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2:50 PM ET, January 20, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Taps Twitter For Faster Headlines, Pithy Context  —  It's been no secret that for a number of years now, quite a few posts you see on this site and others come directly as a result of a tweet from someone.  It usually works like this: someone tweets out a bit of information either …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Tweets can now become Techmeme headlines or discussion.  So tweet away.  —  For as long as newsmakers have used Twitter, tweets have broken news stories.  And yet for Techmeme, linking directly to tweets was never imperative - after all most newsworthy tweets are blogged within minutes, moreover with helpful context.
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.
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and VatorNews
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Co-Founder Backs Start-Up
Discussion: Fast Company
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.
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Bloomberg:
T-Mobile USA Seeks $3 Billion Sales Growth, Mulls Partnerships on Spectrum
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.
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 …
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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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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Eric Schmidt: All of Google's Strategic Initiatives in 2011 are Mobile  —  In the latest Harvard Business Review, guest contributor Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, writes about the company's plans for the coming year, saying “as I think about Google's strategic initiatives in 2011, I realize they're all about mobile.”
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
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.”
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Considers Integrating a Display into their Magic Mouse  —  On January 20, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's Magic Mouse.  Apple is working on combining the Magic Mouse's touch surface …
Kyle / iFixit Blog:
Apple's Diabolical Plan to Screw Your iPhone  —  Expecting to be one of the first people in the world to buy the iPhone 4, I was dispatched to Japan for its release last June.  Much to the dismay of thousands of Japanese with similar intentions, my mission was thwarted …
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.
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.
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's IPO to Take Place Next Week  —  According to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, Demand Media will finally launch its public offering later next week, after it completes its road show for investors.  —  Once it has its IPO, which is being led by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley …
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.
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.
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
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
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 …
 
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YouTube Blog:
New YouTube homepage launches to all users
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Trapster Hacked: 10 Million Mobile Users Potentially Affected
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
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Amazon to acquire LoveFilm, the ‘European Netflix’
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Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Motorola employee confirms locked bootloaders — and bad attitude
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Threatening ICANN About .music; Claiming It Will Be Used To Infringe
Discussion: p2pnet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Leads $600K Investment In LawPivot, A Quora For Startup Legal Advice
Discussion: alarm:clock
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Startup Collecta Shuts Down Its Product, Starts Working on a New One
Discussion: paidContent
Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Leaked Image Shows AT&T is Changing Messaging Plans on January 23rd
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
One Down: Spotify Signs Sony to U.S. Deal
Mark Heynen / Facebook Blog:
A Better Mobile Experience for More People