By kdawson from Slashdot's who-you-callin'-unencumbered deptartment
An anonymous reader writes "Well, that didn't take long. Larry Horn, CEO of MPEG-LA, the consortium that controls the AVC/H.264 video standard, says the group is looking at creating a patent pool license for VP8 and WebM, Google's new open source, royalty-free HTML5 video format... So much for a Web video standard unencumbered by patent issues."
We talked about VP8/WebM
a couple of days ago when Google open sourced it. Reader Stoobalou points out another late-night email from Steve Jobs
, who was asked to comment on VP8 vs. H.264. Jobs laconically sent a pointer to the technical analysis
we linked before, where the poster says "VP8 copies way too much from H.264 for anyone sane to be comfortable with it, no matter whose word is behind the claim of being patent-free."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's bloodsucking-lawyers deptartment
shmG writes "Google's secret data collection has prompted a class-action lawsuit that could force the company to pay up to $10,000 for each time it recorded data from unprotected hotspots, court documents show. The incident, which the company claims to have been unintentional, has prompted the ire of governments and privacy groups around the world. Google collected information that could be used to identify users, including 'the user's unique or chosen Wi-Fi network name, the unique number given to the user's hardware ... [and] data consisting of all or part of any documents, e-mails, video, audio, and VoIP information being sent over the network by the user,' the suit stated."Read Replies (0)