December 9, 2012, 8:25 PM

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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Confirmed: Effective Immediately, Say Goodbye to Instagram Photos Inside of Twitter  —  Instagram completely turned off support for Twitter Cards technology on Sunday, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to AllThingsD.  —  While users can still post links to their Instagram photos on Twitter …
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 …
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.
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
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 and CNETThanks:@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.
Alex Howard / digiphile:
The White House joins Pinterest, invites users to holiday social  —  The White House joined Pinterest today.  Over the past several years, the White House digital team has sought to leverage the growing unprecedented scale of its connections on these networks to influence national debates on proposed laws …
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 …
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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