December 30, 2012, 6:25 PM

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Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: The Real Hazards of E-Devices on Planes  —  A pilot uses the FlySmart with Airbus app on an Apple iPad.  The F.A.A. has no proof that electronic devices can harm a plane's avionics, but it still perpetuates such claims.  —  Over the last year, flying with phones and other devices has become increasingly dangerous.
More: Gawker, Gizmodo and The VergeTweets: @brianstelter
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Foursquare updates privacy policy to show users' full names publicly and share more data with venues  —  Foursquare has sent an email to its users detailing changes to its privacy policy that are due to come into effect late next month.  —  The company says that the changes are aimed at making …
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban, for 3 Minutes  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A ban on YouTube, which Pakistan imposed after an anti-Islam video caused riots in much of the Muslim world, was lifted Saturday, only to be reinstated — after three minutes — when it was discovered that blasphemous material was still available on the site.
Dave McClure:
Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution.  —  abstract: menus suck. … everyone eats, everyone is online; what the hell we waiting for?  —  disclosure: 500 Startups is an investor in E la Carte, and other food-tech startups like Blissmo, Chewse, ClubW, CraftCoffee …
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
Facebook Poke and the Tedium of Success Theater  —  There's a big problem in social media right now.  —  It's boring.  —  A crucial and indispensable source of news and information, absolutely.  But more often than not, it's also tedious and predictable.
More: GigaOMTweets: @pkafka
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Looks Like PBS Made A ‘Silicon Valley’ TV Show That Could Really Be Worth Watching  —  Those who dreaded the ‘Silicon Valley’ reality TV series that aired this past year on Bravo did not have much to worry about after all.  The show received mostly negative reviews and had a lackluster performance …
New York Times:
India's Aakash Venture Produces Optimism but Few Computers  —  THE idea was, and still is, captivating: in 2011, the Indian government and two Indian-born tech entrepreneurs unveiled a $50 tablet computer, to be built in India with Google's free Android software.

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