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9:05 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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, MacStories and TiPb
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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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 …
Discussion: PC Magazine and Fortune
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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.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Honeycomb: What You Need to Know (It's Not Just For Tablets)  —  Google today held a press event to show off Android 3.0, or Honeycomb: the mobile platform specifically designed for tablet devices.  I watched the event while Om live-blogged it and clearly, it was about the platform and developers, not about devices.
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
Android 3.0 Honeycomb hands-on [Motorola XOOM]
Discussion: Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
Arn / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone Available for Pre-Order to Existing Customers  —  Verizon has opened its website for iPhone pre-orders about 10 minutes early.  Existing Verizon customers can begin pre-ordering their iPhone 4.  Apple's own website is now also accepting preorders.
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Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon Wireless to begin throttling data speeds of heaviest users …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Android Market website  —  Over the past two years, developers around the world have helped make Android Market the go-to place for more than 100,000 apps, games and widgets.  Previously, you could only access Android Market directly from your device, but today …
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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.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Daily Show And Colbert Report Return To Hulu Via New Viacom Content Partnership
Yusuf Mehdi / Bing:
Setting the record straight  —  I was unable to attend the Farsight conference yesterday but watched events unfold online and wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts and make sure everyone is clear about a few things.  —  It was interesting to watch the level of protest and feigned outrage from Google.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Latest WikiLeak Reveals Google And The State Department Talked To Unblock Egyptian Videos  —  In response to the escalating Mubarek protests, the latest release of WikiLeaks have been Egypt or MENA related.  One cable from November 2008 is particularly interesting, revealing …
Discussion: CNET News, Fast Company and @wikileaks
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Mike Elkin / Danger Room:
Cairo's Band of Geeks Survives Tahrir Square Assault
Discussion: VatorNews and P2P Foundation
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Pwn2Own 2011: Google offering $20,000 for Chrome sandbox exploit  —  Google is offering a $20,000 cash prize for any hacker who can successfully compromise a Cr-48 Chrome Notebook via a vulnerability — and sandbox escape — in its Chrome web browser.  —  The prize is part of this year's …
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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.
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 …
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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Anonymous Hackers Attack Yemeni Government
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Dual-core HTC Pyramid superphone coming to T-Mobile by May
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Discussion: SAI, Gnip Blog and SiliconANGLE
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