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December 10, 2012, 9:45 PM

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Coleen Baik / Twitter Blog:
Twitter photos: Put a filter on it  —  Every day, millions of people come to Twitter to connect with the things they care about and find out what's happening around the world.  As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Apple redraws maps after Australian drivers led astray in the bush  —  Mildura police issue warning after motorists lose way in scorching temperatures because town misplaced on Apple Maps  —  Apple has updated its new maps system after police in Mildura, Australia, said a number of people trying …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Will Nix Voting, Integrate Instagram Data Despite Vote Ending With 88% Of 668K Votes Opposed  —  The polls have closed on Facebook's final site governance vote, with 588,803 votes (88 percent) opposed to the changes, and 79,697 of the total 668,500 in support.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Microsoft Leaks References to ‘Office Mobile for iPhone’, ‘Excel for iPad’ and ‘PowerPoint for iPad’  —  Building upon a series of reports about Microsoft's apparent efforts to bring its Office productivity suite to iOS, The Verge last month shared a few screenshots and noted that the suite …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Motorola to exit South Korea in 2013, as Google restructuring claims another 500+ jobs  —  Motorola Mobility is to close down almost all of its operations in South Korea next year as its reorganization under the ownership of Google continues.  The phone maker will keep 10 percent of its local R&D staff …
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
In South Korea, the Republic of Samsung  —  SEOUL — So sprawling is Samsung's modern-day empire that some South Koreans say it has become possible to live a Samsung-only life: You can use a Samsung credit card to buy a Samsung TV for the living room of your Samsung-made apartment …
Matt Smith / Reuters:
Russia backs down on proposals to regulate the Internet  —  (Reuters) - A Russia-led coalition on Monday withdrew a proposal to give governments new powers over the Internet, a plan opposed by Western countries in talks on a new global telecom treaty.  —  Negotiations on the treaty mark …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Instagram's next move: a novel new camera for iOS and a fresh filter for all  —  Embroiled in a photo turf war with Twitter, Instagram's deadly weapon of choice is a revamped iOS application that allows users to snap better, more stylized shots.  —  The Facebook-owned entity today released …
Sachin Agarwal / Twitter Blog:
New profiles for everyone  —  A few months ago, we introduced new Twitter profiles so that you could make your profile beautiful and display your style on your profile page.  By uploading a header photo on twitter.com or our mobile apps on iPhone, iPad or Android, you can make your profile more uniquely yours.
Russ Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Sequoia's Leone: In Venture, Big is the Enemy of Great  —  “Complete warfare” is how Sequoia Capital's Douglas Leone sees the contest to stay atop of the venture capital heap.  —  “The venture model is not broken for the partnerships that know what they're doing,” Leone told …
Matthew Lynley / Digits:
Jack Dorsey Explains: Why Square Is Getting Into Gift Cards  —  Mobile-payment service Square has launched a new way to pay for products with its Square Wallet app: gift cards.  —  Here's how it works: Any Square user can send someone a “gift card” for a store that's personalized via Square's mobile Wallet application.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM teases BlackBerry 10 launch with image of first BB10 smartphone  —  Hoping to keep interest levels up before its big January 30th launch, Research In Motion (RIMM) has started to tease its own “laptop-killing” BlackBerry 10-powered smartphone on its official website.
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Dell founder ‘turned down Autonomy’  —  Billionaire entrepreneur Michael Dell has revealed that Autonomy was offered to him before it was bought by Hewlett-Packard, but that he rejected the British software firm because it was “overwhelmingly obvious” that it was overpriced.
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Detained John McAfee Sells Life Rights for Movie, TV  —  Montreal-based Impact Future Media says it has secured the exclusive IP rights to the embattled anti-virus pioneer, now wanted in Belize over the death of his neighbor.  —  TORONTO - U.S. anti-virus pioneer John McAfee …
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
US patent lawsuits now dominated by ‘trolls’ -study  —  For the first time, individuals and companies that do not themselves make anything - commonly known as “patent trolls” - are bringing the majority of U.S. patent lawsuits, according to a study by a California law professor.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
FTC: Most mobile apps for kids secretly collect and share information  —  A study from the Federal Trade Commission has found that most mobile apps for kids are secretly collecting information from children including device IDs, phone numbers, locations, and other private information without their parents' knowledge or consent.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
How Union Square Ventures Almost Invested In BuzzFeed — And Then Didn't  —  Last week, we took a tour of BuzzFeed and interviewed its co-founder and CEO, Jonah Peretti, and Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.  The full story will run later this week.  In the meantime, there was one mystery Peretti solved for us while we were there.

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