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6:00 AM ET, January 9, 2011

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Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon iPhone to Be Available Around End of January  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone will make its way to Verizon Wireless stores around the end of the month, a person familiar with the matter said.  —  The largest U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers will make the long-awaited announcement to carry …
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MacNN:
Verizon iPhone to go on sale late January, use current plans  —  The Verizon iPhone should go on sale sooner than expected and with relatively little change to plans, two late leaks gave away on Saturday.  Once thought to be ready February 3, the CDMA iPhone 4 is now said by the WSJ to be ready for late January.
Discussion: TiPb and Engadget
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 using lots of 3G data while idle, even on WiFi?  —  Complaints seem to be growing among some users that Windows Phone 7 is consuming an abnormally plump quantity of data when you're not doing anything.  Granted, there's lots of stuff on the platform that might need data continuously …
Discussion: Electronista, VentureBeat and Examiner
Edward Moyer / CNET News:
Shooting suspect left unsettling artifacts online  —  The suspected gunman in the shooting today of a U.S. Congresswoman posted disturbing artifacts on YouTube and MySpace, according to various reports, including a photo of a gun on top of a U.S. history book, and videos featuring strange, sometimes political ramblings.
Tristan Louis / TNL.net:
New York to displace Silicon Valley  —  There's been a lot of discussion in the past couple of years about the resurgence of New York City as a tech center (I actually called the comparison to Silicon Valley a silly one about a year ago).  In the past couple of years, however …
Nathan / BackType:
Analysis of the #LessAmbitiousMovies Twitter Trend  —  Earlier this week, a meme erupted on Twitter based on the #LessAmbitiousMovies hashtag.  The premise was to modify a movie title to be “less ambitious”.  TechCrunch wrote about the meme as it was happening.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Can Google Get Its Mojo Back?  —  A spectre is haunting Mountain View.  No, not bed bugs: bit rot.  Google is in serious decline.  —  I don't see how they can deny it.  They have famously always been a data-driven organization, and the data is compelling.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Twitter Courts Google's Sundar Pichai to Be Its Head of Product  —  Sundar Pichai, the man in charge of Chrome and Chrome OS at Google, is being aggressively courted by Twitter to be its next head of product, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
DoJ Subpoena Proves Twitter's Value — and Its Weakness  —  Not that long ago, there was much debate about whether Twitter was just a plaything for nerds or a powerful, real-time information network.  Now the US Department of Justice has answered the question for us by serving the company …
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Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
WikiLeaks demands Google and Facebook unseal US subpoenas
Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
A Walled Wide Web for Nervous Autocrats  —  Beijing and Moscow see American information technology as a threat.  They want systems of their own  —  At the end of 2010, the “open-source” software movement, whose activists tend to be fringe academics and ponytailed computer geeks, found an unusual ally: the Russian government.
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
VLC app removed from App Store  —  Not long after a version of multi-format video player VLC hit the App Store, speculation swirled surrounding its possible removal because of licensing issues.  A few months later, it appears that everyone's fears were true: VLC has been removed from the App Store.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
No GPL Apps for Apple's App Store
Larry Downes / CNET News:
Spectrum worries at CES: Deja vu all over again  —  Editor's note: This is a guest column.  See Larry Downes' bio below.  —  LAS VEGAS—The message at yesterday's CES Tech Policy Summit was all about spectrum, and the looming crisis brought on by exploding demand for mobile broadband relying on limited frequencies.
Discussion: DSLreports
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
UK Government urges Apple to ease iPhone charity donation restrictions  —  Nick Hurd, Civil Society Minister for the UK Government is to contact Apple with the intention of getting the company to reverse its decision not to allow charity donations via iPhone applications.
 
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 More Items: 
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Feds relax export curbs on open-source crypto
Discussion: Federal Register
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Intel says Light Peak interconnect technology is ready
Discussion: Electronista
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Samsung to Sell Google TV Blu-ray Player, Companion Box
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Mac app piracy risk overblown, for now
Discussion: PC World and Computerworld
Danny O'Brien / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Tunisia invades, censors Facebook, other accounts
 Earlier Items: 
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Facebook, Google, Microsoft - comparable?
Discussion: DealBook and Digits, Thanks:dondodge
Janet Novack / Taxing Matters:
Amazon, CouponCabin Threaten As Illinois Moves To Tax Internet Sales
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Samsung Plans Dual-Core Phones, New Tablets in Feb.
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
EBay Augmented-Reality App Lets You Try It On Before You Buy
Discussion: PhoneArena and WebProNews