Inside SaaS - February 21st, 2019 |

Inside SaaS (Feb 21st, 2019)

Big Tech and Big Oil / Slack Smart Lock / Google Cloud Speech Update

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1. Google just launched a beta program for its Cloud Services Platform, a hybrid-cloud solution for enterprise settings. The platform is meant to allow businesses to continue to use their on-premise storage while also getting the benefit of a cloud solution. Google described the platform as a "software-based, hybrid offering that brings Google Cloud services into your on-prem infrastructure using the power of Kubernetes and Istio." —TECH CRUNCH 

2. Slack introduced Google Smart Lock integration to its newest beta patch, allowing users to sign in with an associated Google account rather than following a "Magic Link" for authentication. Slack's original approach to logging in required users to input their organization name, followed by the account details for that Slack room. With this integration, users can simply choose the Google account they have associated with their Slack accounts. —ANDROID POLICE 

3. Google updated its Cloud speech-to-text and text-to-speech APIs, adding 24 new voices and support for seven new languages to Cloud Text-to-Speech, and reducing the price for Cloud Speech-to-Text services by 33 percent. While Cloud-Text-to-Speech saw the bulk of the update, Google added multi-channel recognition to Cloud Speech-to-Text for use in situations when more than one person is talking. —TECH CRUNCH 

4. Big Tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Bing and Amazon are making cloud, automation, and AI deals with big oil companies, making billions of dollars in the face of a climate crisis, Gizmodo notes in an analysis of the issue. Additionally, many of the deals were made only last year, at a time when climate change was a prominent, concerning topic. As a result, the companies are effectively "automating the climate crisis," says Gizmodo's Brian Merchant. —GIZMODO 

5. IBM is positioning itself as a one-size-fits-all cloud solution for retailers, and hopes to make the transition into the "multi-cloud world" an easy one. —ZDNET 

6.  On the MarketFoolery podcast host Mac Greer spoke with senior analysts Ron Gross and Jason Mose about why Alphabet and Salesforce chose to invest in GoCardless — and the decision probably has to do with the trillions of dollars in the recurring payment market. —THE MOTLEY FOOL 

7. Adobe updated its Adobe Target software with a "weighted relevance" algorithm for personalized recommendations. —MARTECH TODAY 

8. As Shopify ventures into the film and TV production realm, The Motley Fool's Andrew Button ponders whether the company is on course to become the next Netflix. —THE MOTLEY FOOL 

9. Microsoft launched the new Office app for Windows 10, replacing the My Office app and adding tutorials and integration with the web versions of Office apps. —CNET 

10. Dan Blacharski, editor-in-chief of NewsOrg, wonders if the SaaS market has "gotten ahead of itself," perhaps becoming too decentralized. —INNOVATION ENTERPRISE

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: 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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