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December 11, 2012, 4:10 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft balks at Apple's 30% fee, leaving SkyDrive and apps that integrate with it in the lurch on iOS  —  Microsoft and Apple are currently locked in something of a Cold War over the future of SkyDrive in the iOS App Store.  —  Sources close to Microsoft have detailed to TNW a difficult …
Helen Knight / MIT:
Tiny compound semiconductor transistor could challenge silicon's dominance  —  MIT researchers develop the smallest indium gallium arsenide transistor ever built.  —  A cross-section transmission electron micrograph of the fabricated transistor.  The central inverted V is the gate.
Kevin Kelleher / Fortune:
Will Adobe's new cloud strategy pay off?  —  A risky makeover of the king of shrinkwrapped software is starting to win over skeptics.  —  FORTUNE — Adobe chief Shantanu Narayan and a dozen of his top executives were sequestered in a tony Carmel Valley spa in California.
More: CNET
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 …
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 …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Blogging with Medium, the odd new product from Twitter's founders  —  Can Ev Williams and Biz Stone build a better blog?  —  Blogging was once heralded as a great equalizer, seizing power from big media gatekeepers and redistributing it to the common internet user.
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.
More: CNET
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Bing Augmented Reality team readies framework, Windows 8 tablet apps  —  Summary: Microsoft's Bing Information Platform team is working on an augmented-reality SDK, as well as a number of related apps for Windows 8 tablets and other devices.  —  The Microsoft Bing team is doing …
More: Neowin
Chris Taylor / Reuters:
Your Money: The “Apple Tax” - America's costly obsession  —  (Reuters) - With the “fiscal cliff” looming, taxpayers are wringing their hands about all sorts of things.  Income taxes might rise, dividends might get walloped, lifetime gift-tax exemptions might get slashed.
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.
More: iMore.com and 9to5Mac
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.
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel says on track to launch smaller mobile chips  —  (Reuters) - Intel presented new manufacturing technology that it said keeps it on track to launch a new generation of chips for smartphones and tablets as it rushes to catch up with Qualcomm and other rivals in the fast-growing mobile market.
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 …

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