Phys.org: Snake species named Trimeresurus uetzi after Reptile Database creator

Phys.org: Snake species named Trimeresurus uetzi after Reptile Database creator. “A newly identified species of green pit viper snake has been named in honor of Virginia Commonwealth University professor Peter Uetz, Ph.D. The snake species, found in central and southern Myanmar, was named Trimeresurus uetzi, or Uetz’s pit viper, in honor of his creation of the Reptile Database, a catalog of reptile species and classification that is relied upon by scientists and hobbyists around the world who study reptiles.”

TechCrunch: Low-code database APITable is another Airtable challenger

TechCrunch: Low-code database APITable is another Airtable challenger. “APITable is competing with a handful of rising startups, like Amsterdam’s Baserow and San Francisco-based NocoDB, to provide an open source, visual solution for creating smart, sleek-looking databases. Its name suggests a focus on system interoperability. In the future, users will be able to connect the low-code tool to platforms including Zapier, Slack, Google Workspace and red-hot ChatGPT using the APITable API, says the company’s co-founder and COO Gary Li in an interview.”

Microsoft: Whoops, Patch Tuesday might screw your database connections (The Register)

The Register: Microsoft: Whoops, Patch Tuesday might screw your database connections . “Applications using the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) interface may fail to connect after installing the November Patch Tuesday Windows updates, according to Microsoft. Users may see the apps that use the Microsoft ODBC SQL Server Driver have problems, with some attempts to access databases generating an error message when the connection fails, the software maker wrote this week in its Windows Health Dashboard.”

MIT News: A faster way to preserve privacy online

MIT News: A faster way to preserve privacy online. “MIT researchers have now developed a scheme for private information retrieval that is about 30 times faster than other comparable methods. Their technique enables a user to search an online database without revealing their query to the server. Moreover, it is driven by a simple algorithm that would be easier to implement than the more complicated approaches from previous work.”

TechCrunch: Zapier extends its automation service with first-party database and UI tools

TechCrunch: Zapier extends its automation service with first-party database and UI tools. “For the longest time, Zapier, which launched in 2011, was content with helping its users automate simple workflows and build integrations between various business-critical tools…. Today, at its ZapConnect conference, it’s taking the next step in this journey with the launch of Zapier Tables and Interfaces, a database service and a UI builder for allowing end users to interact with existing Zapier workflows.”

GriddingMachine: A new database and software for sharing global datasets (Climate Modeling Alliance)

Climate Modeling Alliance: GriddingMachine: A new database and software for sharing global datasets. “The ever increasing amount of data, various data formats, and different data layouts are increasing the time spent on handling data—before getting ready for scientific analysis. While the intention of sharing data is to facilitate their broad use and promote research, the increasing fragmentation makes it harder to find and access the data.”

TechCrunch: Dropbase can help turn your messy spreadsheet into queryable SQL database

TechCrunch: Dropbase can help turn your messy spreadsheet into queryable SQL database. “It’s not unusual for a tech company to be born by accident. Famously, Slack was created as a byproduct of a now defunct gaming company. Similarly, when Dropbase founders Jimmy Chan and Ayazhan Zhakhan were in the Y Combinator Winter 20 batch, they were testing the product they had built at the time and accidentally stumbled upon the thing that would become Dropbase.”

Tech war: Chinese database software vendor shrugs off sanctions risk on using open-source code from Oracle’s MySQL system (South China Morning Post)

South China Morning Post: Tech war: Chinese database software vendor shrugs off sanctions risk on using open-source code from Oracle’s MySQL system. “A Chinese software vendor has brushed aside speculation that its enterprise product, which uses code from Oracle Corp’s MySQL open-source relational database management system, faces the risk of sanctions amid simmering tensions between Washington and Beijing.”

Evelyn Perloff: Created database that assists thousands of researchers, students (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Evelyn Perloff: Created database that assists thousands of researchers, students. “In an age when women rarely worked outside of the home — much less earning a Ph.D, — Evelyn Perloff blazed a trail as a formidable research psychologist and scientist. The sole woman professor in the Psychology Department at Purdue University in the 1960s, the centenarian was also the creator of an innovative database that provides reliable and valid methods to measure everything from levels of pain to depression, anxiety, and quality of life.”

Bleeping Computer: Hundreds of Elasticsearch databases targeted in ransom attacks

Bleeping Computer: Hundreds of Elasticsearch databases targeted in ransom attacks. “Hackers have targeted poorly secured Elasticsearch databases and replaced 450 indexes with ransom notes asking for $620 to restore contents, amounting to a total demand of $279,000. The threat actors set a seven-day deadline for the payments and threaten to double the demand after that. If another week passes without getting paid, they say the victim would lose the indexes.”

Arizona State University: Closing the gap for real-time data-intensive intelligence

Arizona State University: Closing the gap for real-time data-intensive intelligence. “The online world fills databases with immense amounts of data. Your local grocery stores, your financial institutions, your streaming services and even your medical providers all maintain vast arrays of information across multiple databases. Managing all this data is a significant challenge. And the process of applying artificial intelligence to make inferences or apply logical rules or interpret information on such data can be urgent, especially when delays, known as latencies, are also a major issue.”

Redis, MongoDB, and Elastic: 2022’s top exposed databases (Bleeping Computer)

Bleeping Computer: Redis, MongoDB, and Elastic: 2022’s top exposed databases. “Security researchers have noticed an increase in the number of databases publicly exposed to the Internet, with 308,000 identified in 2021. The growth continued quarter over quarter, peaking in the first months of this year. In the first quarter of 2022, the amount of exposed databases peaked to 91,200 instances, researchers at threat intelligence and research company Group-IB say in a report shared with BleepingComputer.”

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco spent $250,000 on a database to track construction delays. Years later, it has never been used

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco spent $250,000 on a database to track construction delays. Years later, it has never been used. “Three years after developing a database meant to track the performance of contractors on city construction projects, the system of checks and balances remains unused, according to a report from the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury.”