Very few developments in the tech world this week got as much attention as Google's announcement that it would slowly drop support for the H.264 video codec from its Chrome browser. Given how ubiquitous H.264 is - though it is also encumbered by patent and licensing issues - quite a few pundits shook their heads at this development. Today, Google published a more detailed explanation for this decision.

According to research firm ChangeWave, 15% of AT&T's mobile subscribers plan to switch carriers in the next 90 days. Even worse for AT&T, 26% of its iPhone users plan to defect to Verizon once it gets the iPhone (41% within the 90 days after the release of the iPhone and 31% within a year). With numbers like this and the general undercurrent of dislike for AT&T in the tech blogosphere, these statistics are obviously catnip for the tech press and most outlets reported them as simple facts.

Spotify, the on-demand music service that took Europe by storm, wanted to launch in the U.S. in 2010, but missed this deadline after contract negotiations with various record labels took longer than anticipated. Now, however, the New York Post's Claire Atkinson heard from an anonymous "music executive" that Spotify managed to get Sony Music on board and that the...

Apple released the first beta of iOS 4.3 to developers yesterday and today the Internet is swirling with rumors about not just what's in iOS 4.3 but also about what this means for the next generation of iPads. Here is a brief summary of all the rumors we have encountered so far.

After yesterday's Verizon iPhone announcement, it was already becoming clear that Apple would bring personal hotspots - that is the ability to use the iPhone as a WiFi router for up to 5 devices - to other networks as well. Today, Apple released the first beta of iOS 4.3 for iPhone and iPad to developers and this version does indeed offer personal hotspots just like the Verizon iPhone pundits got to gaze at yesterday.

Only 8% of UK shoppers say that they would like to receive location-based mobile coupons while they are in the supermarket. According to a new study by U.K.-based Evolution Insights, the majority of shoppers (51%) said that they would rather receive their coupons before going to the store than when they are already in the supermarket.

Facebook just announced that it will now distribute AMBER Alerts about potential child abductions to any of its 500 million users who sign up for this service. The company has created AMBER Alert pages for every state in the U.S., as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company will not automatically put these alerts...

Google Places, Google's database of local businesses that is tightly integrated into Google Maps, just arrived on the iPhone in the form of a stand-alone application. This app also includes support for Hotpot, the company's social review and recommendation service that is taking up the fight against incumbents like Yelp and CitySearch. Android users already had access to this feature since November 2010.

Google just announced that it plans to fade out support for the widely used H.264 codec from its Chrome browser "in the next few months". Instead, Google will favor the open Theora video codec and its own open WebM (VP8) codec.

For the most part, today's Verizon iPhone announcement was in line with what most pundits expected: same phone, different network. One intriguing feature of the Verizon iPhone that AT&T doesn't yet offer, however, is the ability to turn the phone into a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 devices. Wouldn't it be nice if AT&T also offered this feature soon?

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University took a closer look at the regional dialects of Twitter users and found that they were able to pinpoint a user's location with a reasonable confidence by simply looking at the words you use. While some reports about this study argue that this means that social networks "create their own regional dialects," most of...

During a press conference in New York earlier today, Verizon announced that it will start carrying Apple's iPhone 4 next month. Thanks to the capabilities of Verizon's network, Apple is allowing the company to offer a few exclusive features, including the ability to use the iPhone as a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 people. As usual, Apple is...

Goo.gl, Google's fast URL shortener, just got an API that will make it easier for developers to add it to their own applications. Goo.gl launched as a feature for Google's own apps in December 2009, but only went public as a more direct competitor to URL shorteners like bit.ly in late September 2010. At that time, Google didn't offer...

Google Goggles is one of the most fascinating products to come out of Google's labs for quite some time and the company continues to improve the product regularly. Today, Google is introducing a major update Goggles which features improved barcode scanning and the ability to take pictures of ads in magazines and get search results about the product and...

So far, the iPad hasn't done much to safe the newspaper industry from itself, but according to the latest reports, News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch plans to launch its iPad-only paper The Daily on January 19.