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6:00 AM ET, January 10, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless Confident It's Got Muscle for iPhone  —  Verizon Wireless has been beefing up its network and believes it will have no problem handling iPhone-type loads, a claim that could be put to the test this year if the carrier signs up millions of subscribers using the Apple Inc. device.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Verizon iPhone to offer unlimited data in contrast to AT&T  —  Verizon will reportedly announce the iPhone on Tuesday paired with its existing service plans, including an all-you-can-eat data plan, and become available to subscribers later this month.  —  A report published by Reuters credited …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive interview: Google's Matias Duarte talks Honeycomb, tablets, and the future of Android  —  We're not going to lie — we're pretty excited to bring this to you guys.  Here at CES 2011 we had a chance to sit down with Matias Duarte, the man behind webOS (as well as the Sidekick and Helio UIs) …
Discussion: FarukAt.e and pocketnow.com
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Android Addresses UI Shortcomings  —  It's amazing to see how much Android's user interface has changed ever since Matias Duarte was hired by Google to improve Android.  Matias has previously worked on Sidekick, Helio and Palm's WebOS, so Android is a perfect fit for him.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
No more restocking fees at Apple Stores starting January 11  —  Typically, when you return an opened product to an Apple Store you will be charged a 10% restocking fee.  Well, come Tuesday, this will all be in the past as Apple is cutting restocking fees from their retail chain.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Tablets at CES 2011: Honeycomb, Windows 7, and all the rest  —  It's been raining tablets here at CES 2011.  No seriously, it as if the sky has opened up in Vegas and dropped touchscreen slabs with Android and Windows 7 operating systems on our heads.  It's been nearly impossible to keep track …
Discussion: mocoNews
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple AirPlay devices set to explode in 2011  —  Although DLNA may have had a significant head start, the streaming media standard available on more than 9,000 devices is about to be challenged in a very big way by Apple's upstart AirPlay technology.  At least it will be if Jordan Watters …
Discussion: MacStories
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Love Affair Between Steve Jobs and Pablo Picasso  —  It looks like the modern Mac icon—which was originally created in 1997 and it's the current Finder's icon—was inspired by Picasso 1934's Two Characters.  It's likely a coincidence, but it wouldn't surprise me.  Apple and Picasso go way back:
Thanks:asadmubeen
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
WordPress.com growing fast.  Over 6 million new blogs in 2010, pageviews up 53%  —  Automattic's WordPress.com, the commercially run leg of the popular blogging platform is growing incredibly fast, according to its latest statistics.  —  Automattic tells us that it has seen over 6 million …
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com
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: CloudAve and RazorianFly
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Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Public Offering Said to Be Unlikely for Zynga This Year  —  Though Facebook is indicating it will go public next year, one of its biggest partners does not want to take the plunge — at least not yet.  —  Zynga, the maker of online games like FarmVille and CityVille that are popular on Facebook …
Discussion: SAI
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile Smartphones to Head Down Market  —  T-Mobile USA is aggressively heading down market with its smartphone business, a move that could put further pressure on prices in what has been one of the wireless industry's most lucrative product categories in years.
 
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Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Intuit takes a swipe at Square
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple launching personal setup for Macs at Apple Stores
Discussion: MacStories and iClarified
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Stopping illegal file sharing a low priority for DOJ?
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Understanding bufferbloat and the network buffer arms race
Discussion: ongoing
Paul Ford / Ftrain:
The Web Is a Customer Service Medium
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko Launches Spam Clock To Keep Pressure On Google
Discussion: Marksonland and FM Blog
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
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 Earlier Items: 
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Say No to Government Regulation of Search Engines
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
Navigating the Airfare Maze Online
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Kenmore shows off smartphone / tablet-connected appliances at CES (hands-on)
Discussion: Productopia
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook will NOT end on March 15th.  Hoax news story spreads like wildfire
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows on ARM is a big deal, but it's not enough to win at tablets
Discussion: ThinkMobile
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Issa bill would provide green cards for up to 55,000 workers
Thanks:stiffjab