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4:00 AM ET, January 10, 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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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 …
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 …
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 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
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
No more restocking fees at Apple Stores starting January 11  —  Typically, when you return an opened product to an Apple Store you will be charged a 10% restocking fee.  Well, come Tuesday, this will all be in the past as Apple is cutting restocking fees from their retail chain.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple AirPlay devices set to explode in 2011  —  Although DLNA may have had a significant head start, the streaming media standard available on more than 9,000 devices is about to be challenged in a very big way by Apple's upstart AirPlay technology.  At least it will be if Jordan Watters …
Discussion: MacStories
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.
Discussion: Marksonland and FM Blog
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Love Affair Between Steve Jobs and Pablo Picasso  —  It looks like the modern Mac icon—which was originally created in 1997 and it's the current Finder's icon—was inspired by Picasso 1934's Two Characters.  It's likely a coincidence, but it wouldn't surprise me.  Apple and Picasso go way back:
Thanks:asadmubeen
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile Smartphones to Head Down Market  —  T-Mobile USA is aggressively heading down market with its smartphone business, a move that could put further pressure on prices in what has been one of the wireless industry's most lucrative product categories in years.
Discussion: Fortune
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, MacStories and RazorianFly
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Phil Libin / Evernote Blogcast:
Mac App Store more than doubles new users
Discussion: MacStories, PC Magazine and GigaOM
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Understanding bufferbloat and the network buffer arms race  —  If a little salt makes food taste better, then a lot must make it taste great, right?  This logic is often applied in the digital domain, too.  (My pet peeve is that TV shows and DVDs keep getting darker and darker.)
Discussion: ongoing
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Public Offering Said to Be Unlikely for Zynga This Year  —  Though Facebook is indicating it will go public next year, one of its biggest partners does not want to take the plunge — at least not yet.  —  Zynga, the maker of online games like FarmVille and CityVille that are popular on Facebook …
 
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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Kenmore shows off smartphone / tablet-connected appliances at CES (hands-on)
Discussion: Productopia
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Facebook will NOT end on March 15th.  Hoax news story spreads like wildfire
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows on ARM is a big deal, but it's not enough to win at tablets
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
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