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5:40 PM ET, January 9, 2011

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Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon to Offer iPhone Users Unlimited Data  —  Verizon Wireless will offer unlimited data plans when it starts selling the iPhone, a person familiar with the matter said, providing a key means of distinguishing its service from rival AT&T Inc.  —  New buyers of the Apple Inc. phone …
Discussion: SAI, 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo, RazorianFly and TUAW
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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: MobileWhack.com and BetaNews
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon iPhone to Be Available Around End of January
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
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 …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Say No to Government Regulation of Search Engines  —  Most Americans give high marks to Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing and don't think the government needs to regulate their responses.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 77% …
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: The Noisy Channel and MediaPost
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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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
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Kenmore shows off smartphone / tablet-connected appliances at CES (hands-on)  —  We've already seen some smartphone-connected appliances in LG's Thinq lineup, and it looks like Kenmore is now getting ready to join it in a big way with some fairly impressive “enhanced” appliances of its own …
Discussion: Productopia
 
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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
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
UK Government urges Apple to ease iPhone charity donation restrictions
Edward Moyer / CNET News:
Shooting suspect left unsettling artifacts online
Discussion: PC Magazine and SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Nathan / BackType:
Analysis of the #LessAmbitiousMovies Twitter Trend
Discussion: TechCrunch
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