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3:05 PM ET, December 27, 2010


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Apple hikes 1Q11 iPhone shipment target to 20-21 million units, say sources  —  Apple has raised the global shipment goal for its iPhones for first-quarter 2011 from 19 million units originally to 20-21 million units, according to sources with Taiwan-based component suppliers.
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Samsung Player: First True Android iPod Touch Competitor?  —  Samsung has decided to use Android and its success with the Galaxy franchise to take on Apple's iPod touch with a music playing app device that, like Apple's product, offers the mobile web, apps, navigation and media playback, but no cellular voice.
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)— today announced that the third-generation Kindle …
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.
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Apple App Store Innovates With ‘Reverse BitTorrent’  —  Hackulous, the community dedicated to the cracking of Apple DRM and the indexing of unprotected software for iPhone, iPod and iPad, has announced some interesting innovations.  As well as having cracking software for the yet …
Discussion: eWeek, App Advice, SlashGear and IntoMobile
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 …
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.
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Stuxnet may have destroyed 1,000 centrifuges at Natanz  —  Malicious computer virus accelerated, wrecked motors and may have decommissioned uranium enrichment centrifuges, think tank concludes. — he Stuxnet virus that has infected Iran's nuclear installations may have been behind the decommissioning …
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