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December 28, 2012, 10:05 PM

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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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / City Room:
Crime Is Up and Bloomberg Blames iPhone Thieves  —  Hold onto your iPhones!  —  Crime in New York City inched up this year, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday fingered the culprit: too many iPhones and iPads were being swiped.  —  A rise in thefts of shiny Apple products accounted …
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 …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Pinterest Sued by Former Business Partner of Early Investor  —  Pinterest has arrived at that special milestone for any successful start-up: The day you get sued by someone who says the whole thing was his idea.  —  Theodore F. Schroeder of Ocean City, N.J., filed a lawsuit yesterday …
Quentin Hardy / NYT Bits:
GitHub Has Big Dreams for Open-Source Software, and More  —  Software is not merely about automating every aspect of our lives anymore.  Some of its makers want to change the way we all interact, spreading their supposed egalitarian excellence.  —  Whether this is liberation …
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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Frog Design's Hartmut Esslinger Reveals Early Apple Designs in New Book [Mac Blog]  —  Designboom (via The Verge) today got a hold of some photographs of early Apple computer designs from Hartmut Esslinger's new book, Design Forward.  —  Esslinger founded Frog Design, the company …
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.
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Slingbox co-founder abruptly exits Amazon board as his new startup is sold  —  Updated at 2:56 p.m. with Amazon comment.  —  Technology entrepreneur Blake Krikorian, best known for co-founding Slingbox maker Sling Media, has left the Amazon board abruptly, after a little more than a year in the role.
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.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Lyft Staffing Up In Seattle And Los Angeles As It Looks To Expand Its Ride-Sharing Service Beyond SF  —  Lyft, the local on-demand ride-sharing service operated by the startup Zimride, is apparently not letting recent regulatory hurdles cramp its style.  —  Lyft, which launched …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Facebook: Poke fix for sneaky video saving coming “shortly”  —  Facebook is hurriedly cooking up a fix to its Poke app, after a security bug allowing all videos sent through the purportedly ephemeral messaging service to be extracted was identified.  “We are addressing this issue now” …
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