Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Feb 2013 13:21 UTC
Opera Software De kogel is door de kerk: as we already talked about earlier, Opera is going to switch to the WebKit engine, leaving its own Presto rendering engine behind. We didn't yet know if they would the switch only on mobile or on the desktop as well, and they cleared that up too: both mobile and desktop Opera Browsers will switch to the WebKit rendering engine.
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RE[4]: Sad, but understandable
by atsureki on Sat 16th Feb 2013 07:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Sad, but understandable"
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sigh, the iFanboys can waste mod points all the want but it won't make straw into gold and we have seen time and time again the undue influence Cupertino has on the web and it needs to be stopped NOW, before we end up with "This site works best on iPad" like we had with IE. Everybody forget the original HTML V5 specs called for open video, either Theora or WebM? Wanna guess why its H.264 now? Because Apple said quite clearly we will ONLY allow H.264 and called their fellow monopoly lovers MSFT and got them on board, thus killing any chance of an open format for patent troll MPEG-LA instead.

> called their fellow monopoly lovers
> fellow monopoly
> fellow
> monopoly

Take a deep breath and listen to yourself.

This isn't Apple exerting force. This is Opera losing the speed advantage they had in the legacy IE/Firefox days, and instead being relegated to a fan favorite for their unique approach to UX. So they decide to save some time and money by falling in line behind the rendering engine that outran them, which they can do because it is open source (i.e., Apple does not control its destiny, except to the extent the will of the market allows).

Meanwhile, the iBooks price fixing scandal was trumped up if not outright invented. Hamstringing the Kindle app with their in-app purchase shenanigans was scummy, but allowing the publishers to set ebook prices, while certainly not as consumer-friendly as Amazon's policy of aggressive undercutting, is also far less monopoly-friendly. Amazon is the 800 lb gorilla when it comes to controlling the prices of books and pricing competitors out of the market.

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