK and US, France has moved to enact restrictions on TikTok, and other social media apps, on government devices

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