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2:30 PM ET, January 14, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: BlackBerry Storm 3 shows up, tells all  —  You thought we were done revealing RIM's 2011 BlackBerry lineup?  Not quite yet.  In addition to the new BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve, and BlackBerry Torch 2, we have received photos and information about the BlackBerry Storm 3.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Too Late  —  Dan Lyons, writing for The Daily Beast's Newsweek subsidiary, says “The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late”: Most important, Android still has one huge advantage over the iPhone — diversity.  Android phones are sold by dozens of hardware makers, the biggest being Samsung, Motorola, and HTC.
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late  —  Apple's phone would have snuffed out the Android a year ago, but now Google's device has become an unstoppable juggernaut.  —  Verizon President and COO Lowell McAdam speaks during the iPhone announcement January 11.  —  Now that Apple will be selling …
Discussion: Examiner
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
LG: Windows Phone 7 launch could have been better  —  EXCLUSIVE: But still supporting platform as too much Android in portfolio  —  LG has gone on record saying that Windows Phone 7 hasn't performed as well as it thought it would, following the launch of the mobile OS in October.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Delay for the Daily: Apple, News Corp. Push Back Launch Date  —  Turns out you'll have to wait a bit longer to see the Daily, Rupert Murdoch's long-awaited iPad news service.  —  Apple and News Corp. have made a joint decision to push back next week's planned launch, according to sources familiar with the companies' plans.
Sarah Radwanick / comScore Voices:
How the Verizon iPhone Announcement Could Influence the Mobile Market  —  There is much buzz surrounding the announcement that the iPhone will be available to Verizon subscribers as Apple ends its exclusive carrier agreement with AT&T. The deal is expected to shakeup the mobile marketplace …
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Daniel Ruby / Chitika, Inc.:
Why The Verizon iPhone is the Ultimate Threat to Android
Discussion: Internet2Go
Charlie Rose / Business Week:
Charlie Rose Talks to Verizon CEO Seidenberg  —  Ivan Seidenberg discusses the complex courtship with Steve Jobs that led to Verizon's adoption of the iPhone  —  Do you expect to have the problems AT&T (T) had with the iPhone?  The argument is that its network was overwhelmed.  —  We've prepared greatly.
DealBook:
Groupon I.P.O. Said to Value the Company at $15 Billion  —  Updated  —  Groupon, the social buying site that spurned a $6 billion offer from Google, is pushing ahead with plans for its initial public offering, a debut that could value the company at $15 billion or more.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is this the iPad 2′s camera.app?  —  We've been telling you all about this camera that's coming in the iPad 2 and thought you might like to see some screenshots.  Our tipster Sonny D. sent us these screenshots that he assembled from files within the SDK of the iPad camera.app.
Electronista:
iPhone 5 should use Qualcomm chipsets, new ‘A8’ processor  —  Some of the first iPhone 5 part details have emerged on Friday with insight into its launch timing.  Taiwan's Kinsus is reportedly supplying 30 to 40 percent of the substrates for the Qualcomm chipsets that will provide cellular access.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Crisis in Tunisia proves Twitter is the best, and worst, way to follow breaking news  —  “The revolution will not be televised”, goes the old saying - well, it's certainly being tweeted today.  Tunisia is in crisis right now and the raw, hard facts are being spread live as they happen via Twitter …
Discussion: Gawker
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Spotify nears US Sony deal  —  Spotify, the popular European music service, is finally crossing the pond, The Post has learned.  —  After trying to crack the US market for more than a year, Spotify is close to a deal with one major music company in the US and has gained the support of at least one other …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Is the Motorola Atrix 4G coming to AT&T on March 1?  —  The Motorola Atrix 4G (check out our hands-on) on AT&T easily is one of the hottest phones to come out of CES, with its dual-core processor, the very cool laptop dock and the even cooler HD dock, which basically turns your smartphone …
DigiTimes:
RIM to ship 1 million PlayBook tablets in 1Q11  —  Quanta Computer has begun volume production of RIM's PlayBook tablets with shipments in the first quarter of 2011 expected to top one million units competing head-to-head with the 700,000-800,000 Xoom tablets to be rolled out by Motorola, according to industry sources.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Google Apps' New Promise: No More Downtime  —  Google is announcing some changes to its service level agreements for its Google Apps customers today.  It would seem routine except for what on its face comes across as an extraordinary promise: No more downtime, not even for maintenance.
Siobhan Ambrose / WPMU.org:
Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else  —  A few months ago I wrote about WordPress Security.  Now, armed only with the words “free WordPress themes,” builtBackwards' Theme Authenticity Checker Plugin and Donncha O Caoimh's Exploit Scanner …
Discussion: Changing Way and ReadWriteWeb
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple tells newspapers: no free iPad edition for print subscribers  —  A number of European newspapers have reportedly been told by Apple that they can no longer offer paid print subscribers free access to an iPad edition through the App Store, as the subscription strategy leaves Apple out of its 30 percent cut.
Discussion: MacNN and The Download Blog
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
We need help with the strange disappearance of Dancho Danchev  —  Zero Day blogger and malware researcher Dancho Danchev (right) has gone missing since August last year and we have some troubling information that suggests he may have been harmed in his native Bulgaria.
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Geohot speaks out on PS3 jailbreak legal battle  —  After being hit with a restraining order from Sony earlier this week for allegedly bypassing “effective technological protective measures” in PlayStation 3 firmware 3.55, iPhone hacker George Hotz, better known as “Geohot,” has decided it's time to stand up to the tech giant.
Discussion: The Digital Home
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Billionaire Facebook Investor Peter Thiel Pours Money Into His “Utopia,” New Zealand  —  Peter Thiel, famous for making billions off Facebook, tells us he's finally found “utopia” - New Zealand.  —  Thiel has been investing heavily in the country.  —  He's already made two noteworthy venture investments …
Discussion: New Zealand Herald
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
RIM Preps Cloud Services, Considers Managing Non-BlackBerry Devices  —  Although it likes its current business of selling BlackBerry devices and the servers that businesses need to manage them, Research In Motion is open to some other alternatives.  —  In particular, the company is already working …
BBC:
Facebook's potential ‘unlimited’  —  Tens of millions of users are signed up to the social networking site, Facebook.  Goldman Sachs invested $450m (£285m) in the company at the start of this year giving it an implied value of $50bn.  That's just under $100 for each Facebook member.
Robin Sloan / Twitter Media:
The science of the hashtag  —  So last week I talked about the art of the hashtag: the power of mad libs, universal particulars, and feedback loops.  The day after I posted it, the #LessAmbitiousMovies hashtag took off on Twitter—you might have seen it in your timeline.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Google Holds On to Product VP Sundar Pichai After Twitter Talent Raid Attempt  —  Google VP Sundar Pichai has decided to stay at Google after being aggressively courted by Twitter to join the fast-growing company as its VP of product, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: SAI and Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Call Of Duty Invades The Mac App Store; How It Does Should Be Telling  —  It has now been a week since the launch of the Mac App Store.  So far, the reviews have seemed fairly mixed.  While nearly everyone praises the simplicity of the store, and Apple touted 1 million app downloads in the first 24 hours …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple Is About To Register Its 10 Billionth App Download  —  Apple has updated its website with an app counter which is about to surpass the 10 billionth application download via its mobile App Store.  —  Apple wants to reward its users so it will be offering a prize to the person who downloads …
 
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 More Items: 
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Announce Q1 2011 Financial Results on January 18th
Discussion: Apple, 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW and everythingiCafe
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
FireWire hits 2 billion ports, still far behind USB
Discussion: CNET News and Pulse2
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Index Ventures' Danny Rimer and Mike Volpi to Open Silicon Valley Office
Wall Street Journal:
Small Firms Got Early Jump on Facebook Deals
Jeff St. John / GigaOM:
GE's $520M Acquisition Into Data Center Power
Florin / Unwired View:
Samsung S5830 Android 2.2 phone leaked, looks like a mini Galaxy S
Don Clark / Digits:
Qualcomm A Likely Winner From Verizon IPhone
Discussion: AntennaSys Blog and Inquirer
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Only Now Are We About To See The Real Battle Between iPhone And Android
Discussion: BetaNews and TechEye
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Wikipedia Marks 10 Years of Edit-It-Yourself
Discussion: NetworkEffect and Softpedia News
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Ship or Get Off the Pot
Discussion: Pulse2 and Andrew Lark
John Lister / Tech.Blorge:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: App stores a clear and present danger
Discussion: CNN, SlashGear and Computerworld
Naked Security / Sophos:
Sarah Palin's email hacker is imprisoned, against judge's recommendation
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mr. Cutts Goes To Washington, Testifies Google Has Integrity
Discussion: Faster Forward and Softpedia News