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8:35 PM ET, January 19, 2011

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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.
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 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 …
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Hits A Million Amazon Gift Cards Sold, $20 Million In Card Value  —  Living Social has been offering $10 off any $20 Amazon purchase since 5am this morning and it's been a boon huge for the company, which Amazon has invested in.  Now the deal has just crossed over the one million mark, with 12 hours to go.
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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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Evan Blass / Pocketnow:
What Is the “HP Touchpad”?  —  Hewlett Packard has just filed …
Discussion: Engadget and SlashGear
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
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 …
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.
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
Avery Pennarun / apenwarr:
Moore's law and iPad-sized “retina displays”  —  Normally I don't bother to engage in Apple product speculation, but in this case, I have some actual knowledge (from a brief foray into working at a semiconductor company, some time ago) that might be interesting to share, and Apple is a good excuse.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and TiPb
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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.
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 …
John Cassidy / Rational Irrationality:
Goldman Vs. Apple: Who Generates the Highest Economic Return?  —  Contrary to appearances, I'm not obsessed with Goldman Sachs, and this will be my last post on the subject for a while.  But the Wall Street firm issued its latest profit report today, and I thought it would be interesting …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Flop Riles Goldman Clients  —  It was supposed to be Wall Street's hottest tech deal in years: the private offering of as much as $1.5 billion in shares of Facebook Inc. And it was a coup for the company's adviser, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the most envied firm on the Street.
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 …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Goatse Security trolls were after “max lols” in AT&T iPad hack  —  On Tuesday the FBI arrested and charged two men in their mid-20s for their involvement in last year's attack on AT&T servers that mined over 100,000 e-mail addresses from iPad 3G owners.  Andrew “weev” Auernheimer and Daniel …
Discussion: Tech Report
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Pulled iDOS app returns, update if you dare  —  The controversial iOS app that let users run an emulated version of the DOS prompt has returned to the App Store, more than two months since it was pulled by Apple.  —  The app, which reappeared earlier this morning, has come back missing one key feature …
Discussion: App Advice and Mashable
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Buoyed By PayPal's Growth, eBay Posts 24 Percent Increase In Profits  —  eBay just posted strong fourth quarter earnings, announcing that revenue for the fourth quarter ending in 2010 increased a 5% to $2.5 billion, or up 10% excluding Skype, compared to the same period of 2009 (eBay sold Skype in Q3 of 2009).
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: internetnews.com
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Washington Post Enters The Facebook Advertising Business  —  This week The Washington Post formally announced the launch of SocialCode, the latest company to enter the hot market of third-party Facebook advertising solutions.  —  The social network connection for The Washington Post is deep rooted.
Nick Zieminski / Reuters:
More tech workers get bonuses, pay raises: survey  —  (Reuters) - More U.S. technology and engineering workers got bonuses and pay raises last year than in 2009, but the pay hikes were tiny for professionals outside large corporations and Silicon Valley, according to a survey by Dice.com, part of online recruiter Dice Holdings Inc.
Daniel Yehuda / Google Lat Long Blog:
Let Your Hotpot Friends Help You Search on Google Maps  —  Most of us know lots of friends, each with very different areas of expertise when it comes to places to recommend.  With the recent launch of Hotpot, we made it easy for you to see your friends' ratings and reviews listed right inside search results.
 
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Career Factor: Microsoft's online reality show where IT meets the social web
Deutsche Welle:
Swiss ‘WikiLeaks’ banker fined for giving away secret client data
Discussion: BBC and HeraldSun
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Don't Read This While Driving: T-Mobile Launches Safe Driving App
AVG Blogs | J.R. Smith:
Kids are learning computer skills before life skills
Discussion: VentureBeat, Computerworld and TechEye
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Only 66% Use Twitter Profile Location Field as Intended, Says PARC Research Study
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Word Lens More Than Pays for Two Years of Bootstrapping With Its Impressive Launch
Macworld:
Apple COO Tim Cook on Android, Verizon, and more
Discussion: eWeek, TechSpot and Computerworld
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Playboy Magazine coming to iPad in its uncensored form in March …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Firms to buy 10 million tablets in 2011: Deloitte
Loic Le Meur / Telegraph:
Start-Up 100: Why I ditched Europe for Silicon Valley
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Said to Plan Networked Portable Game Player, Smartphones