The White House releases its first open source app on Github

Don’t worry, hell has not frozen over. But the White House is very definitely not doing business — or government, rather — as usual. The U.S. government has released a repository of open source code for allowing citizens to create and vote on petitions, the same functionality that drives WhiteHouse.gov.

Zend lands $9M more to expand PHP offerings

Zend Technologies, provider of open-source tools companies need to develop, deploy, and manage enterprise PHP applications, has raised $9 million in a new round of venture funding from its flock of existing investors. This brings its total to $55 million, a generous amount for an IT company.