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6:20 PM ET, December 31, 2010

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Android SMS bug sends your messages to random contacts  —  Remember the kerfuffle over the iPhone 4 ‘Antennagete’ and how you could disrupt the antenna by holding the handset the wrong way?  Well, there's an SMS bug in Google's Android OS that makes ‘Antennagate’ seem like nothing.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Android bug that sends SMS messages to random recipients is being ignored by Google  —  According to a report from ZDNet blog Hardware 2.0, Google's Android platform is being plagued by a bug that Google is, for the most part, ignoring.  The bug causes SMS messages to be delivered …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Myspace Mulls Significant Layoffs, With Potential Sale Looming  —  Myspace-the long-troubled social networking site turned social entertainment hub-is in the midst of planning that could soon result in significant layoffs of its staff, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Electronista:
Borders stalls book payments, doubts survival in e-book era  —  Borders has been delaying payments to book publishers in signs that it may be one of the first major victims of e-books.  Early reports from Publishers Marketplace on Friday said it was putting off the payments to help refinance …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
The 50 biggest tech stories of 2010  —  If the year is winding down, and real tech news is slowing to a trickle, you know it's time to reflect on the past 12 months in tech.  Again this year we crunched Techmeme's historical data, cancelling out the influences of our editors …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Twins' Facebook Fight Rages On  —  SAN DIEGO — Some people go to court hoping to win millions of dollars.  Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have already won tens of millions.  But six years into a legal feud with Facebook, they want to give it back — for a chance to get more.
Democracy UK / Facebook:
A Snapshot of Facebook in 2010  —  Happy New Year Democracy UK!  —  As 2010 draws to a close we can take a look at some data that provides a window into the lives of the millions of people around the world who use Facebook everyday to share their lives, feelings and interests with friends.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
What 20 Minutes On Facebook Looks Like: 1M Shared Links …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Clearwire's Only Option: Sell to Sprint?  —  The negative news surrounding Clearwire, the much-vaunted next generation wireless innovator has taken a drumbeat-like quality, enough for even the most optimistic among us to worry about its fate.  It has now become known that company's chairman …
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Laura Sydell / NPR:
Undesigned: The Symbiotic Relationship Of Steve Jobs And Jonathan Ive … If you have an iPod or an iPhone or an iPad or even an iMac, you might love it — or hate it — but you probably don't know much about the man who designed it.  —  I'm not talking about Steve Jobs.  —  Behind the scene, Jobs has a partner.
Discussion: Forbes
Owen Fletcher / China Real Time Report:
The Mysterious Case of the 'iPad 2′ Cases … Protective cases purportedly made for a new version of the iPad, posted for sale on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba.com, have fueled some of the latest speculation about the rumored sequel to Apple's red-hot tablet computer.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Microsoft Should Buy Nokia And Not RIM  —  If Microsoft decides to boost its smartphone position with a major acquisition, it should buy Nokia, not Research in Motion.  —  Some would argue that Nokia isn't really a smartphone maker and Symbian isn't really a smartphone OS …
Discussion: ITworld.com and James Fee GIS Blog
Bradford Cross / Measuring Measures:
Why the iPad is Destroying the Future of Journalism  —  I read a great article in the Economist the other day on my iPad.  I tried to share it with my social network on Facebook and Twitter, but I can't do that with old media.  —  When the iPad came out, I was ready to give big media another chance.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
2011: The Year of the Tablet-Apple's Tablet (And Analyst Notes About It)  —  Much as they were in 2010, tablet sales will be a high point of 2011-but even more so.  According to Caris & Co. analyst Robert Cihra, tablet sales will more than triple, rising 226 percent to 54 million units.
 
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Ron Jackson / Domain Name Journal:
The Juan Diego Calle Story: How the .CO CEO is Turning a Seldom …
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Live From New York: The Times Square New Year's App Implies Strange …
Discussion: Switched and MediaPost
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Groupon Draws New Investors and Works on an I.P.O.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Begun The Talent Wars Have - Why Twitter needs a London HQ: Google Engineers
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BotTorrent? Using BitTorrent as a DDoS Tool
Discussion: SlashGear and WL Central
Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Reuters, TechEye and Inquirer
BBC:
Phone firms back common charger plan
Discussion: Examiner, Lifehacker and PalmAddicts
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Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
For Apps, Profit Picture Is Blurry
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Why Groupon, Twitter & Other Hot Private Companies Are Cashing Out
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Is 2011 the Year of the Blockbuster Tech I.P.O.?
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
The Year in Mobile  —  Apple invented a new category of mobile device …
Discussion: ThinkMobile
Help Net Security:
The significant decline of spam
Discussion: Inquirer and The Mac Security Blog
Donald A. Norman / Gizmodo:
Living with Complexity: How Apple Reinvented Music Distribution
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Does Facebook Have 600 Million Users Yet?
Discussion: Screenwerk
 

 
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