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Submission + - Google Open Sources VP8 Video Codec (openvideoalliance.org)

soDean writes: Google, Mozilla and Opera announced a new open video format today called WebM. As part of the WebM project, Google is is freely licensing the VP8 compression technology. This new open video format will use a modified Matroska video container (.webm). WebM format support is available today in Firefox, Chromium, and Opera development builds. All videos that are 720p or larger, uploaded to YouTube after May 19th, will be be encoded in WebM. The Open Video Alliance has the full scoop.

Submission + - Google releases VP8 video codec

atamido writes: Google has released On2's VP8 video codec to the world, royalty free. They are packaging in with Vorbis audio, in a subset of the Matroska container, and calling it WebM. It's not branded as an exclusively Google project — Mozilla and Opera are also contributors. Builds of your favorite browsers with full support are available here.

Submission + - The violent methods used to keep Apple's secrets (pcpro.co.uk) 1

Barence writes: An undercover investigation has revealed the bizarre and brutal methods used to keep Apple's product secrets. Employees at Apple contractors are searched with metal detectors as they leave their workplace. "If you have any metal objects on you when you leave, they just call the police," one employee claims. At a Foxconn plant in South China, a Reuters reporter was beaten by security guards for taking photos of the building from the street outside. When police were called he was freed but the policeman told him: "This is Foxconn and they have a special status here. Please understand."

Submission + - Intel and Nokia launch MeeGo, a new Linux platform

andylim writes: Today Nokia and Intel announced that they are combining Moblin and Maemo to create MeeGo, a new mobile platform. According to Nokia, MeeGo is a unified Linux-based platform that will run on multiple hardware platforms across a wide range of computing devices, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, phones, connected TVs and in-vehicle systems.

Submission + - ARM Joins The Linux Foundation (linuxfoundation.org)

Xerfas writes: "ARM Joins The Linux Foundation
With more than 10 billion ARM processors shipped in mobile devices to date, ARM furthers community collaboration
SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2009 — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that ARM (LSE: ARM; Nasdaq: ARMH) has become a member.
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices."


Submission + - OLED Breakthrough Yields 75% More Efficient Lights (inhabitat.com) 2

Mike writes: "Researchers at Korea's Advanced Institute of Science and Technology recently announced a breakthrough in OLED technology that reduces the ultra-thin lights' energy consumption by 75%. The discovery hinges upon a new method of creating "surface plasmon enhanced" organic light emitting diodes that boast 1.75 times increased emission rates and double the light intensity. With OLED's popping up everywhere from keyboards to cell phones, tv screens, and lamps, the development marks an exciting step towards an entire spectrum of more energy efficient electronics."

Submission + - Enigma: from predator to plant and back

SilverEar writes: Imagine a creature that swims and preys on others. But once it eats a certain kind of plant, that plant grows inside it, the predator loses its ability to prey and starts using sunlight to make its food. Its preying mouth is replaced by an eye that is needed to find sunlight. This is the Hatena "enigma" in Japanese. The kicker: when Hatena reproduces, one offspring is a peaceful photosynthesizer with the sun-seeking eye, while the other is yet again a predator with the voracious mouth. Well, at least until it eats the "magic algae". Read about it in Byte Size Biology.

Submission + - Blu-ray Adoption Soft, More Still Own HD DVD (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: "A new study by Harris Interactive notes that currently, one in ten Americans (10%) own an HD DVD player, while just 7% own a Blu-ray player. Crazy, right? More Americans own HD DVD right now than the "winning" format, Blu-ray. If you think about it, that statistic isn't that shocking. When HD DVD was around, it was far and away the "budget" format for high-def. The players were cheaper, the films were cheaper. In other words, it was a format more ready to thrive in a down economy. Blu-ray was always viewed as a niche format for those absorbed in A/V, not the common man's format. The survey also found that on average, consumers purchased approximately 6 Standard Format DVD's in the last six months compared with 1 in HD format."

Submission + - Iran's IT security chief killed in car accident

mindas writes: "The Guardian reports that the man who leaked the real election results from the Interior Ministry — the ones showing Ahmadinejad coming third — was killed in a suspicious car accident.

Mohammad Asgari, who was responsible for the security of the IT network in Iran's interior ministry, was killed yesterday in Tehran. Asgari had reportedly leaked results that showed the elections were rigged by government use of new software to alter the votes from the provinces. Asgari was said to have leaked information that showed Mousavi had won almost 19 million votes, and should therefore be president.

The Internet

Submission + - European Union "Officially" Asks US to Fre

netizen writes: As Michele Neylon explains, last month 'EU Commissioner Viviane Reding published a video where she talked about the EU's views towards ICANN and internet governance. The video received quite a bit of attention at the time [including here on Slashdot], but it wasn't an official position of the EU at that juncture i.e. it was Ms Reding's.' Today EU has made an official call for the U.S. to loosen its grip over ICANN and that it should 'become universally accountable, not just to one government but to the global internet community.' So far ICANN has been operating under a Joint Project Agreement with the US Department of Commerce but this agreement will soon be coming to an end come September 30, 2009. Needless to say, this will be one of the hot issues that will soon be discussed in Sydney where ICANN is about to start its 35th Meeting (also possibly explaining the timing of European Commission's announcement).

Submission + - Grassroots PetitionOnline.org taken down by DDos (designcommunity.com) 1

stevep2007 writes: "Petitionsonline.org serves voters and consumers with an easy platform to create a petition and focus the voices of millions in political and consumer campaigns. They are agnostic to the cause and amplify our freedom of speech. The petitionsonline.org site has been down since Friday due to a DDos attack probably paid for by a political entity or product company that has been exposed using petitions online. Anyone with the technical resources to fix the problem and track down the perpetrator, please help. Please contact me directly. Thanks for your help protecting our right to freedom of speech"

Submission + - Adobe opens up the RTMP protocol (adobe.com)

damirn writes: We've been waiting for this one and finally, here it is! Adobe opens up the RTMP protocol specification as they promised. Grab the docs, fix your bugs and implement the remaining bits of your FMS replacement!
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Case, Capitol v. Thomas #2, Starts Monday (startribune.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA's first trial verdict having been tossed out last year, the RIAA is coming back for a second bite at the apple starting Monday. This time the trial will be in Minneapolis, rather than Duluth, and this time the defendant will have a team of pro bono lawyers on her side. But perhaps the most important new development is that this time the 'technical' evidence garnered by MediaSentry and 'explained' by the RIAA's expert witness Doug Jacobson, will not get the free pass it got the first time around. In the 2007 trial in Capitol Records v. Thomas, no objection was made by defendant's lawyer to the MediaSentry/Doug Jacobson 'evidence' upon which the RIAA relied, and the evidence was admitted without objection. This time there will be no free ride, as defendant's tech-savvy lawyers have already filed a list of objections to the RIAA's proposed exhibits. Most notably they attack the 'technical' materials submitted by MediaSentry and Dr. Doug Jacobson under Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, which requires evidence based on 'scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge' to be based on sufficient facts or data, to be the product of reliable principles and methods, and to be the result of those principles and methods having been applied reliably to the facts of the case. If the evidence fails to meet those standards, it is inadmissible. This judge has already evidenced acute awareness of these principles, in deciding which subjects defendant's expert could and could not address. So this should be interesting."

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