In its latest programming language rankings, RedMonk announced Apple’s Swift language has risen 46 spots from No. 68 to No. 22 in the rankings from Q3 to Q4.

“The growth that Swift experienced is essentially unprecedented in the history of these rankings,” the rankings report stated. “When we see dramatic growth from a language, it typically has jumped somewhere between five and 10 spots, and the closer the language gets to the Top 20 or within it, the more difficult growth is to come by.”

The Top 20 languages, headlined by JavaScript, Java, PHP, Python and C#, remained largely the same, but RedMonk predicted Swift will break into the ranks sooner rather than later. and jQuery Foundation announce partnership
The JavaScript framework is partnering with the jQuery Foundation to engineer resources, invest capital and make all widgets available as jQuery plug-ins. developer advocate and head of tooling Myles Borins announced the partnership in a blog post, revealing that CEO Steve Newcomb is also joining the jQuery Foundation board of directors, and that will take an active role in the new jQuery Plugin Registry as well as creating a edition of Twitter Bootstrap that will integrate jQuery widgets.

Newcomb and jQuery Foundation president Dave Methvin talked about the partnership in the video below.

Elon Musk donates $10 million to the Future of Life Institute
Elon Musk, creator of Tesla and SpaceX, has donated US$10 million to the Future of Life Institute in order to help protect humanity from artificial intelligence. Earlier this week, it was announced that the members of the institute signed an open letter calling for research intended to make sure AI stays beneficial long term. The institute says Musk’s donation will help them support that type of research.

“Here are all these leading AI researchers saying that AI safety is important,” said Musk. “I agree with them, so I’m today committing $10 million to support research aimed at keeping AI beneficial for humanity.”

EFF petitions against Apple developer agreement
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is once again speaking out against Apple’s developer agreement. The organization currently has a petition going around asking Apple to change its agreement, stating that it infringes on free speech and innovation.

“Developers shouldn’t have to give up their rights to make an iPhone app,” the EFF wrote on its website. “App makers should demand better terms, and the customers who love their iPhones should back them.”

The petition currently has 1,918 signatures out of the 3,000 the organization is looking for. EFF’s concerns with the agreement include the ban on public statements and reverse-engineering; the fact that any apps developed using Apple’s SDK can only be distrusted via the App store; that Apple can kill any application at any time; and that Apple must approve any bug fixes or security releases before developers can make any updates.

Visual Studio Online receives ISO security certification
Microsoft announced Visual Studio Online has received ISO 29001 certification of its current data protection practices and procedures. Microsoft Team Foundation Server product manager Brian Harry explained the certification in a blog post, writing that ISO certification is the “first step” of a longer certification timeline for Visual Studio Online to make it as safe and secure as possible for customers.