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11:50 AM ET, February 3, 2011

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Verizon Beats AT&T in Voice Calls for iPhones  —  For millions of iPhone owners, or would-be iPhone owners, who dislike AT&T's wireless service or prefer Verizon Wireless service, liberation is at hand.  Starting Feb. 10, Apple's iconic smart phone finally will be available in the U.S. on a second carrier …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Verizon iPhone review  —  The Verizon iPhone 4 is an interesting product for Engadget to review.  Firstly, it's not exactly a new device (not in any outwardly noticeable way).  From design, down to its CPU, RAM, and even cost, this iPhone is the same as the AT&T model …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Verizon iPhone 4  —  It's the same phone.  The only difference is the network.  And Verizon's network is better.  —  That's it in a nut.  —  Here's the whole story.  I've been using a Verizon iPhone 4 since Friday morning.1 I was in San Francisco through Sunday morning, and I've been home in Philadelphia ever since.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon Wireless to begin throttling data speeds of heaviest users, optimizing content; starts today  —  According to a PDF memo available on Verizon Wireless' website (for now), the company will begin to throttle the data-throughput speeds of customers that consume an “extraordinary amount of data” …
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Reuters:
Some Verizon Wireless iPhone customers complain  —  (Reuters) - Some Verizon Wireless customers complained they were unable to buy its iPhone online, but the phone company said sales were mostly running smoothly on its first day of Internet orders for the long-awaited phone.
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AppleInsider:
Citing “unprecedented demand” for iPhone, Verizon urges employees to wait to buy  —  In anticipation of “unprecedented demand” that could outstrip the initial supply of CDMA iPhone 4s, Verizon Wireless has sent a corporate memo strongly urging its employees to hold off on buying the handset …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
First Impressions Using Android Honeycomb, Google's iPad Rival  —  This morning Google held an event to showcase Android Honeycomb, the new version of the mobile OS that is focused on tablets.  There wasn't much news around the OS — we've seen it previewed in a few demos …
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ can encrypt all your data, needs a full hour's charge  —  Diving through the Motorola Xoom's sweet, sweet blend of Android 3.0, we found an interesting perk — there's an “Encrypt Tablet” option buried in the settings page, intended to secure all your personal data with a password or PIN.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   iPad, beware: Android tablets can run cool 3D games with Honeycomb software (video)
Reuters:
Unreleased Apple iPad spotted at News Corp event  —  (Reuters) - Spotted at Rupert Murdoch's splashy digital newspaper launch on Wednesday: a prototype of Apple's newest iPad.  —  A Reuters eyewitness saw what appeared to be a working model of the next iPad with a front-facing camera …
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Washington Post:
Facebook treads carefully after its vital role in Egypt's anti-Mubarak protests  —  In Egypt, the tried-and-true tool for opponents of President Hosni Mubarak in recent years has been Facebook.  Most recently, it was on Facebook - which boasts 5 million users in Egypt, the most in the Arab world …
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Mike Elkin / Danger Room:
Cairo's Band of Geeks Survives Tahrir Square Assault
Discussion: VatorNews
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Is Apple's Data Center Using a ‘Unique’ Design?  —  Is Apple using custom enclosures and “unique” airflow and cable management in its North Carolina data center?  We can't say for certain, but it sure looks that way based on an announcement today from several data center industry equipment vendors.
Discussion: MacStories
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Digg This: Reddit Serves Up a Billion Pages a Month  —  Reddit, the community news sharing site, has now joined the billion-page-per-month club, having served up some 1,000,404,480 pages to almost 14 million unique visitors in January, as measured by Google Analytics.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Stewart, Colbert, and Hulu's thoughts about the future of TV  —  We are extremely happy to announce a broad content agreement between Viacom and Hulu that brings The Daily Show and The Colbert Report back to Hulu and now also to Hulu Plus, beginning this morning.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Dual-core HTC Pyramid superphone coming to T-Mobile by May  —  Let me be the first to admit that not everything in my last rumor report came true, but it was pretty darn close.  Google unveiled their web-based Android Market and we heard that the music store is finished, but legal wrangling is still holding it up.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Tightens Reins  —  Apple Inc. is moving to take greater control over delivering and billing for electronic content viewed on its iPhone and iPad devices, an outgrowth of the tech giant's expanding influence that faces a frosty reception from publishers.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
News Corp. Has Given Up On MySpace; ‘Now Is Right Time’ For Sale  —  News Corp. (NSDQ: NWS) is now definitely looking for a MySpace buyer.  —  “With a new structure in place, now is the right time to consider strategic options for this business,” COO Chase Carey told analysts.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Egyptian Government Web Site Shut Down by Hackers  —  The online group Anonymous said Wednesday that it had paralyzed the Egyptian government's Web sites in support of the antigovernment protests.  —  Anonymous, a loosely defined group of hackers from all over the world …
Discussion: Digital Trends
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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Anonymous Hackers Attack Yemeni Government
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
AT&T:
AT&T Details Pricing, Launch of AT&T Mobile Hotspot App Coming February 13  —  Application Provides Additional 2GB of Data, Bundled with AT&T Data Pro  —  AT&T* today announced select smartphone customers will soon be able to connect multiple devices from their smartphone - via Wi-Fi …
Rafael Rivera / Within Windows:
Yahoo: Your buggy IMAP server affects iPhone too; thanks for playing though.  —  I was happy to see Microsoft's admission regarding Yahoo's buggy IMAP server, and even more so with Yahoo's apology.  But today, Yahoo issued another statement pointing a finger at Microsoft …
 
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