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 Thursday, 16-June-2016  16:45:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In a surprising move, Microsoft are going to acquire LinkedIn, for $26.2 billion. "The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals," Nadella said. "Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet." Microsoft is planning to close its acquisition later this year, and the deal has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

Wired report on a new chip startup which will apparently transform the tech industry. This new chip will sit inside networking switches, hardware devices that play a fundamental role in directing traffic across the Internet. Switches shuttle data between the thousands upon thousands of computers operated by everyone from app makers like Google and Facebook to wireless providers like AT&T, and the Barefoot chip will change these devices in a significant way. The big difference is that anyone can program this chip. In other words, they can write software that changes what this chip does, much like anyone can write an app that changes what an iPhone does.

HWCanucks have a video touring a Gigabyte factory. While in Taipei, we were invited to visit one of Gigabyte's factories to see how motherboard are made. This glimpse into production, QC and packaging is a rare glimpse on how these components are made. Too bad we didn't see a production of something more high end like their new X99 Designare boards.

The CSIRO's Parkes radiotelescope has detected complex molecules, hinting at the possibility of life outside the solar system, thanks Sniper. The molecule, propylene oxide, is the most complex molecule found in space to date and is known as a chiral molecule meaning it has a mirror image of itself, much like we have a left and a right hand. Chiral molecules are essential to biology on Earth, but until now they hadn’t been known to exist outside our own solar system.

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