I was on the train heading to the Real Estate Connect conference in New York City earlier this month when Google announced that its Chrome browser would no longer support the video codec (H.264) that is widely utilized by Apple and its mobile devices. HTML5's H.264 was poised to compete against the Flash player, which is used to view most Web video. Mike Jazayeri, Chrome product manager, wrote, "Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies." The announcement caused quite a stir, with many questioning Google's business motives and the future of Web video. Ed Burnette of ZDNet asked, "If Google really wants to promote open technologies, then why is it so cozy with Adobe and Flash? For most definitions of 'open,' HTML5 and CSS3 are open but Flash is not." In real estate, content such as interactive floor pl...
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