September 13, 2012, 6:15 PM

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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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Cricket and C Spire to Offer iPhone 5 Beginning September 28 [Updated]  —  While the three major U.S. iPhone carriers AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint will be launching the iPhone 5 on Friday, September 21, it will not take long for availability to extend to other carriers.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on Samsung patent verdict: 'I hate it and I don't agree with it'  —  Late last month in a California court, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple over $1 billion as part of a patent lawsuit in which an American jury concluded the Korean company copied the American company …
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.

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