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2:25 PM ET, January 9, 2011

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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 …
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Speculation, Questions Around Apple 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 Beatweek Magazine
MacNN:
Verizon iPhone to go on sale late January, use current plans
Discussion: Reuters, TiPb and Engadget
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.
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 and PC World
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Phil Libin / Evernote Blogcast:
Mac App Store more than doubles new users
Discussion: 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.
Discussion: Weekly World News, Examiner and Gawker
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.
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
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
‘Internet Freedom Act’ Tries To Stop FCC Neutrality Rules  —  Part of larger Republican effort to scuttle new rules — Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) this week filed the ironically-entitled Internet Freedom Act (pdf), which is designed to prevent the FCC from enacting network neutrality rules intended to protect the open Internet.
Discussion: Examiner, paidContent 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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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 using lots of 3G data while idle, even on WiFi?  —  Complaints seem to be growing among some users that Windows Phone 7 is consuming an abnormally plump quantity of data when you're not doing anything.  Granted, there's lots of stuff on the platform that might need data continuously …
Tristan Louis / TNL.net:
New York to displace Silicon Valley  —  There's been a lot of discussion in the past couple of years about the resurgence of New York City as a tech center (I actually called the comparison to Silicon Valley a silly one about a year ago).  In the past couple of years, however …
 
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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
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
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Feds relax export curbs on open-source crypto
Discussion: Federal Register
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Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
A Walled Wide Web for Nervous Autocrats
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
DoJ Subpoena Proves Twitter's Value — and Its Weakness
Discussion: eWeek, PC World and OSNews
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Intel says Light Peak interconnect technology is ready
Discussion: Electronista
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Can Google Get Its Mojo Back?  —  A spectre is haunting Mountain View.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
 

 
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