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11:00 AM ET, January 14, 2011

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Delay for the Daily: Apple, News Corp. Push Back Launch Date  —  Turns out you'll have to wait a bit longer to see the Daily, Rupert Murdoch's long-awaited iPad news service.  —  Apple and News Corp. have made a joint decision to push back next week's planned launch, according to sources familiar with the companies' plans.
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DealBook:
Groupon I.P.O. Said to Value the Company at $15 Billion  —  Updated  —  Groupon, the social buying site that spurned a $6 billion offer from Google, is pushing ahead with plans for its initial public offering, a debut that could value the company at $15 billion or more.
Paul Carton / InvestorPlace:
New Survey Shows Verizon iPhone Will Have Major Impact on U.S. Wireless Service Providers  —  Can AT&T Forestall Large-Scale Defections?  —  The details of a Verizon iPhone have finally been released, but what impact will this long expected move actually have on U.S. wireless service providers and their subscribers?
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Daniel Ruby / Chitika, Inc.:   Why The Verizon iPhone is the Ultimate Threat to Android
Sarah Radwanick / comScore Voices:
How the Verizon iPhone Announcement Could Influence the Mobile Market
Discussion: MediaPost, FierceWireless and PC World
Siobhan Ambrose / WPMU.org:
Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else  —  A few months ago I wrote about WordPress Security.  Now, armed only with the words “free WordPress themes,” builtBackwards' Theme Authenticity Checker Plugin and Donncha O Caoimh's Exploit Scanner …
Discussion: Changing Way and ReadWriteWeb
DigiTimes:
RIM to ship 1 million PlayBook tablets in 1Q11  —  Quanta Computer has begun volume production of RIM's PlayBook tablets with shipments in the first quarter of 2011 expected to top one million units competing head-to-head with the 700,000-800,000 Xoom tablets to be rolled out by Motorola, according to industry sources.
JR Raphael / JR Raphael's blog:
Android upgrades: Which manufacturers can you trust?  —  For most smartphone users, Google's Android upgrades are both a blessing and a curse.  On the one hand, each upgrade opens the door to exciting new features and functions for a phone.  On the other hand, the updates don't arrive instantly …
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Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Is the Motorola Atrix 4G coming to AT&T on March 1?  —  The Motorola Atrix 4G (check out our hands-on) on AT&T easily is one of the hottest phones to come out of CES, with its dual-core processor, the very cool laptop dock and the even cooler HD dock, which basically turns your smartphone …
Robin Sloan / Twitter Media:
The science of the hashtag  —  So last week I talked about the art of the hashtag: the power of mad libs, universal particulars, and feedback loops.  The day after I posted it, the #LessAmbitiousMovies hashtag took off on Twitter—you might have seen it in your timeline.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Charlie Rose / Business Week:
Charlie Rose Talks to Verizon CEO Seidenberg  —  Ivan Seidenberg discusses the complex courtship with Steve Jobs that led to Verizon's adoption of the iPhone  —  Do you expect to have the problems AT&T (T) had with the iPhone?  The argument is that its network was overwhelmed.  —  We've prepared greatly.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: BlackBerry Torch 2 gets detailed  —  Research In Motion's “best BlackBerry ever” — the BlackBerry Torch — definitely wasn't the most competitive device to hit the smartphone market place.  But it looks like RIM is trying to change all that with a new take on its QWERTY, horizontal-slider: the BlackBerry Torch 2.
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Next-generation BlackBerry Curve appears, brings specs with it
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Too Late  —  Dan Lyons, writing for The Daily Beast's Newsweek subsidiary, says “The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late”: … The Model T was a massive hit, dominating the market for over a decade: Wikipedia says: … Lyons goes on to tell the story of why he himself switched from the iPhone to Android …
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Verizon iPhone Is Too Late
Discussion: Examiner
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Steve Ballmer finally shows who's in charge of Microsoft  —  In his 11th year as chief executive and third outside the shadow of Chairman Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer is asserting surprising control over Microsoft.  There were signs in 2010, but events over just the last week …
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:   Ship or Get Off the Pot
Jeff St. John / GigaOM:
GE's $520M Acquisition Into Data Center Power  —  General Electric is grabbing a piece of the booming business of providing power for the ever-expanding data center industry.  On Thursday, GE announced a $520 million offer for Lineage Power Holdings, a provider of gear for data center …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Only Now Are We About To See The Real Battle Between iPhone And Android  —  Apple's iPhone war against Google Android was the big story in tech last year, with Android growing like a weed to beat Apple in U.S. market share.  —  But in reality, we haven't actually seen a real competition between the iPhone and Android yet.
Discussion: BetaNews and TechEye
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Practical vs. Idealistic Scenarios for the Near-Term Future of Online Video  —  Or: How Google's decision to drop native H.264 playback from Chrome serves to prop up Flash Player  —  Stefan Richter, of FlashComGuru (a Flash developer site) tries answering my five simple questions.
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John Lister / Tech.Blorge:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: App stores a clear and present danger  —  The app store model is a more immediate threat to internet freedom than breaches of net neutrality.  That's the opinion of Wikipedia chief Jimmy Wales.  —  According to Wales — who was quick to stress he was speaking …
Florin / Unwired View:
Samsung S5830 Android 2.2 phone leaked, looks like a mini Galaxy S  —  Here's an Android handset from Samsung that you've probably never heard of until now: the Samsung S5830.  —  Te phone has appeared in some live photos over at Samfirmware, and it seems to be a smaller version …
BBC:
Facebook's potential ‘unlimited’  —  Tens of millions of users are signed up to the social networking site, Facebook.  Goldman Sachs invested $450m (£285m) in the company at the start of this year giving it an implied value of $50bn.  That's just under $100 for each Facebook member.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Call Of Duty Invades The Mac App Store; How It Does Should Be Telling  —  It has now been a week since the launch of the Mac App Store.  So far, the reviews have seemed fairly mixed.  While nearly everyone praises the simplicity of the store, and Apple touted 1 million app downloads in the first 24 hours …
Discussion: Computerworld and Softpedia News
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Pop that cork!  Intel quadruples employees' bonuses  —  Intel is giving four times the usual bonuses for its employees thanks to its record year with $43 billion in revenues.  The company is also paying its workers the equivalent of 3 extra days of work on top of that.
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Spotify nears US Sony deal
Discussion: SAI, Electronista, BGR and Geek.com
Wall Street Journal:
Small Firms Got Early Jump on Facebook Deals
Don Clark / Digits:
Qualcomm A Likely Winner From Verizon IPhone
Discussion: Inquirer
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Virgin Mobile Throttles Unlimited Service
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Fast Company and SlashGear
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Wikipedia Marks 10 Years of Edit-It-Yourself
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mr. Cutts Goes To Washington, Testifies Google Has Integrity
Discussion: Post Tech and Search Engine Watch
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
Microsoft: How to Kinect with Hackers
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Apple on a win streak as rivals regroup
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
BBC Says ‘No Thanks’ to Smart TV Fragmentation
Discussion: bbc.co.uk and paidContent
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Unfollowed: Pentagon Deletes Social Media Office
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Is Android more efficient than iOS at generating search revenue?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Beyond The Filters: Brands Begin To Pour Into Instagram
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