December 17, 2012, 7:20 AM

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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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook to Launch Its Own Snapchat Competitor App  —  Facebook is currently testing its own built-in-house version of a “Snapchat-like” application, a messaging app which allows users to send impermanent photo messages to one another, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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.”
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 …
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) …
More: TechEye, CNET and PhoneArena
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Said to Halt Larger Windows Phone on Display Resolution  —  HTC Corp. (2498) scrapped plans to produce a large-screen smartphone using Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s operating system because the screen would have had lower resolution than competing models, according to a person familiar with the project.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Future Rests on Lessons From Wal-Mart Mobile-Ad Campaign  —  Facebook Inc.'s stock is up more than 50% from its September nadir.  But whether the company can keep wooing back investors will depend on deals like its Black Friday experiment with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
More: CNETTweets: @sbanjo
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
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Music Industry Threatens to Bankrupt Pirate Party Members (Updated)  —  After an expensive legal battle a group of music labels achieved their aim of having The Pirate Bay website blocked in the UK.  —  With the official site blocked, millions of users switched over to proxy services …

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