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6:00 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
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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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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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Electronista:
AT&T exec doesn't see mass exodus to Verizon iPhone
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Some Early Pictures Of Chrome's New Web Apps Feature
Discussion: Erictric
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 …
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.
Discussion: eWeek, Roughly Drafted and Pro Tips
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Android Phone Fans
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Adobe Begins Offering New HTML5 Software Tools  —  Adobe, the software company, showcased a new HTML5 addition to its Creative Suite software on Wednesday at Google's 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.
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
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Sprint's Hero finally gets official Android 2.1 upgrade  —  Assuming you resisted the temptation to either root your Hero or update it with the recently leaked 2.1 firmware, this is your very first chance to finally slap a dash of Android future on your senescent device.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to lift panel-size restrictions for dual-core Atom netbooks  —  Intel plans to launch a dual-core Atom processor, the Atom N550, in the second half of 2010, and will also lift restrictions on the panel sizes of netbooks using the CPU, meaning vendors will be allowed to bring out 11.6-inch …
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft sues Salesforce.com over patents  —  Microsoft on Tuesday fired a major shot across the bow at Salesforce.com, filing a federal lawsuit against the online software company claiming it infringes on nine patents.  —  The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Seattle …
 
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
PayPal launches In-App Payment library for Android
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Brad Linder / mobiputing:
Mozilla starts pushing out nightly builds of Firefox Mobile for Android
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Apple, Adobe, and Openness: Let's Get Real
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Discussion: Telegraph and BaltTech