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7:20 PM ET, February 3, 2011

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Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon Wireless to begin throttling data speeds of heaviest users, optimizing content; starts today  —  According to a PDF memo available on Verizon Wireless' website (for now), the company will begin to throttle the data-throughput speeds of customers that consume an “extraordinary amount of data” …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon can now throttle top five percent of bandwidth hogs, downres multimedia transfers  —  Nice timing, Verizon.  Just as thousands — possibly zillions — of smartphone users are pondering the switch to Big Red for Apple's iPhone 4, the carrier has slipped in two critical policy changes that are apparently effective immediately.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
My thoughts on this week's debate  —  Earlier this week I was on a search panel with Harry Shum of Bing and Rich Skrenta of Blekko (and moderated by Vivek Wadhwa) and the video now live.  It's forty minutes long, but it covers a lot of ground:  —  One big point of discussion is whether Bing copies Google's search results.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google's Bing Attack Has Larry Page Written All Over It  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  While he won't officially take over as CEO of Google until April, the recent full frontal slapfest on Microsoft's Bing search engine for shoplifting results from the search giant …
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
Andy Baio / Waxy:
The Daily: Indexed  —  Anybody else think it's weird that The Daily, News Corp's new iPad-only magazine, posts almost every article to their official website... but with no index of the articles to be found?  They spent $30M on it, but apparently forgot a homepage!  —  So I went ahead and made one for them!
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Joe Weisenthal / SAI:
Sorry Rupert, Everyone Can Now Read “The Daily” For Free  —  Yesterday News Corp unveiled The Daily, its new iPad-only daily newspaper.  You have to pay $1/week to subscribe to it.  —  Bad new though: anyone can easily read it for free.  —  Andy Baio has created The Daily Index on Tumblr …
Discussion: Examiner and App Advice
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
‘Dating’ Site Imports 250,000 Facebook Profiles, Without Permission  —  How does a unknown dating site, with the absurd intention of destroying Facebook, launch with 250,000 member profiles on the first day?  —  Simple.  —  You scrape data from Facebook.
Discussion: Online Dating Insider and PSFK
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Verizon iPhone 4  —  It's the same phone.  The only difference is the network.  And Verizon's network is better.  —  That's it in a nut.  —  Here's the whole story.  I've been using a Verizon iPhone 4 since Friday morning.1 I was in San Francisco through Sunday morning, and I've been home in Philadelphia ever since.
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Google Chrome Blog:
A dash of speed, 3D and apps  —  Today, we're excited to bring several new features from Chrome's beta channel to the stable build, including WebGL, Chrome Instant, and the Chrome Web Store.  —  WebGL is a new technology which brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser.
Peter Skomoroch / The LinkedIn Blog:
Introducing LinkedIn Skills  —  Today, knowledge is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace.  To succeed in the talent economy, it is crucial to showcase your skills and build a rich network of connections who have the expertise you need to get the job done.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Is Apple's Data Center Using a ‘Unique’ Design?  —  Is Apple using custom enclosures and “unique” airflow and cable management in its North Carolina data center?  We can't say for certain, but it sure looks that way based on an announcement today from several data center industry equipment vendors.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacNN
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jon Stewart's Hulu Price Tag: At Least $40 Million  —  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were two of Hulu's biggest draws until they left the video site last March.  And it will cost Hulu at least $40 million to get them back.  —  That's according to people familiar with the new deal …
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Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Stewart, Colbert, and Hulu's thoughts about the future of TV
Washington Post:
Facebook treads carefully after its vital role in Egypt's anti-Mubarak protests  —  In Egypt, the tried-and-true tool for opponents of President Hosni Mubarak in recent years has been Facebook.  Most recently, it was on Facebook - which boasts 5 million users in Egypt, the most in the Arab world …
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Vodafone Says Egyptian Government Hijacked Its Networks To Send Propaganda
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Dual-core HTC Pyramid superphone coming to T-Mobile by May  —  Let me be the first to admit that not everything in my last rumor report came true, but it was pretty darn close.  Google unveiled their web-based Android Market and we heard that the music store is finished, but legal wrangling is still holding it up.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Moving to IPv6: Now for the hard part (FAQ)  —  Today is the beginning of the end of the Internet as we know it.  —  That's because the rules that govern how data is sent across the Net, a standard called Internet Protocol version 4, just became significantly more obsolete.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
LEAKED: All Of Ron Conway's Investments Since 2005  —  We knew Ron Conway and his “SV Angel” were prolific angel investors.  But we didn't know he was this prolific.  —  An Excel file, purportedly of SV Angel's entire portfolio, has made its way into our inbox, and we have reproduced it here.
Discussion: @ajoybhambani
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Some Verizon Wireless iPhone customers complain  —  (Reuters) - Some Verizon Wireless customers complained they were unable to buy its iPhone online, but the phone company said sales were mostly running smoothly on its first day of Internet orders for the long-awaited phone.
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple CEO Succession Proposal Gets Backing From ISS  —  Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) — An Apple Inc. shareholder proposal requiring the company to disclose a succession plan for Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs gained the support of Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy-advising service.
Douglas Soltys / Inside BlackBerry:
Introducing BlackBerry Radio (Select Beta)  —  Later today, select BlackBerry Beta Zone users in the United States will get the opportunity to test out an upcoming radio discovery app, BlackBerry® Radio, and provide feedback to help us perfect it.  This app will put multiple mobile radio services …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows Home Server ‘Vail’ Release Candidate (minus Drive Extender) goes to testers  —  For those Windows Home Server (WHS) loyalists hoping against hope that Microsoft might reconsider its decision to cut Drive Extender from the coming ‘Vail’ release, your prayers have NOT been answered.
Discussion: LiveSide.net
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hipmunk's Official Round: $4.2 Million Led By Ignition And A Group Of Online Travel Experts  —  About a week ago, we had heard that the travel startup Hipmunk was in the process of raising a new round of funding.  Sure enough, an SEC document appeared, confirming the raise …
Paul Buchheit:
The two paths to success  —  The recent WSJ article on the supposedly Chinese style of parenting has generated a lot of interesting discussion.  The most amusing commentary comes from The Last Psychiatrist, who also points out that Amy Chua, the “Chinese” mother, was actually born in America.
John Leyden / The Register:
Sony PS3 rootkit rumours rubbished  —  Uh, check the several-years-old small print yeah  —  Suggestions that Sony has added a rootkit with the latest firmware update to its PS3 console have been denounced as bunkum by a leading gaming security expert.  —  Rumours began flying …
Discussion: Techdirt
Mike Prospero / LAPTOP Mag:
Motorola Atrix 4G Up for Pre-Order Feb. 13 for $199, $499 with Laptop Dock  —  The most versatile smart phone we've ever laid hands on will be available for pre-order February 13, and will hit AT&T stores starting March 6.  To recap, this Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core superphone can power a laptop dock that has its own battery.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Gets 75,000 Job Applications in One Week, Topping Record Set in '07  —  Google Inc., the world's biggest Internet-search service, received more than 75,000 job applications worldwide last week, setting a record for the company as it embarks on a hiring spree.
 
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Frank Dorman / Federal Trade Commission:
Credit Report Resellers Settle FTC Charges; Security Failures …
Discussion: PC World and WalletPop
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Piper: Apple's $3.9B component deal more evidence of Apple television
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The AP's Digital News Licensing Agency Will Launch This Summer
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Amid IPO Reports, Pandora Adds Two Big Media Names To Board
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Completes Outsourcing Its Real Estate Search To Zillow
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Local Q&A Site Hipster In Acquisition Talks With Groupon
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Storify Raises $2M From Khosla Ventures To Blend Social Media With Storytelling
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iOS 4.3, Personal Hotspot, and iPad 2 Introduction Within Next Ten Days?
Rafael Rivera / Within Windows:
Yahoo: Your buggy IMAP server affects iPhone too; thanks for playing though.
AT&T:
AT&T Details Pricing, Launch of AT&T Mobile Hotspot App Coming February 13
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
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