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December 5, 2012, 3:00 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 …
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.
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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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Neil McAllister / The Register:
Half of all app store revenue goes to just 25 developers  —  Top app earners carve up $60m pie  —  Apple's App Store and the Google Play store each claim to offer over 700,000 apps to choose from, but only a tiny fraction of them bring in significant revenue for their developers, according to research from analyst firm Canalys.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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” …

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