Inside SaaS - June 4th, 2019 |

Inside SaaS (Jun 4th, 2019)

Google Cloud Outage / Box to G Suite Migration / Apple vs Bots

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1. Google is introducing a tool to make it easier for Box users to migrate their files to G Suite, titled G Suite MigrateThe tool, which launched in beta this March, is meant to facilitate the hefty task of transferring large amounts of data and files between two cloud storage services. Plenty of third-party services already exist that perform similar migrations between services, but Google's official tool will likely be the more attractive option. —VENTURE BEAT 

2. A major Google Cloud outage over the weekend caused worldwide issues with services like Google G Suite and YouTube, as well as third-party apps that rely on Google Cloud like Discord and Snapchat. The outage, which has since been fixed, lasted for hours early Sunday evening and was caused by “high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA," according to Google. Nearly every productivity tool on G Suite went down as a result of the outage. Google said the outage was caused by a “configuration change” meant for a small number of servers that was accidentally applied to a "larger number of servers across several neighboring regions.” The outage could also have harmful implications with Google's IoT services, which rely on Google Cloud and might not be an attractive option if similar outages happen again.  —GIZMODO 

3. Apple is developing a tool called Real User Indicator that's meant to notify developers when it appears that bots are creating accounts on their platforms or services. The tool uses "on-device intelligence" to identify bot-like characteristics, and then informs developers when it appears bots are using their services. Apple says Real User Indicator will be available for developers who use iOS, watchOS, tvOS, macOS, and web apps, meaning the tool could work with Windows and Android apps in the future. —THE VERGE 

4. Chris Howell, the CTO of Wickr, said that apps like Slack, WhatsApp, Snapchat are all security risks, and their users shouldn't expect total privacy. With Slack, Howell argued, messages are "wide open for anybody to see" once they arrive on Slack's servers, and the fact that Slack stores its messages in a data repository technically means those messages could be accessed. Naturally, Howell pointed to Wickr as an example of secure messaging, with "no holes or backdoors," and end-to-end encryption — "There's no point hacking our server or infrastructure if a message can't be decrypted anywhere but your phone," he told Forbes. —FORBES 

5. Following Apple's unveiling of the redesigned Mac Pro at its WWDC event, Adobe said it's "incredibly excited" about the new computer, and it has "already started porting the Substance line of tools, as well as Dimension, to Apple's new graphic API Metal" to take advantage of the Mac Pro's new hardware. —MAC RUMORS  

6. G Suite Work Insights, the admin tool for tracking user adoption rates, work patterns, and collaboration statistics, is now generally available after entering beta last year. —9 TO 5 GOOGLE

7. Microsoft has updated its Xbox app on Windows 10, renamed as the “Xbox Console Companion," and promised a "new desktop experience is coming soon," without elaborating on exactly what that means. —THE VERGE 

8. Dropbox is updating Paper's table function with support for images, to-do lists, more colors and sorting. —ZDNET

9. Box reported better-than-expected first quarter results, but its shares dropped 11 percent after its revenue forecast for the rest of the year fell short of analysts' estimates. —CNBC

10. NASCAR announced that it will utilize AWS' services to store more than 70 years worth of the motorsport's archival footage, and a new archival footage show that's "powered by AWS" will launch, titled This Moment in NASCAR History. —NASCAR 

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), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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