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December 9, 2012, 5:00 PM

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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Aims to Release Photo Filters in Time for the Holidays  —  Forget Lo-Fi and Toaster.  There may be a sepia-toned little bird under the tree this Christmas.  —  Twitter is making a big push to release a series of photo filters to be used inside the official Twitter app before the end of the year …
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: TechCrunch and Mashable!Tweets: @mediaredef
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Square integrates Apple's Passbook and introduces gift cards for iOS app users  —  With the Christmas season bearing down on us, red hot mobile payment service Square has made a major move after it introduced gift cards to its iOS app and integrated Passbook to allow gifted money to be spent.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, Zynga Ask Courts To Reject Patents On Abstract Ideas That Plague Tech Innovation  —  Just because you take an abstract idea and say you do it “on a computer” or “over the Internet” doesn't mean you deserve a patent, according to an amicus brief filed on Friday by Google, Facebook and six other tech companies.
More: AllThingsD, CNET and FOSS PatentsThanks:@eldon
Neuro Bonkers / Scientific American:
The Meteoric Ascent of the Patent Troll and the Devastating Consequences for Innovation  —  Today it is perfectly legal for companies to buy and sell the rights to unlimited numbers of ideas, a company is not required to have any interest in making these ideas a reality.
Agence France-Presse:
Iran launches own ‘YouTube’ website: state TV  —  Tehran: Iran has launched its own video-sharing website to compete against Google's popular YouTube whose content is deemed inappropriate by the Islamic regime, the state television reported on Sunday.  —  The website (http://www.mehr.ir) …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Air Force Stumbles Over Software Modernization Project  —  IN policy circles, problems that are mind-bogglingly difficult or impossible to solve, like global warming, are formally termed “wicked.”  —  For the United States Air Force, installing a new software system has certainly proved to be a wicked problem.
More: Bloomberg
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Gabe Newell: Living Room PCs Will Compete With Next-Gen Consoles  —  Steam's Big Picture mode was just the first step: according to Valve boss Gabe Newell, you'll be able to buy a living-room-friendly PC package next year.  —  Speaking to me during a brief interview on the red carpet at the VGAs last night …
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 Reputation.com …
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 …

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