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7:25 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:
Android In-App Payments Coming Soon — Were Delayed Because Developers Were Busy  —  Today at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, Inside Network's Kim-Mai Cutler sat down with Eric Chu, a group manager at Google for the Android platform.  The two discussed the platform mainly from a developer perspective.
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.
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: TechEye and AppleInsider
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.
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook To Launch Social Group-Buying Feature
Discussion: SAI and TechCrunch
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.
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
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
Discussion: IntoMobile, WebProNews and Mobilized
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) …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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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
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 …
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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 …
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
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
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: MediaMemo and SAI
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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).
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 …
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
LinkedIn Pushes Ad Tools  —  LinkedIn Corp. is beefing up its advertising technologies, offering marketers more ways to target ads to the social network's users and making it easier for big advertisers to connect to its website.  —  The business-oriented network, which has more than 90 million members …
Discussion: SAI
Bloomberg:
HP Reshapes Board With Directors Connected to CEO Apotheker  —  Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) — Hewlett-Packard Co. recruited five executives to its board who have business ties to Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker and will need to prove they can act independently, corporate governance experts said.
Discussion: MarketWatch
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
India's Largest Online Couponing Site, SnapDeal, Raises $12 Million (TCTV)
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
US Twitter Users Spending More Time Than Ever On Twitter.com, Report Says
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