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Ars Technica: Tech giants, chastened by Heartbleed, finally agree to fund OpenSSL

The important role OpenSSL plays in securing the Internet has never been matched by the financial resources devoted to maintaining it.

InfoWorld: Linux Foundation enlists Microsoft, Google to prevent the next Heartbleed

If we've learned one lesson from the Heartbleed fisaco, it's this: It should never happen again. But just patching or upgrading a project as crucial as OpenSSL won't be enough in the long run. When the Internet's stability and security rest on a project, that project must be given solid material support that ensures both growth and dependibility.

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ZDNet: Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, and other tech giants unite behind critical open-source projects

When you think of companies that support open source, you think of Google, IBM, and Intel. You don't think of Cisco, Microsoft, and VMware. Things have changed.

ComputerWorld: Top vendors join to bolster OpenSSL, other open source projects, after Heartbleed

IDG News Service - Reeling from the Heartbleed security fiasco, major IT vendors including Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Google and Cisco are backing a Linux Foundation initiative designed to boost open source projects considered critical to the industry.

Under the Core Infrastructure Initiative, these and other tech vendors such as Fujitsu, Facebook, NetApp, Rackspace and VMware will support open source projects with funding and expertise.

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?

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