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6:50 PM ET, January 25, 2011


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Robert Dong / Google Voice Blog:
Port your existing mobile number to Google Voice  —  867-5309 could be one of the most iconic phone numbers of all time, but it's not the only number that a lot of us remember by heart.  Many of us have a phone number that we've shared with family, friends, and contacts over the years and are reluctant to let go.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
My Life With Google Voice Number Porting, Six Months In  —  Finally, anyone can port their mobile phone number to Google Voice.  I've been doing so for the past six months.  Thinking about making the jump?  Here's my experience, which is largely good.  Plus, some thoughts on how this gives Android …
Vlad Bobleanta / Download Squad:
Google Voice now lets you port your existing phone number for $20
Discussion: Ars Technica
Roger Cheng / Digits:
Verizon iPhone: $30 Unlimited Data (for Now)  —  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.
David Chartier / Macworld:
Verizon dishes on iPhone hotspot pricing  —  Earlier on Tuesday, Verizon announced that its unlimited data plan will stick around for a little while after the iPhone's launch.  Speaking to Macworld later in the day, Verizon Wireless's Executive Director of Corporate Communications, Brenda Raney …
Google acquires SayNow, Inc.  —  We are thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Google.  —  Since 2005, we've explored fun and entertaining ways for people to talk with each other.  Through the web, smartphones, and even land lines, our products brought communities together through the power of voice.
Saulius Dailide / Pixelmator | Weblog:
Pixelmator Grosses $1 Million on the Mac App Store  —  I am ecstatic to announce that Pixelmator grossed a gigantic $1 million on the Mac App Store.  And that happened in only 20 short days.  —  What is even better is that the app is getting rave reviews on the Mac App Store …
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing the Amazon Simple Email Service  —  Like most technical endeavors, sending email is a lot harder than it looks!  The simple solutions that are entirely adequate when you have to send a couple of dozen daily emails simply don't work when you need to send out hundreds, thousands …
Adam Maddox / @adammaddox:   1k email send price roundup: Amazon #AWS=$0.1 (+data), #SendGrid=$1.6, #PostMarkApp=$1.5, #MailChimp=$10 (better value on subscriber plan)
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Facebook Acquires Mobile Advertising Startup Rel8tion  —  Facebook has acquired Rel8tion and the employees of the nine month-old Seattle-based startup, which has been working under the radar to develop a hyper-local mobile advertising service.  —  Facebook confirmed the acquisition in a statement …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo Down 4% As Q4 Beats, Q1 View Misses (Correction)  —  Shares of Yahoo! (YHOO) are down 59 cents, or 4%, at $15.43 after the company this afternoon reported Q4 revenue and profit ahead of analysts' estimates, but forecast the current quarter's revenue well below expectations.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: named Intel's director of creative innovation  — is joining Intel as its director of creative innovation.  —  The world's largest computer chip manufacturer announced the music producer and frontman for the Black Eyed Peas will contribute to the company by way of music …
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 Primack / Fortune:
Sequoia Capital raises more than $1.3 billion  —  Sequoia Capital has busted through the $1 billion target it set for its latest fund, according to a new regulatory filing.  —  The vehicle, named Sequoia Capital 2010, has secured more than $1.35 billion in capital commitments (beginning last March).
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, The Next Web and SAI
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 …
37signals Product Blog:
We'll be retiring our support of OpenID on May 1  —  We first jumped on the OpenID bandwagon back in 2007 when it was seen as a promising way to make logging into websites simpler.  What we've learned over the past three years is that it didn't actually make anything any simpler for the vast majority of our customers.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Facebook CTO Bret Taylor: “Mobile is the primary focus for our platform this year.”  —  If any consensus emerged around the state and health of the Facebook platform, it was that the future of it is clearly on mobile devices.  —  Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor said today …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gmail Finally Appeases The Tab Addicts With A Dynamic Unread Count Favicon  —  I have a confession to make: I'm completely and utterly addicted to browser tabs.  It's a sickness.  I might have 15 or 20 or more open in each window at any given time.  That's why I love Chrome.
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
Massive Egyptian Protests Powered by YouTube, Twitter, Facebook …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google will hire at least 6,000 workers ‘across the board’ in 2011  —  Extending a surge that began last year and that economists said could be a positive sign for the Bay Area's economy, Google says 2011 will be its largest hiring year ever, plans that would mean the Internet giant will add more than 6,000 new workers this year.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Ongo: Aggregation So Good, You'll Pay for It.  (Maybe.)  —  Say “aggregation” to most newspaper publishers and what they hear is “content stealing.”  But a new aggregator launching today promises to put some money back in the pockets of publishers by catering exclusively to news junkies who will pay for a better reading experience.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt expects another 10 years at Google  —  (Reuters) - Outgoing Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday he expected to spend another 10 years at Google, after announcing his surprise handover last week to co-founder Larry Page.  —  Schmidt, who oversaw the company's meteoric rise …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Guardian
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
DOJ pressed for details on Internet tracking plan  —  Members of Congress chided the U.S. Department of Justice today for suggesting a new law requiring Internet companies to keep records of user activity, but not disclosing details on how it should be crafted to aid criminal investigations.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
My favorite flight search site Hipmunk is raising $5.9M  —  Hipmunk, the recently-launched travel startup that I now use to book most of my flights, is raising a $5.9 million round of funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Metro PCS follows Verizon in suing FCC to overturn net neutrality rules  —  Wireless service operator MetroPCS said Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.  The suit was filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals …
Finn Jarle Kvalheim / Amobil:
Full specs of HTC Flyer revealed  —  Amobil has gotten hold of the full spec sheet for HTC's first tablet.  —  One of our sources just sent us what is supposedly the specifications for HTCs new tablet, the Flyer.  This information isn't brand new, so some changes might have been made since our source got it.
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