Interoperability Specifications Pledge
In case you missed the press and blog coverage, yesterday there was an important announcement from IBM of a broad patent pledge that covers over 150 of the core interoperability standards.
Bob Sutor has a nice writeup summarizing the announcement on his blog.
The official press release is here.
I believe this is very important progress in making things ever more consistent and simple with regard to encouraging broad adoption of key industry standards.