Skip to main content

Today's Tech: Jesus vs George W Bush in Wikipedia war, Microsoft's Q2 earnings examined, and Facebook acquires Monoidics

Facebook is looking to up its levels of security. The social network has acquired the assets of UK-based bug-checking software maker Monoidics for an undisclosed sum. Monoidics announced the acquisition (opens in new tab) on its website this week, noting that its technical team will be joining Facebook's London office once the deal has fully closed. Founded in 2009, Monoidics specialises in the verification and analysis of software.

Microsoft has reported quarterly sales of $19.9 billion (opens in new tab) (£13 billion) for the period ending 30 June, while also elaborating on a major new reorganisation underway at the company, which is intended to boost collaboration and communication among Microsoft's various teams and products. The software giant's revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter was up 10 per cent year over year, a result that seemed to buck the sluggish sales trend affecting the global PC industry. For more, check out our closer look at Microsoft's Q2 earnings report. (opens in new tab)

Startup consulting specialist Leto has announced the Startup Rally (opens in new tab), a 4,000km road trip taking in nine cities over 19 days that aims to "break local tech bubbles" and better connect tech communities across Europe. Participating cities include booming startup hubs like Berlin, Prague, and Amsterdam, with the event beginning and concluding in London on 12 August and 30 August, respectively. Interested parties will be pleased to note that applications for the Startup Rally are still being accepted. As well as looking forward to coverage on ITProPortal, you can follow all the latest news and excitement on Twitter via @StartupRallyOrg.

Entries about George W. Bush, anarchism and Muhammad are the most ferociously battled over by editors on Wikipedia's (opens in new tab) English language edition according to new research. Millions of pages in 10 language editions of the online encyclopaedia were analysed by academics from the University of Oxford and three other institutions. The research found that the pages of Israel, Adolf Hitler, The Holocaust and God were the most hotly contested across the 10 editions.

James is a freelance editor, journalist, and writer with 10+ years experience in digital media, SEO and news writing. He has produced content on a number of Future sites, including TechRadar, ITProPortal, Tom's Guide, and T3, and was Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.