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12:55 PM ET, January 14, 2011

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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.
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late  —  Apple's phone would have snuffed out the Android a year ago, but now Google's device has become an unstoppable juggernaut.  —  Verizon President and COO Lowell McAdam speaks during the iPhone announcement January 11.  —  Now that Apple will be selling …
Discussion: Examiner
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Delay for the Daily: Apple, News Corp. Push Back Launch Date  —  Turns out you'll have to wait a bit longer to see the Daily, Rupert Murdoch's long-awaited iPad news service.  —  Apple and News Corp. have made a joint decision to push back next week's planned launch, according to sources familiar with the companies' plans.
DealBook:
Groupon I.P.O. Said to Value the Company at $15 Billion  —  Updated  —  Groupon, the social buying site that spurned a $6 billion offer from Google, is pushing ahead with plans for its initial public offering, a debut that could value the company at $15 billion or more.
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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.
DigiTimes:
RIM to ship 1 million PlayBook tablets in 1Q11  —  Quanta Computer has begun volume production of RIM's PlayBook tablets with shipments in the first quarter of 2011 expected to top one million units competing head-to-head with the 700,000-800,000 Xoom tablets to be rolled out by Motorola, according to industry sources.
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 …
Discussion: SAI, TUAW, Mashable!, Electronista, BGR and Geek.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Call Of Duty Invades The Mac App Store; How It Does Should Be Telling  —  It has now been a week since the launch of the Mac App Store.  So far, the reviews have seemed fairly mixed.  While nearly everyone praises the simplicity of the store, and Apple touted 1 million app downloads in the first 24 hours …
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Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Is the Motorola Atrix 4G coming to AT&T on March 1?  —  The Motorola Atrix 4G (check out our hands-on) on AT&T easily is one of the hottest phones to come out of CES, with its dual-core processor, the very cool laptop dock and the even cooler HD dock, which basically turns your smartphone …
Siobhan Ambrose / WPMU.org:
Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else  —  A few months ago I wrote about WordPress Security.  Now, armed only with the words “free WordPress themes,” builtBackwards' Theme Authenticity Checker Plugin and Donncha O Caoimh's Exploit Scanner …
Discussion: Changing Way and ReadWriteWeb
Robin Sloan / Twitter Media:
The science of the hashtag  —  So last week I talked about the art of the hashtag: the power of mad libs, universal particulars, and feedback loops.  The day after I posted it, the #LessAmbitiousMovies hashtag took off on Twitter—you might have seen it in your timeline.
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.
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Don Clark / Digits:
Qualcomm A Likely Winner From Verizon IPhone
Discussion: Inquirer and AntennaSys Blog
Florin / Unwired View:
Samsung S5830 Android 2.2 phone leaked, looks like a mini Galaxy S  —  Here's an Android handset from Samsung that you've probably never heard of until now: the Samsung S5830.  —  Te phone has appeared in some live photos over at Samfirmware, and it seems to be a smaller version …
BBC:
Facebook's potential ‘unlimited’  —  Tens of millions of users are signed up to the social networking site, Facebook.  Goldman Sachs invested $450m (£285m) in the company at the start of this year giving it an implied value of $50bn.  That's just under $100 for each Facebook member.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
RIM Preps Cloud Services, Considers Managing Non-BlackBerry Devices  —  Although it likes its current business of selling BlackBerry devices and the servers that businesses need to manage them, Research In Motion is open to some other alternatives.  —  In particular, the company is already working …
Jeff St. John / GigaOM:
GE's $520M Acquisition Into Data Center Power  —  General Electric is grabbing a piece of the booming business of providing power for the ever-expanding data center industry.  On Thursday, GE announced a $520 million offer for Lineage Power Holdings, a provider of gear for data center …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Only Now Are We About To See The Real Battle Between iPhone And Android  —  Apple's iPhone war against Google Android was the big story in tech last year, with Android growing like a weed to beat Apple in U.S. market share.  —  But in reality, we haven't actually seen a real competition between the iPhone and Android yet.
Discussion: TechEye and BetaNews
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
FireWire hits 2 billion ports, still far behind USB  —  Two billion FireWire ports have been shipped worldwide since the technology's inception, the 1394 Trade Association announced this week.  —  In addition, the organization says FireWire has been made available on more than 1.2 billion “consumer and computer products.”
Discussion: Pulse2
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Index Ventures' Danny Rimer and Mike Volpi to Open Silicon Valley Office  —  Two of Index Ventures' high-profile partners-Danny Rimer and Mike Volpi-are opening a new Silicon Valley office for the Europe-based venture firm in September.  —  The move is actually more of a return home for both men …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Ship or Get Off the Pot  —  On Tuesday Steve Ballmer fired Bob Muglia, and Google fired H.264 from Chrome.  The tubes are heated up with analysis of these two seemingly unassociated events, and I figure I'll mash them together into a counter-intuitive scenario.
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Wikipedia Marks 10 Years of Edit-It-Yourself
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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: App stores a clear and present danger
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