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8:55 PM ET, December 26, 2010

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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
2011 will be the year Android explodes  —  (Not this kind of smartphone growth.)  Image by @boetter via Flickr  —  Ever-improving networks and a big hardware announcement that will send handset prices plummeting both point to smartphone growth in 2011 that could totally eclipse anything we've seen before.
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
The $85 Smartphone and the imminent extinction of non-smartphones  —  In a recent article I made the claim: … I also showed how pricing has evolved over the last three years.  —  Two days later an article in Fortune's Google24/7 blog highlighted the possible price points of low-end smartphones:
Fred / A VC:
The Smartphone Explosion  —  I've been dipping around the edges of this story with recent blog posts, but Seth Weintraub takes it a step further in this post in Fortune.  Next year is likely to be the year that smartphones emerge as the default mobile device platform around the world …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Fred Wilson and Fortune are right about Android vs iOS (and …
Thanks:scobleizer
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
What Happens When You Steal a Hacker's Computer  —  Meet Melvin Guzman.  He somehow ended up with a Mac stolen from Zoz, a rather crafty hacker who happens to love that computer “like his firstborn.”  Here's a hilarious account of what happened—complete with some poorly censored nudity.
Discussion: Hack a Day, Examiner, Pulse2 and Cult of Mac
New York Times:
Banks and WikiLeaks  —  The whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks has not been convicted of a crime.  The Justice Department has not even pressed charges over its disclosure of confidential State Department communications.  Nonetheless, the financial industry is trying to shut it down.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Scripting News
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why 2011 isn't 1995 for Apple  —  In 1995 I remember waiting in lines to buy Windows 95.  It effectively ended the design lead Apple had for 11 years in personal computers.  From then on Microsoft had both the thought leadership and the market share.  Apple ended up with less than 10% market share.
Discussion: MacStories
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Daniel Balsam hates spam.  Most everybody does, of course.  But he has acted on his hate as few have, going far beyond simply hitting the delete button.  He sues them.  —  Eight years ago, Balsam was working as a marketer …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Cambridge university refuses to censor student's thesis on chip-and-PIN vulnerabilities  —  After the UK banking trade association wrote to Cambridge university to have a student's master's thesis censored because it documented a well-known flaw in the chip-and-PIN system, Cambridge's Ross Anderson sent an extremely stiff note in reply:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Should Have Built Instagram.  But They Didn't.  Here's Why.  —  Back in June, we reported on the departure of Kellan Elliott-McCrea from Yahoo.  While not hugely known outside the developer community, we had received several tips indicating just how important Elliott-McCrea was to the Flickr team …
Discussion: Scobleizer and SAI
TechCrunch:
The Unwelcome Return of Platform Dependencies  —  Editor's Note: The following guest post is written by a Silicon Valley CEO.  Frank Dupree is a pen name  —  In the late 1990s, the rise of the browser was supposed to usher in an era of unprecedented opportunity for startups.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Expedia Buries American Airlines Listings  —  Expedia has made it harder to find flights from American Airlines on its site in retaliation against American's decision to pull its flights from online travel rival Orbitz.  —  Earlier this year, American's contract with Orbitz expired …
 
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Microsoft versus Motorola: both parties filed new assertions …
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John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Secret Santa success caps banner year for Reddit
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Mike Elgan / Cult of Mac:
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Discussion: Examiner
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell drops ultrathin Adamo 13 to $899
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and Examiner
Marianne Diaz / Global Voices Advocacy:
Venezuela: The bill to regulate internet has been approved
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
FarmVille co-creator working on stealthy startup BetterWorks
Discussion: Mashable!