It's realy unnerving to see how much FUD is spread over LWN when it comes to video coding. Please, if you want to write about video coding, then talk to the guys who actually do work on it. Talk to the guys from FFmpeg, VLC, MPlayer, Xine, XviD, x264,...
Then, about the article. Yes, Jason might be biased. Yes, he is an x264 developer. But if you read his blog post you'll see that he tries to have a balanced, technical analysis of VP8 compared to h.264. He isn't attacking it, neither does he bash it. And he definitly does not claim that VP8 violates any patents (he writes that the claim that VP8 is patent free is dodgy at best). And unlike most of the people who do compare different video codecs, he actually knows how to do a fair comparison without bias towards one or the other, even accounting for suboptimal implentations.
I wonder what the "long line of multimedia projects and companies announcing support for VP8 and WebM" is. FFmpeg (for those who don't know, it's the one single project that matters most when it comes to video coding as _every_ OSS video software uses FFmpeg somewhere and a lot, if not most comercial software does too) did not announce anything, neither was it "in the know before the deal was made". Also, FFmpeg did not get any patches until after the public anouncement. Some of the simpler patches were quickly commited, the rest will at least take a few weeks until all of them are ready to be included.
I also think that google should be a lot more open on whos work they are building on. For example, the container of webm is matroska, just relabled as webm. But with no word are they thanked for the great work they have done to create this container. They are simple forgotten in all the hype creation machinery.