There is a planned outage for Minecraft PC and Minecraft Mac players on June 7th, 2017. Mojang/Microsoft expects a two hour service outage.
Adam Mudd, the developer of DDoS software Titanium Stresser, which was used to attack websites including Minecraft was sentenced to 2 years in jail.
Another pre-Minecraft 1.12 snapshot, 17w16b, has been released. The snapshot is the final dose of new 1.12 functionality as development nears final stages.
Minecraft Buildcon 2017 is a worldwide unofficial Minecraft event for builders, creators, developers and modders. The event runs from April 14th-18th, 2017.
The PC/Mac version of Minecraft takes one more step toward the 1.12 release. The latest snapshot, 17w14a focuses on bug fixes and minor enhancements.