Cisco last week said it will take its version of H.264 open source, paying licensing costs to make it freely available to third-party developers. The move may boost H.264’s chances of becoming a default codec for real-time communication, it might not help WebRTC’s prospects in mobile.
Apple executives will take to Town Hall stage at the company’s campus in Cupertino, Calif. Tueday morning to at long last “talk iPhone.” Follow along with us here for live, up-to-the-minute updates about all the hardware and software revelations beginning at 10 am PT.
Janko has a nice writeup on how Google plans to open up Hangouts group video chat functionality to third party application developers, which could be a nice way to further spur adoption as it unleashes innovative developers to create interesting new apps and services with Hangout video capability built in. What remains to be seen is if and when Hangouts will interoperate with other video chatting services. My feeling is it will not work with any of the other big ones (Skype, Facetime), as those vendors (as well as Google) has a vested interest in driving users to primarily use their own video chat service rather than giving consumers an “out” in subscribing to their platform through interoperation.
iPhone app developers are keenly anticipating news of Apple’s rumored 4G iPhone from today’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynoted by Steve Jobs. But some developers are starting to worry that AT&T’s new capped data plans could put a serious crimp in the app economy. You can get all the news from today’s events, including a live blog of the keynote at GigaOm’s TheAppleBlog.
The biggest web-related news by far this week was a lovers’ quarrel. But it wasn’t two people fighting, it was a company and its developer community. The company was Twitter, and the battle was over the future of the Twitter “ecosystem,” the stable of third-party applications and related services that have grown up around the company since it was founded in 2006. The tiff is in many ways a replay of tensions in developer vs. company relationships that have ebbed and flowed virtually since Silicon Valley began, and regardless of the outcome, it could give some app developers a hard lesson in navigating this relationship.