BuzzFeed News: Chance The Rapper Bought The Chicagoist Website And He’s Going To Relaunch It

BuzzFeed News: Chance The Rapper Bought The Chicagoist Website And He’s Going To Relaunch It. “Chance the Rapper announced in a new song that dropped Wednesday that he’s bought Chicagoist, a local news site about his hometown that was closed last year by its millionaire owner after staff voted to unionize.”

TechCrunch: Facebook is buying UK’s Bloomsbury AI to ramp up natural language tech in London

TechCrunch: Facebook is buying UK’s Bloomsbury AI to ramp up natural language tech in London . “Perhaps rightly, there has long been a perception that Google-owned Deepmind has been the most aggressive in hoovering up a lot of the U.K.’s best talent in artificial intelligence, but now Facebook appears to be turning its eye to the country.”

Robert Feder: Block Club Chicago acquires archive of DNAinfo

Robert Feder: Block Club Chicago acquires archive of DNAinfo. “Block Club Chicago, the new subscription-based neighborhood news service, has picked up the assets of DNAinfo, including the extensive archive of stories created by the former hyperlocal news sites in Chicago and New York. It’s quite a coup for Block Club Chicago, which acquired the treasure trove Thursday as a gift from New York Public Radio WNYC. The station obtained the assets from DNAinfo in February as part of a larger deal that included Gothamist and associated sites.”

TechCrunch: WordPress.com parent company acquires Atavist

TechCrunch: WordPress.com parent company acquires Atavist . “Atavist has been working on a content management system for independent bloggers and writers. With an Atavist website, you can easily write and publish stories with a ton of media. You might think that this isn’t particularly groundbreaking as anyone can create a website on WordPress.com or Squarespace and do the same thing. But the company also lets you create a paywall and build a subscription base.”

Variety: BitTorrent Sells to Blockchain Entrepreneur Justin Sun

Variety: BitTorrent Sells to Blockchain Entrepreneur Justin Sun. “File-sharing pioneer BitTorrent Inc. has been sold to Justin Sun, a blockchain entrepreneur best known for the Tron platform and its TRX cryptocurrency. The acquisition closed last week and staff has been notified of the deal, Variety has learned. Company representatives and Sun didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.”

InformationWeek: Why Microsoft’s GitHub Deal Isn’t a Sign of the Apocalypse

InformationWeek: Why Microsoft’s GitHub Deal Isn’t a Sign of the Apocalypse. “By picking up GitHub, Microsoft immediately becomes a major force in open source software development. As of June 2018, there were 28 million developers in the GitHub community, as well as 85 million code repositories, making it the world’s largest host of source code. Still, it’s easy to understand why developers generally mistrust Microsoft.”