Did Microsoft just ruin Github as European Commission approves the acquisition deal?

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed the $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft. But amidst the good news of approval, Twitter is abuzz with ‘Github is down’ memes. Apparently, GitHub’s website went down roughly 6 hours ago and it still remains broken after a data storage system failed.

According to the status reports published by the platform, the problem began around 4 pm US West Coast time on Sunday. Many users have been receiving a “What‽” error, in the meantime, GitHub engineers are trying to repair the data storage system issue that has frozen the website.

The Commission concluded that effective competition in the relevant markets would continue and Microsoft would have no incentive to undermine the open nature of GitHub’s platform.

Microsoft in June announced to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform. Github has a community of over 28 million developers worldwide. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this calendar year.

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