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First White House CTO Chopra Resigns
ANEESH CHOPRA, who served for almost three years as the first federal CTO, has resigned amid speculation that he will run for
lieutenant governor of Virginia.
Chopra, appointed by President Barack
Obama to what was a newly created position in May 2009, focused on technology
policy. He worked on modernizing the federal
government’s IT infrastructure, pushed for a
nationwide public safety broadband network,
helped develop Internet policy and assisted
in implementing Obama’s open-government
strategy, said John Holdren, director of the
White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy, in a recent blog post.
In September 2009, Obama said Chopra
was “charged with looking at ways technology
can spur innovations that help government do
a better and more efficient job.”
Mission accomplished, Holdren said.
“Aneesh has led that charge in an energetic, in-
novative and amazingly effective manner, and
sowed the seeds necessary to bring our govern-
ment into the 21st century,” he wrote.
Hewlett-Packard announced plans
to release the code behind webOS
this September under the Apache
The license allows developers to
mix open-source code with their
own inventions and sell products
using the code.
The webOS operating system was
developed by Palm for phones and
tablets. HP acquired Palm in 2010
and late last year announced it will
no longer manufacture devices that
use the software. Instead, HP said,
it will release webOS to the open-source community.
HP laid out a timeline for releasing components of the software,
starting with Enyo 2.0 and its
source code. With Enyo, developers
can create applications that work
across different types of webOS-based devices. Enyo 2.0, released
in late January as open-source software, adds support for other mobile
operating systems. Now, developers
can more easily write applications
that work across webOS, iOS and
The full open webOS beta will be
published in August, with Version
1.0 coming out in September.
Symbian took a
year and eight
months to release
its code, before it withered away
battling new operating systems
from Apple and Google.
– NANcy GOHrING,
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