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11:50 PM ET, January 19, 2011

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Mark Heynen / Facebook Blog:
A Better Mobile Experience for More People  —  We want people to have a great mobile experience no matter what type of phone they carry.  Smartphones have offered better features for sharing with friends but aren't used by most people around the world.  —  Today, we're launching a new mobile app …
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:   Facebook brings mobile app to non-smartphones
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Leaked: New ATT text messaging plans in preparation for Verizon iPhone  —  AT&T customers, get ready for new text messaging rates to go into effect starting next week.  As the Verizon iPhone approaches, the company is looking to make their plans look a bit more attractive, and not so different from what Verizon will be offering.
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Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Leaked Image Shows AT&T is Changing Messaging Plans on January 23rd
Discussion: Gear Live and Gizmodo Australia
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google Voice now lets you port your own phone number  —  We'd be lying if we said we hadn't been waiting on this feature since the service's debut.  As one reader just notified us (and verified by a number of staffers), Google Voice now lets you port your own phone number into its system …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo and The Next Web
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Hits A Million Amazon Gift Cards Sold, $20 Million In Card Value  —  LivingSocial has been offering $10 off any $20 Amazon purchase since 5 am this morning and it's been a boon huge for the daily deals company, which Amazon has astutely invested $175 million in.
Discussion: BetaNews
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft nails down Windows Phone 7 data-uploading issue  —  A third-party application is mostly responsible for a Windows Phone 7 issue that has caused, for some users, megabytes of mysterious data uploading over 3G, Microsoft said today.  —  Last week, Microsoft said it was investigating claims …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple to fight Facebook with iOS 5 and Media Stream?  —  Ping was Apple's first attempt at the social networking but it pales in comparison to what they have coming.  Hidden deep in the iOS 4.3 file system is a new folder titled “Media Stream.”  Within that folder is some information about “Photo Streaming.”
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Cancels U.S. Launch of X7 Phone  —  In another setback for Nokia Corp., the Finnish mobile-phone giant has canceled the U.S. release of a smartphone that was slated to launch exclusively this year with AT&T Inc., people familiar with the situation said.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: The bloggers called it, the Street blew it  —  In the quarterly battle between outsiders and the insiders, it's the amateurs by a mile.  Amateurs in blue, pros in peach.  This one wasn't even close.  In our ranking of the best and worst Apple (AAPL) analysts for Q1 2011 …
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's ‘Underdog’ Analysts Outperform Wall Street From Helsinki, Caracas
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HP / Palm tablet to feature Touchstone dock, cloud storage, Beats audio and Tap-to-Share smartphone integration  —  Now that the kitty's out of the gemstone bag, we're slowly starting to connect the dots that obscure the details of Palm's soon to be announced “Topaz” and “Opal” tablets.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Google gins search formula to favor its own services  —  Gmail, Maps get free ride  —  A noted Google-watcher has assembled a convincing argument that the site's search results highly favor Google-owned services, despite repeated company claims that they are algorithmically generated and never manipulated.
Discussion: Ben Edelman
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Study: Google “Favors” Itself Only 19% Of The Time
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Startup Collecta Shuts Down Its Product, Starts Working on a New One  —  Collecta, a real-time search engine that launched in June 2009, has quietly shuttered its main product; the team is returning “back into the woodshed,” in the words of CEO Gerry Campbell, to work on new ideas and new directions.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In The Race To 10 Billion Downloads, Apple Uncovers The Top All-Time Apps  —  If you had to guess what the top downloaded iOS app of all time was, what would you say?  You'll probably get it.  It's an obvious one.  It's Facebook.  Number two is fairly easy too: Pandora.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
One Down: Spotify Signs Sony to U.S. Deal  —  This doesn't get them into the States, but it gets them a lot closer: Music service Spotify has finally signed with Sony for a U.S. distribution deal.  Multiple sources tell me the deal, which has been very close since last fall, is now closed.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, The Next Web and Mashable
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Says  —  E-mails between a client and attorney are no longer considered privileged and confidential if the client writes the messages from a work e-mail account, a California court of appeals has ruled.
Tricia Duryee / All Things Digital:
Nintendo's 3DS on Sale March 27 for $250, Boasting iPhone-Like Features  —  Nintendo announced the pricing and release date today for the 3DS, which it hopes will rejuvenate sales as its other hardware platforms start aging.  —  The 3DS will be available in the U.S. on March 27 for a competitively priced $249.99.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Internet Explorer 9 RC to include ActiveX filtering  —  Microsoft's forthcoming Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate build will introduce an important new filtering feature, WinRumors has learned.  —  According to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, the software giant is currently building copies …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iOS 4.3 beta 2 released, iPad multitasking gestures just a developer preview  —  Apple just dropped iOS 4.3 beta 2 on world, and with it a big sad bomb: those nifty iPad multitasking gestures we discovered in beta 1 won't be enabled when 4.3 ships to customers.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Best Buy To Talk You Out Of Verizon iPhone (Which They Won't Have) With A BGR Blog Post  —  We're now just three weeks away from the launch of the iPhone on Verizon's network (or two weeks if you're already a Verizon customer).  There's no question it's going to be a massive seller.
Erik Sherman / BNET:
iPhones Make Far More Margin — 70% — Than Analysts and Apple Watchers Think  —  As the markets were more than impressed with the record revenue and profit from Apple (AAPL), it was easy to overlook an interesting tidbit during the earnings call.  A single number that CFO Peter Oppenheimer …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Vudu HD streaming video lands on Boxee Box, Netflix coming soon  —  Boxee Box owners (all two of you) rejoice!  As promised, Boxee is bringing Vudu's extensive library of streaming high-definition movies to its set-top box in an update today.  —  Additionally, the company says Netflix support …
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Facebook Spars with Sophos over Security  —  Sophos and Facebook argue about the extent of the malware threat on the social network.  —  Facebook is sparring with security firm Sophos over a threat report touching on malware on social networks.  —  In a report looking back (PDF) on 2010 …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google's Niels Provos battles malware on the Web
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Regulating Google's results?  Law prof calls “search neutrality” incoherent
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm Invests $3 Million In Q&A Service ChaCha
Discussion: paidContent and Mashable!
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Career Factor: Microsoft's online reality show where IT meets the social web
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Career Factor
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Washington Post Enters The Facebook Advertising Business
Daniel Yehuda / Google Lat Long Blog:
Let Your Hotpot Friends Help You Search on Google Maps
Discussion: eWeek
Nick Zieminski / Reuters:
More tech workers get bonuses, pay raises: survey
 Earlier Items: 
John Cassidy / Rational Irrationality:
Goldman Vs. Apple: Who Generates the Highest Economic Return?
Discussion: MediaPost
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Goatse Security trolls were after “max lols” in AT&T iPad hack
Discussion: Tech Report and Examiner
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Pulled iDOS app returns, update if you dare
Discussion: App Advice and Mashable!
Avery Pennarun / apenwarr:
Moore's law and iPad-sized “retina displays”
Discussion: TiPb, Daring Fireball and MacStories