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December 18, 2012, 8:10 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 …
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:
Will Oremus / Slate:
It's Official: Twitter Is Not a Fad  —  Pope Benedict XVI is among Twitter's 60 million new active users since March.  —  Whether because of its name, its outsize media hype, or its reputation for getting its users in trouble for ill-advised words, Twitter has struggled to be taken seriously …
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.
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 …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
To stream everywhere, Netflix encodes each movie 120 times  —  Xboxes, iPads, connected TVs: Netflix streams to a lot of different devices.  More than 900, to be precise.  And many of them have different screen sizes, bitrate requirements and codec support.
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.
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 …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Wins Ruling in Motorola Mobility Patent Case at ITC  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone didn't violate patent rights owned by Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility for a sensor that prevents accidental hang-ups, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge said today.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
iOS 6 Adoption Grows 29% Over The Weekend As People Finally Update After Google Maps Arrives  —  Apple Maps was so bad that people refused to upgrade to iOS 6 until they could get Google Maps, says data from massive mobile ad exchange MoPub.  The 12,000 apps it supports saw a 29 percent increase …
Craig Lloyd / SlashGear:
Tim Cook, Marissa Mayer among TIME Person of the Year finalists  —  TIME Magazine has unveiled its shortlist of finalists for the magazine's 2012 Person of the Year award, which goes to the person or group that TIME editors deem had the single greatest impact during the past year.
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
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
No, Let's Talk About Video Game Violence  —  Gaming's soul is sick.  And gamers hate talking about it.  —  Adam Lanza was a gamer.  —  This fact has been reported, re-reported, and rehashed to the extent that it's now part of the killer's capsule bio: Young.  White.  Male.  Asperger's.
More: WorldViews and The VergeTweets: @lewiep and @jesseltaylor

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