W3C Finalizes the Definition of HTML5

The Worldwide Web Consortium has just announced that, at long last, it has completed a three year odyssey to finalize the HTML5 specification.

“HTML5 is the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform, the cross-platform programming environment usually referred to by the umbrella term “web standards.” HTML5 and related technologies like JavaScript and CSS provide a way to write rich web applications designed to run on any device that follows the specifications, and many companies are hitching their futures to the platform’s success.”

US Refuses To Sign ITU Treaty Over Internet Provisions

An effort to give far greater control over the Web to governments and multi-national organizations has failed. The U.S. and all 27 E.U. member nations formed the main voting bloc against the International Telecommunications Union Treaty.

“Interestingly, the collapse of negotiations began when language was added to the new rules about “human rights obligations,” which predictably met with stiff resistance from nations with spotty records on that front, including China and Iran.”

Instagram causes uproar with users over TOS

After a firestorm of criticism and threats to dump the social media platform, Instagram is backing down from language in its policy that claimed the right to sell users’ photos without pay or notification.

“It’s our mistake that this language is confusing and that the company is working on updated language. Since making these changes, we’ve heard loud and clear that many users are confused and upset about what the changes mean.” – Chief Executive Kevin Systrom

Google Maps Hits 10M downloads in 48 Hours

Google reported Monday that iOS users downloaded more than 10 million copies of its revamped Maps app. That’s just the first two days of the app’s availability. Google Maps is making its triumphant return to the iPhone after a three-month absence.

“We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world,” said Jeff Huber, the Google executive who leads its Commerce & Local division, in a message on Google+ as he announced over 10 million downloads in Maps’ first 48 hours.”

SSD prices continue to plunge

Computerworld reports solid state drive (SSD) prices for certain models have plunged from $3 to less than $1 per gigabyte. The latest drop comes on the heels of a 20% decrease in price in the second quarter of 2012 alone, according to data from IHS iSupply.

“We first saw low-budget SSDs hit the $1 mark in April, with heavy mail-in-rebates,” Kristopher Kubicki, chief architect at Dynamite Data, wrote in the blog post. “However, the industry has been very consistent and extremely fast in its direction. The bigger and newer players pushed the bottom quartile

[price] from $1.5/GB to $1/GB in just four months!”