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10:25 AM ET, February 4, 2011

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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.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Verizon iPhone 4 pre-orders sold out  —  Apple and Verizon have officially sold out of iPhone 4 pre-orders.  If you didn't snatch one today, you'll still be able to grab the CDMA iPhone model online at 3:01 AM on February 9th and when stores up on the 10th.  Did you manage to get one?
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 …
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  —  In previous posts, I wrote about the epic battles that are brewing between spammers and content farms—which are turning the web into a massive garbage dump—and search providers, which have to choose between profit and customer satisfaction.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google's Bing Attack Has Larry Page Written All Over It
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 …
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Dharmesh Mehta / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail delivers aliases to help you manage and secure your email account
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.
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: MacDailyNews
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.
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Electronista:
Chrome 9 now final with Web Store, Instant and WebGL
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk
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.
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Audi Super Bowl Ad Claims First Use of Twitter Hashtag  —  Audi is claiming a first in Super Bowl advertising: The inclusion of a Twitter hashtag at the end of its 60-second TV spot.  —  The hashtag “#ProgressIs” will flash during the automaker's ad in the first break after kick-off Sunday.
Discussion: I4U News
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life  —  Jeremie Miller is a revered figure among developers, best known for building XMPP, the open source protocol that powers most of the Instant Messaging apps in the world.  Now Miller has raised funds and is building …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad App Store gets search filters  —  Apple has updated the iPad's App Store to include a new search filter feature.  The new feature allows you to filter application searches by category, release date, customer ratings, price, and by device's that support each respective application.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Latest Verizon iPhone Commercial Strikes At AT&T: “Yes, I Can Hear You Now.”  —  We've made note of both the first Verizon-made iPhone commercial and then the first Apple-made Verizon iPhone commercial.  Both are effective and interesting in different ways.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Not Seeing Much Return on That Massive R&D Spend, Are You, Nokia?  —  Nokia spent scads of cash on research and development last year, but didn't see much return on it.  Certainly, the investment did little to slow the continuing deterioration of its competitive position.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Piper: Apple's $3.9B component deal more evidence of Apple television  —  Apple's recent investment of $3.9 billion in components is likely for device displays ranging from the iPhone to the 27-inch iMac, and could signal Apple's intention to build a television set up to 50 inches in size, investment firm Piper Jaffray believes.
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
 
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Credit Report Resellers Settle FTC Charges; Security Failures …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The AP's Digital News Licensing Agency Will Launch This Summer
John Leyden / The Register:
Sony PS3 rootkit rumours rubbished
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows Home Server ‘Vail’ Release Candidate (minus Drive Extender) goes to testers
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