Atlassian’s Stash Data Center Comes Out Of Beta, Brings Git To The Enterprise


After a few months of public beta testing, Atlassian today officially launched Stash Data Center, its Git-based code management service for enterprises. The service allows businesses to run Git on a server cluster that can support a very large numbers of developers. The largest beta deployment, the company tells me, supported about 12,000 developers.

As Atlassian’s VP and general manager of its developer tools unit Eric Wittman reminded me when I met with him in the company’s San Francisco offices last week, Git is turning 10 in April, but enterprises are only now starting to adopt it. He argues the reason for this is that Git itself can be hard for companies to get their head around. “Distributed version control is great, but Git is very raw,” he said. “Unless you can get into the headspace of understanding the underpinnings of Git, it’s not very approachable.”

Stash and Stash Data Center aim to make Git more approachable and manageable…

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Many Doctors Give In When Parents Want to Space Out Vaccines


It’s an eye-opening survey, to say the least, and its findings are clear: Nearly all — 93% — primary care doctors and pediatricians surveyed say that in a typical month, parents ask them to deviate from the recommended childhood immunization schedule and instead give the shots over a longer period of time, according to a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. And while nearly 90% thought that such spacing out of the immunizations would put the children, and the community at risk of spreading infectious diseases like measles, 37% said they agreed to do so often or always. That was a 131% increase since the last survey, conducted in 2009, when only 16% said they agreed to changing the recommended vaccine schedule.

“Doctors are feeling really conflicted because they overwhelmingly think this is the wrong thing to do, and is putting children at risk, but at the same time…

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New Data Shows Mobile Data Consumption Skyrocketing Following Snapchat Discover’s Launch


Word has it that last month’s launch of Snapchat’s “Discover” feature, which connects the messaging app’s users to news stories and other media packaged in a way that’s ideal for consumption in quick bursts, has been driving millions of pageviews per day for its publishing partners. But the evidence pointing to Discover’s popularity has been fairly anecdotal until now. According to new data coming out this morning, however, the average data consumption per active user on Snapchat skyrocketed following Discover’s launch in both the U.S. and Europe.

In both regions, users’ average weekly data consumption grew from around 100 to 150 megabytes per user per week before Discover to now nearly 400 MB per user per week in Europe and over 600 MB per U.S. user per week. (See chart below).

The average weekly data consumption figures, which are being shared today by mobile analytics firm 7Park Data, were sourced from…

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The future of text, Gray Area, another VR headset, objects, Tijuana tech


People have been asking me: why does your newsletter show up at all different times of the day? Some have asked whether it is an engagement strategy or some kind of analytics-driven wizardy. And the answer is: no. Not even close. Really what it is is that I make this thing by hand every single day, so if I get really busy in the morning or I need to finish a story or have a meeting, the newsletter gets bumped later. On the fairly rare day when you don’t receive one at all, trust that it’s because I’ve been chasing something big down or traveling or binge watching House of Cards.

1. A survey of the many futures of text innovation.

“Text is the most socially useful communication technology. It works well in 1:1, 1:N, and M:N modes. It can be indexed and searched efficiently, even by hand. It…

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A Mosul Preview: Iraq Government Launches Attack on Tikrit


A force of 30,000 Sunni and Shi’ite fighters, both soldiers and militia, launched a large-scale offensive Monday to push the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria out of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown.

Eighty miles northwest of Baghdad, Tikrit could serve as a model for the coming—and much bigger—battle to retake Mosul. ISIS seized Iraq’s second-largest city, as well as Tikrit, last summer in a humiliating defeat for the U.S.-trained Iraqi forces.

General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, the local Iraqi military commander, told Iraqi state television that the assault was “going on as planned,” primarily from the east. Iraqi warplanes were attacking targets in and around Tikrit, Iraqi TV added. There was no immediate indication that U.S. or other allied warplanes were involved. Al-Saddi said the goal of the offensive is to turn Tikrit “into a grave for all terrorist groups.”

Pentagon officials said the Iraqi army’s success in retaking Tikrit is…

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