December 28, 2012, 2:35 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:
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Instagram outrage?  Other apps that have ‘plunged’: Yahoo Social Bar, Pinterest, FarmVille, Spotify, Zoosk ...  Update: Instagram has provided comment on the statistics, stating that the “data is inaccurate,” and that it continues “to see strong and steady growth in both registered and active users.”
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
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.
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.
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.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Which headline terms trended in 2012 on Techmeme?  —  “Help!  I'm trending!”  —  Forget all those other tacky end-of-year lists, and sit back and enjoy Techmeme's latest awesome end-of-year lists.  Yep, it's finally time to dive into the terms that trended up or down the most in Techmeme headlines this year.
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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 …
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.
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
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.
Apple's MacBook Pro, MacBook Air to retain current designs in reported June refresh  —  Apple will reportedly update the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air product lines in June 2013 with upgraded innards, but no major design changes are expected for either laptop range.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Here come the design patents: new law boosts rights in shapes, designs  —  One of Apple's key weapons in its legal battle against competitors is a special type of patent that protects the visual appearance of a product.  Critics have denounced these patents as a way to own “rounded rectangles” …

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