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9:50 AM ET, February 8, 2011

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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 …
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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 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.
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.
TMZ.com:
Mark Zuckerberg — I Fear My Facebook Stalker  —  Mark Zuckerberg claims he's being stalked by a man who's been sending him creepy messages through Facebook and threatening his safety ... TMZ has learned.  —  Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda …
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 …
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon Backpedals After Viewers Fail to See the Humor and Compassion …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's CEO Is Said to Extend Management Shake-Up  —  Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer plans to extend a management reshuffling aimed at adding senior product executives with an engineering background, two people with knowledge of the decision said.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google's Logo Dives 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (with Accelerometer Support)  —  It isn't quite the Pacman doodle, but today's version of Google's iconic logo introduces a whole new degree of interactivity to the animated logos the company sometimes produces for special occasions.
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 …
Kevin Systrom / instagr.am:
A More Open Platform: The Instagram API  —  One of our guiding principles at Instagram is to create & maintain an open ecosystem that changes the way we see our world.  With nearly 300k photo uploads happening every day, we feel encouraged by the strength of our community and platform.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Wannabe Cool Kids Aim to Game the Web's New Social Scorekeepers  —  Sites Use Secret Formulas to Rank Users' Online ‘Influence’ From 1 to 100; 'It's an Ego Thing'  —  When Katie Miller went to Las Vegas this Thanksgiving, she tweeted about the lavish buffets and posted pictures of her seats …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Nokia heading to Silicon Valley?  And the ‘Standing on a burning platform’ memo  —  With Nokia expected to unveil a shift in its long term strategy at the company's annual Capital Markets Day this Friday, it should be no surprise that rumor and conjecture are rife.
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
De-Finnistration: Nokia to shift HQ to US?
Discussion: Gearlog
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
T-Mobile to offer free phones on heels of Verizon's iPhone launch  —  T-Mobile USA has done this before — offering all of its phones for free under a limited-time promotion.  But the timing of this one is particularly interesting, on the Friday and Saturday following the long-awaited Feb. 10 launch of the iPhone 4 on Verizon.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Early Facebook execs back artificial-intelligence startup Vicarious Systems  —  It looks like several key players from the early days of Facebook have taken an interest in an artificial intelligence startup called Vicarious Systems.  —  The company, which is based in Union City, Calif. …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
LG Optimus 3D - new tantalising video leaked  —  EXCLUSIVE: We've got the HD clip and pics  —  We know that LG?will launch the LG Optimus 3D at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  We know that the LG Optimus 3D will have a 3D screen and dual cameras.  And we now know what the new phone will look like.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
ComScore Says You Don't Got Mail: Web Email Usage Declines, 59% Among Teens!  —  In introducing his messaging platform last November Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said one of the primary motivations behind Messages product strategy was that teenagers have given up on email, “High school kids don't use email, they use SMS a lot.
Ronald D. White / Los Angeles Times:
Fake iPods and iPhones are seized from downtown warehouses  —  More than $10 million in counterfeit and stolen goods are recovered in a case stemming from a theft investigation begun by Los Angeles Port Police.  —  These are some of the counterfeit iPods, iPhones and other items seized …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
HTC to invest $40 million into OnLive to help with games on smartphones  —  Let's be fair, for a company that pulled in NT$14.59 billion (about $500 million in US currency) in net profit last fiscal quarter, $40 million isn't exactly a huge chunk of change.  But the recipient of HTC's money …
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Not all iPhone apps work on the Verizon iPhone — fragmentation looming?  —  Today may be remembered as the day the iOS platform became fragmented like Android.  The announcement today by Telenav that its GPS app has been released for the Verizon iPhone may carry unexpected ramifications for apps on the iOS line of products.
Patrick Rhone / Minimal Mac:
Airplane Mode  —  I recently had lunch with a dear friend whom I had not seen in a while.  This friend has a job that places him in a position that is far more important to the organization than even he readily lets on.  He is the linchpin for multiple large projects with dozens of internal …
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).
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
In-app purchases in iPad, iPhone, iPod kids' games touch off parental firestorm  —  Over the winter break from school, 8-year-old Madison worked to dress up her simple mushroom home on the iPhone game Smurfs' Village.  In doing so, she also amassed a $1,400 bill from Apple.
Discussion: MacStories
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 from our sources, however …
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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Stephen Coles / Fonts In Use:
The Daily  —  Founded by the world's most notorious media magnate …
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iSuppli:
Apple iTunes Remains Dominant in U.S. Online Movies in 2010 …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
AT&T's Chief Marketing Officer on How the Company Has Found (Android) Religion
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
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U.S. Has Secret Tools to Force Internet on Dictators
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