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December 18, 2012, 1:40 PM

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Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Samsung drops Apple injunctions in Europe  —  Samsung has today announced it will drop its inunction requests against Apple for standards-essential patent infringement in Germany, the UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands.  In a statement given to The Verge, the manufacturer said:
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Judge denies Apple permanent injunction, throws out Samsung's jury misconduct claims  —  Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over the Apple v. Samsung litigation in the Northern District of California, just entered two important post-trial orders.  Within minutes of each other …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Nokia CEO: We have to move with more urgency (Q&A)  —  Stephen Elop speaks to CNET and weighs in on the cultural shift at Nokia, why he went with AT&T as an exclusive partner, and what keeps him up at night.  —  Nokia has undergone a significant cultural and identity shift under the leadership of CEO Stephen Elop.
NYT Bits:
What Instagram's New Terms of Service Mean for You  —  Instagram released an updated version of its privacy policy and terms of service on Monday, and they include lengthy stipulations on how photographs uploaded by users may be used by Instagram and its parent company, Facebook.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Why You Should Want to Pay for Software, Instagram Edition  —  If you want to stop social networking services from exploiting your likeness for advertising, you've got to start paying up.  —  Instagram is changing its terms of use in January.  Included in the new legalese is one section …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple in Preliminary Talks with Foursquare About Data-Sharing Deal  —  Apple Inc. is in early discussions to integrate local data from Foursquare Labs Inc. into its mapping application, according to people familiar with the talks, as the company continues to build an arsenal of local data to try to take on Google Inc.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Facebook Prepares to Bring Video Ads to News Feed, Aims for TV Dollars  —  But Will TV Ads Disrupt Social Experience?  —  Facebook is set to unveil a new video-ad product in the first half of next year in its largest attempt to date to attract big swaths of ad dollars from TV advertisers …
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Federal Trade Commission to data brokers: Show us your data  —  The Federal Trade Commission has ordered nine data brokerage companies to tell the agency how they harvest and use data on consumers, toughening its stance toward the multibillion-dollar industry.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung unveils new 5-inch dual-SIM Galaxy Grand, with dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 8MP camera  —  Adding yet another Galaxy S III (or maybe Note) clone to its collection of Android smartphones, Samsung today launched its new Galaxy Grand handset, offering a dual 1.2 GHz processor …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google starts putting Meebo to use: New Google+ social sharing bar spotted on the Web (Updated)  —  Update at foot of post.  —  It looks like Google has begun putting its acquisition of Meebo to use after a chat bar looking very much like that of the advertising startup was spotted in the wild — screenshot below.
More: Mashable!
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Google Music gains scan and match feature in the US  —  It wasn't very long ago that Google Music landed in Europe — to the delight of local music lovers, we're sure.  On its trip across the pond, the service gained a unique new feature called scan and match, wherein Google scans …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Passes 200M Monthly Active Users, A 42% Increase Over 9 Months  —  Twitter has announced via its own official Twitter account that the service now has more than 200 million monthly active users, an increase of 60 million from the 140 million milestone it shared back in March.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft, Motorola millions apart on royalty payment case  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp and Google Inc's Motorola phone unit remain millions of dollars apart in their respective valuations of video and wi-fi patents at issue in a pivotal case before a federal judge in Seattle.
More: Neowin, CNET and CNET
Paul Mozur / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn Workers Say, ‘Keep Our Overtime’  —  SHENZHEN, China—Nets to catch would-be jumpers still sag ominously from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.'s buildings.  —  But two years after a spate of suicides at the Apple Inc. supplier's campus here, workers are more concerned …
More: Digits
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple releases iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5, iPad mini to fix annoying WiFi connectivity bug  —  Apple has today released iOS 6.0.2 for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini only, fixing a bug that could affect the connections and speeds of their WiFi radios.  The update is currently available in iTunes only …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Tor: An Anonymous, And Controversial, Way to Web-Surf  —  For more than four years, William Weber has helped run a free service called Tor that makes Web surfing anonymous for anyone.  —  Then on Nov. 28, the police showed up at the 20-year-old's home in Graz, Austria, and accused him of distributing child pornography.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Instagram's latest app update fixed my biggest pet peeve, and people hate it  —  As a long time user of Instagram, I have come to loathe a certain thing that people do on the service.  No, it's not duckface or Throwback Thursdays.  It's not even the fact that most people will never …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
What The Twitter/Instagram Standoff Has Meant For Traffic To Instagram  —  When Instagram began to pull its inline previews of photos out of Twitter almost two weeks ago, many did not take that turn of events too well.  Consumers like things easy, and clicking out of one app or site to go elsewhere is not always the best experience.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor details leaked: 4-plus-1 cores, 28nm, six times the power of Tegra 3  —  NVIDIA's next superhero-themed mobile chipset has possibly made an early appearance in a leaked side in China, and it looks like it wants to go toe-to-toe with the latest processors from Samsung and Qualcomm.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Bing Updates Its Image Search Results With Enhanced Photo Viewer, Speed Improvements  —  Microsoft updated Bing's image search results pages with larger thumbnails and less white-space earlier this year and today, the company is taking this one step further by also introducing a new way to explore imagery on Bing.
More: Bing and The Verge
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
European Antitrust Case Against Google Moves Towards Settlement As Well  —  Google seems to have stared down antitrust concerns both at home and abroad, with the help of its Chairman Eric Schmidt.  —  The company has been given a new deadline of January 2013, said Joaquin Almunia …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Twitter Isn't Leaving Out BlackBerry Users, Updates Its App To Include “Connect” Interactions  —  Just because geeks might not think BlackBerry is a fun platform doesn't mean that people still don't use it.  Today, Twitter announced a 4. update to its BlackBerry app, and included …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Tumblr for Android adds support for tablets, as the wait continues for iPad owners  —  Tumblr has pushed an update to its Android app that brings support for tablet devices, such as Google's Nexus 7.  That's a nice win for Android since it wasn't long ago that newer devices — like said Nexus 7 …

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