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5:05 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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David Chartier / Macworld:
Verizon dishes on iPhone hotspot pricing
SayNow:
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.
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Google Deal for SayNow to Make Google Voice More Interesting  —  I've been a Google Voice user since before it was even called Google Voice.  Back in 2007, I was fascinated by the potential of GrandCentral-the service Google acquired and transformed into Google Voice.
Discussion: Mobilized and WebProNews
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 …
Discussion: eWeek and parislemon
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Robert Dong / Google Voice Blog:
Port your existing mobile number to Google 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 …
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.
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Obama plays up technology's value  —  The promise of technology heavily underpinned President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as he emphasized the importance of clean tech, broadband and science education in achieving his goal to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”
Discussion: Mashable!, Gizmodo, Reuters and Electronista
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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
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone and iPod: 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.
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
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.
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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”, 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.
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook To Launch Social Group-Buying Feature
Discussion: TechCrunch
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: AppleInsider
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 …
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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)
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.
Discussion: SAI
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 …
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Will.i.am named Intel's director of creative innovation  —  Will.i.am 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 …
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).
 
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Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
US Twitter Users Spending More Time Than Ever On Twitter.com, Report Says
Discussion: Forbes and Marketing Forward
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
picplz gets Dropbox integration for automatic photo storage
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Full specs of HTC Flyer revealed
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt expects another 10 years at Google
37signals Product Blog:
We'll be retiring our support of OpenID on May 1
Discussion: Skype Journal