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8:10 AM ET, January 11, 2011

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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
IPhone May Cost Verizon $5 Billion in Subsidies in First Year  —  Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless, set to get Apple Inc.'s iPhone this month after four years of waiting, may spend $3 billion to $5 billion to subsidize customer purchases of the device this year, cutting into profits, analysts say.
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Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Preps iPhone Plan  —  Carrier to Run New Adds Boosting Service as Rival Verizon Preps for New Phone  —  After enduring months of rumors about competition for the iPhone, AT&T Inc. executives are finally about to face their moment of truth.  —  On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless is expected …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Why I'm not switching to the Verizon iPhone: Need for speed  —  The image above says it all.  It shows a screen capture of an actual speed test performed on an Apple iPhone 4 while connected to AT&T's 3G network in northern New Jersey.  It is not an anomaly.
Bloomberg:
Google's Android Is Likely to Lose Out as Verizon Sells IPhone  —  Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. may lose business as Verizon Wireless starts selling Apple Inc.'s iPhone, giving the carrier's customers a new alternative to smartphones running the Android operating system.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TechCrunch
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Twitter's Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena Should Be the Industry Standard  —  ANALYSIS — Twitter introduced a new feature last month without telling anyone about it, and the rest of the tech world should take note and come up with their own version of it.  —  Twitter beta-tested a spine.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Google Ice Cream landing in time for the summer  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sources date the next Android update  —  Google will release the next version of its mobile phone operating system, Android 2.4, in the summer, Pocket-lint has learnt.  —  According to multiple sources familiar with the matter …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Who Came Out On Top At CES?  —  Now that the Consumer Electronics Show is over and all the vendors are breaking down their booths, we have one question - who won?  —  Social media monitoring service RowFeeder kept track of a number of different brands over the last several months …
Yahoo! News:
Steve Jobs to join Murdoch to unveil iPad paper  —  Rupert Murdoch will unveil News Corp.'s much-anticipated iPad newspaper onstage this month with Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, The Cutline has learned.  —  The two media moguls will appear together at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art …
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Winklevoss twins gamble $65m for Facebook fortune  —  The twins rose to prominence after the release of The Social Network film  —  Three Harvard graduates are to gamble a $65m settlement they made with Facebook over who came up with the idea for the site, in an effort to get more money.
Discussion: Digits and NetworkEffect
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Raises, Like, A Billion Dollars  —  Groupon has closed what remained of that huge $950 million financing round which we first reported on in late December.  They closed on roughly half of it then, from DST, Fidelity and Morgan Stanley.  We then learned that Kleiner Perkins was also in the round.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Acquires Its Way Into Israel, South Africa And India
Discussion: SAI and Business Wire
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Why I'm Having Second Thoughts About The Wisdom Of The Cloud  —  I've always been a big advocate of storing things in the cloud.  Not just emails and files, but my entire life.  As I've written before, I live permanently in hotels, and my whole life fits into carry-on luggage.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bump Raises $16 Million Round Led By Andreessen Horowitz  —  If you've got an iPhone or Android device, there's a decent chance you're familiar with Bump, the nifty service that lets you swap contact information (and other data) by simply tapping two phones together.
Ben D'Angelo / Google Code Blog:
Google URL Shortener gets an API  —  When we launched Google's URL shortener externally back in September, there was no accompanying API to allow people to integrate goo.gl into their applications and web pages.  However, we said that we were working on one, and today we're happy to announce …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel/NVIDIA bombshell: two rivals team up  —  Intel and NVIDIA have announced a six-year, $1.5 billion dollar technology cross-licensing deal that marks the end of a long patent dispute between the two chipmakers.  On a conference call this afternoon, NVIDIA representatives described …
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Intel to Pay NVIDIA Technology Licensing Fees of $1.5 Billion
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Facebook's Google Effect  —  “I hope the only people harmed are speculators.”  —  Roger McNamee, the venture capital investor, was discussing the new race in Silicon Valley to buy up shares of hot private Internet companies in the wake of Facebook's $2 billion fund-raising last week that valued the company at $50 billion.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kindle Comes To The Mac App Store, Already No. 5 Free App  —  Continuing its quest to be on every major computing platform, Kindle is now available as an app in the new Mac App Store.  As the first ebook app in teh Mac App Store, it is already the fifth most downloaded free app.
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David Dahlquist / Macworld:
Kindle app gets side-loading, background downloading
Discussion: Gadget Lab and App Advice
Philip Rha / Facebook Blog:
The New Profile Is Here  —  Last month, we introduced the new profile, which now makes it even easier for you to tell your story and learn about your friends.  For the month of December, we gave people the option to upgrade to the new profile early, and hundreds of millions of you made the switch.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Muglia's e-mail to the Microsoft troops: 'I'm moving on to new opportunities outside of Microsoft'  —  We've seen Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's January 10 e-mail to the troops about Server and Tools Business (STB) Unit President Bob Muglia's unexpected departure from the company.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom to boast barometer, budding meteorologists have found their next tablet  —  To say Motorola's Xoom had a coming-out party at CES would be understating things greatly.  It was easily one of the highlights of the show, and the potential that was shown was obviously just part of the story.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Apple Getting a Lot More Patents Than It Used To  —  If you want yet more evidence that Apple Inc. has been on a roll lately, look to its patents.  —  The tech giant won 563 patents in 2010, compared 289 in 2009 and 186 in 2008, according to IFI Claims Patent Services.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
AMD CEO resigns; search on for new leader  —  AMD CEO Dirk Meyer will step down after reaching an agreement with the company's board over his departure, AMD said today.  —  Thomas Siefert, AMD's CFO, will fill Meyer's spot on a temporary basis as the company searches for a new CEO.
 
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David Kirkpatrick / The Daily Beast:
Marissa Mayer and Google's Local Search Strategy
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Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Skype just crossed over 27 million simultaneous users online!
Discussion: GigaOM, Engadget, SlashGear and The Next Web
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Former RIM Employee Highlights Playbook Challenges
Discussion: BGR, IntoMobile and Electricpig.co.uk
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Virginia Poised to Ban Teacher-Student Texting, Facebooking
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Kayak feels the Google-ITA pressure
Discussion: Tnooz
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft enables workaround for expiring Vail Home Server beta
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Best Buy Officially Launches Buy Back Program
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Makers of VLC Player for iOS respond to App Store removal
Discussion: SlashGear, RazorianFly and Ars Technica
New Zealand Herald:
Google billionaire buys Kiwi's superyacht
Discussion: Fortune, Pulse2 and SAI
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Goggles Can Now Read Print Ads. Oh, And Play Freaking Sudoku!