R.Mo_Robert writes: A tenured anthropology and women's studies professor at The University of Iowa has sparked a storm of debate in the blogosphere after sending an e-mail to the College Republicans group at the university saying simply, "F*** YOU, REPUBLICANS" from her University e-mail account. The message was in response to an mass e-mail sent to all University members that advertised a "Republican coming out week," including an "animal rights BBQ" and other events.
She later apologized and clarified her concerns, including that the group appropriated the "coming out" phrase from the LGBT rights movement and that the group's events made fun of causes many take seriously, including a mock of public employee protests in Wisconsin and animal rights. Nevertheless, the debate continues about if and whether she should be disciplined and she overstepped boundaries to free speech--to say nothing about issues related to tenure, accusations of liberal bias, and other issues that have sparked debate on both sides of the issue.
R.Mo_Robert writes: BetaNews is reporting that Google is acquiring On2, the video codec company and original developers of the VP3 codec from which Theora is derived. The article suggests that this may mean Google is backing Ogg Theora as the HTML5 video standard, but this is likely not the case--with Theora already being open-source and On2 having disclaimed all rights and patents, there is no reason Google should have needed to do this to push Theora.
You may recall from some time back that HTML5 no longer specifies which video codec(s) a browser should support due to there being, unfortunately, no suitable codec at this time. But Google (known for supporting H.264) practically owns Web video with YouTube in most people's minds, so their influence could really swing the future of HTML5 video either way. It remains to be seen whether Google's acquisition of On2 has any bearing on their plans for video on the Web.