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12:40 PM ET, January 12, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Confirmed: Personal Hotspot feature coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3  —  According to our source, the personal hotspot feature that debuted on the Verizon iPhone yesterday will, in fact, be making its way to all iPhones in iOS 4.3.  We're sure there will need to be carrier support for this feature …
Tim Sneath / MSDN Blogs:
An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google  —  The world's ability to communicate with one another is a key factor in its rapid evolution and economic growth.  The Esperanto language was invented last century as a politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding.
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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).
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Google Dropping Support for H.264 in Chrome
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Apple can't claim exclusive rights to ‘App Store’  —  Should the phrase “App Store” be Apple's alone?  Microsoft says no, and it's fighting for the right to use those words for its own mobile application store.  —  The Redmond company this week escalated its battle against Apple's attempt …
Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Verizon iPhone 4 Doesn't Suffer from Death Grip  —  Now that the device is real, and we've managed to get some hands-on time with it, we were curious to see if Verizon's and Apple's claims that the only-slightly altered antenna version for the CDMA-based variant of the iPhone 4 (in the United States) …
David / TmoNews:
Samsung Vibrant Plus Will Offer 21+ Mbps 4G Speeds  —  Well, we knew the Samsung Vibrant Plus existed but we didn't know was that it's slated to be T-Mobile's first 4G phone that offers 21+ Mbps speeds.  Currently, the myTouch4G and T-Mobile G2 offer 4G speeds that are capped at 14.4 Mbps.
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.
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 …
Greg Blevins / Google Mobile Blog:
Now available: Google Places with Hotpot for iPhone  —  We recently released Google Places with Hotpot in Google Maps for Android, and starting now, you can have that same great experience as an iPhone app.  We realize the importance of finding places you'll love while you're out and about, no matter what mobile device you use.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media Clears SEC and Prices IPO  —  Demand Media is set to go public, according to an amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, with shares priced from $14 to $16 each.  —  The online publisher could sell up to 8.625 million shares and, if it prices at the top of the range …
Discussion: Beet.TV and DealBook
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.
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 …
Discussion: TUAW
Daniel Cawrey / thechromesource:
Cr-48 Shipments to Resume, Applications for Pilot Still Open  —  Since late December, Chrome OS notebooks have not been going out as part of Google's Chrome OS Pilot Program.  Yesterday, I speculated about some of the reasons why shipments from Google of the Cr-48 to test users may have stopped.
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.
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Verizon Will Sell IPad That Connects 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.
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: All Facebook and iMediaPress
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Poynt snags location-based patent for serving up personalized offers  —  Poynt, a location-based mobile search engine from Multiplied Media, today announced it has been granted a patent, first filed in 2000, for delivering offers and coupons to a mobile user based on GPS location and information …
Discussion: Market Wire and All Points Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey On Charlie Rose: “It's Really Complex To Make Something Simple.”  —  Twitter Chairman and Square founder Jack Dorsey sat down with Charlie Rose last night to talk about Dorsey's unique position of being responsible for two technology startups based on the idea of simplicity: Twitter and Square.
Discussion: Fortune and Charlie Rose
Dow Jones:
U.S. Venture Capital Fund-Raising Continues Decline in 2010, Hits Seven-Year Low  —  Dow Jones LP Source: Venture Firms Raised $2.4 Billion in 4Q, Bringing 2010 Total to $11.6 Billion; Late-Stage Funds Saw a Substantial Jump  —  Recent improvement in the exit markets has not enticed limited partners …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook to Distribute AMBER Alerts, Perhaps Other Emergency Info  —  In an interesting tie between government and Facebook, users will soon be able to receive AMBER (America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response) Alerts on the site about children abducted in their area.
Discussion: NetworkEffect and Gov 2.0
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
MetroPCS Data Plans Violate Net-Fairness Rules, Groups Tell FCC  —  A coalition of public interest groups asked federal regulators on Tuesday to investigate whether new mobile internet plans from MetroPCS violate open-internet rules passed in late 2010.  —  Free Press, along …
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
AMD CEO left partly over mobile strategy: source  —  (Reuters) - The departure of Advanced Micro Devices' chief executive followed months of concern among some board members that he wasn't doing enough to get the chip maker into the exploding mobile market, a company source said.
Discussion: Datamation and ITProPortal
 
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