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7:25 AM ET, January 12, 2011

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Mike Jazayeri / Chromium Blog:
HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome  —  The web's open and community-driven development model is a key factor in its rapid evolution and ubiquitous adoption.  The WebM Project was launched last year to bring an open, world-class video codec to the web.  Since the launch, we've seen first-hand the benefits of an open development model:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
So Google, You'll Be Dropping Support For Flash Next, Right?  —  Do you smell that?  Just wait a second.  You will. … The bolding is mine, but that's Google's actual statement as to why they're dropping support for the H.264 video codec from the Chromium open source browser (from which Chrome is built).
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Google Dropping Support for H.264 in Chrome  —  Mike Jazayeri, Chrome product manager: … A bold move, to be sure.  H.264 is widely used.  WebM and Theora aren't.  Perhaps this move will push more publishers toward serving video encoded with WebM.  The big problem WebM has versus H.264 …
Arpit Mathur / Code Zen:
Why Google Was Correct In Chrome Dropping H.264  —  “This is crazy, why drop support for {propriety tech} that works and was pretty ubiquitous? ”  Now you can replace {propriety tech} with either H.264 or Flash.  So why do we laud Apple dropping Flash but call Google's recent action a blow to the open web.
Apple:
Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon  —  BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California—January 11, 2011—Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10.
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Verizon Gets the iPhone, Arriving February 10th From $199  —  It's Verizon's big day: The day it reveals its own version of Apple's game-changing iPhone, ready to steal millions of unsatisfied customers from AT&T and launch Apple's share price into the stratosphere.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T iPhone 4 vs. Verizon iPhone 4: what's changed?
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Verizon to Sell Apple IPad That Connects Directly to Its Network  —  Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless will sell a version of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer that can connect directly to its network, posing another challenge to AT&T Inc. as the carrier's exclusive hold on the iPhone draws to a close.
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Microsoft Fights Apple Trademark on ‘App Store’  —  Microsoft is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple a trademark on the name “App Store,” saying the term is generic and competitors should be able to use it.  —  Apple applied for the trademark in 2008 for goods and services including …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bitterness, Anger And Betrayal At MySpace  —  An email from a reader claiming to be a MySpace employee about the layoffs today that left half of the company out of work.  These things are part of life, but the bitterness, anger and feeling of betrayal are striking.
Discussion: iMediaPress and All Facebook
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:UK:
MySpace Cuts 47 Percent Of Its Workforce
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Future Version Of Android Isn't Called Ice Cream.  It's Ice Cream SANDWICH.  —  It's tough being a tech journalist.  Countless phone calls, mountains of email, endless warring with legions of trolls.  Really, you've got to be pretty hardcore to do this job.  It's a wonder we ever get any posts up.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo TV is a Paradigm Shift for Internet TV  —  Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show we got a sneak peek at the latest incarnation of Yahoo Connected TV and we were excited about what we saw: the first Internet TV device to bring passive and personalized Internet content to its users.
Discussion: SAI and SmartBlog on Social Media
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Formspring Closes $11.5 Million Round, Launches ‘Respond’ Button  —  One of the biggest phenomena of last year was Formspring, a social site that lets you invite your friends to “Ask you anything”.  The site launched in November 2009 and rose from obscurity to some 40 million monthly uniques at its peak …
Discussion: The Social, Bits and NetworkEffect
Billy Gallagher / Stanford Daily:
The Forgotten Social Network  —  Zack Hoberg/The Stanford Daily  —  The idea that governs Facebook was created, then shut down, at Stanford years before Mark Zuckerberg appeared  —  Silicon Valley's Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo, Google and Facebook are some of the largest technology companies in the world.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Google Android More Vulnerable Than IPhone, Antivirus Maker Says  —  Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s Android operating system for mobile devices is more vulnerable to hackers and viruses than Apple Inc.'s iPhone platform, according to security-software maker Trend Micro Inc.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple to add Wi-Fi hotspot to GSM iPhone with iOS 4.3 - rumor  —  The new Personal Hotspot feature on iOS 4.2.5 will not remain exclusive to the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4, and will arrive with the release of iOS 4.3 for existing GSM-based handsets, according to a new rumor.
Evan Blass / PocketNow:
First ‘Facebook Phone’ Outed: INQ Cloud Touch With Android?  —  A handset known as the INQ Cloud Torch has just received Bluetooth certification, and based on the design description, we believe that it is the first of two “Facebook” phones rumored to be in development by both TechCrunch and Bloomberg.
Discussion: Unwired View, BGR, Droid Life and IntoMobile, Thanks:evan_pn
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Updates Mac App, Gets Rid Of Secret Backdoor Feature, Avoids Apple's Wrath  —  Twitter has updated its Mac app for the Mac App Store with some modest changes, including a new, blue icon, replacing its previous black icon.  —  Twitter has also — as far as we can tell …
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Facebook's Big Credits Push Shows Itself in CityVille, Other Top Social Games  —  Over the past year, Facebook has steadily worked to make Credits the only payments option on its platform, but has given few specifics details on what it's doing during the transition.
Joan O'C. Hamilton / Stanford Alumni Association:
Separation Anxiety  —  Now that there's no escaping the digital world, research is getting more serious about what happens to personalities that are incessantly on.  —  PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONS BY WILLIAM DUKE  —  THERE ARE NOW roughly 2 billion Internet users worldwide.  Five billion earthlings have cell phones.
Paul Kedrosky / Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Curation is the New Search is the New Curation  —  In the beginning there was curation, and it was good.  People found interesting things, created directories of those things, and then you found what you were looking for inside those curated lists.  That was the origins of the original lists and directories, from Yahoo on outward.
Discussion: Enterprise Irregulars, Thanks:richdemuro
 
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