LinkedIn buys Lynda.com

Lynda.com, a California-based company, has created hundreds of thousands of video tutorials in multiple languages, helping people to learn “software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals”. Users pay a subscription of up to $375 a year to gain access to online courses that have been created by more than 1,000 authors

Jeff Weiner, chief executive of LinkedIn, said the companies “are highly aligned . . . both companies seek to help professionals be better at what they do”.
He said the companies “believe strongly that the growing skills gap is one of the biggest challenges to the future of the global economy”.
Lynda’s courses will be integrated with the LinkedIn site. For example, a jobseeker might be able to use the site to discover what skills are needed for the open vacancies in his or her city, and be prompted to take a relevant course

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