This week in data – June 14th

It’s the deal on everyone’s lips – Microsoft has acquired LinkedIn for a staggering US$26 billion dollars. Was it part of Microsoft’s strategy to speed up adoption of Windows10? Or did LinkedIn succumb to its struggling share price? Either way, we’re predicting some big data plays between the world’s largest professional network and Microsoft.

In another big tech news, WIRED challenges Apple’s Senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, on differential privacy and just what Apple are doing with customer data.

The line between biology and technology has blurred again with Harvard scientists successfully storing data within living cells. Say goodbye to USB sticks…

And back in Australia, UNSW Professor Nick Wailes declares a data skills gap on an executive leadership panel.

Yours in data,

Team Data Republic

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

Microsoft and LinkedIn Corporation on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash.

More commentary on the LinkedIn news:

LinkedIn + Microsoft: Changing the Way the World Works

Why Microsoft wanted LinkedIn

If data is the new oil, then Microsoft has just bought a big data enterprise rig in LinkedIn

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