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Facebook Puts its SaaS Where its Mouth is

Jun 03, 2008, 15:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Richard)

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"Facebook announced on Monday that a large portion of its 3rd party application platform was available as open source.

"Since you're going to ask, we’ll go ahead and tell you: It's licensed under the Common Public Attribution License (CPAL). My first thought when I saw Facebook was using the CPAL was that their intent was to release a 'developer sandbox' and not a project that they expected people to pick up and run with. But that just may be the GPL talking. In the long run the choice of the Common Public Attribution License may be more significant than just making Facebook developer’s lives easier. It may signal a change in how software on the web is distributed..."

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