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December 19, 2012, 1:30 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 …
Derek Powazek:
I'm Not The Product, But I Play One On The Internet  —  “If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.”  —  I don't know who said it first, but the line has achieved a kind of supernatural resonance online.  And for good reason - it describes a kind of modern internet company that provides a free service.
Tweets: @davewiner
Mollie Vandor / Twitter Blog:
Your Twitter archive  —  It's no secret: You make Twitter what it is.  And if you tweet, you may have found yourself wanting to go back in time and explore your past Tweets.  Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008 election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your 10th anniversary …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Kodak Agrees To Sell Digital Imaging Patent Portfolio For $525M To Consortium Of 12 Licensees, Including Apple, Google, Facebook  —  Kodak has agreed to sell its digital imaging portfolio to a consortium of 12 licensees for $525 million, organized by patent-holding company Intellectual Ventures …
Anil Dash:
Rebuilding the Web We Lost  —  We have the obligation to never speak of our concerns without suggesting our solutions.  I've been truly gratified to watch the response to The Web We Lost over the last few days; It's become one of the most popular things I've ever written and has inspired great responses.
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 …
Andrew Nusca / ZDNet:
IBM to acquire StoredIQ in big data play  —  Summary: IBM announced that it will acquire Austin, Texas-based information management firm StoredIQ in a push for more big data capability.  —  Andrew Nusca  —  IBM announced this morning that it will acquire StoredIQ, a privately-held information …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Shuts Down Pirate Bay Proxy After Legal Threats  —  After expensive court action earlier this year, a group of music labels achieved their aim of having The Pirate Bay website blocked by ISPs in the UK.  —  With the official site inaccessible via direct means, many Pirate Bay users switched over to proxy services.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple removes popular AppShopper app from sale as it falls afoul of App Store's new app promotion clause  —  Today brings a high profile removal from the App Store, as the popular AppShopper app is now missing from the store.  The removal, publisher Arnold Kim confirmed to us …
Jay Greene / CNET:
Former Windows boss lands teaching gig at Harvard  —  Steven Sinofsky, who ran the Windows division for six years but left after sparring with some Microsoft executives, tweeted that he will return to Harvard Business School to teach this spring.  —  Steven Sinofsky, who recently left Microsoft …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Stops Its Long-Awaited Ad Network Before It Starts (For Now)  —  Looks like we'll have wait a bit longer to see Facebook's much-anticipated ad network.  —  The social giant is putting the brakes on a test it launched earlier this year that that let it place its own ads on other developer's mobile apps.
Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
Count down to Christmas Eve with Google Santa Tracker  —  While millions of people eagerly await Christmas Day, Santa and his elves are keeping busy at the North Pole.  They're preparing presents, tuning up the sleigh, feeding the reindeer and, of course, checking the list (twice!) …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Samsung confirms malware exploit on Galaxy S III and others, ‘to address it as quickly as possible’  —  Following news this weekend that an exploit on phones like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II could allow malicious apps access to user data and other inner workings of the devices …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
How spyware on rental PCs captured users' most intimate moments  —  Enlarge / As Brian Byrd played poker using a PC purchased from an Aaron's rent-to-own store, PC Rental Agent surreptitiously captured this screen shot.  It is one of hundreds of thousands of images siphoned by the software.
More: Gizmodo
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Finally: AngelList and SecondMarket team up for legal, controlled look-alike to crowdfunding  —  In perhaps the worst kept secret in venture history, SecondMarket and AngelList have teamed up to allow accredited investors to legally invest purely online on AngelList for the first time.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Web Retailers Scrap for Last-Hour Sales  —  WALTON, Ky.—Time is money.  And in the fierce holiday-season battle between online and offline sales, a single hour can be worth millions of dollars.  —  GSI Commerce Inc., a unit of eBay Inc. that handles online shipping for 70 brands including Godiva …
More: The Verge
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Once Proudly Web Only, Shopping Sites Hang Out Real Shingles  —  Andy Dunn was fierce about the Internet-only model of his apparel company, Bonobos, after helping to found it in 2007.  He gave a speech, “The End of Apparel as We Know It,” arguing that stores were a bad economic decision.
More: The Verge
Graeme Philipson / ITWire.com:
.com is so 20th century - Welcome to ICANN's great domain name auction  —  ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has held its lottery draw for 1,930 new sponsored global top level domains (gTLDs).  —  Successful bidders will be able to use gTLDs like .christmas and .sport …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia reportedly planning Windows RT tablet unveil in February  —  Nokia has been teasing its own tablet for almost a year without any solid details, but it looks like that might be about to change at Mobile World Congress.  DigiTimes reports that Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Compal Electronics …

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