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Let’s face it: the big news of the week is the Verizon iPhone. So I’m going to give up pretending there was anything else worth covering. Read on for the dirty background secrets on Verizon and Apple’s deal, the AFL-CIO’s opinions on Big Red, and Jon Stewart’s impassioned monologue about carrier freedom. The remainders for Wednesday, January 12, 2010 are five bars strong.

Apple, Verizon Took Years to Clear iPhone Differences (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Sure, it looked easy when Verizon president Lowell McAdam waltzed onto stage and showed off the Verizon iPhone, but getting to that point was hard work. McAdam and Apple’s COO Tim Cook hammered out the deal in 2010, after years of negotiating, overcoming technical hurdles, and, well…“They don’t put a lot of logos on their phones,” McAdam told Bloomberg. “So that wasn’t a major issue for us.” Huh. I wonder why his left eye keeps twitching?

AT&T—Not Verizon—Is Place to Shop for iPhones (AFL-CIO)

The iPhone may be on Verizon, but the AFL-CIO would like to suggest you buy it from AT&T—because AT&T is union and Verizon isn’t. Also, you’ll get exclusive access to the GPS-enabled “Where’s Jimmy?” app.

Daily Show: Oliver - Verizon iPhone Announcement (The Daily Show)

Jon Stewart is thrilled that the iPhone is coming to Verizon. And while we’re not surprised that the man standing up and yelling expletives during the Verizon press conference on Tuesday was Daily Show correspondent John Oliver, we are a little surprised that he was the only one.

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