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1:00 PM ET, January 20, 2011

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Arn / MacRumors:
FaceTime, Camera and PhotoBooth Icons Confirm Camera in iPad 2  —  Apple's developer release of iOS 4.3 Beta 2 has provided more visual evidence confirming that the next iPad will carry a front facing camera as well as the Apple Camera App and Photo Booth App.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Is About To Take Off: Number Porting Coming Soon For $20  —  We've been huge fans of Google Voice for quite a while now — it makes screening calls and managing multiple phones a breeze — but there's always been a huge thorn in its side: it didn't allow people to port their existing phone numbers over.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Billionaire Eduardo Saverin Leads Qwiki's $8 Million Round  —  TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki has closed its $8 million series A financing, which I first reported a couple weeks ago when it was midway through the round.  Now we know the investors, and it is a very interesting group.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:   Facebook Co-Founder Backs Start-Up
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to launch Flyer tablet PC in March  —  HTC plans to launch three tablet PCs in the first half of 2011 with the first model, the Flyer, to begin shipping in the US market in March, according to sources at handset component suppliers.  The Flyer, which looks like an enlarged version …
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.”
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
T-Mobile Confirms Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G  —  T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm confirmed today that 4G HSPA+ versions of the T-Mobile Sidekick and the Samsung Galaxy S phones will be “coming soon,” according to a slide presented at a press breakfast today.
Zokem:
In the US Market, iPhone Outperforms Other Mobile Platforms in User Loyalty by a Wide Margin, Android is Second, Blackberry Fourth  —  Zokem's industry leading Mobile Life panel in the US from the year 2010 reveals that iPhone scores 84% higher in loyalty ratings than the nearest competitor, Google Android.
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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Study: iPhone Most Satisfying To Use Smartphone, But Android Users Most Loyal
Discussion: IntoMobile
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
iOS 4.3 beta multitasking gestures demonstrated on iPhone, look like a handful (video)  —  If you came along for our most recent podcast you heard us discussing some of the new features uncovered in the iOS 4.3 beta, including multitouch gestures for multitasking like four-finger swipes to go between apps.
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple testing multitouch gestures for iPhone 4 internally?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Inventor Demos New P2P Live Streaming Protocol  —  Bram Cohen, the inventor of the BitTorrent protocol that revolutionized file-sharing, is finalizing the code for his new P2P-live streaming protocol.  With his efforts he aims to develop a piece of code superior to all other streaming solutions on the market today.
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Coming soon: A new way to hack into smartphones  —  By breaking into the phone's radio firmware, hackers can take control of iPhone or Android devices  —  More than three years after the iPhone was first hacked, computer security experts think they've found a whole new way to break into mobile phones …
Discussion: Switched and Network World
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Twitter Hits Nearly 200M Accounts, 110M Tweets Per Day, Focuses On Global Expansion  —  Twitter has reached nearly 200 million users registered accounts who post 110 million tweets per day as of the January 1, 2011, Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner tells me.
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Apple Sues Nokia in London Over Patent for Touch-Screen Scroll  —  Apple Inc., maker of the iPad tablet and iPhone, sued Nokia Oyj in the U.K. over claims that one of the Finnish company's European patents for scrolling technology on touch-screen handsets is invalid.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gets Sued For Letting Famous People Interact Online  —  Part of Twitter's appeal is that people can ‘connect’ and engage with celebrities online, even if most of them consider it to be, and treat it like, just another push marketing channel rather than a multi-dimensional communication system.
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:robinwauters
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
LivingSocial CEO: “No Widescale Problem” Of People Buying More Than One Amazon Gift Card  —  Update: Looks like this isn't actually an issue.  —  LivingSocial CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy just reached out to us with this explanation:  —  Just saw your post come through based on Martin Tobias' post …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Hits A Million Amazon Gift Cards Sold, $20 Million In Card Value
Fred / A VC:
Monetizing Mobile Audio  —  I'm going to the gym in a few minutes.  I'll bring my android and stream some music while I'm on the treadmill.  Maybe I'll listen to my soundcloud dropbox, or maybe I'll check out the popular tracks on hypem, or maybe I'll listen to some fredwilson.fm.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Kongregate Exile Raises Questions About the Android Market  —  UPDATED.  Flash-based game site Kongregrate found itself excluded from the Android Market today, but it's still trying to figure out whether its exile is going to be permanent and if so, why it's being singled out.
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM, mocoNews and Geek.com
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Kongregate CEO Jim Greer on getting pulled from the Android Market
Mobile Review:
Preview of Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 (MT15i/Halon) GSM/UMTS Phone  —  Sony Ericsson has made some interesting phones in the recent past and some of them enjoyed at least acceptable sales.  However, some of the models had disadvantages that were not justified taking into account their price …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Is Launching A Flipboard-Killer, “Editions”  —  AOL is getting ready to launch its own iPad magazine called “Editions.”  —  The tag line for the magazine is “The Magazine That Reads You.”  —  We don't know much about it, but it sounds like it will be an app like Flipboard, using your interests to figure out what you like.
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 …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
HP proposes new probe into Hurd's departure  —  Hewlett-Packard is ready to launch an “independent” investigation into former CEO Mark Hurd's departure from the company.  —  The probe would investigate the circumstances of Hurd's resignation from HP and his separation agreement with the company …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Leads $600K Investment In LawPivot, A Quora For Startup Legal Advice  —  There's no doubt that the success of startups like Quora have propelled the Q&A space into the spotlight.  And there seems to be room for other niche Quora-like sites, such as enterprise-focsued Opzi …
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
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
How ‘Cyberlockers’ Became The Biggest Problem In Piracy  —  Since Napster exploded into the public consciousness when it was founded 12 years ago, the world of digital piracy has been associated with a particular type of software—"peer-to-peer" download services.  (Sometimes fairly, sometimes not.)
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Eric Schmidt: All of Google's Strategic Initiatives in 2011 are Mobile
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and SlashGear
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Samsung Targets E-Reader Market with Liquavista Acquisition
Discussion: GigaOM
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
The Gifts Project Unwraps - eBay & Index Ventures Inside
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Joost Video Network Becomes Stand-alone Business Unit
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
“Gamification”: A Growing Business to Invigorate Stale Websites
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dan Sung / Pocket-lint:
Wikipedian Jimmy Wales talks favourites, faults and the future
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Amazon to acquire LoveFilm, the ‘European Netflix’
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Threatening ICANN About .music; Claiming It Will Be Used To Infringe
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google's Niels Provos battles malware on the Web
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Startup Collecta Shuts Down Its Product, Starts Working on a New One
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Says
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Study: Google “Favors” Itself Only 19% Of The Time
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Cancels U.S. Launch of X7 Phone