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December 20, 2012, 9:50 PM

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Kevin Systrom / Instagram:
Updated Terms of Service Based on Your Feedback  —  Earlier this week, we introduced a set of updates to our privacy policy and terms of service to help our users better understand our service.  In the days since, it became clear that we failed to fulfill what I consider …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
RIM beats street by losing less than expected in Q3 with EPS of -$0.22, revenue of $2.7B  —  Today Research In Motion reported third quarter revenue of $2.7 billion and earnings per share of -$0.22.  While the company lost money per share, its loss was lower than expected.
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
RIM Falls 10%, Worries Shift To BlackBerry Service Fees  —  TORONTO—Research In Motion Ltd. swung back to profitability in its fiscal third quarter, but the BlackBerry maker fell short of resolving some of its biggest challenges as it gears up to introduce its new line of smartphones next month.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
RIM's CIO Will Retire At The End Of The Year  —  RIM's Chief Information Officer, Robin Bienfait, will retire at the end of this year, the company announced today.  —  Bienfait has been with the company for six years.  She'll continue to advise the company during the transition …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tries Letting You Pay To Guarantee Message Delivery, Changes Messaging Privacy Settings  —  Sometimes you need to message a non-friend, and today Facebook starts testing if it can make a little money and cut spam by asking you to pay to ensure the recipient sees that message.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Verizon responds to AT&T, adds 29 LTE markets  —  Verizon customers in Selma, Al. and Port Angeles, Wa. are among the cities getting access to the company's 4G LTE network.  —  Verizon has added 29 new LTE markets to its service.  —  The company announced today that Selma, Al. and Port Angeles …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe Acquires Social Portfolio Platform Behance To Power Its Creative Cloud Community Features  —  Adobe just announced that it has acquired Behance, a New York-based online platform where creative professionals can showcase their portfolios and where businesses can find talent.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
The Hacker Way: Facebook reveals its top hacks of 2012  —  The culture at Facebook has always been known to be about The Hacker Way.  Through this philosophy, the company has periodically held and participated in numerous hackathons on its campus.  Today, it has shared what it says are the top hacks from the past year.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Kleiner Partners' View Of the Future of Tech  —  Venture capitalists John Doerr and Ted Schlein of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have had a front-row seat at Silicon Valley's recent Web froth and its fallout.  —  Their venture firm in the past decade made a big bet on clean technology.
Bloomberg:
HTC Said to Plan Windows Tablets to Challenge Apple-Led Market  —  HTC Corp. (2498) plans to make tablets based on the Windows operating system, giving Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) another ally in its challenge to Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG) in the $63.2 billion market, people familiar with the matter said.
More: The Verge
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Snapguide Comes To The iPad Because The Future Of The How-To Is On The Tablet  —  I wouldn't have an iPad if I didn't have to do two things: Do interviews and cook.  The first I have to do for work but the second I do for fun.  Which is why I think that Snapguide's bold and stylish move …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Senator introduces bill to regulate data caps  —  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced Thursday's legislation.  —  Flickr user Sam Craig  —  Earlier this week we covered a new white paper from the New America Foundation arguing the recent proliferation of data caps instituted by broadband providers …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Google's Head of Shopping Says Company Has No Plans to Become a Retailer  —  If you've visited Google Shopping recently, you might confuse the search giant for a retailer.  —  Google Google's VP of Shopping Sameer Samat  —  At the top of the Shopping page, a photo shows a snowboarder floating …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Path boosts social discovery for its 5 million users with the addition of Search and Nearby features  —  Path is releasing an update to its iOS and Android applications.  Starting today, users are going to notice Path Search, a new feature that the company says will help make it easier …
Andrii Degeler / The Next Web:
Google Play is growing faster, but Apple's App Store brings in way more money: Distimo  —  App analytics firm Distimo has published a new report looking at how Google Play and Apple's App Store have fared in 2012.  It finds that while the former is growing rapidly, the latter still beats it more than four-fold in terms of revenues.
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu's Fork in the Road  —  As Amazon.com Inc. and Netflix Inc. battle it out for dominance in online video, owners of the much smaller Hulu LLC, Hollywood's own online video service, are under pressure to decide which direction to go.  —  Jason Kilar, chief executive of Hulu …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Chitika: iOS 6 Spike Likely Due To iPhone In China, Not Google Maps, As U.S. Growth Remains Flat  —  While a study this week from MoPub suggested that iOS 6 adoption indeed did see a spike coinciding with the introduction of Google Maps, Chitika has a new, longer-term look at adoption in the U.S …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
IFTTT gets $7M from Andreessen Horowitz, NEA and Lerer to connect all of our Internet silos  —  Today, IFTTT is announcing a Series A round of $7M that is led by Andreessen Horowitz, with NEA and Lerer Ventures participating.  The round will help IFTTT to expand its staff, and work towards building out its service into a platform.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Samsung preps 5.5-inch flexible phone screen for CES demo  —  In January, Samsung's mobile display spin-off will bring us a step closer to bendable smartphones.  Now that's twisted.  —  You won't have to bend over backward to see Samsung's latest effort in flexible smartphone screens.
More: Engadget and Pocketnow
Politico:
EU's tougher Google deal derails FTC agreement  —  European regulators appear headed toward a dramatically different conclusion to their antitrust probe of Google than their American counterparts — a binding agreement that could cost the search company dearly if violated.

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