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December 5, 2012, 9:50 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 …
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
U.N. summit votes to support Internet eavesdropping  —  Deep packet inspection standard adopted despite Germany's warning that it will “empower” censorship.  Other uses: detecting BitTorrent transfers and identifying “copyright protected audio content.”  —  A United Nations summit …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Lack of Distribution Is “Killing” Surface  —  If Microsoft is being coy about revealing Surface sales data, it may be for good reason.  Early demand for the company's first tablet is lousy.  How lousy?  Put it this way: If Microsoft really did manufacture three million to five million Surface tablets …
Kostas Tsioutsiouliklis / Twitter Blog:
See Trends for 100 more cities  —  Today, we're bringing Trends to 100 more cities around the world including Istanbul, Frankfurt, Guadalajara and Incheon.  With this update, we now surface the ‘most breaking’ news in more than 200 locations.  To view Trends for different locations, just click “Change” in the Trends section.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Time Spent In Mobile Apps Is Starting To Challenge Television, Flurry Says  —  Now that usage of mobile apps has overtaken browsing on the desktop web, it's starting to challenge television, Flurry says.  The San Francisco-based mobile analytics startup says that consumers are spending 127 minutes per …
Brian McClendon / Google LatLong:
Building a better map of Europe  —  More than a billion people use Google Maps each month to find their way around town and around the world.  To help these people get exactly the information they need, the Google Maps team works constantly to ensure that the geographic data behind our maps is comprehensive and accurate.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Sophisticated botnet steals more than $47M by infecting PCs and phones  —  Behold—the Eurograbber, visualized.  —  Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock  —  A new version of the Zeus trojan—a longtime favorite of criminals conducting online financial fraud—has been used in attacks …
More: CNET and 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.
Steve Donohue / FierceCable:
Time Warner Cable to expand usage-based broadband billing option nationwide  —  Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) will offer a usage-based billing option to cable modem customers in every state it offers service except Hawaii by the end of December, CEO Glenn Britt said Monday.
More: Z6Mag
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft wants to hear your Android malware horror stories again, free Windows Phones for the best  —  Last year, Microsoft launched a vicious marketing campaign called #DroidRage, in which it asked Android users for their malware horror stories.  If your story was deemed worthy, you got a free Windows Phone.
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.
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Skype confirms video messaging feature with legal change  —  The service will allow short video messages to be sent between subscribers  —  Skype hasn't officially confirmed rumors of a video messaging service that's supposed to be coming to its platform, but an update to its terms of service on Wednesday did the job.
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.
Sofia Menchu / Reuters:
Software guru John McAfee arrested in Guatemala: interior minister  —  (Reuters) - Anti-virus software guru John McAfee was arrested by Guatemalan police on Wednesday, for illegally entering the country, interior minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said.  —  McAfee crossed into Guatemala …
Lee Mathews / Geek.com:
Times of London offers $80 Nexus 7 to new digital subscribers  —  News readers in the UK now have the chance to sign up for one heck of a good deal on a tablet bundle.  The Times of London is offering a 32GB Nexus 7 for around $80 with an 18-month commitment to its digital pack.
Matthew Lynley / Digits:
ShopKeep, The ‘East Coast Square,’ Raises $10 Million  —  ShopKeep, a New York-based startup that builds a point-of-sales app for the iPad, has raised $10 million in its second round of funding.  —  The comparison to Square is easy to make, given that both plug credit card readers into an iPad.
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.

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