After Amazon’s cloud encroaches on its turf, a startup is taking a stand: Open source can’t be ‘free and unsustainable R&D’ for tech giants
- Just over two weeks after the announcement, Confluent announced Friday it would take what it called the "necessary step" of creating a new license, called the Confluent Community License, which would limit the ability of vendors to take its open source software and sell it, in the same way that Amazon did with the core Kafka.
- However, he was concerned about Amazon's reputation for not contributing code back to open source projects, even the ones it uses to build paid services.
- With its new license, Confluent becomes part of a trend of open source startups making changes to their licensing to push back on cloud providers selling the software that they contributed their money and time to build.
- That being said, Manish Gupta, CMO of Redis Labs, calls Confluent's move an "exciting announcement," and believes there are more changes like Confluent's new license to come, keeping corporations from profiting off the work of smaller startups.
Bitcoin scammers are sending bomb threat emails to millions around the world, but authorities are confirming 'NO DEVICES have been found'
- If you've received an email saying that your office will explode if you don't forward on $20,000 in Bitcoin, stay calm.
- Law enforcement officials across the country responded on Thursday to a recent string of threats, sent to numerous people via a spam-like email campaign, and stated that no explosive devices have found in connection to the messages.
- Failure to do so by the end of the working day, the emails stated, would result in that person's workplace being blown up by an explosive device.
- Universities, schools, media outlets, courthouses, and private businesses across the US reported receiving the extortion emails.
- More information about the scam should emerge in the coming days, but if there's any good news to come out of Thursday's scare, it's that no actual devices have been reported.
- And, as ZDNet reports, no Bitcoin payments have been made in relation to the emails.
Fast-food companies like McDonald's struggling to find workers should take a page from the playbook of places like Disney and Target
- Although major American companies like Amazon, Disney and Target have recently announced significant pay raises to $15 per hour, McDonald's — the world's biggest fast-food company and second-largest private employer — remains a glaring holdout, paying workers just barely more than the local minimum wage.
- Importantly, workers at McDonald's have also called for the right to a union — and that's another way fast-food companies could attract new talent to fill the thousands of positions that stand vacant today.
- For example, the Milwaukee Bucks arena that opened this fall agreed not only to pay $15 per hour for all service and concessions jobs, but it is also partnering with a local organization running a hiring hall to provide a pipeline of trained local employees for the stadium.
- If McDonald's and other fast-food companies want to boost job applications, the solution couldn't be clearer: $15 per hour and the right to organize.
8 key takeaways from Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget's opening IGNITION keynote on 'Better Capitalism'
- Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget kicked off IGNITION 2018 on Monday with remarks on the role of businesses and shareholders in our current economy.
- His presentation, titled "It's Time for Better Capitalism," laid out the idea that businesses need to take into account more than just their shareholders, who are the economic elite.
- To better benefit the economy, Blodget said, we need to create "better capitalism," which means creating value for shareholders, yes, but also the employees who work at the company, its customers, and society as a whole.
You can now battle your friends and strangers in Pokémon Go. Here's how it all works
- Developer Niantic has finally given Pokémon Go players the ability to battle their fellow Pokémon trainers — a feature that's been in hot demand since the game first launched in the summer of 2016.
- Niantic says that this makes fights go faster and keep moving, which is better-suited for a smartphone game like Pokémon Go. Note that Salamence here can have both water and fire-type attacks in the tank now, making it that much more effective — and that much harder to defeat in combat.
- This also comes with some very good news for Pokémon Go obsessives: Fighting the AI-controlled team leaders will earn you progress towards the Ace Trainer in-game achievement.
- This is notable because the last time Niantic updated the game's battle system, the changes frustrated many people by making it impossible to complete Ace Trainer.