Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Jay Greene, Anne Steele, Wall Street Journal, Jun 13, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Last week, I got an email telling me to change my password because the LinkedIn database had been hacked. Today, Microsoft is buying the company. No, I'm not saying the events are linked. It's just surprising that a company with 500K members could leave passwords exposed. Anyhow, I'm now waiting for another email about my LinkedIn account, since apparently now Microsoft will be able to read all my personal data. Remember: in our field, companies buy customers, not technology.

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