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Court rules the FCC can’t block state net neutrality laws

The FCC has won a key bid to uphold its repeal of net neutrality, but at a significant cost. A federal appeals court handling a Mozilla complaint has ruled that most of the repeal can stand, but that the FCC had “not shown legal authority” to ban states from implementing their own laws. The regulator was trying to “categorically abolish” states’ established power to regulate communications within their borders, according to the court. – Jon Fingas, Engadget » https://engt.co/2oWgXl0 [photo:Orin Zebest/Flickr]

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House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public

On Thursday this week, the Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing about the impact of Pai’s net neutrality repeal on consumers, small businesses, and free speech. Witnesses who have been invited to testify at the hearing include former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, cable industry chief lobbyist Michael Powell (who is also a former FCC chairman), and representatives of Mozilla, Free Press, and Eastern Oregon Telecom. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2HZDcQ6

What to expect from tomorrow’s big net neutrality court hearing

[W]hat may be the most likely shot at restoring net neutrality regulations will come from a petition against the FCC filed by several supporters of the dismantled rules. The case, Mozilla Corporation v. FCC, will be heard by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the court will decide whether the FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, was within its rights to end the protections. – Colin Lecher, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2DLSeEW

Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix partner to build open media formats

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Each of the seven companies will contribute technology (royalty free) and expertise to support high-quality video, audio, imagery, and streaming across all types of devices. For example, Cisco will share technology relating to its new video codec Thor, Google will share details surrounding VP10, and Mozilla will offer up Daala. – Emil Protalinski, VentureBeat

Matchstick snuffs out Firefox-based streaming dongle

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Slated to be the first streaming stick based on Firefox OS, the open-source operating system built by Mozilla, Matchstick was designed to connect to an HDMI port on a television to stream content from the Internet via a computer or mobile device. It was intended to go head to head with Chromecast, which provides a similar service. – Steven Musil, CNET

Firefox 33 arrives with OpenH264 support, sending video to Chromecast and Roku from Android

Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 33 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Major additions include OpenH264 support as well as the ability to send video content from webpages to a second screen. […] The biggest addition for the desktop platforms is OpenH264 sandboxed support via Cisco Systems’s H.264 open source H.264 implementation. Thanks to the networking company, Firefox can now decode and encode the video compression format (for WebRTC, but not the video tag yet) without Mozilla having to pay MPEG LA license fees. – Emil Protalinski,VentureBeat
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Patent holders cut streaming fees for next-gen video tech

MPEG-LA, the company that sells a license to 57 HEVC-related patents on behalf of Apple, Samsung, Fujitsu and other 20 patent holders, said Monday it’ll charge 20 cents per product that can encode or decode video using HEVC. That’s the same price as for today’s prevailing standard, called H.264 or AVC, but this time around, MPEG LA isn’t charging for use of the technology when a video is streamed over the Internet or sold on a Blu-ray disc. […] That patent provision is one big reason Google has pushed its rival VP8, VP9, and soon, VP10 video codecs. The company wants to liberate video on the Internet. That’s why it’s notable HEVC doesn’t require any payments for streaming-video use: it partially neutralizes at least one VP9 advantage. Patent royalties aren’t just a financial problem. For open-source software like Mozilla’s Firefox browser, it’s not legally possible to include. Today Firefox downloads an H.264 codec supplied by Cisco, which pays royalties. It’s an awkward situation, and it doesn’t cover Firefox and HEVC — which is why Mozilla is working on its own royalty-free video codec called Daala, which it hopes will leapfrog both VP9 and HEVC. – Stephen Shankland,CNET
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Firefox for Android beta updated with Chromecast, Roku streaming

Mozilla fans eager to stream from their favorite browser can access the experimental feature from Google Play, rather than manually installing the update. It gets better, too: the official beta also has support for Roku streaming, assuming your set top box has the Firefox channel installed. Finally, Mozilla quietly announced that its bringing WebRTC support into the main beta channel of its desktop browser. – Sean Buckley,Engadget
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This Could Be Our First Look at Mozilla’s Chromecast Competitor

Gigaom’s Janko Roettgers got an exclusive […] with the Firefox OS-powered streaming device, and it seems like Mozilla’s competitor offers many of the same capabilities as Chromecast and Roku. But unlike Chromecast, which restricts certain types of content and is only open to Android, iOS, and web app developers, Mozilla’s system would assumedly be completely open to developers’ whims. That means Mozilla’s device could offer casting capabilities to Windows Phones and Amazon Fire Phones. And it could offer hardware and software integration that’s only limited by a hobbyist’s imagination. – Robert Sorokanich, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/WJS5SJk
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