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Microsoft is beta testing a version of Skype that will work from a variety of browsers, and which ultimately will alleviate the need for Skype app or plug-in downloads.
Proxy browsing uses Google's servers to squeeze Web pages then shoot them to Chrome faster using SPDY networking technology. Also in Chrome 26 for Android: password sync and early WebRTC support.
The proposed CU-RTC-Web standard was late to the game, but Microsoft thinks it'll be faster to adopt it than to fix the prevailing WebRTC that Mozilla and Google favor. Mozilla completely disagrees.
Going against its initial hopes, Mozilla starts adding support for the patent-encumbered H.264 video compression standard. Perhaps it'll get revenge through WebRTC.
Internet Engineering Task Force members could pick a winner in the competition between Google's free VP8 and the industry-standard H.264 for Web-based chat technology.
The technology for adding video and audio chat abilities to Web apps is now built into a customer-chat product from TokBox used by Doritos, Diet Coke, and more. Microsoft doesn't like WebRTC, though.
"We're able to view just everything that they do," Verizon Wireless exec has boasted. Privacy groups say initiative -- including linking databases showing whether customers own pets -- may violate wiretap law.
Microsoft helped create new technology for improving online audio and speech. Now the company's fighting against it. How'd that happen?
Mini just announced the sixth model in its current lineup, the 2012 soft-top Roadster.
The fruits of a 2010 acquisition will soon arrive in Chrome as technology for audio and video chat that anyone--including Google's Gmail team--can use.