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Free Software Foundation changes priorities

The Free Software Foundation has updated its High Priority Projects list. This list, originally created in 2005, keeps track of software projects and technologies that the organization would like to see built in the open-source community, rather than simply with proprietary commercial software. The list has included items like Gnash (a free software Flash player), … continue reading

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LogiGear acquires True North Service, AI driving business growth, and Lux currently in beta—SD Times news digest: Jan. 17, 2017

LogiGear completed its acquisition of True North Service (TNS), a provider of contract staffing and software testing services to technology companies. TNS will allow LogiGear to expand its customer base, adding new companies like Amazon, Cisco, DocuSign and T-Mobile. LogiGear will also be able to expand its presence in the Pacific Northwest, and continue to … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Exercism

It’s hard to keep up with the vast array of programming languages available today, especially when new programming languages are popping up almost every week. Exercism wants to help. Exercism is an open-source project designed to help new and experienced programmers get up to speed with programming languages quickly. The project allows developers to experiment … continue reading

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Yahoo open-sources Continuous Delivery tool Screwdriver

Yahoo is releasing the tool that helped the company perform Continuous Delivery at scale into the open-source community. The company announced Screwdriver.cd, an adaption of its Continuous Delivery build system for dynamic infrastructure. “Screwdriver handles over 25,000 builds per day and 12,000 daily Git commits as a single shared entry point for Yahoo,” wrote James … continue reading

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Swift announces new project lead, Embarcadero updates RAD Studio, and Spare5 relaunches as Mighty AI—SD Times news digest: Jan. 11, 2017

Swift is welcoming Ted Kremenek as the new project lead for the Swift project—a change that will not impact day-to-day operations, according to Chris Lattner, Swift and Xcode head, in an announcement. Lattner added that he is still completely committed to Swift, but will move from Apple to Tesla to become the company’s vice president … continue reading

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Report: Amazon acquires Harvest.ai, new release cadence from React Native, and 451 Research expects application container market to grow—SD Times news digest: Jan. 10, 2017

Amazon has acquired Harvest.ai, a San Diego startup, for US$20 million, according to Business Insider. Harvest.ai has developed technologies that can help find and stop targeted attacks on data, according to Business Insider. With the help of machine learning, the company can learn and detect when an unauthorized person is attempting to gain access to … continue reading

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Inferno 1.0, AOL opens Kanvas to developer community, and Algolia community gets Yarn package search—SD Times news digest: Jan. 6, 2017

There’s a new lightweight, fast and mobile-friendly JavaScript library called Inferno, which developers can play around with as version 1.0 launched this week. Inferno is derived from React, so its architecture and life cycles will feel and look similar. But the difference is the computational engines render in a different way, according to Luke Sheard, … continue reading

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Google’s Grumpy, FTC launches IoT challenge, and Apteligent open-sources its Xamarin SDK—SD Times news digest: Jan. 5, 2017

Google has put work into running its millions of lines of Python code, and those efforts have now turned into Grumpy: a new experimental Python runtime for Go. Grumpy translates Python code into Go programs, and it supports Google’s Python codebase. It is meant to be a drop-in replacement runtime for pure Python projects, according … continue reading

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PagerDuty open-sources its Incident Response Documentation

After building up its internal incident response documentation for several years, the enterprise incident resolution service PagerDuty open-sourced the documentation so the community can better prepare for various incidents. The PagerDuty Incident Response Documentation is a collection of best practices for how to prepare new employees for on-call responsibilities, as well as how to handle … continue reading

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Developer trains artificial neural network to play Mario Kart 64

Holiday breaks are a good time to catch up on relaxing, reading, or maybe indulging in some video gaming. Kevin Hughes did just that over his winter break, only it wasn’t he who was playing the games: It was an artificial neural network he trained using TensorFlow. Hughes is a senior developer at Shopify, and … continue reading

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Apple’s PDFKit changes, Tor Project/Firefox collaboration continues, and Linux 4.10 rc2: SD Times news digest—Jan. 4, 2017

According to a report confirmed by Apple Insider, Apple has rewritten the PDFKit framework in macOS 10.12 Sierra, with an implementation of a common core with iOS and macOS, ultimately causing numerous issues for software that relies on PDFKit. In Apple Insider’s report, third-party developers have voiced their complaints, including Jon Ashwell, developer of the … continue reading

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2016: Open source grows, but conflict remains

Depending on where you stand, 2016 was either the best year ever for open-source software, or it was a year of controversy and danger. While it’s undeniable that 2016 saw more contributors to open source and more open-source projects than any prior year, it’s also true that this was a year of strife for communities, … continue reading

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