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While I enjoyed a few days off in California to get a dose of vitamin sea, a lot has happened in the AWS universe. Let’s take a look together!

Last Week’s Launches
Here are some launches that got my attention:

Amazon MWAA now supports Apache Airflow version 2.6 – Amazon Managed Workflows for Apache Airflow (Amazon MWAA) is a managed orchestration service for Apache Airflow that you can use to set up and operate end-to-end data pipelines in the cloud. Apache Airflow version 2.6 introduces important security updates and bug fixes that enhance the security and reliability of your workflows. If you’re currently running Apache Airflow version 2.x, you can now seamlessly upgrade to version 2.6.3. Check out this AWS Big Data Blog post to learn more.

Amazon EMR Studio adds support for AWS Lake Formation fine-grained access control – Amazon EMR Studio is a web-based integrated development environment (IDE) for fully managed Jupyter notebooks that run on Amazon EMR clusters. When you connect to EMR clusters from EMR Studio workspaces, you can now choose the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role that you want to connect with. Apache Spark interactive notebooks will access only the data and resources permitted by policies attached to this runtime IAM role. When data is accessed from data lakes managed with AWS Lake Formation, you can enforce table and column-level access using policies attached to this runtime role. For more details, have a look at the Amazon EMR documentation.

AWS Security Hub launches 12 new security controls – AWS Security Hub is a cloud security posture management (CSPM) service that performs security best practice checks, aggregates alerts, and enables automated remediation. With the newly released controls, Security Hub now supports three additional AWS services: Amazon Athena, Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility), and Amazon Neptune. Security Hub has also added an additional control against Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). AWS Security Hub now offers 276 controls. You can find more information in the AWS Security Hub documentation.

Additional AWS services available in the AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region – The AWS Israel (Tel Aviv) Region opened on August 1, 2023. This past week, AWS Service Catalog, Amazon SageMaker, Amazon EFS, and Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics were added to the list of available services in the Israel (Tel Aviv) Region. Check the AWS Regional Services List for the most up-to-date availability information.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Other AWS News
Here are some additional blog posts and news items that you might find interesting:

AWS recognized as a Leader in 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service with Amazon Connect – AWS was named a Leader for the first time since Amazon Connect, our flexible, AI-powered cloud contact center, was launched in 2017. Read the full story here. 

Generate creative advertising using generative AI –  This AWS Machine Learning Blog post shows how to generate captivating and innovative advertisements at scale using generative AI. It discusses the technique of inpainting and how to seamlessly create image backgrounds, visually stunning and engaging content, and reducing unwanted image artifacts.

AWS open-source news and updates – My colleague Ricardo writes this weekly open-source newsletter in which he highlights new open-source projects, tools, and demos from the AWS Community.

Upcoming AWS Events
Check your calendars and sign up for these AWS events:

Build On AWS - Generative AIBuild On Generative AI – Your favorite weekly Twitch show about all things generative AI is back for season 2 today! Every Monday, 9:00 US PT, my colleagues Emily and Darko look at new technical and scientific patterns on AWS, inviting guest speakers to demo their work and show us how they built something new to improve the state of generative AI.

In today’s episode, Emily and Darko discussed the latest models LlaMa-2 and Falcon, and explored them in retrieval-augmented generation design patterns. You can watch the video here. Check out show notes and the full list of episodes on community.aws.

AWS NLP Conference 2023 – Join this in-person event on September 13–14 in London to hear about the latest trends, ground-breaking research, and innovative applications that leverage natural language processing (NLP) capabilities on AWS. This year, the conference will primarily focus on large language models (LLMs), as they form the backbone of many generative AI applications and use cases. Register here.

AWS Global Summits – The 2023 AWS Summits season is almost coming to an end with the last two in-person events in Mexico City (August 30) and Johannesburg (September 26).

AWS Community Days – Join a community-led conference run by AWS user group leaders in your region: West Africa (August 19), Taiwan (August 26), Aotearoa (September 6), Lebanon (September 9), and Munich (September 14).

AWS re:Invent 2023AWS re:Invent (November 27 – December 1) – Join us to hear the latest from AWS, learn from experts, and connect with the global cloud community. Registration is now open.

You can browse all upcoming in-person and virtual events.

That’s all for this week. Check back next Monday for another Weekly Roundup!

— Antje

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