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December 22, 2012, 4:50 PM

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Facebook Newsroom:
Introducing Poke for Mobile  —  Today we're announcing Poke, an iPhone app that makes it fun and easy to say hello to friends wherever you are.  The poke feature has been a part of Facebook since 2004.  Now we're excited to share a new poke experience for mobile.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
The New York Times Paywall Is Working Better Than Anyone Had Guessed  —  The New York Times instituted a paywall on its website last year, a controversial move that has yielded great results.  —  Ever since the New York Times rolled out its so-called paywall in March 2011, a perennial dispute has waged.
More: parislemon and paidContentTweets: @jeffjohnroberts and @avinio
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google finds its design voice on iOS  —  From the beginning, Google's design sensibilities on the web and Android have been unique.  Whether you were a fan of the spare, utilitarian feel of products like Search or not, you knew when you were looking at something built by Google.
Tweets: @viticci
Suw Charman-Anderson / Forbes:
Amazon Is Ripe For Disruption  —  Amazon, the great disintermediator that put a spanner — in fact, a set of 25 spanners in a handy case, yours for just $9.99 — in the businesses of many a retailer, is going to face exactly the same fate if it doesn't start to address its weaknesses soon, particularly in the area of publishing.
More: O'ReillyTweets: @janefriedman and @tcarmody
New York Times:
Instagram Reversal Doesn't Appease Everyone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook may have quelled a full-scale rebellion by quickly dumping the contentious new terms of use for Instagram, its photo-sharing service.  But even as the social network furiously backpedaled, some users said Friday they were carrying through on plans to leave.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Mozilla backpedals on Firefox 64-bit for Windows, will keep nightly builds coming after all  —  Last month, Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg quietly announced that the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows would never see the light of day.  After what he referred to as …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Gets More International And Interactive: Adds 18 Languages, Reviews And Calendar Access In New App Update  —  Taking advantage of the fact that a lot of people will be travelling during the next week and a half — and assuming that at least some of them are not organized enough …
More: iClarifiedThanks:@ingridlunden
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple lifts block on combo 30-pin+Lightning charging accessories  —  The POP station from Kickstarter aimed to combine Lightning and 30-pin connectors into a single charging device.  —  The Kickstarter campaign that was “shut down” by Apple for creating a charging station that had both Lightning …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Airs New iPad mini Commercial: I'll Be Home  —  Just in time for Christmas, Apple has aired a new TV commercial for the iPad mini.  Focused on FaceTime, the commercial shows a girl and her grandfather sharing a moment of holiday cheer with the girl playing and singing the classic hit “I'll Be Home for Christmas”.

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