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Friday Five 6/13 – 6/17

Rachel Lira


Happy Friday, everyone! Read on for a roundup of this week’s tech news.

Why Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26B Is A Smart Move - Fast Company

In its largest acquisition to date, Microsoft announced Monday that it was to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. Some balked at the hefty sum, but many experts believe that the big data LinkedIn will bring to the table makes it worth the price to Microsoft. While LinkedIn will continue to operate as its own independent brand, the insights it can provide on companies and individual professionals looks to be pretty valuable to the marketing of the Microsoft plethora of office software.  

Everything you need to know from Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote - TechCrunch

Apple held its WWDC 2016 keynote on Monday. As one would guess, the tech world was abuzz with its newly-announced developments. Among many others, this includes:

  • A rebranding of OS, divvying the operating system into four pillars for each of Apple’s devices: iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.
  • A major refresh of iMessages, which means link previews, emoji predictions, and even “invisible ink” for private messages.
  • ApplePay integration into Safari. When online shopping from the browser, you can now pay with the mobile wallet simply by using the TouchID on your iPhone.

TechCrunch conveniently breaks down the rest of the keynote’s notable announcements into this snackable slideshow.

Why Facebook is now embracing SMS - VentureBeat

In a move that gives context to its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp, Facebook announced it will integrate users' SMS messages into its Messenger app. This will create a “cross-platform” experience, providing users with all messages in one place. As Facebook continues to add new features, it seems to be building its own mini version of the internet. Some of its services, such as its video and Instant Article offerings, give users less of a reason to leave the platform for other media.

Facebook’s suicide prevention tools will now be available to all users - TechCrunch

In other news on the Facebook front, full use of its suicide prevention features are now available to non-English language users. Prior to their worldwide availability, users were able to report posts from friends who may be at risk for self-harm via a form submission. They now join English users in the ability to flag posts directly, making for a less tedious process. When doing so, the concerned user has a few options, including anonymously sending contact information for suicide prevention organizations or a supportive message with suggested wording. While the feature has the potential to save lives and raise awareness of an important issue, Facebook is being watched on how it balances the cause with user privacy concerns.

Uber Rolls Out Its Latest Offering in Brazil: Helicopter Rides - Inc.

Forget UberBLACK. Next time you’re in need of some more luxurious ridesharing, you can choose the skies over the road by requesting an UberCOPTER. If you happen to be in Brazil, that is. Uber, in partnership with European plane maker Airbus, kicked off a month-long trial of helicopter ridesharing in Sao Paulo. Helicopter rides are offered between the airports, hotels or conference centers for a price in the range of $17-80. This is Uber’s third stab at helicopter transportation after it was offered during the Cannes and Sundance film festivals at a much higher starting price of $150.