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Microsoft Buys GitHub, And Some People Are Pissed

Microsoft Buys GitHub, And Some People Are Pissed

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) Microsoft is officially buying Github, the internet’s largest source code repository, for a cool $US7.5 billion in stock, with Microsoft VP Nat Friedman assuming the role of GitHub’s CEO. The acquisition isn’t without its detractors, who say they are already ditching GitHub and looking elsewhere. Concern…

Why It’s Often Easier To Innovate In China Than In The United States

Why It’s Often Easier To Innovate In China Than In The United States

About a year and a half ago, I discovered this $US12 “Gongkai” mobile phone (pictured above) in the markets of Shenzhen, China. My most striking impression was that Chinese entrepreneurs had relatively unfettered access to cutting-edge technology, enabling start-ups to innovate while bootstrapping. Meanwhile, Western entrepreneurs often find themselves trapped…