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September 19, 2012, 8:10 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 …
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
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.
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?
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Techdirt
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
AT&T LTE goes live in Seattle and Portland ahead of iPhone 5 launch (updated)  —  We knew that AT&T was planning to turn on its LTE service in a number of new regions before the end of the year, and it appears one city has been given the green light: Seattle.
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: Wired and GigaOM
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

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