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11:25 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)  —  Apple has had some of the best 3D games on its iPhone and iPad devices, hands-down.  But at Google's press event today, we could see for ourselves that the Android tablets are catching up in their ability to run fast-and-furious 3D games.
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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Martyn Williams / PC World:
Blocking Internet Cost Egypt at Least $90M, Says OECD  —  The Egyptian government's five-day block of Internet services cost the national economy at least US$90 million, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Thursday.  —  The Paris-based organization …
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Mike Elkin / Danger Room:
Cairo's Band of Geeks Survives Tahrir Square Assault
Discussion: VatorNews
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Brendan Greeley / Business Week:
The Fallacy of Facebook Diplomacy  —  Why “21st Century Statecraft”—the idea that America can use the Internet to influence global events—is more dream than reality  —  Mediocre ideas survive longest in government.  In business, at least, competition tends to cull the lame and the halt.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PocketGear Rebrands To Appia; Shifts To White-Label App Marketplace Platform
Rafael Rivera / Within Windows:
Yahoo: Your buggy IMAP server affects iPhone too; thanks for playing though.
Discussion: Windows Phone Secrets, Thanks:wizardcm
AT&T:
AT&T Details Pricing, Launch of AT&T Mobile Hotspot App Coming February 13
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Q&A Site Answers.com Acquired By AFCV Holdings For $127 Million In Cash
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia-Backed Hearsay Launches Social Media Platform For Corporations …
Epicenter:
Free Music Can Pay as Well as Paid Music, YouTube Says
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Twitter Offers Metered Pricing for Firehose of Tweets
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Egyptian Government Web Site Shut Down by Hackers
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
How Much Does A Facebook Fan Cost? $1.07
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Actually, Twitter Cofounder Ev Williams Doesn't Really Work At Twitter Anymore
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