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9:40 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 …
Jason Garrett-Glaser / Diary Of An x264 Developer:
The first in-depth technical analysis of VP8  —  Back in my original post about Internet video, I made some initial comments on the hope that VP8 would solve the problems of web video by providing a supposed patent-free video format with significantly better compression than the current options of Theora and Dirac.
Louis Gray:
At Google I/O, Apple Is Invisible and Ignored  —  Speaking in the shadows of Steve Jobs keynotes past, the first day of Google I/O seemed to work around the elephant in the room of Apple and Google's recent conflicts and ongoing battles in mobile, advertising and the OS.
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft planning to support VP8 in Internet Explorer 9 - with a catch
Christopher Blizzard / Mozilla Hacks:
Firefox, YouTube and WebM
Discussion: CNN, Skype Journal, SlashGear and Ajaxian
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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DeWitt Clinton / Google Code Blog:
Introducing the Google Buzz API  —  With Google I/O 2010 finally upon us, what better time to introduce developers to the latest updates to the Google Buzz API?  —  As announced at the launch of Google Buzz, the Google Buzz API aligns itself with the ever-growing family of freely available …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Gets An API; Will Be Integrated Into Seesmic, TweetDeck, And More
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Buzz API: They Built It, But Will Developers Come?
Discussion: Ping.fm Blog
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 …
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 …
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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First Round Capital / Redeye VC:
Location in the Cloud  —  I just read the news about Google's upgrades …
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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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 …
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Sergey Brin On Google's Wifi Data Collection: “We Screwed Up”  —  At a press briefing at the Google I/O developers conference today, Google cofounder Sergey Brin didn't mince words about his company's accidental collection of wifi data.  “We screwed up,” he said.
Discussion: broadstuff, Reuters, Tech Eye and TNW Google
David Dahlquist / Macworld:
Netflix iPad app adds video output support  —  If you've used the Netflix iPad app, you've probably thought how cool it would be if you could connect your iPad to a TV to watch what's streaming to the app.  Someone at Netflix must have read your mind, because the company on Wednesday updated …
Discussion: EverythingiCafe and TUAW
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Investor Dave McClure: ‘Open is for losers’  —  A group of investors argued heatedly about the value of open versus closed technology on a panel today at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco.  Dave McClure (pictured), a partner at Founders Fund, kicked things off with a provocative statement: “Open is for losers.”
Jason Chen / 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.
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Hanvon CEO smashes Apple effigy at TouchPad launch (video)  —  Want to draw attention to an otherwise ordinary piece of consumer electronics?  Do something emotive like, say, smash a giant Apple ice sculpture in front of the world's Chinese press.  Besides putting the boys in Cupertino on notice …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Adobe Offering New HTML5 Software Tools  —  Adobe, the software company, showcased a new HTML5 addition to its Creative Suite software on Wednesday at the Google 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.
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: AppleInsider, PC World, MacNN, TUAW and MacRumors
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Making Good Typography on the Web Easier: Google Introduces Font API and Directory
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Google I/O: mSpot streams personal music collections from the cloud
Discussion: TechCrunch, BetaNews and Electronista
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Adobe Flash To Eliminate Bandwidth Costs With P2P
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Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
Computer Algorithm Can Recognize Sarcasm (Which Is Just Soooo Cool)
Discussion: Telegraph and BaltTech
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Bill Gates Told Steve Jobs About the iPad in 2007
Discussion: Pocket-lint and eWeek
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft sues Salesforce.com over patents
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, eWeek, Techdirt and Forbes