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.
Discussion: louisgray.com, TechCrunch, SAI, TeleRead, Howard Lindzon, Pulse2, Examiner and Appolicious Advisor
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: 2011: The Year Android Explodes! …
Fred Wilson / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: The Smartphone Explosion — I've been dipping around the edges …
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Affordable Android phones could take off in 2011, help bring e-books to third world
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: My Prediction For Mobile Market Share In 2011
Howard Wolinsky / Appolicious Advisor: Smartphones expected to reach half billion in sales in 2011
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Stuxnet may have destroyed 1,000 centrifuges at Natanz — Malicious computer virus accelerated, wrecked motors and may have decommissioned uranium enrichment centrifuges, think tank concludes. — he Stuxnet virus that has infected Iran's nuclear installations may have been behind the decommissioning …
Jon Kalish / New York Times:
Leo Laporte Builds Empire With ‘This Week in Tech’ — Balancing on a giant rubber ball in a broadcast studio and control room carved out of a cottage in Petaluma, Calif., Leo Laporte is an unlikely media mogul. — From that little town in California wine country, he runs his empire, a podcasting network, TWIT.
Apple hikes 1Q11 iPhone shipment target to 20-21 million units, say sources — Apple has raised the global shipment goal for its iPhones for first-quarter 2011 from 19 million units originally to 20-21 million units, according to sources with Taiwan-based component suppliers.
Discussion: SAI, PhoneArena, SlashGear, iPhone Buzz, The Next Web, 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors, Phones Review, iPhone Savior and Erictric, Thanks:michaelkroker
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: Apple ups iPhone shipment target for Q1 2011
Ray Basile / iPhone Savior: Apple Raises iPhone Shipping Goal To 21 Million Including CDMA Phones In Q1 2011
Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Samsung confirms Galaxy Player, will showcase at CES 2011 — UPDATE: Front facing camera is VGA. Will come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage capacities. — Samsung has announced a new Android-based Galaxy Player that will be showcased next week at the CES 2011.
Discussion: Geek.com, Gadget Lab, Engadget, SlashGear, Gizmodo and Softpedia News
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com: Samsung has an iPod touch competitor called Galaxy Player
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab: Galaxy Player: Samsung's Android ‘iPod Touch’ at CES 2011
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Samsung Galaxy Player YP-GB1 Android PMP headed to CES 2011
Gary Cutlack / Gizmodo: Samsung's Full-Power Galaxy Player Will Be At CES 2011
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Quora the biggest blogging innovation in 10 years? — I've now been blogging for 10 years. Looking back we haven't seen all that much innovation for bloggers. You have a box. You type in it. Put an image into it. And hit publish. That's much the same as the tools I had 10 years ago.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Apple App Store Innovates With ‘Reverse BitTorrent’ — Hackulous, the community dedicated to the cracking of Apple DRM and the indexing of unprotected software for iPhone, iPod and iPad, has announced some interesting innovations. As well as having cracking software for the yet …
Discussion: SlashGear and IntoMobile
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: Hackulous unveils “reverse BitTorrent” for sharing apps with jailbreak community
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers — SAN FRANCISCO - Daniel Balsam hates spam. Most everybody does, of course. But he has acted on his hate as few have, going far beyond simply hitting the delete button. He sues them. — Eight years ago, Balsam was working as a marketer …
Discussion: Help Net Security, TechEye and Examiner
Nick Farrell / TechEye: US bloke makes a living suing spammers
Michael Santo / Examiner: Spammers beware: man takes his anti-spam fight to court
Alex Ahlund / TechCrunch:
The Top 40 iPhone Apps of 2010 — Editor's note: This guest post is written by Alex Ahlund, the former CEO and founder of AppVee and AndroidApps, which were acquired by mobile application directory Appolicious. You can read his previous iPhone app picks here and here — The iTunes App Store is huge.
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter has a lot to prove in 2011 — Twitter Inc. gained more than 100 million registered members this year and approached the new year with a fresh investment of $200 million. — Now the San Francisco firm must prove it can live up to its newly elevated valuation of $3.7 billion.
Discussion: Interactive Marketing
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
UWall.Tv Turns YouTube Into Your Own MTV — Frustrated with how difficult it is to search YouTube for music videos, Argentinian web developer and Taggify.net co-founder Sebastian Vaggi has created UWall.tv. UWall.tv allows you to search YouTube by artist, song or by music category like Vevo …
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.