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6:20 PM ET, December 28, 2010

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon's Valuation Could Be As High As $7.8 Billion [Update: We Have The Document]  —  According to a VC Experts report, Groupon gave the SEC a heads up on December 17th with an Amended Certificate to authorize a $950 million round of Series G funding.  While this doesn't necessarily mean …
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Erin Griffith / VC Experts:
Groupon Raising Up to $950 million Series G  —  Fresh off the heels of Groupon's widely publicized Google rebuff, the discount e-commerce company has filed a certificate to authorize a $950 million Series G round of preferred stock.  The certificate, which gives Groupon the capacity to raise $950 million, was filed on December 17.
Joseph Tsai / DigiTimes:
Apple prepares three versions of iPad 2 for 2011, says sources  —  Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January.
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2.0 rumors claim CDMA, UMTS, Wi-Fi flavors
Ionut Arghire / Softpedia News:
New Android Market Stats Out, Over 200k Apps Available  —  Google's Android operating system already attracted a lot of developers on its side, which came up with applications in excess of 200,000, the latest stats on the Android Market show.  —  Apple's App Store for the iPhone …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple Doesn't Want Coders Messing With iPhone Buttons — Sometimes  —  Apple can't stick to its own rules with the gigantic iOS App Store.  —  The company recently approved an iPhone camera app that carries a special feature: the ability to snap a photo by pressing the physical Volume button rather than tapping the touchscreen.
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Stock Trading in Private Companies Draws S.E.C. Scrutiny  —  A red-hot trading market has developed in the shares of the world's leading social networking companies: Facebook, Twitter, Zynga and LinkedIn.  What is unusual is that none of the companies are listed on a public stock exchange.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
SecondMarket: The SEC has not asked us for anything
Discussion: DealBook and The Huffington Post
Revenge / NanoHack.me:
Hello Nano.  —  So I won pink 8gb iPod Nano at some awards I was at recently and hacked it on the flight home.  I've successfully done a basic springboard hack, figured out how to bypass the cache comparison and uncovered some interesting stuff as whats to come on the iPod Nano.
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McAfee, Inc.:
McAfee Labs Predicts Geolocation, Mobile Devices and Apple Will Top the List of Targets for Emerging Threats in 2011  —  McAfee Researchers Also Foresee Attackers Targeting Shortened URL Services and Internet TV Platforms; Increase in Politically Motivated Hacktivisim
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Apple Hit With Bogus Class Action Suit Over Mobile Apps Privacy  —  Apple is getting hit with a class action lawsuit over personal data sent to advertisers by mobile apps, Bloomberg says.  —  Ten days ago we wrote about a Wall Street Journal study that purports to show mobile apps …
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Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued Over Applications Giving Information to Advertisers
Zach Epstein / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook battery issues could delay launch, says analyst  —  According to Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu, RIM may be forced to delay the release of its first tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook.  Wu claims he is hearing that the PlayBook “needs to improve its relatively poor battery life …
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Mozilla accidentally publishes user IDs and passwords hashes  —  On Monday, Mozilla, the developer of popular open source applications like Firefox and Thunderbird, announced that a database containing usernames and password hashes belonging to users of addons.mozilla.org had been posted publicly by accident.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T expands Wi-Fi zones in public spaces  —  NEW YORK - AT&T Inc. is expanding Wi-Fi access for its subscribers in New York and introducing it in San Francisco, adding data capacity in two cities with heavy wireless network use from the iPhone and other devices.
Andrew Dowell / Wall Street Journal:
Year in Review: 10 Trends in Mobile Technology  —  In 2010, the computer truly went mobile.  —  Sure, users of Apple Inc.'s iPhone have had the Web in their hands since 2007.  But this past year, smartphones plunged into the mainstream, giving millions of people the ability to browse the Internet …
Discussion: SAI, Digits and Appolicious Advisor
Vanessa Dennis / Online NewsHour:
Delete Older Facebook Apps — or Risk Everyone's Privacy  —  If you have a Facebook page, you've probably added quite a few apps.  If you've linked your YouTube account, New York Times account, or just about any mobile app to your Facebook profile, you've also installed their app …
Charles Hamilton / GigaOM:
Sleipnir Mobile and 360: Two New Web Browsers for iOS  —  Sleipnir Mobile and the 360 Browser have joined a growing group of alternatives to Mobile Safari, the web browser that comes with the iPhone and iPod touch.  Tabs, data sync with Firefox, download management, and access …
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Samsung to Unveil New Galaxy S at Mobile World Congress  —  The successor to Samsung Electronics' hit Galaxy S smartphone will be released in February.  —  Samsung announced Monday that it will unveil the device at the 2011 Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile communications exhibition …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
ASUS teases Eee Pad and Eee Slate ahead of CES launch  —  Seems like all these CES vendors have wised up to the fact that announcing their new products amidst a maelstrom of new product announcements tends to be slightly counterproductive.  So, naturally, they're spending their December carefully teasing out little pre-release details.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
France Wants To Extend Private Copying Levy To Tablets... But Not If They Run Microsoft Windows  —  from the say-what-now?  dept  —  Kurata points us to the news that French politicians are debating extending the “you must be a criminal” private copying levy to tablet computers — but …
Discussion: SAI
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
ISP won't reveal names of alleged porn pirates  —  Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, has refused to turn over customers accused in a lawsuit by Larry Flynt Publishing of pirating one of the company's porn films, according to Flynt's attorney.
 
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Michael Oliveira / Globe and Mail:
Canadians spend more time online than any other country
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
For Ask.com, Foray Into Social Search Points to Mobile
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Barnes & Noble loses bid to end Nook lawsuit
John Borland / Threat Level:
Flaws Spotlighted in Tor Anonymity Network
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Ars Technica and Geek.com
David Goldman / CNNMoney:
Mobile data boom costs wireless carriers billions
Discussion: Yahoo! News
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst: IPad Rules Holidays; Rivals Are “Not Ready for Prime Time” Players
Discussion: BGR, Electronista and SAI
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Hurd Asks to Join Hewlett-Packard Investor Lawsuit
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
A Taste of Its Own Medicine? 4chan Down Due to DDoS Attack
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Union Square Ventures discloses new fund details (and a new partner)
Discussion: TechCrunch and SAI
Gady Epstein / Beijing Dispatch:
Will Facebook Follow Zuckerberg To China? Inevitably
Discussion: M.I.C. Gadget and SelectStart
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sears And Kmart Team Up With Sonic To Launch A Netflix Competitor
Kevin Ohashi:
Is Facebook one of the Largest Referrers to Porn?
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Google Pushes Education Software Through App Store
Discussion: Digital Trends and Softpedia News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: Location Will Connect Us
 

 
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