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Submission + - Google Chrome tag to abandon H.264

Art3x writes: As you know, HTML 5 introduced the <video> tag, so you don't have to use Flash, QuickTime, etc. It can even enclose several versions of the same video (H.264, WebM, Ogg, etc.) for different computers or browsers. Well, for Google Chrome in a couple months, you will have to provide it something other than H.264, because it is dropping support for H.246. 'Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies,' wrote Mike Jazayeri, Product Manager.

Submission + - "Tube Map" Created for the Milky Way (

astroengine writes: "Assuming you had an interstellar spaceship, how would you navigate around the galaxy? For starters, you'd probably need a map. But there's billions of stars out there, how complex would that map need to be? Actually, Samuel Arbesman, a research fellow from Harvard, has come up with a fun solution. He created the 'Milky Way Transit Authority (MWTA),' a simple transit system in the style of the iconic London Underground "Tube Map." (Travel Tip: Don't spend too much time loitering around the station at Carina, there's some demolition work underway.)"

Submission + - Microsoft reveals Office 2010 retail prices (

Tony writes: Microsoft has revealed Office 2010 pricing for Home and Student, Home and Business, Professional, and Professional Academic editions. Office will come in both boxed versions and "key card" versions that have no media.

Submission + - Google Chrome Displaces Safari as Third in Survey (

Azureflare writes: According to a Net Applications survey, Google Chrome has replaced Apple's Safari as the number three browser. This may be partially explained by the release of the Chrome beta on Mac and Linux, but may also be due to users jumping ship from IE. More analysis on this topic can be found here at ComputerWorld. As anecdotal evidence of Google Chrome usage gaining steam, Bank of America has apparently recently added Google Chrome to their list of officially supported browsers.

Submission + - San Francisco's sea lions end their 20-year stay (

hoggy writes: According to the BBC:
'The famous sea lions of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf have disappeared after 20 years — leaving experts baffled as to why.
Last month, Pier 39 groaned under the weight of some 1,500 of the animals. But now all but a few have swum off bringing to an end a two-decade long sojourn — and one of the world's smelliest tourist attractions. ... Officials hope the departure is only temporary — as a 20th anniversary party had been planned for 15 January. ... One more outlandish theory is that their departure is the sign of an imminent earthquake.'
My theory is that they just hate parties.


Submission + - Time Warner and Fox reach a deal (

adeelarshad82 writes: Time Warner Cable and Fox have reached an agreement that will keep the network's channels on the cable network. The issue was the licensing fees that Time Warner paid to Fox in order to broadcast its programming. Fox insisted on a fair increase in the licencing fee of 300%. Warner argued that in today's competitive age, a fee increase like this, which will eventually end up being a burden for customers, will only drive them away. The deal covers Fox television stations, Fox Broadcasting (Fox), Fox Cable Networks, and Fox's regional sports programming. It also includes Bright House Networks and its 2 million cable subscribers. Exact terms were not disclosed.

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