paimin writes: The HTML5 video scene is heating up. Jeroen Wijering, creator of the pervasive JW Player for Flash-embedded video playback, has posted a thoughtful blog entry on the state of HTML for video, virtually issuing a call-to-arms: 'Browser vendors should be stringent when building solutions that are both practical and compatible. If not, crossbrowser HTML5 video will be too difficult, not to mention expensive, to implement. This presents the risk of web development regression. In favor of its advancement, we cannot allow this to happen.' Concurrently, he has announced the JW Player for HTML5 beta.
paimin writes: A story of how a project can suddenly come undone from the folks at TechCrunch:
"Mostly though I'm just sad. I never envisioned the CrunchPad as a huge business. I just wanted a tablet computer that I could use to consume the Internet while sitting on a couch. I've always pushed to open source all or parts of the project. So this isn't really about money. It was about the thrill of building something with a team that had the same vision. Now that's going to be impossible. And I've also lost a friend Chandra spent months in our office this year and, until a week and a half ago, was the kind of young, determined entrepreneur that I admire. I thought we'd be friends for the rest of our lives."
paimin writes: "A struggle is breaking out in San Francisco over whether the developer of a publicly-funded installation of real-time tracking for the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency has a right to control the use of data from the system. The situation is not totally clear, but this sure seems like an attempt to use patent threats to hijack public data.
The city paid for the system and the developer claims he lost money on the deal, and now he's shutting down applications like Routesy and Munitime that use data from the system unless they license the "copyrighted" data from him."
paimin writes: Various sites are covering the rather silly claim that CNN beamed a hologram of correspondent Jessica Yellin into the studio with Wolff Blitzer. It really amounts to a live Matrix-esque effect of surrounding the subject with video cameras to achieve the illusion of panning around them. Ultimately, it was pure illusion, only for the benefit of the viewers at home. The question is, was it a useful illusion, or was it just silly?