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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 …
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.
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 …
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Facebook Credits: Virtual Goods Are Just the Beginning
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon's fourth quarter earnings fall short, but wireless subscribers surge
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
More codenames provide clues to planned Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV blitz  —  Microsoft filed an International Trade Commission complaint against Tivo in an attempt to stop that company from importing set-top boxes on January 24.  Just another day in Microsoft-litigation land?  Or is there something bigger going on here?
Discussion: TechFlash and WinRumors
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Developers Report Increased Interest in Android, Tablets for 2011  —  The average developer is now building for four different devices, a joint survey from app development firm Appcelerator and analyst firm IDC has revealed.  Of those multiple devices, building apps for Android tablets …
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 …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Mahalo 4.0 = Howcast + Quora + About.com  —  Jason Calacanis started Mahalo four years ago as a “human powered search engine,” but the latest version of the site moves completely away from the original idea, and much deeper into web video and “how to” content.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat and MediaMemo
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 …
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 …
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP's New Cloud Products Offer a Flashback to 2009  —  Hewlett-Packard unveiled four new cloud products in what I view as somewhat of a comeback tour for the hardware giant after staying on the sidelines for much of 2010.  However, the four new products, which range from an Infrastructure-as a-Service …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Blocked In Egypt Amidst Rising Protests  —  Inspired by the recent Tunisian demonstrations against corruption, protesters are filling the streets of Cairo.  And like the protests in Tunisia, the Egyptian ones were partly organized on Facebook and Twitter.
Discussion: The Business Insider
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
‘The Social Network’ nominated for eight Oscars  —  The contested biography of Facebook's origins gets more nominations than all but three other films of the year—but that's fewer than some expected for the critically acclaimed movie.  More  — Share  —  1 HOUR AGO  —  TWEET Caroline McCarthy
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 …
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 …
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
Why 3D doesn't work and never will.  Case closed.  —  I received a letter that ends, as far as I am concerned, the discussion about 3D.  It doesn't work with our brains and it never will.  —  The notion that we are asked to pay a premium to witness an inferior and inherently brain-confusing image is outrageous.
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.
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.
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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
T-Mobile: 10% Of Departing Customers Leave For The iPhone
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
25% of files downloaded from The Pirate Bay are fakes
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Kodak's Push for Royalties From Apple, RIM Is Derailed
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple loses buzz, Microsoft gains
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