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BlackBerry users are about to stick their heads in the cloud, as Funambol introduces a wireless Web-syncing service for RIM devices.
Google Android is booming, which is creating an excellent market opportunity for Funambol, the open-source mobile sync leader.
Apple's MobileMe looks like a pale shade of what it could have been. It might, for instance, have been free and open source like Funambol's myFUNAMBOL service.
Funambol is sitting on a gold mine.
If mobile computing is the future, open-source developers are effectively writing themselves out of it with their continued focus on server and desktop environments.
Funambol offers service providers a way to offer MobileMe service that actually works, without the compromises.
Cloud computing may be all the rage, but it's clear that native, client-side applications have a very long shelf-life ahead of them.
As mobile devices proliferate, the importance of open cloud sync services enabling a many-to-many device syncfest becomes critical to computing freedom.
Google's open-source approach to Android is a key reason that it is quickly gaining ground on closed-source competitors like Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry. But challenges remain.
Funambol just pulled in $12.5 million and a major OEM customer. The mobile world of open source took two steps closer to world domination.