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5:25 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 …
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft planning to support VP8 in Internet Explorer 9 - with a catch  —  Microsoft said on Wednesday that it plans to introduce support for the VP8 video codec in Internet Explorer 9.  But there's a catch, the user must have the VP8 codec installed on Windows.  —  Google announced a developer preview of WebM earlier today.
Discussion: USA Today, EE Times, OStatic blogs and DVICE
Diary Of An x264 Developer:
The first in-depth technical analysis of VP8
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Christopher Blizzard / Mozilla Hacks:
Firefox, YouTube and WebM
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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Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Newest iPhone 4.0 Beta Implies That AT&T Is Finally Ready For Tethering
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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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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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
Gizmodo:
Chrome Web Store is Webapp Central In Your Browser  —  There's a new Chrome tag page (like the one there now that shows bookmarks) that you can “install” webapps onto your browser.  Essentially, it's a shortcut center to the webapps you use.  Then, there's the web store.
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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
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.
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Adobe Announces Flash Player Support For Google's VP8 Video Codec
Discussion: Ajaxian
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
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 …
Discussion: MacRumors and Daring Fireball
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple scaling Final Cut Studio apps to fit prosumers
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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 …
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
Computer Algorithm Can Recognize Sarcasm (Which Is Just Soooo Cool)  —  Recognizing Sarcasm with Computer Algorithms  —  The pursuit of machine intelligence means we have to come up with ways to communicate with our computers in a way both entities can understand.
Discussion: Telegraph and BaltTech
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Proof That Google TV Will Make Its Debut Tomorrow
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Lawmakers ask FTC to look into Google Wi-Fi data
Discussion: Post Tech and Broadcasting & Cable
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Making Good Typography on the Web Easier: Google Introduces Font API and Directory
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
PayPal launches In-App Payment library for Android
Discussion: The PayPal Blog and mobiputing
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
LibreDigital Raises $8 Million For E-Book Distribution
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brad Linder / mobiputing:
Mozilla starts pushing out nightly builds of Firefox Mobile for Android
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Rupert Murdoch Still Needs Allies for His Digital News Crusade
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Adobe Flash To Eliminate Bandwidth Costs With P2P
Thanks:beet_tv
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Apple, Adobe, and Openness: Let's Get Real
Discussion: BBC, Apple Outsider and jd/adobe
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Facebook fixing embarrassing privacy bug