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September 12, 2012, 1:35 PM

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The Verge:
Live from Apple's iPhone 5 event!  —  Apple iPhone 5 event live blog: up-to-the-minute coverage, direct from San Francisco Event Updates 9:57:14 AM PDT “Ladies and gentlemen, we'll begin shortly.  Please switch devices to silent mode.”
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple introduces the iPhone 5, 4″ in-cell display, 7.6mm thick, 112 grams, LTE capable, A6 processor  —  Today at a special event in San Francisco, Apple introduced the iPhone 5.  —  “It's a jewel.  It's the most beautiful product we've ever made, bar none,” said Apple's Phil Schiller.
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
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.
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 …
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 …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon, Forced to Collect a Tax, Is Adding Roots  —  PATTERSON, Calif. — At the moment, it is little more than dirt and gravel.  But a sunbaked field at the edge of this farming town will play a significant role in one of the most ambitious retailing ventures of the era …
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.
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:
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google Fiber announces qualified areas tomorrow, snags ABC channels including ESPN, Disney  —  The official list of the first “fiberhoods” Google's Gigabit internet + TV service will be available in doesn't come out until tomorrow, but it's already looking like a more attractive option …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft readies Office 2010 to Office 2013 upgrade program  —  Summary: Microsoft is said to be prepping to launch its latest Office upgrade offer this fall, and give qualifying users a choice of different Office versions to which they can move.  —  Just like it does with Windows …
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: Business Insider, hypebot and VentureBeatTweets: @seth
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 …
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 and GigaOMTweets: @levie
Mikael Ricknäs / Computerworld:
Amazon Web Services lets users sell reserved instances  —  The company hopes to make reserved instances more attractive by increasing flexibility  —  Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced an online marketplace where users of its cloud computing services can sell their reserved server instances …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
IBM Boosts Social Network With Feed for Facebook, Twitter  —  International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), the largest computer services provider, has bolstered its social networking tool for companies by integrating e-mail and adding a news feed with Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. (FB)
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.

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