Bloomberg Businessweek: Technology Firms Pledge Support for Open Source After Heartbleed

At least 10 large technology companies, including Google Inc. (GOOG:US), Facebook Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc., have pledged to invest at least $300,000 each in the next three years to maintain open-source software after the Heartbleed security bug exposed the lack of funding for such projects.

NY Times: Companies Back Initiative to Support OpenSSL and Other Open-Source Projects

SAN FRANCISCO — The nonprofit Linux Foundation and more than a dozen prominent technology companies are to announce an initiative on Thursday to fund crucial open-source projects.

Chief among those projects will be OpenSSL, the Internet security method used by millions of web servers and Internet-connected devices. Researchers recently discovered a major flaw in OpenSSL that they called Heartbleed.

Wall Street Journal: Microsoft, Google, Other Tech Giants Unite to Prevent Next Heartbleed

Technology giants including Google Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. have committed to collectively give more than $3 million to support the free, widely used computer code that underpins the Internet.

Read Write: Open Source Gets A Security Patch, With A Little Help From Its Friends

The Internet may not agree on much. But if there’s one idea its citizens can get behind, it’s that nothing like the Heartbleed bug should ever happen again.

Mashable: Facebook, Google, Microsoft Join Forces to Prevent Another Heartbleed

More than a dozen tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM, have joined forces to try to prevent another Heartbleed-like security breach.

Heartbleed is one of the biggest and widespread vulnerabilities in the history of the modern web. The problem stemmed from an errant line of code in the open-source project OpenSSL. About 66% of web servers rely on OpenSSL to encrypt data and keep things secure.

Wired: Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Team Up to Stop Another Heartbleed

Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are teaming up to prevent another Heartbleed.

Going undetected for a good two years, the Heartbleed bug threatened to reveal some of our most sensitive information. After researchers finally identified the bug earlier this month, most major websites have patched this flaw in a popular form of online encryption, but one big question still remains: How we can prevent this kind of thing from happening again?

Read more at Wired

CNET: Tech titans join forces to stop the next Heartbleed

In between hurriedly snapping 1,250 pieces of a Lego Millenium Falcon set together in time for his daughter's sixth birthday last Sunday, Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, was just as frantically making calls to tech's biggest firms. The future of Internet security could be at stake.

The VAR Guy: Linux Foundation Event to Highlight Docker, 3D Printing, MOOCs

Docker container virtualization, massive open online courses, 3D printing and running open source software in your car are among the featured topics at the upcoming LinuxConand CloudOpen North America event.

Linux Insider: Desperately Seeking Linux Programmers

Few people know just how pervasive Linux has become, and that is causing a big problem for companies that increasingly rely on it. "There is a shortage of software developers in the U.S. The employment rate for these jobs is down to 2.3 percent in the last quarter. The opportunity for jobs is now there for people who come in to get this training," said Dice President Shravan Goli. 

Read more at Linux Insider

Tech Week Europe: Open Source Collaboration Is A Top-Down Decision

The open-source Linux ecosystem is one of the most successful examples of collaborative software development. In a report released at the Linux Collaboration Summit, the Linux Foundation tried to quantify how organisations today are embracing the collaborative development model.

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