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Facebook recently announced they have partnered with a group of large tech companies to create TODO (Talk Openly, Develop Openly). The announcement at its @Scale 2014 conference in San Francisco revealed companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Dropbox will work together to make open source easier for everyone to use.
TODO is still only a couple of weeks old, so little has been revealed about it at this point. What we do know is the group intends to address the obstacles companies face while using open source software. The companies involved in this initiative are strong open source advocates and produce a high volume of open source tools and code. One of the main objectives of TODO is to determine which among the thousands of open source projects are high quality and well maintained. These projects will then be marked as “TODO-approved” for full scale deployment.
James Pearce, head of open source at Facebook, sheds some light on the goals of TODO in a recent blog post. “We want to run better, more impactful open source programs in our own companies; we want to make it easier for people to consume the technologies we open source; and we want to help create a roadmap for companies that want to create their open source programs that aren’t sure how to proceed,” Pearce writes.
TODO aims to provide companies outside of the Internet industry and Silicon Valley with the tools and knowledge they need to develop and maintain their own open source projects.
BlackBerry’s core base of corporate and government clients makes Morvirtu a perfect fit for the company. Morvirtu’s technology allows users to have a personal and business number on a single device, and to toggle between these profiles as desired. It would also mean the separate billing of voice, data and messaging for each number. The best part is users don’t have to carry multiple devices or SIM cards.
“Clearly this fits nicely within the strategy we have so far articulated. We are building recurring revenue streams in value-added services and providing more value to enterprises,” the head of BlackBerry’s enterprise unit John Sims said in an interview.
This acquisition provides further proof that BlackBerry’s chief executive John Chen plans to reshape the company by increasing its focus on software in the areas of mobile data security and mobile device management.
Throughout the U.S., Comcast has more than three million Xfinity WiFi hotspots. Liberty Global, under the names Wi-Free and WifiSpots, has more than 2.5 million Wi-Fi home spots throughout Europe. Both companies are working to grow their Wi-Fi footprint and agree out-of-home Wi-Fi is an essential Internet service. Their deal will allow customers a free alternative to data roaming when travelling from the U.S. to various countries in Europe, and vice versa.
“We are delighted to join forces with Comcast to begin building worldwide Wi-Fi connectivity and we hope that this will create interest from other cable operators to join us,” said Balan Nair, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Liberty Global, in an interview.
This collaboration between two internet leaders from different continents accentuates the fact customers use the same technology and same devices to access Wi-Fi all over the world, and reflects the benefits of global-scale Internet innovation. Comcast and Liberty Global plan to trial the Wi-Fi service in late 2014, going full-scale in 2015.
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