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4:50 PM ET, June 29, 2010

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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Said to Start Offering IPhone in January  —  Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start selling Apple Inc.'s iPhone next year, ending AT&T Inc.'s exclusive hold on the smartphone in the U.S., two people familiar with the plans said.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon iPhone Coming In January (AAPL, VZ, T)  —  An iPhone for Verizon Wireless, the no. 1 U.S. carrier, will be introduced next January, according to a Bloomberg report citing “two people familiar with the plans.”  —  If true, this is good news for Verizon and Apple, which will be set to sell a LOT of iPhones.
Discussion: Fortune and ZDNet
Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Introducing Hulu Plus: More wherever.  More whenever.  Than ever.  —  Everyone on the Hulu team shares three things in common.  I'll cover two of those immediately.  We'll get to the last one at the end of this post.  —  First, we are proud to say that we love TV shows.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Hulu Unveils Subscription Service For $9.99 a Month  —  Updated: 2:50 p.m.: Confirming what the entertainment world has been expecting for months, the online television Web site Hulu unveiled a subscription service on Tuesday, promising access to more episodes of TV shows to customers who pay $9.99 a month.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Hulu Plus announced with support for iPad, iPhone, PS3, Xbox Live, and more  —  We've just received word that the premium Hulu service we've heard chatter about for a while now has just become official.  Dubbed Hulu Plus, the $10 / month service will feature entire seasons of shows …
David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
An update on China  —  Ever since we launched Google.cn, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law.  This has not always been an easy balance to strike, especially since our January announcement …
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Google Nexus One:
New Android 2.2 Software Update for Nexus One phones  —  Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones.  This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot …
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Everything You Need to Know About Android 2.2, aka Froyo
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Former Facebook Executive Adam D'Angelo Confirms New Google Social Networking Effort  —  Google is making a new move into social networking, following past efforts like Orkut, Google Profiles and Buzz, according to a tweet by Digg founder Kevin Rose.  He said so last weekend, but his tweet has since been deleted.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Former Facebook CTO: ‘Google Me’ Is Real, And It's Gunning For Facebook
Discussion: broadstuff and Electricpig.co.uk
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Meet Cisco Cius: Android tablet for workers, students.  Watch out, iPad?  —  It's not quite an iPad - or better yet, the iPad isn't quite this.  —  Cisco CEO John Chambers today unveiled the Cisco Cius, a “mobile collaboration tablet that delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Slashes API Rate Limits In Half Across The Board To Deal With Capacity Issues  —  As you may have noticed, Twitter has been having a rough month.  Due in part to traffic from the World Cup, Twitter has had its worst month in terms of uptime in a year.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Jeff Bezos's mission: Compelling small publishers to think big  —  In the face of Kindle price cuts and wild iPad sales, Jeff Bezos is taking Amazon into new markets and onto every device he can.  Will it be enough?  —  Jeff Bezos has been dismissed before.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Hotels Upset Over More Efficient ‘Home’ Competition; Gets Politicians To Try To Outlaw Such Things  —  We've seen it time and time again.  The internet enables people to communicate directly with each other and create more efficient solutions than some larger (often regulated) industry, and that industry freaks out.
Discussion: City Room and CNET News
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Mapquest Introduces New Look, New Capabilities  —  You might not have thought of it this way but the old MapQuest was mostly about driving directions.  The new Mapquest (launching today) is about local search and an expanded range of capabilities and use cases.
Larry Hardesty / PhysOrg.com:
An Internet 100 times as fast: A new network design could boost capacity  —  In today's Internet, data traveling through optical fibers as beams of light have to be converted to electrical signals for processing.  By dispensing with that conversion, a new network design could increase Internet speeds 100-fold.
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
Electronista:
Seagate unveils first-ever 3TB external drive  —  Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk hits 3TB  —  Seagate claimed a record in storage today by launching a 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk drive.  The first of its kind packs a single, 3TB disk inside and is large enough to need a 64-bit OS to work …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In Faulty Computer Suit, Window to Dell's Fall  —  After the math department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Dell computers failing, Dell examined the machines.  The company came up with a unusual reason for the computers' demise: the school had overtaxed the machines by making them perform difficult math calculations.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Board Approves The “Wire Transfer Heard 'Round The World”  —  The long dalliance between investors and Foursquare appears to almost be consummated.  According to a Tweet by Foursquare board member Bryce Roberts of O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, about an hour ago he was “approving the wire transfer heard 'round the world.”
Vincent Chan / Power of Scale:
Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal?  Answered by Insiders  —  Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal?  I long have been fascinated by the extraordinary achievement from the ex-Paypal team and wonder about the reasons behind their success.
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Michael Chang / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone passes one million downloads!  —  In just 5 days, over one million people downloaded the Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone that launched last week!  This early momentum is fantastic, and we really appreciate the feedback we've been getting from many of you.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Yahoo Adds Workflows, Authentication to Hadoop  —  At the Hadoop Summit in Santa Clara, Yahoo announced two key enhancements to the platform: Hadoop with Security, and Oozie, a new workflow engine.  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Yahoo, which is running 38,000 Apache Hadoop Web servers …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Gets Green Light From Apple For Upcoming iPhone App, Lands Deal With Roku  —  Good news, MOG fans.  The online music streaming service, which allows users to listen to as many songs as they want for a flat monthly fee, has had its iPhone application approved by Apple after spending well over a month in App Store purgatory.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Download Squad
Wall Street Journal:
ITA Becomes Hot Software Ticket
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Social game firm Crowdstar embraces Facebook Credits in five-year agreement
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Discussion: Graphicpeel
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Ops: In the Belly of the Whale
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Alcatel-Lucent acquires ProgammableWeb, pushes deeper into developer ecosystem
Chris Boyd / Sunbelt Blog:
A little free (bad)vertising goes a long way
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Alleged Russian agents used high-tech tricks
Discussion: BBC, Danger Room and The Register
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
An iPhone Class Action Suit Is in the Works
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Baidu to hire U.S. engineers to work in China
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Over 20 million VoIP subscribers in the United States
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SSL Certificates In Use Today Aren't All Valid
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
An Unexpected Apple Ally: Porn Industry to Drop Flash