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2:00 PM ET, January 11, 2011

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Apple:
Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon  —  BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California—January 11, 2011—Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10.
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Verizon Gets the iPhone, Arriving February 10th From $199  —  It's Verizon's big day: The day it reveals its own version of Apple's game-changing iPhone, ready to steal millions of unsatisfied customers from AT&T and launch Apple's share price into the stratosphere.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T iPhone 4 vs. Verizon iPhone 4: what's changed?  —  Is an iPhone 4, an iPhone 4?  Not quite, now that Verizon has launched a CDMA version of the device — in fact, there are a number of notable differences that you're going to want to consider before buying either model (or making the jump from AT&T to Big Red).
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon's iPhone 4 has a CDMA-specific antenna, no other changes made  —  Would you look at that, Verizon's iPhone 4 has four notches punctuating its external antenna array — one more than you may find on AT&T's version, with the top notch migrating to the side.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Why No LTE iPhone For Now?  “Design Compromises” Apple Would Not Make.  —  Today during Verizon and Apple's press conference in New York City announcing the iPhone 4, Apple COO fielded a question that has been on a lot of people's minds: why won't the iPhone on Verizon be a next-generation LTE version?
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and Gearlog
Steve Kovach / The Business Insider:
HUGE: Verizon iPhone Will Act As A Mobile Hotspot  —  Huge news out of Verizon's iPhone 4 announcement today.  —  The iPhone 4 will double as a mobile hotspot for up to five devices using Verizon's 3G network.  —  That's another huge win for Verizon.  AT&T doesn't allow iPhone owners to use their phone as a mobile hotspot.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
AT&T: Verizon iPhone?  Whatever.  —  AT&T was quick to react to Verizon's iPhone announcement, though it wasted very few words on it.  —  “For iPhone users who want the fastest speeds, the ability to talk and use apps at the same time, and unsurpassed global coverage, the only choice is AT&T …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon And Apple Began Working Together To Make The CDMA iPhone In 2008
Discussion: VatorNews, 901am and GMSV
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:   iPhone On Verizon Pre-Orders Start February 3
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
IPhone May Cost Verizon $5 Billion in Subsidies in First Year
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 its own version of it  —  Twitter beta-tested a spine.
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E. B. Boyd / Fast Company:   Why Twitter Was the Only Company to Challenge the Secret WikiLeaks Subpoena
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Wikileaks volunteer hires lawyers in Twitter fight
Discussion: Computerworld and GMSV
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:UK:
MySpace Cuts 47 Percent Of Its Workforce  —  As has been rumored for weeks, MySpace (NSDQ: NWS) is laying off nearly 500 employees, or nearly half of its workforce.  MySpace says it's making the cuts “to provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and profitability” …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
MySpace CEO confirms heavy layoffs
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
The Official Google Blog:
Google Science Fair seeks budding Einsteins and Curies  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Docs Blog, Google Student Blog and Google LatLong Blog)  —  Are you a student who loves science?  Do you have a good idea for an experiment that you'd like to share with the world?
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: NetworkEffect, Digits and Geek.com
Nielsen Wire:
Cellphones and Global Youth: Mobile Internet and Messaging Trends  —  Young people around the world love their mobile phones, but they use them in vastly different ways.  —  In China, the mobile internet reigns supreme.  Seventy-three percent of Chinese mobile youth ages 15-24 reported using …
Discussion: FierceMobileContent and Mobilized
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 …
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 …
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.
David Dahlquist / Macworld:
Kindle app gets side-loading, background downloading  —  Amazon has posted a major update to its free Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone.  The version 2.5 update adds the ability to take advantage of iOS 4's multitasking abilities, adds support for millions of free books from various Internet sources …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Jennifer Baker / PC World:
Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, EMC Consortium Plan Withdrawn
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Report: Number Of Mobile Broadband Subscriptions To Surpass 1 Billion In 2011
Discussion: Computerworld
Nick Saint / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Zach Klein Leaving Boxee To Found New Startup
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The Rise Of Facebook's Valuation From 2004-2011 [Graphic]
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David Morgenstern / The Apple Core Blog:
Apple's Mac App Store arrives and the world doesn't end
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google TV Jailbreak Opens the Doors to Developers, Hulu
David Kirkpatrick / The Daily Beast:
Marissa Mayer and Google's Local Search Strategy
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