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10:10 AM ET, January 26, 2011

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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Verizon's iPhone hot spot to cost $20 a month  —  Using Verizon's forthcoming iPhone as a mobile hot spot is going to cost subscribers $20 a month—that's on top of the required data and voice plans subscribers will already be paying for.  —  The fee, which is in line with what Verizon charges …
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Unhappy With Slow Growth Of Android App Purchases, Google Talks 2011 Roadmap  —  Google's Android platform manager Eric Chu knows that though the number of Android smartphone users may be rising quickly, the number of purchases of paid apps in the Android Market is not doing nearly as well.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“Let The Hacking Begin” Declares Person Who Hacked Zuckerberg's Facebook Fan Page  —  Earlier today, a strange message appeared on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's fan page.  It read as follows: … Who wrote such an odd and seemingly drunken message?  Well, if you believe the page, Zuckerberg himself did.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
After Blocking Twitter, Egypt Reportedly Starts Restricting Access To Facebook  —  According to a number of tips we've received in the past few minutes, the chatter on Twitter and several local reports (mostly in Arabic), it appears Egyptian authories have moved to block Facebook.  Yesterday, Twitter was blocked.
Discussion: @_aek_
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Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Anonymous attacks websites in Egypt
Discussion: Security Watch
Alex Rice / Facebook Blog:
A Continued Commitment to Security  —  This Friday is Data Privacy Day, an international effort by governments, businesses and advocacy groups to raise awareness about the importance of staying in control of personal information.  A key part of controlling information has always been protecting …
Discussion: Facebook Developers
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Beefs Up Security With Social Captchas and All HTTPS, All The Time  —  Facebook is introducing two new measures to beef up security: expanding HTTPS connections as an all-the-time option and using social captchas to authenticate users who have lost passwords.  Let's take these one at a time.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Brings Back (Part Of) Beacon, and No One Blinks  —  In 2007, Facebook unveiled a plan to let brands turn Facebook users' online activities into ads.  Cue uproar, and an eventual apology from Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Yesterday Facebook unveiled a plan to let brands turn Facebook users' online activities into ads.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Did Facebook just hint at its answer to Groupon?  —  Facebook just revealed that it's testing a new feature called “Buy with Friends” for its site, which will allow users to share their deals on virtual goods — and I'm starting to wonder whether Facebook could bring something similar to non-virtual deals.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
A year later, Microsoft picture looks very different  —  (Reuters) - A year ago, Microsoft Corp blew away Wall Street's earnings forecasts with blistering sales of its new Windows 7 operating system and trumpeted optimism about the recovery in tech spending.
Discussion: CNET News, TechEye and AppleInsider
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Twitter Tests Self-Serve Ad Platform  —  Twitter has begun testing a self-serve ad platform with advertisers and agencies it plans to roll out in the first half of this year, and MediaPost got a glimpse.  —  Clix Marketing Founder David Szetela began supporting a handful of clients this week.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Apple's ‘PC’ shipments grow by 241 percent in iPad-inclusive Canalys stats  —  Canalys is a pretty well respected global stat-keeper and now it seems to be relying on that reputation to push through a pretty controversial message: tablets, such as Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, are PCs.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
New ‘iPad is iconic’ ad touts 60,000 apps  —  Apple has begun showing a new commercial that highlights a growing number of iPad-specific apps, now pushing past 60,000 titles.  —  The spot, “iPad is iconic,” highlights such apps as the “fresh” djay virtual turntables, “tickets” …
Reuters:
Apple supports China Mobile's TD-LTE tech -report  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) fully supports China Mobile's next generation TD-LTE technology and talks are ongoing over a possible iPhone tie up with the carrier, China Mobile's chairman was quoted as saying.  —  China Mobile (0941.HK) …
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Bill Gross / @bill_gross:   China Mobile CEO on Connectedness panel: “We have 600m subscribers, and we still get 5m new ones every single month.” #WEF #Davos
David / TmoNews:
LG G-Slate, Dell Streak 7, Vibrant 4G Release Dates Confirmed  —  So this is the very first look we've had at the LG G-Slate release date which looks to be dropping on March 23rd, a date which jives with our late March info from before.  Not to be outdone is the Dell Streak 7 which will release …
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Good Technology Q4 2010 mobile device report shows huge iPad growth in the enterprise  —  Back in October the enterprise mobile integration company Good Technology released its first quarterly metrics report covering device activations and overall trends; the report showed extremely strong growth …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Obama's Five Year Tech Plan: High Speed Wireless Internet for 98% of Americans  —  Remember when the study came out that most broadband connections in America weren't really broadband?  Well that might be a thing of the past after Obama just pledged to deliver high-speed internet connections to 98% of Americans.
Discussion: Electronista
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Tony Romm / The Politico:
Obama plays up technology's value
Discussion: Mashable!, Reuters and Computerworld
Michael Lopp / Rands In Repose:
Interview: Marco Arment  —  On my list of horrendously bungled acquisitions, I put Delicious near the top.  Since its acquisition by Yahoo in 2005, the biggest user-facing change to the site was a visual refresh in 2008.  Even with this rampant feature stagnation, I'd stuck with the site …
Los Angeles Times:
Google leases office complex in Venice  —  The Internet search giant will take over more than 100,000 square feet in three buildings, including one designed by Frank Gehry.  Its lease coincides with an announcement that it would hire more than 6,000 workers this year.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Fred / A VC:
Building Better Social Graphs (continued)  —  I've been thinking for a while now that there will not be one social graph to rule them all (Facebook) but that we will eventually have a multitude of web/mobile services in our lives, each with a social graph we curate specifically for that service.
Discussion: Victus Spiritus
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
O2 launches free Wi-Fi service  —  Mobile operator O2 to offer free public internet hotspots across the UK, even to non-customers  —  O2 launches its free nationwide Wi-Fi broadband network today, pitting the UK's largest mobile operator head-to-head with rivals including BT and The Cloud.
Peter-Paul Koch / QuirksBlog:
The future of app stores  —  App stores, pioneered by Apple, aim to provide ease of payments and discoverability to developers and consumers.  However,  — do they offer unique advantages that no other payment or discoverability system can match?  — is Apple's success transferable to other app stores?
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FCC poised to give LightSquared's satellite broadband venture a boost  —  With a wave of new smartphones and tablet computers threatening to overwhelm wireless networks, the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to take another aggressive step to ease the growing capacity crunch.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone and iPad: Fine Young Cannibals?  —  The iPad and iPhone came, saw and conquered new markets.  But since the products launched the question on every analyst's mind has been on how much have these products “cannibalized” their brethren the iPod and the Mac.
Discussion: SAI
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 …
 
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Google acquires SayNow, Inc.
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Introducing the Amazon Simple Email Service