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3:15 PM ET, January 12, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Confirmed: Personal Hotspot feature coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3  —  According to our source, the personal hotspot feature that debuted on the Verizon iPhone yesterday will, in fact, be making its way to all iPhones in iOS 4.3.  We're sure there will need to be carrier support for this feature …
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T: We're “Evaluating” The New iPhone Mobile Hotspot Feature  —  An AT&T rep says the carrier is “evaluating” Apple's new mobile hotspot feature, which was announced Tuesday as a new feature for the Verizon iPhone.  (The mobile hotspot lets you access the iPhone's 3G Internet connection via …
Discussion: GigaOM, Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and TiPb
Tim Sneath / MSDN Blogs:
An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google  —  The world's ability to communicate with one another is a key factor in its rapid evolution and economic growth.  The Esperanto language was invented last century as a politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
So Google, You'll Be Dropping Support For Flash Next, Right?  —  Do you smell that?  Just wait a second.  You will. … The bolding is mine, but that's Google's actual statement as to why they're dropping support for the H.264 video codec from the Chromium open source browser (from which Chrome is built).
Arpit Mathur / Code Zen:   Why Google Was Correct In Chrome Dropping H.264
Greg Blevins / Google Mobile Blog:
Now available: Google Places with Hotpot for iPhone  —  We recently released Google Places with Hotpot in Google Maps for Android, and starting now, you can have that same great experience as an iPhone app.  We realize the importance of finding places you'll love while you're out and about, no matter what mobile device you use.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Apple can't claim exclusive rights to ‘App Store’  —  Should the phrase “App Store” be Apple's alone?  Microsoft says no, and it's fighting for the right to use those words for its own mobile application store.  —  The Redmond company this week escalated its battle against Apple's attempt …
Bloomberg:
Apple, Verizon Took Years to Clear IPhone Differences  —  Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Communications Inc. President Lowell McAdam works a few miles from the New York auditorium where he announced yesterday's deal to offer Apple Inc.'s iPhone.  It took him four years to get there.
David / TmoNews:
Samsung Vibrant Plus Will Offer 21+ Mbps 4G Speeds  —  Well, we knew the Samsung Vibrant Plus existed but we didn't know was that it's slated to be T-Mobile's first 4G phone that offers 21+ Mbps speeds.  Currently, the myTouch4G and T-Mobile G2 offer 4G speeds that are capped at 14.4 Mbps.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google Translate Adds Conversation Mode for Real-time Audio Translation  —  Google has implemented an early version of a feature for its translation app that does on the fly audio translation from one language to another.  —  The feature, known as Conversation Mode, is being added to Google Translate for Android.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook to Distribute AMBER Alerts, Perhaps Other Emergency Info  —  In an interesting tie between government and Facebook, users will soon be able to receive AMBER (America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response) Alerts on the site about children abducted in their area.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo TV is a Paradigm Shift for Internet TV  —  Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show we got a sneak peek at the latest incarnation of Yahoo Connected TV and we were excited about what we saw: the first Internet TV device to bring passive and personalized Internet content to its users.
Discussion: VentureBeat, SAI, Tech Report and iClarified
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media Clears SEC and Prices IPO  —  Demand Media is set to go public, according to an amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, with shares priced from $14 to $16 each.  —  The online publisher could sell up to 8.625 million shares and, if it prices at the top of the range …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Formspring Closes $11.5 Million Round, Launches ‘Respond’ Button  —  One of the biggest phenomena of last year was Formspring, a social site that lets you invite your friends to “Ask you anything”.  The site launched in November 2009 and rose from obscurity to some 40 million monthly uniques at its peak …
/ Shoutpedia:
Sony Files Lawsuit Against Geohot Over PS3 Jailbreak  —  After publishing the PS3 root keys publicly, Geohot released his first jailbreak for PS 3 firmware 3.55.  Though he specifically wrote on his website that he doesn't condone piracy and disabled peek and poke features, yet he has been sued for jailbreaking PS3.
Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Verizon iPhone 4 Doesn't Suffer from Death Grip  —  Now that the device is real, and we've managed to get some hands-on time with it, we were curious to see if Verizon's and Apple's claims that the only-slightly altered antenna version for the CDMA-based variant of the iPhone 4 (in the United States) …
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
AMD CEO left partly over mobile strategy: source  —  (Reuters) - The departure of Advanced Micro Devices' chief executive followed months of concern among some board members that he wasn't doing enough to get the chip maker into the exploding mobile market, a company source said.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Google Android More Vulnerable Than IPhone, Antivirus Maker Says  —  Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s Android operating system for mobile devices is more vulnerable to hackers and viruses than Apple Inc.'s iPhone platform, according to security-software maker Trend Micro Inc.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Future Version Of Android Isn't Called Ice Cream.  It's Ice Cream SANDWICH.  —  It's tough being a tech journalist.  Countless phone calls, mountains of email, endless warring with legions of trolls.  Really, you've got to be pretty hardcore to do this job.  It's a wonder we ever get any posts up.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Updates Mac App, Gets Rid Of Secret Backdoor Feature, Avoids Apple's Wrath  —  Twitter has updated its Mac app for the Mac App Store with some modest changes, including a new, blue icon, replacing its previous black icon.  —  Twitter has also — as far as we can tell …
Discussion: TUAW
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft will block ChevronWP7 unlock with first Windows Phone 7 update  —  Microsoft is planning to block the ChevronWP7 unlocker with its first Windows Phone 7 update due shortly.  —  Members of the ChevronWP7 confirmed the block in a blog posting on Wednesday.
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Facebook, Google, Yahoo commit to ‘World IPv6 Day’ trial  —  Internet Society attracts key sites to 24-hour test of next-gen Internet services  —  Several of the Internet's most popular Web sites - including Facebook, Google and Yahoo - have agreed to participate in the first global-scale trial of IPv6 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
200 Million FaceTime-Enabled Devices in 2012?  —  By the end of fiscal 2011, Apple will have an installed base of some 85 million FaceTime-enabled devices as the company's nascent video conferencing platform gathers momentum.  This according to Barclay's analyst Ben Reitzes …
Discussion: MacStories
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
$50 Billion?  Hah!  Insiders Say Facebook's Goal Is To Be The First TRILLION Dollar Company  —  Goldman Sach clients are buying $1.5 billion worth of Facebook stock at a $50 billion valuation.  —  Yesterday, Wedbush analyst Lou Kerner said that if Facebook were a public company, it would be valued closer to $100 billion right now.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Media Will Relate to Facebook in the Future  —  All media will be personalized in three to five years, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in September.  One of the ways that's likely to happen everywhere just appeared on the UK Independent.  —  The site announced last night that it now offers granular subscriptions by Facebook.
Saijel Kishan / Bloomberg:
Clarium Hedge Fund Slumps 90% From Peak After Thiel Has Third Losing Year  —  Peter Thiel got rich investing in PayPal and Facebook Inc. before most people knew them, built a hedge fund that at its apex managed $7.2 billion, and forecast the collapse of the U.S. housing market.
Discussion: SAI
 
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
T-Mobile UK Does A U-Turn On Its New Data Caps: Now For New Subs Only
Discussion: cantankerous, Guardian and Electronista
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
In Yet Another Content Hook-Up, AOL Strikes Deal With Endemol
Discussion: paidContent and Hollywood Reporter
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Gaming To Be A $1B Market In 2011; Virtual Goods To Bring In $653M
Discussion: VatorNews, eMarketer and MarketingVOX
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Greylock Adds Former Data Domain CEO As A Partner
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Instagram Blocks Followgram, But API Should Be Released ‘In Next Week Or So’
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
MetroPCS Data Plans Violate Net-Fairness Rules, Groups Tell FCC
Dow Jones:
U.S. Venture Capital Fund-Raising Continues Decline in 2010, Hits Seven-Year Low
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Poynt snags location-based patent for serving up personalized offers
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Daniel Cawrey / thechromesource:
Cr-48 Shipments to Resume, Applications for Pilot Still Open
Joan O'C. Hamilton / Stanford Alumni Association:
Separation Anxiety  —  Now that there's no escaping the digital world …
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Start-Up Behind Kinect Gesture Recognition Gets Funding
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey On Charlie Rose: “It's Really Complex To Make Something Simple.”
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
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