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DevExpress made clear the project will remain open source, and the first maintenance changes should be expected in early 2015. More information is available on the company’s blog.The Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows programMozilla is launching an initiative to protect the free and open Web, and it is looking for people to join. The Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program is calling for applicants and leaders who want to influence and inform public policies that impact the Internet. Fellows will work as technology advisors, mentors and ambassadors to host organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Free Press, the Open Technology Institute, and Public Knowledge.“The Internet has the potential to be the greatest global resource in the history of the world, accessible to and shaped by all people,” wrote Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, on its blog. “But continuing in that direction isn’t guaranteed without help. For all the good that can come from the Internet, in some areas it is already being used to weaken society and concentrate power in the hands of the few, and to shut down democratic discourse.”Linux Foundation launches the Open Platform for NFV ProjectThe Linux Foundation has announced a new project aimed to speed up cloud-based delivery models for operators, allow interoperability, and accelerate standards. The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization Project (OPNFV) intends to establish a open-source reference platform that would allow industry peers to work together on advancing the evolution of NFV and guarantee consistency, performance and interoperability among open-source components.“Open-source code has been proven to accelerate innovation and time to market for new technologies,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Open Platform for NFV will bring together providers, cloud and infrastructure vendors, developers, and users alike to define a new type of reference platform for the industry, integrating existing open-source building blocks with new components and testing that accelerates development and deployment of NFV.” SAM: The electronics development kitA new Kickstarter project wants to close the gap between software development and hardware development. SAM is an electronics development kit that integrates hardware, software and the Internet to make it easer to learn about electronics, the Internet of Things and coding.“SAM is for anyone who wants to create games, products, apps, and get a head start in the Internet of Things. For the beginner to learn about technology, engineering and coding. For the experienced inventor to accelerate their innovations,” according to the project’s Kickstarter page.With SAM, users can build games, music and architectural models, as well as learn electronics engineering, programming and how to make use of the Internet of Things.DevExpress takes over maintenance of AJAX Control ToolkitSoftware development company DevExpress has taken the reins of the AJAX Control Toolkit, as Microsoft hands off the open-source project to a party more ready and willing to fix issues.The AJAX Control Toolkit for ASP.NET contains more than 40 controls to enable creation of AJAX-enabled Web applications in using tools and IDEs such as the .NET Framework and Visual Studio. The first priority of DevExpress is to add tests and remove half-finished changes to get the toolkit in stable condition before planning new functionality.
With a cloud-agnostic framework, Furnace includes integrated build pipeline and infrastructure orchestration and uses GitOps methodology and clear auditable change-management.Signal Science joins Cisco Threat Response ecosystem and releases Cloud WAFSignal Sciences is integrating with Cisco Threat Response to help its customers defend against web app attacks. The company also recently released its Cloud WAF to its web application firewall (WAF) and runtime application self-protection (RASP) solution. Cloud WAF offers the same detection and protection capabilities as Signal Sciences’ other methods, but with added benefits. The new solution requires no installation or maintenance and inspects and protects against malicious web requests without signatures or rules tuning and deploys in less than an hour, the company explained.“Advanced web application attacks are on the rise. Application security solutions that provide superior detection and protection for all modern application architectures with minimal configuration, tuning, and management are highly appealing to enterprises,” said Daniel Kennedy, research director at 451 Research. Meanwhile, the Cisco Threat Response ecosystem automates integrations across select Cisco security products and third parties to accelerate key security operations, according to a post by Signal Sciences.Crystal 0.29.0 releasedThe new 0.29.0 version of the Crystal programming language includes fixes in the compiler a polished std-lib and new features. In the compiler, a bug in the ‘require’ file path was fixed and the compiler is a pickier with respect name of variables. Since the previous version, the analysis covers initialize methods and methods with named args. In terms of language semantics, the behaviour of ‘sizeof’ and ‘instance_sizeof’ is improved for abstract structs and modules. A detailed list of the fixes and features is available here. Google is acquiring Looker for $2.6 billion in cash later this year. According to the company, the acquisition will provide better data analytics in Google Cloud for the vast troves of untapped data. Looker is a platform for business intelligence, data applications and embedded analytics.“The combination of Google Cloud and Looker will enable customers to harness data in new ways to drive their digital transformation,” said Thomas Kurian, the CEO of Google Cloud. “We remain committed to our multi-cloud strategy and will retain and expand Looker’s capabilities to analyze data across Clouds.” Looker will enable Google Cloud customers to ingest and integrate data to gain insights, embed analytics and visualizations while using analytics, machine learning and AI, according to a post by Google’s parent company, Alphabet.Capacitor 1.0 now available The Ionic team has announced the latest native API container release Capacitor 1.0. Capacitor is designed for building web apps on iOS, Android, Electron and on the web as PWAs. “Capacitor containerizes your Web App and provides consistent access to Native APIs for every platform that app runs on. That means, for example, that accessing the Camera uses the same code on iOS/Android as it does in Electron and on the web. This makes it easy to build one web app that runs natively on mobile, desktop, and the web,” Max Lynch, CEO of Ionic, wrote in a post. According to Lynch, Capacitor is very similar to Cordova, however it takes a different approach. It expects developers to commit native app projects as source artifacts and kills the deviceready event. Serverless platform Furnace now runs on AWS, Azure and Google CloudThe serverless open-source data streaming platform Furnace now runs natively on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. Furnace helps organizations tackle Big Data challenges by spanning a serverless architecture across multiple cloud platforms leverage data from multiple sources, breaking through “cloud vendor lock-in” impedances, according to the company in a post.