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6:05 AM ET, January 26, 2011

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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Verizon's iPhone hot spot to cost $20 a month  —  Using Verizon's forthcoming iPhone as a mobile hot spot is going to cost subscribers $20 a month—that's on top of the required data and voice plans subscribers will already be paying for.  —  The fee, which is in line with what Verizon charges …
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David Chartier / Macworld:
Verizon dishes on iPhone hotspot pricing
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.
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Google Deal for SayNow to Make Google Voice More Interesting  —  I've been a Google Voice user since before it was even called Google Voice.  Back in 2007, I was fascinated by the potential of GrandCentral-the service Google acquired and transformed into Google Voice.
Discussion: Mobilized and WebProNews
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Unhappy With Slow Growth Of Android App Purchases, Google Talks 2011 Roadmap  —  Google's Android platform manager Eric Chu knows that though the number of Android smartphone users may be rising quickly, the number of purchases of paid apps in the Android Market is not doing nearly as well.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
My Life With Google Voice Number Porting, Six Months In  —  Finally, anyone can port their mobile phone number to Google Voice.  I've been doing so for the past six months.  Thinking about making the jump?  Here's my experience, which is largely good.  Plus, some thoughts on how this gives Android …
Discussion: The Apple Core Blog, Inquirer and eWeek
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Robert Dong / Google Voice Blog:
Port your existing mobile number to Google Voice
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Bill Rigby / Reuters:
A year later, Microsoft picture looks very different  —  (Reuters) - A year ago, Microsoft Corp blew away Wall Street's earnings forecasts with blistering sales of its new Windows 7 operating system and trumpeted optimism about the recovery in tech spending.
Discussion: TechEye and AppleInsider
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Did Facebook just hint at its answer to Groupon?  —  Facebook just revealed that it's testing a new feature called “Buy with Friends” for its site, which will allow users to share their deals on virtual goods — and I'm starting to wonder whether Facebook could bring something similar to non-virtual deals.
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook To Launch Social Group-Buying Feature
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Obama plays up technology's value  —  The promise of technology heavily underpinned President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as he emphasized the importance of clean tech, broadband and science education in achieving his goal to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”
Discussion: Mashable!, Reuters and Computerworld
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Obama's Five Year Tech Plan: High Speed Wireless Internet for 98% of Americans
Discussion: Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gmail Finally Appeases The Tab Addicts With A Dynamic Unread Count Favicon  —  I have a confession to make: I'm completely and utterly addicted to browser tabs.  It's a sickness.  I might have 15 or 20 or more open in each window at any given time.  That's why I love Chrome.
Los Angeles Times:
Google leases office complex in Venice  —  The Internet search giant will take over more than 100,000 square feet in three buildings, including one designed by Frank Gehry.  Its lease coincides with an announcement that it would hire more than 6,000 workers this year.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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 …
Fred / A VC:
Building Better Social Graphs (continued)  —  I've been thinking for a while now that there will not be one social graph to rule them all (Facebook) but that we will eventually have a multitude of web/mobile services in our lives, each with a social graph we curate specifically for that service.
Discussion: Victus Spiritus
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Twitter Tests Self-Serve Ad Platform  —  Twitter has begun testing a self-serve ad platform with advertisers and agencies it plans to roll out in the first half of this year, and MediaPost got a glimpse.  —  Clix Marketing Founder David Szetela began supporting a handful of clients this week.
Discussion: MediaMemo and SAI
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone and iPad: Fine Young Cannibals?  —  The iPad and iPhone came, saw and conquered new markets.  But since the products launched the question on every analyst's mind has been on how much have these products “cannibalized” their brethren the iPod and the Mac.
David / TmoNews:
LG G-Slate, Dell Streak 7, Vibrant 4G Release Dates Confirmed  —  So this is the very first look we've had at the LG G-Slate release date which looks to be dropping on March 23rd, a date which jives with our late March info from before.  Not to be outdone is the Dell Streak 7 which will release …
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 …
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Adam Maddox / @adammaddox:   1k email send price roundup: Amazon #AWS=$0.1 (+data), #SendGrid=$1.6, #PostMarkApp=$1.5, #MailChimp=$10 (better value on subscriber plan)
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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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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Discussion: The Business Insider
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 Earlier Items: 
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Superstar Marc Bodnick leaving Yelp, Facebook investor Elevation Partners
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Sequoia Capital raises more than $1.3 billion
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Will.i.am named Intel's director of creative innovation
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt expects another 10 years at Google
37signals Product Blog:
We'll be retiring our support of OpenID on May 1