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7:45 PM ET, December 29, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple will not release iPad 3 at Macworld or CES  —  Apple will not release iPad 3 at Macworld or CES  —  Reports began circulating earlier today that Apple would release two new iPads at Macworld Expo in January.  These rumors are completely false.  —  I checked with a number …
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DigiTimes:
Apple to unveil two versions of next-generation iPad in January, sources claim  —  Apple is set to unveil its next-generation iPad - which will come in two versions - at the iWorld scheduled for January 26, 2012, according to sources at its supply chain partners.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Exclusive: Microsoft's LTE Plans For Windows Phone  —  Since other sites are starting to leak glimpses of what Microsoft is doing with Windows Phone and LTE in 2012, I've decided to simply reveal what's happening.  And as you might expect, Microsoft and its Windows Phone partners do indeed intend …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Envisions Face & Presence Detection Security for iOS Devices  —  On December 29, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for device security.  In 2009, Apple's presence detection patent first came to light in relation to future MacBooks.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon: We Sold Over 4 Million Kindle Devices This Month; Gifting Of E-Books Up 175 Percent  —  Amazon has just released new data regarding its Kindle sales for the holiday season.  According to the e-commerce giant, Amazon customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers.
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amazon May Miss Q4 Estimates, Despite Selling More Than One Million Kindles a Week  —  Since its introduction 13 weeks ago, the Kindle Fire has become the best-selling, most-gifted and most-wished-for product on Amazon.  —  But that could be a problem.  —  The device sells for about the same amount …
Discussion: Bloomberg and VentureBeat
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Andy Rubin Didn't Delete “Open” Tweet, Twitter Lost It, Then Found It  —  A couple days ago I noted something odd: Andy Rubin's first tweet, the one in which he gives the definition of open (for Android) was gone.  Given that Rubin had just sent another tweet updating some numbers for Android, I assumed he deleted it.
Discussion: Guardian and 9to5Google
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Burned By Fleeing Customers, GoDaddy No Longer Just 'Doesn't Support' But Actually “OPPOSES” SOPA  —  Just in time for the aptly named “Dump GoDaddy” day, our favorite PR piñata GoDaddy just emailed a number of press, with a fresh statement from new CEO Warren Adelman.  —  From the email ...
Tom Anderson / Google+:
Dear +MG Siegler, Are you seriously upset about your photo removal?  (MG's complaint here: http://bit.ly/sp8mLo) I thought I'd offer an alternate opinion here in the public and see what happens.  (An opinion that PR from Google+ will probably not take the time to express, because they're busy and have better things to do.
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Greg Finn / Marketing Land:
Google+ Censoring Borderline Offensive Profile Images; Author Images in Search Results To Blame?
Discussion: parislemon
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Facebook Messenger for Windows download leaks  —  Facebook's Messenger app for Windows is now available for all to chit-chat with.  Facebook has been testing the application since November as part of a private trial, but TechIT revealed the download link on Thursday.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
“Uncomfortable Dance”: Here's the Sexual Harassment Letter That Got Mark Hurd Fired  —  Finally, you can read for yourself about the controversial allegations of sexual harassment that eventually led to the departure of Hewlett-Packard's CEO Mark Hurd from his job.  —  Here's the entire letter.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mercury News
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Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon to Charge Customers $2 Fee When Paying Bills Online or Over the Phone Starting January 15  —  Time to set up “auto pay” through your Verizon Wireless account.  According to our sources, Big Red will start charging you a $2 fee both over the phone and online for your monthly bill transaction unless …
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Verizon's New Year's vow: Cut back on credit cards
Sebastian Haley / VentureBeat:
Ocean Marketing fiasco addressed in official press release  —  Ocean Marketing, a one-man PR firm led by Paul Christoforo, underwent instantaneous destruction this week, as we reported yesterday.  —  It's hard to judge precisely when Christoforo's career ended: Was it after the heinously rude …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Verizon explains its string of LTE outages  —  Verizon's LTE network has had a hell of a month.  After a year of smooth performance, interrupted only by one major glitch in April, the new ultra-fast 4G network has experienced a string of three outages in a single month …
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Verizon says LTE outage is resolved, 3G never affected
Discussion: Business Insider, Engadget and Pulse2
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
What is an ‘Android device’?  —  Android boss Andy Rubin offered up a pretty impressive number yesterday, relaying on Twitter that some 3.7 million Android devices had been activated on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, roughly double the platform's typical activation rate.
Discussion: parislemon, 9to5Google and @asymco
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
comScore: Apple Grows Mobile Marketshare From 9.8% To 11.2%, But Samsung's Still Top OEM  —  comScore has just released its latest numbers regarding the mobile landscape, finding that Samsung is still the top OEM with a 25.6 percent marketshare, up just .3 percentage points from the three month period ending in August.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
SOPA opponents may go nuclear and other 2012 predictions  —  The Internet's most popular destinations, including eBay, Google, Facebook, and Twitter seem to view Hollywood-backed copyright legislation as an existential threat.  —  It was Google co-founder Sergey Brin who warned …
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman, Morgan Stanley Fight for Facebook Gold  —  Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Are Considered Front-Runners for Top Job in Handling 2012's Trophy IPO  —  This year has been lackluster for Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley.  But next year, there's Facebook Inc.
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Ups Need Staff To Get Investors' Cash  —  Many Silicon Valley start-ups have had a tough time finding qualified computer engineers amid a growing talent war.  Investors are adding to the pressure.  —  Venture capitalists and Bay Area entrepreneurs say local start-ups face extra hurdles …
 
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Azrienoch / xda-developers:
HTC Unlocks Its Verizon and AT&T Bootloaders
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Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Why Windows 8 Tablets Will Surprise Everyone
Discussion: Datamation.com and KitGuru
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Bid for Same-Day Delivery Taps the Smartphone Boom
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Not even one of Oracle's six patents-in-suit has been definitively invalidated — but four of them are under pressure
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung ships 1 million Galaxy Note units globally; coming soon to US
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook tries to appease frustrated developers
Discussion: Lincoln's blog and WebProNews
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
British teenage designer of Summly app hits jackpot