December 17, 2012, 2:15 PM

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Nielsen and Twitter Establish Social TV Rating  —  Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, and Twitter today announced an exclusive multi-year agreement to create the “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating” for the US market.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating just made Twitter the first purely social ranking of US TV program popularity  —  Twitter just became a ratings chart of its very own.  Twitter and Nielsen, the major TV ratings system, have announced a partnership to create the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating …
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
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.
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 that allows users to send impermanent photo messages to one another, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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.
John Davidson / Financial Review:
Microsoft urged to ditch Windows brand by Dell  —  Top Dell executives warned Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer against sticking with the Windows brand for its new tablet operating system Reuters  —  A top Dell executive warned Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer not to call its new tablet operating system …
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Nokia Lumia 920 camera fuzziness getting fixed in PR1.1 update  —  We're not going to lie.  After spending some quality time with several Lumia 920 prototypes in Finland last September, we came away extremely impressed with the PureView-branded camera aboard Nokia's Windows Phone 8 flagship.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
RIM sends out invites for January 30 BlackBerry 10 event  —  The company will be hosting the event in New York City, with kick-off starting at 8:30 a.m. ET.  —  Research In Motion has officially announced a BlackBerry 10 event for January 30.  —  The company sent the invites out today …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google chief blames Nexus 4 delays on manufacturer  —  Dan Cobley, head of Google UK, offers fulsome apology to would-be Nexus 4 buyers who complain that system is fulfilling orders in wrong order, while Nexus 10 buyers complain about returns mixup  —  Google UK's managing director …
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google Said to End FTC Probe With Letter Promising Change  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is poised to offer voluntary concessions that will end a 20-month antitrust probe of the company's business practices by U.S. regulators without any enforcement action being taken, two people familiar with the matter said.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Hands On With Facebook Nearby, A New Local Biz Discovery Feature That Challenges Yelp And Foursquare  —  250 million Facebook users tag posts with location each month and today that data goes to work for you in a major revamp of Facebook's Nearby feature for its iOS and Android apps.
Cisco Said to Hire Barclays to Sell Linksys Division  —  Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), the largest maker of equipment for computer networks, has hired Barclays Plc (BARC) to find a buyer for Linksys, which makes routers for home wireless access, said people with knowledge of the situation.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Iran's Supreme Leader adds Facebook to growing online presence, despite official ban  —  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, is a major force behind the country's increasingly draconian internet filtering.  But Khamenei himself has now apparently showed up on a long-blocked site: Facebook.

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