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Verizon dials up iPhone (week in review)

Deal ends AT&T monopoly on the device, while Google dumps H.264 video encoding. Also: unloading MySpace.

The long wait for a Verizon iPhone is finally over.

Verizon will begin selling Apple's iPhone on its network starting in early February. It's the same model iPhone 4 that AT&T and international carriers currently sell except that it connects to the CDMA network instead of GSM.

Starting February 10, a 16GB model will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract, according to Verizon Wireless' Web site. The 32GB model will sell for $299.99. An extra feature Verizon will offer is the phone's ability to serve as a personal Wi-Fi "hot spot." Up to five Wi-Fi devices can connect to the Verizon iPhone at one time.
• iPhone 4 comes to Verizon (live blog)

An unnamed source told The Wall Street Journal that the company plans to keep its $30-a-month unlimited data plan. Verizon rival AT&T, which had been the exclusive carrier in the U.S. for the iPhone since it launched in 2007, eliminated its unlimited data plan in June.
• Verizon iPhone First Take

Here's everything we know so far about the iPhone 4 from Verizon's announcement.
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• Verizon iPhone a blessing for AT&T customers?
• Report: iPhone to cost Verizon billions this year
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Google yanking H.264 video out of Chrome

In Web video encoding, there are two major standards. Google announced it's backing its own WebM over the codec that Apple and Microsoft support.
• The backlash over Google's HTML5 video bet

WikiLeaks volunteer hires lawyers in Twitter fight

CNET has learned that the Electronic Frontier Foundation will represent a member of Icelandic parliament who volunteered with WikiLeaks and is the target of a U.S. Justice Department probe.
• Assange hearing set; WikiLeaks vows more cables
• European politicos protest DOJ WikiLeaks-Twitter probe

News Corp. mulls sale, spinoff of MySpace

MySpace CEO tells employees the company is looking at possibilities for unloading the troubled social-networking site.
• MySpace CEO confirms heavy layoffs
• Should MySpace just die already?

AMD CEO resigns; search on for new leader

Dirk Meyer will resign his position as AMD's CEO while the company looks for a new leader who can "create increased shareholder value," it said.
• Meyer axed as AMD's chip strategy founders
• Report: AMD's Meyer fired over failure to target mobile devices

Microsoft opposes Apple trademark for 'App Store'

Microsoft files motion that calls the phrase "generic" and uses Steve Jobs' own words in its argument.
• Mac App Store launches on Snow Leopard

Study: Pirated content sites attract billions a year

Sites selling pirated software and other digital goods generate about 53 billion visits a year, according to a report from MarkMonitor.
• Senate to try again on controversial antipiracy bill
• Antipiracy lawyers from porn, indie-film sectors unite

Intel to pay Nvidia $1.5 billion in licensing fees

In addition to the six-year agreement involving licensing fees, the two companies have agreed to drop all outstanding legal disputes between them.
• Nvidia gains mobile-chip luster

Android more at risk than iOS, says Trend Micro

Chairman of the security software maker tells Bloomberg that Android is more vulnerable to viruses than iOS. The company recently released a security program for Android devices.
• Android outshines Apple iOS on mobile ad network
• Android Market saw greatest surge in 2010

A revolution at the Computer History Museum

Prior to opening a new exhibit on the emergence of the PC, the Silicon Valley museum gives journalists a preview that included meeting pioneers of the computing revolution.

MIT: Hybrids cleaner than coal-powered plug-ins

MIT report says that betting on electrification for autos is the right direction but there's uncertainty around consumers, policy, and prices.
• Study finds automaker-consumer disconnect on EVs
• Prius gets a minivan, a hot hatchback, and a plug-in
• Ford C-Max was expected, hybrid model wasn't

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• Bye-bye, physical media? Sony closes CD plant
• North Korea's Twitter, YouTube accounts hijacked