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June 18, 2015

Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Team Up To Launch WebAssembly, A New Binary Format For The Web

The team notes that the idea here is not to replace JavaScript, by the way, but to allow many more languages to be compiled for the Web. Indeed, chances are that both JavaScript and WebAssembly will be used side-by-side and some parts of the application may use WebAssembly modules (animation, visualization, compression, etc.), while the user interface will still be mostly written in JavaScript, for example.

This is huge news.

March 13, 2015
December 4, 2014

Google now lets you prove your humanity with a single click

This new “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” (try saying that three times fast) judges you instantaneously with a “risk analysis engine” that considers miscellaneous bits like your IP address and the movements of your mouse cursor to see if you’re actually made of flesh and blood. In the event that you don’t pass muster the first time ’round, you’ll have to sit through a more traditional CAPTCHA complete with those all-too-familiar screwy words and numbers.

An interesting approach, but isn’t it a shame that this requires such profound engineering in the first place?

May 19, 2014

YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion

The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime Google ad exec Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube earlier this year.

February 6, 2014

It seems like the DirectWrite implementation for the Windows version of Chrome is close to being finished. Thank the gods.

We’re polishing the implementation and making sure it’s ready to ship to all of Chrome’s Windows users. Take a look at the “Blocked on” list for Issue 25541 for what is remaining.

We’re working hard on these and allowing DirectWrite from within the sandbox. When these are all finished we’ll ship it. From there it’ll make its way through Dev Channel, Beta, and finally hit Stable, generally around 10 weeks later, give or take.

January 15, 2014

Nest – a 'crazy idea' at a crazy price?

What kind of business could you buy for $3.2bn – or about £2bn? Well, in the UK you could pick up the construction giant Balfour Beatty, which employs more than 10,000 people, or the only remaining High Street electronics chain Dixons, with a workforce of more than 30,000. Or, if you are Google, that is what you can pay for a tiny connected home business employing just 300 people.