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August 13, 2012, 8:25 PM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iPhone 5 pre-orders planned for September 12, second release wave for first week of October  —  A couple of weeks ago iMore reported that Apple would be holding their iPhone 5 event on September 12, 2012.  We've since learned that iPhone 5 pre-orders are currently planned to begin that same day …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T planning for iPhone launch in late September, clearing schedules through October  —  According to a trusted AT&T (T) source, the carrier is currently planning to launch Apple's (AAPL) next-generation iPhone during the third or fourth week of September, with an all-hands-on-deck policy …
Reuters:
Apple has licensed design patents to Microsoft: executive  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc licensed its prized design patents to Microsoft Corp but with an “anti-cloning agreement” to prevent copying of its iPhone and iPad, an Apple executive said on Monday.  —  The testimony from Apple patent …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Samsung in Apple patent talks: Rock vs. hard place  —  Now we know that Apple came to Samsung to offer it a deal to license its patents, but it's not that simple.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Whether or not you agree that Samsung copied the look and feel of Apple's products …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Buy Frommer's Travel Brand  —  Google Inc. is acquiring the Frommer's travel brand from publicly traded publishing house John Wiley & Sons Inc. for an undisclosed price in order to bolster its offerings of local reviews around the world.  —  The deal is expected to close shortly.
Lukasz Lindell / Day4:
How we screwed (almost) the whole Apple community  —  Have you heard the phrase “That's true because I saw it on TV” at some point?  It was often the truth in the old days when people only had the TV or newspaper to relate to.  What you saw or read was the truth, although it obviously wasn't always so.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Motorola to Cut 20% of Work Force, Part of Sweeping Change  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Motorola Mobility, the ailing cellphone maker that Google bought in May, told employees Sunday that it would lay off 20 percent of its work force and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Says BlackBerry 10 Will Soon Be Ready For Licensing  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) said it will soon be ready to license the company's new BlackBerry 10 operating system to other manufacturers, even as it races to release its own devices with the software by early next year.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Collaborating to deliver Windows RT PCs … Windows 8 and Windows RT each reached the RTM milestone, and we are hard at work in collaboration with ecosystem partners, including PC manufacturers, Silicon partners, and other component suppliers, to complete high quality Windows RT and Windows 8 PCs that we think you'll love.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Windows Next: Just call it ‘Blue’?  —  Summary: Windows 9 might not be Microsoft's next version of Windows.  Instead, ‘Blue’ could be the interim release that shows up first.  —  It's been a couple weeks of Microsoft naming madness.  To top it all off at the end of last week …
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Groupon Posts Mixed Q2: Revs Miss, EPS Beats; Shrs Fall  —  Groupon shares are trading sharply lower Monday afternoon on a mixed financial report for the second quarter.  —  For Q2, the company reported revenue of $568.3 million, up 45% from $392.6 million a year ago, but below the Street consensus at $573.1 million.
Simson Garfinkel / Technology Review:
The iPhone Has Passed a Key Security Threshold  —  Does society really want extremely private mobile devices if they make life easier for criminals?  Apple's newly toughened standards sharpen the focus on that question.  —  Less than a month after Apple first shipped the iPhone in June 2007 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Photos of alleged next-generation iPhone motherboard surface, point to new antennas, battery  —  A WeiPhone forums user posts a couple of photos of what is apparently claimed to be a motherboard/logicboard for the next-generation iPhone.  If legitimate, the part appears to be a prototype unit …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google+ Starts Rolling Out Vanity URLs For Some Accounts  —  A few weeks ago, the Google+ team punked The Oatmeal by redirecting its Google+ profile URL to a slightly more interesting (and profanity-laden) URL.  That, it turns out, what just a test for today's wider rollout of vanity URLs …

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