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4:55 AM ET, January 15, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: The future of the iPad 2, iPhone 5, and Apple TV, and why Apple is shifting its mobile line to Qualcomm chipsets  —  We've been hearing a ton of rumors about what direction Apple's next set of products will take and when they'll be available — but now we've got some concrete information …
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Mike Jazayeri / Chromium Blog:
More about the Chrome HTML Video Codec Change  —  There has been a lot of discussion regarding this week's announcement of upcoming changes to HTML video codec support in Chrome.  The future of web video is an important topic, we welcome the debate, and want to address some of the questions raised.
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Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:
Embrace, Extend, Extinguish  —  Not satisfied with its polarizing about-face on net neutrality, this week Google threw away previous investments in H.264 and fully endorsed its own WebM format for native HTML5 video in Chrome.  —  There's no question that this is a shot at competing platforms …
Discussion: TechFlash
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   So Much For Standards, Google Says WebM Plugins Coming Soon For Safari And IE9
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Tweeting tyrants out of Tunisia: the global Internet at its best  —  Even yesterday, it would have been too much to say that blogger, tweeters, Facebook users, Anonymous, and Wikileaks had “brought down” the Tunisian government, but with today's news that the country's president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali …
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Ethan Zuckerman / Foreign Policy:
The First Twitter Revolution?  —  Not so fast.  The Internet can take some credit for toppling Tunisia's government, but not all of it.  —  Friday evening, Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali boarded a jet for Malta, leaving his prime minister to face streets filled with protesters demanding …
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Shares Hit $28.26 Per Share, That's a $70+ Billion Valuation  —  The SecondMarket Facebook shares auctions are back on after a holiday break, and the valuation is up big time.  The last auction prior to this one closed December 15 at $22.75/share.  Today it hit $28.26 per share.
Discussion: Startup Meme
The Mozilla Blog:
The Next Major Version of Firefox is Ready to Test  —  The latest Firefox 4 Beta is available to test the cool features and improvements in the next version of Firefox.  As we continue to refine features and performance in Firefox 4 Beta, this release includes faster start-up time, bookmarking and makes complex animations smoother.
Bryan / GizmoFusion:
Exclusive: Google Music Store Coming To Gingerbread?  —  For you folks that would like an easy way to buy and sync/download music from your PC to your Android phone, you may be in luck very soon.  From the image we see above that was just sent to us you can see the words “Sync Music”.
Chris Herbert / MacStories:
Twitter for Mac: ‘Tweet’ from Anywhere in OS X  —  Just a few days ago everyone (including us) was talking about a simple bookmarklet for Safari that sends the site title and link to Twitter for Mac (Tweetie 2).  Last night, I even found a Safari extension that did the same thing but also adds …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Delays Ruling on PlayStation Hack  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge here on Friday put off deciding whether PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz should surrender his computer gear as part of a lawsuit from console-maker Sony.  —  Sony sued Hotz on Tuesday, alleging Hotz' posting …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iOS 4.3 Beta Hints at OpenCL-Capable SGX543 GPU in Future Devices  —  When it comes to the graphics performance on Apple's iOS devices, the company has been sticking with the powerful POWERVR SGX535 GPU from Imagination Technologies for quite some time, introducing it on the iPhone 3GS …
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Why I Don't Use Facebook  —  Facebook is basically AOL with a different layout and all the same retro problems.  —  People are always baffled by the fact that I don't use Facebook.  I don't care much about Facebook any more than I cared about MySpace and LiveJournal before it.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Cubeduel Goes Viral Too Quickly, Stumbles Over LinkedIn API Limits  —  Yesterday we ran a post about Cubeduel, a service that mixes the best (or worst) of Hot or Not with LinkedIn.  Fire up the site and it will show you photos of two coworkers — pick the one you'd prefer to work with …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: BlackBerry Storm 3 shows up, tells all  —  You thought we were done revealing RIM's 2011 BlackBerry lineup?  Not quite yet.  In addition to the new BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve, and BlackBerry Torch 2, we have received photos and information about the BlackBerry Storm 3.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Meet Andreessen Horowitz's Newest Partner: Mark Cranney  —  Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has named Mark Cranney-a veteran tech executive with more than 20 years of experience in senior positions at Hewlett-Packard, Opsware and Parametric Technology-as its newest partner today.
Discussion: Digits and TechCrunch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Says It's “Absolutely Committed” to Flickr  —  We wrote a post yesterday calling into question the financial viability of Flickr, given another blogger's rough estimates of its annual revenue, Yahoo's struggles and the recent news that Delicious is going to be shuttered or sold.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google, Bing Up While AOL Hits All-Time Low: comScore December Search Data  —  Ahead of their official release, financial analysts released comScore's December search data.  Total search query volume, minus “contextual search” (slideshows), was reportedly up 24 percent vs. a year ago for a total of 18.2 billion monthly queries.
Peter Cohen / The Loop:
The Beatles on iTunes - 5 million songs, 1 million albums sold so far  —  Many music fans finally got what they were asking for in November, 2010 when Apple announced that the music of the Beatles was now available for purchase from the iTunes Store.  It's a tribute to the band's enduring popularity …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Posterous Cofounder Garry Tan Steps Down, Heads To Y Combinator  —  Garry Tan, one of the cofounders of easy-to-use blogging service Posterous, is moving on from the company.  Tan will be leaving to take a position at Y Combinator, where he will serve as a designer in residence.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
We need help with the strange disappearance of Dancho Danchev  —  Zero Day blogger and malware researcher Dancho Danchev (right) has gone missing since August last year and we have some troubling information that suggests he may have been harmed in his native Bulgaria.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Too Late  —  Dan Lyons, writing for The Daily Beast's Newsweek subsidiary, says “The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late”: Most important, Android still has one huge advantage over the iPhone — diversity.  Android phones are sold by dozens of hardware makers, the biggest being Samsung, Motorola, and HTC.
Discussion: Examiner and Stowe Boyd
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and MediaShift
 
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Chris Burns / Android Community:
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against T-Mobile and Samsung Over Lack …
Discussion: SlashGear and Android Phone Fans
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google's John Hanke Speaks About New Mobile Incubator
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Screenwerk
Greg T. Spielberg / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gizmodo taps illustrators to give stories more punch, pop, pow!
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein Said to Visit Groupon to Pitch IPO
Discussion: Mashable!, Reuters, SAI and Fortune
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mike Jones' Kiss-Off Letter To Laid Off MySpacers: “We Can't Continue …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and hypebot
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Android Hasn't Been Hurting The iPhone — It's Been Hurting RIM
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Google Holds On to Product VP Sundar Pichai After Twitter Talent Raid Attempt
Discussion: SAI and Electronista
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
LG: Windows Phone 7 launch could have been better
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Spotify nears US Sony deal
 

 
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