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Week Ending: June 8th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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A jam-packed week of I.T. and technology news this week, consisting of acquisitions, Apple challenging Facebook and fallout from TSB’s recent online malfunction. Let’s dive in to the stories which made the news this past week.

Microsoft acquires code-sharing site Github

San Francisco based, Github has been acquired by Microsoft for a cool $7.5bn (£5.6bn) this week. The code-sharing website allows coders to collaborate and share their work and is used in many major companies around the world.

Github is used by more than 28 million developers and will continue to operate independently for the foreseeable future. Its transparency has been one of its biggest drivers, meaning a worldwide community of coders have stayed loyal to the platform.

We recognise 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 challenge.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s Chief Executive

Is the news good or bad for the coding world? You can read what people online are saying here and make your own mind up.

Apple to block Facebook’s and others’ data collection

Two tech giants are going head to head as Apple announced that it will give its users the ability to stop Facebook, Google and other similar sites tracking them across the web through ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons.

It’s an interesting and bold step from Apple as it looks to combat the Facebook features which many have questioned this year. Apple has criticised Facebook in particular regarding human privacy and Apple software VP Craig Federighi commented that the ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons we so regularly see are able to track users whether they click or not – something Apple will shut down this year on its Safari browser.

Safari users are expected to be met with a pop-up which asks "Do you want to allow ‘facebook.com’ to use cookies and website data while browsing [this site]? This will allow ‘facebook.com’ to track your activity."

Read more on this story via CNN Tech.

TSB investigated by the financial regulator

April’s online banking crisis left up to 1.9million TSB customers without access to their accounts and TSB is still feeling the fallout. The introduction of a new I.T. system was to blame for customers being locked out of their online accounts over a number of days, with some being left unable to carry out transactions.

This week we learned through the BBC that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been investigating the problem and has been particularly unimpressed with the bank’s poor communication around the whole situation.

We do not normally make this information [the investigation] public, but, given the level of public interest, I want to be clear that we will be conducting this work.

Andrew Bailey, FCA Chief Executive

We’ll be watching this one closely as it develops further.


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