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1:25 PM ET, February 4, 2011

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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon breaks first day sales record with iPhone 4 pre-orders — in only two hours  —  It took Verizon only two hours of having the iPhone 4 available for pre-order to break its all-time record for first day sales of a single device.  That's in spite of the fact it only opened up pre-orders …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Verizon iPhone now shipping to select customers: ‘it begins’  —  While pre-orders have been halted for the interim, several readers that got their credit card information in on time have been sent an email from Verizon alerting to an CDMA iPhone shipment en route to their residence of choice.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Verizon iPhone 4 pre-orders sold out
Dharmesh Mehta / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail delivers aliases to help you manage and secure your email account  —  Starting today, you can create and manage multiple email aliases from a single Hotmail account.  Together with features that we introduced in November that let you use Hotmail with any existing email address …
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Hotmail launches accounts you can throw away  —  Microsoft knows you're making throwaway e-mail accounts, and wants to make that process easier.  —  Today, Hotmail is getting a new feature aimed at “e-mail enthusiasts,” which lets anyone create multiple e-mail accounts that can be read …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Takes Huge Steps towards a Graphics Pen for iPad  —  Just yesterday the news broke about HP's new graphics tablet dubbed the Digital Sketch coming to market with a three-button stylus and today you'll read all about Apple's latest research and development in this same area.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple's modern success story began with four investments made 10 years ago  —  Apple executive briefing at first Apple retail store, May 2001.  —  Ten years ago — that's right, 2001 — Apple made four investments that bore fruit in a 21st-century success story.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Speculation of Alliance With Microsoft Lifts Nokia Shares  —  BERLIN — Shares of Nokia, the mobile phone market leader, climbed for a fourth day on Thursday amid speculation that the company may be poised to announce a software alliance with Microsoft designed to revive its struggling U.S. smartphone business.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia, Microsoft announcing partnership next week, possibly …
Discussion: Computerworld
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Q&A: Asustek chairman vows ‘secret weapon’ for iPad 2  —  IDG News Service - The chairman of Asustek Computer, Jonney Shih, noticed the growing thirst for mobile computing early on.  When he challenged his engineering teams to design a new, more mobile computer, they came up with the netbook …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Best Buy Facebook Says February 24th for Motorola XOOM, HTC Thunderbolt on the 14th  —  Did the Grand Rapids Best Buy Facebook page just out the Motorola XOOM and HTC Thunderbolt release dates?  Maybe.  According to a post that just went live on their page, the XOOM will be available on February 24th and the Thunderbolt on the 14th.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Congress Grills Zuckerberg On Plans To Share User Addresses, Cell Numbers  —  Last month, Facebook told developers they'd be able to get users' current address and mobile-phone numbers.  Even though the feature would have required getting explicit permission from users, apparently it didn't go over too well in some parts.
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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Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
How Google Ambushed Microsoft and Changed the Subject
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Apple Shareholder Demands The Company Establish A CEO Succession Plan  —  In the wake of Steve Jobs' latest medical leave, an Apple shareholder has demanded that the company establish a CEO succession plan.  —  This proposal has now been seconded by a major institutional advisory firm called ISS, the FT reports.
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Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple enlists new lobbying help  —  Apple has hired new lobbying help in D.C. this year as high-wattage Beltway battles over taxes, trade, privacy and patent reform begin to reverberate as far as Silicon Valley.  —  Official lobbying disclosures show the company picked up the firm Fierce …
Thanks:tonyromm
Yudhijit Bhattacharjee / Wired:
How a Remote Town in Romania Has Become Cybercrime Central  —  Râmnicu Vâlcea has only about 120,000 residents, but among law enforcement experts around the world, it has a nickname: Hackerville.  The town is full of online crooks who cruise the streets in expensive European cars.
Gerard Sanz / Google LatLong:
Geotagging photos with Panoramio and Google Latitude  —  It is 9 a.m. and the thermometer shows -15°C. I have a Nexus S with Google Latitude in my left pocket and my new Lumix LX-5 in the right one.  I am in Davos and I am ready for a fantastic day of skiing when I decide to use …
Discussion: The Next Web
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Billboards Join Wired Age  —  Wi-Fi Lets Once-Static Posters Interact With Smartphones and Their Owners  —  Billboards and posters are one of world's oldest forms of advertising.  Now, some marketers and start-ups say wireless technology could revamp outdoor advertising by bringing interactivity and pay-for-performance models.
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk
John Hendel / The Atlantic Online:
In Europe, a Right to Be Forgotten Trumps the Memory of the Internet  —  Why is it that two sprawling yet similar Western cultures — those on both sides of the Atlantic — respond so differently to Internet privacy?  —  A quarter-century after coming to the United States, Franz Werro still thinks like a European.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
54% of Verizon's Android, Blackberry users to switch to iPhone, survey says  —  More than half of Verizon's current Android and Blackberry users indicated they are likely to switch to the iPhone when it arrives on the Verizon network on Feb. 10, according to a new survey.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Ode to the App Review team  —  I wasn't always a fan of Apple's requirement that all App Store submissions be reviewed by a fairly opaque process before release, which often led to confusing or unfair rejections.  —  But over the last year, I've grown to appreciate app review and the immense staff it must take to operate at its scale.
Discussion: SAI and Appolicious Advisor
Prashant Fuloria / Facebook Developer Blog:
Two New Features for Facebook Credits  —  Today, we're introducing two features for developers that use Facebook Credits as the primary virtual currency within their games: buy with friends and frictionless payments.  These features enhance the user experience when credits are integrated …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Egypt: Kenneth Cole's failtweet comes to life in street prank  —  A real-world prank making fun of Kenneth Cole's ill-timed and tone-deaf tweet.  —  Coilhouse has the story, and here are photos.  Adobe Illustrator, a little font knowledge, a vinyl cutter, and bitter, bitter sarcasm.
Discussion: Coilhouse
Electronista:
Chrome 9 now final with Web Store, Instant and WebGL  —  Google today posted a finished, stable version of Chrome 9.  The update is the first non-beta to have the Chrome Web Store built-in and lets anyone in the US reach it through a new browser tab.  The store packages apps in a way that Flash …
Discussion: Ars Technica and THINQ.co.uk
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A dash of speed, 3D and apps
 
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Mark Ballard / ComputerWeekly.com:
European Commission renews controversial Microsoft contract
Discussion: Electronista and WinRumors
Mathew J. Schwartz / InformationWeek:
Apple Store Identity Theft Ring Busted
Discussion: ifoAppleStore and MacNN
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Audi Super Bowl Ad Claims First Use of Twitter Hashtag
Discussion: ClickZ and I4U News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life
Joe McKendrick / Service-Oriented Architecture Blog:
eBay makes a bid for the SOA business
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Enables First “Promoted” …
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Canada still wants to “discipline the use of the Internet”
Discussion: msnbc.com and Engadget
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Not Seeing Much Return on That Massive R&D Spend, Are You, Nokia?
Romesh Ratnesar / Business Week:
Peter Thiel: 21st Century Free Radical
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Google Instant Scores 98% Adoption Rate, 2% Opt-Out