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Apple breaks its own record in sales – China changes censorship rules – Angry Breaking Bad fans get a refund

iPhone 5s and 5c have a record breaking weekend

Apple issued a press release on Monday revealing the latest sales figure following the launch of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.

The press release disclosed that the smartphone giant had broken its own record over the launch weekend selling a whopping 9 million iPhones in three days. This beats Apple's own record for a first weekend of iPhone sales which was previously held by the iPhone 5 at 5 million sales in opening weekend last year.

Although Apple has not released any official figures for individual model sales, it has been reported that the more expensive model, the iPhone 5s, has sold out in stores around the globe with shipping times from Apple Store stating distant dates in October.

The success of the latest iPhone models has had a positive effect on the company's share prices that have increased by 5 per cent to $492, in response to Apple's value receiving a $4bn boost in a matter of minutes; Apple have yet to match January's share price high of $543.

The iPhone 5s incorporates a fingerprint reader, and is available in gold, silver and sterling, while the cheaper iPhone 5c model has a plastic case available in a range of vibrant colours. The innovative move from the company to produce a more affordable iPhone, priced between $99 and $649 depending on whether you choose to take out a contract or receive the phone unlocked, came after investors commented on the untapped market in countries such as China where the contract option is not available.

Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive stated: "The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we've sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly.

"We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone."


China unblocks Twitter

After four years without social media, a small area of a city in China will be granted access to Twitter and Facebook.

Both Facebook and Twitter have been banned in China since 2009, a notoriously strict country with an equally infamous internet censorship system commonly known as the Great Firewall of China. The government blamed several riots in 2009 throughout the country on social media sites; China regularly censors websites that it believes could cause social unrest or are inappropriate.

The South China Morning Post has reported that the Chinese government will be relaxing its strict censorship laws in the small free-trade zone of Shanghai.

According to The Post, the Facebook and Twitter along with the New York Times will be unblocked in this designated zone at the end of this month. It also quoted a government official who explained that the move has come in an effort to make visitors to China feel more comfortable.

It has been reported that the government will be accepting bids from telecoms firms for licences to provide internet services in the zone.


Apple refunds viewers over Breaking Bad mix-up

Apple has stated it will refund fans of the hugely successful TV show Breaking Bad, following its initial confusion over the length of the final series.

The iTunes service provider mistakenly charged viewers for an extra eight episodes when the second half of the final season was released a year after the first half. Viewers affected were those who had purchased a "season pass" twice, for two halves of the same series.

Breaking Bad's fifth and final series was divided into two by cable channel AMC, with the penultimate eight episodes to be shown a year before the last. The concluding half was made available online on 11 August 2013.

The split caused issues for iTunes as many people expected the initial season pass to include all 16 episodes. Apple has since emailed those who suffered as a result of the confusion, stating that they can expect a refund for the extra $22.99 (£14.40) that they spent on the series.

Apple's refund came after enraged fans complained and in early September one incensed viewer, Noam Lazebnik took legal action over the matter. In his lawsuit he alleged he "was unfairly deceived, misled and taken advantage of by Apple's promise to deliver something it never intended to provide."



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