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3:50 PM ET, February 3, 2011

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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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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon can now throttle top five percent of bandwidth hogs, downres multimedia transfers  —  Nice timing, Verizon.  Just as thousands — possibly zillions — of smartphone users are pondering the switch to Big Red for Apple's iPhone 4, the carrier has slipped in two critical policy changes that are apparently effective immediately.
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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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.
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 …
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!
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Joe Weisenthal / SAI:
Sorry Rupert, Everyone Can Now Read “The Daily” For Free  —  Yesterday News Corp unveiled The Daily, its new iPad-only daily newspaper.  You have to pay $1/week to subscribe to it.  —  Bad new though: anyone can easily read it for free.  —  Andy Baio has created The Daily Index on Tumblr …
Discussion: App Advice
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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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Vodafone Says Egyptian Government Hijacked Its Networks To Send Propaganda
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Latest WikiLeak Reveals Google And The State Department Talked …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jon Stewart's Hulu Price Tag: At Least $40 Million  —  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were two of Hulu's biggest draws until they left the video site last March.  And it will cost Hulu at least $40 million to get them back.  —  That's according to people familiar with the new deal …
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Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Stewart, Colbert, and Hulu's thoughts about the future of TV
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.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:   Honeycomb: What You Need to Know (It's Not Just For Tablets)
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   iPad, beware: Android tablets can run cool 3D games with Honeycomb software (video)
Google Chrome Blog:
A dash of speed, 3D and apps  —  Today, we're excited to bring several new features from Chrome's beta channel to the stable build, including WebGL, Chrome Instant, and the Chrome Web Store.  —  WebGL is a new technology which brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser.
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: WMPoweruser.com and SlashGear, Thanks:wizardcm
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Electronista:   Yahoo mail's Windows Phone bug affects iPhone as well
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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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.
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.
Douglas Soltys / Inside BlackBerry:
Introducing BlackBerry Radio (Select Beta)  —  Later today, select BlackBerry Beta Zone users in the United States will get the opportunity to test out an upcoming radio discovery app, BlackBerry® Radio, and provide feedback to help us perfect it.  This app will put multiple mobile radio services …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple CEO Succession Proposal Gets Backing From ISS  —  Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) — An Apple Inc. shareholder proposal requiring the company to disclose a succession plan for Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs gained the support of Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy-advising service.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Moving to IPv6: Now for the hard part (FAQ)  —  Today is the beginning of the end of the Internet as we know it.  —  That's because the rules that govern how data is sent across the Net, a standard called Internet Protocol version 4, just became significantly more obsolete.
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.
Peter Skomoroch / The LinkedIn Blog:
Introducing LinkedIn Skills  —  Today, knowledge is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace.  To succeed in the talent economy, it is crucial to showcase your skills and build a rich network of connections who have the expertise you need to get the job done.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
 
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
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Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
Messenger now powering over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat
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