December 9, 2012, 7:50 AM

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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Twitter's photo filters may already be live, as employees test them in new iOS and Android apps  —  Following Instagram's decision to stop letting users view photos on Twitter, rumors that Twitter is to launch its own photo filters are looking more solid by the day.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @mediaredef
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Authoritarian regimes push for larger ITU role in DNS system  —  China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia want expanded ITU authority online.  —  Mr Mohamed Al Ghanim, Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), UAE, speaking in meeting at Day 5, WCIT 2012  —  itupictures
More: ZDNet and FierceTelecom NewsTweets: @wcitleaks
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's battle for consumers: it's time to drop the Windows name  —  In a mobile world, the brand is the biggest crutch  —  The Windows brand has served Microsoft well for over 25 years, but with increased competition from mobile operating systems and web services, it's time for the software maker to rethink its approach.
More: Windows 8 Beta, PhoneArena and NeowinTweets: @tomwarren
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
China's mini Apple takes slice of smartphone pie  —  (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi Technology is a fairy tale for nerdy entrepreneurs.  —  Less than three years after its founding, the smartphone maker is valued at $4 billion and evokes Apple-like adoration from its fans …
More: CNET
Janet Reitman / Rolling Stone:
The Rise and Fall of Jeremy Hammond: Enemy of the State  —  As a devastating series of cyberattacks struck the heart of the national-security establishment, the Feds set out to destroy the legendary hacker and radical anarchist by any means necessary  —  On a cold day in mid-December 2011 …
More: The VergeTweets: @gambe_
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
You for Sale: Company Envisions ‘Vaults’ for Personal Data  —  “YOU are walking around naked on the Internet and you need some clothes,” says Michael Fertik.  “I am going to sell you some.”  —  Naked?  Not exactly, but close.  —  Mr. Fertik, 34, is the chief executive of …
Jason Grieves / The Windows Blog:
The secrets of the Windows Phone 8 keyboard  —  From the day Windows Phone 7 made its debut, we've gotten lots of kudos for its on-screen keyboard and intelligent suggestions and corrections.  Engadget called it “one of the best and most accurate virtual keyboards we've used on any platform.”

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