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[News] New F/OSS Project (AGPL-licensed) Receives Funding Despite Bad Economy

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Identi.ca Gets Angel Funding for Open-Source Twitter Alternative

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| Montreal - Identi.ca, the developer of an open-source alternative to the 
| Twitter microblogging service, has raised an undisclosed sum of angel funding 
| from Montreal Start Up, according to published reports.  
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http://www.dmwmedia.com/news/2009/01/20/identi.ca-gets-angel-funding-open-source-twitter-alternative


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Seneca College gets $50,000 grant to work on Eclipse WTP

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| Computer science students will get to contribute code to the open source
| Eclipse Web Tools Platform project. Why the open source approach recalls
| academia of days gone by
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http://www.itworldcanada.com/a/Daily-News/535f19fd-095e-4143-90ae-8a990bb67de5.html


Identi.ca Gets Funding to Make Open-source Twitter Variant

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| Identi.ca’s plans to build an open-source alternative to Twitter got a vote
| of confidence this week with an investment from the VCs at Montreal Start Up.
| While the amount of the financing wasn’t disclosed, Montreal Start Up
| Managing Partner John Stokes said the firm invests between C$150,000
| ($120,135) and C$400,000 ($320,329) per deal.
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http://gigaom.com/2009/01/14/identica-gets-funding-to-make-open-source-twitter-variant/


Source Code For Twitter-Like App, Trillr, Now Available

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| Developers of Trillr, a microblogging project similar to Twitter, announced
| this week that its source code is now available to anyone who wants it. The
| idea for Trillr was conceived in 2007 as a peer group experiment among team
| members who wanted to learn more about Python and Django, and was created as
| an enterprise tool with enhanced features like group discussion and a user
| directory.
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http://ostatic.com/blog/source-code-for-twitter-like-app-trillr-now-available


Vietnamese Twitter-clone Saigonica violates AGPL

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| There is a new Twitter-clone in Vietnam called Saigonica.  It is based on the
| open source micro-blogging tool called Laconica, currently one of the most
| popular Twitter-clones.  It is nice to see the Vietnamese technology
| community embracing open source software.  Their contribution to the open
| source community will be very valuable in the upcoming years.  The Vietnamese
| localization of Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, and OpenOffice are some clear examples of
| their contributions so far.  Their contributions demonstrates a willingness
| to give back to the open source community and keeping the open source
| software free.
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| Unfortunately, Saigonica does not seem willing to give back to the open
| source community.
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http://www.saigonnezumi.com/2008/12/13/saigonica-violates-agpl/


identi.ca creator Evan Prodromou explains why he's taking on Twitter (video)

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| Bzzz.... bzzz...... bzzz...... That's not the sound of bees. It's the buzz
| surrounding new, open source Twitter competitor identi.ca. Creator Evan
| Prodromou sat down at OSCON in front of Linux.com's video camera and
| explained what identi.ca is all about and why it's suddenly such a hot item
| that he's been meeting with multiple venture capitalists -- and can be
| cavalier enough about those meetings that he canceled one to work on some
| code bugs that were bothering him instead.
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http://www.linux.com/feature/142676


Identi.ca Launches, an Open Source Twitter

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| Evan Prodromou, one of the better citizens of the wiki community and founder
| of WikiTravel, launched Identi.ca today.  Its a Twitter clone that is also
| distributed as Open Source licensed software.
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http://ross.typepad.com/blog/2008/07/identica-launch.html


Laconica: Can Open Source Save Twitter?

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| Lots of people are addicted to microblogging service Twitter - including
| substantial chunks of some open source communities. There are a fair number
| of Ruby on Rails developers twittering these days, for example. But Twitter's
| scaling and reliability issues lately have many people wondering whether it's
| time to look for an alternative. Identi.ca, backed by open source package
| Laconica, wants to be that alternative.
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http://ostatic.com/167237-blog/laconica-can-open-source-save-twitter
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