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Discord and Microsoft Said to Discuss Deal That Could Top $10 Billion

Popular chat client Discord is potentially up for sale, with Microsoft a potential buyer, according to those in the know. The Slack-like service is incredibly popular with gamers, and could easily slot into Microsoft’s Xbox gaming environment, on consoles and PCs. The only other tech giant that seems like a suitable purchaser would be Amazon, who could roll Discord into its Twitch game streaming service.

Or, this could all just be rumours to get Discord re-valued for an upcoming IPO.

Airtasker goes public 

Airtasker listed on the ASX on Tuesday with a market valuation of $255.4 million. By the end of the day, it was valued at $412.5 million. CEO Tim Fung, who co-founded the company in 2012, held onto his 12.7 per cent stake in the business through the IPO. His share is now worth more than $52 million.

YouTube to auto-detect products in videos, serve related links

Youtube has a new experimental feature to detect products within a video and generate links to the websites. The system would both train Google’s image analysis algorithms and provide more ways to monetize youtube content.

Prince Harry appointed chief impact officer at Silicon Valley start-up

Fresh from his separation from the Royal family, Prince Harry is bulking up his resume. The royal has been appointed the chief impact officer of BetterUp, a Silicon Valley start-up that provides coaching and mental health assistance for corporate employees. In his new role, he will “focus on driving advocacy and awareness for mental fitness” and “diversify Betterup’s community of coaches and customers through strategic planning”

That makes us wonder, which famous person would you hire for your start-up and what role would you give them?