Twitter Needs to Become More Open or Die

Twitter needs to become more decentralized and open, says the company's former chief engineer, or it will wither and die like other "walled garden" approaches to the web. Alex Payne says he recommended that Twitter become a more open platform, but senior executives decided against it.…

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Open vs. Closed: Jimmy Wales on Being Open

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says that he believes the benefits of taking an open approach to content outweigh the disadvantages, and says that something as large and influential as Wikipedia has become could never have been built unless the process was open to anyone to contribute.…

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Open vs. Closed: What Does Open Really Mean?

The launch of Facebook's open graph protocol is fueling the debate over whether it is better to be open vs. closed. But the ultimate answer may be that it depends. Being open can benefit a company in some ways, while being closed is better in others.…

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Open vs. Closed: Ubuntu Walks the Line

Any debate between open or closed systems has to touch on open-source software and the ways companies are attempting to build code as a community effort while profiting off of it in some way. I talked to Mark Shuttleworth about how Ubuntu walks that line.…

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