December 29, 2012, 12:25 AM

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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 …
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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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 …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
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 …
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Stanford Students And Professors Are Bridging The CS Gender Gap One Student At A Time  —  “Dude, I think that girl sitting in front of us is a CS major.”  —  “Nah, look at that glittery s**t in her hair.”  —  Bonnie McLindon, a junior computer science major at Stanford University …
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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.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Removed 50 Million “Pirate” Search Results This Year  —  In common with many other websites on the Internet Google has an obligation to remove infringing content upon receiving a valid DMCA request from copyright holders.  —  To give the public insight into the scope and nature of this process …
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 …

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