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CERN set the Web on fire by releasing open software without royalty payment requirements. Two decades later, proprietary technology has found a foothold.
MPEG LA, which licenses others' video encoding patents, is at the heart of a probe about whether the group's actions are hampering Google's Web video technology.
The number of videos on the Web that are now compatible with HTML5 has shot up to 63 percent from just 10 percent a year ago, according to video sharing site Mefeedia.
Google's interest in the royalty-free Vorbis audio codec raises new possibilities for successors CELT and, in the longer run, Ghost.
The Net giant has lodged its video codec with the Internet standards group--but the move is independent from standardization, Google says.
A satirical Microsoft blog post asserts that H.264 is the lingua franca of digital video and that Google is foolish--at best--for trying to convince the world to move to WebM instead.
Some of it was absurd, but the outcry over Google's decision to end support for a popular video technology could test its balance between philosophy and pragmatism.
We dissect Google's decision to drop H.264 support from Chrome and go with WebM, we mop up a little bit of the Verizon iPhone news, and more importantly, we eventually get this show on the road after yet another tech disaster. Also, and this is very important, people, the next version of Android will not be called Ice Cream. It's Ice Cream Sandwich, people. Keep up. --Molly
In Web video encoding, there are two major standards. Google just announced it's backing its own WebM over the codec Apple and Microsoft support.
Some believe Google's new Web video technology doesn't match the existing H.264 in quality. Google is offering some rebuttal.