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September 12, 2012, 10:40 AM

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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
iPhone 5, new iPod touch, and iPod nano leaked through Apple search results  —  We're just a few hours away from Apple's event, but it looks like iPhone 5 will be the name of the company's new flagship phone.  A search on Apple.com clearly reveals PR and product pages for the iPhone 5, though the links themselves are still dead.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
iTunes 11 to be released today as well  —  Who knew Apple's search engine could be such a treasure trove of information?  Here's iTunes 11: We've heard iTunes 11 has been re-designed from the ground up and is much sleeker and faster.  We weren't sure if it was coming today or next month until this press release popped up.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (7-inch)  —  Amazon brings the fight to Apple's iPad and the Nexus 7, but is the beauty more than skin deep?  —  To put a review of the Kindle Fire HD in perspective, you have to peer just a tiny bit into the past.  It was barely a week ago that the world watched Amazon begin …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Kindle Fire HD Is Better but It Isn't the Best Color Tablet  —  Amazon is upping its game in the color tablet market.  Last year, it launched the 7-inch Kindle Fire, a pretty good, but limited, device mostly distinguished by its low price of $199 and its seamless access to Amazon's massive ecosystem …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg promises a native Android app, says betting on HTML5 for mobile was a ‘mistake’  —  Speaking with Michael Arrington at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that “we've had a bunch of missteps on [mobile],” specifically referring to its mobile app strategy.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Preparing For An IPO, Online Customer Service Platform Zendesk Raises $60M From Redpoint, Goldman Sachs And Others  —  Online customer service company Zendesk has raised $60 million in new financing led by Redpoint Ventures with participation by Index Ventures, GGV Capital, Goldman Sachs …
Cyril Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
The Undercover Report on How the New iPhone 5 is Made Inside Foxconn Factory  —  A Chinese news agency, Shanghai Evening Post, has sent an experienced journalist to slip into the Foxconn Tai Yuan factory and pretended as a new worker, his mission is to find out how the new iPhone 5 is produced.
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Lose Cheyer, Co-Creator of Siri Voice Unit  —  Adam Cheyer, an engineer who helped build the Siri voice-recognition software that was acquired by Apple Inc. (AAPL), is no longer working for the iPhone maker, according to three people familiar with the situation.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google: 500 million Android devices activated  —  Just before Apple debuts its next-gen iPhone, Google announces that people have activateda half billion Android devices.  Also, 1.3 million new ones arrive each day.  —  Google won't be able to compete with the attention lavished on Apple …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New app MindMeld heralds the era of anticipatory computing  —  Tim Tuttle, a serial entrepreneur who co-founded web acceleration technology company Bang Networks and video search engine Truveo (acquired by AOL), has returned with his third startup, Expect Labs, which he co-founded with Moninder Jheeta …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Mayer Set to Get Yahoo's Alibaba Billions in One Week (But Will Investors Get Some Back Too?)  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo will officially close the multi-billion sale of half its assets in China's Alibaba Group in one week.
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff drops bomb on Box and Okta  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Chairman and CEO of Salesforce Marc Benioff was the epitome of mellow on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt today, leaning back with a foot over one leg, casually chatting with Michael Arrington and talking about his trip to Hawaii …
More: The Diversity Blog, TechCrunch and GigaOMTweets: @levie
Austin Carr / Co.Design:
Will Apple's Tacky Software-Design Philosophy Cause A Revolt?  —  By now it's almost inevitable given the company's track record: No matter what Apple unveils tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center (an iPad Mini? iPhone 5?), pundits will herald the company for its innovative thinking and bold hardware design.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
A Creator of Turntable.fm Plans Online Hub DJZ  —  The music industry's latest gold rush is over dance music, which lures tens of thousands of fans to festivals and dominates pop radio.  —  But to Seth Goldstein, a technology entrepreneur who was one of the creators of Turntable.fm …
More: VentureBeatTweets: @seth
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
“Six strikes” Internet warning system will come to US this year  —  “Barry, don't think of it as a strike.  Think of it as strike zone education.”  —  Rudi Riet  —  Even as France looks set to scrap its three-strikes antipiracy scheme known as HADOPI, US Internet providers are inching forward …
More: DSLreportsTweets: @kenfisher
Dave McClure:
Screw the Black Swans: Ichiro is our role model, not Barry Bonds.  —  There are probably better things for me to do today, however i feel compelled to respond to the Black Swan Farming post by Paul Graham, founding partner of Y Combinator.  —  Maybe you can call this post “Grooming for Ugly Ducklings”.
More: PandoDaily
Andrew Hoyle / Crave:
Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update confirmed for October … Samsung has confirmed its flagship phone the Galaxy S3 will receive the update to the latest version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, as soon as October.  If you can't wait that long then the 4G version will be available with Jelly Bean as standard.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Apple is already fighting Amazon in the ebook price wars  —  Apple would prefer agency pricing on ebooks — that, we know.  In fact, Apple is likely to appeal the DOJ's ebook pricing settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, which was approved last week.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
YouTube links already opening in new standalone app on iOS, which is huge for Google's ad dollars  —  Back when the news that the YouTube app would be pulled from iOS 6, I conjectured that Google would be using the built-in hooks in Apple's OS to send video links directly to its own standalone app.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Quora Co-Founder Charlie Cheever Steps Back From Day-To-Day Role At The Company  —  Quora co-founder and early Facebook engineer Charlie Cheever is stepping back from a day-to-day role at the company after starting the site in 2009.  —  He'll be taking time off after a very long stretch of work …
More: Quora, AllThingsD, Marketing Land and GigaOMTweets: @semil
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple enhances iOS 6 multitasking with new background navigation updates  —  As new iOS devices become more powerful and sophisticated, Apple is likely to continue to evolve the platform's multitasking features, as exemplified by Maps' new background direction updates.

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