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6:00 PM ET, December 27, 2010

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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.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Samsung Player: First True Android iPod Touch Competitor?
Amazon:
Third-Generation Kindle Now the Bestselling Product of All Time on Amazon Worldwide  —  In just five months, new Kindle replaces ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ as best-selling product in Amazon's history  —  (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com today announced that the third-generation Kindle …
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Cari Tuna / Digits:
Bezos Discounts Kindle-Tablet Competition
Discussion: SAI
DigiTimes:
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.
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Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Apple to ship 5-6M Verizon iPhones in Q1 2011
Discussion: IntoMobile
Glyn Moody / open:
Putin Orders Russian Move to GNU/Linux  —  This looks huge: … [Via Google Translate: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a plan for transition of power structures and the federal budget [to] free software.  According to the document, the introduction of Linux in government should begin in II quarter 2012.
Discussion: TECHi
Karen Costa / Compete Pulse:
I'm the mayor!  So what?  —  Are you on Foursquare, Gowalla or any other check-in services?  I use Foursquare and like many of my friends, I'm beginning to wonder “What's the point?”  So far, they're great in theory, but not in practice.  Gowalla boasts that you'll “find inspiration …
Discussion: MediaFile
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's iPhone App Adds Another 1.6 Million Users In The Last 3 Days  —  Facebook's iPhone app, one of the most-downloaded of all time, and one of the first that many people download, is an interesting proxy for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch sales.  And as expected, there was a big Christmas bump again this year.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
It's Official: 1 Million Apple TVs Sold  —  Last Tuesday Apple said it expected sales of its next generation Apple TV to top one million units before Christmas.  Today the company confirmed to me that they did just that.  Seems the addition of AirPlay support for wireless streaming …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
LOGI: Google Has Not Requested ‘Revue’ Halt  —  Shares of peripheral maker Logitech (LOGI) are down 63 cents, or 3.3%, at $18.69 following a report by Monica Chen and Steven Shen in DigiTimes that the company has asked contract manufacturer Gigabyte Technology to suspend manufacturing …
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
“Untethered” iPhone Jailbreak Out Now  —  The hacker coalition known as the iPhone Dev-Team has released a new jailbreak for iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and iPad users running - an updated version of redsn0w.  What's so special about this update?  It has, at long last, delivered the much-anticiapted …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Moot On 4Chan User Survey: “It's Total Garbage.”  —  Over the weekend, a interesting demographic survey of over 6000 4Chan users made the rounds of 4Chan, Reddit and Hacker News.  While if anyone is going to skew a survey it's 4Chan users, the Google document with the responses given a lot of Internet ink …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Dell's Looking Glass tablet passes through FCC, shows off SD and SIM card slots  —  Dell's still calling this a Mobile Internet Device, but you can call it by any of its codenames: Looking Glass, M02M, iPad eviscerator, they're all in here.  Yes, the FCC has spent a month of quality …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
iPhone 4 gets stuck with NFC ‘sticker’ from Japan's Softbank  —  One of the lesser known predictions of the Mayan calendar foretells that 2011 will be the year of NFC.  The contactless communications stuff looks to be building all kinds of stream in the Western world, but don't lose faith …
 
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Brian Seitz / The Windows Blog:
Facebook App for Windows Phone Adds Places and Tagging
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Download Squad
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
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Discussion: SAI
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apple has accepted nearly 400,000 apps in 2.5 years
Jon Fingas / Electronista:
Review: Djay for iPad
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UWall.Tv Turns YouTube Into Your Own MTV
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 Earlier Items: 
Alex Ahlund / TechCrunch:
The Top 40 iPhone Apps of 2010
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Stuxnet may have destroyed 1,000 centrifuges at Natanz
Discussion: Fast Company
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter has a lot to prove in 2011
Discussion: Interactive Marketing
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Quora the biggest blogging innovation in 10 years?
Discussion: The Next Web and SAI, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Jack Shafer / Slate:
If the FCC Had Regulated the Internet
Jon Kalish / New York Times:
Leo Laporte Builds Empire With ‘This Week in Tech’
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers
Discussion: MSDN Blogs