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[News] Robots, Cars, TOS and Analytical Engine Inspired by Free Software

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Engineer Tomomasa Sato calls for open-source 'Model-T robot' 

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| Japan's leading robot engineer has called for the development of a 
| standardised robot based on an open-source operating system in order to 
| kick-start the mass production of humanoid robots.   


Open-source collaboration key to auto sector survival

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| The key to finding that "something more" may well lie in "open-source problem 
| solving" - a technique employed by Toronto executive Rob McEwen more than a 
| decade ago to revitalize a dying gold mine at Red Lake, Ont., and turn it 
| into one of the most productive lowest-cost gold mines in the world. (The 
| story is well told in the book Wikinomics, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. 
| Williams.)     


Facebook Goes Open Source–With Its TOS

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| After what can only be termed a kerfuffle last week over changes to its Terms 
| of Service, Facebook has decided to take some pretty drastic steps to address 
| the issue of content ownership on the social networking site: they’re 
| soliciting input from their users.   


ISDA Launches CDS Standard Model as Open Source

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| The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) today 
| announced the launch of the ISDA CDS Standard ModelTM as an open source 
| project. The model has its basis in J.P. Morgan’s CDS Analytical Engine, 
| which was transferred to ISDA on January 29, 2009.    



Can automotive survive without open source?

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| The struggling automotive industry needs to embrace open software platforms
| if it wants to cash in on the growing automotive telematics and infotainment
| business, says an ABI Research white paper. Partnerships with Linux
| technology companies are cited by ABI as potential avenues for success.

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