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4:05 PM ET, January 11, 2011

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Apple:
Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon  —  BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California—January 11, 2011—Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10.
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Verizon Gets the iPhone, Arriving February 10th From $199  —  It's Verizon's big day: The day it reveals its own version of Apple's game-changing iPhone, ready to steal millions of unsatisfied customers from AT&T and launch Apple's share price into the stratosphere.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T iPhone 4 vs. Verizon iPhone 4: what's changed?  —  Is an iPhone 4, an iPhone 4?  Not quite, now that Verizon has launched a CDMA version of the device — in fact, there are a number of notable differences that you're going to want to consider before buying either model (or making the jump from AT&T to Big Red).
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon's iPhone 4 has a CDMA-specific antenna, no other changes made  —  Would you look at that, Verizon's iPhone 4 has four notches punctuating its external antenna array — one more than you may find on AT&T's version, with the top notch migrating to the side.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Why No LTE iPhone For Now?  “Design Compromises” Apple Would Not Make.  —  Today during Verizon and Apple's press conference in New York City announcing the iPhone 4, Apple COO fielded a question that has been on a lot of people's minds: why won't the iPhone on Verizon be a next-generation LTE version?
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
AT&T: Verizon iPhone?  Whatever.  —  AT&T was quick to react to Verizon's iPhone announcement, though it wasted very few words on it.  —  “For iPhone users who want the fastest speeds, the ability to talk and use apps at the same time, and unsurpassed global coverage, the only choice is AT&T …
Steve Kovach / The Business Insider:
HUGE: Verizon iPhone Will Act As A Mobile Hotspot  —  Huge news out of Verizon's iPhone 4 announcement today.  —  The iPhone 4 will double as a mobile hotspot for up to five devices using Verizon's 3G network.  —  That's another huge win for Verizon.  AT&T doesn't allow iPhone owners to use their phone as a mobile hotspot.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Why I'm not switching to the Verizon iPhone: Need for speed  —  The image above says it all.  It shows a screen capture of an actual speed test performed on an Apple iPhone 4 while connected to AT&T's 3G network in northern New Jersey.  It is not an anomaly.
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile:
Will Verizon's iPhone Have an Off-Cycle Refresh Every Year?
Discussion: BGR and VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon And Apple Began Working Together To Make The CDMA iPhone In 2008
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Verizon to Sell Apple IPad That Connects Directly to Its Network  —  Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless will sell a version of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer that can connect directly to its network, posing another challenge to AT&T Inc. as the carrier's exclusive hold on the iPhone draws to a close.
E. B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Why Twitter Was the Only Company to Challenge the Secret WikiLeaks Subpoena  —  The government has almost certainly made secret requests for WikiLeaks-related material from other companies.  But only Twitter (successfully at least) fought to have to have those orders brought into the open.  Here's why.
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Mike Jazayeri / Chromium Blog:
HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome  —  The web's open and community-driven development model is a key factor in its rapid evolution and ubiquitous adoption.  The WebM Project was launched last year to bring an open, world-class video codec to the web.  Since the launch, we've seen first-hand the benefits of an open development model:
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Google Dropping Support for H.264 in Chrome
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:UK:
MySpace Cuts 47 Percent Of Its Workforce  —  As has been rumored for weeks, MySpace (NSDQ: NWS) is laying off nearly 500 employees, or nearly half of its workforce.  MySpace says it's making the cuts “to provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and profitability” …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
MySpace CEO confirms heavy layoffs
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
The World Erotic Art Museum in Miami is Trying to Sue Me for $2 Million for Posting Photos I Took There on My Flickr Account  —  Below is most of the complaint that the museum's attorney has filed against me this morning in Federal Court.  In the complaint they accuse me of violating …
Michael Geist Blog:
Canadian Recording Industry To Pay $45 Million To Settle Class Action Over Copyright Infringement  —  The four major record labels that comprise the Canadian Recording Industry Association - EMI Music Canada Inc., Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada Inc. and Warner Music Canada Co. …
Jennifer Baker / PC World:
Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, EMC Consortium Plan Withdrawn  —  In a move that will be seen by many as a big win for open-source advocates, a plan to create a consortium led by Microsoft to buy Novell patents has been withdrawn.  —  Early in December Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle notified …
The Official Google Blog:
Google Science Fair seeks budding Einsteins and Curies  —  Are you a student who loves science?  Do you have a good idea for an experiment that you'd like to share with the world?  In 1996, two young computer science students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had a hypothesis that there was a better way to find information on the web.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Paid Farm Bureau $8.5 Million To Acquire Fb.com  —  On November 15th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook had acquired Fb.com from The American Farm Bureau Federation to use as the domain for internal email addresses now that the Facebook Messages were parked on Facebook.com.
Discussion: All Facebook, MediaFile and CBS News
Nielsen Wire:
Cellphones and Global Youth: Mobile Internet and Messaging Trends  —  Young people around the world love their mobile phones, but they use them in vastly different ways.  —  In China, the mobile internet reigns supreme.  Seventy-three percent of Chinese mobile youth ages 15-24 reported using …
 
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