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3:39 AM ET, December 30, 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
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Bulls**t  —  Apple:  — This web app or social network we're making is going to be great.  — Our app-review rules are always in everyone's best interests.  — Nobody wants a [popular new product category that Apple doesn't make yet].  —  Google:  — Android is open.  — Don't be evil.
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.
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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Here's Verizon's Weak Statement For Why Its 4G Network Keeps Failing  —  Verizon just issued a full statement about its 4G LTE network's recent outages.  Yesterday marked the third time in a month that it went down.  —  We'll just come out and say it: the statement is pretty weak.
Discussion: Android Community and msnbc.com
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, Electronista and 9to5Google
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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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 ...
Jessica E Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
App Developers Skirt Apple's Limits With Work-Arounds  —  The cat-and-mouse game between the Bay Area's legion of mobile developers and app kingmaker Apple Inc. is heating up.  —  Mobile-software developers have long complained about Apple's limits on them.
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.
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?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Testing New Email Subscription Ad Format  —  Google is experimenting with its Google Adwords offerings, attempting to go beyond regular text ads with Google Email Subscription Ads, allowing companies to buy ads that automatically fill in a “Subscribe to newsletter (or whatever …
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
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon: We Sold Over 4 Million Kindle Devices This Month; Gifting Of E-Books Up 175 Percent
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook Messenger for Windows officially released  —  Summary: Facebook has responded to the leak of its Messenger for Windows application by simply releasing an official download.  It's a great way to downplay the leak while keeping users excited.  —  Mere hours after Facebook Messenger …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011  —  Most third party web measurement firms have provided a steady drumbeat of positive growth news for Facebook over the years, as the company has gained tens of millions of users in the US and around the world.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
French reseller sues Apple over unfair competition  —  eBizcuss, the largest Apple reseller in France, has sued Apple alleging that the company competes unfairly by favoring its own retail stores with new product inventory and by undercutting proposals to small businesses.
Discussion: ifoAppleStore and The Next Web
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple slowly gaining patents to fight its war of attrition with Android  —  Apple was recently awarded a patent related to multitouch input processing, which the Internet immediately characterized as a “key multitouch patent” that Apple could use to target Android handset makers.
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
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HTC Unlocks Its Verizon and AT&T Bootloaders
Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon to Charge Customers $2 Fee When Paying Bills Online or Over the Phone Starting January 15
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Why Windows 8 Tablets Will Surprise Everyone
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