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4:45 PM ET, January 9, 2011

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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Speculation, Questions Around Verizon iPhone Event  —  Since we reported Friday that Verizon Wireless would launch its long awaited iPhone at a special event Tuesday, the rumor mills on the Internet have been churning with speculation.  —  The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that the iPhone …
Discussion: TechCrunch and MobileWhack.com
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Verizon iPhone to Debut With Unlimited Data Plan  —  When the iPhone finally arrives on Verizon's network, how will the carrier set it apart from the one that's been offered by AT&T since it first debuted in 2007?  —  Here's one way: By offering it with a wireless service plan free of the data caps used by AT&T.
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon iPhone to Be Available Around End of January  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone will make its way to Verizon Wireless stores around the end of the month, a person familiar with the matter said.  —  The largest U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers will make the long-awaited announcement to carry …
MacNN:
Verizon iPhone to go on sale late January, use current plans
Discussion: TodaysiPhone.com and Pulse2
David Chartier / Macworld:
Developers weigh in on the Mac App Store  —  The Mac App Store is the biggest thing to happen to Mac software distribution since the Internet itself—some might say that the store is even bigger.  Many users haven't bothered with boxes and CDs of software for some time …
Discussion: RazorianFly
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Phil Libin / Evernote Blogcast:
Mac App Store more than doubles new users  —  People are interested in what effect yesterday's launch of the Mac App Store has had on Evernote.  I'll let one graph tell most of the story:  —  Each column shows the number of new users that signed up for Evernote every hour starting at midnight …
Discussion: PC Magazine, MacStories and GigaOM
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook will NOT end on March 15th.  Hoax news story spreads like wildfire  —  Heard a story that Facebook is going to end on March 15th?  You should take it with a pinch of salt.  —  A story is spreading like wildfire across Facebook this weekend, claiming that the world's most popular social network is closing on March 15th.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows on ARM is a big deal, but it's not enough to win at tablets  —  While “Windows runs on ARM now” is a really easy thing to say, it's an extremely complicated subject, fraught with industry drama, technical accomplishment, and a hint of Microsoft's vision for the future.
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
Navigating the Airfare Maze Online  —  With online travel sites battling with some airlines, where does that leave travelers shopping for flights online?  The simple answer is that they're going to have to do more digging.  —  American Airlines removed its flight listings from Orbitz.com last month …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
How Not To Be Influential?  Quora Spam On Mechanical Turk  —  There's has been much discussion in the past couple of days about how Quora can handle its recent explosive growth, avoid becoming a Yahoo Answers (i.e. full of nonsense and spam) and scale with grace.
Discussion: MediaPost
Joe Brown / Gizmodo:
Some of Tomorrow's Best Gadgets  —  You know what?  There's some pretty sweet gear at this year's CES: tablets galore, smart cameras, cool phones, audiophile pr0n.  Woot!  This little trade show might have a future!  Check out some of our favorites.  —  Motorola's Atrix Android Phone Has Two Cores And Can Dock Into a Laptop
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Issa bill would provide green cards for up to 55,000 workers  —  Tech companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have bemoaned the shortage of U.S. students earning advanced math degrees.  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would pave …
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Edward Moyer / CNET News:
Shooting suspect left unsettling artifacts online  —  The suspected gunman in the shooting today of a U.S. Congresswoman posted disturbing artifacts on YouTube and MySpace, according to various reports, including a photo of a gun on top of a U.S. history book, and videos featuring strange, sometimes political ramblings.
Discussion: PC Magazine and SAI
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Kenmore shows off smartphone / tablet-connected appliances at CES (hands-on)
Discussion: Productopia
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
‘Internet Freedom Act’ Tries To Stop FCC Neutrality Rules
Discussion: Examiner, paidContent and MediaPost
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Will A Q&A Ecosystem Bloom? Quora Launches An API In Alpha
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
UK Government urges Apple to ease iPhone charity donation restrictions
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Analysis of the #LessAmbitiousMovies Twitter Trend
Discussion: TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Downes / CNET News:
Spectrum worries at CES: Deja vu all over again
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Twitter Courts Google's Sundar Pichai for Head of Product
Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
A Walled Wide Web for Nervous Autocrats
Tristan Louis / TNL.net:
New York to displace Silicon Valley
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 using lots of 3G data while idle, even on WiFi?
Discussion: Electronista, Examiner and VentureBeat