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7:05 PM ET, January 12, 2011

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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Releases iOS 4.3 Beta  —  A few minutes ago Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta to developers.  It's available now in the iOS Dev Center.  The beta is available for iOS devices and the second generation Apple TV.  Supported iOS mobile devices are iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS, iPod touch 2nd, 3rd and 4th gen. Build number is 8F5148b.
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AppleInsider:
Apple issues iOS 4.3 beta with Personal Hotspot, new multitouch gestures [u]  —  Apple on Wednesday release the first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, bringing support for Personal Hotspot, new multi-touch gestures, the ability for third-party applications to use AirPlay …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
iOS Wifi Hotspot?  It's in the Next Version, If Your Carrier Turns it On  —  The iOS version 4.3 will not include a wifi hotspot feature by default, contrary to hopes and reports this morning, but the feature can be turned on if carriers choose.  The Verizon iPhone announcement …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Confirmed: Personal Hotspot feature coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3
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.
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Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Ending Upgrade Discount Program Before iPhone Release  —  Verizon is ending its “New Every Two” discount program on January 16th, just three weeks before it releases the iPhone on its network, Smart Money reports.  —  The program gave subscribers up to $100 every two years towards a new phone upgrade.
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.
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 …
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.
John C Abell / Epicenter:
YouTube Unleashes Vevo Music Vids on Mobile* (*Android Only)  —  Vevo's collection of music videos has finally come to YouTube mobile — but only on Android phones.  —  The initiative, which is live now, means 10s of thousands of Vevo music videos Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Universal …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Mobile Traffic Tripled In 2010, Android App Gets Music Videos (And Ads)
Royal Pingdom:
Internet 2010 in numbers  —  What happened with the Internet in 2010?  —  How many websites were added?  How many emails were sent?  How many Internet users were there?  This post will answer all of those questions and many, many more.  If it's stats you want, you've come to the right place.
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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.
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 …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Associated Press Settles Copyright Lawsuit Against Obama ‘Hope’ Artist  —  Street artist Shepard Fairey and The Associated Press are settling a copyright dispute over who owned the rights to the iconic Obama “Hope” poster, the two said in a joint statement Wednesday.
The Local:
Google Analytics targeted by data protection officials  —  German web companies could face hefty fines for using Google's online metrics service after data protection officials broke off talks with the US internet giant this week and threatened to pursue a precedent-setting court case.
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
Travelzoo's Groupon Competitor Already Valued at $400 Million  —  Five months ago, Travelzoo, an old internet 1.0 company, decided to expand their business by launching a Groupon competitor.  —  In September, Travelzoo Launched a Groupon Competitor  —  They have always been known for sending …
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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.
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.
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.
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 and SAI
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Rackspace, Akamai forge partnership  —  Rackspace will offer Akamai's technologies—content delivery network services, secure sockets layer and other web optimization tools—as part of its cloud hosting services.  —  Under the partnership, Rackspace said it will integrate Akamai features in its Cloud Files, an online storage system.
Discussion: GigaOM and Data Center Knowledge
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.
Zoran Basich / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Bill Draper Takes Stock Of A Venture Industry He Helped Create  —  It's not a stretch to say that the story of Bill Draper is the story of venture capital.  —  The iconic 83-year-old founder of Draper Gaither & Anderson, Sutter Hill Ventures and Draper Richards virtually created …
Matt Asay / The Register:
HTML5: An antidote for Apple App Store-itis  —  Imitation not the sincerest form of flattery  —  Open...and Shut To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Or in the case of our idea-starved tech industry, an app store.  —  The tech world is increasingly awash in app stores.
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On Improving Privacy: Managing Local Storage in Flash Player
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
200 Million FaceTime-Enabled Devices in 2012?
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Instagram Blocks Followgram, But API Should Be Released ‘In Next Week Or So’
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