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September 19, 2012, 1:05 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 ]
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.
More: The Next WebTweets: @counternotions
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
Sung Hu Kim / Twitter Blog:
Expand your experience: New Twitter for iPad  —  Today you can download the new Twitter for iPad.  We've rebuilt the app from the ground up to make it fast, beautiful and easy to use.  Twitter for iPad brings you closer to what's happening all over the world, and makes it easy to keep …
Sachin Agarwal / Twitter Blog:
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?
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.
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.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Developers seeing lightning fast app review times as Apple readies the App Store for iPhone 5  —  Apple is getting its ducks in a row for the release of the iPhone 5.  One of the ways it's doing that is ensuring that as many apps as possible are ready for the new taller screen of the new device.
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 …
Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac:
Apple Marketing SVP Phil Schiller confirms: Apple has no iPhone 5 dock in the works  —  We were recently forwarded an email where a reader reached out to Philip Schiller, Apple's Senior VP of Marketing, to ask if Apple was planning to release a dock for the new iPhone 5.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
New departure from Zynga: Omgpop's chief revenue officer (exclusive)  —  Joining the exodus of executives who have left Zynga recently, Wilson Kriegel, the former chief revenue officer of Omgpop, has left the company, GamesBeat has learned.  —  Kriegel was part of the company that Zynga bought earlier …
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Prismatic takes on Twitter in the race to build a better serendipity engine  —  Thanks to its recent forays into curated content, particularly around topics like the Olympics, it's become obvious that Twitter wants to be more than just a utility for distributing links: it wants to target users based on the …
More: ReadWriteWeb and Prismatic BlogThanks:@mathewi
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amazon Shutting Down Fashion Website Endless.com  —  Amazon started telling consumers today, who visit Endless.com, that it will be shutting down next week.  —  The site, which sells high-end clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and watches, will become a part of Amazon.com/Fashion …
More: CNET, Reuters and GeekWire
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel:
Apple's Jonathan Ive to Design a Single Uber-Limited Edition Leica M  —  Do you love the design of Apple products?  Do you have infinitely deep pockets?  If you said yes to both questions, then I have some good news for you.  —  At Leica's special event last night, after the new Leica M was announced …

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