Remember your New Year's Resolution? No? It's not surprising that you don't. It's not the type of thing you want to remember anyways. Well, today is your lucky day and I'm here to remind you what it was. It was to lose 10 pounds, right? Well, no wonder you let that one slip. Losing weight is no fun. Except if you do it right, there is no need to sacrifice flavor. Drinking juice is certainly a delicious and healthy way to help you to get back in shape in the coming months--if done in moderation.… Read more
NEW YORK--Smart-grid upstart Silver Spring Networks closed a round of funding on March 1, which the company hopes will be its last before going public, according to Chief Executive Scott Lang.
Silver Spring Networks raised an additional 20 percent to the $75 million it secured last year, or another $15 million, Lang said during a presentation at the Jefferies Clean Technology Conference on Tuesday here.
After his talk, Lang said the company intends to go public through an initial public offering, although he did not say when.
"I hope (this round of financing) is the last one. We did … Read more
GSMA 2009 was clearly a snoozer, in terms of Google Android news, but with the CTIA Spring 2009 just a couple of weeks away, there's hope for some announcements at the show. While we can't say for sure, here's something that might interest you.
According to HTC Chief Executive Peter Chou, the smartphone manufacturer plans to release at least three Android devices in 2009. Keep in mind, this number includes the HTC Magic, which was announced at GSMA for the European market, so we're looking at a minimum of two more.
This information came to light … Read more
MuleSource, the company behind the top open-source enterprise service bus (ESB) and a leading open-source service-oriented architecture (SOA) vendor, has been without a chief executive for some time, having lost the services of CNET blogger Dave Rosenberg in September. On Monday, the company announced the appointment of Greg Schott as its new CEO.
Schott may familiar to those who follow the sometimes-incestuous open-source talent pool. That's because Schott joins MuleSource from SpringSource, where he was senior vice president of marketing.
Prior to joining SpringSource, Schott had served as senior vice president of marketing and vice president of corporate development … Read more
I just received an e-mail from Sun Microsystems' marketing department, and I really like the message:
Very clear, and something Sun is particularly well-suited to deliver. The question for me is, what comes next? Right now its message mostly centers around MySQL, and that's great. But there's more to building out a Web presence than the database.
Sure, Sun is building out its cloud strategy, adding Q-layer to its arsenal Wednesday, but the "Open Web" idea is both bigger and smaller than cloud computing.
Would a Zend acquisition make sense, to bring in strong PHP expertise … Read more
ZigTag, a social bookmarking tool that has been in the works for years, has finally launched to the public. Competing with services like Delicious and Ma.gnolia, ZigTag categorizes bookmarks through the use of tags and allows users to share those bookmarks with friends. To set itself apart, ZigTag claims its service is "intelligent" and uses semantic technology to understand the meaning of tags. In essence, ZigTag tags have stated definitions, which the company uses to categorize bookmarks more effectively. ZigTag is available upon registration.
As perhaps the clearest indication that open source has "arrived," take a look at the company it keeps. For example, today SpringSource announced that it has been elected to the Java Community Process Executive Committee. Good for SpringSource, right? It now gets a seat at the Java table and can help to improve enterprise Java.
But this isn't the real news. No, the real news is that open-source SpringSource joins SAP, Ericsson, Nokia, Philips, and IBM on the JCP Executive Committee.
It's similar to to open-source content management and collaboration vendor, Alfresco, being chosen to participate in the CMIS standards body, … Read more
The creaking electricity grid got a shot in the arm on Tuesday from venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which is leading a $75 million investment in smart-grid start-up Silver Spring Networks.
The money will fund the company's expansion globally, Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr said in a statement. He called implementation of the smart grid "one of the most important clean-technology initiatives of the coming decade."
Rob Bearden, erstwhile COO of JBoss, has just landed at SpringSource as its president and COO. Rod Johnson, founder of SpringSource, will remain as CEO.
Bearden has been working with SpringSource for months as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital, so perhaps this was just a matter of time.
It's good to see Bearden settling down. He had gone to OpenSpan from JBoss/Red Hat, and then left soon after. Along the way he has been advising open-source companies like Appcelerator and Loopfuse, in addition to SpringSource.
Peter Mularien takes a look at the developers for Spring and comes up with an unsurprising conclusion: "the vast majority of development on Spring Core is performed by SpringSource employees."
Though Peter suggests he's not trying to make a judgment on this fact, he implies that this somehow impugns the "open source-ness" of Spring. Indeed, in a comment on Rod Johnson's blog, Mularien suggests that the employment of Spring's developers by SpringSource "begs the question of how open the APL-licensed projects really are to outside involvement and contributions."
I think Mularien may be conflating "open source" with "open employment." The two are not the same.
All open-source projects are developed by a small core of committers. In the "important" open-source projects, those developers are employed by a range of companies. The difference with SpringSource (and other commercial open-source companies like SugarCRM, Alfresco, MySQL, etc.) is that it employs most or all of the developers.
Is this a bad thing? More pertinently to Mularien's contention, is it "less" open source?
Not in the least.… Read more