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December 5, 2012, 3:40 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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
iTunes Gets an Upgrade Without Missing a Beat  —  Apple's iTunes is the world's most popular computer program for playing, managing and buying music, movies and TV shows.  The company estimates the number of copies in active use to be in the high hundreds of millions.
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.
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.
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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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 …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
News App Circa Launches Web View And Twitter Feed So Everyone Can Read Stories Anywhere  —  We told you about Matt Galligan's news app for iOS, Circa, a few months ago.  Basically, it breaks down “stories” into more consumable chunks so that you can follow something as it happens.
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.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Sonos for iOS adds direct device streaming, takes PCs out of the equation (hands-on)  —  Sonos has been steadily reducing our dependency on the computer as the cornerstone of its multi-room audio system, but there's been one link left to cut: local music.  Outside of an AirPlay workaround …
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 …
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.
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.
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.

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