September 17, 2012, 3:55 PM

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iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Top Two Million in First 24 Hours  —  Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S.  Demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply and while the majority …
First Apple iPhone 5 orders now shipping from China  —  Customers who were among the first to preorder the iPhone 5 from Apple have begun seeing updates that their orders are shipping from China.  —  While some iPhone 5 orders are now shipping, the packages are still not scheduled …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Google takes on Instagram and Facebook by acquiring top iOS photo app Snapseed  —  Google has agreed to acquire Nik Software, the German developer of photography app Snapseed, for an undisclosed amount.  Sources close to the deal tell The Verge that while Nik Software produces all sorts …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Square Finally Closes $200 Million Round at a $3.25 Billion Valuation  —  Square has finally closed its fourth round of funding, which values the three-year-old company at a jaw-dropping $3.25 billion.  —  The payments company is perhaps best known for allowing small businesses …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft confirms October 25 launch for Windows 8  —  Summary: Microsoft officials are now confirming the Windows 8 — and Surface RT — launch will be on October 25 in New York City.  —  Mary Jo Foley  —  It's not a big surprise to readers of this blog, but Microsoft officials confirmed …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype preparing to launch video messaging and ‘Metro’ design  —  Skype is preparing to update its range of clients to support a new video messaging option, The Verge has learned.  The feature will launch in time for the holidays, possibly as early as next month — according to sources familiar with Skype's plans.
Kindle Fire HD Teardown  —  The Kindle Fire HD has landed on the doorstep of iFixit.  Naturally, we've embarked on the epic voyage of exploring the electronic innards of the Kindle Fire HD.  What will we find?  Follow along as we methodically break down each component.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Widespread reports of iMessage outages plaguing iOS users  —  We've been getting reports this morning from tipsters that Apple's iMessage service is down.  These reports seem to be backed up by searches on Twitter which show hundreds of angry customers posting messages every minute.
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Tries On a Sleeker Look  —  Taking a Cue From Apple, CEO Whitman Makes Better Design Central to Turnaround  —  When Meg Whitman took over as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co. a year ago, she got a company-issued laptop.  —  “They gave me a brick,” she said, referring to the device's weight and chunky appearance.
Ellyne Phneah / ZDNet:
Samsung to unveil Galaxy S4 in Feb 2013  —  Summary: New handset expected to sport 5-inch screen, and will see some “external changes” but retain its rectangle shape with rounded corners concept; to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next year.  —  Ellyne Phneah
Scott Hanselman:
Everything's broken and nobody's upset  —  Software doesn't work.  I'm shocked at how often we put up with it.  Here's just a few issues - [literally] off the top of my head - that I personally dealt with last week.  — My iPhone 4s has 3 gigs of “OTHER” taking up space, according to iTunes.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Critical zero-day bug in Internet Explorer under active attack  —  Remotely triggered vuln can affect a wide variety of IE and Windows versions.  —  Researchers have uncovered active malware attacks that exploit a critical and previously unknown vulnerability in the latest versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
JetBlue to roll out in-flight Wi-Fi in Q1 2013, will launch free of charge  —  JetBlue travelers, the wait for in-flight W-Fi is nearly over: an internal company email today revealed the airline intends to roll out high-speed wireless networking in the first quarter of 2013.
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