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9:20 PM ET, January 14, 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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
So Much For Standards, Google Says WebM Plugins Coming Soon For Safari And IE9  —  We've already done a full breakdown of Google's clarification of their H.264 pullout today.  But buried in their post is another interesting nugget worth highlighting by itself: WebM plugins are coming shortly for Safari and IE9.
Discussion: Apple Outsider
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Clarifies Their H.264 Stance, Hands Keys Of Web Video's Future Back To Flash
Discussion: VentureBeat, jd/adobe and USA Today
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, LIVEdigitally and Stowe Boyd
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Spotify nears US Sony deal  —  Spotify, the popular European music service, is finally crossing the pond, The Post has learned.  —  After trying to crack the US market for more than a year, Spotify is close to a deal with one major music company in the US and has gained the support of at least one other …
Charlie Rose / Business Week:
Charlie Rose Talks to Verizon CEO Seidenberg  —  Ivan Seidenberg discusses the complex courtship with Steve Jobs that led to Verizon's adoption of the iPhone  —  Do you expect to have the problems AT&T (T) had with the iPhone?  The argument is that its network was overwhelmed.  —  We've prepared greatly.
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.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple tells newspapers: no free iPad edition for print subscribers  —  A number of European newspapers have reportedly been told by Apple that they can no longer offer paid print subscribers free access to an iPad edition through the App Store, as the subscription strategy leaves Apple out of its 30 percent cut.
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 experience in senior positions at Hewlett-Packard, Opsware and Parametric Technology as its newest partner today.
Discussion: Digits and TechCrunch
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
LG: Windows Phone 7 launch could have been better  —  EXCLUSIVE: But still supporting platform as too much Android in portfolio  —  LG has gone on record saying that Windows Phone 7 hasn't performed as well as it thought it would, following the launch of the mobile OS in October.
Charbax / ARMdevices:
ARM Powered Google TV confirmed  —  I have it on very high authority from someone at Google (to remain anonymous) that an ARM Powered Google TV platform is coming soon.  —  The specifics of how Google TV on ARM allows for differentiation (also called fragmentation), if there is support …
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 …
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Geohot speaks out on PS3 jailbreak legal battle
Discussion: PC World
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Android Hasn't Been Hurting The iPhone — It's Been Hurting RIM  —  Google's Android platform is most often compared to Apple's iPhone, because they're the two most advanced smartphone platforms, belong to the two giants of Silicon Valley, and because they compete over consumer mindshare, developer mindshare, and bragging rights.
Discussion: MediaPost and MacDailyNews
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.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Greg T. Spielberg / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gizmodo taps illustrators to give stories more punch, pop, pow!  —  When Gizmodo editorial director Brian Lam was planning for this week's coverage of the Verizon iPhone, he didn't think in words.  He visualized it entirely in images, daydreaming about how much more emotive pictures and sounds …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Google Holds On to Product VP Sundar Pichai After Twitter Talent Raid Attempt  —  Google VP Sundar Pichai has decided to stay at Google after being aggressively courted by Twitter to join the fast-growing company as its VP of product, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: SAI and Electronista
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Electronista and iLounge
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein Said to Visit Groupon to Pitch IPO  —  Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein visited the Chicago headquarters of Groupon Inc. today to pitch executives on hiring his firm for a possible share sale this year, a person familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: SAI, Mashable!, Reuters, Fortune and Bloomberg
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is this the iPad 2′s camera.app?  —  We've been telling you all about this camera that's coming in the iPad 2 and thought you might like to see some screenshots.  Our tipster Sonny D. sent us these screenshots that he assembled from files within the SDK of the iPad camera.app.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Posterous Cofounder Garry Tan Steps Down, Heads To Y Combinator
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and garry's posterous
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
Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World:
First Android NFC apps begin to appear
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mike Jones' Kiss-Off Letter To Laid Off MySpacers: “We Can't Continue …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and hypebot
 Earlier Items: 
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Google Apps' New Promise: No More Downtime
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
FireWire hits 2 billion ports, still far behind USB
Discussion: CNET News and Gearlog
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Billionaire Facebook Investor Peter Thiel Pours Money Into His “Utopia,” New Zealand
Discussion: New Zealand Herald
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
RIM Preps Cloud Services, Considers Managing Non-BlackBerry Devices
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Is the Motorola Atrix 4G coming to AT&T on March 1?