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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 …
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Google Has A Problem: VP8 Is Not As Good As H.264, On2's Quality Claims Unfounded  —  When On2 announced their VP8 codec in September of 2008, they made some pretty big claims comparing the improved quality of VP8 over H.264.  Specifically, On2 said that VP8, “delivers over 50% bandwidth savings compared …
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft planning to support VP8 in Internet Explorer 9 - with a catch
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google tries freeing Web video with WebM
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nvidia's Android Tablet: Okay, I Could Want This  —  A rounded, plasticky take on the iPad.  That's how Nvidia's latest Android tablet prototype struck me.  It's pretty nice.  But not as nice as the inside.  —  Inside this 8.9-inch tablet, you see, is Nvidia's Tegra 2 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Up A Few More Details About The Chrome Web Store  —  Perhaps the biggest story of day one at Google I/O was the announcement of the Chrome Web Store.  This store is meant to highlight web apps while at the same time, providing a way for developers to better monetize them (if they choose to).
Discussion: Telegraph, Gizmodo and Erictric
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sergey Brin: Native Apps And Web Apps Will Converge In The Not-Too-Distant Future  —  Today at Google I/O during the Chrome press session, one question seemed to come up over and over again: why build a new Chrome Web Store when there is already an Android Marketplace?
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
First Look: TweetDeck Now Supports Foursquare and Buzz [SCREENSHOTS]  —  Popular cross-platform social app TweetDeck is announcing an update to its desktop client this morning which will add Foursquare and Google Buzz to its arsenal of supported streams which already includes Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook.
Thanks:chcameron
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Gets An API; Will Be Integrated Into Seesmic, TweetDeck, And More  —  Since Google Buzz was first released, there's been one major feature that's been noticeably missing: an API.  Soon after the service was launched we hacked together our own ‘Share with Buzz’ button …
Michael Finney / ABC 7:
Apple reverses its no-cash payment policy for iPads  —  More: Bio, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, News Team  —  PALO ALTO, CA (KGO) — Apple stepped up to the plate Wednesday, responding to a 7 On Your Side report about a woman who tried to buy an iPad using her carefully saved up money, only to be told she could not pay with cash.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Sprint 4G Phone Hits New Speeds, but Battery Lags  —  The major wireless phone companies have begun building out the next generation of cellular phone systems, called 4G, or fourth-generation, networks.  These networks are designed to offer much faster data speeds than the current speediest networks, which are called 3G.
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), who oversees the seed investing program at Founders Fund …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and /Message
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Facebook CEO's latest woe: accusations of securities fraud  —  May has been a bad month for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who just turned 26 last Friday but spent his birthday wrestling with an uproar over Facebook's privacy practices.  The latest unwelcome gift: accusations of securities fraud …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
UK data chief: I don't want to declare war on Google  —  Data protection chief defends ‘proportionate’ response to Street View Wi-Fi affair, as other countries plan investigations  —  The UK's information commissioner says he does not want to “declare war” on Google over its breach …
Discussion: PC World and Dow Jones Newswires
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Is The Latest To Talk The HTML5 Talk  —  As we all know, the battle between Flash and HTML5 for the future of online video is raging.  But what about that other plugin some sites use for video?  You know, the one made by Microsoft — Silverlight?  A new posting tonight may call …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPad app store goes live internationally  —  Irrespective of Apple policy, we know that many of our readers already purchased a US iPad for use — gasp — outside of the United States.  With favorable exchange rates and an early US launch really, who could blame you?
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Sneak Peek: The Obama Administration's Redesigned Data.gov  —  One year ago this Friday, United States chief information officer Vivek Kundra launched an ambitious website called Data.gov to make the government's vast stores of data available to the public.  The thinking behind the site then …
Discussion: Fast Company and Epicenter
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 …
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Google debates face recognition technology  —  Google executives are wrestling over whether to launch controversial facial recognition technology after a barrage of criticism over its privacy policies.  —  Eric Schmidt, chief executive, said a series of public disputes over privacy issues …
Discussion: Telegraph
Bloomberg:
YouTube, 450 Websites Blocked in Pakistan as Government Steps Up Crackdown  —  Pakistan, home to the world's second- largest Muslim population, blocked Google Inc.'s YouTube service and more than 450 websites as the government widened a crackdown on Internet material deemed as blasphemous.
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 …
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Louis Gray:
At Google I/O, Apple Is Invisible and Ignored
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Rivals, With Latitude API Google Starts Taking Location Very Seriously  —  Google Latitude has 3 million active users, but you wouldn't know it by the amount of buzz they get in the location space these days.  (Which is to say, just about none.)  The problem is that Latitude …
Sean / Inside BlackBerry:
Twitter for BlackBerry Beta Update!  —  I'm happy to tell you that a new version of Twitter® for BlackBerry® Smartphones is coming soon to the BlackBerry App World™ Test Center.  This update should start rolling out tonight and is expected to be completely available by tomorrow evening.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Branches Out with Publishing Arm  —  Amazon.com Inc. said it plans to launch a publishing imprint that will produce English-language translations of foreign-language books.  —  The imprint, AmazonCrossing, will acquire rights to books and hire writers to translate them into English …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Buy.com Gets Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten For $250 Million  —  When I covered Rakuten back in July last year, I called it “the biggest e-commerce site you never heard of”.  And in fact, the eponymous Japanese company behind the B2B2C market place (which is currently used …
Discussion: ZDNet, VentureBeat and Asiajin
Wall Street Journal:
Bids for Novell Expected This Week  —  Novell Inc., which has put itself on the block, plans to accept bids from potential acquirers this week, people familiar with the matter say, kicking off a process that will likely result in a sale of the software company.
Discussion: InfoWorld, The Register and DealBook
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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Google Code Blog:
BigQuery and Prediction API: Get more from your data with Google
Discussion: ZDNet, ReadWriteWeb and AndroidGuys
Network World:
Report: Today's workers value social media, 'Net over pay
Thanks:markmayhew
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Russia's Yandex Search Engine Goes Global
BBC:
Chipmakers fined for price-fixing
Kevin Parrish / Tom's Guide:
Duke University Shutting Down Usenet Server
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Rogue ISP ordered to liquidate, pay FTC $1.08 million
Discussion: Tech Eye and Mashable!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Attorney General Tom Corbett Subpoenaes Twitter To Identify Anonymous Critics
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Intel sees potential in Apple iPad
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Novelty?  Sure.  Business?  Could Be!  Stickybits Raises Another $1.6 Million.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Video: Sports Illustrated Shows Off a Google-Ready Digital Magazine
Stephanie Hannon / Google Wave Blog:
Google Wave Available for Everyone