Inside SaaS - March 14th, 2019

Inside SaaS (Mar 14th, 2019)

Slack Bans Hate Groups / Google Drive Redesign / Chrome-Only Web

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1. Slack says it removed 28 accounts that had a "clear affiliation with known hate groups,” but didn't disclose how it discovered those groups or their alleged associations. Slack's move is similar to Discord's in 2017, when the chat service banned servers that promoted Nazi ideology or other forms of hate. In a blog post, Slack stated that "the use of Slack by hate groups runs counter to everything we believe in at Slack and is not welcome on our platform," and announced it will soon update the terms of service to reflect these values. —THE VERGE 

2. Google is rolling out its Google Drive 'Material' redesign for Android and iOS, which overhauls the navigation of the app with a new top searchbar, adds a menu that “emphasizes the most frequently used actions at the top,” and tweaks the "Home" section. The update also alters the home landing page, which shows files more prominently and with bigger preview icons. The iOS update will roll out Thursday, while the Android update will roll out next Monday. —9 TO 5 GOOGLE 

3. Microsoft launched the free 'Wireless Display ' app for Xbox One that allows users to play PC-based games on their consoles through wireless streaming. The app mirrors the screen of a Windows PC or Android phone through the Xbox, and allows the use of a controller as a cursor or gamepad. However, Kotaku noted that the app is buggy and somewhat unreliable — so for the time being users might be better off just connecting their controllers to the PC in the first place. —KOTAKU 

4. With Microsoft's recent decisions to update Edge on the Chromium platform and limit Skype for Web to Edge and Chrome, some critics say the company is promoting a "Chrome-only Web." Some users found that Skype for Web seemed to operate fine on the Firefox browser with some user-agent tweaks, which raised the question of why Microsoft is limiting the web-based app's reach in the first place. Ars Technica's Peter Bright says this is symbolic of Microsoft's refusal to "(take) the time and effort to support browsers that have a small audience." —ARS TECHNICA 


The Product Habits Blog took a detailed look at how Adobe rose from a startup 35 years ago to become a $129 billion SaaS giant, from the 1983 release of PostScript to the company's recent push toward a cloud-based ecosystem. 

5. Dropbox quietly limited free users to three devices — those who wish to connect more devices to Dropbox's cloud storage will have to purchase a storage plan. —THE VERGE 

6. Microsoft just open-sourced the algorithm, hardware specs, and source code behind its Azure compression for the Open Compute Project. —TECH CRUNCH 

7. Adobe released its March Security Update, patching two critical flaws in Photoshop CC and Adobe Digital Editions that caused vulnerabilities. —THREAT POST 

8. Android Q, Google's upcoming Android OS update that's currently in beta, will add additional security features that require apps to ask permission to track user location when the app isn't open. —FAST COMPANY 

9. IBM used nearly a million Flickr photos for a facial-recognition project, but some users might not have been aware of how their images were being used. —NBC NEWS 

10. Gmail, Google Drive, and YouTube all experienced large outages for a few hours Tuesday night in the company's biggest downtime event in recent time. —BGR

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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