Google versus Microsoft: the gloves are off

Google and Microsoft are rivals, and they have been for some time. Everybody knows that. But what was previously a healthy rivalry between two of the most prominent names in technology increasingly looks like a bar-room brawl.

Earlier this week, the two companies became involved in a very public spat that created a social media spectacle and led TechCrunch’s MG Siegler to write, “Wow, Microsoft and Google are punching each other in the face right in front of us.

Google ditches H.264 support in Chrome

Google may be one of the world’s most respected tech companies, but it could learn a thing or two from Apple. One lesson: surprises are supposed to be good.

Yesterday, Google surprised the world with an announcement that it is dropping support for the popular H.264 video codec. Not surprisingly, this sparked an outcry from many publishers and users who now know: the codec wars are on.