Inside SaaS - May 30th, 2019 |

Inside SaaS (May 30th, 2019)

Salesforce's Gun Policy / Roger Funding / Gmail Confidential Mode

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1. Last month, Salesforce introduced a policy that prohibits its customers from selling a range of firearms and accessories, including semi-automatic firearms, 3D-printed guns, and high-capacity magazines, a Washington Post report found. The policy was introduced on April 11, and customers who continued to violate that policy were asked to either stop or cease using Salesforce's services. Salesforce confirmed the policy change, and claimed the new rules affects "new customers and a small number of existing customers when their current contracts expire." —THE WASHINGTON POST 

2. Roger, an accounting automation tool that "lives on top of your existing accounting software and lets you set up simple rules that automate everything," has raised $7.35 million in Series A funding. Roger claims its services can reduce the time businesses spend on their finances by 80 percent by automatically paying bills, scanning receipts, and performing bookkeeping. Its existing customers include both small and mid-sized businesses, who utilize Roger's web and mobile apps for workplace automation. —TECH CRUNCH 


3. Slack users might not be aware that the workplace messaging app that consumes so much of their time had its unlikely origins as a video game developer, called Tiny Speck, that created the massively-multiplayer online game Glitch, which shut down in 2012. After Tiny Speck ceased Glitch's operations, the company decided to do something with the infrastructure behind the game's syncing. As Slack's CEO Stewart Butterfield later said, Glitch "was never going to be the kind of business that would have justified the $17.2 million in venture capital investment."

The company said it developed some "unique messaging technology" that could be used outside of gaming — and less than a year later, Slack was born. However, there are still traces of video game tech that can be found in the app's current state, the most obvious being Slackbot. In 2016, Slack's director of customer experience Ali Rayl said Slackbot emerged as a sort of "familiar" from a video game, which "is a character in a video game that is there to assist you, guide you, and basically be your buddy." Glitch had a familiar of its own in the form of a pet rock, who introduced new players to the game's world. —BUSINESS INSIDER 

4. Starting June 25, Google is rolling out its Gmail confidential mode to G Suite users, which already launched for personal accounts last yearConfidential mode allows users to set expiration dates for their emails, and prevents recipients forwarding, copying, or downloading messages they receive. Additionally, the sender can require the recipient to type an SMS verification code in order to read the message's content. —THE VERGE 

5. Dropbox increased its Plus storage plan to 2TB, introduced 'Rewind' and 'Smart Sync' features, and increased the Plus plan's pricing from $10 to $12 per month. The company's Professional and Business plans will receive storage increases as well. —VENTURE BEAT 

6. Although he didn't confirm the development of the rumored 'Windows Lite,' Microsoft's corporate vice president of consumer and device sales Nick Parker revealed that the company is developing a "modern OS" for new devices that will include automatic OS updates in the background that won't interrupt the user. —THE VERGE 

7. GitHub assured its users that Chinese developers will still be able to access its US-based code repositories, regardless of the ongoing trade war and export restrictions. —ABACUS 

8. Amazon is reportedly preparing to purge thousands of small suppliers from its platform, which could nudge those suppliers toward services like Shopify. —BLOOMBERG 

9. AWS announced the launch of Textract, a cloud-hosted service that uses machine learning automatically extract data from scanned documents. —VENTURE BEAT  

10. Qualtrics is launching a new XM integration for Adobe's Experience Platform Launch, which will allow marketers to "quickly create and deploy feedback intercepts across all their digital properties." —MARTECH TODAY 

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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