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1:05 PM ET, December 28, 2010

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Joseph Tsai / 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
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.
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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
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.
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.
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: Digital Trends and Softpedia News
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.
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Mozilla accidentally publishes user IDs and passwords hashes  —  On Monday, Mozilla, the developer of popular open source applications like Firefox and Thunderbird, announced that a database containing usernames and password hashes belonging to users of addons.mozilla.org had been posted publicly by accident.
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: SAI and Appolicious Advisor
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Union Square Ventures discloses new fund details (and a new partner)  —  [UPDATE: A source tells Fortune that this is a later-stage fund, in which John Buttrick will be a “deal partner.”  Kind of like what we suggested at the end of our original post.  Will revise entire post shortly]
Discussion: SAI and TechCrunch
Business Wire:
McAfee Labs Predicts Geolocation, Mobile Devices and Apple Will Top the List of Targets for Emerging Threats in 2011  —  McAfee Researchers Also Foresee Attackers Targeting Shortened URL Services and Internet TV Platforms; Increase in Politically Motivated Hacktivisim
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.
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 …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
ASUS teases Eee Pad and Eee Slate ahead of CES launch  —  Seems like all these CES vendors have wised up to the fact that announcing their new products amidst a maelstrom of new product announcements tends to be slightly counterproductive.  So, naturally, they're spending their December carefully teasing out little pre-release details.
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.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple Doesn't Want Coders Messing With iPhone Buttons — Sometimes  —  Apple can't stick to its own rules with the gigantic iOS App Store.  —  The company recently approved an iPhone camera app that carries a special feature: the ability to snap a photo by pressing the physical Volume button rather than tapping the touchscreen.
Discussion: BlogsDNA, MacNN, MacRumors and PC World
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
ISP won't reveal names of alleged porn pirates
Discussion: TechEye
Gady Epstein / Beijing Dispatch:
Will Facebook Follow Zuckerberg To China? Inevitably
Discussion: SelectStart
Kevin Ohashi:
Is Facebook one of the Largest Referrers to Porn?
Wall Street Journal:
Mobile Makers Target Rivals on Phones
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Firefox On The iPhone? …
Discussion: iClarified
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
LG looks set to unveil mobile 3DTV at CES
Discussion: Softpedia News and Akihabara News
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 …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
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