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7:15 PM ET, December 26, 2010

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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
2011 will be the year Android explodes  —  (Not this kind of smartphone growth.)  Image by @boetter via Flickr  —  Ever-improving networks and a big hardware announcement that will send handset prices plummeting both point to smartphone growth in 2011 that could totally eclipse anything we've seen before.
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Fred / A VC:
The Smartphone Explosion  —  I've been dipping around the edges of this story with recent blog posts, but Seth Weintraub takes it a step further in this post in Fortune.  Next year is likely to be the year that smartphones emerge as the default mobile device platform around the world …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Fred Wilson and Fortune are right about Android vs iOS (and everyone else), but I hate it  —  Fred Wilson is recommending developers invest first in Android and Fortune has a similar article about why 2011 is going to be the year that Android explodes.  Why?  Market share.
Thanks:scobleizer
New York Times:
Banks and WikiLeaks  —  The whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks has not been convicted of a crime.  The Justice Department has not even pressed charges over its disclosure of confidential State Department communications.  Nonetheless, the financial industry is trying to shut it down.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Scripting News
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
What Happens When You Steal a Hacker's Computer  —  Meet Melvin Guzman.  He somehow ended up with a Mac stolen from Zoz, a rather crafty hacker who happens to love that computer “like his firstborn.”  Here's a hilarious account of what happened—complete with some poorly censored nudity.
Discussion: Hack a Day, Examiner, Pulse2 and Cult of Mac
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Cambridge university refuses to censor student's thesis on chip-and-PIN vulnerabilities  —  After the UK banking trade association wrote to Cambridge university to have a student's master's thesis censored because it documented a well-known flaw in the chip-and-PIN system, Cambridge's Ross Anderson sent an extremely stiff note in reply:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Should Have Built Instagram.  But They Didn't.  Here's Why.  —  Back in June, we reported on the departure of Kellan Elliott-McCrea from Yahoo.  While not hugely known outside the developer community, we had received several tips indicating just how important Elliott-McCrea was to the Flickr team …
Discussion: Scobleizer and SAI
TechCrunch:
The Unwelcome Return of Platform Dependencies  —  Editor's Note: The following guest post is written by a Silicon Valley CEO.  Frank Dupree is a pen name  —  In the late 1990s, the rise of the browser was supposed to usher in an era of unprecedented opportunity for startups.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Expedia Buries American Airlines Listings  —  Expedia has made it harder to find flights from American Airlines on its site in retaliation against American's decision to pull its flights from online travel rival Orbitz.  —  Earlier this year, American's contract with Orbitz expired …
Ryan Flinn / Bloomberg:
IBM Expects to See Holographic Phone Calls, Air-Powered Batteries by 2015  —  By 2015, your mobile phone will project a 3-D image of anyone who calls and your laptop will be powered by kinetic energy.  At least that's what International Business Machines Corp. sees in its crystal ball.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Microsoft versus Motorola: both parties filed new assertions, now 35 patents-in-suit — new visualization  —  This week I got the impression that high tech companies — especially if they're in the smartphone business — now send each other patent suits instead of Christmas cards.
Discussion: Electronista
 
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why 2011 isn't 1995 for Apple  —  In 1995 I remember waiting in lines to buy Windows 95.
Adam Rifkin / TechCrunch:
What Facebook Can Give Back To The Web
Steve Kovach / The Business Insider:
Score A Kindle This Morning?  Here's How To Load It With Free Google Books
Discussion: Mashable!
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Theopeninter.net, A Visual Guide To Net Neutrality
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Christmas Gifts May Help E-Books Take Root
Discussion: TeleRead
Michaela Schiessl / Spiegel Online:
Nokia Looks to Recover the ‘Magic Dust’
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 Earlier Items: 
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
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Mike Elgan / Cult of Mac:
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Discussion: Examiner
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell drops ultrathin Adamo 13 to $899
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and Examiner
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
FarmVille co-creator working on stealthy startup BetterWorks
Discussion: Mashable!