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4:00 PM ET, December 28, 2010

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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
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
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 …
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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Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued Over Applications Giving Information to Advertisers  —  Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., making of the iPhone and iPad, was accused in a lawsuit of allowing applications for those devices to transmit users' personal information to advertising networks without customers' consent.
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:   Apple Hit With Bogus Class Action Suit Over Mobile Apps Privacy
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.
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.
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Firefox On The iPhone? …
Discussion: ZDNet and iClarified
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.
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
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Google Pushes Education Software Through App Store  —  Google is talking with makers of educational software to help build a marketplace for online learning programs, an industry whose value may approach $5 billion  —  (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. is talking with educational-software companies …
Discussion: Digital Trends and Softpedia News
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.
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.
Discussion: DSLreports and TechEye
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 …
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   Back in 2007, RIM Thought Apple Was Lying About the Whole iPhone Thing
 
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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: Digital Trends
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
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: SAI and TechCrunch
Gady Epstein / Beijing Dispatch:
Will Facebook Follow Zuckerberg To China? Inevitably
Discussion: SelectStart and M.I.C. Gadget
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sears And Kmart Team Up With Sonic To Launch A Netflix Competitor
Bloomberg:
Alcatel-Lucent to Pay $137 Million in Bribery Case
Kevin Ohashi:
Is Facebook one of the Largest Referrers to Porn?
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: Location Will Connect Us
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google's next Android Music app leaks out, gives hints of a 3.0 UI overhaul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Much Did It Cost AOL To Send Us Those CDs In The 90s?