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3:45 AM ET, January 20, 2011

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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google Voice now lets you port your own phone number (update: option disappears)  —  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 …
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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.
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable
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
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.”
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Deep Green Crystals and Gearlog
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.
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Deagol's AAPL Model, asymco and Fortune
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 and Beyond Search
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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.
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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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple testing multitouch gestures for iPhone 4 internally?  —  One of our Apple sources has just sent us over a couple screenshots from what we're told is an internal testing iPhone 4.  They are interesting because it looks like Apple is testing multitouch gestures on the iPhone in addition to the iPad.
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.
Oliver Chiang / Forbes:
Twitter Hits Nearly 200M Users, 110M Tweets Per Day, Focuses On Global Expansion  —  Twitter has reached nearly 200 million users who post 110 million tweets per day as of the January 1, 2011, Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner tells me.  That's up from 190 million users as of June 2010 …
Discussion: Seoul Space
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 …
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Kongregate CEO Jim Greer on getting pulled from the Android Market  —  Kongregate CEO Jim Greer called Google's swift removal of his company's Kongregate Arcade app from the Android Marketplace “surprising.”  Released on the morning of January 19, the app was pulled by that evening.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Threatening ICANN About .music; Claiming It Will Be Used To Infringe
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
Erik Sherman / BNET:
iPhones Make Far More Margin — 70% — Than Analysts and Apple Watchers Think
Discussion: IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Best Buy To Talk You Out Of Verizon iPhone (Which They Won't Have) …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Internet Explorer 9 RC to include ActiveX filtering
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Goatse Security trolls were after “max lols” in AT&T iPad hack
Discussion: Tech Report
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Pulled iDOS app returns, update if you dare
Discussion: App Advice and Mashable!
Tricia Duryee / All Things Digital:
Nintendo's 3DS on Sale March 27 for $250, Boasting iPhone-Like Features