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Data-retention planVerizon's $30 a month unlimited data plan is too good to be permanently true, Facebook will compete with Groupon via Buy With Friends, and the DOJ's proposed data retention plan is quite vague.
-It's Wednesday, January 26th. I'm Natali Morris and it's time to get Loaded. The US Department of Justice is pushing for new laws that would require ISPs to retain data about users for a specified amount of time. Details about how this would work are remarkably scarce. We don't know who would be required to retain data, for how long, and what kind of information this would even include. While law enforcement does need a way to track illicit behavior online, this lack of information makes us a little uneasy. The DOJ says it will get right on that. So, about that Verizon iPhone unlimited data plan, apparently, it is a little too good to be true. It turns out that the Verizon iPhone will launch with the $30 plan and move to a tiered plan, so, don't get too excited. Just get your phone early and hope that your grandfather didn't. And about that iPhone tethering, we have an idea of how much that will cost. Verizon has said that it will cost an extra $20 per month on top of your data plan. You'll get a 2 gig allowance and if you go over that, you will be charged an extra $20 per gigabyte. That may seem like a lot but consider the cost of a MiFi portable hotspot. This is significantly cheaper than that if you are someone who likes to tether. Amazon may want to deliver your groceries. Amazon has dabbled off and on throughout the years in grocery delivery. The Financial Times reports that they're ready to go again after a trial in Washington State. Amazon's service is called AmazonFresh. One of the perks is that there's no minimum purchase or a delivery fee. Facebook may be looking to compete with Groupon with a group discount service. The feature is called "Buy With Friends." It would allow you to find discounts and take advantage of them if a number of your friends unlock the same deal. Twitter is being blocked in Egypt. This is a new block resulting from a violent protest of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. Protestors had taken to Twitter to promote their cause, which is why they government silenced the site. Seeing that everything is in 3D these days, you might think the Super Bowl would be, too. You would be wrong. Fox Sports has confirmed that they will not broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl in 3D. About 1 million 3D TVs were sold last year, which is really not enough to go through all the trouble of broadcasting in 3D. After all, it is a costly process. Nevertheless, ESPN's 3D channel will have round-the-clock sports in 3D starting February 14th. And finally, the upcoming MLB 11 game from Sony will have a mode designed specifically for people with disabilities. Instead of requiring players to push multiple combinations of buttons, it requires them to only use 1 button for everything from throwing to batting. This mode is a result of a 25-year-old baseball fan with cerebral palsy. His name is Hans Smith and he wrote to Sony telling them about his love of the game. Sony created the mode with him in mind and named it after his organization, the Association for Disabled Virtual Athletes. The game comes out in March on the PS3. That's your news of the day. If you want more about any of our stories, visit cnet.com/loaded. I'll see you tomorrow. I'm Natali Morris for CNET and you've just been Loaded.