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6:50 PM ET, January 14, 2011

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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: Daring Fireball
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Clarifies Their H.264 Stance, Hands Keys Of Web Video's Future Back To Flash  —  Earlier this week, Google wrote a very short post on their relatively small Chromium blog to announce a big change: they were dropping support for the H.264 codec in Chrome.
Discussion: USA Today
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.
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 and LIVEdigitally
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late
Discussion: MediaPost and Examiner
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.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:   Verizon CEO: Carrier ‘Never in the Running’ for Original iPhone
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”.
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.
Discussion: Threat Level, Gizmodo, Gawker and Gearlog
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Ruby / Chitika, Inc.:
Why The Verizon iPhone is the Ultimate Threat to Android  —  Verizon is Android's best friend in the US; in a sample of traffic from the Chitika network, 55% of all Android traffic came from Verizon's phones.  So when Apple announced that the iPhone is coming to Verizon in February …
Discussion: Internet2Go, PC Magazine and Gadget Lab
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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 …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Crisis in Tunisia proves Twitter is the best, and worst, way to follow breaking news  —  “The revolution will not be televised”, goes the old saying - well, it's certainly being tweeted today.  Tunisia is in crisis right now and the raw, hard facts are being spread live as they happen via Twitter …
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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, Reuters and DealBook
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
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.
Electronista:
iPhone 5 should use Qualcomm chipsets, new ‘A8’ processor  —  Some of the first iPhone 5 part details have emerged on Friday with insight into its launch timing.  Taiwan's Kinsus is reportedly supplying 30 to 40 percent of the substrates for the Qualcomm chipsets that will provide cellular access.
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.
Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World:
First Android NFC apps begin to appear  —  The first NFC apps are starting to appear in the Android Market, just weeks after the NFC-enabled ‘Gingerbread’ version of the mobile operating system made its debut.  —  TAGLET: Gets around Android's read-only limitation
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
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 …
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Verizon Chooses Sides, While Level 3 Keeps Fighting With Comcast  —  Verizon says it supports Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) in the cable giant's ongoing face off with Level 3 over who should bear the cost of increased web video traffic.  In a recent letter [PDF] to the FCC commenting …
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Google Apps' New Promise: No More Downtime  —  Google is announcing some changes to its service level agreements for its Google Apps customers today.  It would seem routine except for what on its face comes across as an extraordinary promise: No more downtime, not even for maintenance.
 
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google's John Hanke Speaks About New Mobile Incubator
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Screenwerk
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Why I Don't Use Facebook  —  Facebook is basically AOL …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mike Jones' Kiss-Off Letter To Laid Off MySpacers: “We Can't Continue …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and hypebot
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Geohot speaks out on PS3 jailbreak legal battle
Discussion: PC World
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
FireWire hits 2 billion ports, still far behind USB
Discussion: CNET News, Gearlog and Computerworld
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Billionaire Facebook Investor Peter Thiel Pours Money Into His “Utopia,” New Zealand
Discussion: New Zealand Herald
Jeff St. John / GigaOM:
GE's $520M Acquisition Into Data Center Power
Florin / Unwired View:
Samsung S5830 Android 2.2 phone leaked, looks like a mini Galaxy S
BBC:
Facebook's potential ‘unlimited’
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Is the Motorola Atrix 4G coming to AT&T on March 1?
Siobhan Ambrose / WPMU.org:
Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else
Discussion: Changing Way
DigiTimes:
RIM to ship 1 million PlayBook tablets in 1Q11