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Firefox OS comes to Africa with Orange's $40 package deal

The Orange Klif is Firefox OS phone that the French carrier will sell in 13 African and Middle Eastern countries starting in the second quarter of 2015. The price of up to $40 includes six months of voice, text, and data service.

Apache Spark jumps on the R bandwag

Apache Spark, the big data processing technology for iterative workloads that is growing in popularity, is about to add capabilities for DataFrames and the R language as part of two upcoming upgrades.

Pivotal goes all-in with open source in Big Data Suite

Bowing to customer pressure, enterprise software and services vendor Pivotal will release as open source the remainder of its software suite for analyzing data.

"Our customers want to be involved in our road map, because they know that is the only way they can differentiate themselves from their competitors," said Sundeep Madra, Pivotal vice president of products. He was referring to how enterprises are taking an increasingly active hand in developing the software they use.

Microsoft to Invest in Android Startup Cyanogen

According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is investing $70 million in Cyanogen, the startup behind Cyanogen Mod, an increasingly popular—and very open—incarnation of Google’s mobile operating system. The investment would make Microsoft a minority investor in a round of funding that puts Cyanogen’s value in the high hundreds of millions, the WSJ says.

Microsoft will acquire Revolution Analytics, reflecting the company’s wider interest in data science and R language.

Microsoft has agreed to acquire open-source software company Revolution Analytics, heavily embracing the R programming language, a data analysis tool widely used by both academics and corporate data scientists.

Revolution Analytics is best known for offering developer tools for use with the R language, and though Microsoft already works with R, this represents a new bet on the language, reflecting the company’s wider interest in data science.

Microsoft goes open source, cross-platform with .NET developer tech

Microsoft is planning to open source the full server-side .NET core stack and to take that open-sourced .NET core to Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, alongside Windows. Microsoft officials announced the company's latest plans for .NET, a framework created by Microsoft that developers can use to build applications for Windows, on the opening day of the Connect(); developer-focused event on Wednesday.

Docker gets some competition with new Joyent, Canonical containers

Watch out, Docker! You're no longer the only container-based virtualization technology on the block -- spurred by the sudden success of Docker, platform services provider Joyent and Linux distributor Canonical have each open-sourced their container technologies.

Joyent's collection of container technologies could be used as the basis for running large-scale, big-data analysis jobs.

Digium Now Offers Cloud-based SIP Trunks

Two announcements in the news today from Digium:

HP leapfrogs Red Hat to become top contributor to OpenStack

According to the website Stackalytics.com, which tracks the companies that make code contributions to the open source cloud project, HP has overtaken Red Hat as being responsible for more new code than any other company in the latest release of the software.

Becoming the top contributor to OpenStack means different things to different people. For some, it amounts to bragging rights. Others may consider this a significant move for a company like HP to back a still-growing open source project like OpenStack.

Docker nets $40 million in funding, hopes to hook bigger fish: Enterprises

Docker's been enjoying plenty of uptake in the enterprise, but now there's a new symbol of its success: dollar signs.

Specifically, it's getting around $40 million via a round of series-C funding led by Sequoia Capital. Docker raised $15 million in series-B funding back in January, with the money used to "push toward the general availability of the Docker environment, develop commercial services that pair with the open source technology, and build a team to support the growing community," as TechCrunch noted.

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