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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.