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9:35 PM ET, January 9, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless Confident It's Got Muscle for iPhone  —  Verizon Wireless has been beefing up its network and believes it will have no problem handling iPhone-type loads, a claim that could be put to the test this year if the carrier signs up millions of subscribers using the Apple Inc. device.
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Already Attacking Verizon iPhone: “Not Sure iPhone Users Are Ready For Life In The Slow Lane”  —  AT&T is already attacking Verizon over the iPhone.  —  After we wrote about Verizon's plan to offer unlimited data plans, AT&T PR boss Larry Solomon reached out with a statement …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Verizon iPhone to offer unlimited data in contrast to AT&T  —  Verizon will reportedly announce the iPhone on Tuesday paired with its existing service plans, including an all-you-can-eat data plan, and become available to subscribers later this month.  —  A report published by Reuters credited …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive interview: Google's Matias Duarte talks Honeycomb, tablets, and the future of Android  —  We're not going to lie — we're pretty excited to bring this to you guys.  Here at CES 2011 we had a chance to sit down with Matias Duarte, the man behind webOS (as well as the Sidekick and Helio UIs) …
Discussion: FarukAt.e, Geekword and pocketnow.com
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Android Addresses UI Shortcomings  —  It's amazing to see how much Android's user interface has changed ever since Matias Duarte was hired by Google to improve Android.  Matias has previously worked on Sidekick, Helio and Palm's WebOS, so Android is a perfect fit for him.
Discussion: Engadget and PalmAddicts
David Chartier / Macworld:
Developers weigh in on the Mac App Store  —  The Mac App Store is the biggest thing to happen to Mac software distribution since the Internet itself—some might say that the store is even bigger.  Many users haven't bothered with boxes and CDs of software for some time …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and RazorianFly
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Phil Libin / Evernote Blogcast:
Mac App Store more than doubles new users  —  People are interested in what effect yesterday's launch of the Mac App Store has had on Evernote.  I'll let one graph tell most of the story:  —  Each column shows the number of new users that signed up for Evernote every hour starting at midnight …
Discussion: PC Magazine, MacStories and GigaOM
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko Launches Spam Clock To Keep Pressure On Google  —  Every hour, one million spam pages are created.  That's a stat that start-up search engine Blekko has now put out — complete with a new “Spam Clock” showing a count-up of spam pages created since the first of the year.
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
Navigating the Airfare Maze Online  —  With online travel sites battling with some airlines, where does that leave travelers shopping for flights online?  The simple answer is that they're going to have to do more digging.  —  American Airlines removed its flight listings from Orbitz.com last month …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows on ARM is a big deal, but it's not enough to win at tablets  —  While “Windows runs on ARM now” is a really easy thing to say, it's an extremely complicated subject, fraught with industry drama, technical accomplishment, and a hint of Microsoft's vision for the future.
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Could this be the year we get to ditch the cable box?  —  We've been coming to CES for years looking at demos of technologies that will let us watch HDTV without a set-top box, and yet here we are years later with little choice but to find a place to put that box.
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook will NOT end on March 15th.  Hoax news story spreads like wildfire  —  Heard a story that Facebook is going to end on March 15th?  You should take it with a pinch of salt.  —  A story is spreading like wildfire across Facebook this weekend, claiming that the world's most popular social network is closing on March 15th.
 
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