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December 31, 2012, 1:00 AM

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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, The Verge and GizmodoTweets: @brianstelter
Sebastien Page / iDownloadBlog:
Hackulous shuts down: piracy app Installous is gone  —  In what seems like a small victory against app piracy, the Hackulous team announced today on its site that it is shutting down, bringing down its most popular apps in the process: Installous and AppSync.
More: TechCrunch and App AdviceTweets: @idannyocean
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Yahoo completes its planned exit from South Korea  —  True to its word, Yahoo has pulled out of the South Korean market by the end of 2012, as noted by the Yonhap News Agency.  A notice on the company's site provides detailed instructions to users on when exactly all of its services will go dark …
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 …
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Exclusive: Huawei partner offered embargoed HP gear to Iran  —  (Reuters) - A major Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies offered to sell at least 1.3 million euros worth of embargoed Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran's largest mobile-phone operator in late 2010, documents show.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google blocks TwitPic over alleged malware, causing Chrome to deny access to some Twitter pages [Update: Fixed]  —  Google's malware checker on Sunday has for some reason detected TwitPic.com as a threat.  As a result, if you try to access the site from Google.com using any browser (link), you'll get a malware warning.
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.

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