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December 17, 2012, 4:40 PM

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Nielsen:
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.
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 …
Reed Morse / YouTube Blog:
Film and share videos instantly with YouTube Capture for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Life moves fast.  To speed up recording, enhancing and sharing videos with your friends or the whole world, you can now use the YouTube Capture app on your iPhone or iPod touch.  —  Making sharing fast and easy
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.
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
CrackBerry.com:
New BlackBerry 10 UI images show off Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and more!  —  With an L-Series device in the hands of the folks over at Tinhte there has been plenty of hands-on time with BlackBerry 10 spread around.  It's safe to say that what we're seeing is certainly not the shipping version …
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 …
Sencha Blog:
The Making of Fastbook: An HTML5 Love Story  —  When we started what became Sencha, we made a bet on the web: a bet that modern application development didn't need anything except the browser, a great set of frameworks and a great set of tools.  With those three weapons in hand …
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.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Hands On With Facebook Nearby, A New Local Biz Discovery Feature That Challenges Yelp And Foursquare  —  Each month 250 million Facebook users tag posts with location.  Today that data goes to work for you in a major revamp of Facebook's Nearby feature for its iOS and Android apps.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Hulu's 2012: Revenue up 65% to $695M, subscribers double to 3M, 28% more advertisers  —  Hulu had a bang-up 2012, and they've rounded it up in a blog post today.  We combed through the figures and found the most eyebrow-raising statistics.  Revenue for the streaming site was up 65% in 2012 …
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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Peace Out, Google+: Designer Daniel Burka Joins Google Ventures  —  Looks like the Milk kids are getting restless.  —  Daniel Burka, one of the founding members of mobile development lab Milk, announced Monday that he is leaving his current position inside Google+ to join Google Ventures.
More: TechCrunch and VentureBeatTweets: @dburka
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) …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google Maps for iOS downloaded 10M times in under 48 hours  —  Google's Jeff Huber has just announced via Google+ that Google Maps for iOS was downloaded 10 million times in under 48 hours from its release last week.  —  “We're excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world,” writes Huber.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Whitman: One Write-Off Too Far  —  Meg Whitman's efforts to turn HP around follow a proven script.  But, in her efforts to frame future results against a background of past misdeeds, she might have gone one excuse too far and engaged in a potentially embarrassing fight against Mike Lynch, Autonomy's founder.
Tweets: @qthrul
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Have Apple's iPhone and iPad saturated the U.S. market?  —  A new Morgan Stanley survey suggests there is still room to grow  —  FORTUNE — “Despite concerns to the contrary,” writes Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty reporting the results of a proprietary survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers, “iPhone and iPad demand remain strong.
Tim Peterson / Adweek:
Amazon, Advertising's Sleeping Giant, to Awaken in 2013  —  Amazon made a splash during October's Advertising Week while previewing its advertising business, but that was merely a ripple compared to the waves the e-commerce behemoth has coming for 2013 and beyond.

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Microsoft:
Project aims to help parents protect - and connect with - their kids  —  One hackathon team from Microsoft's //oneweek focuses on family safety and aims to give parents an easy way to understand their children's lives online.
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
The Best Thing for Your Data Center since vSphere  —  It's come to our attention that some folks are less than certain about the differences between vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management.  Let's clear things up:
Zoho:
Customer Spotlight: How One Company Went from No CRM to Zoho CRM Power Users  —  “We had evolved our CRM from spreadsheets, to Goldmine CRM and finally to ACT CRM, but we knew we needed to move to a native cloud-based CRM”
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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