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September 14, 2012, 12:55 AM

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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.
Matt Townsend / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart to Offer Apple's Pre-Orders for First Time  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), the world's largest retailer, will take pre-orders for the new Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone for the first time and offer discounts on the device.  —  The iPhone 5, announced yesterday, can be ordered tomorrow …
More: CNET, Gizmodo and IntoMobile
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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 …
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Why the iPhone 5 on Verizon and Sprint Won't Juggle Calls and Data  —  A lot has changed in Apple's new iPhone.  But with the Verizon Wireless and Sprint versions of the iPhone 5, there's something that will remain the same from the old model: The phone still won't be able to place a call …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Thoughts and Observations Regarding Yesterday's iPhone 5 and Music Event  —  A Double Feature  —  There's been a consistent formula to the post-Steve Jobs Apple keynote events.  Tim Cook opens, and speaks in broad terms about where Apple is.  Numbers and milestones.
More: The Verge
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.
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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David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Google Glass and the Future of Technology  —  New gadgets — I mean whole new gadget categories — don't come along very often.  The iPhone was one recent example.  You could argue that the iPad was another.  But if there's anything at all as different and bold on the horizon, surely it's Google Glass.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft details Office 2013 RT, confirms Preview release and lack of Macros or add-ins  —  We got a brief look at Office 2013 RT for Windows RT tablets at IFA last month, but Microsoft is revealing the finer details of the software today.  In a post on the company's Office Next blog …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Finally Adds Do-Not-Track Support in Latest Test Version of Chrome  —  Google has included support for the Do Not Track privacy setting in its latest Chrome developer build, which was released today.  —  Do Not Track — which aims to help users opt out of being tracked across Web sites …
More: BrowserFame and Neowin
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.
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 …
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.

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