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A group of eight app makers, including Twitter Inc., Instagram LLC and Yelp Inc., have agreed to settle a long-running privacy class action accusing them of inappropriately accessing the address books of customers using Apple mobile devices. According to court papers filed Monday, the proposed deal would dole out $5.3 million to a class of 7 million affected users, but attorney fees will potentially cut into the total payout to plaintiffs.