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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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National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

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