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Developers

Microsoft Shutters CodePlex, Will Migrate Projects to GitHub

In a move that caps off its gradual embrace of open source in a bear hug, Microsoft last week announced that it would shutter its nearly 11-year-old CodePlex project site and migrate its library of work to GitHub. The company has been forced to deal with a couple of major issues, such as a 2015 spam epidemic and a substantial decrease in usage, which in part prompted the move.

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Trailblazers

Now World’s Second-Wealthiest, Bezos Travels to Different Drumbeat

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has entered more rarefied air, having leapfrogged billionaires Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the second wealthiest person in the world. Bezos — CEO of the e-commerce retailer and cloud services provider — last week enjoyed a jump of $1.5 billion to $75.6 billion net worth, after his company announced a deal to acquire Souq.com.

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Smartphones

Galaxy S8, S8+ Dazzle in Samsung’s Comeback Launch

Samsung on Wednesday launched the Galaxy S8 and S8+, its next generation of smartphones. They feature major improvements in design and security processing power, as well as new digital assistant technology that may challenge the best devices on the market. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available with 5.8 inch and 6.2 inch screens respectively. Both sport an infinity display using Corning Gorilla Glass, and a bezel-less design.

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Deals

Amazon Confirms Deal to Buy Middle East E-Commerce Leader Souq.com

Amazon has agreed to buy Souq.com, the leading online retailer in the Middle East, reportedly edging out rival Emaar Malls’ $800 million offer. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Amazon reportedly agreed to pay less for Souq than Emaar had offered. Souq, led by cofounder and CEO Ronaldo Mouchawar, claims to be the largest online retail and marketplace platform in the Arab world.

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Hacking

Group Demands Apple Pay Ransom for iCloud Credentials

Apple has received a ransom threat from a hacking group claiming to have access to data for up to 800 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, said to be a group called the “Turkish Crime Family,” have threatened to reset passwords and remotely wipe the iPhones of millions of iCloud users if Apple fails to hand over a total of $700,000. They have given the company an ultimatum to respond by April 7.

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Online Advertising

Advertisers Flee YouTube Over Offensive Ad Placements

Several top U.S. advertisers — including AT&T, Verizon and Johnson & Johnson — this week pulled out of their agreements with YouTube due to their ads appearing with videos advocating extremism, or with other offensive content. Such placements represent violations of their agreements with Google. “We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate,” AT&T said.

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Mobile

Google Gives Devs First Look at Android O

Google on Tuesday unveiled a developer preview of the latest version of its mobile operating system, code named “Android O.” The new OS is designed to improve on battery life and interactive performance of devices, according to Dave Burke, vice president of engineering, Android, at Google. The new release puts automatic limits on what applications do in the background in three areas.

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Enterprise

IBM Launches Enterprise-Strength Blockchain as a Service

IBM has unveiled the first enterprise-ready Blockchain as a Service offering based on The Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Fabric. IBM Blockchain, which lets developers quickly establish highly secure blockchain networks on the IBM cloud, is a transformative step in being able to deploy high-speed, secure business transactions through the network on a large scale, the company said.

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Cybersecurity

Crafty Phishing Technique Can Trick Even Tech-Savvy Gmail Users

Gmail users recently have been targeted by a sophisticated series of phishing attacks that use emails from a known contact. The emails contain an image of an attachment that appears to be legitimate, according to Wordfence. The sophisticated attack displays “accounts.gmail.com” in the browser’s location bar and leads users to what appears to be a legitimate Google sign-in page.

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Tech Law

US Charges 2 Russian Intel Agents, 2 Hackers in Yahoo Case

The Justice Department has announced charges against four individuals, including two officers of Russia’s FSB, for carrying out a massive cyberbreach that affected about 500 million Yahoo account holders. A federal grand jury in Northern California charged the defendants — the FSB officials and two Russian cybercriminals — with using stolen data to gain illegal access to numerous accounts.

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Community

Linux Academy Rolls Out New Cloud-Based Training Platform

Linux Academy, an online training platform for the Linux OS and cloud computing, has announced a public beta rollout of its Cloud Assessments platform, designed to let large enterprise firms train and assess their IT workers and prospective job candidates. The academy offers training on a variety of cloud-based platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Open Stack, DevOps, Azure and others.

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Deals

Intel Bets $15.3B on Mobileye’s Self-Driving Car Tech

Intel has agreed to acquire Mobileye, a developer of autonomous vehicle technology, for $15.3 billion. Intel will integrate Mobileye’s computer vision and mapping technology for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles into its Automated Driving Group, to be led by MobileEye CTO Amnon Shashua. Intel SVP Doug Davis will oversee engagement across various Intel groups, and report directly to Shashua.

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