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2:00 AM ET, January 1, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
PSA: iPhone alarms not working come New Year's Day 2011  —  We're not exactly sure of the cause of this fancy new issue affecting Apple's super cool iPhone line of cellphones, but apparently you've got trouble come 1/1/2011.  According to an explosive stream of frustration-filled tweets …
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New Year's 2011 breaks (non-recurring) iPhone alarm clocks (update: auto-fixes)  —  According to multiple users expressing their frustration through Twitter, come New Years 2011 (where ever you are) your iPhone alarm clock won't function correctly.  You may recall a similar bug in iOS …
Discussion: Macworld, TiPb and TUAW, Thanks:markgurman
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: BetaNews and TechCrunch
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Thomas Houston / Switched:
The Best Tech Writing of 2010  —  Writing, whether it appeared in print or on a blog, was dissected, critiqued, relinked and shared faster than ever in 2010.  Just take a look at the recent arguments on the Lamo/Manning Wikileaks chat logs between Salon's Glenn Greenwald and Wired's Kevin Poulsen …
Emily Wood / The Official Google Blog:
Google blogging in 2010
Discussion: Fortune
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 …
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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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
WakeMate Warns Users Of Major Safety Issue With Product After One Bursts Into Flames  —  It was only days ago that we wrote that after nearly a year of delays, the first WakeMate units were finally shipping to customers.  And now there's some more bad news — really bad.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Chart: 2010's Best Performing Tech Companies  —  2010 wasn't a great year for the economy, which puttered along like a zombie from the Walking Dead.  But some companies delivered some notably strong performances, and the technology-heavy NASDAQ stock exchange was up more than 16% over the course of the year.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How big was Apple's iPad Christmas?  —  Unit sales estimates for the quarter that ended Saturday range from 5 million to 7.54 million  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Company reports, Apple 2.0  —  The chatter on Investor Village's AAPL Sanity board Christmas Day was mostly about who found iPads under the tree.
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 …
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
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 …
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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Bradford Cross / Measuring Measures:
Why the iPad is Destroying the Future of Journalism
Discussion: MediaPost
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Live From New York: The Times Square New Year's App Implies Strange …
Discussion: Switched and MediaPost
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Microsoft Should Buy Nokia And Not RIM
Discussion: ITworld.com and James Fee GIS Blog
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Groupon Draws New Investors and Works on an I.P.O.
Discussion: SAI, TechCrunch, Fortune and DailyFinance