December 28, 2012, 3:35 PM

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Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
How Anybody Can Secretly Save Your Snapchat Videos Forever  —  The videos you send through Snapchat and Poke are supposed to disappear in 10 seconds or less.  Except a security flaw makes it easy to save them forever — without the sender ever knowing.  —  Via:
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
How a bogus claim about Instagram losing users made Facebook's stock drop nearly 3%  —  Facebook's stock dropped 2.9% in its first minutes of trading this morning.  Investors were likely responding to a report in the New York Post that Instagram, the photo-sharing that Facebook acquired this year …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Instagram Denies 25% Holiday User Drop  —  Sure, it's not unlike the New York Post to be sensationalist.  But in this case it misinterpreted data to suggest Instagram was hit harder by backlash to its terms of service changes than it actually was.  Combined with it being a quiet-ish holiday news week …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
China Passes Law Requiring People Identify Themselves Online  —  China passed rules today requiring people to identify themselves when signing up for Internet and phone services, as the Communist Party tightens control over the world's largest population of web users.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple to drop patent claims against new Samsung phone  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has agreed to withdraw patent claims against a new Samsung phone with a high-end display after Samsung said it was not offering to sell the product in the crucial U.S. market.  —  Apple disclosed the agreement …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Senate votes to let the NSA keep spying on you without a warrant until 2017  —  The US Senate has voted to approve the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012, which will authorize warrantless surveillance of Americans for counter-terrorism purposes for another five years.
Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
Next Stop for New York Subway: An App to Track Trains  —  NEW YORK—America's largest subway system is preparing to launch a smartphone application that will reveal train-arrival times on seven of the city's 24 lines—a leap forward for a service that has lagged behind its peers both at home and abroad in adopting new technologies.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM's First Patent Payment to Nokia: $65 Million  —  When Research In Motion settled its patent dispute with Nokia last week, the company agreed to make a “one-time payment and on-going payments” to its Finnish adversary.  But the size of those payments wasn't disclosed, and the terms of the deal kept confidential.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
For every 100 web pageviews on an iPad, a Kindle gets 5, a Galaxy gets 3, and a Surface gets 0.22  —  Non-iPad web traffic is growing, but it's still a tiny fraction of what Apple's iconic tablet pulls in.  —  Advertising and analytics company Chitika released its December 2012 tablet market update …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Pearson buys $89.5m Nook stake to secure book distribution  —  Talk about vertical integration.  Pearson is taking a five percent stake in newly-reconfigured ebook device and retail brand Nook Media in order to gain favourable distribution for its education books.
Analysis: For tech investors, it's hard to know when to bolt  —  (Reuters) - When Hewlett-Packard Co agreed to buy British software company Autonomy in August last year for $11.1 billion, two well-known investors made diametrically different bets on how the big deal would play out.
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
‘Leaked’ BlackBerry 10 info shows video chat and screen sharing in BBM, new task manager  —  Top dog at RIM Thorsten Heins heavily implied that video chat would be added to BBM when BlackBerry 10 showed up, and now possible confirmation of the feature has come from what are thought to be leaked presentation slides.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
FCC Eases Licensing Rules for Airliner Internet Access  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission today moved to ease licensing requirements for in- flight Internet services.  —  “These new rules will help airlines and broadband providers offer high-speed Internet to passengers,” …

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