(Bloomberg) — Squarespace Inc., which sells tools to help people create and maintain websites, will have its logo on the uniform of the New York Knicks this season.
Financial terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed by either the company or team, which is the latest to take advantage of the National Basketball Association’s new three-year pilot program that allows clubs to put sponsor logos on their jerseys.
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The patch sponsorships have sold for $5 million and up, depending on the team, the market and the sponsor. The defending champion Golden State Warriors got $20 million a year in their deal with Rakuten Inc., which also has a jersey sponsorship deal with Spanish soccer club FC Barcelona.
The NBA ads measure 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches and are worn on a player’s left shoulder.
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Squarespace ads are ubiquitous on hip podcasts like “This American Life.” It also produced a Super Bowl ad featuring actor John Malkovich earlier this year. Their competitors include Wix Inc., Weebly Inc. and WordPress creator Automattic Inc.
The jersey will debut when the Knicks, who traded All-Star Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City during the offseason, open the regular season Oct. 19 against the Thunder in a nationally televised game.
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GitLab has raised $20 million in Series C funding and added WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg to its board of directors, according to a Monday announcement.
The investment, led by Google Ventures (GV), will be used to build its capabilities into operations, and to provide a unified user experience for production and operations as part of its “Complete DevOps” vision.
Head of Product Mark Pundsack explained what GitLab’s plans for its unified solution in a recent blog post. It includes Auto DevOps, released in Beta with version 10.0, and is intended to “close the loop” of development and operations, automate processes, and reduce complexity.
“GitLab’s powerful momentum and scaling have a lot of parallels to Automattic and WordPress in their early days,” said Mullenweg. “WordPress had to battle a lot of competitors, and ultimately came out on top as a successful company on an open source business model. I hope to help GitLab achieve the same triumph. Fundamentally, I want to help create the kind of internet that I want to live in and I want my children to live in, one that reaches a global audience and one that is able to make a difference.”
Complete DevOps can benefit organizations by reducing the time taken switching tools with its single interface, and by encouraging collaboration and reducing the friction between development and operations with deep integration, according to the press release. It builds in the best practices of 100,000


More than half of organizations using cloud storage services like AWS S3 have inadvertently exposed one or more service to the public, according to new research released by cloud security company RedLock.
Worse, the number with exposed public cloud storage increased by 13 percent from 40 percent to 53 percent even as Amazon was specifically warning users to not misconfigure bucket Access Control Lists (ACLs).
The Cloud Security Trends report from RedLock’s Cloud Security Intelligence (CSI) team shows that 81 percent of organizations are not managing host vulnerabilities in the public cloud.
Call them careless or reckless, this kind of behavior makes it unsurprising that the RedLock CSI research showed 48 percent of PCI checks in public cloud environments fail.
“In our second Cloud Security Trends report, the RedLock CSI team found that organizations are still falling behind in effectively protecting their public cloud computing environments,” Gaurav Kumar, CTO of RedLock and head of the CSI team said. “As we’ve witnessed by recent incidents at organizations such as Viacom, OneLogin, Deep Root Analytics and Time Warner Cable, the threats are real and cybercriminals are actively targeting information left unsecured in the public cloud. It’s imperative for every organization to develop an effective and holistic strategy now to protect their public cloud computing environment.”
The researchers found potentially compromised administrative user accounts at 38


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Pricing its shares above the top end of the range it previously targeted, data center provider Switch raised $513 million in its initial public offering Thursday. Its shares will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange Friday under the ticker symbol SWCH.
The Las Vegas-based data center provider sold its Class A stock at $17 per share (instead of the expected $14 to $16 per share) in what was the second-largest tech IPO so far this year, following Snap’s IPO in March, in which the social networking company raised $3.4 billion. The offering gives Switch a market value of $4.2 billion, according to Reuters.
Switch operates data centers in Las Vegas; outside of Reno, Nevada; and outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s also building a data center campus in the Atlanta market and has data center joint ventures in Italy and Thailand.
Switch’s premier customers include eBay (its largest) and Amazon, among about 800 others.
eBay and its affiliates accounted for 13 percent of Switch’s 2016 revenue, which was $318.4 million.
The company’s 2013 revenue was $166.8 million, meaning its compound annual growth rate has been 24 percent over the last three years.
Switch reported $31.4 million in net income for 2016 and $73.5 million in 2015. Its 2015 revenue was $265.9 million.


(Bloomberg) — Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Judiciary Committee plan to propose new restrictions on law enforcement’s access to information collected by the National Security Agency, likely setting off a fight with the Trump administration.
The measure, to be introduced Friday, would revise a surveillance law set to expire at the end of the year. The White House has sought to renew it without new limits.
At issue is Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which dates to former President George W. Bush’s terrorist surveillance program. It sets procedures for collecting surveillance involving non-Americans overseas. Internet service providers and telephone companies can be compelled to cooperate.
Critics from both parties say the program collects information about Americans who communicated with the targets of surveillance, resulting in the government gathering information about citizens who are constitutionally protected from warrantless searches.
Lawmakers, led by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and the panel’s top Democrat, John Conyers of Michigan, are seeking changes that they say will better safeguard Americans’ civil liberties.
Criminal Prosecution
The bill would bar the government from using material collected under Section 702 to advance a criminal prosecution without first obtaining a court warrant. It contains exceptions for emergencies and when Americans have granted consent, and it doesn’t apply to


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An accidental release of fire-suppression agent into the data center environment in Europe triggered a chain of events that led to an Azure cloud outage for a group of customers on September 29.
Microsoft Azure engineers attributed what they referred to as a “Storage Related Incident,” which led to systems going down for customers hosting virtual infrastructure in the company’s data center in Northern Europe, to an accident during routine maintenance of the facility’s fire-suppression system.
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From the incident report posted on the Azure status page:
During a routine periodic fire suppression system maintenance, an unexpected release of inert fire suppression agent occurred. When suppression was triggered, it initiated the automatic shutdown of Air Handler Units (AHU) as designed for containment and safety. While conditions in the data center were being reaffirmed and AHUs were being restarted, the ambient temperature in isolated areas of the impacted suppression zone rose above normal operational parameters. Some systems in the impacted zone performed auto shutdowns or reboots triggered by internal thermal health monitoring to prevent overheating of those systems.
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The staff brought the air handlers back online 35 minutes after the unexpected gas release, returning facility temperature to a normal operational level


(Bloomberg) — Shopify Inc. tumbled as much as 10 percent, the most in 11 months, after short-seller Citron Research issued a stinging rebuke of the Canadian e-commerce company, calling it a “get-rich-quick scheme.”
In tweets and videos, Citron said Ottawa-based Shopify is “not the company Wall Street has sold you” and “dirtier” than Herbalife Ltd., which has been targeted by regulators for deceptive business practices.
Andrew Left, the founder of Los Angeles-based Citron Research, said in an email he was shorting Shopify. Shopify didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Shopify, which provides websites, payments and shipping for online merchants, has been one of the top technology stocks globally in recent years, gaining eight-fold from its initial public offering in May 2015. The shares fell 6.1 percent to C$136.78 in Toronto at 11:05 a.m., after falling as low as C$131.09.
Left, who’s perhaps best known for his unsparing assessments of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to look at Shopify’s claims that members can quit their jobs and become millionaires. A post on Shopify’s Facebook page says that “2,700 people become millionaires each day,” and the company brands itself as “the online store for someday millionaires.”
In a $200 million settlement with nutrition company Herbalife, the FTC


(Bloomberg) — Yahoo, the internet company acquired by Verizon Communications Inc. this year, now believes a 2013 security breach affected all 3 billion of its users at the time.
The assessment, based on new intelligence obtained after the $4.5 billion acquisition, compares with Yahoo’s initial estimate that 1 billion accounts were compromised. The information stolen didn’t include passwords in clear text, payment data or bank accounts. Yahoo is notifying users.
Verizon, which is combining Yahoo with its AOL business to attract more internet advertising, had negotiated a $350 million price cut on the deal after Yahoo disclosed the 2013 breach and a subsequent hack in 2014. The attacks exposed user accounts and threatened Yahoo’s trust with consumers.
Verizon, based in New York, was little changed in late trading.
Yahoo has said it wasn’t able to identify who was responsible for the 2013 breach, though the U.S. government has accused Russia of directing the 2014 hack. The 2013 intrusion was discovered by Andrew Komarov, chief intelligence officer for InfoArmor, who had been tracking a prolific Eastern European hacker group that he spotted offering 1 billion Yahoo accounts for $300,000 in a private sale.
By watching the group’s communications, he was able to determine that it sold the database three times. Two buyers were large spamming groups. The third buyer provided a list of 10 names of U.S. and foreign government officials and business executives to verify


The number of women in senior leadership positions at GoDaddy increased 5 percent over the past year, though the number of women in technical roles decreased by 2 percent, the company announced Monday.
Its annual release of diversity and salary parity data shows incremental progress and work remaining on GoDaddy’s ambition to balance the ethnic and gender makeup of its workforce, according to the announcement.
The increase in women in senior leadership positions from 26 to 31 percent was partly driven by a new system developed in partnership with the Clayman Institute to identify qualified women and other candidates deserving of promotion. The total number of women at the company increased from 24 to 26 percent, with 19 percent in tech roles.
“I’m pleased that we’re turning the data into actionable plans,” GoDaddy Chief People Officer Monica Bailey said. “Last year’s data showed a disparity between the number of men and women senior leaders and, as a result, we deployed a thoughtful plan that generated results. We’re doing the same with this year’s data. It’s proof positive that we can make meaningful change that makes us a stronger organization for our employees and our customers.”
As in 2016, the proportion of women in entry-level engineering jobs increased, but few women have advanced to senior engineering roles.
GoDaddy also compared salary parity between men and women for the third year, and found that like last

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