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12:35 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).
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?
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.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
iPhone On Verizon Pre-Orders Start February 3  —  The iPhone is officially available on Verizon.  Pre-order start February 3, the companies announced today.  You can have it in your pocket February 10.  —  Pricing will be $199.99 for the 16GB model and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new two year contract.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
IPhone May Cost Verizon $5 Billion in Subsidies in First Year
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Twitter's Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena Should Be the Industry Standard  —  ANALYSIS — Twitter introduced a new feature last month without telling anyone about it, and the rest of the tech world should take note and come up with their own version of it.  —  Twitter beta-tested a spine.
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E. B. Boyd / Fast Company:   Why Twitter Was the Only Company to Challenge the Secret WikiLeaks Subpoena
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:   Wikileaks volunteer hires lawyers in Twitter fight
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Why I'm Having Second Thoughts About The Wisdom Of The Cloud  —  I've always been a big advocate of storing things in the cloud.  Not just emails and files, but my entire life.  As I've written before, I live permanently in hotels, and my whole life fits into carry-on luggage.
Discussion: broadstuff
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Who Came Out On Top At CES?  —  Now that the Consumer Electronics Show is over and all the vendors are breaking down their booths, we have one question - who won?  —  Social media monitoring service RowFeeder kept track of a number of different brands over the last several months …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Google Ice Cream landing in time for the summer  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sources date the next Android update  —  Google will release the next version of its mobile phone operating system, Android 2.4, in the summer, Pocket-lint has learnt.  —  According to multiple sources familiar with the matter …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Winklevoss twins gamble $65m for Facebook fortune  —  The twins rose to prominence after the release of The Social Network film  —  Three Harvard graduates are to gamble a $65m settlement they made with Facebook over who came up with the idea for the site, in an effort to get more money.
Discussion: Digits and NetworkEffect
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bump Raises $16 Million Round Led By Andreessen Horowitz  —  If you've got an iPhone or Android device, there's a decent chance you're familiar with Bump, the nifty service that lets you swap contact information (and other data) by simply tapping two phones together.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
MySpace CEO confirms heavy layoffs  —  MySpace CEO Mike Jones announced Tuesday a “significant organizational restructuring that will result in a 47 percent staff reduction across all divisions globally and impact about 500 employees, confirming many rumors that the News Corp.-owned social network …
David Kirkpatrick / The Daily Beast:
Marissa Mayer and Google's Local Search Strategy  —  Marissa Mayer, the executive behind Google's search engine, now aims to help the company conquer social media and personalize your Web experience on mobile phones.  She talks to David Kirkpatrick about her war with Facebook.
Discussion: Google Watch
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Rise Of Facebook's Valuation From 2004-2011 [Graphic]  —  Click image to enlarge.  —  The panic at absurd rumors of Facebook's demise over the weekend, coupled with the Goldman Sachs Facebook investment frenzy at the beginning of this year got us thinking; Did initial Facebook investor Peter Thiel …
Discussion: Fortune and All Facebook
Yahoo! News:
Steve Jobs to join Murdoch to unveil iPad paper  —  Rupert Murdoch will unveil News Corp.'s much-anticipated iPad newspaper onstage this month with Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, The Cutline has learned.  —  The two media moguls will appear together at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Acquires Its Way Into Israel, South Africa And India  —  Groupon is determined to launch daily deal sites in markets all over the world, as we've seen in the past.  This morning, the social commerce company announced that it has acquired SoSasta (India), Grouper (Israel) and Twangoo (South Africa).
Discussion: Business Wire, eMoney, paidContent and SAI
The Official Google Blog:
Google Science Fair seeks budding Einsteins and Curies  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Docs Blog, Google Student Blog and Google LatLong Blog)  —  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?
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google TV Jailbreak Opens the Doors to Developers, Hulu  —  At the end of November, Android developer Howard Harte announced that he would give $1,000 to the first person who could jailbreak the Google TV.  Just over a month later, the $1,000 has been collected and Harte says he is now …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kindle Comes To The Mac App Store, Already No. 5 Free App  —  Continuing its quest to be on every major computing platform, Kindle is now available as an app in the new Mac App Store.  As the first ebook app in teh Mac App Store, it is already the fifth most downloaded free app.
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David Dahlquist / Macworld:
Kindle app gets side-loading, background downloading
 
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Best Buy Officially Launches Buy Back Program
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Muglia's e-mail to the Microsoft troops: 'I'm moving on to new …