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It was in Hamlet, where Shakespeare wrote that immortal line: “The iPad’s the thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” Ahead of his time, the Bard was. Anyway, that’s not the only thing the iPad has caught: it’s also caught people’s attention as one of the most talked about topics of the year. Elsewhere, a new competitor enters the ring to face off against Apple’s Mac App Store. The remainders for Monday, December 13, 2010 are ready to rumble.

#Hindsight2010: Top Trends on Twitter (Twitter)

Twitter confirms what Google already put forth: the iPad is one of the hottest topics of the year. According to the social network, the iPad ranked sixth in the list of Top 10 Twitter Trends of 2010 (try saying that five times fast). It narrowly defeated Google Android at number 7, but came in behind the vuvuzela. I bet, though, that if you took out all the Twitter posts of people complaining about vuvuzelas, totally number one.

1. iPad (Time)

But wait, there’s more! This week’s issue of Time awarded the iPad the number one spot on the publication’s list of Top 10 Gadgets of 2010 (a list that also included the 11-inch MacBook Air, the iPhone 4, and the Apple TV). Says Time, “Apple finally managed to make tablet computing cool.” Somewhere, Steve Ballmer’s heart is breaking—probably right where he keeps it, in a solid steel lockbox deep beneath the north pole.

Thank you Kindle customers! (Amazon)

In a post on the Kindle Community, the official team behind the e-reader says that Amazon has sold millions of new Kindles in the 73 days since the launch of the device’s latest model—more, it added, than it sold in all of 2009. Unless I miss my guess, millions more.

Apple nemesis to offer Mac App Store alternative (PCWorld)

From the Department of Whaaaa?: Cydia, the popular jailbreak store for iOS devices, is apparently poised to launch a Mac store to compete with Apple’s forthcoming official offering. If only there were some other place that you could buy software for your Mac…hmmmm.

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