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10:20 PM ET, December 31, 2010

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Android SMS bug sends your messages to random contacts  —  Remember the kerfuffle over the iPhone 4 ‘Antennagete’ and how you could disrupt the antenna by holding the handset the wrong way?  Well, there's an SMS bug in Google's Android OS that makes ‘Antennagate’ seem like nothing.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Android bug that sends SMS messages to random recipients is being ignored by Google  —  According to a report from ZDNet blog Hardware 2.0, Google's Android platform is being plagued by a bug that Google is, for the most part, ignoring.  The bug causes SMS messages to be delivered …
Owen Fletcher / China Real Time Report:
The Mysterious Case of the 'iPad 2′ Cases … Protective cases purportedly made for a new version of the iPad, posted for sale on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba.com, have fueled some of the latest speculation about the rumored sequel to Apple's red-hot tablet computer.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
WakeMate Warns Users Of Major Safety Issue With Product After One Bursts Into Flames  —  It was only days ago that we wrote that after nearly a year of delays, the first WakeMate units were finally shipping to customers.  And now there's some more bad news — really bad.
Electronista:
Borders stalls book payments, doubts survival in e-book era  —  Borders has been delaying payments to book publishers in signs that it may be one of the first major victims of e-books.  Early reports from Publishers Marketplace on Friday said it was putting off the payments to help refinance …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How big was Apple's iPad Christmas?  —  Unit sales estimates for the quarter that ended Saturday range from 5 million to 7.54 million  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Company reports, Apple 2.0  —  The chatter on Investor Village's AAPL Sanity board Christmas Day was mostly about who found iPads under the tree.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
The 50 biggest tech stories of 2010  —  If the year is winding down, and real tech news is slowing to a trickle, you know it's time to reflect on the past 12 months in tech.  Again this year we crunched Techmeme's historical data, cancelling out the influences of our editors …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Twins' Facebook Fight Rages On  —  SAN DIEGO — Some people go to court hoping to win millions of dollars.  Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have already won tens of millions.  But six years into a legal feud with Facebook, they want to give it back — for a chance to get more.
Laura Sydell / NPR:
Undesigned: The Symbiotic Relationship Of Steve Jobs And Jonathan Ive … If you have an iPod or an iPhone or an iPad or even an iMac, you might love it — or hate it — but you probably don't know much about the man who designed it.  —  I'm not talking about Steve Jobs.  —  Behind the scene, Jobs has a partner.
Discussion: Forbes
Democracy UK / Facebook:
A Snapshot of Facebook in 2010  —  Happy New Year Democracy UK!  —  As 2010 draws to a close we can take a look at some data that provides a window into the lives of the millions of people around the world who use Facebook everyday to share their lives, feelings and interests with friends.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   What 20 Minutes On Facebook Looks Like: 1M Shared Links …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Myspace Mulls Significant Layoffs, With Potential Sale Looming  —  Myspace-the long-troubled social networking site turned social entertainment hub-is in the midst of planning that could soon result in significant layoffs of its staff, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Chart: 2010's Best Performing Tech Companies  —  2010 wasn't a great year for the economy, which puttered along like a zombie from the Walking Dead.  But some companies delivered some notably strong performances, and the technology-heavy NASDAQ stock exchange was up more than 16% over the course of the year.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Clearwire's Only Option: Sell to Sprint?  —  The negative news surrounding Clearwire, the much-vaunted next generation wireless innovator has taken a drumbeat-like quality, enough for even the most optimistic among us to worry about its fate.  It has now become known that company's chairman …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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BBC:
Phone firms back common charger plan
Discussion: Examiner, Lifehacker and PalmAddicts
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