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3:40 PM ET, February 3, 2010

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Drops ‘Droid’ Brand For Newest Android Phone (VZ, MOT, GOOG)  —  More Android phones are coming to Verizon Wireless, but the latest one won't get the carrier's memorable “Droid” branding.  —  The Motorola Devour, announced today, is scheduled to launch in March.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
He Calls Google A Vampire, But Mark Cuban's Mahalo Is Doing The Sucking  —  Yesterday, Mark Cuban warned media owners in a keynote speech that Google is a vampire trying to suck them dry, giving them nothing back and daring owners to block it.  This is the same Mark Cuban who is an investor in Mahalo …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban May Hate News Aggregators, But He Also Wants To Invest In Them
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
SlideShare Launches Custom Channels for Businesses  —  SlideShare just announced that it now offers businesses the ability to create their own custom channels on the popular document sharing service.  These channels allow businesses and enterprises to share their presentations, e-books and whitepapers with a wider audience.
Wall Street Journal:
Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad  —  Major textbook publishers have struck deals with software company ScrollMotion Inc. to adapt their textbooks for the electronic page, as the industry embraces a hope that digital devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPad will transform the classroom.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
From MSFT evangelist to Mac enthusiast - the other side of the road  —  For five years I was a Microsoft evangelist to the startup and venture capital community.  That ended a couple months ago.  I am now a Developer Advocate at Google and I love it.  After years of defending Microsoft …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:   Microsoft refugee discovers Macs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Simplifies The Creation Of Business Applications With Visual Process Manager  —  2009 was a banner year for Salesforce.com.  The enterprise cloud computing company made significant enhancements to its product lineup, reported overall strong earnings, and even launched their own …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
John Gruber's Daring Fireball Gets Comments (Whether He Likes It or Not)  —  John Gruber of Daring Fireball is the most influential Apple pundit on the web, but readers often complain about the lack of comments on his website.  —  In fact, Gruber's site is famous for not having comments.
Discussion: Tech Central, Mashable! and rizzn.com, Thanks:atul
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Skype says new 3G iPhone app coming ‘really soon,’ will have CD-quality sound  —  After the news last week that Apple and AT&T are now allowing VoIP apps to make phone calls over the 3G network, Skype said it's still waiting to release a new 3G-ready version of its software for the iPhone.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's iPad May Gain an Intelligent Bezel in the Future  —  Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published two major granted patents of Apple's covering tablets and advanced touch technologies.  The first patent may provide us with a glimpse of a future implementation of an intelligent tablet bezel.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple's iPad heralds tablet explosion, analysts say  —  Apple's iPad tablet launch last week reflects the real start of a new market segment for media tablets that the analysts at ABI Research predict will grow from four million units shipped this year to 57 million each year by 2015.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
RIM Coiled for Spring Surprise: Rumor  —  Stock quotes in this article: RIMM , MOT , AAPL , GOOG  —  WATERLOO, Ont.  (TheStreet) — Finally, some signs that the creative sap is running again at Research In Motion(RIMM Quote).  —  RIM has been fairly criticized for losing a step …
Discussion: FierceWireless and I4U News
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile App or Browser-Based Site?  Report Says The Browser Will Win on Mobile  —  Mobile search company Taptu has released a detailed report showing that the future of the Mobile Web is likely to be dominated by cross-platform browser-based mobile web sites - rather than apps built specifically for iPhone …
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Journal Busts Down Its Paywall For A Day (HMC, NWS)  —  WSJ.com is free for users to explore today, thanks to a sponsorship from Acura.  —  Breaking news and feature articles that would normally be behind the Wall Street Journal's paywall can be accessed for free during the one-day preview.
Discussion: Changing Way and FishBowlNY
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Everything Tim Armstrong Taught Us About AOL Today  —  AOL held its first earnings call in 10 years today.  Here's what we learned listening to CEO Tim Armstrong and CFO Artie Minson:  —  AOL isn't afraid to shut down revenue generators if they aren't long-term profit generators.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Nehalem Mac Pros take 20% performance hit when playing audio  —  Apple's latest Mac Pro, jammed with multicore Nehalem-based Xeon processors, is designed to be a computing beast with power to spare for the most demanding tasks.  Since the current Mac Pros became available in October of 2009 …
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
Do the iPad's missing apps point to a multitasking dashboard?  —  Steve's iPad keynote felt just a little off.  We got what we wanted, but it still felt a little like the iPad was a vehicle full of potential rather than a self-contained package of productivity.  This morning I woke up and realized what was missing: The minor apps.
Matt Pressman / Vanity Fair:
Demand Media's Plan to Sell Content to Old-Media Fatties  —  The Tyler Durden approach to publishing.  Photo illustration by Hamish Robertson.  —  For many of the people trying to eke out a living in the world of traditional media, the two most frightening words in the English language are Demand Media.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Twitter Train Has Left the Station  —  George Packer usually writes about foreign affairs, politics and books for The New Yorker, but this week he decided to attack Twitter in a blog post that ironically got much of its attention because a link to it was reposted more than 700 times on Twitter.
Discussion: TechStartups.com, Thanks:atul
Casey Chan / Android Central:
Firefox on Android Progressing Nicely, Loads First Page  —  Like we said before, it's going to take some time before Fennec aka Firefox Mobile actually gets on Android.  But at least it looks like porting Fennec over to Android is progressing rather nicely—they actually got their first page load.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia: Ovi Maps With Free Navigation Averages A Download Per Second, 1.4M Total  —  I'm starting to suspect people like free stuff - a shocker, I know.  —  Nokia says the new version of Ovi Maps that includes free walk and drive navigation has been downloaded over 1.4 million times since its introduction on 21 January 2010.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Pegatron reportedly to undertake OEM production of next-generation iPhone  —  Pegatron Technology has reportedly landed a contract to undertake OEM production of the next-generation iPhone scheduled for launch later in the year, joining Foxconn Electronics which manufactures current iPhones for Apple, according to industry sources.
Twitter Status:
Reason #4132 for Changing Your Password  —  As part of our ongoing efforts to monitor our user base for odd activity, we noticed a sudden surge in followers for a couple accounts in the last five days.  Given the circumstances surrounding this, we felt it was best to push out a password reset …
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another Googler Joins the Obama Administration-Now We've Got a Foursome!
Discussion: The Register
James Niccolai / PC World:
Dell Plans New Line of ‘cloud’ Servers This Year
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Digg's MySpace Problem — And What It's Doing About It
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yammer Grabs $10 Million More in Funding
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent