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| Slack versus The World | Remote Security | Coronavirus Impacts | HR Automation | Elsewhere: The New Gmail, Wordpress P2 |

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Slack versus The World

The big winner in Slack’s Microsoft fight could be Google | Tom Warren asks the same question I did about Slack complaints about Microsoft Teams bundling in Microsoft 365, namely, why not complain about the New Gmail?

Slack surprised Microsoft with a competition complaint in Europe yesterday. After arguing for months that Microsoft Teams isn’t a true competitor to Slack and is more akin to Zoom, Slack finally admitted what was clear all along: Microsoft Teams is a competitor, and Slack is finding it hard to compete with Microsoft. It’s not a surprising admission, but if Slack is finding it hard to compete with Microsoft, then it’s going to face even greater headaches once Google finally gets its act together. After fumbling with communications apps for years, there are early signs that Google is now ready to take on Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom.

I completely agree. But maybe since the New Gmail hasn’t rolled out, it’s too early to complain. But the New Gmail is a huge threat to Slack.

Will this drive Slack into Amazon’s arms?

Google’s Q2 cloud revenue climbs over 43% | Natalie Gagliordi reports on strong growth in Google Cloud that offset ad revenue declines in Search and YouTube:

For Q2 2020, Google Cloud — which includes Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and G Suite — brought in $3.007 billion, up 43% from $2.1 billion a year prior and $2.77 billion the previous quarter. The growth was led by GCP infrastructure offerings and the data and analytics platform.

“GCP maintained the strong level of revenue growth it delivered in the first quarter, and its revenue growth was again meaningfully above cloud overall,” said Google CFO Ruth Porat. “Overall, the lower Google Cloud revenue growth in the second quarter relative to the first quarter reflects the fact that G Suite lapped a price increase that was introduced in April last year. G suite maintained healthy growth in average revenue per seat as well as in seat growth which does not include customers who took advantage of our free trials as they shifted their employees to work-from-home.”

While Advertising continues to generate the most revenue for Google, the number is down significantly compared to the same period in 2019. In Q2, Google ad revenues came to $29.867 billion, compared to $32.494 billion in Q2 2019.

The same goes for Google Search and other ad revenue (excluding YouTube), which brought in $21.32 billion in Q2, down from $23.642 billion during the year-ago period. Revenue for YouTube ads was down quarter-over-quarter to $3.812 billion but up from $3.603 billion a year ago.

G Suite looks well-positioned for a big year, considering the upside that could come from the New Gmail (see Google Gets Busy).

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Remote Security

Data Privacy as a Service | Polymer is a ‘virtual compliance officer’ as the founder, Yasi Ali explains on Producthunt:

We are an NYC based startup that makes your most popular remote working tools secure. We help businesses of all sizes reduce cyber breach risk of sensitive customer data by securing collaborative communication & data storage platforms.

As part of this launch we are releasing 3 integrations for you to install and use: Slack, Dropbox & Github. These are free to use to help you in reducing PII/PHI/HIPAA traffic within your organization.

Organizations can also go a long way in being CCPA and HIPAA compliant by using this offering.

We try to do this by being as transparent as possible and not adding too much overhead to your workflow.

Our ML-based technology looks at any PII data within the following categories: Banking, Document Links, File, Networking, Passwords, and Personal.

Slack: Alerts and redacts only PII data molecules that can only be accessed by authorized users.

Dropbox: Sanitize any file of its PII data before sharing it to anyone. Share button will bring up the dropdown option to make a copy of the sanitized file.

Github: Scan your code base either fully (first time) or with any repo changes that happen in future. Report will alert users if any PII data is found.

The download is free, and there is a paid offering, presumably with more integrations.

G Suite security updates for Gmail, Meet, Chat and Admin | Karthik Lakshminarayanan and Neil Kumaran describe a slate of security updates including Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI):

Our BIMI pilot will enable organizations, who authenticate their emails using DMARC, to validate ownership of their corporate logos and securely transmit them to Google. Once these authenticated emails pass all of our other anti-abuse checks, Gmail will start displaying the logo in existing avatar slots in the Gmail UI.

BIMI provides benefits to the whole email ecosystem. By requiring strong authentication, users and email security systems can have increased confidence in the source of emails, and senders will be able to leverage their brand trust and provide their customers with a more immersive experience.

The update also includes new controls for Meet, like controls on blocked users, and ‘safety locks’ to limit what attendees can do in meetings, or to keep them out altogether. And similar controls are being rolled out for Chat, like tests to limit phishing attacks via malicious URLs. Also, new administration capabilities have been added around device management, Information Rights Management (to block downloading, printing, or copying Google Drive files that hold sensitive content).

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Coronavirus Impacts

LinkedIn cuts 960 jobs as pandemic puts the brakes on corporate hiring | via Reuters

Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) professional networking site LinkedIn said on Tuesday it would cut about 960 jobs, or 6% of its global workforce, as the coronavirus pandemic is having a sustained impact on demand for its recruitment products.

No one’s hiring, I guess.

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HR Automation

Sora raises $5.3M to power its HR automation service | Alex Wilhelm reports on Sora’s low code automation raising funding:

Sora, a startup that today announced $5.3 million in collected fundraising, wants to shake up the HR software world with a low-code service that helps companies connect their tooling and automate their HR processes. The startup might be able to make things like onboarding better for employees and companies alike.

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According to [CEO Laura] Del Beccaro, Sora, wants to help “democratize your [HR] processes.” Today’s HR denizens are too dependent on data analysts for “people analytics reporting” she said, adding that once a company has all its HR “data in one place, which again, is our core offering, you can set up all these automations that you want by yourself, you don’t have to go to IT or engineering.”

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Elsewhere

Google Gets Busy | Making Gmail the center of a revolution in workplace connectivity:

Google has finally caught up to the times, shed the baggage of years of stagnation in workplace communications, and is making a major step forward with this new generation of software.

P2 | A Minimal Work Media Tool | Quick to get up and running, but won’t replace a full work platform

Automattic has released a fully standalone P2 collaboration tool based on the earlier P2 template for Wordpress.

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My sense is that P2 might be useful as a ‘side tool’ — a complement to email or work chat — but can’t really replace them. And even in that limited role, it needs a better description of how to use it.

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