Inside SaaS - April 4th, 2019

Inside SaaS (Apr 4th, 2019)

GitHub Used For Work Condition Complaints / Sponsored Android TV Content / Segment Series D

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1. Chinese tech workers and developers are airing their grievances about working conditions in an unusual place: a GitHub repository. In a repository simply titled 996.ICU, Chinese tech workers are filling the page with complaints against employers like Alibaba and Huawei. Common complaints include 12-hour work days, hospital visits for exhaustion, and being forced to forgo benefits like paid leave and overtime pay. —THE VERGE 


2. Some Android TV owners weren't happy to find that Google is testing sponsored channels on the home screen of the app. Google confirmed it's working on a "pilot program to surface sponsored content" within the app, while users struggled to remove the channels from their device. One user found a workaround which involves uninstalling the latest update and disabling automatic updates. —ANDROID POLICE 
 


3. Segment, a customer data infrastructure company, raised $175 million in a Series D funding round with investments from firms like Accel & GV With its newfound funding, Segment said it will likely build new offices around the world and "significantly" grow its team, as well as grow its customer data infrastructure platform. With its platform, Segment says it hopes to transform the customer relationship management world in a way that keeps the customer and firm information private. —CRUNCHBASE 


4. After Microsoft rolls out the May Windows 10 update, users will be able to control when feature updates are installed. Traditionally, Microsoft rolls out and automatically installs updates in a process that doesn't leave much room for users to decline. Microsoft released a series of faulty Windows updates last year, so users will now have the option to wait until any bugs get patched out before they choose to install an update. —THE VERGE 


5. Red Points raised $38 million in Series C funding for its SaaS platform which provides copyright, piracy, and brand protection to online sellers. —TECH CRUNCH 

6. With investments from Salesforce and Microsoft, ID verification startup Onfido has raised $50 in its latest round of funding. —CNBC 

7. Adobe released the 13.1 update to Premiere Pro, which includes features like a hardware compatibility tool, tweaks to text and graphics, and a freeform view. —FSTOPPERS 

8. As Zoom expects to go public this year, third-party forecasts from Trefis and Forbes estimate the company will be valued near $6 billion. —FORBES 

9. Google is adding an easy-to-find support button to Gmail, Calendar, and Drive on the web. —9 TO 5 GOOGLE 

10. Eric Roza is leaving his position as SVP and general manager at Oracle Data Cloud. —AD EXCHANGER 


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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