By adding financial services to their core offering, SaaS companies can open up new vertical markets and increase revenue per customer by 2-5x — Today, about 90% of public SaaS companies and the 2019 Forbes Cloud 100 have subscription-based revenue models.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
YouTube says it took down 2,596 accounts from China in Q2 for engaging in “coordinated influence operations” on political issues, up from 277 accounts in Q1 — YouTube has banned a large number of Chinese accounts it said were engaging in “coordinated influence operations” on political issues, the company announced today.
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Microsoft releases Open Service Mesh, an open source tool to help companies build complex modular apps more easily — Microsoft´s latest open-source project will be transferred to a foundation at the earliest opportunity — a developer-pleasing move Google avoided to retain control of its similar software.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Samsung and Microsoft extend their partnership, adding deeper integration with Office and Windows 10 on Galaxy Note 20 devices — The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 devices will support Office app synchronization, new Your Phone features and Microsoft´s cloud gaming functionality.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Files by Google adds a PIN-encrypted folder to protect sensitive files on Android — It´s aimed at users who share devices, Google says — The Files by Google app, which primarily gives Android users an easy way to manage files and free up space on their phone, is getting a new PIN-protected “Safe Folder” feature.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Profile of Mohamed Al-Sharifi, aka GamerDoc, a volunteer who has spent two years hunting cheaters in Overwatch and Valorant, getting ~50K-70K cheaters banned — This 24-year-old Iraqi who lives in London has spent two years hunting cheaters in Overwatch and Valorant, getting thousands …
What to expect from Samsung on Wednesday: Galaxy Note 20, new Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds Live earbuds, Tab S7 and S7 Plus, and possibly a sequel to Galaxy Fold — We might also see a sequel to the beleaguered Galaxy Fold — Samsung´s next big product launch is right around the corner …
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Uber extends its work from home policy until at least July 2021, with officers opening sooner but workers having the option to stay remote until next summer — - Uber is extending its work-from-home order through June 2021, CNBC confirmed Tuesday. — The ride-sharing company now joins Google …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Qualified, which helps website owners create lead-generating chatbots that engage visitors, raises $12M Series A led by Norwest Venture Partners — Qualified, a startup co-founded by former Salesforce executives Kraig Swensrud and Sean Whiteley, has raised $12 million in Series A funding.
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Fawkes, a tool developed by researchers at the University of Chicago, disguises photos with pixel-level changes that confuse facial recognition systems — Researchers at the University of Chicago want you to be able to post selfies without worrying that the next Clearview AI will use them to identify you.