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September 13, 2012, 10:35 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.
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.
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) …
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 …
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.
Christopher Grant / The Verge:
Nintendo Wii U release date is November 18th in US, starting at $299.99, November 30th in Europe  —  Nintendo's Wii U will launch November 18th in North America starting at $299.99, the company announced today during a New York City press conference.  —  The console will launch in two varieties …
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 …
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.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Meet the Mobile Device Privacy Act: A new bill to protect mobile consumers that is already causing a stir  —  Out today is a proposed piece of legislation from Representative Ed Markey designed to protect consumers from being unfairly tracked in a mobile environment, to inform as to who is tracking them …
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, CNET and GigaOM
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 …
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Chrome for Android's first post-beta update brings better sandboxing, other tweaks  —  Chrome users on Android might have felt a bit neglected over the last couple of months, during which Google pushed a few updates to its browser on iOS while leaving its own platform untouched after it dropped the beta tag in June.
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.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
University of California sues Facebook, Disney and Wal-Mart over interactive technology patents  —  The Regents of the University of California and its lawsuit-happy patent licensee Eolas Technologies yesterday filed lawsuits against Facebook, Disney and Wal-Mart over four interactive technology patents …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Look Out, Lyft: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says It Will Do Ride Sharing, Too  —  This morning at TechCrunch Disrupt, I interviewed Uber CEO Kalanick backstage and got him to elaborate on a few things he mentioned during his interview earlier in the day — mainly on competition that Uber is seeing …
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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