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10:50 PM ET, December 29, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple will not release iPad 3 at Macworld or CES  —  Apple will not release iPad 3 at Macworld or CES  —  Reports began circulating earlier today that Apple would release two new iPads at Macworld Expo in January.  These rumors are completely false.  —  I checked with a number …
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Apple to unveil two versions of next-generation iPad in January, sources claim
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Exclusive: Microsoft's LTE Plans For Windows Phone  —  Since other sites are starting to leak glimpses of what Microsoft is doing with Windows Phone and LTE in 2012, I've decided to simply reveal what's happening.  And as you might expect, Microsoft and its Windows Phone partners do indeed intend …
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Andy Rubin Didn't Delete “Open” Tweet, Twitter Lost It, Then Found It  —  A couple days ago I noted something odd: Andy Rubin's first tweet, the one in which he gives the definition of open (for Android) was gone.  Given that Rubin had just sent another tweet updating some numbers for Android, I assumed he deleted it.
Discussion: Guardian, 9to5Google and Electronista
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Envisions Face & Presence Detection Security for iOS Devices  —  On December 29, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for device security.  In 2009, Apple's presence detection patent first came to light in relation to future MacBooks.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
“Uncomfortable Dance”: Here's the Sexual Harassment Letter That Got Mark Hurd Fired  —  Finally, you can read for yourself about the controversial allegations of sexual harassment that eventually led to the departure of Hewlett-Packard's CEO Mark Hurd from his job.  —  Here's the entire letter.
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Bulls**t  —  Apple:  — This web app or social network we're making is going to be great.  — Our app-review rules are always in everyone's best interests.  — Nobody wants a [popular new product category that Apple doesn't make yet].  —  Google:  — Android is open.  — Don't be evil.
Discussion: @marcoarment and Daring Fireball
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Verizon explains its string of LTE outages  —  Verizon's LTE network has had a hell of a month.  After a year of smooth performance, interrupted only by one major glitch in April, the new ultra-fast 4G network has experienced a string of three outages in a single month …
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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Here's Verizon's Weak Statement For Why Its 4G Network Keeps Failing
Discussion: msnbc.com
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Verizon says LTE outage is resolved, 3G never affected
Discussion: Engadget, Business Insider and Pulse2
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amazon May Miss Q4 Estimates, Despite Selling More Than One Million Kindles a Week  —  Since its introduction 13 weeks ago, the Kindle Fire has become the best-selling, most-gifted and most-wished-for product on Amazon.  —  But that could be a problem.  —  The device sells for about the same amount …
Discussion: Bloomberg and VentureBeat
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon: We Sold Over 4 Million Kindle Devices This Month; Gifting Of E-Books Up 175 Percent
Tom Anderson / Google+:
Dear +MG Siegler, Are you seriously upset about your photo removal?  (MG's complaint here: http://bit.ly/sp8mLo) I thought I'd offer an alternate opinion here in the public and see what happens.  (An opinion that PR from Google+ will probably not take the time to express, because they're busy and have better things to do.
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Greg Finn / Marketing Land:   Google+ Censoring Borderline Offensive Profile Images; Author Images in Search Results To Blame?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Burned By Fleeing Customers, GoDaddy No Longer Just 'Doesn't Support' But Actually “OPPOSES” SOPA  —  Just in time for the aptly named “Dump GoDaddy” day, our favorite PR piñata GoDaddy just emailed a number of press, with a fresh statement from new CEO Warren Adelman.  —  From the email ...
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Facebook Messenger for Windows download leaks  —  Facebook's Messenger app for Windows is now available for all to chit-chat with.  Facebook has been testing the application since November as part of a private trial, but TechIT revealed the download link on Thursday.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple slowly gaining patents to fight its war of attrition with Android  —  Apple was recently awarded a patent related to multitouch input processing, which the Internet immediately characterized as a “key multitouch patent” that Apple could use to target Android handset makers.
Discussion: GamePolitics blogs
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011  —  Most third party web measurement firms have provided a steady drumbeat of positive growth news for Facebook over the years, as the company has gained tens of millions of users in the US and around the world.
Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Nintendo stealthily building app store for its next-gen console  —  Nintendo's next game console, the Wii U, is months away from launch, but its touchscreen controller is already turning heads — and The Daily has learned that Nintendo plans to implement a full-blown app store for the system.
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 …
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Verizon's New Year's vow: Cut back on credit cards
Discussion: AllThingsD, CNET, BGR and CNNMoney.com
 
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