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7:30 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 …
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Not all iPhone apps work on the Verizon iPhone — fragmentation looming?
Discussion: Smartphones …
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Says HuffPo Will Be a $50 Million Business This Year
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.
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 …
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
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.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon Backpedals 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 …
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Andrew Mason / Groupon Blog:
Our Super Bowl Ads, and How We're Helping These Causes  —  I've been spending the day listening to the negative feedback about our Tibet Super Bowl commercial, and want to take a crack at explaining why we created this campaign.  We take the causes we highlighted extremely seriously …
Discussion: SAI and Groublogpon
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
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Mike Giglio / The Daily Beast:
Google Executive Wael Ghonim Admits He Was El Shaheeed
Thanks:moneyries
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Wael Ghonim's First Interview After Jail Release [Video]
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.
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 …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“It just feels inevitable”: Nick Denton on Gawker Media sites' long-in-the-works new layout  —  This morning, “the biggest event in Gawker Media history” took place: Gawker's sites have officially launched their redesigns.  Go to gawker.com — or jezebel.com or deadspin.com or lifehacker.com …
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Mary Phillips-Sandy / AOL News:   Gawker Redesign Does Not Exactly Thrill the Internet
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 …
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:   Last.fm Moves to Paid Content Model, Largely Abandons Free Mobile Service
K. T. Bradford / LAPTOP Mag:
Kyocera Echo Video Hands-On: First Dual-Screen Android Phone Comes to Sprint with 960 x 800 Pixels, “Simul-Tasking”  —  Android is good at multitasking but not at letting you do multiple things at the same time.  The Kyocera Echo is tailor-made for Simul-Tasking (yup, the term is trademarked).
Discussion: Engadget, Screenwerk and MobileCrunch, Thanks:mspoonauer
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 …
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 …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
De-Finnistration: Nokia to shift HQ to US?  —  Elop's radical plan  —  Exclusive Well-placed sources at Nokia suggest Stephen Elop is considering shifting the executive centre of gravity to Silicon Valley, creating a virtual HQ in the United States.  The move would be as radical …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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