Chrome: who and why

Wired has a piece by Steven Levy on the team behind Google’s Chrome browser. Inside Chrome: The Secret Project to Crush IE and Remake the Web.

(Their Capital Letters, Not Mine.)

Fascinating glimpse into the development process and an easy introduction to the technologies used in Chrome.

Jack Schofield in the Guardian thinks the secrecy angle is overstated and points out that many of the features in Chrome have appeared in other browsers. Inside Chrome: the story behind Google’s browser.

“Google’s Android software — the plan to take over all the world’s mobile phones — needed a browser. Firefox has not pursued mobile, so should Google have done a deal with Opera, Apple or Microsoft? Maybe not. And if it was going to put a lightweight mobile browser into Android, it would make a lot of sense for Google to offer a browser for PC users as well.”

That’s why.


Newsflash: Webcaster Settlement Act

Save Net Radio reports today

“Legislation authorizing SoundExchange to negotiate royalty agreements with webcasters on behalf of copyright owners and performers before the end of the year has been approved by the U.S. Senate.  The Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 (H.R. 7084), passed unanimously in the House of Representatives earlier this week, was approved by the Senate yesterday evening and now awaits President Bush’s signature.”

The Act offers a likely solution for webcasters, whose industry has been under threat since the March 2007 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) to massively increase royalty rates payable by internet broadcasters. Campaigns in support of netradio, appeals and proposed alternative legislation had run into stalemate, until recent moves by larger webcasters and royalties-collection agency SoundExchange towards a negotiated settlement. The Act allows SoundExchange to make agreements, which will have legal status, with webcasters on behalf of copyright holders.

It’s not yet a deal. Different sections of the industry- DIMA, small webcasters, NPR- have to arrive at settlements.

David Oxenford, whose Broadcast Law Blog  is an invaluable source of legal opinion on US media, has written extensively on the Internet Royalty dispute and represented small webcasters. He explains What the Act Means

iPhone developer news

Do the right thing

Apple to developers

We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software.

(Via Daring Fireball)

Nobody reads EULAs

Flashmagazine reports a Senior Director of Engineering at Adobe confirming that Adobe have a Flash player for iPhone in development.

We’ve been here before. In March Sun announced they would develop Java for iPhone, without noticing that the EULA does not allow apps to launch executables.The Register

Adobe can get a player ready for the iPhone, but Apple don’t have to approve it.

John Gruber explains again, why this is not going to happen.

The conference Flash on the Beach at Brighton (UK) looks like the place to be for Flashionistas.

Their report also links to a thoughtful piece by a Flash developer about why Flash on the iPhone is not a good idea.