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September 13, 2012, 9:30 AM

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Mat Honan / Wired:
The iPhone 5 Is Completely Amazing and Utterly Boring  —  Apple shows off its newest iPhone.  Photo: John Bradley/Wired  —  The iPhone 5 is the greatest phone in the world.  It has top-notch hardware with a zippy new A6 processor and amazing four-inch display.  Its new operating system, iOS 6, is slicker than slugs on ice.
Mg Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Magic Is In The Turn, Not The Prestige  —  The opening dialogue of Christopher Nolan's 2006 film, The Prestige: … This is what was on my mind following today's Apple event.  It's essentially the story of the iPhone.  —  Apple took something ordinary, a phone …
AnandTech:
iPhone 5 Hands On Pics and Video - Updated: With Impressions  —  We just spent a good amount of time with the iPhone 5.  The phone feels very thin and light (obviously), and the improvement in performance is very noticeable compared to the 4S.  Apple didn't have any games (and obviously no benchmarks) …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Interview: Phil Schiller on Why the iPhone 5 Has a New Connector but Not NFC or Wireless Charging  —  While Apple managed to pack a bunch of new technologies into the iPhone 5, the company opted not to include the wireless charging found on Nokia's Lumia 920 or the near field communications technology found in the Galaxy S III.
Wall Street Journal:
Is the iPhone 5's ‘Lightning Connector’ a Pain in the Neck?  —  Apple Inc. rolled out a host of new features for the latest iPhone, then threw in one big pain in the neck.  —  Along with a bigger screen, better camera and faster speeds, the iPhone 5 sports a redesigned plug for cords …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's strategically-timed iPhone 5 rollout schedule  —  Why 9 countries on Sept. 21 and 22 more on Sept. 28?  Because fiscal 2012 ends Sept. 29.  —  FORTUNE — Several analysts have pointed out that the launch schedule for the iPhone 5 is the most aggressive Apple (AAPL) has ever attempted.
More: AllThingsD
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
ANALYST: Facebook Has A Big New Problem You Need To Worry About  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said several encouraging things when he spoke at a tech conference yesterday.  —  One thing he didn't address, however, is the rate at which Facebook's desktop usage is declining in its most mature market—the U.S.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Cops might finally need a warrant to read your Gmail  —  If Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is able to pass his amendement, e-mail and other electronic communication will have stronger privacy protection.  —  Eric Constantineau  —  Right now, if the cops want to read my e-mail, it's pretty trivial for them to do so.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple is shuttering failed social music network Ping on September 30th  —  After making hints about its future back in May, Apple has announced plans to shut down Ping as of September 30th via a notice in its iTunes 10.7 update, reports Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac.
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview program is now open  —  Today we begin accepting requests for access to the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Developer Preview program.  The objective is to let developers of our most-downloaded apps start optimizing them for Windows Phone 8, and we expect the majority …
Andrew Nusca / ZDNet:
Apple's era of secrecy is over  —  Summary: Apple introduced the new iPhone 5 today.  It was entirely underwhelming.  Why?  Because we knew about it well ahead of time.  —  Andrew Nusca  —  Steve Jobs must be rolling in his grave.  —  No disrespect to the late Apple chief executive …
More: iMore.com and CNET
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Crack in Internet's foundation of trust allows HTTPS session hijacking  —  Attack dubbed CRIME breaks crypto used to prevent snooping of sensitive data.  —  Researchers have identified a security weakness that allows them hijack web browser sessions even when they're protected by the HTTPS encryption …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
7th-generation iPod nano hands-on!  —  Not to be outdone by a refreshed iPod touch (and, let's face it, a new iPhone), Apple also shot out a 5.4mm-thick iPod nano today — that's 38 percent thinner than the one it replaces.  We just got our hands on the newest, tiniest music player outside …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants HP, Dell, and IBM  —  Diane Bryant, the head of Intel's data center group, says that eight server makers — not three — now account for 75 percent of Intel's server chip revenues.  Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired  —  In 2008, says Intel bigwig Diane Bryant …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Instagram redesigns mobile photo pages to match Web, adds ‘Open in App’ button  —  After all the Apple hoopla, Instagram today announced it has revamped its mobile photo pages, both in design and function, for its 100 million users.  In terms of design, they now have a more consistent look and feel with the Web-based photo pages.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Vinod Khosla: “I Feel Sad Sometimes For Y Combinator Companies That Get So Much Hype”  —  The legendary mentor Vinod Khosla criticized accelerators like Y Combinator who produce startups with overly slick pitches that he says garner “so much hype that they get valuations that no one who will help the team are going to pay.”
More: Digiday
Grant Gross / PC World:
DOJ wants $1 billion fine for AU Optronics in LCD price-fixing case  —  The U.S. Department of Justice is recommending that AU Optronics, a Taiwanese maker of LCD panels, pay a US$1 billion fine, and two former executives serve 10 years in prison, for the company's participation in a long-term price-fixing conspiracy.

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