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September 13, 2012, 7:15 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
iPhone 5 won't support simultaneous voice and data on Verizon or Sprint  —  Apple's new iPhone 5 features support for LTE networks across the world, but it won't be able to offer simultaneous voice and data on all of them.  The Verge has confirmed with Verizon Wireless that the iPhone 5 …
Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Start at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 14  —  Get that credit card ready for a late-night purchase.  Apple has confirmed to Wired via e-mail that it will begin accepting online pre-orders of the iPhone 5 during the wee hours of the morning beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT on Sept. 14.
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 …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Sprint says its iPhone 5 won't have HD Voice support  —  One of the new iPhone 5 hardware features announced yesterday was support for wideband audio — or HD voice — which increases the fidelity of voice calls.  In the US, the only carrier that has publicly announced support for the HD voice protocol …
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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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google adds another cool tool to Search: The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon  —  Forget using Google's more powerful search operators, the best ones are the most fun ones.  We've seen ‘tilt’ and ‘do a barrel roll’, but over the past day or so, the company has added another cool new search operator: Bacon number.
Lucas Mearian / PC World:
Helium-filled WD drives promise huge boost in capacity  —  Density of helium is one-seventh that of air, thus reducing hard drive platter drag.  —  HGST's five-platter Ultrastar 7K4000 4TB hard drive.For more than 50 years, hard disk drives have run on air.  That's about to change.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Why Does Apple Announce iPhone Pricing And Availability But Other Phone Makers Don't?  —  One of the nice things Apple does when announcing a new product — which its competitors only sometimes do, especially in the phone industry — is tell you how much it will cost and when it will go on sale.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Throws a Coming-Out Party for Its Ad Exchange  —  Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is going to make a lot of money from mobile ads.  In the meantime, the company is trying to figure out how to make more money from the Web ads it already sells.  —  Here's one way: Take the small …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Isis mobile payment service hits snag, delays trial run  —  Isis was supposed to have turned on the mobile payment systems in two cities by the end of summer.  —  Google Wallet getting tested out in a store in Manhattan.  Isis won't be coming here soon.  —  Isis won't be launching its mobile payment trials at the end of summer.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After 17 Years, eBay Debuts A New, Sleeker Logo  —  Following in the footsteps of Microsoft, eBay is debuting a new logo today.  The colors of the logo are the same, but the font is a bit more modern and sleek, and the word “eBay” is cleanly aligned in a straight line.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft disrupts millions of botnet connections after discovering PCs with preloaded malware  —  Microsoft revealed this week that it has helped disrupt more than 500 different strains of malware in an attempt to slow the emerging threat of the Nitol botnet.
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.

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