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December 16, 2012, 5:20 PM

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Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Instagram Testimony Doesn't Add Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On a late August morning, Kevin Systrom, chief executive of Instagram, took an oath before testifying at a hearing of the California Corporations Department, which sought to determine if Facebook's acquisition …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter has started rolling out the option to download all your tweets  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has promised in recent months that an option for users to download an archive of all the tweets from their accounts would be available this year.  At least for some, this long-awaited feature has arrived …
Wesley Yin-Poole / Eurogamer.net:
Why Xbox failed in Japan  —  The inside story on Microsoft's greatest ever challenge.  —  Bill Gates was preparing to walk out on stage to deliver his much-anticipated keynote at the Tokyo Game Show on Friday 30th March 2001.  The Makuhari Exhibition Hall was packed with a 4000-strong audience.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Below the Surface  —  Early data shows that the PC market has not experienced a “pop” from Windows 8.  Market watchers have been anticipating this pop since every previous version of Windows has led to a surge in shipments.  PC vendors have also been hoping for this to lift their volumes.
More: parislemon and MacDailyNewsTweets: @timcohn
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
New exploit could give Android malware apps access to user data on Samsung GS III, other devices  —  The brilliant minds at XDA Developers have done it again; this time, a user by the name of alephzain claims to have discovered a vulnerability in multiple Samsung devices that gives access to all physical memory.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
The Thriving Bazaar on Instagram  —  Instagram, the picture-sharing application that Facebook bought earlier this year, has not yet figured out a way to make money.  But some of its users have.  —  These entrepreneurs have realized that they can piggyback on the popularity of Instagram …
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Apple takes investors on a wild ride  —  Apple's stock is extremely valuable and volatile.  Its performance affects the global economy, not to mention just about anyone who has a 401(k) or a pension.  —  Some Apple believers say the way to understand the stock's behavior is to focus on market factors, not bits of news.
John Gruber / Macworld:
The unlikely persistence of AppleScript  —  First, a little history:  —  Apple acquired NeXT at the end of 1996, with the plan of using that company's OpenStep operating system as the foundation for the future of Mac OS.  The first plan for that OS was called Rhapsody …
More: Daring Fireball and MacStoriesTweets: @lessien
Peter Delevett / Mercury News:
Former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson is on the trail to redemption at new startup  —  Scott Thompson was one of Silicon Valley's luminaries — the highly regarded president of PayPal who ascended to the top spot at Yahoo (YHOO) earlier this year before it all came crashing down.
More: VentureBeatThanks:@mercwiretap
BBC:
Internet porn: Automatic block rejected  —  Campaigners say it is too easy for children to access explicit adult content  —  Ministers have rejected plans to automatically block internet access to pornography on all computers, saying the move is not widely supported.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google drops a Gmail-shaped bomb on Windows Phone  —  The ecosystem battle continues  —  For Windows Phone users, the news out of Google today couldn't be much worse.  —  The company announced it's removing support for Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync protocol for new devices from January 30th, 2013.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
As Facebook joins the NASDAQ-100, both RIM and Netflix are dropped  —  Following the news that Facebook joined the NASDAQ-100, an index comprised of the 100 largest non-financial stocks listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market, Netflix and troubled BlackBerry maker RIM have been dropped.

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