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Updated: 6/4/2018 @ 9:22am Microsoft has confirmed its acquisition of GitHub in a company blog post, and the deal is valued at $7.5 billion. “Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges.” Original Story Over the weekend, rumors... Read more...
Is GitHub Microsoft’s next acquisition target? Microsoft officials have allegedly held talks to purchase the largest source code host in the world. The companies have spoken to each other before, but these most recent talks are purportedly more serious than past conversations. Microsoft has toyed with the idea of purchasing GitHub before, but appeared unwilling to agree to the hefty price tag. GitHub reportedly has over 20 million users and 57 million repositories. The company was last valued at $2 billion USD in 2015, but could potentially sell for as much as $5 billion today. Microsoft... Read more...
Code distribution site GitHub was hit with a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack yesterday afternoon, but thanks to prior planning and automatic routines to counter such attacks, it was able to come through [relatively] unscathed. At its peak, GitHub was inundated with a record 1.35 Tbps of traffic, and was subsequently hit with another brief 400 Gbps burst of traffic. GitHub experienced sporadic outages over during a 9-minute period. By the 10-minute mark, its systems were fully restored and the attack was successfully mitigated. The DDoS attack was carried out not with an enormous... Read more...
Say goodbye to CodePlex. Microsoft just recently announced that it will be shutting down CodePlex, the eleven year-old open-source project hosting website. Microsoft has disabled the ability to create new projects and will officially shut the website down on December 15th, 2017. CodePlex was initially launched in 2006 in order to share development of open-source software. The website included a number of projects, but was best known for its activities around the .NET framework. The site had manage to accumulate tens of thousands of projects. Why are we bidding adieu to CodePlex? Microsoft is choosing... Read more...
Houston, we have some code. The Apollo 11 Guidance Computer source code is now available for free online, thanks to a NASA intern that uploaded it to Github. In the 1960’s, MIT programmers wrote thousands of lines of esoteric code for Apollo 11's flight software. They invented “rope memory,” and created a special version of the assembly programming language. Margaret Hamilton, Director of Software Engineering, standing next to the stack of code The AGC code has since been available to the public for quite a while (it was uploaded by tech researcher Ron Burkey in 2003). He transcribed... Read more...
If you're not affected by it, and don't know anyone else who's affected by it, it's easy to brush the issue of gender bias under the rug. The reality, however, is that it's an issue that's proven over and over again to be a serious problem. Apparently, it's even a problem in the programming world. Six researchers from Cal Poly and North Carolina State University banded together to see the effects of gender bias on GitHub, the world's leading open source code-hosting website. GitHub's structure allows project members to submit "pull" requests from the project leader to gain permission to overwrite... Read more...
A mere two weeks after Google decided to pull the plug on Google Code, competitor GitHub is experiencing the "largest DDoS attack" in the site's history. While the company itself isn't coming out with it, Baidu acknowledges that a great deal of traffic is coming from China. On GitHub's site, we're told that the attack began on Thursday, and while a number of common attack vectors are being exploited, some new techniques have been brought in: namely, unsuspecting people are having their traffic rerouted and are in effect contributing to the attack. At this point, the blame points to China. GitHub... Read more...
Google posted a changelist of new features brought forth by the latest Google Glass APK (XE7), and they include expanded capabilities for the “OK, Glass” functionality, increased web browsing controls, the ability to call or send a message to anyone in your Google contacts, more refined voice search tools, and more. However, GitHub user zhuowei posted some additional “hidden” changes in XE7 that he found by digging through the code. The most interesting bit is called “Boutique”, which appears to be the beginnings of an application market. Google Glass "OK Glass"... Read more...
On Wednesday, GitHub expanded and improved its search feature to make it easier to locate code stashed on the site by live-indexing newly uploaded code. In theory, it sounds like a nice improvement on the site’s ability to deliver results to those looking for certain code or developers, but it appears that the new tool uncovers much more--namely, private SSH keys. The issue appears to be that some GitHub users have been storing private keys in public directories, and the new search tool is returning them in search results. Obviously, having exposed SSH keys is disastrous, and it allows hackers... Read more...