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December 18, 2012, 2:55 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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Instagram backlash is Flickr's gain  —  Users look elsewhere after Instagram changes its policies  —  Popular photo sharing service Instagram is facing a user backlash after the company revealed new terms of service this week.  The fine print, that takes effect on January 16th …
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Wayne Lam / iSuppli:
Samsung Displaces Nokia as Top Cellphone Brand in 2012 and Takes Decisive Smartphone Lead Over Apple  —  For the first time in 14 years, wireless communications giant Nokia will not sit atop the global cellphone business on an annual basis at the end of 2012—with Samsung set to seize the mobile handset market's top rank.
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.
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Why 84% of Kickstarter's top projects shipped late  —  If you pledged cash for a crowdfunded product, be prepared to be very, very patient: A CNNMoney examination of the top 50 most-funded projects on Kickstarter found that 84% missed their target delivery dates.
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: Engadget
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Michael Peck / Defense News:
Microsoft Wants to Kinect with Pentagon  —  Microsoft hopes its popular Kinect gaming accessory will score with veterans who need physical therapy.  —  The software behemoth has paired the Kinect with off-the-shelf software in a package that can be used by injured soldiers and veterans …
More: Polygon and Neowin
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 …
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.

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