In a rare question-and-answer session following the keynote presentation at Google’s I/O conference, CEO Larry Page graded major technology companies harshly while remaining optimistic about the power of technology to repair social problems.
Twenty years ago today, the software required to connect to the nascent World Wide Web was made publicly and freely available by creator Tim Berners-Lee and his employer, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN.
Kaltura, the video management startup known, among other things, for their involvement with video hosting on Wikipedia, has closed a $25 million Series D funding round. The round follows an initial funding round of $2.1 million, $21 million in 2008, and $20 million in 2011.
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.
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.