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10:20 AM ET, January 20, 2011

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Arn / MacRumors:
FaceTime, Camera and PhotoBooth Icons Confirm Camera in iPad 2  —  Apple's developer release of iOS 4.3 Beta 2 has provided more visual evidence confirming that the next iPad will carry a front facing camera as well as the Apple Camera App and Photo Booth App.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Is About To Take Off: Number Porting Coming Soon For $20  —  We've been huge fans of Google Voice for quite a while now — it makes screening calls and managing multiple phones a breeze — but there's always been a huge thorn in its side: it didn't allow people to port their existing phone numbers over.
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google Voice now lets you port your own phone number (update: option disappears)  —  We'd be lying if we said we hadn't been waiting on this feature since the service's debut.  As one reader just notified us (and verified by a number of staffers), Google Voice now lets you port your own phone number …
Mark Heynen / Facebook Blog:
A Better Mobile Experience for More People  —  We want people to have a great mobile experience no matter what type of phone they carry.  Smartphones have offered better features for sharing with friends but aren't used by most people around the world.  —  Today, we're launching a new mobile app …
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Facebook brings mobile app to non-smartphones
Discussion: Softpedia News
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Facebook's Mobile Strategy: It's All About Global Growth
Discussion: New Media Age
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple to fight Facebook with iOS 5 and Media Stream?  —  Ping was Apple's first attempt at the social networking but it pales in comparison to what they have coming.  Hidden deep in the iOS 4.3 file system is a new folder titled “Media Stream.”  Within that folder is some information about “Photo Streaming.”
Zokem:
In the US Market, iPhone Outperforms Other Mobile Platforms in User Loyalty by a Wide Margin, Android is Second, Blackberry Fourth  —  Zokem's industry leading Mobile Life panel in the US from the year 2010 reveals that iPhone scores 84% higher in loyalty ratings than the nearest competitor, Google Android.
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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Study: iPhone Most Satisfying To Use Smartphone, But Android Users Most Loyal
Discussion: IntoMobile
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to launch Flyer tablet PC in March  —  HTC plans to launch three tablet PCs in the first half of 2011 with the first model, the Flyer, to begin shipping in the US market in March, according to sources at handset component suppliers.  The Flyer, which looks like an enlarged version …
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Coming soon: A new way to hack into smartphones  —  By breaking into the phone's radio firmware, hackers can take control of iPhone or Android devices  —  More than three years after the iPhone was first hacked, computer security experts think they've found a whole new way to break into mobile phones …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple testing multitouch gestures for iPhone 4 internally?  —  One of our Apple sources has just sent us over a couple screenshots from what we're told is an internal testing iPhone 4.  They are interesting because it looks like Apple is testing multitouch gestures on the iPhone in addition to the iPad.
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Twitter Hits Nearly 200M Accounts, 110M Tweets Per Day, Focuses On Global Expansion  —  Twitter has reached nearly 200 million users registered accounts who post 110 million tweets per day as of the January 1, 2011, Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner tells me.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Hits A Million Amazon Gift Cards Sold, $20 Million In Card Value  —  LivingSocial has been offering $10 off any $20 Amazon purchase since 5 am this morning and it's been a boon huge for the daily deals company, which Amazon has astutely invested $175 million in.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Kongregate Exile Raises Questions About the Android Market  —  UPDATED: Flash-based game site Kongregrate found itself excluded from the Android Market today, but it's still trying to figure out whether its exile is going to be permanent and if so, why it's being singled out.
Discussion: mocoNews, VentureBeat and Geek.com
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Inventor Demos New P2P Live Streaming Protocol  —  The place where breaking news, BitTorrent and copyright collide  —  BitTorrent Inventor Demos New P2P Live Streaming Protocol  —  Bram Cohen, the inventor of the BitTorrent protocol that revolutionized file-sharing …
Discussion: Techland
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
How ‘Cyberlockers’ Became The Biggest Problem In Piracy  —  Since Napster exploded into the public consciousness when it was founded 12 years ago, the world of digital piracy has been associated with a particular type of software—"peer-to-peer" download services.  (Sometimes fairly, sometimes not.)
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft nails down Windows Phone 7 data-uploading issue  —  A third-party application is mostly responsible for a Windows Phone 7 issue that has caused, for some users, megabytes of mysterious data uploading over 3G, Microsoft said today.  —  Last week, Microsoft said it was investigating claims …
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Leaked: New ATT text messaging plans in preparation for Verizon iPhone  —  AT&T customers, get ready for new text messaging rates to go into effect starting next week.  As the Verizon iPhone approaches, the company is looking to make their plans look a bit more attractive, and not so different from what Verizon will be offering.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage, SAI and Gadgetell
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Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Leaked Image Shows AT&T is Changing Messaging Plans on January 23rd
Discussion: Go Rumors
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Leads $600K Investment In LawPivot, A Quora For Startup Legal Advice  —  There's no doubt that the success of startups like Quora have propelled the Q&A space into the spotlight.  And there seems to be room for other niche Quora-like sites, such as enterprise-focsued Opzi …
Mobile-revivew.com:
Preview of Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 (MT15i/Halon) GSM/UMTS Phone  —  Contents:  —  Introduction  —  Sony Ericsson has made some interesting phones in the recent past and some of them enjoyed at least acceptable sales.  However, some of the models had disadvantages that were not justified taking …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
One Down: Spotify Signs Sony to U.S. Deal  —  This doesn't get them into the States, but it gets them a lot closer: Music service Spotify has finally signed with Sony for a U.S. distribution deal.  Multiple sources tell me the deal, which has been very close since last fall, is now closed.
David / TmoNews:
The Sidekick 4G Rumors Heat Back Up, Coming “Spring”  —  I'll be the first to admit swearing off the “Sidekick Twist” rumors we originated way back last year when we thought it was the fabled Project Emerald.  I've admittedly turned away from this project when boom, it falls right back into my lap today.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Amazon to acquire LoveFilm, the ‘European Netflix’  —  LoveFilm has announced this morning that Amazon is to acquire the remaining shares in the movie rental and streaming service, which is similar to Netflix.  —  Amazon already has a significant minority shareholding in LoveFilm and deal has been rumoured for some time.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Study: Google “Favors” Itself Only 19% Of The Time  —  For the past year or so, there's been a rising meme that Google is altering its search results in ways to favor itself over competitors.  Now a new study is out showing the opposite.  Google is far more likely not to show its own products in the first spot of its search results.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Google gins search formula to favor its own services
 
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Apple Sues Nokia in London Over Patent for Touch-Screen Scroll
Discussion: IntoMobile and mocoNews
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
“Gamification”: A Growing Business to Invigorate Stale Websites
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dan Sung / Pocket-lint:
Wikipedian Jimmy Wales talks favourites, faults and the future
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Threatening ICANN About .music; Claiming It Will Be Used To Infringe
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com and Gearlog
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Startup Collecta Shuts Down Its Product, Starts Working on a New One
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Says
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Career Factor: Microsoft's online reality show where IT meets the social web
Erik Sherman / BNET:
iPhones Make Far More Margin — 70% — Than Analysts and Apple Watchers Think
Discussion: mocoNews
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Nokia Cancels U.S. Launch of X7 Phone
 

 
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