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URL Shortener To Go Community-Owned, Open Source 145

Death Metal sends word that the owners of URL-shortening service are in the process of releasing the project's source code and moving it into the public domain. This comes after reports that the service may shut down and that they were entertaining offers from prospective buyers. From a post on the site's blog: "It is our hope that, being an excellent URL shortener in its own right, can now begin to stand in contrast to the closed twitter/ walled garden: it will become a completely open solution owned and operated by the community for the benefit of the entire community." They plan to complete the transition by September 15th, and the code will be released under the MIT license. In addition, " will offer all link-map data associated with URLs to anyone that wants it in real-time. This will involve a variety of time-based snapshots of aggregated destination URLs, the number of URLs created for any given destination URL, and aggregate click data."

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.