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Google Enters the Web Video Fray with WebM

1 June 2010


n May of 2005, a little video sharing web site known as YouTube was released to the public. Within a year, 100 million videos were being watched every day on the service. Google purchased YouTube in October of 2006 and as of this writing, 2 billion videos are being watched daily. So it seems unnecessary, even trite, to claim that Google has made video a mainstay on our computer screens. Yet, Google's February 2010 acquisition of On2 Technologies and its subsequent announcement of the WebM Project have transitioned the company's role and influence on web video from the equivalent of a TV channel to a movie studio with worldwide reach.


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