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Microsoft buys social-network vendor LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

The move fits in with Microsoft’s increasing push to focus on business customers.

Founded in 2002, Mountain View, Calif.-based LinkedIn had approximately 400 million users in 2015. The company provides a social network alternative for finding professional and work connections, sharing resumes and potentially finding new posts.

In 2015, LinkedIn bought Lynda.com for $1.2 billion to help the company bolster its online learning/training and talent-development capacities.

According to the press release, Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn, and Weiner both fully support this transaction. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year, subject to the approval of LinkedIn shareholders.

Many are asking me why Microsoft bought LinkedIn (and why the company paid so much for the company). I admit, I, too am scratching my head.

Microsoft’s press release mentions LinkedIn’s new version of its mobile app and the enhancement of its newsfeed “to deliver business insights.” (Check off buzzwords “mobile” and “insights.) It also mentions Lynda.com as a key asset, as well as LinkedIn’s Recruiter product, which targets enterprise customers.

Microsoft bought enterprise social-networking vendor Yammer for $1.2 billion in 2012, and since then has ended up cribbing a number of Yammer technologies in its own Office 365 service. Yammer is one of a number of overlapping technologies from Microsoft that is part of its social-networking portfolio.

Nadella’s June 13 email to the troops about the LinkedIn deal sheds a bit more light on management’s thinking around the buy. Microsoft officials see LinkedIn fitting in with Office 365, Dynamics CRM/ERP and Microsoft’s advertising efforts.

From Nadella’s mail:

“How people find jobs, build skills, sell, market and get work done and ultimately find success requires a connected professional world. It requires a vibrant network that brings together a professional’s information in LinkedIn’s public network with the information in Office 365 and Dynamics. This combination will make it possible for new experiences such as a LinkedIn newsfeed that serves up articles based on the project you are working on and Office suggesting an expert to connect with via LinkedIn to help with a task you’re trying to complete. As these experiences get more intelligent and delightful, the LinkedIn and Office 365 engagement will grow. And in turn, new opportunities will be created for monetization through individual and organization subscriptions and targeted advertising.”
Here’s the Nadella mail in full:

Team,

I’m excited to share that today Microsoft announced a deal to acquire LinkedIn. You can see how Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, and I envision the opportunity ahead in this public presentation.

This deal brings together the world’s leading professional cloud with the world’s leading professional network. I have been learning about LinkedIn for some time while also reflecting on how networks can truly differentiate cloud services. It’s clear to me that the LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business and an impressive network of more than 433 million professionals.

Given this is the biggest acquisition for Microsoft since I became CEO, I wanted to share with you how I think about acquisitions overall. To start, I consider if an asset will expand our opportunity — specifically, does it expand our total addressable market? Is this asset riding secular usage and technology trends? And does this asset align with our core business and overall sense of purpose?

The answer to all of those questions with LinkedIn is squarely yes. We are in pursuit of a common mission centered on empowering people and organizations. Along with the new growth in our Office 365 commercial and Dynamics businesses this deal is key to our bold ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes. Think about it: How people find jobs, build skills, sell, market and get work done and ultimately find success requires a connected professional world. It requires a vibrant network that brings together a professional’s information in LinkedIn’s public network with the information in Office 365 and Dynamics. This combination will make it possible for new experiences such as a LinkedIn newsfeed that serves up articles based on the project you are working on and Office suggesting an expert to connect with via LinkedIn to help with a task you’re trying to complete. As these experiences get more intelligent and delightful, the LinkedIn and Office 365 engagement will grow. And in turn, new opportunities will be created for monetization through individual and organization subscriptions and targeted advertising.

Jeff and I both believe we have a significant opportunity to accelerate LinkedIn’s growth and the value it brings to its members with Microsoft’s assets and scale. In fact, when Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, and I spoke about the opportunity for us to come together, he called it a “re-founding” moment for LinkedIn and an opportunity to reach the mission the company set out on 13 years ago.

The opportunity for Office 365 and Dynamics is just as profound. Over the past decade we have moved Office from a set of productivity tools to a cloud service across any platform and device. This deal is the next step forward for Office 365 and Dynamics as they connect to the world’s largest and most valuable professional network. In essence, we can reinvent ways to make professionals more productive while at the same time reinventing selling, marketing and talent management business processes. I can’t wait to see what our teams dream up when we can begin working together once the deal closes, which we expect will happen this calendar year.

A big part of this deal is accelerating LinkedIn’s growth. To that end, LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand and independence, as well as their culture which is very much aligned with ours. Jeff will continue to be CEO of LinkedIn, he’ll report to me and join our senior leadership team. In essence, what I’ve asked Jeff to do is manage LinkedIn with key performance metrics that accrue to our overall success. He’ll decide from there what makes sense to integrate and what does not. We know that near term there will be no changes in who reports to whom so no reporting relationships at Microsoft will change in that regard. This approach is designed to keep the LinkedIn team focused on driving results while simultaneously partnering on product integration plans with the Office 365 and Dynamics teams. During the integration, we’ll pick key projects where we can go deep together that will ultimately result in new experiences for customers. Kurt DelBene will lead the overall integration efforts at Microsoft in close partnership with Qi Lu and Scott Guthrie.

I’m on the LinkedIn campus today in California and will host a call for investors at 8:45 a.m. PT with Jeff, Brad and Amy – please join if you can. Following that, I’ll then spend the day meeting with the LinkedIn team. Tomorrow, I’ll host a special Microsoft employee Q&A – I hope you can make it.

So far, what I’ve learned about the LinkedIn team is how much our cultures share many of the same attributes. We both care deeply about individual and collective growth, and find deep meaning in the work we do to make a difference in our world. Together we’ll do just that.

While I’m in northern California sharing our vision to empower professionals, the Xbox team is in southern California at E3 sharing our vision to empower gamers. I encourage you to check out the E3 press briefing, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.Finally, if you’re not on LinkedIn, join up now and start using and learning more.

Satya

New Galaxy Note 6 Details Reveal Radical Changes

Leaks have shown us Apple’s major iPhone redesign plans (and limitations), but it looks like Samsung will beat it to the punch – yet again…

Working with uSwitch, famed leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) has revealed detailed renders of the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 and they show five major changes:
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Galaxy Note 6 renders. Image credit: uSwitch with OnLeaks

1.Edge Display
The big head turner sees the Note 6 adopt the iconic curved ‘Edge display’ seen on Samsung’s 2015 Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ as well as 2016’s Galaxy S7 Edge. With the 2017 iPhone also expected to move to an edge touchscreen, Samsung well and truly has the drop on Apple here.

2. Iris Scanner
As fingerprint scanners have become ubiquitous, handset makers are looking for new differentiators and uSwitch points out the Galaxy Note 6 will feature multiple sensors in the top bezel so users can unlock the phone just by looking at it.

Should it work well, it could end the debate over whether a fingerprint sensor should be on the front or back because you won’t need one at all.

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iPhone 7 Leak : Confirmed, Two Biggest Features Removed!

In recent years Apple has made one thing very clear: iPhone ‘Plus’ models are top dog. They have better cameras, far superior battery life and better screens. And now with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that gap looks set to get even bigger…

Picked up by the ever reliable 9to5Mac, are renders of cases for the iPhone 7 Plus and they confirm it will indeed get two major features the iPhone 7 will miss out on:

1.Dual Camera
Yes the iPhone 7 Plus is getting a much bigger camera upgrade than the iPhone 7 this year. Whereas the iPhone 7 will get a small upgrade, the iPhone 7 Plus will be moving to the much vaunted dual camera technology already seen from the likes of LG and Huawei.
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iPhone 7 Plus leaked case renders show important changes from the iPhone 7. Image credit: 9to5Mac
Dual modules can be used in different ways – either to mimic optical zoom or create wide angle lenses – so it remains to be seen how Apple will implement it for the iPhone 7 Plus. That said, it could prove the killer difference when millions come to upgrade.
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The Mystery Behind Two Options On iPhone Revealed And It’s Amazing

People owning an iPhone are often wondered that why are there two different options available for picking up the phone call. Good news for you, the mystery unveils itself.
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#1 Mystery Of iPhone
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Well, now that your attention has been captured, aren’t you wondering the same thing as well?

#2 The Question Finally Asked!
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Being an iPhone user, you must have wondered about the same thing as well. Buzz was ignited by a Twitter personality Freddy Cabrales posting a snapshot of his iPhone along with the tweet depicting his frustration regarding the two choices given by iPhone for picking up the call.

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He Rebuilt Nikola Tesla’s Historic ‘Spirit Radio’. When He Turns It On? This Is Terrifying!

When you hear about ghosts, spirits, and other supernatural phenomena, it’s easy to take them as nothing more than tall tales. But every so often you’re faced with evidence that causes you to question everything.

In the early 1900s, electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla supposedly created a “crystal radio” that could channel the spirit realm. While many people cried foul and claimed his invention was bogus, one man recently recreated the very same device… and the results were absolutely terrifying.

This man decided to build the same spooky spirit radio that was originally constructed by inventor and experimental physicist Nikola Tesla.
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He put it together the same way Tesla did, using as much of the original plans and methods as he could.
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“My first observations positively terrified me,” Tesla said about the radio in 1901, “as there was present in them something mysterious, not to say supernatural, and I was alone in my laboratory at night… The sounds I am listening to at first sound like human voices conversing back and forth in a language I cannot understand.”
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A Magical Trick For Transferring VHS Tapes To Your Computer, And It’s Very Simple!

Do you ever wish you could take those old home movies and watch them whenever you want with ease? I know I do. But unfortunately, most of those videos are on VHS tapes, and most of us don’t have functioning VCRs around anymore

Well, now there is an easy trick that can help you convert VHS tapes to computer files so you can watch them — or even send them — anytime you’re feeling nostalgic!

How simple is that? I know after I dig up about 20 years’ worth of VHS tapes what I’ll be doing with them… Tormenting my family with the memories via email!

Share this great technology hack with your friends and help them preserve their memories forever!