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December 5, 2012, 12:55 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 …
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:
Nokia announces the Lumia 920T with China Mobile, available for $739 before end of 2012  —  Nokia has announced that its Lumia 920T smartphone is coming to China Mobile, the country's largest carrier, and it will launch before the end of the year for 4599 RMB ($739 - off contract) with a choice of black, white, yellow and red.
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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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 …
Ryan Vlastelica / Reuters:
Apple shares tumble 4 percent in heavy trade, on mix of reasons  —  (Reuters) - Shares of Apple Inc tumbled 4 percent in heavy, midday trading on Wednesday, rounding off a bleak ten weeks for the most valuable company in the United States, with analysts citing a mix of reasons for the drop.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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” …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Prismatic Gets $15M From Jim Breyer And Yuri Milner To Attack The Really Hard 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 …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Kindle FreeTime Unlimited Offers Restricted Access To Content For Kids From Disney, Nickelodeon, DC Comics, And More  —  Amazon today launched FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service that offers movies, games, and books for the kids.  The launch follows the recent software update to Kindle Fire …
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 …
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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung promotes son and heir closer to top job  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co pushed the anointed heir of the company Chairman closer to the top job on Wednesday as the it cemented a global lead in smartphones with a stock price that is close to record highs.

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