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September 19, 2012, 9:45 AM

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Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
The iPhone Takes to the Big Screen  —  The world's most popular smartphone becomes significantly faster, thinner and lighter this week, while gaining a larger, 4-inch screen—all without giving up battery life, comfort in the hand and high-quality construction.  —  [ See post to watch video ]
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
First iPhone 5 Reviews: Thinner, Lighter, LTE “Stunningly Fast”  —  The embargo has just lifted on the first iPhone 5 reviews.  Apple has provided some publications with an early review unit of the iPhone 5.  We are collecting some of the more interesting points from each review, but you can click each title to read the full writeup.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPhone 5  —  The iPhone 5 is really nice.  It feels great, looks great, has the best display I've seen at any size, runs noticeably faster, networks noticeably faster, is way thinner and lighter than any of its predecessors, takes better photos, and, in my six days of testing, gets totally decent iPhone-4S-level battery life.
AnandTech:
iPhone 5/A6 SunSpider Performance: Faster than Intel's Atom Z2460  —  The first iPhone 5 reviews have lifted, confirming the leaked Geekbench data we saw in our earlier post.  Apple's A6 appears to feature two custom ARM cores running at up to 1GHz.  A new datapoint comes courtesy …
David Pogue / New York Times:
IPhone 5 Scores Well, With a Quibble  —  If you were taking a college course called iPhone 101, your professor might identify three factors that have made Apple's smartphone a mega-success.  —  First, design.  A single company, known for its obsession over details, produces both the hardware and the software.
CNET:
iPhone 5 review: Finally, the iPhone we've always wanted  —  The good: The iPhone 5 adds everything we wanted in the iPhone 4S: 4G LTE, a longer, larger screen, and a faster A6 processor.  Plus, its top-to-bottom redesign is sharp, slim, and feather-light.  The bad: Sprint and Verizon models can't use voice and data simultaneously.
More: Bloomberg
T-Mobile Newsroom:
John Legere Named as Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile USA  —  Deutsche Telekom (OTCQX: DTEGY), one of Europe's leading telecommunications and information technology service companies and the parent company of T-Mobile USA, today announced that John Legere, a 32-year veteran of the U.S …
Gideon Spanier / London News:
Sir Jonathan Ive and entire Apple design team fly to London to collect prestigious D&AD awards  —  Apple has been named the best brand and the best design studio of the last 50 years at the D&AD Awards, one of the world's most prestigious prizes for advertising and design.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's iOS 6 due for release at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific  —  The company is hoping to avoid a logjam on Friday, when the iPhone 5 goes on sale  —  FORTUNE — iOS 6, the newest version of Apple (AAPL) iPhone/iPad software platform, is scheduled to arrive today, Wednesday Sept. 19.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
No-Name Company Sues Internet, Misunderstands GitHub  —  A virtually unknown company called PersonalWeb Technologies has launched a series of patent infringement suits against some of the internet's most important companies, including Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and IBM.
Lee Chyen Yee / Reuters:
ZTE, Mozilla aim to roll out mobile operating system in coming months  —  (Reuters) - China's ZTE Corp, the world's fourth largest mobile phone handset vendor, is cooperating with Mozilla, maker of web browser Firefox, to introduce a new mobile operating system later this year or early next year, a ZTE spokesman said on Wednesday.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
‘Slim’ Sony PlayStation 3 to debut in North America September 25, worldwide October  —  Sony has taken the wraps off its new ‘slim’ PlayStation 3 at the Toyko Games Show.  The new version of the console will debut in North America on September 25 before hitting Japan, Europe and the rest …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Beta Launches New Mobile Ad Network Using Your Data To Target You With Banner Ads In Other Apps  —  Facebook today begins testing its own mobile ad network.  Advertisers can pay to target you with ads for app stores or websites based on your Facebook data that appears while you're on other apps and mobile sites.
iFixit:
Apple EarPods Teardown  —  After three years of research and development, Apple has released the newest version of their popular headphones, now dubbed “EarPods.”  Join us as we crack these pods open and take a look at what three years of R & D can accomplish.  Love all of these gadget teardowns?
Jack Clark / ZDNet:
Google reveals Spanner, the database tech that can span the planet  —  Summary: The Spanner technology sees Google craft a globally distributed database to underpin its massive software platforms with the help of atomic clocks, GPS systems and some of its most lauded computer scientists.  —  Jack Clark
More: GigaOM and Wired
Spencer E. Ante / Digits:
Former TechCrunch Editor Erick Schonfeld To Run DEMO  —  The technology conference wars just got a bit more dramatic.  Former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld is taking over the management of DEMO from VentureBeat editor in chief Matt Marshall, who is returning to the tech blog exclusively …
Tweets: @eldon and @robinwauters
Reuters:
German government urges public to stop using Internet Explorer  —  (Reuters) - The German government urged the public on Tuesday to temporarily stop using Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer following discovery of yet-to-be repaired bug in the web browser that the software maker said makes PCs vulnerable to attack by hackers.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Twitter's iPad App Update Provokes a Backlash  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo appeared on NBC's Today Show this morning to unveil a new look for profile pages on Twitter's website and, much more interesting to this reporter, the new “5.0″ version of Twitter's iPad app.
David Kravets / Wired:
Feds Charge Activist with 13 Felonies for Rogue Downloading of Academic Articles  —  Federal prosectors added nine new felony counts against well-known coder and activist Aaron Swartz, who was charged last year for allegedly breaching hacking laws by downloading millions of academic articles …
More: Betabeat
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Apple, publishers offer EU e-book antitrust settlement  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc and four major publishers have offered to let retailers such as Amazon.Com Inc sell e-books at a discount, in a bid to end an EU antitrust investigation, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

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