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12:55 PM ET, February 3, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Bits, SAI, MacDailyNews and Black Web 2.0
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)
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Honeycomb: What You Need to Know (It's Not Just For Tablets)
Discussion: PC & Tech Authority
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 …
Discussion: Jillian C. York and New Scientist
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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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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.
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 …
Discussion: SlashGear and WMPoweruser.com, Thanks:wizardcm
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.
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.
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 …
Andy Baio / Waxy:
The Daily: Indexed  —  Anybody else think it's weird that The Daily, News Corp's new iPad-only magazine, posts almost every article to their official website... but with no index of the articles to be found?  They spent $30M on it, but apparently forgot a homepage!  —  So I went ahead and made one for them!
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 …
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Samsung responds: Galaxy Tab return rate below 2%  —  The saga of the Samsung Galaxy Tab sales numbers and return rate continues, with a Korean blog by Samsung stating that “the return rate is below 2 percent”.  This cryptic statement is attributed to the Samsung Electronics Mobile Communications Business …
Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
Messenger now powering over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat  —  We're excited to announce today that Facebook chat is now available to over 75 million more Messenger customers worldwide, wherever Facebook is available.  —  Nearly 18 million people now driving over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat on Messenger
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Q&A Site Answers.com Acquired By AFCV Holdings For $127 Million In Cash  —  Q&A platform Answers.com has been acquired by AFCV Holdings, a portfolio company of Summit Partners, for $127 million in cash or $10.50 per share.  AFCV will be delisting Answers, which was a public company, from the NASDAQ and taking the company private.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PocketGear Rebrands To Appia; Shifts To White-Label App Marketplace Platform
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