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December 9, 2012, 2:10 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: TechCrunchTweets: @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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's “Made in USA” computer likely to be Mac Pro  —  The Mac Pro is the only Apple product that fits the bill, and a new one is due in 2013  —  FORTUNE — When Tim Cook announced Thursday that Apple (AAPL) would be investing $100 million to build one of its Mac line of computers exclusively …
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) …
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 …
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
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
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 …

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