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12:40 PM ET, January 27, 2011

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Arn / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone Pre-Orders to Start at 3am ET on February 3rd, Offering AT&T iPhone Trade Ins  —  Verizon has begun sending out information to corporate customers with more details about their iPhone launch.  Verizon is offering existing customers a chance to buy the Verizon iPhone on February 3rd, a week before the general public.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:   Verizon BlackBerry glitch casts doubt on iPhone launch
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Plots New Script  —  Just as the digital wave transforms the television industry, Hulu, a pioneer of Internet TV, is in internal discussions to dramatically transform itself.  —  The free online television service has become one of the most-watched online video properties in the U.S …
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Electronista:
Hulu may use live TV, lose free ABC and Fox to iTunes
Discussion: SAI
Android Developers Blog:
Android 3.0 Platform Preview and Updated SDK Tools  —  Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is a new version of the Android platform that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.  It introduces a new “holographic” UI theme and an interaction model that builds …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Check Out Big Pictures Of Android 3.0, Google's Tablet Operating System
Electronista:
Android 3.0 SDK live with DRM, Apple's HTTP Live Streaming
Discussion: Fonehome.co.uk and THINQ.co.uk
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Introducing the new version of Skype for Mac  —  We've just released a new version of Skype for Mac, removing the beta label and introducing group video calling as part of our Premium package, as well as a number of user interface and other improvements.  Download it now, or read on to find out more.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia smartphone market share shrinks to 31 percent, operating profit takes a beating too  —  Stephen Elop's first quarterly results as Nokia CEO have just come out, and while the company's still growing, others seem to be speeding ahead of it.  Nokia's reporting its converged mobile devices …
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Nokia CEO Elop Lays Groundwork for New Strategy; Hints May Be Open to OS Switch  —  Although Stephen Elop is waiting until a Feb. 11 investor meeting to fully outline the company's new strategy, he offered a few tantalizing hints during Thursday's earnings conference call.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Starts Censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and More  —  It's taken a while, but Google has finally caved in to pressure from the entertainment industries including the MPAA and RIAA.  The search engine now actively censors terms including BitTorrent, torrent, utorrent …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony's next PSP, codenamed NGP  —  Betcha didn't think this day would come, but it finally has.  Sony has just come clean with its next-generation PlayStation Portable.  It's actually codenamed NGP and will revolve around five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC's newest Android flagship phone revealed  —  Why bother waiting for its official Mobile World Congress reveal in February when you can view the newest HTC flagship today?  The touchscreen slate prototype (notice the serial number stamped along the bottom of the handset's face) …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Facebook denies to launch branded phones with HTC  —  (Reuters) - Facebook has no plans to launch Facebook-branded phones with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, it said on Thursday, following reports that it planned to launch an official tie-up next month.  —  “This is really just another example …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Larry Page's Google 3.0  —  The company co-founder and his star deputies are trying to root out bureaucracy and rediscover the nimble moves of youth  —  Every Monday afternoon at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., more than a dozen of Google's (GOOG) top executives gather in the company's boardroom.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Search Engine Land
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Hires Bing's Principal Scientist Away From Microsoft  —  Alek Kocz, Principal Scientist at Microsoft's search engine Bing, appears to have left the company and joined Twitter this week.  Kocz's Twitter messages are protected and he hasn't changed any of his profiles online …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Mark Zuckerberg Facebook fan page hack: who was behind it?  —  There are some clues left by the person who hacked Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook fan page on Wikipedia - but what do they add up to?  —  I decided to follow up some of the trail left in the Mark Zuckerberg Facebook fan page hacking incident.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Felix Gillette / Business Week:
Demand Media's Planet of the Algorithms  —  Fresh off its IPO, Demand Media is blanketing the Web with answers to millions of questions you didn't know you had.  Is that a business?  —  “We are thinking through the implications of, ‘How do you editorially program the planet?’ ”  says Byron Reese.
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Netflix Gets Social: “Extensive” Facebook Integration Is Coming  —  Netflix revealed it is in the process of implementing “an extensive Facebook integration” on Wednesday, marking a significant change from its previous absence from the social Web.  —  Netflix's dramatic growth in user base …
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Is Tasty Labs the Next Great Social Play?  —  Tasty Labs, a coy startup with all-star founders, is out to prove a new wrinkle in the social uses of the Internet - stating and satisfying most all our desires.  —  Based in one room in a Palo Alto garage - does the city subsidize garages so people can still say they started in one?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google, Amazon Vets Bank On Jumio To Revolutionize Mobile Payments  —  Much of what Jumio is building is still very unclear, but chances are this will become one of the hottest startups in 2011, and not just because they hire opera singers to tease their upcoming mobile payments product.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Hard At Work On A Tablet-Optimized Experience  —  “We need to make a tablet version of Facebook.  It's something we're working on right now.”  —  That was Facebook CTO Bret Taylor speaking to me yesterday in a sit down following his one-on-one interview on stage at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar, Adotas and Gearlog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here Comes Another Web IPO: LinkedIn S-1 Filing Imminent  —  LinkedIn, the online business networking site, is likely to file regulatory documents for an initial public offering as early as today, according to sources close to the situation.  —  Sources said LinkedIn is ready to submit …
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Plans To Make “Sponsored Stories” Self-Serve
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Wikileaks ISP Anonymizes All Customer Traffic To Beat Spying
Discussion: TechEye
Leo Chen / VentureBeat:
Groupon in China — why it could succeed where others have failed
Discussion: Computerworld
Julie / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
MasterCard's Support for COICA Threatens A Free And Open Internet
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AT&T Earnings: 442,000 Tablet And 4.1 Million iPhone Activations In Q4 2010
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
10 Mobile Trends for 2011  —  In its annual mobile technology …
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner?
Discussion: SAI, WinRumors and Mobilized
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
RIM says no access to corporate email in India
Discussion: Electronista
David Brunnstrom / Reuters:
Russia says Stuxnet could have caused new Chernobyl
Jessica Livingston / Founders at Work:
What Stops Female Founders?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
What's on the Table for Tablets This Year [Personal Technology]
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches ‘Connections,’ Its Own Version Of Facebook's ‘Mutual Friends’