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1:15 AM ET, February 3, 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.
AppleInsider:
Citing “unprecedented demand” for iPhone, Verizon urges employees to wait to buy
Discussion: MacNN, Mobilized and Gizmodo
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
Discussion: @kenli729
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.
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
New Merchandising and Billing Features on Android Market
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
First Impressions Using Android Honeycomb, Google's iPad Rival  —  This morning Google held an event to showcase Android Honeycomb, the new version of the mobile OS that is focused on tablets.  There wasn't much news around the OS — we've seen it previewed in a few demos …
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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.
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
Android 3.0 Honeycomb hands-on [Motorola XOOM]
Discussion: Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
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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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
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.
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.
Claudio Caldato / MSDN Blogs:
Greater Interoperability for Windows Customers With HTML5 Video  —  Google recently announced that its Chrome web browser will stop supporting the H.264 video format.  At Microsoft we respect that Windows customers want the best experience of the web including the ability to enjoy the widest range …
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
The Empire Strikes Back: Microsoft Goes After Google on Web Video Formats
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and Neowin.net
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
Mike Schiraldi / reddit:
Our monthly Google Analytics page has a new comma that we'd like to show off: Never has a single punctuation mark brought us so much joy.  There are only about 100 sites on the entire Internet that get a billion pageviews in a single month, and now reddit can put on its smoking jacket and join that exclusive club.
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
Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
Messenger now powering over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat  —  We're excited to announce today that Facebook chat is now available to over 75 million more Messenger customers worldwide, wherever Facebook is available.  —  Nearly 18 million people now driving over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat on Messenger
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flickr wipes out wrong account—but now reconstitutes it  —  What was unseen can be seen again: Flickr is reconstituting a Flickr user's inadvertently deleted 4,000-photo account.  And a new system will account restoration easier.  More  — Share  —  4 HOURS AGO  —  TWEET Stephen Shankland
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Pwn2Own 2011: Google offering $20,000 for Chrome sandbox exploit  —  Google is offering a $20,000 cash prize for any hacker who can successfully compromise a Cr-48 Chrome Notebook via a vulnerability — and sandbox escape — in its Chrome web browser.  —  The prize is part of this year's …
 
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Jeffrey Rosen / Wolfire Games Blog:
Counterfeit Lugaru on Apple's App Store (developing)
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Calling the end of innovation in mobile computers
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Twitter Offers Metered Pricing for Firehose of Tweets
Discussion: Gnip Blog and SiliconANGLE
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Egyptian Government Web Site Shut Down by Hackers
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Gawker
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Zynga hacker faces jail after $12m theft
Discussion: All Facebook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Makes a Hit (Consumer) Internet Service
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Kobo e-reader adds social networking features
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Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Key lawmakers press Facebook on privacy concerns about user phone …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T adding an extra 2GB to phone tethering plans, launching …
Bloomberg:
Facebook, Twitter Valuations Fuel Trading Surge to $7 Billion
Russell Adams / Digits:
Apple to Crack Down on Newspaper, Magazine App Payments
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IAC's Match.com Acquires Online Dating Site OkCupid For $50M In Cash