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7:40 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 …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Already Attacking Verizon iPhone: “Not Sure iPhone Users Are Ready For Life In The Slow Lane”  —  AT&T is already attacking Verizon over the iPhone.  —  After we wrote about Verizon's plan to offer unlimited data plans, AT&T PR boss Larry Solomon reached out with a statement …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and TUAW
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 …
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 …
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Could this be the year we get to ditch the cable box?  —  We've been coming to CES for years looking at demos of technologies that will let us watch HDTV without a set-top box, and yet here we are years later with little choice but to find a place to put that box.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko Launches Spam Clock To Keep Pressure On Google  —  Every hour, one million spam pages are created.  That's a stat that start-up search engine Blekko has now put out — complete with a new “Spam Clock” showing a count-up of spam pages created since the first of the year.
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
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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