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Firefox 4 to bring WebM support

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Wed June 9, 2010

Mozilla to bring WebM support to Firefox 4

Mozilla is bringing the WebM video codec to the next build of its web browser, Firefox 4. According to the company's Robert O'Callahan, the issues revolving around making the codec licensing compatible with open-source licensing type GPL have been resolved. The WebM video format is based on the VP8 video codec, which was acquired by Google in 2009 and is a purportedly royalty-free alternative to H.264 for HTML5 video.

Google has since made the codec open-source, claims to have resolved the licensing issue and has already added support for WebM to a beta version of Chrome. Microsoft will also support WebM in its upcoming IE9 browser. Firefox 4 with WebM support should arrive later in June. [via ReadWriteWeb]

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