Azure Data Explorer gets new engine, numerous enhancements and Synapse integration

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Today, at a dedicated online event for Azure Data Explorer (ADX), Microsoft is announcing numerous enhancements to the service, including a next-gen release of the underlying engine and an array of integration points that should make it more accessible, more enticing and more useful. ADX, which is most often used for telemetry data lake workloads and analytical solutions as a service, will now run even faster overall than it had, will have numerous optimizations and will connect with a variety of other data services, streaming data sources and data visualization solutions. This will help a service that’s been very successful but not especially well-known, even among Azure analytics experts, achieve more mainstream appeal.

Performance gains galore

What new features are coming to ADX? To start with, Microsoft’s introducing a new version of the core engine (in preview, with GA expected in February), which takes a wholly different strategy to querying data. The Kusto v3 engine will generate multiple versions of the desired query, use the fastest, and compile it to native code before executing, so that it runs at maximum speed. The indexing layer in the v3 engine has also been rewritten. As a result of these changes, Microsoft says queries will run between 2x and 30x faster.

And beyond this raw performance gain, ADX will now offer self-refreshing materialized views, query result set caching and configurable sharding/partitioning. Near real time scoring with machine learning models — including those hosted on Azure Machine Learning as well as those from other platforms, packaged in ONNX format — is being added as well. Fast Fourier Transforms, geospatial joins and polynomial regression are onboarding too. ADX is also getting row-level security capabilities that will make it more appealing to customers who want to support a wide

Fire TV Stick, Kindle And More Amazon Devices Have Huge Discounts For Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day 2020 has officially begun. Today, October14, you can find tons of deals from the online retailer on a wide variety of products, ranging from video games, movies, tabletop games, and much more. But if you’re big on Amazon’s varied ecosystem of electronics, you’ll be happy to know that many of their most popular devices have been marked down for the occasion.

With so many different deals available on Amazon’s plethora of devices, it can be a little overwhelming trying to find the best savings, so we’ve rounded up some of the best deals we’ve found so far. These deals cover a range of Amazon devices, including the retailer’s latest tablets, speakers, and Fire-enabled TVs. If you want to listen to music, there are cheap options available. If you’re looking to save on an Echo Show to help keep in touch with relatives, there are deals for you, as well.

If you’re curious about some of the biggest deals, check out our Prime Day 2020 hub. Plus, see our roundup guide to the very best game deals across all retailers, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, and more.

Everything You Need To Know

Walmart (WMT) has rolled out a revamped Black Friday shopping schedule during the coronavirus pandemic as shoppers look for safe ways to still get in on the deals for the holiday season.

As most retailers have promised, the deals for Black Friday will start early and extend longer, with Walmart offering three sales events as it looks to provide a “safer and more convenient shopping experience” for customers.

The events – Black Friday Deals for Days – will give customers three separate savings events throughout the month of November. The sales events will begin online and continue in stores with the option for curbside pickup of orders at no additional charge.

“Although this year’s event looks different, our commitment to what our customers depend on us for – the absolute best prices of the season on hot gifts from top brands – hasn’t changed,” Scott McCall, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S., said in a statement.

The first Walmart sales event will begin with deals online starting on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. ET with new deals added in stores on Nov. 7 at 5 a.m. local time. The sale will extend to toys, electronics, and home products, Walmart said. New deals will also go live on Walmart.com on Nov. 7 at 12 a.m. ET.

As part of the sale, Walmart will hold its annual Tire Event in stores and online Nov. 7 to 13, offering $20 off per tire and free lifetime balance service at its Walmart Auto Care Centers for Goodyear branded tires.

The second sales event will begin on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ET online and in stores on Nov. 14 at 5 a.m. local time. New deals will be added to Walmart’s website on Nov. 14 at 12 a.m. ET. The

Celebrity accounts accessed after employees fall for tech support scam

The hackers who took over a number of high profile Twitter accounts, including those belonging to Barack Obama and Elon Musk, for several hours this summer gained entry into Twitter’s internal systems simply by posing as company IT officials making a support call, according to an investigative report Wednesday by New York regulators.



Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian are posing for a picture: From left clockwise, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian and Joe Biden


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From left clockwise, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian and Joe Biden

At the time of the July 15 attack, Twitter had no chief information security officer and suffered from poor internal security controls, the report concluded.

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Officials behind the report called for additional cybersecurity regulation of major tech platforms.

“In other industries that are deemed critical infrastructure, such as telecommunications, utilities, and finance, we have established regulators and regulations to ensure that the public interest is protected,” said the report from New York’s Department of Financial Services. “With respect to cybersecurity, that is what is needed for large, systemically important social media companies.”

In a statement, Twitter said it has taken steps to enhance the security of its platform, cooperated with the Department’s investigation, and that multiple arrests have been carried out in the wake of the attack.

“Protecting people’s privacy and security is a top priority for Twitter, and it is not a responsibility we take lightly,” the statement said. “We have been continuously investing in improvements to our teams and our technology that enable people to use Twitter securely. This work is constant and always evolving.”

The high-profile hack saw several celebrity accounts taken over by a bitcoin scam that promised victims a 100% return on their investments. In addition to Obama and Musk, the hackers were able to take over accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian West, Uber and Apple, among others. As one of the nation’s

M1 Finance closes $45M Series C mere months after it raised its $33M Series B

Just months after it announced a $33 million Series B, Chicago-based M1 Finance today disclosed a $45 Series C.

The new financing event was led by Left Lane Capital, the same investor that led M1’s Series B. Bear in mind that so-called inside rounds are now a bullish sign in 2020, as opposed to in prior VC eras when they were viewed more cooly. Other M1 investors include Jump Capital, Clocktower Technology Ventures and Chicago Ventures, though only the first two appear to have taken part in this round.

Per M1, the Series C comes just 120 days after it raised a Series B. A good question is why M1 has raised more capital, and why Left Lane Capital wanted to lead two rounds for the consumer-focused fintech provider. Going back to our prior coverage, we can figure it out.

In February, we reported that M1 Finance had reached the $1 billion assets under management mark, or AUM.

The startup combines three different traditional fintech services into one (roboadvising, neobanking and lending), allowing it to price the package aggressively. The model appears to be working. When M1 raised its Series B a few months later in June, it had reached the $1.45 billion AUM, or about 45% growth in just over a quarter. That’s very good.

Today, the company announced that it has surpassed the $2 billion AUM mark, up more than 38% in the last four months.

M1 posted slower AUM growth in percentage terms and greater growth in raw AUM over a similar time frame heading into its Series C. But regardless of that nuance, the company’s AUM grew quickly.

That fact helps explain its new round. If you were Left Lane Capital, had just led a round into the company, and then watched it keep growing rapidly,