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1:15 PM ET, January 2, 2011

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Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon Drops Galaxy Tab Price to $499, Tosses in $60 in Free Movie Rentals (Updated)  —  Is Verizon ringing in the New Year with a price drop to its Samsung Galaxy Tab (our review)?  According to one of our peeps and that picture above, stores should be changing out displays to reflect a $499 price change …
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Verizon cuts Galaxy Tab to $500 to fend off iPad, Droid Xoom  —  Verizon was discovered tonight to be cutting the price of the Galaxy Tab to $500 contract-free.  The steep, $100 drop should take effect soon and will also include $60 of movie rentals from Blockbuster's app or Samsung's Media Hub.
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George Hobica / Airfarewatchdog:
Expedia removes American Airlines' fares completely  —  It's official.  At least for now, American Airlines' fares and any links to same have been completely removed from Expedia.com.  That means you'll no longer find AA's fares compared on Expedia or Orbitz (American removed fares from Orbitz in December).
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Close To Naming Sun Microsystems Campus As New Headquarters  —  It's been less than two years since Facebook moved into its 150,000 square foot office space at 1601 South California Ave in Palo Alto, but the rapidly growing company is already itching for a new home.
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
So Much For FREE!:  Apple Will Sell $2B in Apps in 2011  —  I've often wondered if the early Web pioneers had it all to do over again if Web companies would have put less of an emphasis on free.  —  People have been conditioned against paying for services or content on the Web, and the Web elite only have each other to blame.
Chuck Falzone / AndroidGuys:
The “Android SMS Bug” Does Not Exist  —  Let me tell you all a story of my youth.  I was in high school, driving around in my first car, a 1976 Mercury Monarch.  Approaching an intersection, I saw the stop sign too late; I was going to run right into the guy coming the other way.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows and Mac OS X make it onto the Cr-48, look great in matte black  —  Google built the Cr-48 with hacking in mind, so it's no surprise that we're seeing other operating systems crop up.  Still, it's fun to watch, and enterprising hackers have got most of the usual suspects up and running …
Arn / MacRumors Page 2:
Verizon Buying Up iPhone Domains?  Well, Not Recently.  —  An enticing headline over the weekend at PocketNow claims that Verizon is buying up iPhone-related domains, presumably as a prelude to the launch of an actual Verizon iPhone.  —  The report notes that both iPhoneOnVerizon.com …
Soumyadip / Cutting the Chai:
Google Chrome Hoarding Gives a 404 Error  —  Unlike other web browsers Google Chrome is exploring different media to promote itself.  While online advertising for web browsers was so long believed to be the most effective way of getting more people to install, simply because it makes more sense.
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
The New Speed of Money, Reshaping Markets  —  Secaucus, N.J.  —  A SUBSTANTIAL part of all stock trading in the United States takes place in a warehouse in a nondescript business park just off the New Jersey Turnpike.  —  Few humans are present in this vast technological sanctum, known as New York Four.
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
NES Emulator created, blocked for Windows Phone 7  —  Matt Bettcher has ported an open source emulator for the famous NES platform to Windows Phone 7.  He says the code, at present unoptimised, runs at 10-20 frames per second on this Samsung Focus, which is not too bad at all.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You  —  Hundreds of correctional officers from prisons across America descended last spring on a shuttered penitentiary in West Virginia for annual training exercises.  —  Some officers played the role of prisoners, acting like gang members and stirring up trouble, including a mock riot.
 
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