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December 21, 2012, 12:15 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
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.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft offers patches to WebKit to aid touch compatibility  —  In a move that has raised eyebrows, Microsoft has submitted a patch to the WebKit project to extend the open source rendering engine with a prototype implementation of the Pointer Events specification that the company is also working …
More: Neowin
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.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft killing off Expression suite of Web and design tools  —  Microsoft has quietly announced that its Expression suite of Web and design-oriented tools is being killed off and phased out.  —  Vector graphics drawing tool Expression Design 4 has been end-of-lifed.
More: ZDNet and WinBeta
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 …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Facebook Sharing Bill Clears Senate, Waiting For Obama's OK  —  Want to tell your Facebook pals what you're watching on Netflix?  Netflix wants to help you do that.  —  And it's now very close to doing that for American users: The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would give …
More: The Verge and Bloomberg
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
SoundTracking 2.0 Rocks Android-Only Features To Bake In YouTube And A Music ID Lock Screen Widget  —  There's some cool things you can only do on Android, and today music moment sharing app SoundTracking starts takes advantage of them.  You can watch YouTube music videos …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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