Inside SaaS - March 28th, 2019

Inside SaaS (Mar 28th, 2019)

Google's 'Secret' Performance Review / Apple TV / Volkswagen and AWS

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1. Google is reportedly conducting a "performance review" of its China-based censored search engine — a project that received internal and external backlashThe Intercept, which first reported on the 'Dragonfly' censorship project, now reports that some top managers at Google are conducting the review in closed  “review committees" — a stark difference from Google's usual open peer-to-peer performance reviews. Google has largely kept these alleged performance reviews secret, according to The Intercept's sources. —THE INTERCEPT 

2. Apple redesigned its Apple TV app to prepare for its upcoming proprietary streaming service, Apple TV+ The new Apple TV app includes a Netflix-esque "Watch Now" section that displays content that users haven't finished watching, recommendations based on what's currently popular, and algorithm-driven personalized recommendations. Additionally, the app allows users to quickly try out or subscribe to premium channels like HBO or Showtime. —TECH CRUNCH 

3. Google has updated the two-factor authentication for G Suite users — the company is overhauling the interface, and users will have more Bluetooth security key options than Google's proprietary Titan keys. The 2FA interface will now be browser-based, so Chrome users might see something slightly different than Firefox users, for example. Users will also be greeted with updated instructions and illustrations when conducting the 2FA process. —TECH RADAR 

4. Volkswagen announced it plans to use cloud computing and IoT solutions from Amazon Web Services to build the 'Volkswagen Industrial Cloud,' an automation plan for the company's logistics and manufacturing.  The cloud system, which will collect data from Volkswagen's 122 plants, is meant to improve plant efficiency and quality. Amazon and Volkswagen said the system will eventually cover more than 30,000 facilities and 1,500 suppliers/partners. —ZDNET 

5. Salesforce is being sued by sex trafficking survivors who allege the software giant provided the "backbone of Backpage's exponential growth." —ZDNET 

6. After dominating the creative software market, Adobe is shifting some of its focus elsewhere: marketing. —BLOOMBERG 

7. Square is taking on rivals like Shopify as it re-launches its Square Online Store and ventures into online retail. —DIGIDAY 

8. Microsoft Defender AV is now able to resist malware that attempts to disable it. —ZDNET 

9. Before Shopify and Mailchimp went their separate ways, Mailchimp quietly purchased LemonStand — one of Shopify's e-commerce competitors. —TECH CRUNCH 

10. Some CEOs are worried about the amount of potentially sensitive information their employees are sharing on the Slack messaging platform. —CNBC 

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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