Elledan writes: Only two countries in the world have software patents which make it impossible to freely use video codecs such as AVC (h.264). This has led to projects such as Firefox not including AVC support with the HTML 5 video tag in all their releases, resulting in the rest of the world having to indirectly suffer the effects of software patents as well. To rectify this situation at least somewhat, I have created the Wild Fox project which aims to release Firefox builds with the features previously excluded due to software patents, which will be available to those in non-software patent encumbered countries. Any developers who wish to join the project are more than welcome.
unity100 writes: AT&T Funded the right wing lobby group Americans For Profit, launching a $1.4 Million ad campaign against network neutrality. Within hours, Fox News network and their anchors have also taken the issue as their own, attacked network neutrality throughout long broadcasts. This seems to be repeitition of a similar attack against network neutrality in 2005-2006, when close to $100 million was spent by telecom companies in ad campaigns against network neutrality. That period also awarded us with Sen. Ted 'Tubes' Stevens, appearing in many news shows to tell us how internet was actually 'a series of tubes'. Current budget is much smaller compared to back then, however there is still chance for it to pick up. Savetheinternet.com has more
On Tuesday morning, an AT&T-funded front group, Americans for Prosperity, announced a $1.4 million advertising blitz to try to convince Americans that the FCC is plotting to "take over the Internet."
John Jorsett writes: CNet reports that, embarrassed by the revelation that its Street View program had improperly collected usage data from WiFi hot spots, Google attempted to repair its image by announcing Friday that it would begin offering an encrypted version of its search service next week.