TechFast: Nokia is Burning, iPad 2 Rumors, Smartphone Beats PC

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Good morning! Here are some of today’s top tech stories so far. We’ll cover a few of these throughout the day but feel free to get a head start.

Verizon iPhone Pre-orders Open to the Public Today

Link: Verizon and Apple

You can order the Verizon iPhone online today or brave the crowds for an in-store purchase tomorrow—Verizon’s retail outlets open at 7AM.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop rallies troops in brutally honest ‘burning platform’ memo? (update: it’s real!)

Link: Engadget

Nokia (remember Nokia?) has fallen on hard times. The company’s new CEO sent out a tough-but-fair memo to employees equating Nokia to a burning platform and informing everyone that it’s time to jump.

Smartphone Shipments Surpass PCs for First Time. What’s Next?

Link: PCMag.com

As of Q4 2010, smartphones out shipped PCs for the first time. It’s almost like they’re little computers you can put in your pocket!

Apple’s New iPad in Production

Link: Wall Street Journal

The new iPad that hasn’t been announced is apparently already being built. Perhaps by the time the announcement rolls around, the iPad 2 will be available for purchase the same day.

Verizon iPhone 4 antenna problems persist (video)

Link: iLounge

The notorious “death grip” that plagued the AT&T iPhone 4 looks to be alive and well with the Verizon iPhone 4, too.

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