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September 27, 2012, 11:10 PM

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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Say Hello to Gifts, Facebook's New Mobile Revenue Stream  —  Facebook on Thursday unveiled Gifts, the company's major initiative into the world of social gift giving and e-commerce.  —  It's exactly what it sounds like.  Users can choose, mail and pay for real-world, physical gifts …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM won't show off BlackBerry 10 phones this year  —  Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben tells CNET that Research In Motion will show off more of BlackBerry 10's capabilities, but there will be no big reveal until closer to the launch date.  —  BlackBerry fans hoping to get a peek …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
RIM's Fiscal Q2 2013 Results: Net Loss Of $235 Million On $2.9 Billion In Revenue, 7.4 Million BlackBerrys Shipped  —  After a roller coaster of a week, RIM has just released its fiscal Q2 2013 financials and — shocker — they're not as bad as some thought.
Claire Cain Miller / NYT Bits:
A New Google App Gives You Local Information — Before You Ask for It  —  Google has created a new mobile app that gives people facts about the places around them — unprompted, without the need to even ask for the information.  —  The app, Field Trip, offers historical trivia about a park …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Instagram Beats Twitter in Daily Mobile Users for the First Time, Data Says  —  Pictures beat words: In August, U.S. smartphone owners visited Instagram from their smartphones more frequently and for longer periods of time than they visited Twitter.  —  That data comes from comScore …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Bad Piggies Is A Hit, Taking Just 3 Hours To Hit The Top Spot In The U.S. App Store  —  And just like that, Rovio is back to number 1.  The Finnish gaming company today launched Bad Piggies, an entirely new game that features some of the same characters from the smash hit, Angry Birds.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Growing Its Influence, Klout Gets Strategic Investment From Microsoft — And Serious Bing Integration  —  Klout hasn't just defied influential tech pundits, its social reputation scorecard has won them over.  Now the sometimes-controversial startup is aiming at search.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Here's Yahoo's 2011 3-Year Strategy Plan That Could Be New Roadmap  —  As most readers know, I love a good internal memo from Yahoo — and now I have landed a really meaty one.  —  It's the “Yahoo! Three-Year Product Strategy” plan, a 21-page report that was completed in mid-2011 by a team headed by former product head Blake Irving.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 officially priced in Europe, available in November  —  Nokia unveiled its Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 devices earlier this month, but the company refused to mention pricing, pre-orders, and availability dates.  Despite this, Nokia's Russian subsidiary has started …
Dalton Caldwell / App.net:
Announcing the App.net Developer Incentive Program  —  Two important properties of a successful software platform are:  — A financially sustainable business model that can support both the platform and 3rd-party developers.  — Aligned financial incentives between the platform, users and developers.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
“iCloud Backup”  —  Last year, I bought my 87-year-old grandfather an iPad 2 to replace the who-knows-what PC that was frustrating him constantly.  He only used the PC for email and playing music, so it was a no-brainer.  —  Since my grandparents live in Arizona and I usually …
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Camera+, a Top-Selling iPhone App, Expands to iPad  —  Camera+, an iPhone camera app that has been a top seller in the App Store for years, expanded to the iPad on Thursday.  Not many people shoot photos with an iPad, but the core features of the app are its editing suite and integration of Apple's iCloud online storage service.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Could Be Working On A Square Competitor  —  Rumors have been coming in that Amazon is readying a mobile payments product that could compete with Square, Intuit GoPayment and PayPal Here.  A tipster and an industry source both tell us that Amazon is going after smaller chains of retailers …
Karolina Slowikowska / Reuters:
EU regulators set to charge Microsoft over breached deal  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are preparing to charge Microsoft Corp for failing to comply with a 2009 ruling ordering it to offer users a choice of web browsers, the EU's antitrust chief said on Thursday.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Netflix gets iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support, takes advantage of the new 16:9 screen  —  Netflix today updated its native iOS app with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support.  You can grab the latest version now from the official Apple App store.  —  The requirements for the app now read: “Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Jeb Blount / Reuters:
Google obeys Brazilian court order, blocks YouTube political video  —  (Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of Google, the world's No. 1 Internet search engine, said on Thursday it had obeyed a court order to remove a video attacking a candidate in Brazilian municipal elections from its YouTube service after legal appeals were exhausted.
AppleInsider:
Apple seeks patent for Siri automated assistant  —  Apple is seeking ownership of the technology and features that drive its voice-controlled Siri personal assistant found on iOS devices.  —  The company's extensive 51-page application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is entitled “Intelligent Automated Assistant.”
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Calif. law passed to halt employer snooping on social media  —  Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signs a privacy bill making it illegal for employers to demand employee usernames and passwords for social media accounts.  —  Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown took to social media today to announce that he signed …

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