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Apache Software Foundation announces GitHub integration

Today, the largest open source foundation, with over 350 open-source projects and 200 million lines of code, has joined forces with GitHub. The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has been talking about integrating with GitHub since 2016, and now it has successfully completed the migration of its Git service to GitHub.

“We’re proud to have such a longstanding member of the Open Source community migrate to GitHub,” Nat Friedman, chief executive officer of GitHub, wrote in the announcement. “Whether we’re working with individual Open Source maintainers and contributors or some of the world’s largest Open Source foundations like Apache, GitHub’s mission is to be the home for all developers by supporting Open Source communities, addressing their unique needs, and helping Open Source projects thrive.”

Prior to its integration with GitHub, Apache projects could use two different version control services: Apache Subversion and Git. But as the popularity of GitHub grew over the years, a number of projects and communities wanted their code to be hosted there as well, the ASF explained. Unfortunately, they could only host read-only mirrors on GitHub, which limited the use of GitHub’s tools on those projects, the foundation explained.

By integrating with GitHub, the ASF’s projects will be hosted on a single platform where they can be reviewed and collaborated on by the 31 million developers who use GitHub worldwide, GitHub explained.

Now that the transition is complete, the ASF can focus its efforts on building software and the community. “We’ve been working with Apache to meet their needs and better support open source projects doing important work. We’re grateful to have such an impactful foundation migrate and grow directly on GitHub,” GitHub wrote in a post.

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Airbnb confirms stake in India’s OYO, sources say it invested $150M-$200M

Airbnb is continuing to widen its focus beyond “unconventional” hotels as it gets ready for a much-anticipated IPO. Following its acquisition of HotelTonight last month, the company has picked today (April Fools’ Day) to confirm that it invested in India’s OYO — a startup that manages budget hotels and other stays.

The deal has been rumored for a couple of months and it is additional to OYO’s (then) $1 billion Series E round, which was led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund and included participation from ride-hailing duo Grab of Southeast Asia and China’s Didi Chuxing. The deal, announced last September, also included Lightspeed, Sequoia and Greenoaks Capital, and valued OYO at around $5 billion.

Neither party confirmed the size of the deal announced today, but an industry source told TechCrunch that it is between $150 million and $200 million. OYO and Airbnb both declined to comment in response.

The company has now raised more than $1.5 billion from investors to date, including this new capital.

More than money, though, the deal is highly strategic for both sides.

OYO and Airbnb had previously been rivals of sorts, but OYO has pivoted toward hospitality services — including logistics and management — rather than simply aggregating budget hotels. Airbnb, with its HotelTonight acquisition, has shown it wants to be a booking destination across different types of verticals.

Geographically, the deal makes even more sense. Airbnb has been keen to take a larger bite out of India for some time. It has begun to see progress, with co-founder and CSO Nathan Blecharczyk recently revealing that the country is one of its five fastest growing markets worldwide. In that light, the companies are exploring opportunities to collaborate, which could see OYO properties — in this case more likely villas and Airbnb-like properties — listed on Airbnb’s service.

That exposure could help OYO — which stands for “On Your Own” — as it looks to break into the overseas-traveler market, having previously been more popular with local or regional travelers. It may also look to break the U.S. market, having entered the U.K. at the end of last year.

Finally, OYO is all the more appealing to Airbnb because it has seen signs of promise in China, which represented a key part of its focus following the Series E round. Overall, OYO claims to cover close to 500,000 rooms across 13,000 hotels and 6,000 homes in eight countries: India, China, Malaysia, Nepal, the U.K., UAE, Indonesia and the Philippines.

OYO is also gunning for Southeast Asia, where it hopes an alliance with Grab can help it break into the region.

“Emerging markets like India and China are some of Airbnb’s fastest-growing, with our growth increasingly powered by tourism to and from these markets. In many of these markets, OYO is empowering local hospitality entrepreneurs to provide more options to more travelers. We share a dedication to offering people more choices when traveling and we’re excited to partner with OYO as we work to make Airbnb for everyone,” said Airbnb’s president of homes, Greg Greeley, in a statement.

“Airbnb’s strong global footprints and access to local communities will open up new opportunities for OYO Hotels & Homes to strengthen and grow while staying true to our core value proposition. We’re excited by the possibilities and committed to bringing benefits to the millions of travelers who can now rely on Airbnb and OYO Hotels & Homes to find a home away from home,” added Maninder Gulati, global chief strategy officer for OYO.

Airbnb recently checked in its 500 millionth guest and the company claims it has been profitable for the last two years. While it doesn’t give out precise financial details — that’ll change with an IPO — Airbnb claimed that Q3 2018 was its strongest quarter of business ever with “substantially more” than $1 billion in revenue during the three-month period.

It’s been a long journey for OYO, which TechCrunch first covered in 2015 when it raised $25 million. CEO and founder Ritesh Agarwal is a Thiel fellow who started the company in 2011 when aged just 18. His original business, called Oravel, was an Airbnb clone that later pivoted to become OYO — it’s funny what can happen over time.

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Rancher Labs combined Linux with Kubernetes in new OS platform

Rancher Labs today released a new operating system built for its k3s Kubernetes distribution to simplify administration and make k3s clusters even more secure.

Before k3OS, users of Rancher Labs’ k3s still had to manage the underlying Linux operating system separately, Sheng LIangi, CEO and co-founder of Rancher, told SD Times leading up to the announcement. “We’re combining Kubernetes and our own Linux distribution to manage Linux through Kubernetes,” Liang said. “We treat it as a whole thing. If nodes need to be rebooted, Kubernetes can orchestrate that.” This, he added, decreases the complexity of managing k3s Kubernetes clusters.

k3OS is based on the Ubuntu kernel with tools from Alpine Linux, LIang explained. By combining Kubernetes and Linux, organizations that haven’t been updating the OS because they’re focused on Kubernetes won’t have to worry. “Even rebooting the operating system can cause an outage” in places where Kubernetes and the operating system are decoupled, Liang said. “Kubernetes clusters are supposed to fail one at a time; they’re not meant to be taken down all at once.”

k3OS is particularly well-suited for what Liang called low human interaction platforms, such as edge computing, where resources are constrained. Among the key new features are 10-second boot time that makes k3s immediately available, the enablement of automatic k3s configuration during the boot sequence, and the ability to patch and upgrade the Kubernetes distribution and the Linux distribution through a common set of YAML files, the company detailed in its announcement.

Further, no package manager is required because system services are built into the k3s image; and k3OS supports x86 and ARM64 (Raspberry Pi 3), the announcement said.

The company expects to ship a production-ready product later this year, but said developers interested in trying out the new solution can follow the project at

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Apple sells wireless charging AirPods, cancels charger days later

“Works with AirPower mat”. Apparently not. It looks to me like Apple doesn’t treat customers with the same “high standard” of care it apparently reserves for its hardware quality. Nine days after launching its $199 wireless charging AirPods headphones that touted compatibility with the forthcoming Apple AirPower inductive charger mat, Apple has just scrapped AirPower entirely. It’s an uncharacteristically sloppy move for the “it just works” company. This time it didn’t.

Given how soon after the launch this cancellation came, there is a question about whether Apple  knew AirPower was viable before launching the new AirPods wireless charging case on March 20th. Failing to be transparent about that is an abuse of customer trust. That’s especially damaging for a company constantly asking us to order newly announced products we haven’t touched when there’s always another iteration around the corner. It should really find some way to make it up to people, especially given it has $245 billion in cash on hand.

TechCrunch broke the news of AirPower’s demise. “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement today.

That comes as a pretty sour surprise for people who bought the $199 wireless charging AirPods that mention AirPower compatibility or the $79 standalone charging case with a full-on diagram of how to use AirPower drawn on the box.

Apple first announced the AirPower mat in 2017 saying it would arrive the next year along with a wireless charging case for AirPods. 2018 came and went. But when the new AirPods launched March 20th with no mention of AirPower in the press release, suspicions mounted. Now we know that issues with production, reportedly due to overheating, have caused it to be canceled. Apple decided not to ship what could become the next Galaxy Note 7 fire hazard.

The new AirPods with wireless charging case even had a diagram of AirPower on the box. Image via Ryan Jones

There are plenty of other charging mats that work with AirPods, and maybe Apple will release a future iPhone or MacBook that can wirelessly pass power to the pods. But anyone hoping to avoid janky third-party brands and keep it in the Apple family is out of luck for now.

Thankfully, some who bought the new AirPods with wireless charging case are still eligible for a refund. But typically if you get an Apple product personalized with an engraving (I had my phone number laser-etched on my AirPods since I constantly lose them), there are no refunds allowed. And then there are all the people who bought Apple Watches, or iPhone 8 or later models who were anxiously awaiting AirPower. We’ve asked Apple if it will grant any return exceptions.

Combined with an apology for the disastrously fragile keyboards on newer MacBooks, an apology over the Mac Pro, an apology for handling the iPhone slowdown messaging wrong, Apple’s recent vaporware services event where it announced Apple TV+ and Arcade despite them being months from launch, and now an AirPower apology and cancellation, the world’s cash-richest company looks like a mess. Apple risks looking as unreliable as Android if it can’t get its act together.

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In what is apparently not an April Fools’ joke, Impossible Foods and Burger King are launching an Impossible Whopper

The meat substitute manufacturer Impossible Foods and fast food giant Burger King are launching an Impossible Whopper.

According to a report in The New York Times, Burger King is launching the Impossible Whopper in stores in the St. Louis area with plans for a broader rollout later — and not as part of some elaborate April Fools’ Day prank.

Burger King isn’t the first fast food chain to bring an Impossible burger to market. That’d be White Castle, which is selling Impossible sliders at stores in the Northeast.

Impossible Foods goes to White Castle

But Burger King would certainly be the biggest slinger of ground beef to go with a meatless patty maker.

Impossible’s largest competition in the meat-substitute market, the publicly traded purveyor of purely beef-free patties, Beyond Meat, has a similar deal with Carl’s Jr. for its own version of a beef-less burger.

The Silicon Valley-based Impossible Foods has been on a roll. They introduced a new version of their burger to much fanfare at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, and have been locking in deals with higher-end fast casual restaurants and now large international fast food chains.

In the eight years since the company raised its first $7 million investment from Khosla Ventures, Impossible Foods has managed to amass more than $389 million in financing — including a convertible note last year from the Singaporean global investment powerhouse Temasek (which is backed by the Singaporean government) and the Chinese investment fund Sailing Capital (a state-owned investment fund backed by the Communist Party-owned Chinese financial services firm, Shanghai International Group).

It remains to be seen if this is a harbinger of things to come for Burger King and whether the fast food giant will embrace other alternative meat companies like the providers of fake chicken or cellular-based meat substitutes like Memphis Meats.

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Node.js 12 is now available

Node.js was upgraded to version 12, which includes faster startup and better default heap limits, as well as many upgrades and new features. The Node.js Long Term Support (LTS) release will come out in October this year.

Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform JavaScript run-time environment that executes JavaScript code outside of a browser.

In Node.js 12, the V8 engine gets an upgrade to 7.4, providing async track traces, faster calls with arguments mismatch and faster JavaScript parsing. Node.js is also introducing TLS1.3 as its default max protocol. The update will now configure the JavaScript heap size based on available memory instead of using defaults set by V8 as it had in previous releases. Also, the default parser is switched to llhttp.

Version 12 includes better support for native modules in combination with Worker Threads, which are useful for performing CPU-intensive JavaScript operations, and an updated N-API, which makes it easier to use your own threads for native asynchronous functions.

Experimental features include “Diagnostic report” that allows the user to generate a report on demand or when certain events occur, and an updated experimental version of support for ES6 modules.

Minimum system requirements for Node.js can be viewed at this site.

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Sauce Labs report: Most companies fail to meet continuous testing benchmarks

Sauce Labs published its first report that analyzes how companies measure up to benchmarks of four key continuous testing pillars. The company also announced its acquisition of Screener and availability of Sauce Headless.

The Continuous Testing Benchmark Report was based on user data from the company’s continuous testing cloud between June and December of last year.

The report found that the majority of companies fared dismally when compared to the test quality and test run-time benchmarks. It stated that only 18.75% of organizations passed 90% of tests they run and 35.94% of organizations completed their tests in an average of two minutes or less.

However, numbers were much higher regarding test platform coverage and test concurrency. 62.53% of organizations tested across 5 or more platforms on average and 70.88% utilized at least three-quarters of their available testing capacity during peak testing periods.

Just 6.23% of organizations achieved the benchmark for excellence across all four categories.

“As organizations continue to prioritize continuous testing as the foundation of their agile development efforts, we are excited to see how their performance against these benchmarks improves over time, and we look forward to doing our part to help them reach their goals,” said Charles Ramsay, the CEO of Sauce Labs.

To expand its continuous testing capabilities, Sauce Labs purchased Screener, a provider of automated visual testing solutions.

Screener allows users to test their UI across multiple browsers, devices and operating systems to automatically detect visual errors for easier integration into the DevOps workflow.

It also allows developers to test individual UI components to get fast feedback in the early stages of the development cycle.

“As more code and complexity shifts to the front-end of the development process, visual component testing is quickly becoming a critical part of any comprehensive shift-left testing strategy,” said Loyal Chow, the founder of Screener.

Sauce Labs also released Sauce Headless, which enables development teams to get fast feedback on code by running atomic tests early in the delivery pipeline. It leverages headless Chrome and Firefox browsers on Linux in a container-based infrastructure so development teams can identify issues early and keep the pipeline moving by testing on every commit.

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Apple cancels AirPower product, citing inability to meet its high standards for hardware

Apple has canceled the AirPower product completely, citing difficulty meeting its own standards.

“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement today.

After a delay of over a year since it was first announced in September of 2017, the AirPower charging mat has become something of a focal point for Apple’s recent habit of announcing envelope tickling products and not actually shipping them on time. The AirPods, famously, had a bit of a delay before becoming widely available, and were shipped in limited quantities before finally hitting their stride and becoming a genuine cultural moment.

AirPower, however, has had far more time to marinate in the soup of public opinion since it was announced. Along with recent MacBook keyboard troubles, this has functioned as a sort of flash point over discussion that something isn’t right with Apple’s hardware processes.

Everything I’ve personally heard (Apple is saying nothing officially) about the AirPower delay has been related to tough engineering problems related to the laws of physics. Specifically, I’ve heard that they ran too hot because the 3D charging coils in close proximity to one another required very, very cautious power management.

Always worth reading @gruber’s show recaps. The AirPower situation is real – heat is a problem and it was shown off too early. Sometimes Apple does this and eng rises to the challenge and delivers. Sometimes, physics.

— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) September 16, 2018

Obviously, it would do Apple very little good to release a charging mat that caused devices to overheat, perhaps even to the point of damage. So, it has canceled the project. If you know more about this, feel free to reach out, I’m fascinated.

There have been other scenarios where Apple has pushed the hardware envelope hard and managed to pull it off and ship them, the iPhone 7 Plus, its first with a twin-lens system, being one that jumps to mind. Apple had a fallback plan in a single-lens version but at some point had to commit and step off a ledge to get it done in time to ship — even though knowing they still had problems to solve. Apple has done this many times over the years, but has managed to ship a lot of them.

AirPower, however, was the other kind of case. The project was apparently canceled so recently that boxes of the new AirPod cases even have pictures of AirPower on them and the new AirPod sets have mentions of AirPower.

This is a very, very rare public misstep for Apple. Never, throughout the discussion about when AirPower might be released, did the overall trend of the discussion lean toward “never.” That’s a testament to the ability of its hardware engineering teams to consistently execute features that seemed to be nearly impossible over the years. In this case, it appears that the engineering issues have proven, at least at this point, insurmountable.

The fact of the matter is that hardware is, well, hard. The basic concepts of wireless charging are well known and established, but by promising the ability to place multiple devices anywhere on a pad, allowing them to charge simultaneously while communicating charge levels and rates, Apple set its bar incredibly high for AirPower. Too high, in this case.

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