Inside SaaS - March 7th, 2019

Inside SaaS (Mar 7th, 2019)

Chrome Exploit / Windows 10 Milestone / Ex-Cisco Director's Fraud Charge

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1. Google is prompting users to update their Chrome browsers after a "zero day" vulnerability was detected within Chrome's FileReader that gave hackers access to a user's operating system, allowing them to inject malware. Google said it patched the exploit in the 72.0.3626.121 version of Chrome, and users can check for Chrome updates by visiting chrome://settings/help​​​​​​​

2. Microsoft is reportedly laying off about 200 employees in its commercial sales department as the company shifts its focus toward cloud growth, following a January reorganization of the department. The reorganization of the sales department was focused groups that sell Microsoft's cloud services, and was reportedly intended to fulfill the purpose of "further accelerating our cloud growth and simplifying our organizational model," according to ZDNet. When contacted by ZDNet, Microsoft refused to comment. —ZDNET 

3. Microsoft says its Windows 10 operating system is now running on 800 million devices worldwide, bringing the company closer to its goal of 1 billion devices. Last September, Microsoft reported 700 million devices running Windows 10, indicating a growth of 100 million over the past six months. Microsoft reported that its Windows operating system accounted for nearly 15 percent of the company's revenue last quarter, and said last year that more than 1.5 billion devices are currently running some form of Windows. —CNBC 

4. Former Cisco Systems employee Prithviraj R. Bhikha was arrested and charged with wire fraud accumulating to $9.3 million, and was accused of abusing his position of director of Cisco's global supply chain division to wire money from Cisco to companies he founded and approved for Cisco contracts. Bhikha's position allowed him to approve Cisco contracts for third-party part suppliers, and he allegedly wired $6.5 million to one of his overseas companies and $2.8 million to the other. Bhikha, who left Cisco in 2017, faces a $250,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison if convicted. —FORTUNE  ​​​​


In light of Microsoft's recent announcement of hitting the 800 million user milestone for Windows 10, here's a desktop app for Mac, Linux, and Windows that emulates the classic Windows 95 operating system. 

5. Dave Moellenhoff, a Salesforce co-founder, has returned to the company after leaving in 2014. —SF CHRONICLE 

6. Microsoft is now the first large-scale company to open a cloud data center in South Africa, with two Azure centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg. —ENGADGET 

7. Forbes contributor Alan Kohll says Adobe's wellness program is an example of a company treating its employees right, with wellness centers, healthy in-house food options, free counseling sessions, and financial coaching. —FORBES 

8. The Trend Micro Cyber Safety Solutions Team detected a backdoor that used a "watering hole" attack and communicated via GitHub and Slack. —BLEEPING COMPUTER 

9. As Slack prepares to go public, the company is eyeing new office space in the San Francisco area, and is reportedly close to leasing 150,000 square feet of new office space that could house 1,000 employees. —SF CHRONICLE 

10. Google is launching a Gmail confidential mode beta for G Suite enterprise users that deletes messages after a few days, allows users to require recipients to use SMS confirmation, and disables forwarding, copying, and downloading emails by default. —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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