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Will Open-source Crowdfunding Help Sustain the Hardware Startup Boom?

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Jarred Sumner is just 16 years old, and he has launched two products this month: Lockitron, a gadget that lets users open doors with mobile phones, and Selfstarter, an open source alternative to Kickstarter. Kickstarter, which actively curates fundraising projects, declined to host Lockitron’s pre-orders. So Sumner and his colleagues wrote their own code. On Thursday, they open-sourced it on Github. By Monday, it had been forked, or modified, 150 times, and 500 users were following the project.

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Oops! Android Vendors May Have Lost Their Linux Distribution Rights

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Android, which owns about half the market share for smartphones has been in the new lately because of the various patent purchases involving Apple, Microsoft and Google defensively buying from (what used to be) Novell, Nortel, IBM and other sources. However, FOSS Patents reports that there is an even more important item that may create a big problem for Android.
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