The Top 7 IT News Stories You Need to Know This Week

The IT world was abuzz this week as Microsoft released its latest operating system and Google unveiled a new phone app to assist visually impaired users. With so much news happening, it can be hard to know which stories are the most important and which ones you should know about. To help out, we’ve compiled the top seven IT news stories you need to know this week. Check them out below!

Google+ shuts down after 500,000 users

It’s been a rough week for Google. First, they announced that they were shutting down Google+ after 500,000 users were affected by a data breach. While this may not be the largest data breach in history, it’s still a huge blow to the company. And, to make matters worse, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google knew about the flaw for over six months and chose not to disclose it. This is sure to damage the company’s reputation even further.

Verizon buys Yahoo

In a move that will combine two of the biggest players in the tech industry, Verizon has announced that it is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion. The deal, which is expected to close in early 2017, will give Verizon a significant boost in the digital advertising market. And with Yahoo’s search engine and other popular services like Flickr and Tumblr, the company will have a much wider reach online. For consumers, this could mean more targeted ads and better mobile service. But it remains to be seen how the two companies will integrate their operations and what changes will be made to Yahoo’s popular services.

Facebook takes out a patent on live streams

1. Facebook recently filed a patent for a new live streaming feature that would allow users to stream their activities in real-time ข่าวIT.

2. The patent, which was filed in February, was made public this week.

3. The proposed feature would let users share their current location, activity, or status with friends and followers.

4. Facebook has been working on developing live streaming capabilities for some time now, and this patent is just the latest indication of their progress.

5. While it’s not clear when or if this feature will be released, it’s certainly something to keep an eye on for future updates from Facebook.

Tesla acquires patents from SolarCity

This week, Tesla made headlines by acquiring patents from SolarCity. The move signals Tesla’s commitment to expanding its solar energy offerings and could help the company accelerate the adoption of solar power.

Zillow bought Trulia for $3.5 billion

In a move that sent shockwaves through the tech and real estate industries, Zillow announced this week that it is acquiring Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The deal, which is expected to close in 2015, will make Zillow the largest player in the online real estate space.

Salesforce bought MuleSoft for $6.5 billion

1. Salesforce has acquired MuleSoft, a software company that connects applications, data, and devices, in a deal valued at $6.5 billion.

2. With this purchase, Salesforce hopes to better compete with Microsoft and Amazon in the cloud computing market.

3. MuleSoft’s technology will allow Salesforce to offer its customers more integrated software solutions.

4. The acquisition is also expected to help Salesforce accelerate its growth in the enterprise market.

5. MuleSoft’s CEO will remain in charge of the company and will report directly to Salesforce’s CEO, Marc Benioff.

6. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.

Cisco bought Broadsoft for $1.9 billion

1. Cisco has agreed to buy Broadsoft, a provider of cloud calling and contact center software, for $1.9 billion.

2. The acquisition will help Cisco expand its collaboration portfolio and address the growing demand for cloud-based solutions.

3. Broadsoft’s products are used by more than 19 million business users and are available in over 80 countries.

4. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions.

5. After the acquisition closes, Broadsoft will become a part of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group led by Senior Vice President and General ManagerRowan Trollope.