Jun 4, 2018

Microsoft may be acquiring GitHub

Microsoft logo is seen during the 2015 Microsoft Build Conference. Photo: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Microsoft is said to be in talks to buy GitHub, a popular online repository for software code, with an announcement possible this coming week.

Why it matters: Microsoft, which once saw open source as its enemy, has done a full 180. Its Azure cloud operating system treats Linux as a first class citizen and the company is increasingly trying to appeal to all developers. Buying GitHub would get it even tighter with that crowd.

  • Several media outlets have reported the deal is all but done, which also is what a source tells Axios.
  • Another source close to the situation; however, says that there is a lot of misinformation floating about (which may refer to a reported $5 billion price-tag, as opposed to the deal itself).

The backdrop: Founded in 2008, San Francisco-based GitHub only raised outside funding twice, most recently at a valuation of around $2 billion. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, IVP and Thrive Capital.

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Deadly clashes erupt in Delhi ahead of Trump's visit

Rival protesters over the Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi, India, on Monday. Photo: Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for calm Tuesday as deadly clashes erupted in the city's northeast between supporters and opponents of India's controversial new citizenship law.

Why it matters: Per the BBC, a police officer and six civilians "died in the capital's deadliest day" since last year's passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act — which allows religious minorities but excludes Muslims from nearby countries to become citizens if they can show they were persecuted for their religion — hours before President Trump and members of the U.S. first family were due to visit the city as part of their visit to India.

Go deeper: India's citizenship bill continues Modi's Hindu nationalist offensive

South Carolina paper The State backs Buttigieg for Democratic primary

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend Pete Buttigieg speaks at an event in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Carolina newspaper The State endorsed former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday night for the state's Democratic primary.

Why it matters: It's a welcome boost for Buttigieg ahead of Tuesday's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the state's primary on Saturday.

White House requests $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus as U.S. cases rise

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to 53.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,699 people and infected more than 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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