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4:45 AM ET, February 8, 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 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 …
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.
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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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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   iPhone App Fragmentation FUD Is Looming
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.
Gmail 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.
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 …
iSuppli:
Apple iTunes Remains Dominant in U.S. Online Movies in 2010, Despite Competitors' Inroads  —  Despite intensified competition from fierce rivals including Microsoft Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple Inc.'s iTunes store in 2010 managed to hold onto its dominance in the U.S. market …
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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:   Apple still reigns supreme in movie downloads, says study
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 …
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
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).
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
AT&T's Chief Marketing Officer on How the Company Has Found (Android) Religion  —  Although AT&T has dabbled with Android in the past, the carrier is now dead serious about making sure that it has a range of products running Google's operating system.  —  While many will observe …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NoSQL Companies CouchOne And Membase Merge To Form Couchbase  —  NoSQL companies unite!  Membase (formerly NorthScale) and CouchOne have decided to merge to form Couchbase, which will provide a comprehensive family of NoSQL (which focuses on adding horizontal scalability to databases) database products for enterprise companies.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, GigaOM and SiliconANGLE
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.
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 …
 
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Aira-Katariina Vehaskari / Agence France Presse:
Nokia faces key test with strategy announcement
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
In-app purchases in iPad, iPhone, iPod kids' games touch off parental firestorm
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Verizon iPhone Sales Topped 500K
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Tear down this PDF  —  The PDF document format is digital publishing's worst enemy.
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
U.S. Has Secret Tools to Force Internet on Dictators
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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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