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4:35 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.
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.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft planning to support VP8 in Internet Explorer 9 - with a catch
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Google Has A Problem: VP8 Is Not As Good As H.264, On2's Quality Claims Unfounded
Discussion: Ajaxian, brainwagon and ZDNet, Thanks:ludobos
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Up A Few More Details About The Chrome Web Store  —  Perhaps the biggest story of day one at Google I/O was the announcement of the Chrome Web Store.  This store is meant to highlight web apps while at the same time, providing a way for developers to better monetize them (if they choose to).
Discussion: Erictric and Neowin.net
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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google I/O 2010 Day 1: A more powerful web in more places
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Chrome Web Store is Webapp Central In Your Browser
Louis Gray:
At Google I/O, Apple Is Invisible and Ignored
Discussion: The Independent, Thanks:atul
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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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 …
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Rivals, With Latitude API Google Starts Taking Location Very Seriously  —  Google Latitude has 3 million active users, but you wouldn't know it by the amount of buzz they get in the location space these days.  (Which is to say, just about none.)  The problem is that Latitude …
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First Round Capital / Redeye VC:
Location in the Cloud  —  I just read the news about Google's upgrades …
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: Engadget, Erictric, TUAW and EverythingiCafe
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Is The Latest To Talk The HTML5 Talk
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 …
Michael Finney / ABC 7:
Apple reverses its no-cash payment policy for iPads  —  More: Bio, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, News Team  —  PALO ALTO, CA (KGO) — Apple stepped up to the plate Wednesday, responding to a 7 On Your Side report about a woman who tried to buy an iPad using her carefully saved up money, only to be told she could not pay with cash.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Google eyes 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 …
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 …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Rogue ISP ordered to liquidate, pay FTC $1.08 million  —  A rogue Internet service provider that hosted and participated in the distribution of spam, malware, and porn has finally been shut down as a result of a request made by the FTC to a district court judge.
Discussion: Tech Eye and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Urbanspoon Wants To Challenge OpenTable With Its RezBook IPad App  —  Urbanspoon plans to continue its assault on OpenTable, and its weapon of choice is going to be the iPad.  I am not talking about Urbanspoon's slick iPad app which is already out and is aimed at consumers.
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: Amazon.com, DailyFinance and Mashable!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Attorney General Tom Corbett Subpoenaes Twitter To Identify Anonymous Critics  —  Tom Corbett, current Attorney General of the state of Pennsylvania and Gubernatorial Candidate, has subpoenaed Twitter to appear as a Grand Jury witness to “testify and give evidence regarding alleged violations of the laws of Pennsylvania”.
Discussion: Threat Level
 
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