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Comment Not a UPC replacement (Score 4, Informative) 141

There's also an article about this over on BBC News with more information: It appears it's not an attempt to replace the traditional UPC barcode.

From the article:
Gavin Jancke, the Microsoft Research engineering director who developed the so-called High Capacity Color Barcode (HCCB), said the aim was not to replace the current barcode system, called UPC. "It's more of a 'partner' barcode," he said. "The UPC barcodes will always be there. Ours is more of a niche barcode where you want to put a lot of information in a small space."

Of course, since this is /. we should all assume that the new barcode is just another phase of Microsoft's Plan of World Domination, right?

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