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11:20 AM ET, December 29, 2011

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DigiTimes:
Apple to unveil two versions of next-generation iPad in January, sources claim  —  Apple is set to unveil its next-generation iPad - which will come in two versions - at the iWorld scheduled for January 26, 2012, according to sources at its supply chain partners.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Three models of iPad in January?  Not very likely  —  Apple is reportedly gearing up to unveil three different models of January, including two brand new offerings, on January 26, according to new reports from supply chain sources speaking to DigiTimes on Thursday.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Phones Review
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon: We Sold Over 4 Million Kindle Devices This Month; Gifting Of E-Books Up 175 Percent  —  Amazon has just released new data regarding its Kindle sales for the holiday season.  According to the e-commerce giant, Amazon customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers.
Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Ignored Request To Keep Subpoena Under Wraps [UPDATED]  —  Twitter appears to have forwarded a subpoena requesting user information to at least one of the owners of the accounts in question, despite a request from the Suffolk Massachusetts District Attorney's office that the request not be disclosed …
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Why Windows 8 Tablets Will Surprise Everyone  —  At Microsoft's Build conference, Michael Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem, displays a prototype Windows 8 tablet.  Photo: Microsoft  —  Windows-based tablets haven't been treated kindly by the test of time.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon to Charge Customers $2 Fee When Paying Bills Online or Over the Phone Starting January 15  —  Time to set up “auto pay” through your Verizon Wireless account.  According to our sources, Big Red will start charging you a $2 fee both over the phone and online for your monthly bill transaction unless …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Bid for Same-Day Delivery Taps the Smartphone Boom  —  Numerous start-ups have tried to go after the Holy Grail of e-commerce—delivering things to people's homes and offices on the same day they ordered them—and have failed.  —  Postmates Inc., a San Francisco Internet start-up that launched …
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
British teenage designer of Summly app hits jackpot  —  Nick D'Aloisio talks to Jane Wakefield about the inspiration for his app  —  Most teenagers will find any reason under the sun not to do their homework.  —  But 16-year-old South Londoner Nick D'Aloisio's excuse is better than most …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Verizon says LTE outage is resolved, 3G never affected  —  We've received a brief statement from Verizon this morning regarding the LTE outage it suffered yesterday afternoon: … As the company notes, 3G data service was totally unaffected — the problem is that LTE-enabled phones …
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung ships 1 million Galaxy Note units globally; coming soon to US  —  The phone / tablet hybrid devices sales are pretty good, going by the numbers released by Samsung today.  The Korean giant has shipped over a million units since its launch in late October.
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Japan Gets Wi-Fi Dispensing Vending Machines  —  It's no secret that Japan is the country of vending machines (they even have models like this one now), but this is new: Tokyo-based beverage company Asahi Soft Drinks took the wraps off a vending machine [JP] that not only offers drinks …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook tries to appease frustrated developers  —  Summary: Developers this week complained about two separate Facebook issues.  The first was in regards to the Javascript SDK and the second was about the Python SDK.  Facebook responded to both.  —  Two different developers posted …
Discussion: Lincoln's blog and WebProNews
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Not even one of Oracle's six patents-in-suit has been definitively invalidated — but four of them are under pressure  —  It's time for another fact check on the state of the Java-related patents Oracle is asserting against Google.  Contrary to widespread misbelief, none of the six patents Oracle …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
To build a holodeck: an exclusive look at Microsoft's Edison lab  —  Microsoft's working on some wild technology in its Redmond labs, and our own Joshua Topolsky recently toured the facilities to see the latest innovations.  Today we're pleased to share our final segment …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and Neowin.net
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Ahead of I.P.O., S.E.C. Pressed Groupon on Accounting  —  Ahead of Groupon's highly anticipated initial public offering in November, the Securities and Exchange Commission repeatedly pressed the daily deals giant to defend its business model and its accounting measures, according to comment letters recently disclosed.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Copyright Office Seeks To Make It More Difficult To Retain DMCA Safe Harbors  —  Almost missed this one, but Eric Goldman alerts us to the dozen comments filed with the US Copyright Office concerning its plan to force everyone to keep re-registering their official DMCA agent in order to keep retaining the DMCA's safe harbors.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Indian ISP Blocks A Bunch Of Websites To Try To Prevent File Sharing Of A Single Movie  —  TorrentFreak has the story of an Indian court seemingly having no problems issuing widespread ISP blockades in response to a request from movie studio Reliance Entertainment.
Sarah Lacy:
Golden Age of Tech Blogging Done?  I Couldn't Disagree More  —  I'm a big fan of Jeremiah Owyang's market analysis but I think he missed the point on this one, big time.  He recently wrote a post on how the Golden Age of tech blogging is over.  No way.  Unless of course, he means we're about to enter the platinum age.
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Tough negotiator: HP wanted $1.2B for webOS and Palm's assets (exclusive)  —  $1.2 billion.  That's how much HP paid for Palm last year, and it's also how much the company was trying to sell its Palm assets for over the latter half of 2011, VentureBeat has learned.
Sean Captain / Threat Level:
Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook for the 99%  —  Protesters volunteering for the internet and information boards of the Occupy Wall Street protest work and broadcast from their media center in Zuccotti Plaza on Oct. 2, 2011.  Photo: Bryan Derballa for Wired.com  —  “I don't want to say we're making our own Facebook.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Getting to a gigabit.  How Sonic.net will take on caps, residents and AT&T in San Francisco  —  San Francisco is slated to get a gigabit fiber to the home network in the coming five years, with the construction on the network to begin next year if Sonic.net gets the permits it needs to begin the pilot build out.
Discussion: Aswath Weblog
MG Siegler / parislemon:
The Definition Of Open Is... Missing  —  A few minutes ago, Android chief Andy Rubin sent out his 6th tweet.  A milestone.  Never mind that they're all self-serving promotion with Rubin never responding to anything or really giving anything in the way of context.  They're all awesome.  Kudos.
 
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