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12:55 PM ET, January 10, 2011

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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 …
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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.
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Facebook Wins Relatively Few Friends in Japan  —  TOKYO — Mark Zuckerberg.  Who?  —  Mr. Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old Facebook chief executive and co-founder, may be the man of the moment in the United States and much of the rest of the online world.  But here in Japan …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Myspace Plans to Lay Off 550 to 600 Employees Tomorrow  —  Myspace, which has been struggling to revitalize itself, is expected to lay off 550 to 600 of its staff of just over 1,000 tomorrow, according to several sources.  —  NetworkEffect first reported news of the large-scale cuts at the end of December.
New York Times:
1986 Privacy Law Is Outrun by the Web  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Concerned by the wave of requests for customer data from law enforcement agencies, Google last year set up an online tool showing the frequency of these requests in various countries.  In the first half of 2010, it counted more than 4,200 in the United States.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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: Google Watch, FarukAt.e and AndroidGuys
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Android Addresses UI Shortcomings
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.
DigiTimes:
Motorola expected to ship 700,000-800,000 Xoom tablet PCs in 1Q11  —  Motorola, with assistance from Google, has showcased its new Android 3.0-based Xoom tablet PC and has placed orders for about 700,000-800,000 units with four color options for the first quarter of 2011, according to sources from upstream component makers.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Klout Lands $8.5 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Greycroft To Measure Social Influence  —  Klout, a startup that measures influence on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, has raised $8.5 million in new funding led by the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer recently launched sFund with participation from Greycroft Partners.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple follows AT&T, drops official US iPhone 3GS price to $49  —  Apple has quietly dropped the price of its entry-level 8GB iPhone 3GS to $49 with a new two-year contract with AT&T, matching the new low price that last week was offered exclusively by the carrier.
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Twitter endorsements face OFT clampdown  —  Watchdog says online companies who did not disclose paid-for promotions by celebrities and bloggers were deceptive  —  How does a celebrity declare their affiliations to certain brands in fewer than 140 characters?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Jam-packed CES draws more than 140,000 visitors to Vegas  —  The 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, known as CES, was a blow-out success with more than 140,000 attendees, according to preliminary figures released tonight.  —  The 140,000-figure is 10 percent above the 126,000 attendees for the January 2010 show.
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 …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
EMI, Music Labels Rejected by High Court in Appeal of Song-Pricing Lawsuit  —  The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the country's four largest music labels, refusing to block a suit accusing them of conspiring to fix Internet song prices.  —  Units of Sony Corp., Vivendi SA …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple launching personal setup for Macs at Apple Stores  —  Apple has had a personal setup service for iPhone purchases made at Apple retail stores for some time now.  Since Thanksgiving, Apple has offered the same personal setup service for iPad and iPod touch purchases.
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Intuit takes a swipe at Square  —  Intuit's GoPayment is going freemium to battle Jack Dorsey's Square, but is the mobile payment pie worth fighting over?  —  The Intuit GoPayment reader  —  Intuit, best known for its Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax accounting software …
Discussion: GigaOM
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
BBC:
Microsoft investigates ‘phantom’ Windows Phone 7 data  —  Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has promised updates to the operating system soon  —  Microsoft has told BBC News that it is investigating why some handsets running its Windows Phone 7 software are sending and receiving “phantom data”.
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Disney, Yahoo Look at Internet TV
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Stopping illegal file sharing a low priority for DOJ?
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile Smartphones to Head Down Market
Discussion: The Toybox Blog and FierceWireless
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Love Affair Between Steve Jobs and Pablo Picasso
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
WordPress.com growing fast.  Over 6 million new blogs in 2010, pageviews up 53%
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com
 Earlier Items: 
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Public Offering Said to Be Unlikely for Zynga This Year
Discussion: Fast Company and SAI
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
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Could this be the year we get to ditch the cable box?
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Say No to Government Regulation of Search Engines
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
Navigating the Airfare Maze Online
Discussion: Tnooz