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December 21, 2012, 2:35 PM

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Nokia:
Nokia and RIM enter into new patent license agreement  —  RIM payments to Nokia settle all legal actions between the companies  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has entered into a new patent license agreement with Research In Motion.  The agreement will result in settlement of all existing patent …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Why the Instagram debacle just taught every tech company to be shadier than ever  —  Last night Instagram announced that it was retracting a controversial terms of service change that was widely and inaccurately interpreted to mean that the company would be selling user photos.
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 …
Reuters:
Steve Jobs superyacht impounded over unpaid Starck designer bill  —  (Reuters) - A superyacht built for Apple Inc's late co-founder Steve Jobs has been impounded in Amsterdam because of a dispute over an unpaid bill to designer Philippe Starck, a lawyer said on Friday.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Reaches Highest-Ever U.S. Smartphone Sales Share At 53.3%; Android Consolidates In Europe  —  Apple's shares, as you may have seen, have been sliding in the market on the back of strong competition from Android device makers.  Today, some new figures on recent smartphone sales …
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.
Manuela D'Alessandro / Reuters:
Google executives acquitted in Milan autism video case  —  (Reuters) - An Italy appeals court acquitted three Google executives of charges of having violated the privacy of an Italian boy with autism by letting a video of him being bullied be posted on the site in 2006.
Reuters:
EU charges Samsung with abusing vital telecoms patent  —  (Reuters) - The European Commission charged Samsung Electronics on Friday with abusing its dominant position in seeking to bar rival Apple from using a patent deemed essential to mobile phone use.  —  The Commission sent a …
Sven Grundberg / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify Rival Deezer Eyes U.S.  —  Online music streaming company Deezer stepped up pressure on its peers on Thursday with the launch of a free streaming service in more than 150 countries and said it is looking for a partner to enter the U.S. market.  —  The Paris-based company …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Adobe Acquired Portfolio Service Behance For More Than $150 Million In Cash And Stock  —  Adobe announced yesterday that it had acquired New York-based company Behance.  With 1 million members, the startup developed a LinkedIn for artists, allowing users to showcase their visual work.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Is Amazon working on its own version of AppleCare for Kindle products?  —  Amazon may be considering extended warranty and repair services similar to Apple's AppleCare, according to two trademark application the company filed earlier this month.  The applications also suggest that the company …
Eli Dourado / Ars Technica:
Behind closed doors at the UN's attempted “takeover of the Internet”  —  Eli Dourado is a research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a co-founder of WCITLeaks, and a member of the US delegation to the WCIT.  The views expressed here are his own.
More: The Verge
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Dropbox Poaches Top Sales Execs From Salesforce, Apple and Google  —  Dropbox has been aggressively staffing up as the year comes to a close, with talent acquisitions of Audiogalaxy and Snapjoy, and hires of the creator of the programming language Python and the designer of the Facebook “Like” button.
Nielsen Wire:
Nielsen Tops of 2012: Digital  —  Smartphone owners became the majority of mobile phone users for the first time this year, growing from 49 percent of mobile subscribers in Q1 2012, to 56 percent by Q3 2012.  Mobile app usage also continued to grow.  Among the top 10 mobile apps …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
TV Everywhere, for Real, for Now: NimbleTV Starts a New York Trial Run  —  “TV Everywhere” is supposed to let you watch whatever you want, wherever you want to watch it, on any device you want - as long as you pay for TV.  —  But the cable guys have been working at this for more than 3 years, and they still can't really deliver.
Phil Muncaster / The Register:
Apple shifts iTunes to HTTPS, sidesteps China's censors  —  Great Firewall foiled ... for now  —  Apple has adopted HTTPS for searches and downloads on the version of iTunes used in China.  The move comes at a time when China's government prepares to step up regulation of online app stores and continues its crackdown on VPNs.
More: CNET, TUAW and iPhone Hacks
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Wall Street Journal Signs Up for Apple's Subscription Service  —  It took a while, but they're in: The Wall Street Journal is now selling digital subscriptions via Apple's “Newsstand” service.  —  That means Dow Jones' business newspaper has joined thousands of other magazines and newspapers …
eMarketer:
As Tablets Surge, Ereaders Struggle  —  Despite strong demand for smart connected devices, consumers may be passing over ereaders  —  The connected device market continues to see substantial growth worldwide.  The International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that in Q3 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iOS 6.0.2 suspected of draining batteries  —  The iOS 6.0.2 update released earlier this week may have cured some people's Wi-Fi woes, but others now claim it's reducing their battery life too.  First reported by TidBITS' Adam Engst and supported by a number of posters in Apple's Support Communities …

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