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Inside Dev (Aug 21st, 2019)

1. An attacker hacked the Ruby software package rest-client, compromising and leaking user credentials to a remote server. Rest-client 1.6.13 was hijacked after the rubygems.org account of rest-client creator, Matt Manning, was compromised. In a Hacker News comment, Manning took full responsibility and says he had made the mistake of running the account with a reused password that had been exposed in other internet breaches. "I made that account probably over 10 years ago, so it predated my use of password managers," he wrote. Maintainers have since removed the infected versions. - THE REGISTER

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2. Bitbucket announced it is phasing out support for Mercurial, a free, distributed source control management tool. The company will instead be primarily focusing on Git from now on. According to Bitbucket, Mercurial is no longer worth the investment as it is unpopular and its usage is declining. Starting in Feb. 2020, users will be unable to set up new Mercurial repositories. By June 1, 2020, all Mercurial features and repositories on Bitbucket and its API will be completely deprecated. - BITBUCKET

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3. JavaScript date utility library, date-fns v2.0.0, has been released. This latest version introduces a number of new breaking changes. For example, from now on, functions only will accept numbers or dates as arguments and will return an unexpected result if one tries to pass a string. In addition, min and max functions now accept an array of dates, while this release includes a new format string API for the format function. For a full list of all the changes, click here. - GITHUB

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4. GitHub Enterprise Server 2.18 is now available. New features include repository templates and the ability to transfer an issue between repositories. In addition, developers using Yarn to manage dependencies will now get security notifications when there is a vulnerable dependency listed in a yarn.lock manifest. For more details about new features, click here. - GITHUB

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5. Digital Ocean has launched Managed Databases for MySQL and Redis. According to the company, this new service makes it easy to "spin up" database clusters, taking away the need to configure, manage, scale, update, and secure your databases. Users can sign up for just a database cluster for $15/month, or purchase a high-availability cluster with a standby node for $50/month. - DIGITAL OCEAN

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6. The U.S. Department of Education has launched investigations into some of the nation's top universities for allegedly overwhelmingly offering female-only awards and more to women studying computer science and other STEM degrees. The government stepped in after some complained of male discrimination. - LA TIMES

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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