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In this week’s Clicked, we cover Github’s acquisition by Microsoft, Apple’s WWDC and the shade they gave Facebook and the expensive split from Facebook by the WhatsApp founders among other tech stories that trended from last week.

Microsoft Buys Github

Github was acquired for $7.5 billion. The rumours had been flying around so the acquisition didn’t come as a surprise to many. Github was also in talks with Google but instead went with Microsoft. It is Satya’s embracement of open software that drew Github’s founder and since his vision for Github aligned well with Microsoft’s, Chris Wanstrath decided to go ahead with the Redmond-based company.

The developer community had mixed reactions. Some feared Microsoft will look into their repositories or make Github become less open sourced as it had done with previous buys.

Others were happy that under the new leadership from CEO Satya, the company is becoming more customer-focused and cross-platform while stepping up its open source presence(Microsoft’s a top Github contributor)

Some optimism

In a blog post, Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin eased developers’ fears after Microsoft purchase, saying that this is ‘good news’ for open source as the firm has the means to improve the platform.

GitHub users don’t need to be concerned about certain open source code being at stake, because it is licensed in a way that protects it from corporate tampering.

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(From left) Chris Wanstrath, Github CEO; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO and GitHub co-founder, Nat Friedman

Microsoft was probably the best place for GitHub to land, if you’re looking for a win-win situation. Microsoft needs to attract more developers, and GitHub should help with that. Also, GitHub needs to scale its business (likely by developing and selling more of its enterprise product), and Microsoft can help with that.

Here’s other views from other publications

Microsoft’s future CEO of Github Nat Friedman had a reddit AMA to try to answer developer questions and allay fears about Microsoft’s plans for the service and spoke out on Atom and keeping Github independent. If anything, Microsoft wants GitHub to get even better at being GitHub, Friedman said.

The problem left for now isn’t seeing how Microsoft will integrate its services with Github but trying to get developers to forget about its past history(Steve called Linux a “cancer” and the company’s attempts to threaten open source vendors with patent lawsuits) and win over the critics. Only time will tell.

Also, Andreessen Horowitz is pocketing a huge win in the $7.5 billion GitHub acquisition as the firm returns more than $1 billion in the Microsoft deal.

Andreessen Horowitz and Github:

2012: $100 million investment

2015: Some follow-on investing

2018: Pockets $1 billion+

Meanwhile, go watch this fun video of Windows Mojave that was released 10 years ago.

The Wall Street Journal report on behind the scenes drama about the expensive split between Facebook and WhatApp founders.

When they departed Facebook, both WhatsApp founders( Brian Acton and Jan Koum) gave up $900million and $400m reSpectively citing issues with Facebook over their efforts to monetize the messaging service.

But that’s not the only thing they clashed over with. Workplace culture like desk sizes,bathroom doors and noisy Facebook employees made the list too. And now, with Koum and Acton successfully managed out of the company, Facebook can monetize WhatsApp at long last.

The centre couldn’t hold and things fell apart

 

Apple WWDC

This year’s event shifted from it being a media-focused one to one that gave all the attention to the developers. The conference was a little boring but this is good since it now became more about refinements and improvements than earth-shaking hardware headlines.

This winter, Apple will roll out iOS 12 for hardware back to the iPhone 5s generation. MacOS will tick up to a new version, Mojave, which will see some early-stage steps on the developer back end toward making it easier to make apps jointly for both iOS and macOS. And tvOS and watchOS are getting a host of feature updates — such as the addition of Dolby Atmos support to tvOS and auto-detection of workout-like activity on Apple Watch — to make sure you get credit for every extra stride you jog and drop of sweat you drip. A direct-communication “Walkie-Talkie” mode is also coming to Apple Watch.

The new dark mode, though a small aesthetic, looks like a great feature. The desktop will have an optional “time-sensitive” aspect, transitioning the desktop background from a morning to night theme, giving you a subtle sense of the passage of time through the day as you compute.

Apple didn’t shy away from trolling Facebook at this event. They took a few shots at Facebook data and privacy practices. Also this

Apple got a bit selfish here to be fair. They seemed to want its users to take a break from their phones(they’ll be fast as hell) but only when that applies to third-party apps it thinks are not good. Its own apps – they are getting a whole lot of new”use me” features. This creates a paradox.

Facebook execs also commented on this but pointing the finger to the other tech giant as if it wasn’t them being shamed.

Relationships between tech giants have always been contentious and will likely remain so in continuance. Apple can’t ban Facebook from the App store but the measure it has put in place via the new Safari features will work well. Though users will always be reminded everytime they browse using the iOS browser. In technical terms, the change has to do with how Safari loads content, and how much information it gives to the site it’s loading. The Verge broke it down in a nice explainer here. 

Windows 10 and MacOs both have a dark mode (the latter will come later this year)Most websites are super bright. This Chrome and Firefox extension changes that for you as it adds a dark reader mode. the extension inverts the colours but you can customise.

Quartz went ahead and pointed out that privacy has become a luxury and apple is the biggest luxury brand out here. A counterpoint was made though.

All Things Facebook

Let me start with the good news.

CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Univision and Mic are pivoting to Video. But seriously, they’re embarking on a summer series of original new shows in partnership with Facebook for its video section, Facebook Watch.

The social media giant has tried(remember Instant Articles and commissioned live video content)and failed to come up with a working business model that rewards publishers. With this new initiative, Facebook will pay the media companies to produce the shows, and some of them will run mid-roll ads, a.k.a. commercials, to help publishers (and Facebook) make some extra money.

“The problem historically is that none of Facebook’s efforts has delivered enough revenue to publishers to counterbalance the time and effort that goes into producing the work,” Recode’s Kurt argues.

But will people watch

 

Facebook again botched a data crisis. They acknowledged that it had formed alliances with device makers including Chinese electronics companies that gave them deeper access to user’s personal info even when not using the app. Bloomberg’s Shira Ovide wasn’t impressed by Facebook’s explanations to the Times over its data sharing with device manufacturers and explains why here.

Facebook’s newest drama is a reminder of one of the company’s big failures: It never owned the phone. And now we’re seeing why that was a problem.

Here’s one good deed Facebook has done despite all these scandals – it has cut down on those annoying “now connected on Messenger” alerts. Late last week, Buzzfeed’s Katie in her article had complained about how annoying the “you are now connected on Messenger” is a notification no one needed. Looks like they listened and they responded and they’ve now cut down the alerts using machine learning, so from now on when you get added, you’ll see few of those.

Did Cambridge Analytica Change Facebook Users’ Behavior?

Yep. This is according to a survey done by Julie. She reports that the Facebook is operating on significant trust deficit. Posts are getting less personal as people get cautious of what they post and some even deleting the app.

Sheryl Sandberg’s MIT Commencement Address Clearly References Personal Data Of Individual Graduating Students

This line from The Onion will make you laugh regarding everything going on with Facebook.

“The class of 2018 is a resilient lot, exemplified by graduates like Jordan, who maintained a 3.9 GPA despite losing his grandmother to kidney failure soon after Jamie cheated on him over homecoming weekend, irreparably damaging their three-year relationship,” said the best-selling author of Lean In.

Google pledged not to use its powerful artificial intelligence for weapons, illegal surveillance and technologies that cause “overall harm.” 

But CEO Sundar Pichai said the company will keep working with the military in other areas

LinkedIn debuts Your Commute, navigation and maps to evaluate jobs based on how far they are.

The feature will appear within job postings on LinkedIn and will become a part of how LinkedIn surfaces job opportunities in its search feature for its 500 million-plus users.

Lenovo’s ‘all-screen’ smartphone is a lie

After ramping up the hype for the Z5, Lenovo revealed the goods, and they weren’t as advertised. Its new phone, teased since May, landed with a bit of a chin at the base — and a notch at the top. So, that’s the worst of both worlds? Now, we’d make less of a fuss if the company hadn’t already coaxed out teaser images of a phone with a screen that appeared to truly stretch to the edges. It turns out that the render was just that: A render and nothing else.

Netherlands court rules that Samsung isn’t required to update old phones

The consumer group that took Samsung to court wants it to update phones for 4 years.

Asus ROG Unveiled a Gaming Phone, Second-Screen, Physical Triggers Accessories

Republic of Gamers, computer and tech company Asus’ gaming label, announced a game-centric Android smartphone Monday during the kickoff of Computex 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dear Conference Organizers: You’re Doing Chairs Wrong

Nearly every femme-identifying person has wrestled with tall bar stools, director’s chairs, and the dreaded microphone dance.”What gives? Tons of people wear skirts and dresses. Why do conferences seem to forget they exist?”

Cryptocurrencies

Kevin Abocsh, an Irish conceptual artist who is intrigued by blockchain tech began to think himself as a cryptocurrency coin. He created 10 million tokens digitally connected to his body and people buy this stuff. A former tech executive paid almost half a million dollars for a neon sculpture that the artist had made – that’s more than the price of a real Lamborghini. This guy used his own blood as the ink to stamp the addresses of his self-made cryptocurrency IAMA coin. Says he “successfully connected my physical body to the virtual works…”

  • If you think you’re the biggest bitcoin nerd of all, you’re wrong.

Billionaire VC Tim Draper in his signature bitcoin tie rapped about bitcoin at #TNW2018 after speaking at the conference. In his interview with Bloomberg’s Justina Lee, He whipped up his phone and to the amusement of the audience, he started spitting some fire rhymes.

Watch the video here and decide if  Draper’s performance qualifies as rap or noise.

For Laughs

  • Someone once took a photo of a box bearing the message “DO NOT USE BLADE TO OPEN,” in which the person is opening the box with a DVD of the movie Blade.

People will not stop sending this picture to Wesley Snipes and he would like you to stop

  • This napkin holder that is also a USB charging dock looks like fun

You’re now all caught up. For more Clicked editions, check here, here and here.

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