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6:25 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
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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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
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: IntoMobile, Mobilized and WebProNews
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
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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
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 …
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.
Discussion: SAI
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
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
O2 launches free Wi-Fi service  —  Mobile operator O2 to offer free public internet hotspots across the UK, even to non-customers  —  O2 launches its free nationwide Wi-Fi broadband network today, pitting the UK's largest mobile operator head-to-head with rivals including BT and The Cloud.
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
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“Let The Hacking Begin” Declares Person Who Hacked Zuckerberg's Facebook Fan Page  —  Earlier today, a strange message appeared on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's fan page.  It read as follows: … Who wrote such an odd and seemingly drunken message?  Well, if you believe the page, Zuckerberg himself did.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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).
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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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.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
India's Largest Online Couponing Site, SnapDeal, Raises $12 Million (TCTV)
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
LinkedIn Pushes Ad Tools
Discussion: SAI
Alex Pham / Money & Company:
Demand Media IPO priced at $17, above expectations
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
US Twitter Users Spending More Time Than Ever On Twitter.com, Report Says
Discussion: Marketing Forward and Forbes
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nexus S emerges in white attire, but it only covers its rear
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
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Discussion: blog plz, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Superstar Marc Bodnick leaving Yelp, Facebook investor Elevation Partners
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Full specs of HTC Flyer revealed
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt expects another 10 years at Google
37signals Product Blog:
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AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing the Amazon Simple Email Service