This week in pictures: HTML5 strikes twice
Also, the Senate votes to keep net neutrality rules, Barnes & Noble launches the Nook Tablet, Zynga grabs back IPO shares from 'undeserving' workers, and our robot overlords continue to render humans obsolete.
Adobe ditches Flash for mobile
Adobe Systems said Wednesday it is abandoning the Flash Player in future mobile browsers to focus on HTML5, a decision that immediately ignited concerns among mobile app developers, many of whom are working with Android apps. Read more.
Microsoft to turn off Silverlight?
HTML5 struck again. After Adobe announced the killing of Flash plug-ins for mobile use, Microsoft seems to be wavering about Silverlight as well in favor of HTML5. Could plug-ins be passe? Read more.
Senate votes against measure to kill net neutrality rules
Senators on Thursday voted 52-46, largely along party lines, against a Republican measure that would have overturned net neutrality rules passed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission last December. The FCC's net neutrality rules would prohibit wired broadband providers from selectively slowing or blocking Web content and applications. The rules are unnecessary regulation of the Internet and a power grab by the FCC of congressional authority, argued Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican and sponsor of the resolution. Read more.
Source: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
Barnes & Noble launches Nook Tablet
Barnes & Noble launched its widely expected tablet Monday, taking on the soon-to-be released tablet from book-selling rival Amazon with a machine that has slightly better specs. Read more.
Google's director of public policy quits at critical time
Google has lost the man who has led its government relations efforts in the Americas for more than six years, at a time when the company's operations face intense scrutiny from legislators and regulators. Read more.
Is AI and technology to blame for high unemployment?
The Industrial Revolution occurred when new tools magnified worker productivity. But the "AI Revolution" may render many mid-level jobs completely obsolete. Read more.