Google I/O day 1 – WebM, Wave and Chrome Web Store

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The Google IO conference began today, and several announcements were made this morning.

  • Google has open-sourced VP8 video codec and rolled it into a projected called WebM. This change will help browsers finally standardize on an open video format to replace Flash video on the web.
  • Google Wave is now available to everyone, including Google Apps users. Remember Google Wave? Our latest thinking is that it pretty much sucks. Hopefully opening it up to everyone will give them enough feedback to make it useful.
  • Google Chrome Web Store is a place for marketing and obtaining standards-based web applications. Now there is a centralized location to access some cutting-edge web apps that show off the new and excited features of modern web standards.

It’s clear that Google is fully behind an open web. Google promised more announcements for tomorrow’s keynote, beginning at 8:30am PDT, which will be streamed at Tune in!

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Sharon, Kansas. For the last 22 years he's worked for Purple Wave. Aaron served as president of the Kansas Auctioneers Association in 2017 and on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees from 2009 through 2013. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote the original ATS and AMM designation courses from NAA. An active contract bid caller, he has advanced to the finals in multiple state auctioneer contests. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest music can be found at as well as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.