Steve Jobs puts on his birthday hat, Yelp gets sued, Twitter and Yahoo team up, and Internet Explorer 6 loses one more link to life support.
- IE6 Funeral
A Denver design firm, noting that Internet Explorer 6 is due on March 1 to be dropped entirely from Google Docs, Sites, and, later that month, YouTube, holds a service for the standards-defying browser’s “demise.” We’ll assume it’s not one of those “Celebrate their life, not their death” funerals.
- Flash 10.1 Beta 3 Brings Playable HD Flash Video to Even Netbooks With Crappy Graphics
If you’ve got a laptop or netbook with GMA or Broadcom Crystal video chips, H.264-encoded video is going to move a lot less jaggedly. [Gizmodo]
- Need a job? Learn Drupal
Open source coding, and even volunteering, is a good way to make yourself attractive to employers. One blogger suggests content management software, and Drupal in particular, is a very hot market at the moment. [CNET News]
- Yelp Is Sued After Dispute Over a Review
A veterinary hospital claims the review service gently suggested advertising contracts as a means of wiping away bad reviews. Here come the lawyers. [Bits Blog/NYTimes.com]
The source of the internet’s most universal prank was pulled down overnight, then quickly put back up, and YouTube says it was a mistake. [Neowin.net]
- Firefox: 46 features you might not know about
If you’re a web developer, you might find something in this pile that helps your site look better without much work at all. [Mozilla Hacks]
- Yahoo strikes content-sharing partnership with Twitter
Now you can access your tweets, update your status, and generally hook up Twitter to your Yahoo life. [DailyMe]
- Dev Channel Update
Bug fixes, full-screen mode in Mac versions, and all kinds of little tweaks in the latest cutting-edge Chrome release. [Google Chrome Releases]
- Happy Birthday, Steve
The big man on Apple’s campus turns 55 today. What do you get that guy for a birthday gift? [Gizmodo]
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YouTube’s signed a deal with the Indian Premier League to broadcast all Twenty20 cricket matches around the world, for free. It’s not the most thrilling of news, but it’s a healthy step away from being associated with live-streaming U2 concerts.
Not only will viewers be able to watch all 60 matches live, but they’ll also be able to change camera positions, freeze and fast forward the slow bits (presumably if they’re not watching it live). All of the best HOWZAT! moments will be saved in archives for replaying later, and of course it will be ad-funded, with revenues shared between Google and the IPL.
I’m not a cricket fan, so am not sure if the Indian Premier League makes for particularly gripping television, but presumably with this new feather in their cap, YouTube will be able to use it as leverage for attracting even bigger sporting events—maybe next year’s Super Bowl? It’s certainly a trend which looks set to be grow even bigger, with the recent news that Xbox Live will live-stream ESPN sports on the game console. But hey, I hope these companies don’t forget about us non-sports people who don’t know a tennis racket from a soccer ball. [Telegraph]
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According to BusinessWeek, Apple and Microsoft may be in talks to defenestrate Google as the iPhone’s default search engine, in favor of Bing. This Apple-Google battle for the mobile throne is getting heated.
This is all coming from “two people familiar with the matter,” so, you know, eat a bowl of salt or whatever, but it sort of makes sense in a Machiavellian kind of way. Windows Mobile 7 notwithstanding, Apple’s competition in the mobile arena isn’t Microsoft, but Google, and so it’s not really that outlandish, especially considering that Bing isn’t necessarily a worse search engine than Google. Apple avoids throwing unnecessary support to Google (although the iPhone will still feature Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail) while Microsoft gains a huge market for Bing. Everybody wins, except Google, who only mostly wins.
What do you guys think? If Bing was the default search engine on your phone, would you go through the necessary steps to change it to Google? I have a feeling a lot of people might just not care. [BusinessWeek]
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