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5:30 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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Verizon halts iPhone orders. An estimated 100,000 units pre-sold
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iOS 4.3 To Be Released On February 14th At 10 AM PST?  —  According to several reports surfaced earlier this week, Apple is targeting a release of the next major iOS update, version 4.3, in two weeks.  We just got word from a reliable source that iOS 4.3 should be available on February 14th at 10 AM PST.
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 involving Windows Phone 7?  —  As Nokia comes up on Capital Markets Day next Friday — an event where the company has historically unveiled interesting things and launched important initiatives — rumors are once again swirling …
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.
Pauli Asikainen / Nokia Beta Labs:
Introducing Nokia Bubbles - A fun and efficient way to unlock your phone and get to what matters  —  Bubbles is a fun and efficient way to take a shortcut to timely or useful things on your phone.  Bubbles appears when you press the “Apps” key while your device is in sleep mode …
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 …
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing: Why Google's Wrong In Its Accusations  —  Along with everything else going on for Bing's Harry Shum on Tuesday — a panel about search spam, dealing with Google's accusations that Bing “copies” Google's results — Shum dealt with perhaps his most important worry.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook holding Feb. 8 event to discuss new H.Q.  —  Facebook has sent out an invitation for a Feb. 8 press conference at an address in Menlo Park, Calif. which houses the city's municipal buildings.  —  Why the location?  Facebook said late last year that it was searching for locations …
Discussion: All Facebook, VentureBeat and SFGate
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Nokia employs as many people to develop its smartphone software as Apple does to develop all its products  —  In a recent post I pointed out that Apple's R&D was about 2.2% of sales in the last quarter.  Bernstein took a look at the R&D for Nokia and presented a chart showing the difference between …
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily, 9 to 5 Mac and MacNN, Thanks:tonyromm
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rainbird: The Way Twitter Counts Tweets In Realtime (Which Will Be Open Sourced)  —  Yesterday, Twitter analytics lead, Kevin Weil, gave a talk at O'Reilly's Strata 2011, a conference dedicated to big data.  The main topic of the talk was Rainbird, Twitter's realtime counting system that's built on top of Cassandra.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Race Between Digital and Print Magazines  —  This morning I decide to try a little experiment: I opened up my iPad, clicked on the little Wired icon and purchased the magazine's latest digital issue.  After I agreed to fork over $4, it began downloading.  For the next phase of the experiment …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
NBC: Here's Why We Fired The Today Show YouTube Leaker  —  Yup, NBD did indeed fire the guy who put that 1994 “Today Show” clip up on YouTube.  —  Here's the company's official statement: “The individual in question violated the company's standards of conduct by repeatedly copying …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Celebrates Birthday And 600 Million Users?  —  Today is Facebook's seventh birthday, and while we aren't sure what the company will be doing to celebrate, we wouldn't be surprised to see the company announce the 600 million user milestone or perhaps even more.
Discussion: @facebook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Retail Spending Reaches A Record $43.4B In Q4 2010; Up 11 Percent  —  Online spending in the fourth quarter of 2010 reached record levels, according to comScore's latest data on retail e-commerce.  After a stronger than expected holiday shopping season, online retail spending in Q4 reached …
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Cisco to buy digital video firm Inlet for $95 million  —  (Reuters) - Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc plans to buy privately-held, digital video technology firm Inlet Technologies for $95 million, continuing to expand beyond its traditional routing and switching business.
Larry Hardesty / MIT news:
Turning reviews into ratings  —  The proliferation of websites such as Yelp and CitySearch has made it easy to find local businesses that meet common search criteria — moderately priced seafood restaurants, for example, within a quarter-mile of a particular subway stop.  But what about the not-so-common criteria?
Discussion: PC Magazine and Fast Company
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.
John Battelle / Searchblog:
File Under: Metaservices, The Rise Of  —  I'm beta testing a new service called Memolane, which collects the breadcrumbs we drop around the web (from Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, RSS, etc) and visualizes them as a timeline.  It's not fair for me to review the service at this point - I'll save that for later.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple, Adobe, others join forces in software piracy lawsuit  —  Apple has partnered with Adobe and other software makers to take on a Web-based vendor accused of selling stolen software via Craigslist and a private website.  —  Apple and Adobe are joined by Autodesk and Rosetta Stone …
 
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
As Egyptians Reconnect, Their Government Will Be Watching
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Reuters, Thanks:trace360
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boom: Forecast Calls for 180 Million Tablets by 2014
AppleInsider:
Apple reseeds Xcode 4 golden master, removes Mac OS X 10.7 Lion reference
Discussion: MacNN, TUAW and Softpedia News
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon Continues to Suck Silicon Valley Talent to Chicago-This Time From Google
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Homeland Security Tries And Fails To Explain Why Seized Domains …
Discussion: Tech Report
Computer Weekly:
European Commission renews controversial Microsoft contract
Discussion: WinRumors and Electronista
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Geotagging photos with Panoramio and Google Latitude
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 Earlier Items: 
Mathew J. Schwartz / InformationWeek:
Apple Store Identity Theft Ring Busted
Discussion: ifoAppleStore, MacNN and AppleInsider
Yudhijit Bhattacharjee / Wired:
How a Remote Town in Romania Has Become Cybercrime Central
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Audi Super Bowl Ad Claims First Use of Twitter Hashtag
Discussion: ClickZ, MediaPost, CNN and I4U News
John Hendel / The Atlantic Online:
In Europe, a Right to Be Forgotten Trumps the Memory of the Internet
Discussion: Techdirt
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Billboards Join Wired Age
Discussion: MarketingVOX and THINQ.co.uk
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Ode to the App Review team
Discussion: SAI and Appolicious Advisor