Access Point: Weekly News Roundup For IT Executives For April 19, 2024

Access Point is a weekly roundup of major tech news for IT executives on the go. This edition covers April 15-19.

Samara Lynn
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In this week's executive tech news: Microsoft is set to raise prices on one of its most widely used business software offerings, Dynamics 365, with some versions' prices set to rise by as much as 17 percent. 

On the cybersecurity news front, popular digital streaming hardware company Roku suffered a security breach that compromised thousands of accounts and led to a few hundred unauthorized hardware and streaming service purchases. 

Also, cybersecurity firm Armis and other security experts are raising the alarm about this this year's political elections across the globe. They said the elections will become a huge target for nation-state hackers and activists amid political and economic turbulence. The current ubiquity of AI tools to create deepfakes and spread disinformation will make attacks more frequent and harder to detect, they say. 

In other security news, this week Protect AI released its April vulnerability report. The vulnerability list was compiled by both Protect AI researchers and "huntrs" – members of a "bug bounty" community. The discovered vulnerabilities affect tools used to create machine learning models. 

There was big news in the artificial intelligence space after Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook Live to announce the release of Llama 3. The Facebook founder spoke about new features in Meta's large language model (LLM) including integration with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. On the business side, Meta announced that Llama 3 will be available on AWS, Databricks, Google Cloud, Hugging Face, Kaggle, IBM WatsonX, Microsoft Azure, NVIDIA NIM, and Snowflake. 

Ookla released an interesting report comparing 5G performance and speed between the Samsung Galaxy S24 devices versus the new iPhone 15 family. Testing was conducted in countries all over the world. 

Sectigo, which offers digital certificate life-cycle management software, announced the release of SCM Pro – certificate lifestyle management targeted to smaller and mid-sized companies. 

DataStax's chief product officer sat down this week with MES Computing to discuss how the company's recent acquisition of Langflow delivers to customers the ability to create their own generative AI apps and how doing so can benefit midmarket organizations. 

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