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Five Years of YouTube and Forced Evolution

February 15th, 2010 02:46 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

NakNak writes to mention that the DailyMaverick has a feature looking back at five years of YouTube, some of the massive changes that have been forced through as a result of the overwhelming popularity, and what changes might be necessary going forward. “Google, which bought Youtube less than two years after it was founded for what was then considered outrageously expensive $1.65 billion, does not want Microsoft or Apple (or anybody else) to own the dominant video format. So it has become the biggest early tester of HTML5. Your browser doesn’t support HTML5? Google launches its own browser, Chrome. Need to use Internet Explorer at work because that’s all your IT department supports? Google launches a Chrome framework that effectively subverts IE and makes it HTML5-compatible. The final blow will be the day that YouTube switches off Flash and starts streaming only to HTML5 browsers. On that day all browsers will be HTML5 compatible or they will perish in the flames of user outrage.”

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