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2:30 PM ET, January 7, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon iPhone launch looks set for February 3rd  —  BGR has confirmed with a source close to Apple that the company has blacked out employee vacation requests between February 3rd and February 6th — Thursday through Sunday.  The four-day vacation freeze has been confirmed to be in effect in several regions in the United States.
Apple:
Mac App Store Downloads Top One Million in First Day  —  Apple® today announced that over one million apps have been downloaded from the Mac® App Store℠ in the first day.  With more than 1,000 free and paid apps, the Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to the Mac …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Without Proper Code Validation, Mac App Store Downloads Are Easily Bootlegged  —  Copy the App Store receipt from any legit Mac App Store download — including from any free app — and paste it into a bootleg download of Angry Birds, and it'll run.  —  This isn't true for all paid Mac App Store apps.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac App Store Cracked Open for Piracy
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Apple COO Makes $59 Million After Filling in for Jobs  —  Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook received total compensation of $59.1 million in fiscal 2010 because of bonuses for running day-to-day operations during Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs's medical leave.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Opposes Proposal on CEO Succession Planning
Discussion: AppleInsider
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Facebook Versus Google Circa 2004  —  Is Facebook worth $50 billion?  As people ponder that question this week, we decided to look at Google, the Internet's previous wunderkind.  —  Google's market cap passed the $50 billion mark in October 2004.  The company was exactly six years old …
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Peter Lattman / DealBook:   The Facebook-Microsoft Parallels  —  A computer prodigy drops …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sony's PlayStation Phone gets in-depth preview in China, PlayStation Pocket app in tow  —  Well, that was quick.  It was just two days ago when the elusive PlayStation Phone popped up on a Hong Kong forum, and now it's back again in full exposure thanks to Chinese website IT168.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Apple Goes After The Parody @CeoSteveJobs Twitter Account  —  Days after California passed a bill criminalizing certain online impersonations, the person behind the @ceoSteveJobs Twitter account tells us that someone from Apple has complained to Twitter about the @ceoSteveJobs Twitter account.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Uniformity vs. Individuality in Mac UI Design  —  The new Twitter for Mac is somewhat polarizing, what with its almost entirely custom UI.  I used to have a fervor for uniform consistency in Mac UI design.  A perusal through the early DF archives will show that.  But the HIG is dead.  It died long ago.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Drawings of next-generation iPhone from Foxconn?  —  Apple.Pro posts some images claiming to be drawings of the next-generation iPhone.  The drawings are said to originate at a Foxconn iPhone manufacturing plant and it is unknown whether these represent a Verizon iPhone 4 or the fifth-generation iPhone.
Discussion: App Advice and iThinkDifferent
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
CES: Intel exec: Microsoft's tablet OS too long in coming  —  LAS VEGAS—Intel has urged Microsoft to tailor Windows for smaller devices, to no avail, an executive from the chipmaker said at the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  “Hey, we tried to get [Microsoft] to do a tablet OS (operating system) for a long time.
Discussion: Pulse2, Microsoft Watch and Inquirer
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Dell Streak 7: The First 4G Tablet Is a Pocket Pit Bull  —  The 7-inch version of Dell's Streak tablet has been rumored and teased for months, but today it's officially official!  And what it lacks in size it makes up for in sweet, speedy 4G goodness.  —  The Streak 7 weighs less than a pound …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Do People Really Want Apps on TVs?  —  TVs stuffed with apps that bring popular Web services to larger screens are crowding the floors of the Consumer Electronics Show this week.  —  But do people really want their TVs to act like already app-ified computers or mobile phones?
Mickey Boodaei / Trusteer blogs:
Mobile Users Three Times More Vulnerable to Phishing Attacks  —  We recently gained access to the log files of several web servers that were hosting phishing websites.  Analyzing these log files was an interesting exercise.  Specifically, they provided visibility into how many users accessed the websites …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Report: Analysis Of The Great Mobile App Store Boom Of 2010  —  Last year, the world went app crazy.  If anything, 2010 was the year of the mobile App Store—not only for Apple, but also for Android, Blackberry, and even Nokia.  App store analytics firm Distimo has a new report looking at Great Mobile App Store Boom of 2010.
Discussion: MacRumors and The Next Web
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: First Half of Groupon Funding Done-DST, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, Capital Group and Morgan Stanley  —  Groupon has raised half of a $950 million funding, getting $475 million from a range of top-drawer investors, said sources close to the situation.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Soshable
Rob Wong / Hulu Blog:
Hulu Plus Coming Soon to Android Mobile Phones, Live on Vizio HDTVs  —  Since we launched Hulu Plus, it's been our goal to continue to add more platforms and devices to the subscription service to offer you as many ways as possible to stream the shows you want, whenever you want.
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
You've Heard About Windows for ARM Chips; Now Meet ARM
Times of India:
RIM seeks two years to address security concerns
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Dan Morrill: No hard processor requirement for Android 3.0
Discussion: Engadget
Wall Street Journal:
Gadget Makers Follow Facebook's Lead
Discussion: All Facebook
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft CEO Ballmer: Xbox Passes Apple Among Young Consumers
Discussion: CNBC
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can Quora Survive Its Growing Popularity?
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Gartner raises IT spending forecast for 2011
Discussion: Gartner and NewEnterprise
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Show's over: how Hollywood strong-ARMed Intel and the CE biz
Discussion: PC World and Guardian
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
More on Microsoft ‘Jupiter’ and what it means for Windows 8
Discussion: eWeek, Neowin.net and The Next Web
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Inc. To Launch All-In-One BitTorrent Ecosystem
Discussion: TechEye