Twitter has acquired workers from the startup password security firm Mitro and will roll its staffers into its business.
Mitro, which will continue as an independent company, revealed the move on its website. It will take its cloud-based password-storing and sharing system to the social network, and it is likely that Twitter will use it to help retailers link to its users.
"We're excited to announce that the Mitro team is joining Twitter's location team in New York, focusing on a variety of geo-related projects! As we transition to Twitter, we want to provide you with some updates on our product," it said. "As of today, we are releasing all of Mitro's server and client code under the GPL [General Public Licence] on GitHub."
This move to open-source and community use has the backing of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Mitro said that the group will help it to change into a "community-run project".
The EFF embraced this: "We're very pleased to see this happening, and will be advising the Mitro team on how best to turn their startup's code into a sustainable free/open source software project," it said.
"Mitro has committed to funding continued operations of its servers until at least the end of 2014. If their code proves to be secure and popular with the community, we will be advising them on how to create a sustainable home for that infrastructure."
The EFF added that the design of the Mitro system lets users synchronise passwords across computers and devices. "We're excited about the possibility that Mitro may turn into a valuable piece of infrastructure for the community," it said.
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