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10:55 PM ET, February 2, 2011

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Verizon Beats AT&T in Voice Calls for iPhones  —  For millions of iPhone owners, or would-be iPhone owners, who dislike AT&T's wireless service or prefer Verizon Wireless service, liberation is at hand.  Starting Feb. 10, Apple's iconic smart phone finally will be available in the U.S. on a second carrier …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Verizon iPhone review  —  The Verizon iPhone 4 is an interesting product for Engadget to review.  Firstly, it's not exactly a new device (not in any outwardly noticeable way).  From design, down to its CPU, RAM, and even cost, this iPhone is the same as the AT&T model …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Review: The Name's iPhone.  Verizon iPhone.  —  Yesterday, I made a 45-minute phone call from my office.  —  This seemingly unremarkable statement is remarkable for two reasons.  First, I was able to place a call from my office — something which was impossible for me to do a week prior.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, iClarified, TUAW and TidBITS
Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Android Market website  —  Over the past two years, developers around the world have helped make Android Market the go-to place for more than 100,000 apps, games and widgets.  Previously, you could only access Android Market directly from your device, but today …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google (Finally) Unveils Android In-App Purchasing; Disney Brings Tap Tap Revenge To Take Advantage  —  Today at their Honeycomb event at the Google HQ in Mountain View, Google had a lot of information to share.  First, they gave a demo of the new Honeycomb features.  Then they shared the new Android Market Webstore.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Zynga Leverages Android Market Improvements for Mobile Expansion
Discussion: Mobilized and GigaOM
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Unveils Android Market Webstore. It's Already Live!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, SlashGear and IntoMobile
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
New Merchandising and Billing Features on Android Market
Reuters:
Unreleased Apple iPad spotted at News Corp event  —  (Reuters) - Spotted at Rupert Murdoch's splashy digital newspaper launch on Wednesday: a prototype of Apple's newest iPad.  —  A Reuters eyewitness saw what appeared to be a working model of the next iPad with a front-facing camera …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Reuters Knows A Guy Who Knows A Guy Who Totally Saw The iPad 2 Today
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Apple and News Corp's “The Daily” Hits the iPad for $0.99 Weekly, $40 Yearly [Video]  —  The media world has been impatiently waiting for Apple's iPad daily newspaper, built as a collaboration between Steve Jobs' company and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. for months.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Daily  —  Video tour of News Corp.'s new The Daily iPad app.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
All The Daily Details  —  This morning we got all the details …
Yusuf Mehdi / Bing:
Setting the record straight  —  I was unable to attend the Farsight conference yesterday but watched events unfold online and wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts and make sure everyone is clear about a few things.  —  It was interesting to watch the level of protest and feigned outrage from Google.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Honeycomb Puts Android 3.0 Tablets On Nearly Equal Footing With iPad  —  This morning Google showcased the features of its new tablet-optimized version of Android: Honeycomb.  Danny live-blogged the press event,  —  Honeycomb represents a dramatic improvement over Gingerbread for tablets in several respects.
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Android Honeycomb features: smartphone apps will work on tablets …
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
Android 3.0 Honeycomb hands-on [Motorola XOOM]
Discussion: Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Stewart, Colbert, and Hulu's thoughts about the future of TV  —  We are extremely happy to announce a broad content agreement between Viacom and Hulu that brings The Daily Show and The Colbert Report back to Hulu and now also to Hulu Plus, beginning this morning.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Daily Show And Colbert Report Return To Hulu Via New Viacom Content Partnership
Discussion: CNET News, PR Newswire and SAI
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Tried To Buy Path For $100+ Million.  Path Said No.  —  Yesterday we reported on Path's new $8.5 million venture round, led by Kleiner Perkins and Index Ventures.  I was curious about the valuation and pulled on a couple of threads.  What unraveled was a stunning story about a startup …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
News Corp. Has Given Up On MySpace; ‘Now Is Right Time’ For Sale  —  News Corp. (NSDQ: NWS) is now definitely looking for a MySpace buyer.  —  “With a new structure in place, now is the right time to consider strategic options for this business,” COO Chase Carey told analysts.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
The Empire Strikes Back: Microsoft Goes After Google on Web Video Formats  —  The war between Google and Microsoft is clearly heating up.  —  After being accused of copying Google's search results on Tuesday, Microsoft is now going after Google, accusing it of injecting inconsistency …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Senators decry link between Egypt, ‘kill switch’ bill  —  Joseph Lieberman and two other senators who hope to hand the president emergency Internet authority are protesting comparisons to Egypt cutting off the Net.  —  • Poll: Internet ‘kill switch’—help or hindrance?  —  ... Read full post & comments
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Actually, Twitter Cofounder Ev Williams Doesn't Really Work At Twitter Anymore  —  Back in September 2010, when Dick Costolo replaced cofounder Ev Williams as Twitter CEO, the company successfully seeded a narrative in the press.  —  The story went that Williams demoted himself from running …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T adding an extra 2GB to phone tethering plans, launching Mobile Hotspot app February 13th  —  What, 2GB of monthly data isn't enough for your laptoppin' needs?  Yeah, us either — fortunately, AT&T's tweaking its phone tethering plan a bit with an extra 2GB that can be shared among all devices for a grand total of 4GB.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IAC's Match.com Acquires Online Dating Site OkCupid For $50M In Cash  —  IAC's Match.com is continuing its acquisition strategy today with the purchase of online dating site OkCupid for $50 million in cash.  The deal also includes future earnouts contingent upon performance.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Makes a Hit (Consumer) Internet Service  —  Over the past few days, there has been a heated debate about Quora, a year-old startup, that offers a more sophisticated version of Yahoo Answers' question-and-answer platform.  Quora has found success with early adopters because of its high-fidelity content …
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flickr wipes out wrong account—but now reconstitutes it
Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
Messenger now powering over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
How Much Does A Facebook Fan Cost? $1.07
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Zynga hacker faces jail after $12m theft
Discussion: All Facebook
Mike Schiraldi / reddit:
reddit: billions served
Discussion: The Next Web, Epicenter and VentureBeat
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Court Delivers Verizon Net Neutrality Suit a Setback
Discussion: DSLreports and Reuters
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Kobo e-reader adds social networking features
Discussion: App Advice
Phil Whelan / Phil Whelan's Blog:
Quora's Technology Examined
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Facebook, Twitter Valuations Fuel Trading Surge to $7 Billion
Russell Adams / Digits:
Apple to Crack Down on Newspaper, Magazine App Payments
Forbes:
Life After Facebook  —  Peter Thiel has made billions in social media.
The Mozilla Blog:
New Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo is Faster than Ever
Discussion: IntoMobile and ReadWriteWeb
Apple:
iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless Available for Pre-Order Tomorrow
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Returns To The Internet