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Microsoft confirms it will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

Microsoft is acquiring GitHub. After reports emerged that the software giant was in talks to acquire GitHub, Microsoft is making it official today. This is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s second big acquisition, following the $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn two years ago. GitHub was last valued …

Facebook's app has been collecting Android phone data for years on some devices

Facebook's data collection capabilities apparently extend to tracking all the phone calls on Android devices.<p>As the post-Cambridge Analytica scandal …

Google’s Flutter app development framework is now in beta

It’s 2018, how should you make an app? Here’s the short answer: nobody knows. But maybe that’s a good thing.<p>Yesterday, Google announced the official beta release of its Flutter app development framework (as seen on <i>9to5Google</i>). It’s one way to make an app, and it’s especially well-suited to fancy …

Edward Snowden’s new app turns any Android phone into a surveillance system

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden is among the backers of a new surveillance app that helps guard against computer hijackings.<p>Haven is an open source app that will run on any Android phone, particularly inexpensive and older devices. It operates like a surveillance system, using the device’s camera, …

Thor: Ragnarok review

The God of Thunder gets the movie he’s always deserved<p><i>Thor: Ragnarok</i> is proof that Marvel has finally allotted space for a new cinematic voice to take total control over one of its franchises in desperate need of change.<p><i>Ragnarok</i> is a doodle notebook full of teenage daydreams, a neon-infused fantasy …

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Social Media

Google’s Pixel 2 is launching on October 4

Google is launching the successor to its Pixel smartphone on October 4, as confirmed by a new advertising campaign and official landing page citing the date, and suggesting that anyone who is “thinking about changing phones” tune in for more information coming on October 4.<p>The landing page asks for …

Wonder Woman, Heroine of the Post-Truth Age

The character, created by a man who helped to invent the lie detector, is perfectly at home in a culture contending with weaponized lies.<p>“You mean—you were <i>lying</i>?” Wonder Woman asks Steve Trevor, a hero and a spy, in the new film that takes her name. The Amazon takes a moment to register his …

Comic Books

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Rakuten invests $2.8M in ‘Airbnb for business travel’ startup MetroResidences

Rakuten is getting into the Airbnb for business sector after it invested SG$4 million ($2.8 million) in Singapore-based MetroResidences.<p>MetroResidences was founded in 2014 by James Chua and Lester Kang and it matches corporate employees needing to rent for a month or more with home owners who seek …

Startups

Report: Android overtakes Windows as the internet’s most used operating system

Mobile is today as important, if not more important, than desktops when it comes to the internet and apps. A clear reminder of that comes with news of a report claiming that Google’s Android has overtaken Windows as the internet’s most used operating system.<p>Research from web analytics company …

You can now send and request money in Gmail on Android

Google Wallet has been integrated into Gmail on the web since 2013, but today Google is rolling out a new integration on mobile. Starting today, users of the Gmail app on Android will be able to send or request money with anyone, including those who don’t have a Gmail address, with just a tap.<p>The …

Apps

Viber offers free calls from the U.S. to the 7 countries affected by Trump travel ban

Mobile calling app Viber is the latest tech company to offer help to those affected by President Trump’s immigration and travel ban. This morning, the company announced it would indefinitely waive the fees for calls to landlines or mobile numbers between the U.S. and the seven countries impacted by …

Google acquires Fabric developer platform and team from Twitter

Google is taking over Twitter’s mobile app developer platform Fabric, as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login system and FastLane development automation system. Twitter launched Fabric as a modular SDK in 2014 to allow developers to pick and …

Death to JIRA

I have long held that Atlassian’s ubiquitous JIRA bug-tracker / feature-planner serves a valuable purpose in the software biz: it gives project teams a common enemy to bond together against. Alas, it’s not worth it. JIRA’s design is fundamentally antithetical to good software development, if it is …

Project Management

Apple’s big App Store purge is now underway

Earlier this year, Apple promised it would clean up its iOS App Store by removing outdated, abandoned apps, including those that no longer meet current guidelines or don’t function as intended. That great App Store purge now appears to be underway, according to new data from app intelligence firm …

Apps

This is the new MacBook Pro with the Magic Toolbar mini display

Apple has leaked its own big announcement with two hidden images of its upcoming MacBook Pro in the macOS Sierra 12.1 update. MacRumors first noticed the images in the system files. Meet the new MacBook Pro.<p>As expected, the MacBook Pro features a second mini display above the keyboard. It replaces …

Apple will require HTTPS connections for iOS apps by the end of 2016

During a security presentation at Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference, the company revealed the deadline for all apps in its App Store to switch on an important security feature called App Transport Security — January 1, 2017.<p>“Today, I’m proud to say that at the end of 2016, App Transport …

Apps

Rakuten Ventures puts seed funding into push notifications startup OneSignal

Rakuten Ventures, the investment arm of the Japan-based ecommerce titan, announced today that it has made an undisclosed seed investment in a US …

Google 談撞公車事件:我們還遇到過更「奇葩」的事

「我們也不希望無人車發生這樣的事情。」Google 無人駕駛汽車專案負責人 Chris Urmson 在最近舉辦的 SXSW (西南偏南)科技文化年度狂歡節上在談到 SXSW 無人車撞車事件(SXSW 無人車以 2 英里 / 小時的速度撞上一輛公車)時表示。<p>截至到去年 11 月,Google 無人車 …

Rakuten to close Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia marketplaces, lay off about 150 staff

The expected amount of staff to be let go will be about 150.

Asia

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