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December 17, 2012, 3:40 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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
More: Guardian
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 …
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: TechCrunchTweets: @dburka
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Apple Drops Below $500 for First Time Since February  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) shares dropped below $500 for the first time since February after Citigroup Inc. (C) reduced its rating for the stock on concern that demand for the iPhone 5 is slowing.  —  Apple fell to $499 at 6:55 a.m. New York …

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