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6:30 PM ET, February 7, 2011

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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Verizon iPhone tear-down posted, reveals Qualcomm Gobi chip!  (GSM Worldphone compatible!)  —  We, with the iPhone 4 repair specialists at iFixyouri have done a quick teardown of the new Verizon iPhone and have found the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip inside.  That's kinda interesting because that chip is dualmode GSM and CDMA compatible.
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iFixit:
iPhone 4 Verizon Teardown  —  We got our hands on the new iPhone 4 Verizon on the morning of February 7th, 2011.  Compare this phone to our original GSM iPhone 4 teardown.  If you're happy with your current coverage, then by all means hang on to it!  Keep it running if you drop …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
You've Got Arianna: AOL Buys Huffington Post for $315 Million in Cash and Stock, Appoints Huffington Editor in Chief  —  In a bold and definitive move, AOL is paying $315 million, mostly in cash, to buy the Huffington Post, one of the Web's most prominent news and opinion sites.
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Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Huffington Post and AOL: You've Got a Mess  —  AOL's pseudo journalism, Huffington Post's minuscule ad rates, and editors with big egos and a tough boss will doom the just-created media company.  Dan Lyons on the disastrous deal.  —  It is no surprise that AOL is buying Huffington Post.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL+HuffPo!  Why It is Not Really a Good Deal  —  Just when you thought you could finally put Superbowl commercials behind you and go to bed in a beer-induced slumber, AOL dropped a late-night bomb: it bought The Huffington Post for $315 million, of which $300 million is in cash.  My first reaction — wow!
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Says HuffPo Will Be a $50 Million Business This Year
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Android 2.4 coming April, leaving 2.3 dead on arrival - not Ice Cream  —  EXCLUSIVE: Viewsonic to be first out of the gate  —  Viewsonic has exclusively told Pocket-lint that its recently announced ViewPad 4 smartphone will be packing Android 2.4 when it launches in April.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP unveils a cool reclining touchscreen PC straight out of Star Trek  —  It seems like there's no end of uses for the touchscreen.  Hewlett-Packard is showing off a cool new touchscreen computer today that can recline at a 60-degree angle so that it can be used as a kind of control console for a lot of different applications.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HP's New Reclining PC Coulda, Shoulda, But Didn't
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Eliminate Retail Box Software Inventory  —  With the success of the iTunes App Store and the launch of the Mac App Store, it seems clear that the long term future of software sales is going to be digital distribution.  Based on what we've heard, however, Apple is planning on making …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Wael Ghonim's First Interview After Jail Release [Video]
Mike Giglio / The Daily Beast:
Google Executive Wael Ghonim Admits He Was El Shaheeed
Thanks:moneyries
Ken Deeter / Facebook:
Live Commenting: Behind the Scenes  —  Commenting on Facebook content has been an asynchronous form of communication.  Until now.  Live commenting, which we rolled out to all of our users a couple weeks ago, creates opportunities for spontaneous online conversations to take place in real time …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Rolls Out Real-Time Commenting to All Users
Discussion: All Facebook
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MacBook Pros show up in Best Buy inventory with March 11 launch date  —  Following our report this morning that the launch of updated MacBook Pros are imminent, we have been informed that Best Buy stores have recently placed in “Dummy SKUs” for an updated MacBook Pro line.
Matthew Hawn / Last.fm:
Last.fm Radio becomes a premium feature on mobile and home entertainment devices  —  On February 15, the radio service built into Last.fm mobile apps and on home entertainment devices will become an ad-free, subscriber-only feature.  —  Last.fm Radio will remain free on the Last.fm website in the US …
Kindle Post US:
Early Preview of Free Software Update for Kindle  —  We're excited to tell you about some new features coming to the latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G:  —  • Public Notes - This feature lets Kindle users choose to make their book notes and highlights available for others to see.
Nathan Bullock / Google Mobile Blog:
Priority Inbox in Gmail for mobile  —  If you've ever cursed a phone's tiny screen as utterly inadequate for sifting through an overflowing inbox you'll be pleased to hear that the Gmail mobile web app now supports Priority Inbox.  Priority Inbox helps combat information overload …
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 to be released before the end of 2011  —  Firefox's official roadmap has been updated, and boy are there some interesting changes afoot.  Most notably, Firefox 7 will ship in 2011.  The second biggy, and the main focus of Firefox development in 2011 …
Steven Poole / 3 Quarks Daily:
Against chrome: a manifesto  —  Please tear your eyes away from this elegant and curiously seductive prose for a few seconds and look at what surrounds this webpage on your display.  Unless you are browsing in full-screen “kiosk” mode or kicking it old-school with Lynx …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
U.S. seeks veto powers over new domain names  —  The Obama administration is quietly seeking the power for it and other governments to veto future top-level domain names, a move that raises questions about free expression, national sovereignty, and the role of states in shaping the future of the Internet.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Uh Oh, Instagram: PicPlz Launches API, Creative Commons & Brand Dashboards  —  The battle of the mobile social photo apps has been taken to the next level today, high-profile but trailing startup PicPlz just made three big announcements that pose a big challenge to crowd-pleaser Instagram and the slew of other startups in this market.
Discussion: blog plz, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon Back Pedals After Viewers Fail to See the Humor and Compassion; Will Pull Super Bowl Ad  —  Groupon is planning to respond this afternoon to the thousands of people, who flooded its Facebook and Twitter channels, and is pulling the most controversial of the commercials …
Chris Morris / Gamasutra:
Behind The Scenes: Microsoft's Attempt To Woo Conan O'Brien For Xbox Live  —  [In exclusive comments made to Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris, the executive producer of Conan O'Brien's talk show discusses how Microsoft tried to woo the comedian to take his show onto Xbox Live …
Kamal Ahmed / Telegraph:
Google chief Eric Schmidt seeks deal on EU search inquiry  —  Eric Schmidt, the new executive chairman of Google, has revealed that the search giant wants to come to a deal with the European Commission over its inquiry into Google's dominance in search.  —  In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple still reigns supreme in movie downloads, says study  —  Netflix may be the Web's top movie rental service but nobody sells more download-to-own movies than Apple, according to a study by iSuppli.  —  Apple's iTunes accounted for 64.5 percent of all the money spent in 2010 on electronic sell through …
 
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Finally: Facebook Co-Founder Opens the Curtain on Two-Year Old Asana
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
De-Finnistration: Nokia to shift HQ to US?
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Another AdMob Exec Leaves Google; Kevin Scott Joins LinkedIn As VP Of Engineering
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Peter Sayer / PC World:
Inside Secure Offers Alternative Android NFC Software Stack
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat
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Why Quora & Social Media Experts Don't Mix
Discussion: andrewteman.org and Brian Solis