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7:50 PM ET, May 19, 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 …
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.
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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Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Here's What's New In iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4  —  Oh yes! iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 is out and we're tearing it apart to find out what's new so that you don't have to risk your iPhones.  Here's what we've discovered so far.  Updating.  —  The default home screen is different.
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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 …
Google Code Blog:
Introducing the Google Buzz API  —  With Google I/O 2010 finally upon us, what better time to introduce developers to the latest updates to the Google Buzz API?  —  As announced at the launch of Google Buzz, the Google Buzz API aligns itself with the ever-growing family of freely available …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Gets An API; Will Be Integrated Into Seesmic, TweetDeck, And More
Discussion: Seesmic Blog and SocialTimes.com
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Buzz API: They Built It, But Will Developers Come?
Discussion: Ping.fm Blog
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.
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Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Grew 17 Per Cent in First Quarter 2010  —  RIM Made Its Debut into the Top Five Mobile Handset Manufacturers  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totalled 314.7 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 17 per cent increase from the same period in 2009 …
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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 …
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Some Early Pictures Of Chrome's New Web Apps Feature
Discussion: Erictric
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Adobe Offering New HTML5 Software Tools  —  Adobe, the software company, showcased a new HTML5 addition to its Creative Suite software on Wednesday at the Google I/O developer conference.  —  The new addition, which is already available, comes in the form of a free upgrade to Dreamweaver, Adobe's Web authoring software.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod touch with 2 megapixel camera leaked in Vietnam (video)  —  Guess who has another Apple scoop?  Tinhte, the upstarts from Vietnam have first pics of the mythical iPod touch with a camera.  The “DVT-1” stamp on the back makes it clear that this is an early design verification test unit in the evolution of product testing.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Bill Gates Told Steve Jobs About the iPad in 2007  —  May 30, 2007.  Watch Señor Bill Gates describing the future of computing, with Apple CEO Steve Jobs next to him: An iPad-like device being used alongside an iPhone-like device.  Then watch Jobs saying that, actually, the future was the PC.
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google I/O 2010 Day 1: A more powerful web in more places  —  Today at Moscone West in San Francisco, we're kicking off our largest developer conference of the year, Google I/O. Over two days, 5,000 people from 66 countries will hear from 200 speakers, see 180+ developer demonstrations …
Paul Douglas / TechRadar.com:
Larry Page: Your Android battery should last a day  —  If it's not, then blame your apps, says Google co-founder  —  If your Android phone's battery doesn't make it through the day, there's “something wrong”, says Larry Page, co-founder of Google.  —  Speaking at Google's annual partner forum …
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Google I/O: mSpot streams personal music collections from the cloud  —  A Silicon Valley company is trying to get a jump start on what many suspect may be Apple's next music move: an online streaming music service that unleashes your personal library.  —  The company, called mSpot …
Discussion: TechCrunch and BetaNews
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple to keep the ‘pro’ in Final Cut Pro  —  Apple on Wednesday denied published reports that its professional-level suite of video software applications is being refocused to suit more mainstream customers.  —  According to an AppleInsider report, the Final Cut Studio team has been told …
 
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Intel sees potential in Apple iPad
David Dahlquist / Macworld:
Netflix iPad app adds video output support
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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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Seesmic Blog:
Introducing the New Seesmic Desktop - Preview Version
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Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
Computer Algorithm Can Recognize Sarcasm (Which Is Just Soooo Cool)
Discussion: Telegraph and BaltTech
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