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6:15 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.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Personal Hotspot Works On The Verizon iPhone (Pictures)  —  There's actually only one key difference between the Verizon iPhone 4 and the AT&T iPhone 4 (well, besides the network, obviously).  But it's a big one: Personal Hotspots.  Yes, the Verizon iPhone will come with this killer feature …
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?
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Why I'm not switching to the Verizon iPhone: Need for speed
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile:
Will Verizon's iPhone Have an Off-Cycle Refresh Every Year?
Discussion: Computerworld and VentureBeat
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  —  Mike Jazayeri, Chrome product manager: … A bold move, to be sure.  H.264 is widely used.  WebM and Theora aren't.  Perhaps this move will push more publishers toward serving video encoded with WebM.  The big problem WebM has versus H.264 …
Discussion: iClarified
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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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Wikileaks volunteer hires lawyers in Twitter fight
Discussion: Examiner and GMSV
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
Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
ConnectU faces skeptical judges in Facebook appeal  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A skeptical panel of judges on Tuesday began considering whether Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg duped former Harvard classmates in a $65 million settlement of a lawsuit charging that the idea for the website was stolen.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Winklevoss twins gamble $65m for Facebook fortune
Discussion: NetworkEffect and Digits
Evan Blass / PocketNow:
First ‘Facebook Phone’ Outed: INQ Cloud Torch With Android?  —  A handset known as the INQ Cloud Torch has just received Bluetooth certification, and based on the design description, we believe that it is the first of two “Facebook” phones rumored to be in development by both TechCrunch and Bloomberg.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Thanks:evan_pn
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 …
Jaeyeon Woo / Korea Real Time:
A Novel Way of Using iPhone 4: Filmmaking … Park Chan-wook, one of South Korea's best directors, gets lots of attention when he introduces a new movie.  About 100 reporters showed up Monday morning for a screening of his latest work, a 30-minute short called “Paranmanjang,” which is Korean for “Ups and Downs.”
 
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Best of CES 2011  —  Maybe, just maybe, you've noticed …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Google Speeds Up The Chrome Release Cycle (Slideshow)
Dr. Siddharth Shah / Efficient Frontier Insights:
The Yahoo-Bing transition: Insights
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley R&D legend Xerox PARC gets new CEO
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Zach Klein Leaving Boxee To Found New Startup
Nielsen Wire:
Cellphones and Global Youth: Mobile Internet and Messaging Trends
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Rise Of Facebook's Valuation From 2004-2011 [Graphic]
Discussion: All Facebook and Fortune
David Kirkpatrick / The Daily Beast:
Marissa Mayer and Google's Local Search Strategy
Discussion: Google Watch
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Why I'm Having Second Thoughts About The Wisdom Of The Cloud
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