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8:55 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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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 …
Vlad Bobleanta / Download Squad:
Google Voice now lets you port your existing phone number for $20
Discussion: Ars Technica
David Chartier / Macworld:
Verizon dishes on iPhone hotspot pricing  —  Earlier on Tuesday, Verizon announced that its unlimited data plan will stick around for a little while after the iPhone's launch.  Speaking to Macworld later in the day, Verizon Wireless's Executive Director of Corporate Communications, Brenda Raney …
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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.
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
Discussion: Mobilized
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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)
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo Down 4% As Q4 Beats, Q1 View Misses (Correction)  —  Shares of Yahoo! (YHOO) are down 59 cents, or 4%, at $15.43 after the company this afternoon reported Q4 revenue and profit ahead of analysts' estimates, but forecast the current quarter's revenue well below expectations.
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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 …
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Superstar Marc Bodnick leaving Yelp, Facebook investor Elevation Partners  —  One of the most-watched private-equity partnerships in Silicon Valley is coming apart.  —  Marc Bodnick, a cofounder of Elevation Partners, is planning to leave, according to a source close to the firm.
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: VentureBeat and PE Hub Blog
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 …
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.
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.
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: Pulse2 and Guardian
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 …
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.
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.
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook To Launch Social Group-Buying Feature  —  Facebook plans to start testing a new feature called “Buy With Friends”, Facebook head of commerce product marketing Deb Liu said on stage at the Inside Social Apps Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.  Liu said the new feature would allow users …
Discussion: VentureBeat and NetworkEffect
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
State of the Union address goes Web 2.0  —  White House uses Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to communicate with public  —  Computerworld - The White House will be using Web 2.0 technology to reach out to Americans during and after the president's State of the Union address tonight.
 
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
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Chris Oldroyd / TiPb:
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Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
HP Trademarking ‘HP Duopad,’ ‘HP Touchslate,’ ‘HP Touchcanvas’
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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DOJ pressed for details on Internet tracking plan
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
TI admits to Nvidia tablet pressure
Discussion: SlashGear and IntoMobile
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Vows to Be ‘Aggressive Bidder’ for HBO Content