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* Verizon reportedly plans to launch new tiered data plans on July 7: 2 GB for $30 a month, 5 GB, for $50 a month, and 10 GB for $80 a month for both 3G and 4G. (If users want to add a data tethering option, so their phones act as WiFi spots, tack on an additional $20 per month.) The change would only apply to new subscribers, though it's unknown whether current users will be able to keep their current plans. (Droid Life and Gizmodo)
* Remember yesterday's Bloomberg report insinuating that various Skype execs had been fired prior to the Microsoft deal to keep employee payouts as low as possible? The company's investors deny that claim and say the former execs will receive 75% of the payouts due to them. (GigaOm)
* At a meeting in Singapore, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a change allowing domain names with any combination of letters and numbers, including non-Latin characters. Applications for new domain names will be accepted starting January of next year. (CNN)
* Dropbox reportedly pushed out a code update over the weekend that temporarily took down the file-syncing service's password protection system, allowing users to login without the correct password for four hours before being detected. (Gizmodo)
* Ten companies besides Pandora that survived the dot-com bust and are ready to cash in on the new boom (or bubble). (Silicon Alley Insider)
* According to an SEC filing, Flickr and Hunch co-founder Caterina Fake is raising some $2 million for a new social-focused, consumer-facing social-focused startup with investors like True Ventures and Square COO Keith Rabois. (All Things D)
* Foursquare announced that there are now 10 million user accounts and that later this week, the location-focused social network will also pass the 750 million check-ins benchmark, with users now averaging 3 check-ins a day. Check out the chart below for a visual history of Foursquare. (TechCrunch)
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New Year, new price.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is seeing its first price drop next week ifVerizon (VZ) promotional materials found by Droid Life are authentic. I've been expecting drops since the Tab was launched and frankly surprised it has taken so long.
Samsung says it has shipped around 1.5 million Tabs since launch about three months ago which was up 50% on its original estimates.
I'd expect other US carriers to follow suit MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 1, 2011 10:29 PM ET
The next flagship Android phone might be coming to Verizon in just one month. According to one blog, we'll get the details next week.
The blog Droid-Life.com has been a PR machine for the upcoming Motorola (MOT) Droid X, which will be carried on Verizon (VZ). It has posted pictures, specs, and even videos. Today, they announced a launch date of July 19 and promise that Verizon will say something next MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 15, 2010 2:56 PM ET
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