Inside SaaS - February 28th, 2019 |

Inside SaaS (Feb 28th, 2019)

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1. Microsoft is launching the Microsoft Threat Experts security service for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, which adds the element of human support for users who detect potential malware that the security software missed. The Threats Expert is one of two new security services Microsoft is releasing, with the company also launching Azure Sentinel, a machine-learning security product that attempts to single out attacks on a network. —ARS TECHNICA 

2. Former Facebook employee Rousseau Kazi is now directly competing with the social media giant's Workplace service with Threads, a "virtual meeting room" for workplaces. Kazi worked at Facebook for six years, during which he used the company's Workplace software but felt something was missing. Noting that his product will be very similar to Facebook's, Kazi told CNBC Workplace "feels like a social network," while Threads is "built from the ground up and designed for work teams in mind." —CNBC 

3. IBM announced its Mobility Advisor app, which uses IBM's Watson AI software to find the best route to a destination, while keeping traffic and weather in mind. IBM made the announcement at MWC 2019, explaining that the app will use 4G and 5G tech, recommend personalized routes after learning how the user tends to travel, and detect when large events are happening in order to avoid congestion near them. The app is currently in development, IBM said. —TECH RADAR 

4. Cisco said it fixed a flaw in the management interface for three of its routers which allowed hackers to execute code on the router's operating system as a "high-privilege user." Cisco said the flaw affected the RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall, RV130W Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router, and RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router​​​​​​​, which are intended for business settings. The latest firmware update fixed the vulnerability, Cisco said, but it's unclear whether any hackers made use of the flaw before the patch. —THREAT POST 

5. IBM says auto-translation caused racist language to be included in an online job application, and apologized. —ARS TECHNICA 

6. Google updated endpoint verification on its Cloud service, allowing admins to tag endpoint devices as "approved" or "blocked." —VENTURE BEAT

7. Shopify appeared to have a strong 2018, growing its number of merchants with more than $1 million in gross merchandise volume by 58 percent, and it expects $1.5 billion in revenue this year. —PRACTICAL ECOMMERCE 

8. The UK government plans to charge Google and Facebook with fines up to billions of dollars if they don't remove "harmful" content from their platforms. —BUSINESS INSIDER 

9. Seeking Alpha's Tawabul Islam says Adobe is a good stock option for those who want long-term growth, given the company's steady output of products. —SEEKING ALPHA 

10. Following its recent redesign spree, Google added the Material Theme to Jamboard, adding new buttons and a design consistent with other Google products. —9 TO 5 GOOGLE  

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: Managing editor Kim Lyons, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review and editor Susmita Baral with recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz.

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