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Google's VP9 might not be conquering the world when it's time to squeeze video down to size for online streaming, but it's a huge deal at YouTube, and it's mostly sidestepping the patent fee mess embroiling its top rival, HEVC/H.265. And for the first time, Google is revealing its performance goal for VP10, due in a couple years: same video quality with half the network capacity.

Why should you care? Better compression is key to high-resolution 4K video, to a richer color gamut, to better light-dark dynamic range, and to videos with a faster frame rate. And it helps keep those monthly limits for mobile network usage at bay.
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+Rajesh Venkatasubramanian Thanks! Codecs make my heart go pitter-pat.
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I was amazed at the amount of (not on an income statement anywhere) good money after bad Amazon threw at the Fire over Christmas in the form of prominent promotion all all their packaging.

One of the issues for me in general with Fite tablets especially is the whole almost like vanilla Android but not quite. 
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+Mozilla Firefox is ripping up its rulebooks for extensions that modify what the browser can do. Gone is XUL, the foundation used for years that in Mozilla's eyes is too permissive. The new interface will be compatible with Chrome's approach -- unsurprising given what Apple, Opera, and Microsoft did.
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I guess I'm skeptical that WebExtensions will provide as much ability to modify GUI elements as XUL allowed.  Mozilla's one big feature that makes them stand out is their extension library.  Anything that hurts that is a bad idea, and may lead to them shooting themselves in the foot with this.  I'm tired of seeing them make choices again and again that seem to do that very thing.

But I'll wait and see.  I wouldn't want to be the guy tasked with trying to get 14 gajillion extension authors to rewrite their extensions.
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After leaving the +Mozilla Firefox CTO job, JavaScript engine guru Andreas Gal has now launched an Internet-of-Things software and services startup called Silk Labs. The goal: make home devices smart enough that they'll anticipate what you need, not just give them nice user interfaces for when you want to manually control them. Cofounders are Chris Jones, who with Gal got Firefox OS started at Mozilla, and Michael Vines, who was an early Qualcomm leader for Firefox OS.
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One of those big moments for a new programming language: Google’s Go now uses a Go-based compiler (no longer C) to build programs. It's a funny sort of self-referential bootstrapping milestone -- always makes me think back to what the first language was that was used to build the first compiler that eventually led us here.
Go 1.5 is released. 19 August 2015. Today the Go project is proud to release Go 1.5, the sixth major stable release of Go. This release includes significant changes to the implementation. The compiler tool chain was translated from C to Go, removing the last vestiges of C code from the Go code ...
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We went through a lot of convoluted bootstrapping when I was involved with designing big systems. 
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Here's Hangouts as a standalone Web app: https://hangouts.google.com/
 
We are launching another way to use Hangouts today.  From our new site you'll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get you through the day. Check it out and let us know what you think.

https://hangouts.google.com 
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+Stephen Shankland It needs to do a lot more than stand alone by now though. I want to love it - for a while it was my complete messaging solution, GV SMS included - but I've since moved on to Telegram, and the difference in terms of speed, quality, and features is stark.
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Shocking! +Instagram now accepts photos in portrait and landscape orientation. Great not to have your buddies cropped out of your photo, and nice to have more expressive options, but they'll lose a signature style.
Today, we’re excited to announce that — in addition to square posts — you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on Instagram. Square format has been and always...
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And 120 film sheds a tear. 
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Hilarious +Tumblr 4.3.1 changelog (though it still doesn't say what changed):

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“4.3?” roared David Karp across the boardroom table. He spun on his heels, turning his back to the board. His shoulder muscles rippled through his gingham shirt.

“4.3? We can do better than that. We HAVE to do better than that.”

The boardroom broke into murmurs. They had done everything right with 4.3. The entire company, top to bottom, had signed off on it. The research was there. It was focus-grouped for ten months straight. It was a sure-fire hit.

An executive VP piped up. “But, David, 4.3 is the most market-tested product we’ve ever released! The approval numbers are off the charts!”

David’s hand came smashing down on the luxurious mahogany slab. Glasses rattled. A ballpoint pen was sent flying. “I don’t give a darn about the numbers! What happened to doing something because you gave a flying flip about it? What happened to the passion? Numbers? The others guys can have numbers. We’ve gotta have passion, or we’re not worth the CD-ROMs we’re printed on. Passion. That’s what it’s all about. That’s why we’re all here.” David gestured behind him, toward the plate-glass window, the Manhattan skyline sparkling beyond. “We do it for them. For the common man. The common man needs Tumblr now more than ever.”

He spun again, now facing outward onto the city he loved. From every street rose a memory. Lexington Avenue, where he learned to ride a bike, and where he got his first broken arm (Maury, who owned the bagel store, came running out when it happened. Good old Maury). Bleecker Street, where he got his first kiss, and saw his first real rock ’n roll show. The Velvet Underground. A sound so raw and real it could only come out of NYC. Finally, he looked down directly onto the street below. The street on which he’d built his business…no, not his business—his dreams. Below was a street on which the creative passions of millions of users had stacked up into a four-hundred-thirty-one-story skyscraper that housed the collective energy of Tumblr.

David Karp pressed his nose against the glass and looked deep down into the canyon of 431st Street. Four-three-one. That’s when it hit him.

“Four-three-one. That’s it. Version 4.3.1. That’s what we’ve gotta do. Version 4.3.1 of the Tumblr app for iOS.”
Silence fell over the board room. The air around the one-of-a-kind, designer table was thick with uncertainty.

Then came the sound, ringing out like a shot. It was a handclap. The executive VP has risen to his feet. Another handclap erupted from his palms. His muscular, deliberate applause electrified the room.

The next thing David knew, the entire board was on its feet. Clapping, stomping, hollering. The sound was thunderous, deafening. This was it. This was why he had followed his dream in the first place. This...

This was 4.3.1.
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Get ready for Project Rigel: the +Adobe Photoshop retouching and editing app for iPhones and iPads will arrive in October at Adobe's Max conference. It's a totally different look compared to the discontinued Photoshop Touch app. Though it's geared for mainstream folks, it's also got tools for pros, including a liquify feature that uses face recognition to make it easier to widen eyes and emphasize smiles. 
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Perhaps you could have reflected that information in your headline, or simply de-appled it. I get how trendy it is to give Apple unnecessary attention though.   
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Target release date for +Mozilla Firefox for iOS: September. "First submission to the store is imminent!" https://blog.mozilla.org/meeting-notes/archives/2232
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Today I visited +Adobe, one of the few companies whose employees hoot with laughter when I show up with my giant, ungainly camera backpack. Here's the fun blinky-light display they have in the lobby.
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Google vs lightning strike: guess who wins? Lousy weather, in the short run. https://status.cloud.google.com/incident/compute/15056#5719570367119360
Google Cloud Status. This page provides status information on the services that are part of the Google Cloud Platform. Check back here to view the current status of the services listed below. For additional information on these services, please visit cloud.google.com.
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