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December 18, 2012, 2:35 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 …
Bloomberg:
Apple Loses Bid for U.S. Ban on Infringing Samsung Phones  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s request for a U.S. sales ban on 26 Samsung Electronics Co. devices was rejected by a federal judge following a jury verdict in August finding infringement of six of the iPhone maker's patents.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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, The Verge and Neowin

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