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5:20 PM ET, January 25, 2011

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Robert Dong / Google Voice Blog:
Port your existing mobile number to Google Voice  —  867-5309 could be one of the most iconic phone numbers of all time, but it's not the only number that a lot of us remember by heart.  Many of us have a phone number that we've shared with family, friends, and contacts over the years and are reluctant to let go.
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Vlad Bobleanta / Download Squad:
Google Voice now lets you port your existing phone number for $20
Discussion: Ars Technica
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   My Life With Google Voice Number Porting, Six Months In
Roger Cheng / Digits:
Verizon iPhone: $30 Unlimited Data (for Now)  —  It's official: Verizon is going to offer iPhone buyers a $30 unlimited data plan.  The carrier's heir apparent and chief operating officer, Lowell McAdam, told us the news ahead of the company's meeting with investors.  —  “I'm not going to shoot myself in the foot,” he said.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Apple Plans Service That Lets IPhone Users Pay With Handsets  —  Apple Inc. plans to introduce services that would let customers use its iPhone and iPad computer to make purchases, said Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group.  —  The services are based on …
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SayNow:
Google acquires SayNow, Inc.  —  We are thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Google.  —  Since 2005, we've explored fun and entertaining ways for people to talk with each other.  Through the web, smartphones, and even land lines, our products brought communities together through the power of voice.
Saulius Dailide / Pixelmator | Weblog:
Pixelmator Grosses $1 Million on the Mac App Store  —  I am ecstatic to announce that Pixelmator grossed a gigantic $1 million on the Mac App Store.  And that happened in only 20 short days.  —  What is even better is that the app is getting rave reviews on the Mac App Store …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Facebook CTO Bret Taylor: “Mobile is the primary focus for our platform this year.”  —  If any consensus emerged around the state and health of the Facebook platform, it was that the future of it is clearly on mobile devices.  —  Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor said today …
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Will.i.am named Intel's director of creative innovation  —  Will.i.am is joining Intel as its director of creative innovation.  —  The world's largest computer chip manufacturer announced the music producer and frontman for the Black Eyed Peas will contribute to the company by way of music …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Facebook Acquires Mobile Advertising Startup Rel8tion  —  Facebook has acquired Rel8tion and the employees of the nine month-old Seattle-based startup, which has been working under the radar to develop a hyper-local mobile advertising service.  —  Facebook confirmed the acquisition in a statement …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Acquire fflick For $10 Million  —  Back in August we wrote about a neat service called fflick that looked to harness Twitter to power a movie sentiment and recommendation engine, with an added dash of colorful style.  Now the service is getting two big thumbs up from Google …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Yahoo's Fourth Quarter “Encouraging,” Says CEO; Street Says “Eh”  —  Investors hoping Yahoo might benefit from the same surge in online display advertising spending that drove Google to its recent big quarter are in luck-except for the big-quarter part: Posting fourth-quarter earnings today …
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo Down 4% As Q4 Beats, Q1 View Misses
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing the Amazon Simple Email Service  —  Like most technical endeavors, sending email is a lot harder than it looks!  The simple solutions that are entirely adequate when you have to send a couple of dozen daily emails simply don't work when you need to send out hundreds, thousands …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Sequoia Capital raises more than $1.3 billion  —  Sequoia Capital has busted through the $1 billion target it set for its latest fund, according to a new regulatory filing.  —  The vehicle, named Sequoia Capital 2010, has secured more than $1.35 billion in capital commitments (beginning last March).
Discussion: The Next Web
37signals Product Blog:
We'll be retiring our support of OpenID on May 1  —  We first jumped on the OpenID bandwagon back in 2007 when it was seen as a promising way to make logging into websites simpler.  What we've learned over the past three years is that it didn't actually make anything any simpler for the vast majority of our customers.
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
Massive Egyptian Protests Powered by YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Twitpic [Pics, Video]  —  Egyptian pro-democracy protesters are embracing Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Twitpic.  The pictures and video making it to the internet are, in a word, stunning.  —  Massive street protests in Egypt …
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google will hire at least 6,000 workers ‘across the board’ in 2011  —  Extending a surge that began last year and that economists said could be a positive sign for the Bay Area's economy, Google says 2011 will be its largest hiring year ever, plans that would mean the Internet giant will add more than 6,000 new workers this year.
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Facebook Turns the ‘Like’ Into Its Newest Ad  —  Say Something About a Brand?  It Could End Up as an Ad in Your Friends' Feeds  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — The ubiquitous “like” is currency for brands, and Facebook is giving them a new way to collect: an ad unit that shows …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Developers Report Increased Interest in Android, Tablets for 2011  —  The average developer is now building for four different devices, a joint survey from app development firm Appcelerator and analyst firm IDC has revealed.  Of those multiple devices, building apps for Android tablets …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt expects another 10 years at Google  —  (Reuters) - Outgoing Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday he expected to spend another 10 years at Google, after announcing his surprise handover last week to co-founder Larry Page.  —  Schmidt, who oversaw the company's meteoric rise …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Metro PCS follows Verizon in suing FCC to overturn net neutrality rules  —  Wireless service operator MetroPCS said Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.  The suit was filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD11: James Murdoch On The Daily, Paywalls, Google And Apple  —  James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and currently Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, Europe and Asia, was interviewed on stage at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany.  —  Murdoch touched on everything …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Ongo: Aggregation So Good, You'll Pay for It.  (Maybe.)  —  Say “aggregation” to most newspaper publishers and what they hear is “content stealing.”  But a new aggregator launching today promises to put some money back in the pockets of publishers by catering exclusively to news junkies who will pay for a better reading experience.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Why The Verizon iPhone Is Going To Be Huge: Only 26% Of Verizon Subscribers Have Smartphones  —  Apple probably would have been better off if it had started selling the iPhone at Verizon a year ago, as it probably would have stifled Google Android from becoming such a strong competitor.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Huawei wins restraining order against Motorola
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
TI admits to Nvidia tablet pressure
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Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
More codenames provide clues to planned Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV blitz
Discussion: ZDNet and SlashGear
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP's New Cloud Products Offer a Flashback to 2009
Nick Farrell / TechEye:
Obama surrenders to Big Content
Discussion: Threat Level and Bloomberg
Jared Newman / PC World:
The State of Windows 8  —  Beneath a thin surface layer …