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10:45 AM ET, December 28, 2010

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DigiTimes:
Apple prepares three versions of iPad 2 for 2011, says sources  —  Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January.
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2.0 rumors claim CDMA, UMTS, Wi-Fi flavors  —  iPad 2.0 activity continues to heat up with the latest report claiming Apple will offer multiple configurations of the new product, with an accent on provision of pervasive Internet access.  —  Apple is expected to ship over half …
Electronista:
RIM thought iPhone was impossible in 2007  —  RIM had a complete internal panic when Apple unveiled the iPhone in 2007, a former employee revealed this weekend.  The BlackBerry maker is now known to have held multiple all-hands meetings on January 10 that year, a day after the iPhone was on stage …
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   Back in 2007, RIM Thought Apple Was Lying About the Whole iPhone Thing
Revenge / NanoHack.me:
Hello Nano.  —  So I won pink 8gb iPod Nano at some awards I was at recently and hacked it on the flight home.  I've successfully done a basic springboard hack, figured out how to bypass the cache comparison and uncovered some interesting stuff as whats to come on the iPod Nano.
Discussion: everythingiCafe and SlashGear
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google's next Android Music app leaks out, gives hints of a 3.0 UI overhaul  —  Remember at Google I/O this year when Google showed off “something beyond Froyo” in the music realm?  The demo included an all-new music player (boy, wouldn't that be nice!), along with magical features …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Much Did It Cost AOL To Send Us Those CDs In The 90s?  “A Lot!,” Says Steve Case  —  Like most little kids, I used to love getting things in the mail.  And in the 1990s, I was lucky enough to get something new every single day.  Sadly, 99.9 percent of those were install discs from AOL.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T expands Wi-Fi zones in public spaces  —  NEW YORK - AT&T Inc. is expanding Wi-Fi access for its subscribers in New York and introducing it in San Francisco, adding data capacity in two cities with heavy wireless network use from the iPhone and other devices.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Google Pushes Education Software Through App Store  —  Google is talking with makers of educational software to help build a marketplace for online learning programs, an industry whose value may approach $5 billion  —  (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. is talking with educational-software companies …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: Location Will Connect Us  —  With a shade over five million members, Foursquare is tiny compared to say, emerging location giants Google or Facebook.  But when it comes to location-based services, Dennis Crowley, co-founder of the New York-based start-up …
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Karen Costa / Compete Pulse:
I'm the mayor! So what?
Discussion: MediaFile
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Stock Trading in Private Companies Draws S.E.C. Scrutiny  —  A red-hot trading market has developed in the shares of the world's leading social networking companies: Facebook, Twitter, Zynga and LinkedIn.  What is unusual is that none of the companies are listed on a public stock exchange.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued Over Applications Giving Information to Advertisers  —  Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., making of the iPhone and iPad, was accused in a lawsuit of allowing applications for those devices to transmit users' personal information to advertising networks without customers' consent.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sears And Kmart Team Up With Sonic To Launch A Netflix Competitor  —  It looks like Sears wants to get in the online movie market.  The retail company, which also owns Kmart, has just announced that it is launching a Netflix-like movie download service, called Alphaline Entertainment.
Andrew Dowell / Wall Street Journal:
Year in Review: 10 Trends in Mobile Technology  —  In 2010, the computer truly went mobile.  —  Sure, users of Apple Inc.'s iPhone have had the Web in their hands since 2007.  But this past year, smartphones plunged into the mainstream, giving millions of people the ability to browse the Internet …
Discussion: Appolicious Advisor
Kevin Ohashi:
Is Facebook one of the Largest Referrers to Porn?  —  I was discussing new gTLDs with a friend and .xxx extension came up.  —  I was wondering how much type in traffic versus search engine traffic  —  these sites got.  What impact would a new TLD make on the adult industry?
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Marissa Mayer  —  Who says you have to be a guy to be a geek?  This Google senior executive is teaching a new generation that femininity and technology are a winning formula.  —  Google senior executive Marissa Mayer in Mountain View, Calif., in July 2008.  —  Why are so few women working in the technology industry?
Ashish Arora / BLogitech:
All's Well with Logitech Revue  —  At Logitech we usually refrain from commenting on rumors and speculation.  But I can't ignore the recent puzzling speculation that Google has asked Logitech to suspend production of Logitech Revue to address software issues.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
HP lists future laptops with Intel next-gen chip  —  Hewlett-Packard has posted detailed specifications of two upcoming Pavilion dv7 laptops furnished with Intel's next-gen Sandy Bridge processor.  —  Though some details have been leaked already based on an Engadget report …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Emotional Rescue  —  There was an interesting thread of iOS-vs.-Android news and punditry over the weekend, starting with this report by Seth Weintraub for Fortune: … In other words, $100 Android phones within the next year.  —  I'm not sure how this qualifies as news, though.
 
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Gady Epstein / Beijing Dispatch:
Will Facebook Follow Zuckerberg To China? Inevitably
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Wall Street Journal:
Mobile Makers Target Rivals on Phones
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Firefox On The iPhone? …
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 Earlier Items: 
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
LG looks set to unveil mobile 3DTV at CES
Discussion: Softpedia News and Akihabara News
David Barboza / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Moves to Invest in China Online Retailer
Discussion: beyondbrics and DealBook
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Former Google exec resigns as White House deputy tech officer
Steven Levy / Wired:
The A.I. Revolution Is On  —  Today's AI bears little resemblance …
Brian Seitz / The Windows Blog:
Facebook App for Windows Phone Adds Places and Tagging