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8:00 AM ET, December 28, 2010

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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  —  Marc Andreessen has argued to me that iPhone 1.0 was a wormhole product, one of those rare new things that felt like it fell from the future into the present.  By way of corroboration, read this fascinating piece …
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.
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: MediaFile, Thanks:sidharthdassani
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.
Discussion: SlashGear, SAI and ThinkMobile, Thanks:richdemuro
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.
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
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?
Discussion: Worker Bees Blog and SAI
Cari Tuna / Digits:
Bezos Discounts Kindle-Tablet Competition  —  Some industry watchers like to argue about whether one kind of gadget will kill another.  Others insist that-just like TV did not kill radio-most new product categories are simply additive, creating more consumer choices.  Jeff Bezos seems firmly in the latter camp.
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Business Wire:
Third-Generation Kindle Now the Bestselling Product of All Time on Amazon Worldwide
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.
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.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
LOGI: Google Has Not Requested ‘Revue’ Halt
Electronista:
Netbook pricing may be getting desperate to combat iPad  —  Netbook prices are dropping to the point where cost is increasingly the only factor in trying to stave off tablets like the iPad, industry observers said Monday night.  Using prices in the netbook field's Taiwanese home turf as an example …
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Mobile Makers Target Rivals on Phones  —  Mobile-phone companies are experimenting with a new way to steal their rivals' customers: the mobile insult to the device in hand.  —  Their new tactic involves mobile ads that appear when a person using a competitor's phone or network launches an application or browses the Web on their phone.
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?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Firefox On The iPhone?  No (Though It Is Being Worked On).  Another Mozilla Browser?  Maybe.  —  Continuing today's theme of scouring Quora for interesting nuggets of information, a Q&A about Mozilla's Firefox Mobile browser is of some interest.  In response to the question …
Discussion: iClarified
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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Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Stock Trading in Private Companies Draws Scrutiny
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 CTO
 Earlier Items: 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
“Untethered” iPhone Jailbreak Out Now
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Apple to ship 5-6M Verizon iPhones in Q1 2011
Glyn Moody / Open:
Putin Orders Russian Move to GNU/Linux
Discussion: TECHi, VatorNews and Electronista
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Samsung Player: First True Android iPod Touch Competitor?