Microsoft acquires firm dedicated to building on open-source code

Microsoft Corp. is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to embracing the open-source community and acquiring Mountain View, Calif.-based Revolution Analytics. Since Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella took the

Published on: January 26th, 2015 Brian Jackson

5 free open source and web alternatives to commercial software

Considering the diversity of the operating systems and the advent of their browser-based successors (like Chrome OS), the obvious problem in switching to any of them is software. Most of Windows users are not

Published on: April 25th, 2014 Victor Clarke

What open source really means

By Diana Zelikman, Fueled As open source software continues to develop, many companies have begun to see the incredible value that it could bring to their organizations. Conglomerates such as Facebook, Mozilla, and

Published on: April 15th, 2014 Fueled

World Wide Web inventor hosts Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ on web’s 25th anniversary

Tim Berners-Lee - or Sir Tim, since receiving a knighthood in 2004 - will mark the 25th anniversary of his invention of the World Wide Web by hosting an open question and answer

Published on: March 11th, 2014 Brian Jackson

New Toronto accelerator seeks ‘Bitcoin 2.0′

The Toronto-based Bitcoin Decentral building that's become the hub for everything related to cryptocurrency in Canada announced today a new accelerator program dedicated to startups working in the financial technology sector, with a

Published on: March 6th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Gittip founder starts Open Company Initiative

The creator of an open payments system that allows users to give small weekly cash gifts to help other users pay their bills is now extending the concept to a wider initiative for

Published on: January 9th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Open source tool Spark real-world big data applications

We often hear about the promise of big data for organizations to improve everything from inventory fulfillment to marketing strategies, but rarely do we get the nitty-gritty details of how it might be

Published on: November 11th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Could BlackBerry learn from WebOS’ open source life support system?

You can't help but wonder if we're seeing the last days of the BlackBerry platform as an active and healthy member of the mobility ecosystem. Gartner Inc. put out a report advising its

Published on: October 8th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Get more out of your Canon dSLR with open source software

It doesn't take long working with video until you realize the most critical quality element is also a counterintuitive lesson in production. The most important part of your video is the audio. Especially

Published on: October 7th, 2013 Brian Jackson

AVG snags Canadian CEO from Mozilla

Amsterdam-based security software vendor AVG Technologies N.V. has a new head honcho - Canadian Gary Kovacs will be the firm's new CEO and managing director, AVG announced July 30. Kovacs announced his decision

Published on: August 6th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Why I did the open interview that TechCrunch wouldn’t do

As a journalist, its pretty common to be conducting interviews on a daily  basis and I've done hundreds in my career, but interviewing Chad Whitacre was unique. I discovered the founder of Gittip

Published on: May 9th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Gittip takes ‘open source’ to new levels, finds limits

Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur Chad Whitacre is approaching his online cash gift-giving startup with an earnest interpretation of being transparent. The founder uses volunteer coders as his company's staff, the code they write is open

Published on: May 8th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Expensify offers to reimburse your employees with Bitcoins

In a world where cash is king, where does a digital currency rank? Highly enough for San Francisco-based Expensify to support it, apparently. The firm removes the paperwork from employee expense tracking by

Published on: March 27th, 2013 Brian Jackson

How to scale your video sharing service to handle 6 million users in 30 days

Who doesn’t have time to watch a 36 second long video? Not many people it turns out, as the Toronto-based video sharing service Keek has proven by registering six million users in just

Published on: February 13th, 2013 Brian Jackson