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September 19, 2012, 4:45 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.
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
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
iPhone 5 Carries $199 BOM, Virtual Teardown Reveals  —  This is an IHS iSuppli News Flash from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS) covering the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service's virtual teardown of the iPhone 5.  This virtual teardown information is based on an analysis …
More: Digits, Gizmodo, CNET and 9to5MacTweets: @jonerlichman
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.
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?
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.
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.
Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft Signs Licensing Agreement With Research In Motion  —  exFAT file technology helps mobile industry leader provide cutting-edge capabilities to customers.  —  Microsoft Corp. announced today that Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have signed a patent licensing agreement …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast data caps hit test cities, range from 300GB to 600GB  —  Caps hit Nashville and Tucson in trials, broader deployment coming later.  —  When Comcast decided to suspend its 250GB per month caps on Internet service, the reprieve for customers was only temporary.
More: GigaOM and DSLreports
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Shipping Estimates for New iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Through Apple Slip to 3-4 Weeks  —  The iPhone 5 does not officially launch until Friday, but pre-orders are clearly continuing to roll in through Apple's online store as the company has now bumped shipping estimates for new pre-orders to 3-4 weeks.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Yahoo To Give Shareholders $3.65 Billion, Mayer Explains Why In Leaked Memo  —  Yahoo has closed a deal to sell a portion of its stake in Chinese Internet company Alibaba, netting $4.3 billion for the company.  —  In a memo to employees, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she will return $3.65 billion of that money to shareholders.
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
With Hollywood Hire, Microsoft Bolsters Entertainment Efforts  —  Microsoft has hired Nancy Tellem, a former top CBS television executive, to oversee the production of original video content to be delivered to the company's Xbox video game console, according to people with knowledge of the move …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Life after Twitter: StockTwits builds out its own ecosystem  —  As Twitter transforms from an open web platform to a more traditional media company, startups that built on top of it are leaving in search of new ways to grow their business.  StockTwits founder Howard Lindzon doesn't mince words.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Samsung, Intel prepare wireless devices for AirPlay-like streaming  —  WiFi Alliance certifies network equipment and consumer devices for Miracast.  —  The WiFi Alliance today unveiled its certification program for Miracast, a new wireless technology for streaming video from phones, laptops, and tablets to television sets.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel sets Windows 8 tablet event with HP, Samsung, others  —  Chip giant will host a coming-out party for Windows 8 tablets using its latest system-on-a-chip.  —  Intel is going to kick off the season of the Windows 8 tablet by hosting an event next week attended by virtually all of the major PC players.
More: The Verge
David Carr / New York Times:
Barry Diller and Scott Rudin Form E-Book Publishing Venture  —  Two powerful entertainment moguls, Scott Rudin, the film and theater producer, and Barry Diller, the chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp, are joining together to enter the turbulent world of book publishing.

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