Inside SaaS - April 2nd, 2019

Inside SaaS (Apr 2nd, 2019)

Slack on NYSE This Summer / Google Council Backlash / Microsoft Eyes E-Commerce

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1. Slack is reportedly planning for a public listing on the New York Stock Exchange sometime this summer.  Last year, Slack was valued by private investors at $7.1 billion, and the company confidentially filed with the SEC. Neither Slack nor the NYSE provided a comment to Bloomberg. —BLOOMBERG 


2. Google is facing internal backlash as its employees protest the council appointment of Kay Coles James, the president of Heritage — a group that has openly spoken out against LGBT rightsGoogle appointed James to an AI ethics council in a move that quickly garnered backlash, both internally and externally. Google employees formed a group titled Googlers Against Transphobia, and said the company is "making clear that its version of 'ethics' values proximity to power over the wellbeing of trans people, other LGBTQ people, and immigrants." —CNN 


3. Microsoft is considering taking on Shopify and other competitors in the e-commerce world, according to a new report from The Information. Several Microsoft officials told The Information about the potential shift to e-commerce, and stated that some of Microsoft's customers have requested it. Additionally, the officials said Microsoft is considering offering software that would enable its customers to build e-commerce platforms. —ZDNET 


4. For nearly a month, casting content from a Google Home to an Android TV has been broken, and Google hasn't stated when the issue will be fixed. After a potential security flaw was identified, in which some Android TV users were seeing Google Photos content from strangers pop up on their devices, Google temporarily removed the ability to cast content to Android TV through Google Assistant. However, the feature is still unavailable nearly a month later, while Google said it's "working on a fix." —ANDROID POLICE 


5. Microsoft has stopped selling ebooks on the Windows Microsoft Store, and all previous purchases will be refunded and deleted in July. —THE VERGE 

6. Twilio released Twilio for Salesforce, an SMS-based app originally intended for non-profit organizations that allows companies to interact with their audience or customers. —BUSINESS INSIDER 

7. On Wednesday, Adobe will launch Content-Aware Fill for video — a formerly Photoshop-only tool that uses algorithms to intelligently remove and replace unwanted objects. —HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

8. Microsoft released Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac with a package of new updates including a new start window, Live Share, and AI-based code recommendations. —VENTURE BEAT 

9. Hangouts Chat could soon come to Gmail after it was spotted in a G Suite side panel in an official Google screenshot. —9 TO 5 GOOGLE 

10. Forbes contributor David Armano broke down five insights from the Adobe Summit, including 'Remove Friction, Form Strategic Alliances' and 'Hire Left And Right-Brainers, And Everything In Between.' —FORBES 


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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