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12:10 AM ET, May 20, 2010

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google, Mozilla, And Opera Take On H.264 With The WebM Project, A New Royalty-Free Video Codec  —  Just when the H.264 video codec is starting to take over a large portion of new Web videos, along comes Google to shake things up again.  Today, along with Mozilla and Opera …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google tries freeing Web video with WebM  —  Google unveiled an open-source, royalty-free video format called WebM on Wednesday, lining up commitments from Mozilla and Opera to support the encoding technology in their browsers and pledging to support it on its YouTube site.
The WebM project blog:
Introducing WebM, an open web media project  —  A key factor in the web's success is that its core technologies such as HTML, HTTP, TCP/IP, etc. are open and freely implementable.  Though video is also now core to the web experience, there is unfortunately no open and free video format …
Jason Garrett-Glaser / Diary Of An x264 Developer:
The first in-depth technical analysis of VP8  —  Back in my original post about Internet video, I made some initial comments on the hope that VP8 would solve the problems of web video by providing a supposed patent-free video format with significantly better compression than the current options of Theora and Dirac.
Christopher Blizzard / Mozilla Hacks:
Firefox, YouTube and WebM
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Proof That Google TV Will Make Its Debut Tomorrow  —  For the last couple months (and even before that), rumors have been swirling about a web-enabled Google TV project.  Numerous reports have stated that the project will be launching this week at I/O, with the LA Times reporting …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Gets An API; Will Be Integrated Into Seesmic, TweetDeck, And More  —  Since Google Buzz was first released, there's been one major feature that's been noticeably missing: an API.  Soon after the service was launched we hacked together our own ‘Share with Buzz’ button …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Investor Dave McClure: ‘Open is for losers’  —  A group of investors argued heatedly about the value of open versus closed technology on a panel today at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco.  Dave McClure (pictured), who oversees the seed investing program at Founders Fund …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Apple iPhone to launch with simultaneous voice and data?  —  One of our Verizon guys hit us up with some pretty interesting news.  We have been told that when the mythical Verizon iPhone materializes, assuming it's not a LTE unit, it might launch with VoRA; Voice over Rev. A. According to our source …
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First Round Capital / Redeye VC:
Location in the Cloud  —  I just read the news about Google's upgrades …
Stephanie Hannon / Google Wave Blog:
Google Wave Available for Everyone  —  Starting today, we are making Google Wave openly available to everyone as part of Google Labs.  You no longer need an invitation to wave — simply visit wave.google.com and sign right in.  Likewise, if you are a Google Apps administrator at a business …
Biz Stone / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for iPhone  —  Comprehensive analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes App Store showed very plainly that people were looking for an app from Twitter—we didn't have one so they generally got confused and gave up.  Obviously, we saw room for improvement.
Louis Gray:
At Google I/O, Apple Is Invisible and Ignored  —  Speaking in the shadows of Steve Jobs keynotes past, the first day of Google I/O seemed to work around the elephant in the room of Apple and Google's recent conflicts and ongoing battles in mobile, advertising and the OS.
Discussion: The Independent, Thanks:atul
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Sprint 4G Phone Hits New Speeds, but Battery Lags  —  The major wireless phone companies have begun building out the next generation of cellular phone systems, called 4G, or fourth-generation, networks.  These networks are designed to offer much faster data speeds than the current speediest networks, which are called 3G.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Daring Fireball
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Sergey Brin On Google's Wifi Data Collection: “We Screwed Up”  —  At a press briefing at the Google I/O developers conference today, Google cofounder Sergey Brin didn't mince words about his company's accidental collection of wifi data.  “We screwed up,” he said.
Discussion: Reuters, Tech Eye, broadstuff and TNW Google
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Lawmakers ask FTC to look into Google Wi-Fi data
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Chrome Web Store is Webapp Central In Your Browser  —  There's a new Chrome tag page (like the one there now that shows bookmarks) that you can “install” webapps onto your browser.  Essentially, it's a shortcut center to the webapps you use.  Then, there's the web store.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Video: Sports Illustrated Shows Off a Google-Ready Digital Magazine
Discussion: TechCrunch, AdAge and Digital Daily
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Branches Out with Publishing Arm  —  Amazon.com Inc. said it plans to launch a publishing imprint that will produce English-language translations of foreign-language books.  —  The imprint, AmazonCrossing, will acquire rights to books and hire writers to translate them into English …
Discussion: DailyFinance, Amazon.com and Mashable!
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Sneak Peek: The Obama Administration's Redesigned Data.gov  —  One year ago this Friday, United States chief information officer Vivek Kundra launched an ambitious website called Data.gov to make the government's vast stores of data available to the public.  The thinking behind the site then …
Discussion: Epicenter
M.I.C gadget:
The Real Truth Behind Foxconn's Suicide Cluster  —  The Foxconn suicide mess is all started from job stress.  Within half a year, there are 9 suicides with 7 confirmed-deaths in Foxconn's factory of China, Shenzhen.  In order to find out what's really going on in that factory, the Southern Weekly …
David Dahlquist / Macworld:
Netflix iPad app adds video output support  —  If you've used the Netflix iPad app, you've probably thought how cool it would be if you could connect your iPad to a TV to watch what's streaming to the app.  Someone at Netflix must have read your mind, because the company on Wednesday updated …
Discussion: TUAW, Engadget and EverythingiCafe
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Google debates face recognition technology  —  Google executives are wrestling over whether to launch controversial facial recognition technology after a barrage of criticism over its privacy policies.  —  Eric Schmidt, chief executive, said a series of public disputes over privacy issues …
Xinhua News Agency:
China issues new rules on Internet map publishing  —  An updated standard for Internet map servers will be implemented next month to avoid state secrets being disclosed and uncertified maps published online, authorities have said.  —  The new standard issued by the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Hanvon CEO smashes Apple effigy at TouchPad launch (video)  —  Want to draw attention to an otherwise ordinary piece of consumer electronics?  Do something emotive like, say, smash a giant Apple ice sculpture in front of the world's Chinese press.  Besides putting the boys in Cupertino on notice …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Attorney General Tom Corbett Subpoenaes Twitter To Identify Anonymous Critics
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Intel sees potential in Apple iPad
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pirate Bay on MPAA, RIAA most ‘notorious’ list
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft to online advertisers: No fake clicks, if we can help it
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Making Good Typography on the Web Easier: Google Introduces Font API and Directory
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Google I/O: mSpot streams personal music collections from the cloud
Discussion: TechCrunch, BetaNews and Electronista
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod touch with 2 megapixel camera leaked in Vietnam (video)
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Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Grew 17 Per Cent in First Quarter 2010
 

 
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