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December 5, 2012, 2:10 PM

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Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Twitter Loses Ability to Properly Display Instagram Photos  —  Welcome to the Photo Wars.  —  Instagram on Wednesday disabled the ability for Twitter to properly display Instagram photos on its Web site and in its applications.  The move escalates tensions between the two companies …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Instagram CEO feels Twitter card removal is ‘the correct thing for our business’  —  Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom just took the stage at the LeWeb conference and is speaking directly to this morning's controversial change that removed Twitter card support.  Right off the bat, Systrom made it clear that …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Kevin Systrom On Pulling Twitter Cards Integration: We Want Images Viewed On Instagram.com  —  Instagram has turned off Twitter Cards integration, leaving Instagram users on the short-winded social network with cropped, less-than-perfect copies of their masterwork in iPhonography.
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple  —  As Google Inc. battles rivals ranging from Apple Inc. to Internet companies that allege it fixes its search results, Eric Schmidt has become the search giant's peacemaker and explainer-in-chief.  —  Google's former CEO and current executive chairman met …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Unveils Latest Windows Phone 8 Device: Lumia 620 Packs 3.8 Inch ClearBlack Display, NFC, Costs $249 (Before Taxes)  —  Marko Ahtisaari, Executive VP of Design, Nokia, has unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 device: the Nokia Lumia 620.  The product design chief was speaking at the LeWeb conference taking place this week in Paris.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Rethinking Mobile First  —  I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago.  In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion.  —  There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it.
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Philips, LG Electronics, 4 others fined $1.92 billion for EU cartel  —  (Reuters) - Philips, LG Electronics, Samsung SDI and three other firms were fined a record 1.47 billion euros ($1.92 billion) by EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday for fixing prices of TV cathode-ray tubes in two cartels lasting nearly a decade.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves resolution to keep Internet control out of UN hands  —  The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a Senate resolution introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that calls on the U.S. government to oppose government control of the Internet.  —  The 397- vote was meant to send …
More: VentureBeat, The Next Web and TechdirtTweets: @eldon
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Prismatic Gets $15M From Jim Breyer And Yuri Milner To Attack The Impossible Problem Of Bringing You Relevant News  —  News aggregation is a glory-less pursuit, where even the companies that do succeed have to grapple with the fact that no algorithm is ever going to be as good as the human brain …
More: Digits and AllThingsD
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Google Street View and Maps coming to Wii U in January 2013  —  During today's Nintendo Direct presentation, Iwata-san had plenty of game footage to show to Japan-based fans, but also casually mentioned that Google-powered maps and street vistas will arrive on the Wii U at the end of January 2013.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
NSFW: Apple's Russian iTunes launch plagued with bug displaying escort/pornography sites  —  “In Soviet Russia, Porn blocks Apple.”  —  It appears Apple's launch of iTunes music and movies in Russia is running into a bit of controversy with several Russian users noticing advertising …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Amazon brings one of its flagship Kindle features, X-Ray for books, to its iOS app  —  One of Amazon's flagship features, X-Ray for Books, has finally arrived in its iOS version.  Thsi is enormous as it's one of the main reasons I love reading books on my Kindle and the Kindle Fire so much better than my iPad.
More: WebProNews
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Nokia Maps digitises streets to battle Google's threat  —  Nokia is combining data gathered by lasers and cameras to make interactive 3D images of cities  —  Nokia smells an opportunity.  Maps have become one of the most closely-watched battlegrounds in tech after a user-backlash led Apple …
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Your AT&T Bill Will Soon Be a Video  —  Deciphering wireless bills requires a degree of patience only slightly lower than interpreting the Constitution, so we're very happy to see AT&T making theirs a lot more human-friendly.  Starting today, AT&T is explaining your monthly costs with a simple video.
Craig Lloyd / SlashGear:
Verizon to start targeted advertising this week, will be optional  —  If you're a customer of Verizon's, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for an email, text message, or notification mentioning the carrier's new “Verizon Selects” program.  In exchange for sharing your data usage …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
IDC Raises Tablet Forecast For 2012 And Onward: 122.3M By Year-End, 172.4M By 2013; Android Gains, eReaders Lose  —  Analysts at IDC have today upped their tablet forecast for 2012 and onward, now predicting 122.3 million units for 2012, up from the firm's previous forecast of 117.1 million units.
Thomas Gryta / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Using Sandy Repairs to Upgrade Wireline Network  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is replacing copper wire damaged by superstorm Sandy with fiber-optic cable, a move that allows the company to sell more services to customers.  —  The accelerated installation of fiber cable …
More: IntoMobile
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
Google adds horizontal carousel for web based iPad searches about local places  —  Google updated its web experience for U.S. iPad users who search for local places, such as bars and restaurants, on Google Search.  The Mountain View-based company called the new feature a “horizontal carousel” …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
After false start, insurance comparison site Leaky nets $670k, launches nationwide  —  After a bit of a bumpy start, Y Combinator-backed insurance comparison site Leaky is getting off the ground.  —  On Wednesday, the San Francisco-based startup said it had raised $670,000 in seed funding and opened up its site to users nationwide.

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