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+ - GitHub Takes $100M From VC King Andreessen-Horowitz->

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aneroid writes "GitHub has partnered with Andreessen-Horowitz for a $100 million investment, a first for the 'Social Coding' site. Quoting wired, '[github] had intentionally held off on venture funding for the first four years of its life...Not having investors "makes sure that we optimize for customer happiness," said co-founder Tom Preston-Werner.' So why now? 'Because we want to be better. We want to build the best products. We want to solve harder problems. We want to make life easier for more people. The experience and resources of Andreessen Horowitz can help us do that.' Interestingly, Linus Torvalds, the inventor of git, has some issues with GitHub's translation of git for the web. However he also says, 'The hosting of github is excellent. They’ve done a good job on that. I think GitHub should be commended enormously for making open source project hosting so easy.'"
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+ - First Android Device Certified for DoD Personnel->

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aneroid writes "The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has certified its first secure mobile device running Android 2.2 — the Dell Streak 5. It is certified for use in the Defense Department's secure but unclassified communications. 'Although the Streak 5 is no longer available commercially, Dell is supplying it to DOD because the military likes the form factor,' said John Marinho, director of Dell enterprise mobility solutions. It "includes a set of Android application interfaces designed to enhance the security of the device. Besides being able to transmit secure unclassified messages, the device can have its data remotely wiped in the event of loss or theft." The device also has the ability to lock down after multiple unsuccessful password entries and allows admins to remotely control the peripherals and security policy levels on the device.
You may recall that President Obama got an NSA-certified phone-PDA to use instead of his BlackBerry.

Slashdot covered a related article last year about the US Army considering smartphones, so how soon will we start seeing other smartphone vendors bid for secure-communications-devices contracts?"

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