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Inside SaaS (May 28th, 2019)

Windows 10 Woes / Shopify Acquires Handshake / Salesforce Takes on AI Bias

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1. Microsoft confirmed that a recent Windows 10 update broke the Windows Sandbox for some Pro and Enterprise users. Sandbox, which was introduced with the 1903 update this May, serves as a virtual desktop for testing potentially harmful files or executables, but the KB4497936 update appears to have broken the feature for some users. It's just the latest example of something going wrong with a Windows update — and there are plenty of examples. — FORBES

2. Shopify has acquired Handshake, a New York-based e-commerce platform for wholesale goods with customers like Bugaboo, Williams-Sonoma and Roland. Handshake was valued at nearly $54 million and raised $23.5 million in its last funding round, and although Shopify didn't reveal its buy price, a TechCrunch source claims the purchase was less than $100 million. After the acquisition, it appears that Handshake will operate as a part of Shopify’s extended service tier, Shopify Plus. —TECH CRUNCH 

3. Salesforce announced it will introduce new modules to its Trailhead developer education platform that are meant to help developers curb AI bias in algorithms and products. The modules will be aimed at employees, customers, and partners who use Salesforce Einstein, but additional Trailhead modules may eventually be released that aim to introduce more anti-bias tools to Einstein. Salesforce architect of ethical AI practice Kathy Baxter wrote that "the first step in building responsible AI solutions is to understand the biases that can lurk within its models and training data," and AI-based systems can create a "domino effect" if they're left unchecked. —ZDNET 

4. IBM and Maersk are expanding their blockchain-based shipping tool TradeLens to two additional major shippers — CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company — which means almost half of the world's shipments will be conducted with TradeLens, IBM says. TradeLens, which was launched last year through a partnership with IBM and the Danish shipping company Maersk, is meant to digitize the entire shipping logistics process. IBM argues that the greatest advantage of a blockchain-based shipping system is the "visibility it provides" by allowing operators to track the shipping process in real time. —TECH CRUNCH 

5. GitHub announced that its new Dependabot integration will "monitor your dependencies for known security vulnerabilities" and perform automated security fixes. —HELPNET SECURITY 

6. Oracle has reportedly been cutting hundreds of cloud jobs in the US over the past few months, and some employees are concerned that the company plans to cut 10 percent of its 138,000 employees by the time it's done. —SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL 

7. Amazon's AWS Ground Station, which allows customers to utilize data from satellites, is now in general availability. —VENTURE BEAT 

8. SAP is expanding its Hana in-memory database out of enterprise-only applications with Hana Cloud Services, a gateway for data collected from cloud services and IoT devices. —COMPUTER WEEKLY 

9. The fact that Microsoft previously tried to buy Zoom should be a "badge of honor" for the videoconferencing company, writes VC Daily's Sophia D, and its independence allows it the freedom to stand out as a unique choice. —VIDEOCONFERENCING DAILY 

10. Guiding Tech broke down 13 ways to use Dropbox's collaboration tool Paper, such as utilizing shortcuts, integrating calendars, and linking to media items. —GUIDING TECH 

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: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside) and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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