The Cloud Native Compute Foundation acquires RethinkDB’s source code

 Here’s some unusual news: the Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) today announced that it has acquired the RethinkDB copyright and assets, including its code, and contributed it to The Linux Foundation. RethinkDB, which had raised about $12.2 million in venture capital for its open-source database, went out of business in October 2016. The CNCF says it paid $25,000 to complete… Read More


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Google Maps redesign puts traffic, transit, places and more at the bottom of the screen

 Google Maps is getting an upgrade today aimed at putting the information you need most often within easier reach in the app’s interface. With a swipe up from the home screen, you’ll now be able to view things like the current traffic conditions – and how that impacts your ETAs to home and work – as well as transit schedules, places to eat or drink, nearby ATMs,… Read More


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‘The End Of The Level Playing Field’

Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson writes in a blog post: When the Internet came along in the early 90s, we saw something completely different. Here was a level playing field where anyone could launch a business without permission from anyone. We had a great run over the last 25 years but I fear it’s coming to an end, brought on by the growing consolidation of market power in the big consumer facing tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, etc, by the constricted distribution mechanisms on mobile devices, and by new leadership at the FCC that is going to tear down the notion that mobile carriers can’t play the same game cable companies played. It is certainly true that consumers, particularly low-income consumers, like getting free or subsidized data plans. There is no doubt about that. But when the subsidies are coming from the big tech companies, who can easily pay


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Google Maps Update Adds a Bottom Bar With Transit Info, Nearby Places, and More

Android: Google’s making a minor tweak to Google Maps today that adds a new bottom navigation bar. Here, you can find restaurant recommendations, travel time home, and public transit info.Read more…


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Linux 4.10 rc7

Linus Torvalds: Hey, look at that – it’s all been very quiet, and unless anything bad happens, we’re all back to the regular schedule with this being the last rc.


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Scaling Git, and some back story

A couple of years ago, Microsoft made the decision to begin a multi-year investment in revitalizing our engineering system across the company.  We are a big company with tons of teams – each with their own products, priorities, processes and tools.  There are some “common” tools but also a lot of diversity – with VERY MANY internally developed one-off tools (by team I kind of mean division – thousands of engineers).
There are a lot of downsides to this:
Lots of redundant investments in teams building similar tooling
Inability to fund any of the tooling to “critical mass”
Difficulty for employees to move around the company due to different tools and process
Difficulty in sharing code across organizations
Friction for new hires getting started due to an overabundance of “MS-only” tools
And more…
We set out on an effort we call the “One Engineering System” or “1ES”.  Just yesterday we had a 1ES day where thousands of engineers gathered to celebrate the


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Announcing GVFS: Git Virtual File System

Here at Microsoft we have teams of all shapes and sizes, and many of them are already using Git or are moving that way. For the most part, the Git client and Team Services Git repos work great for them. However, we also have a handful of teams with repos of unusual size! For example, the Windows codebase has over 3.5 million files and is over 270 GB in size. The Git client was never designed to work with repos with that many files or that much content. You can see that in action when you run “git checkout” and it takes up to 3 hours, or even a simple “git status” takes almost 10 minutes to run. That’s assuming you can get past the “git clone”, which takes 12+ hours.
Even so, we are fans of Git, and we were not deterred. That’s why we’ve been working hard on a


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