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Slack 收購 HipChat 與 Stride

雖然 Slack 這邊新聞稿的標題是「Atlassian + Slack」,不過不是直接買下 Atlassian,而是收購 Atlassian 下面的兩個產品,HipChatStride。另外 Atlassian 這邊的新聞稿在這:「Announcing our new partnership with Slack」。

HipChat 與 Stride 現有的使用者都會被轉移到 Slack,並且會終止這兩個產品線:

As part of this partnership, Atlassian will discontinue Hipchat and Stride, and provide a migration path to Slack for all their customers. We are purchasing the IP for Hipchat Cloud and Stride to better support that path to Slack, while Atlassian is making a small, but symbolically important investment in our business.

As part of this partnership, Atlassian has made an equity investment in Slack, and Slack has acquired the IP for Stride and Hipchat Cloud, both of which we will discontinue. We will also be discontinuing Hipchat Server and Hipchat Data Center and working with Slack to provide a migration path for customers of all four products.

對使用者算是好下場吧,至少不是被完全不相干的單位收購... (像是前幾天的「TRON 買下 BitTorrent Inc.」)

Slack 推出 Private Shared Channel,在兩個團體中間開 Private Channel

Slack 推出的新功能 Private Shared Channel:「Private shared channels are now available」,當然,這是付費功能 XD

Shared channels (beta) are currently only available for paid teams on Standard and Plus plans; Enterprise Grid support will be coming soon.

兩個都用 Slack 的團體可以開 Shared Channel,但之前只支援 Public Channel (參考「兩個都用 Slack 的公司可以直接在 Slack 上合作了」),現在則是支援 Private Channel 了。

可以兩個團體都是 Private:

也可以是單邊 Private,對另外一邊完全開放:

這個功能主要是用在 secret project 但又需要跟外部溝通的情況...

台美之間的租稅協定 (還在橋)

看到「因應美稅改 賴揆:加速洽簽台美租稅協定」這則消息,如果沒記錯的話,有不少服務都是美國公司出帳... (像是 AWSSlackGitHub 這類在公司裡很常用的服務)

參考「我國股利、利息及權利金扣繳率(%)一覽表」這邊的資料,應該有機會從 20% 降到 10%?也就是說實付 100 萬的金額本來要多繳 25 萬 (帳要做成 100 萬 / (1 - 0.2) = 125 萬,其中的 20% 是 25 萬萬稅,100 萬實際支付),現在只要繳 11.1 萬 (100 萬 / (1 - 0.1) = 111.1 萬)?

不過有些特殊情況本來就有更優惠的稅務方式 (像是使用國外平台提供服務 (e.g. AWS),而服務的對象也是境外使用者的情況),這些組合可以研究看看要怎麼搞...

兩個都用 Slack 的公司可以直接在 Slack 上合作了

Slack 推出的新功能 Shared Channels:「Introducing Shared Channels: Where you can work with anyone in Slack」。

Shared Channels are a new kind of channel that connects two separate organizations, creating a common space for both sides to make use of Slack’s communication features and platform integrations when working together.

在截圖可以看到界面上,左半部會以 Shared Channels 顯示:

這邊也有提到 Shared Channels 需要透過管理員核准:

Accept the request: The other organization’s admin will receive a direct message from Slackbot, from which they can accept your request and add the channel to their workspace.

這樣就不用另外再開 guest 了...

Amazon 對 Slack 有興趣

開始有傳言提到 AmazonSlack 有興趣,想要收購:「Message Startup Slack Draws Interest From Amazon.com」。

Amazon 手上有 Slack 的帳單 (因為 Slack 把所有站台都丟上 CloudFront),對於 Amazon 在估算時應該會很準... 而這次出手估值約九十億美金:

San Francisco-based Slack could be valued at at least $9 billion in a sale, the people said.

來拉個板凳繼續看... 消息剛出來,後面應該會有一些消息可以看。

Slack 的 Screen Sharing

Slack 付費版將有 Screen Sharing 的功能了,對於 Remote Work 的團隊又更方便了:「Screen sharing comes to Slack video calls」。

When you’re working with teammates over a Slack video call, you may have something — a document, a chunk of code, the latest designs — that you want to share with your team. Now you can. Screen sharing is now available across teams on Slack’s paid plans.

需要使用 Windows 與 Mac 版的 desktop 處理:

Screen sharing is rolling out over the next few days to paid teams on the latest versions of our Slack for Mac and Slack for Windows desktop apps.

Slack 把服務丟上 CloudFront...

剛剛發現公司的 Slack 網域 kkbox.slack.com 已經上了 CloudFront,測了一些其他的 domain,應該是全部都上了:

gslin@home [~] [15:55/W4] mtr --report kkbox.slack.com
Start: Tue May 17 15:56:06 2016
HOST: home.gslin.org              Loss%   Snt   Last   Avg  Best  Wrst StDev
  1.|-- h254.s98.ts.hinet.net      0.0%    10   16.3  11.7   9.3  18.8   3.1
  2.|-- SNUH-3302.hinet.net        0.0%    10   44.5  13.4   9.0  44.5  10.9
  3.|-- SNUH-3202.hinet.net        0.0%    10    8.8  12.7   8.8  26.8   5.9
  4.|-- TPDT-3012.hinet.net        0.0%    10   12.0  14.3  10.4  19.2   3.1
  5.|-- r4210-s2.hinet.net         0.0%    10    9.8  10.4   9.0  11.4   0.5
  6.|-- 203-75-228-29.HINET-IP.hi  0.0%    10   10.3  10.6   9.2  13.7   1.2
  7.|-- R1011-ASR.tpix.net.tw      0.0%    10   12.1  11.6  10.5  13.2   0.5
  8.|-- 202-133-255-122-static.un  0.0%    10   11.3  10.6   9.8  11.8   0.5
  9.|-- ???                       100.0    10    0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0
 10.|-- ???                       100.0    10    0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0
 11.|-- ???                       100.0    10    0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0
 12.|-- server-54-230-215-138.tpe  0.0%    10   11.9  11.2  10.1  12.2   0.3

這樣先前遇到從 HiNetLevel3 常常爛掉的問題應該是可以解決不少?

Slack 開始測試語音通話功能

Slack 開始測語音通話功能了:「Making voice calls in Slack」,目前是 beta:

Keep in mind: Calls (beta) is currently voice only and desktop only. Video, screen sharing, and mobile support will come in the future.

包括了 one-to-one (開放給所有的 plan),以及 group (開放給付費 plan)。

在 troubleshooting 的說明裡有提到技術問題,也可以看出一些東西:

If Slack is having trouble establishing a call connection, check the following settings, or ask your IT admin to do so:

  • Set your network to allow outbound UDP connections to port 22466.
  • Make sure your network is allowing incoming traffic from UDP 22466.

功能愈來愈齊了...

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