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2:00 AM ET, December 28, 2010

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Electronista:
RIM thought iPhone was impossible in 2007  —  RIM had a complete internal panic when Apple unveiled the iPhone in 2007, a former employee revealed this weekend.  The BlackBerry maker is now known to have held multiple all-hands meetings on January 10 that year, a day after the iPhone was on stage …
Discussion: MacStories, IntoMobile and AppleInsider
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Back in 2007, RIM Thought Apple Was Lying About the Whole iPhone Thing  —  Marc Andreessen has argued to me that iPhone 1.0 was a wormhole product, one of those rare new things that felt like it fell from the future into the present.  By way of corroboration, read this fascinating piece …
Amazon:
Third-Generation Kindle Now the Bestselling Product of All Time on Amazon Worldwide  —  In just five months, new Kindle replaces ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ as best-selling product in Amazon's history  —  (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com today announced that the third-generation Kindle …
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Cari Tuna / Digits:
Bezos Discounts Kindle-Tablet Competition
Discussion: eWeek, Gearlog, PC World and WebProNews
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google's next Android Music app leaks out, gives hints of a 3.0 UI overhaul  —  Remember at Google I/O this year when Google showed off “something beyond Froyo” in the music realm?  The demo included an all-new music player (boy, wouldn't that be nice!), along with magical features …
Karen Costa / Compete Pulse:
I'm the mayor!  So what?  —  Are you on Foursquare, Gowalla or any other check-in services?  I use Foursquare and like many of my friends, I'm beginning to wonder “What's the point?”  So far, they're great in theory, but not in practice.  Gowalla boasts that you'll “find inspiration …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: Location Will Connect Us
Discussion: MediaFile, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Samsung confirms Galaxy Player, will showcase at CES 2011  —  UPDATE: Front facing camera is VGA.  Will come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage capacities.  —  Samsung has announced a new Android-based Galaxy Player that will be showcased next week at the CES 2011.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Samsung Player: First True Android iPod Touch Competitor?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Emotional Rescue  —  There was an interesting thread of iOS-vs.-Android news and punditry over the weekend, starting with this report by Seth Weintraub for Fortune: … In other words, $100 Android phones within the next year.  —  I'm not sure how this qualifies as news, though.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
LOGI: Google Has Not Requested ‘Revue’ Halt  —  Shares of peripheral maker Logitech (LOGI) are down 63 cents, or 3.3%, at $18.69 following a report by Monica Chen and Steven Shen in DigiTimes that the company has asked contract manufacturer Gigabyte Technology to suspend manufacturing …
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Marissa Mayer  —  Who says you have to be a guy to be a geek?  This Google senior executive is teaching a new generation that femininity and technology are a winning formula.  —  Google senior executive Marissa Mayer in Mountain View, Calif., in July 2008.  —  Why are so few women working in the technology industry?
Discussion: Worker Bees Blog and SAI
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Much Did It Cost AOL To Send Us Those CDs In The 90s?  “A Lot!,” Says Steve Case  —  Like most little kids, I used to love getting things in the mail.  And in the 1990s, I was lucky enough to get something new every single day.  Sadly, 99.9 percent of those were install discs from AOL.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Kotaku and AfterDawn.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Firefox On The iPhone?  No (Though It Is Being Worked On).  Another Mozilla Browser?  Maybe.  —  Continuing today's theme of scouring Quora for interesting nuggets of information, a Q&A about Mozilla's Firefox Mobile browser is of some interest.  In response to the question …
Discussion: iClarified
Glyn Moody / Open:
Putin Orders Russian Move to GNU/Linux  —  This looks huge: … [Via Google Translate: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a plan for transition of power structures and the federal budget [to] free software.  According to the document, the introduction of Linux in government should begin in II quarter 2012.
Discussion: VatorNews, TECHi and Electronista
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's iPhone App Adds Another 1.6 Million Users In The Last 3 Days  —  Facebook's iPhone app, one of the most-downloaded of all time, and one of the first that many people download, is an interesting proxy for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch sales.  And as expected, there was a big Christmas bump again this year.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
It's Official: 1 Million Apple TVs Sold  —  Last Tuesday Apple said it expected sales of its next generation Apple TV to top one million units before Christmas.  Today the company confirmed to me that they did just that.  Seems the addition of AirPlay support for wireless streaming …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Apps Give Information to Advertisers, Suit Says  —  Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. was sued over claims that applications for the company's iPhone and iPad transmit users' personal information to advertising networks without customers' consent.  —  The complaint, which seeks class action …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Next Web
Steven Levy / Wired:
The A.I. Revolution Is On  —  Today's AI bears little resemblance to its initial conception.  The field's trailblazers believed success lay in mimicking the logic-based reasoning that human brains were thought to use.  —  Diapers.com warehouses are a bit of a jumble.
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Former Google exec resigns as White House Deputy CTO  —  Former Google executive Andrew McLaughlin's resignation last week as the White House's No. 2 technology expert has stirred up questions about how the search giant has been influencing the national debates over Do Not Track and Net Neutrality.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Zeitgeist: What People Searched For in 2010  —  There are plenty of ways to discover new content on BitTorrent, but searching is still the preferred method for most people.  What they are searching for should therefore give a good picture of what the latest trends are.
 
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T expands Wi-Fi zones in public spaces
Thanks:richdemuro
Electronista:
Netbook pricing may be getting desperate to combat iPad
Discussion: DigiTimes, Thanks:djthistle
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
LG looks set to unveil mobile 3DTV at CES
Discussion: Akihabara News
David Barboza / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Moves to Invest in China Online Retailer
Discussion: beyondbrics and DealBook
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
HP lists future laptops with Intel next-gen chip
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Brian Seitz / The Windows Blog:
Facebook App for Windows Phone Adds Places and Tagging
 Earlier Items: 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
“Untethered” iPhone Jailbreak Out Now
Isabel Reynolds / Reuters:
Sony to spend $1.2 billion to double image sensor output
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Apple to ship 5-6M Verizon iPhones in Q1 2011
Discussion: PC Magazine and IntoMobile
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apple has accepted nearly 400,000 apps in 2.5 years