Don't look now, but it seems like Verizon is about to get real serious about competing with the iPad. Word comes from the Financial Times that Big Red and Motorola, who have been best buds as of late, are planning on launching a 10-inch tablet device that would allow subscribers to Verizon's FiOS TV service to watch live TV shows on it. Just let that sink in for a moment.

The device could launch as soon as "this autumn," but no specific date or pricing were given. It does seem that the tablet will come with full Flash compatibility, which would almost guarantee the device would launch with Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). In addition, the tablet could come with Verizon's hotspot feature, allowing nearby WiFi devices to connect to the internet as well. If they weren't before, Moto and Verizon are sure playing for keeps now. [FinancialTimes] Thanks to SharonW for the tip!