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Humio raises $9M Series A for its real-time log analysis service

Humio, a startup that provides a real-time log analysis service for on-premises and cloud infrastructures, today announced that it has raised a $9 million Series A round led by Accel. It previously raised its seed round from WestHill and Trifork.

The company, which has offices in San Francisco, the U.K. and Denmark, tells me that it saw a 13x increase in its annual revenue in 2018. Current customers include Bloomberg, Microsoft and Netlify .

“We are experiencing a fundamental shift in how companies build, manage and run their systems,” said Humio CEO Geeta Schmidt. “This shift is driven by the urgency to adopt cloud-based and microservice-driven application architectures for faster development cycles, and dealing with sophisticated security threats. These customer requirements demand a next-generation logging solution that can provide live system observability and efficiently store the massive amounts of log data they are generating.”

To offer them this solution, Humio raised this round with an eye toward fulfilling the demand for its service, expanding its research and development teams and moving into more markets across the globe.

As Schmidt also noted, many organizations are rather frustrated by the log management and analytics solutions they currently have in place. “Common frustrations we hear are that legacy tools are too slow — on ingestion, searches and visualizations — with complex and costly licensing models,” she said. “Ops teams want to focus on operations — not building, running and maintaining their log management platform.”

To build this next-generation analysis tool, Humio built its own time series database engine to ingest the data, with open-source tools like Scala, Elm and Kafka in the backend. As data enters the pipeline, it’s pushed through live searches and then stored for later queries. As Humio VP of Engineering Christian Hvitved tells me, though, running ad-hoc queries is the exception, and most users only do so when they encounter bugs or a DDoS attack.

The query language used for the live filters is also pretty straightforward. That was a conscious decision, Hvitved said. “If it’s too hard, then users don’t ask the question,” he said. “We’re inspired by the Unix philosophy of using pipes, so in Humio, larger searches are built by combining smaller searches with pipes. This is very familiar to developers and operations people since it is how they are used to using their terminal.”

Humio charges its customers based on how much data they want to ingest and for how long they want to store it. Pricing starts at $200 per month for 30 days of data retention and 2 GB of ingested data.

This waste-to-energy plant doubles as a ski slope

Copenhagen’s waste-to-energy power plant lets you ski on its roof, while it converts 400,000 tons of trash into electricity and heating. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhill hosts one of the world’s largest artificial ski slopes. It will soon be welcoming guests to hit its slopes with or without snow, 365 days a year. 

Over 1,000 charged for sharing revenge porn on Facebook

Over 1000 people have been charged for sharing sexually explicit content without consent on Facebook in the biggest case of its kind in Denmark.

According to Danish police, two videos and a sexually explicit image involving two 15-year-olds were originally posted to Facebook Messenger, the platform’s private chat service. The video was then shared hundreds of times across the platform, and now, a total of 1,004 young people have been charged — and about 800 are male, reports Bloomberg. While the content was posted by someone within Denmark, it’s unclear if everyone accused of sharing it are from the country.

The age of consent in Denmark is 15, but Danish police said sharing the media could be considered illegal distribution of child pornography. The charged range in age from 15 years to people in their 20s.

“It’s a very big and complex matter that has taken a long time to investigate. Not least because of the large number of charged. We have taken the case very seriously as it has major implications for those involved when such material is spread. And it must be stopped,” said police inspector Lau Thygesen from North Zealand Police in a press statement.

Facebook reportedly received reports that the content had been shared and notified U.S. authorities. Then, the information was sent through the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) to Danish police, who initiated their own investigation under the name “Umbrella.”

The case comes after Denmark made a big push toward seeking harsher punishment for revenge porn. In February, the country’s government announced a series of measures to curb an increase in the online sharing of nudes without consent — now, in Denmark you can go to prison for up to two years. 

Revenge porn has also recently become a top priority for Facebook’s safety team, who have been working increasingly with local law enforcement on the issue.

After announcing a new set of reporting tools in April, Facebook rolled out a pilot program to help prevent image-based abuse and revenge porn being shared across its platforms.

Testing in Australia first, then the U.S., UK and Canada, the pilot is an extension of the company’s previously announced set of tools for users on Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram to prevent intimate images from being shared without consent.

Facebook was already testing a system that didn’t immediately block posted images. When images were flagged, they were reviewed by Facebook’s Community Operations team, then the platform used photo-matching tech to prevent additional uploads before they can be shared.

While revenge porn is slowly being more heavily criminalised across countries like Denmark, and while portals for reporting are a huge step forward, the onus should still be on perpetrators uploading this content in the first place. Just don’t, eh?

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