Apollo raises $22M for its GraphQL platform

Apollo, a San Francisco-based startup that provides a number of developer and operator tools and services around the GraphQL query language, today announced that it has raised a $22 million growth funding round co-led by Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners. Existing investors Trinity Ventures and Webb Investment Network also participated in this round. Today, Apollo is probably the biggest player in the GraphQL ecosystem. At its core, the company’s services allow businesses to use the Facebook -incubated GraphQL technology to shield their developers from the patchwork of legacy APIs and databases as they look to modernize their technology stacks. The team argues that while REST APIs that talked directly to other services and databases still made sense a few years …

What is buffer overflow, an old vulnerability that’s causing new problems?

nasty security bugrun a phishing scamAll they had to do was to send a specially crafted WhatsApp voice call to the victims phone. And the victim didnt even need to answer the call. Leaving their phone on and letting it ring would be enough to set the bug in action. But what we do know, according to , is that the culprit was a buffer overflow vulnerability. Heres what you need to know about how buffer overflow errors happen and why they can be so destructive. A primer on computer code and memory Also, depending on the architecture of your device, the apps memory space might be split between physical memory (RAM) and your hard disk. But for the sake …

Bitcoin Billionaires by Ben Mezrich review the tale of the Winklevoss twins

Coders, cocktails and a bank heist in reverse the brothers who sued Mark Zuckerberg and hit bitcoin boom time If you have seen Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing their idea to make Facebook. (Zuckerberg eventually settled for $65m.) In that film they were portrayed as faintly ridiculous comic relief, personifying the establishment against which the geeks triumphed. No doubt, then, they were eager to be interviewed for this book, in which they are the heroes. Ben Mezrich wrote the non-fiction account on which The Social Network was based, The Accidental Billionaires, and since it seems that the word billionaires works well in a book title, he is back to tell the story of how the Winklevi as they are commonly …