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10:25 AM ET, January 25, 2011

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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Apple Plans Service That Lets IPhone Users Pay With Handsets  —  Apple Inc. plans to introduce services that would let customers use its iPhone and iPad computer to make purchases, said Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group.  —  The services are based on …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Aims To Take NFC Mainstream; Perhaps The Greatest Trick They've Ever Pulled?  —  Bloomberg has an interesting report tonight, but they have the headline all wrong.  Apple Plans Service That Lets IPhone Users Pay With Handsets — is technically correct (assuming the report is true …
Discussion: Fortune, Softpedia News and MacStories
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 5 and iPad 2 to have NFC with new mobile payment service?
Discussion: Engadget and Online Social Media
Roger Cheng / Digits:
Verizon iPhone: $30 Unlimited Data  —  It's official: Verizon is going to offer iPhone buyers a $30 unlimited data plan.  The carrier's heir apparent and chief operating officer, Lowell McAdam, told us the news ahead of the company's meeting with investors.  —  “I'm not going to shoot myself in the foot,” he said.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Acquire fflick For $10 Million  —  Back in August we wrote about a neat service called fflick that looked to harness Twitter to power a movie sentiment and recommendation engine, with an added dash of colorful style.  Now the service is getting two big thumbs up from Google …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Why The Verizon iPhone Is Going To Be Huge: Only 26% Of Verizon Subscribers Have Smartphones  —  Apple probably would have been better off if it had started selling the iPhone at Verizon a year ago, as it probably would have stifled Google Android from becoming such a strong competitor.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Facebook Turns the ‘Like’ Into Its Newest Ad  —  Say Something About a Brand?  It Could End Up as an Ad in Your Friends' Feeds  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — The ubiquitous “like” is currency for brands, and Facebook is giving them a new way to collect: an ad unit that shows …
Facebook Developer Blog:
The Next Step for Facebook Credits  —  Facebook Credits is a virtual currency that enables fast and easy transactions across games on Facebook.  With Facebook Credits, people enter their payment information once and can buy, earn and spend safely across lots of different games.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: Barnes & Noble phasing out the Nook 3G  —  Barnes & Noble may be selling millions of Nook products, but it's sounding like the 3G variant hasn't really done its part to help those figures.  We've received hard evidence from within B&N that the Nook is being discontinued …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Justice Department seeks mandatory data retention  —  Criminal investigations “are being frustrated” because no law currently exists to force Internet providers to keep track of what their customers are doing, the U.S. Department of Justice will announce tomorrow.
Ali Imam / The LinkedIn Blog:
Visualize your LinkedIn network with InMaps  —  If you're a LinkedIn user, you already know the power of your professional network.  —  What if you could visualize what your network looks like?  Would your connections form clusters or groups?  Wouldn't it be great if you could see the way …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
How Microsoft plans to market against the iPad  —  Even though Microsoft's public stance, when asked about the impact of Apple's slate is “iPad?  What iPad?”, the Redmondians are preparing the company's partners for battle in 2011.  —  Microsoft is making available to its reseller partners …
Jared Newman / PC World:
The State of Windows 8  —  Beneath a thin surface layer of established fact about Microsoft's next OS lies a deep pool of rumor and speculation.  We plunge in to test the water.  —  Only Microsoft knows how the next version of its Windows operating system will look and what it will be called …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD11: James Murdoch On The Daily, Paywalls, Google And Apple  —  James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and currently Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, Europe and Asia, was interviewed on stage at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany.  —  Murdoch touched on everything …
Nick Farrell / TechEye:
Obama surrenders to Big Content  —  The President of the French-backed terrorist government of the former British colony of Virginia has turned over the control of his country's judiciary to the entertainment industry.  —  In an unusual move, by any country's standards …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt At DLD11: Google Will Add 1,000 New Employees In Europe  —  In the closing keynote of the DLD Conference in Germany, soon to be former Google CEO Eric Schmidt took the stage, notably less than a week after passing on the reins of the company to Google co-founder Larry Page.
Discussion: VentureBeat, eWeek and Reuters
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Kodak's Push for Royalties From Apple, RIM Is Derailed  —  Eastman Kodak Co., the 130-year-old camera company, lost a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that may hamper its effort to collect patent royalties from Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd.
The Huffington Post:
Android vs. iPhone In China: Will Google Beat Apple?  —  Google may be winning in China: Not in search—Google's premiere product has been losing market share since the company's clash over censorship with Chinese officials—but in the smartphone market, with Android, Google's open-source mobile operating system.
Fatema Yasmine / The Next Web:
Dropbox Founder on New Features and Global Expansion.  —  I recently had the chance to sit down with Dropbox cofounder and CTO Arash Ferdowsi.  The interview took place in their swanky new office in downtown San Francisco.  We talked in-depth about the major changes coming to Dropbox and the success of the company to date.
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral:
Topaz Specs!  Exclusive details on Touchstone v2 and much more!  —  We've received a massive document detailing HP's plans for the Topaz webOS slate from last year.  While these details aren't final, what we know is that HP is planning to make the Topaz highly competitive with the iPad from both a hardware and a software perspective.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
25% of files downloaded from The Pirate Bay are fakes  —  For years, antipiracy companies like MediaDefender (read our 2007 profile) have scratched out a living by flooding peer-to-peer file-sharing networks with bad data.  While the techniques differ, the goal is the same …
Electronista:
Pegatron making 10m initial iPhone 5s, all-out for iPhone 4  —  Pegatron has already earned enough trust from Apple to start manufacturing the iPhone 5, part makers said Monday night.  The company is due to make at least 10 million to 12 million CDMA iPhone 4 units but has reportedly been picked …
Tyler Odean / Gmail Blog:
Print from your phone with Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print  —  Let's say you need to print an important email attachment on your way to work so that it's waiting for you when you walk in the door.  With Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print — a service that allows printing …
Google Public Policy Blog:
Keep your opt-outs  —  Today we're making available Keep My Opt-Outs, which enables you to opt out permanently from ad tracking cookies.  It's available as an extension for download in Chrome.  —  Why have we developed this feature?  —  Recently, the Federal Trade Commission and others …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla, Google take different approaches to ad tracking opt-out
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Cirtas raises $22.5M for cloud storage hardware and gets new CEO  —  Cirtas Systems, a cloud storage hardware company, is announcing today it has raised $22.5 million in a second round of funding and has named tech veteran Gary Messiana as its chief executive.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Adobe Touts iPad Magazine Ads  —  Have you bought an ad in an iPad magazine in the last year?  Then you're in luck!  Because people who read iPad magazines like looking at the ads in those apps, and they're more likely to buy stuff from the people who pay for them.  —  So says Adobe.
 
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
T-Mobile: 10% Of Departing Customers Leave For The iPhone
Discussion: Post Tech and Gearlog
John R. Rymer / Forrester Blogs:
The Future Of Java  —  Java's future will be constrained …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Computerworld
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple loses buzz, Microsoft gains
Discussion: WinRumors
David Kravets / Epicenter:
Google Voice Porting Equals LSD Trip Gone Awry
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft moves to block TiVo imports with U.S. trade complaint
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
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