This story has been corrected to note that the Google fonts are available for free use through the SkyFonts technology.
Google's Web fonts now are available through Monotype's SkyFonts technology, which lets people download fonts from the Web and use them on their computers.
Promising easier font rendering and wider language support, Monotype Imaging launches a mobile suite for Android developers.
The font company is releasing patented compression technology in an attempt to bring faster, nicer fonts to the Web, and Google is helping out the effort.
Shunting work onto the graphics chips is all the rage in computing circles, and Monotype is jumping on board. iType 5 adds effects for zooming, 3D text, and lighting.
As typographically rich publishing reaches beyond paper to the Web, Monotype Imaging expands its customer base by buying its rival's MyFonts Web service as well as lots of fonts.
The $10.2 million acquisition of Ascender gets Monotype Imaging experience in typefaces for smartphones, TV, gaming consoles, and other devices.
In addition to the new online font-licensing options, the typeface designer announces a deal with online publishing collective Drupal Gardens.
Need ligatures and swashes on your 5th-birthday invitation? Try a professional version of the comic book typeface. Also: Google embraces the font for April Fools' Day.
One of the biggest font foundries is releasing a catalog of nearly 8,000 fonts for Web pages. The move will help designers add polish--and create a new revenue stream for the company.