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December 17, 2012, 9:25 AM

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Apple:
iPhone 5 First Weekend Sales in China Top Two Million  —  Apple® today announced it has sold over two million of its new iPhone® 5 in China, just three days after its launch on December 14. iPhone 5 will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December, making it the fastest iPhone rollout ever.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Calibrating launch performance for the iPhone in China  —  When the iPhone 5 launched Apple promised availability in 100 countries before the end of year.  This was a very aggressive plan given the gradual release of previous products.  Last year the iPhone 4S only arrived in China (along with 21 additional countries) on January 13th.
More: Fortune
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Calling Snapchat “the sexting app” misses a huge shift in mobile, photos, and communication  —  The tech blogosphere — the ones who are supposed to “get” new technologies while old media does its best impression of your dad trying to program the VCR- keeps calling Snapchat the “sexting app.”
Eben Upton / Raspberry Pi:
Introducing the Pi Store  —  We've been amazed by the variety of software that people have written for, or ported to, the Raspberry Pi.  Today, together with our friends at IndieCity and Velocix, we're launching the Pi Store to make it easier for developers of all ages to share their games …
Sprint Newsroom:
Sprint to Acquire 100 Percent Ownership of Clearwire for $2.97 per Share  — Transaction strengthens Sprint's position and increases competitiveness in the U.S. wireless industry  — Interim funding allows Clearwire to continue LTE build-out and complement Sprint's LTE deployment
Steve Dent / Engadget:
French reporters infiltrate Foxconn iPhone 5 factory, find few of the vaunted changes (updated)  —  Envoyé Spécial, a 60 Minutes-like program from public TV station France 2, went undercover at the Zhengzhou iPhone 5 Foxconn factory recently (within the past two months) …
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Instagram Testimony Doesn't Add Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On a late August morning, Kevin Systrom, chief executive of Instagram, took an oath before testifying at a hearing of the California Corporations Department, which sought to determine if Facebook's acquisition …
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Anonymous Attacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Plans to Picket Sandy Hook Funerals  —  The Westboro Baptist Church, widely reviled for its homophobic beliefs and protests of veteran funerals, announced on Saturday that it would picket at Sandy Hook Elementary School following the tragic shooting …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
New Apps Recall the Details of Your Online Past  —  THE holiday season of 2011 was a hive of activity for me.  One week in early December, I managed to attend a party at the Bowery Ballroom, a movie premiere and a Justin Bieber-themed dinner event.  A few days later, in a single afternoon …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Could machine-learning algorithms help debunk Twitter rumors before they spread?  —  Could machine-learning algorithms help debunk Twitter rumors before they spread?  When something momentous is unfolding—the Arab Spring, Hurricane Sandy, Friday's horrific elementary school shooting in Connecticut …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
China tightens ‘Great Firewall’ internet control with new technology  —  Companies and individuals affected by new system thought to ‘learn, discover and block’ encrypted communications  —  China appears to be tightening its control of internet services that are able to burrow secretly through …
More: ZDNet

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