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December 18, 2012, 6:10 PM

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Kevin Systrom / Instagram:
Thank you, and we're listening  —  Yesterday we introduced a new version of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that will take effect in thirty days.  These two documents help communicate as clearly as possible our relationship with the users of Instagram so you understand how your data will be used …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
No, Instagram can't sell your photos: what the new terms of service really mean  —  Turns out no one really trusts Facebook after all  —  You agree that a business may pay Instagram to display your photos in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions without any compensation to you.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Instagram co-founder: “It is not our intention to sell your photos”  —  Instagram has responded to today's outrage over its Terms of Service updates, attempting to clarify the concerns of its users.  “To be clear,” says Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, “it is not our intention to sell your photos.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Mark Zuckerberg's Wedding Photographer Is Not Pleased With Mark Zuckerberg  —  Sure, you might not like the changes to Instagram's terms of service — especially the part where the Facebook-owned photo sharer says it may take your stuff and turn it into an ad, without asking permission or paying you.
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.
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:
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 …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple API Strengthens Facebook Ads By Letting You Install App Store Apps Without Leaving FB For iOS 6  —  Facebook and Apple grew closer today as mobile app install ads in Facebook for iOS 6 now allow users to downloads apps from the App Store via pop-up instead of interrupting users and forcing them to leave Facebook.
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: GeekWire and The Verge
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Breaking: Penguin settles with Department of Justice in ebook pricing case  —  Penguin, which is in the process of merging with Random House, has settled with the Department of Justice in the ebook pricing lawsuit.  The DOJ sued Penguin and four other publishers in April for conspiring to set ebook prices.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Leap ships 10,000 developer units, paving the way for a 2013 launch  —  The depth camera company is tempting developers towards their new platform with free units and a revamped SDK.  —  Leap made a splash this summer with a futuristic motion-tracking camera, but they've spent the rest …
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: Engadget
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Xbox Live Goes Short-Form, Adds Content From AOL And Vimeo  —  It's been about a year since Microsoft first unveiled an updated user interface to its Xbox Live media center, with lots of new content from video providers like HBO, Comcast, and Verizon, as well as a universal search interface.
More: GeekWire and GeekWire
David Krane / Google Ventures Blog:
Google Ventures 2012: year in review  —  In 2012 Google Ventures grew across the board: our fund grew to $300 million per year, our team grew to 60 people, and the number of companies we've funded grew to over 150.  —  Thank you to our portfolio companies for the impact you made this year.

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