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6:10 PM ET, January 7, 2011

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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Verizon Event Set for Tuesday - iPhone Time  —  This just in: Verizon will hold a special event at New York City's Lincoln Center (Frederick P. Rose Hall) on January 11 — next Tuesday.  No details on its focus, but sources close to the company tell me suggest this will indeed prove to be the long-rumored Verizon iPhone announcement.
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Wall Street Journal:
Verizon to Finally Get iPhone  —  NEW YORK—Verizon Wireless will say Tuesday that Apple Inc.'s iPhone is finally coming to its network, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  The company sent invitations Friday inviting reporters and bloggers to an event it is hosting at New York City's Lincoln Center.
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.
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Mandatory Verizon face-to face training Jan 25 to Feb 4... for iPhone?  —  Verizon is having another one of their mandatory face-to-face training sessions for an “iconic pre-order”, this one scheduled for January 25 to February 4, 2011, and it could just be for the Verizon iPhone.
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
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Opposes Proposal on CEO Succession Planning  —  A few noteworthy nuggets from Apple's 2011 Proxy Statement, filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  In 2010 CEO Steve Jobs retained his $1 annual salary and some 5.5 million shares of Apple stock as well.
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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.
BBC:
Microsoft's Ballmer hints at PC support for Kinect  —  Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer has hinted to the BBC that he will formally support PC use of the Kinect motion controller in the near future, saying Microsoft “will support that in a formal way in the right time”.
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:   Microsoft CEO Ballmer: Xbox Passes Apple Among Young Consumers
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How to Steal Any Movie You Want on the Web: Wall Street Gets a How-To Guide  —  It's easier than ever to download any movie or TV show you want on the Web, for free.  Just ask Rich Greenfield.  Or better yet, let the Wall Street analyst show you, via a helpful four-minute video embedded at the bottom of this post.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Quora Answers The Question: How Will You Avoid Becoming Yahoo Answers?  —  As we're all well aware by now, the Q&A service Quora is exploding with growth.  And while that may seem like a good thing, there are two distinct downsides.  First, Quora is a pretty complex site and so scaling to accomodate huge user growth is difficult.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can Quora Survive Its Growing Popularity?
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.
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?
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 …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Amazon cloud can help hack WiFi networks: expert  —  (Reuters) - A security researcher says he has figured out a quick and inexpensive way to break a commonly used form of password protection for wireless networks using powerful computers that anybody can lease from Amazon.com Inc over the Web.
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
News agency seeks to cash in on celeb Twitter pics  —  Showbiz news agency WENN is to start charging publishers for using pictures posted by celebrities on social media website Twitter.  —  WENN has signed a deal with social media firm Plixi, formerly called TweetPhoto …
Discussion: Technology & … and Gawker
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
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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