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Inside SaaS (Feb 7th, 2019)

Mac-Breaking Adobe Glitch / Spotify Bans Ad-Blockers / Slack's Quiet Contender

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1. Some Adobe Premiere Pro users are reporting that a glitch is causing a loud noise to play and blow out their MacBook Pro speakers. Some users who experienced the issue, which tended to occur while editing audio, said their speakers were permanently damaged. It's not yet clear what's causing the apparent glitch, or how common it is. —MAC RUMORS 


2. In an update to its terms of service, Spotify is now explicitly banning the use of ad blockers, and users who violate the possibility could have their accounts removed. Spotify already has measures in place to detect users who employ third-party software to avoid ads on Spotify's free version. The update to the terms of service is now an official indication that users are breaking Spotify's policy by using the ad-blocking software. —THE VERGE 


3. Mattermost — a growing, open-source chat platform with 10,000 downloads per month — is quietly becoming a threat to Slack. It's certainly not as well-known as Slack, which is valued at $8 billion and just filed for an IPO, but Mattermost is already proving itself a worthy contender with a $20 million Series A round and customers like Amazon, Uber, and the Department of Defense. —TECH REPUBLIC 


4. Zendesk's revenue grew 40 percent in 2018, and the company's Q4 report signified a record year as paid customer accounts grew from 118,900 in 2017 to 136,600 at the end of 2018. Additionally, the number of Zendesk's contracts pulling in more than $50,000 per year grew by 6 percent. This year, Zendesk expects to achieve a revenue of somewhere between  $795 million and $805 million — a 33.6 percent increase from last year. —THE MOTLEY FOOL 


5. Cisco joined tech giants like Facebook, Google, and IBM in calling for a federal privacy law to standardize how tech companies can use data collected from users. —ARS TECHNICA 

6. Some analysts feel Slack's public listing filing could trigger a chain effect of other tech companies making the same move this year. —CBS NEWS 

7. In a strange series of ads, Microsoft seems to be downplaying the effectiveness of its Office 2019 software in favor of Office 365. —ZDNET 

8. The Golden State Warriors are incorporating Google Cloud tech in hopes to improve player performance. —CLOUD TECH 

9. Before Slack officially goes public, there's still a chance it could be acquired by a hopeful tech giant. —TECH CRUNCH 

10. SaaS stocks appear to be quite healthy, with a basket of SaaS stocks nearing its previous record high. —CRUNCHBASE 


Written and curated by Sean Wolfe. He is a tech reporter based in Brooklyn, New York, and has previously worked at Business Insider and GIE Media. Follow him on Twitter at @seanthomaswolfe.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies) and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).


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