Remains of the Day: Open, for business?

Well, thank heavens we can stop speculating about the Verizon iPhone now. I feel lighter already. Let’s see how AT&T is doi—oh. Does anybody have a tissue? Elsewhere, Google Chrome creates a paradox and Hershey lands in hot…cocoa? The remainders for Tuesday, January 11, 2011 go great with marshmallows.

AT&T Preps iPhone Plan (Wall Street Journal)

So now that Verizon has the iPhone too, is AT&T feeling “not so special”? Wireless chief Ralph de la Vega says heck no! In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said “The short- and long-term viability of AT&T will be good whether we have exclusivity or not. We are much bigger than this.” And then he shed a single tear.

HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome (The Chromium Blog)

In a rather surprising move, Google announced on Tuesday that it’s dropping support for the H.264 video codec (used extensively on iOS devices) in Chrome, and instead focusing on the WebM and Theora formats. The reasoning? H.264 just isn’t open enough. But, as Daring Fireball’s John Gruber points out, the browser ships with its own embedded version of Flash—a proprietary standard if there ever was one. That *pop* you just heard was caused by Chrome going back in time and hitting its grandfather with a car.

Chocolate-Milk App Lands Hershey In Court (paidContent)

A federal judge greenlit a copyright lawsuit from Las Vegas-based Hottrix against chocolatier Hershey, who Hottrix claims ripped off the concept of its “virtual drinking” app—pioneered in such groundbreaking apps as iBeer, iMilk, and iSoda—for a Hershey syrup-themed software program. The Quik Bunny could not be reached for comment.

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