The largest software acquisition ever: IBM to buy Red Hat for $34B

Source: The largest software acquisition ever: IBM to buy Red Hat for $34B At a price typically reserved for semiconductor companies, telecoms, and pharmaceutical giants, IBM announced today it would pay a record $34 billion in cash and debt to acquire enterprise open source provider Red Hat. Eclipsing Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, this is the biggest software acquisition in history. It’s not the biggest tech acquisition ever, though, as that title belongs to Dell’s $67 billion buyout of data storage business EMC. You can learn about what IBM is buying Red Hat to become a hybrid cloud company ...

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Narrow STEM Focus In Schools May Hurt Long-Term – by Jay P. Greene

Source: Narrow STEM Focus In Schools May Hurt Long-Term – by Jay P. Greene Education policy leaders have been obsessed with STEM for many years now. They note the relatively high salaries of students who complete school with STEM skills. And industry leaders repeatedly complain about the chronic shortages of skilled workers in technical fields. If only our schools could produce more graduates with these technical skills, we could help address industry’s needs as well as launch students into lucrative careers. Huge investments have been made to steer students into STEM fields. Philanthropists have backed coding camps and embraced STEM-focused ...

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Microsoft’s new expense tracker Spend hits the App Store

Source: Microsoft’s new expense tracker Spend hits the App Store The team behind mileage-tracking app MileIQ, a company Microsoft acquired a few years ago, is out with a new application. This time, the focus isn’t on tracking miles, but rather expenses. The new app, simply called “Spend,” arrived on the App Store on Thursday, offering automatic expense tracking for work reimbursement purposes or for taxes. Spend doesn’t appear to be a part of some grand Microsoft plan to take on expense tracking industry giants, like Expensify or SAP-owned Concur, for example. At least, not at this time. Instead, the app ...

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Microsoft’s $7.5BN GitHub buy gets green-lit by EU regulators

Source: Microsoft’s $7.5BN GitHub buy gets green-lit by EU regulators Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Git-based code sharing and collaboration service, GitHub, has been given an unconditional greenlight from European Union regulators. The software giant announced its intention to bag GitHub back in June, saying it would shell out $7.5 billion in stock to do so. At the time it also pledged: “GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries.” The European Commission approved the plan today, saying its assessment had concluded there would be no adverse impact on competition ...

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GitHub Enterprise and Business Cloud users now get access to public repos, too

Source: GitHub Enterprise and Business Cloud users now get access to public repos, too GitHub, the code hosting service Microsoft recently acquired, is launching a couple of new features for its business users today that’ll make it easier for them to access public repositories on the service. Traditionally, users on the hosted Business Cloud and self-hosted Enterprise were not able to directly access the millions of public open-source repositories on the service. Now, with the service’s release, that’s changing, and business users will be able to reach beyond their firewalls to engage and collaborate with the rest of the GitHub ...

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