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2:30 PM ET, February 4, 2011

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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon breaks first day sales record with iPhone 4 pre-orders — in only two hours  —  It took Verizon only two hours of having the iPhone 4 available for pre-order to break its all-time record for first day sales of a single device.  That's in spite of the fact it only opened up pre-orders …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Verizon iPhone now shipping to select customers: ‘it begins’  —  While pre-orders have been halted for the interim, several readers that got their credit card information in on time have been sent an email from Verizon alerting to an CDMA iPhone shipment en route to their residence of choice.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Verizon iPhone 4 pre-orders sold out
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia, Microsoft announcing partnership next week, possibly involving Windows Phone 7?  —  As Nokia comes up on Capital Markets Day next Friday — an event where the company has historically unveiled interesting things and launched important initiatives — rumors are once again swirling …
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Speculation of Alliance With Microsoft Lifts Nokia Shares  —  BERLIN — Shares of Nokia, the mobile phone market leader, climbed for a fourth day on Thursday amid speculation that the company may be poised to announce a software alliance with Microsoft designed to revive its struggling U.S. smartphone business.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Takes Huge Steps towards a Graphics Pen for iPad  —  Just yesterday the news broke about HP's new graphics tablet dubbed the Digital Sketch coming to market with a three-button stylus and today you'll read all about Apple's latest research and development in this same area.
Dharmesh Mehta / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail delivers aliases to help you manage and secure your email account  —  Starting today, you can create and manage multiple email aliases from a single Hotmail account.  Together with features that we introduced in November that let you use Hotmail with any existing email address …
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Hotmail launches accounts you can throw away  —  Microsoft knows you're making throwaway e-mail accounts, and wants to make that process easier.  —  Today, Hotmail is getting a new feature aimed at “e-mail enthusiasts,” which lets anyone create multiple e-mail accounts that can be read …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple's modern success story began with four investments made 10 years ago  —  Apple executive briefing at first Apple retail store, May 2001.  —  Ten years ago — that's right, 2001 — Apple made four investments that bore fruit in a 21st-century success story.
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Q&A: Asustek chairman vows ‘secret weapon’ for iPad 2  —  IDG News Service - The chairman of Asustek Computer, Jonney Shih, noticed the growing thirst for mobile computing early on.  When he challenged his engineering teams to design a new, more mobile computer, they came up with the netbook …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Egypt: Kenneth Cole's failtweet comes to life in street prank  —  A real-world prank making fun of Kenneth Cole's ill-timed and tone-deaf tweet.  —  Coilhouse has the story, and here are photos.  Adobe Illustrator, a little font knowledge, a vinyl cutter, and bitter, bitter sarcasm.
Discussion: Coilhouse and Mashable!
Kellex / Droid Life:
Best Buy Facebook Says February 24th for Motorola XOOM, HTC Thunderbolt on the 14th  —  Did the Grand Rapids Best Buy Facebook page just out the Motorola XOOM and HTC Thunderbolt release dates?  Maybe.  According to a post that just went live on their page, the XOOM will be available on February 24th and the Thunderbolt on the 14th.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing: Why Google's Wrong In Its Accusations  —  Along with everything else going on for Bing's Harry Shum on Monday — a panel about search spam, dealing with Google's accusations that Bing “copies” Google's results — Shum dealt with perhaps his most important worry.
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Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
How Google Ambushed Microsoft and Changed the Subject
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
My thoughts on this week's debate
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple enlists new lobbying help  —  Apple has hired new lobbying help in D.C. this year as high-wattage Beltway battles over taxes, trade, privacy and patent reform begin to reverberate as far as Silicon Valley.  —  Official lobbying disclosures show the company picked up the firm Fierce …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:tonyromm
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Congress Grills Zuckerberg On Plans To Share User Addresses, Cell Numbers  —  Last month, Facebook told developers they'd be able to get users' current address and mobile-phone numbers.  Even though the feature would have required getting explicit permission from users, apparently it didn't go over too well in some parts.
Pauli Asikainen / Nokia Beta Labs:
Introducing Nokia Bubbles - A fun and efficient way to unlock your phone and get to what matters  —  Bubbles is a fun and efficient way to take a shortcut to timely or useful things on your phone.  Bubbles appears when you press the “Apps” key while your device is in sleep mode …
John Hendel / The Atlantic Online:
In Europe, a Right to Be Forgotten Trumps the Memory of the Internet  —  Why is it that two sprawling yet similar Western cultures — those on both sides of the Atlantic — respond so differently to Internet privacy?  —  A quarter-century after coming to the United States, Franz Werro still thinks like a European.
Discussion: Techdirt
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook holding Feb. 8 event in Menlo Park—why?  —  Facebook has sent out an invitation for a Feb. 8 press conference at an address in Menlo Park, Calif. which houses the city's municipal buildings.  —  Why the location?  Facebook said late last year that it was searching for locations …
Yudhijit Bhattacharjee / Wired:
How a Remote Town in Romania Has Become Cybercrime Central  —  Râmnicu Vâlcea has only about 120,000 residents, but among law enforcement experts around the world, it has a nickname: Hackerville.  The town is full of online crooks who cruise the streets in expensive European cars.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Homeland Security Tries And Fails To Explain Why Seized Domains Are Different From Google  —  The Marketplace radio show from American Public Media spoke to Special Agent James Hayes from Homeland Security, who was apparently in charge of the “raids” (if you can call them that) …
Discussion: Tech Report and ice.gov
Gerard Sanz / Google LatLong:
Geotagging photos with Panoramio and Google Latitude  —  It is 9 a.m. and the thermometer shows -15°C. I have a Nexus S with Google Latitude in my left pocket and my new Lumix LX-5 in the right one.  I am in Davos and I am ready for a fantastic day of skiing when I decide to use …
Discussion: The Next Web
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Apple Shareholder Demands The Company Establish A CEO Succession Plan  —  In the wake of Steve Jobs' latest medical leave, an Apple shareholder has demanded that the company establish a CEO succession plan.  —  This proposal has now been seconded by a major institutional advisory firm called ISS, the FT reports.
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Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Billboards Join Wired Age  —  Wi-Fi Lets Once-Static Posters Interact With Smartphones and Their Owners  —  Billboards and posters are one of world's oldest forms of advertising.  Now, some marketers and start-ups say wireless technology could revamp outdoor advertising by bringing interactivity and pay-for-performance models.
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Audi Super Bowl Ad Claims First Use of Twitter Hashtag  —  Audi is claiming a first in Super Bowl advertising: The inclusion of a Twitter hashtag at the end of its 60-second TV spot.  —  The hashtag “#ProgressIs” will flash during the automaker's ad in the first break after kick-off Sunday.
Discussion: CNN, ClickZ and I4U News
 
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon Continues to Suck Silicon Valley Talent to Chicago-This Time From Google
Computer Weekly:
European Commission renews controversial Microsoft contract
Discussion: Electronista and WinRumors
Prashant Fuloria / Facebook Developer Blog:
Two New Features for Facebook Credits
Mathew J. Schwartz / InformationWeek:
Apple Store Identity Theft Ring Busted
Discussion: ifoAppleStore and MacNN
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
54% of Verizon's Android, Blackberry users to switch to iPhone, survey says
Electronista:
Chrome 9 now final with Web Store, Instant and WebGL
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life
 Earlier Items: 
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Ode to the App Review team
Discussion: SAI and Appolicious Advisor
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Enables First “Promoted” …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Not Seeing Much Return on That Massive R&D Spend, Are You, Nokia?
Romesh Ratnesar / Business Week:
Peter Thiel: 21st Century Free Radical
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
‘Dating’ Site Imports 250,000 Facebook Profiles, Without Permission