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December 12, 2013, 10:15 AM

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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Apple scores legal victory over Samsung in South Korea  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday lost its bid to ban sales of Apple Inc's older iPhone and iPad in South Korea, as a court dismissed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. firm had infringed three of Samsung's mobile patents.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Will Instagram's Messaging ‘Moments’ Be Ephemeral?  —  Instagram is preparing to launch a new messaging service on its platform this year — as soon as its event this Thursday — TechCrunch has heard from a variety of sources.  This isn't too shocking, as Om Malik reported in a piece last month …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
AmazonFresh Launches In San Francisco  —  As we previously reported, Amazon has launched its grocery-delivery service in San Francisco today.  —  The service was previously available in Seattle and Los Angeles, but has now extended to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
What might a new Windows Start Menu look like?  —  If Microsoft does end up reintroducing a Start Menu to a future release of Windows, as sources are hinting, does it necessarily mean that menu will be identical to what exists now?  And if it's not, does that defeat the purpose? win7startmenu Your best friend or worst nightmare?
More: Softpedia News and BGRTweets: @maryjofoley
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Samsung Said to Near EU Antitrust Settlement on Patents  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)'s offer to settle a European Union antitrust investigation over key patents requires only minor changes to win approval from regulators, according to two people familiar with the case.
More: AppleInsider and SlashGearTweets: @fosspatents
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Instagram announces Instagram Direct, a photo and text messaging feature  —  At an event in New York City today, Instagram announced a new messaging feature that lets users send text and photo messages to each other privately.  “Communication is not about photography, necessarily,” said CEO Kevin Systrom.
More: CNETTweets: @danprimack
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Study of a million users of MOOCs says they are a failure, only four percent completed courses  —  After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought  —  Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Brings Together 25 Partners For The Cloud OS Network To Drive More Windows Azure Use  —  Microsoft has been adding firepower to its Windows Azure cloud platform to compete against the likes of Google, Amazon and Dropbox and Box to attract enterprise users to create, host and distribute data around the world.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Latest Partnership, With Truecaller In India, Links Phone Number Look-Ups With Tweeting  —  Twitter has been inking deals with third parties outside of the U.S. to drive more international usage, both in emerging and mature markets.  Today comes news of yet another deal that it hopes …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
iPhone 5S makes rapid start in China and hits 10% of iPhones in use, data shows  —  CounterPoint Research report comes before China Mobile deal, while iOS 7 adoption running faster than last year, statistics show  —  Apple's iPhone 5S has been a dramatic hit in China, comprising 12% of sales …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Raises $50 Million In Series C From Coatue Management  —  Amid rumors of a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook and a potential $200 million funding round, turns out that ephemeral messaging sensation Snapchat has actually raised $50 million in Series C funding.
Alex Dobie / Android Central:
Stock Android ‘Gallery’ app is no more on the new Google Play edition devices  —  GPe Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 ditch ‘Gallery’ in favor of G+ ‘Photos’ app  —  We suspected it was coming ever since we powered on the Nexus 5 to find both “Gallery” and “Photos” occupying the app drawer.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Qualcomm Toq review: price, bizarre design decisions hamper the best smartwatch display yet  —  Qualcomm Toq review: a brief glimpse at the future of smartwatches  —  There's a difference between great technology and great products  —  The perfect smartwatch is deceptively simple: give it a great, always-on, glanceable display.

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