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12:20 PM 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 …
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Why We Desperately Need a New (and Better) Google  —  This semester, my students at the School of Information at UC-Berkeley researched the VC system from the perspective of company founders.  We prepared a detailed survey; randomly selected 500 companies from a venture database; and set out to contact the founders.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
CES 2011 Preview: Phones and Tablets  —  Dual-core and 4G phones will muscle their way to the fore at CES this year.  —  CES is traditionally the beginning of a busy season for cell phone and tablet announcements, but it's not the end of the story.  With Mobile World Congress coming …
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Medgadget:
ECG Attachment for Your iPhone  —  Seattle, Washington based Alivecor will be showing off its new iPhonECG system at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The company has partnered with Oregon Scientific to manufacture the units, which are expected to sell for under $100 a piece.
Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
Tablets galore on tap at major CES gadget fest  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Tablet computers will lead a host of “smart” gadgets in the Nevada desert this week at a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) spotlighting slick new devices on the horizon.  —  CES attendance in Las Vegas should top …
Discussion: PC Magazine
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 …
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Thomas Houston / Switched:   The Best Tech Writing of 2010
Emily Wood / The Official Google Blog:
Google blogging in 2010
Discussion: Fortune
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.
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.
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Ford Unveils Sync Destinations Navigation App for iOS, Android  —  Ford on Wednesday announced a new Sync Destinations app for iOS and Android devices that will let users send directions to their cars from their smartphones, among other things.  —  The free app will work on the iPhone …
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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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.
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
 
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Kurtis Alexander / Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Online impersonation banned starting in New Year
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
2011: The Year of the Tablet-Apple's Tablet (And Analyst Notes About It)
Bradford Cross / Measuring Measures:
Why the iPad is Destroying the Future of Journalism
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Discussion: ITworld.com and James Fee GIS Blog