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December 9, 2012, 11:25 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 …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
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, Web 2.0 Asia Blog and CNETThanks:@eldon
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:
Half A Million People Voted Against Facebook's Governance Changes, But Not Enough As Polls Close Tomorrow  —  619,000 people have cast their ballot in Facebook's vote on site governance and policy, and 87% want to block the changes.  But unless 299.4 million more people vote by tomorrow morning …
More: Nyack and rt.com
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
Agence France Presse:
Iran launches own ‘YouTube’ website  —  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) called ‘Mehr’ …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung reveals final details of Galaxy S3 ‘Premium Suite Upgrade’, includes easy mode, camera updates  —  Last week Samsung teased owners of the Galaxy S III smartphone with details of its ‘Premium Suite Upgrade’ — aka new Jelly Bean update — that it has begun introducing for the device …
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 …

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