SproutCore could allow Apple developers to use an open-source Web development technology to build desktop-like applications without Adobe's Flash.
Charles Jolley will continue to pursue his SproutCore programming tools for rich Web applications at a start-up called Strobe.
Strobe worked hard on the open-source SproutCore technology, and Facebook likes it. CNET has learned that a startup called Tilde is working on commercializing it.
O'Reilly and Hummer-Winblad have invested in a company aiming to help bring a snazzy interface to online publishing--both with apps and on the Web.
A start-up hoping to capitalize on the arrival of Web applications is releasing a major update to its tools for building those apps.
Flash on the Pre.
Why does Apple get to borrow from open source but give little back? Because it's shiny.