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GitHub sees support of open source licenses pay off

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When you think of GitHub, you think of open source software. Of course, just putting your code on GitHub doesn’t make it open source; you still need to explicitly choose a license for your code that allows others to use it. A new look at the number of projects on GitHub made available under open source licenses reveals that a significant number of developers aren’t doing that. However, recent efforts by GitHub to encourage project maintainers to license their code and to simplify the process appear to be bearing fruit.

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Arduino vs. Arduino: What We Know About The Open-Source Hardware Fork

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The original founders of Arduino—the popular programmable DIY electronics kit—appear to have had a falling out. And that might bring about what could be the world’s first open-source hardware fork, a sort of developer schism that's much more common in the software world.

At the moment, two different websites display the Arduino logo and branding. There’s Arduino.cc, Arduino’s original site. Now there’s also Arduino.org, which prominently displays the text “the adventure continues,” as if it has been passed the torch.

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Tutanota, An Open Source Encrypted Gmail Alternative, Heads Out Of Beta

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Germany based encrypted email startup, Tutanota, is taking its service out a beta next week — after a year of testing and almost 100,000 users signed up to send and receive secure email.

Additional domains will also be offered in the new release, coming on Tuesday, including .com and .io options (in addition to the current .de option).

Tutanota was founded at the end of 2011 with the idea of making secure email easier than extant options like PGP. Its ease of use pitch means it’s doing encrypted email in the web browser and also offering iOS and Android apps.

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The future of big data can only be open source : Scott Yara, president, Pivotal

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Pivotal is one of fifteen leading vendors launching a major new open source big data platform to drive enterprise data innovation - president Scott Yara sat down with Information Age to tell us why

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Also: New Open Data Platform will push big data technology through open source, not sales

A Quick Update on OpenStack Congress

Open Source Works. Just Ask Facebook

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Plenty of companies are now releasing open source projects in the hopes that other companies will help improve their software, but Facebook stands out because its projects actually end up being used by so many others. A startup called Datastax built an entire company to support users of Facebook’s database Cassandra, and now even Apple is exploring the use of Facebook’s ambitious server designs in its data centers.

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Also: Facebook releases open source ORC reader for Presto

Let’s build open source tensor libraries for data science

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Data scientists frequently find themselves dealing with high-dimensional feature spaces. As an example, text mining usually involves vocabularies comprised of 10,000+ different words. Many analytic problems involve linear algebra, particularly 2D matrix factorization techniques, for which several open source implementations are available. Anyone working on implementing machine learning algorithms ends up needing a good library for matrix analysis and operations.

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Open source voice assistant 'Sirius' joins the likes of Google Now, Siri and Cortana

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A team of researchers from the University of Michigan are demonstrating the digital personal assistant in Turkey.

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Also: Sirius: Like Siri, but it’s open source and backed by Google

Open source Sirius virtual assistant gets Google funding

Why open source software makes sense in financial services

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Unfortunately few organizations have anticipated the influence of mobile and digital consumerization. Combined these two trends have forced many businesses, including banks and financial services companies, to rethink how they engage customers. The impact to IT is two-fold: (1) the CIO and IT are no longer the sole custodians of what systems and software, including mobile apps, the business can use; and (2) IT must is now mandated to roll-out applications faster-to-market to stay relevant to the Lines of Business. Another stark reality is that IT budgets aren’t growing proportionately to these developments. Hence, IT has to do more with what it has.

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Overcoming Open Source Misconceptions

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Enterprise-ready offerings today provide the same, if not higher, levels of security, capabilities and reliability as proprietary counterparts, says D.P. van Leeuwen of Red Hat

As open source has grown in popularity over recent years (both for private and commercial use), also have the number of misconceptions about open source and its use, particularly in enterprise environments.

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Also: Red Hat Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts

Open Source and the Rise of as-a-Service Businesses

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If we can accept for the sake of argument that this is not a unique adjustment of Oracle’s, but a pattern replicating itself across a wide range of businesses and industries, there are many questions to be answered about what the impacts will be to the industry around it. Of all of these questions, however, none is perhaps as important as the one I have discussed with members of the Eclipse and Linux Foundations over the past few weeks: what does the shift towards as-a-service businesses mean for open source? Is it good or bad for open source software in general?

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