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Inside SaaS (Mar 5th, 2019)

Google's Dragonfly Project / Windows Lite / Chromium Edge

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1. Google reportedly could still be working on a secret censored Chinese search engine even after executives allegedly told employees the project had been discontinued following internal employee protests, the Intercept reported. In December, The Intercept reported that Google executives indicated to several employees that the secret project, codenamed "Dragonfly," would be coming to an end. However, Google employees who spoke to The Intercept said they found evidence that code for the project had been updated since that announcement, and some employees working on Dragonfly were told to finish their work on the project before they would be moved to a separate team. According to The Intercept, the Dragonfly team was planning to create a search engine for Chinese users that would "censor broad categories of information associated with human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest." —THE INTERCEPT 


2. Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a "lite" version of Windows for dual-screen devices and Chromebook competitors, according to sources who spoke with The Verge, and it could launch as soon as this year. "Windows Lite," as the operating system is reportedly called internally, is reportedly part of Microsoft's preparation for dual-screen devices or devices with foldable screens, both forms of tech that could soon become common. The stripped down operating system will reportedly resemble the traditional Windows 10 OS, but with some features from Surface Hub and the Windows Phone user interface mixed in. Additionally, The Verge reported that Microsoft could promote Windows Lite for third-party companies to create devices to compete with the simple and cheap Chromebook laptops. —THE VERGE 


3. Neowin has published a series of reportedly leaked screenshots displaying Microsoft's upcoming Chromium-powered Edge browser, which has many similarities to Google's Chrome browser. Microsoft is reportedly still testing the new browser, but the screenshots imply that it will have features similar to Chrome, such as similar interface and a profile button at the top right. However, as The Verge noted, those similarities could be the result of Microsoft building on the Chromium platform, and might not remain in the final product. —NEOWIN 


4. Interns working on IBM's X-Force Red penetration testing team found 19 security flaws in five visitor-management systems that could have allowed hackers to access visitors' contact and company information. The two interns, Hanna Robbins and Scott Brink, said they discovered a default admin login that gave access to the visitor-management system, and found that some Windows shortcuts gave additional control over the software. —CYBER SCOOP 


5. Salesforce is launching myTrailhead, a service similar to the proprietary Trailhead software, which allows companies to create and customize their own internal training sessions. —TECH CRUNCH 

6. Website security company Suciri said 90 percent of content management system hacks it investigated in 2018 targeted WordPress sites. —ZDNET 

7. Google researchers announced they found a "day zero" flaw in the MacOS operating system that could allow hackers to take advantage of already-existing malware on a system to access privileged information. —WIRED 

8. Since Adobe has grown its employee base by 30 percent over the past two years, the software company is preparing to grow its presence in San Jose by building purchasing land and building new office space. —PATCH 

9. Google temporarily removed Google Photos from Android TVs after a bug caused a large amount of Google accounts to be displayed as "linked" to some owners' devices. —GIZMODO 

10. Google is launching Storage Growth Plan for Google Cloud Storage, a service that allows companies to pay fixed monthly pricing for Google Cloud on a year-by-year basis. —ZDNET 


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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