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September 19, 2012, 1:45 PM

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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.
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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.
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.
Kevin Smith / Business Insider:
Apple's New iPhone Software, iOS 6, Is Available Now!  —  Apple's new operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 6 is out now.  —  The update is rolling out slowly, probably to save Apple's servers from going down.  So if you don't see it right away, keep checking.
Anil Dash:
Who benefits from iOS6's crappy maps?  —  The classic criticism that thoughtless Apple haters use against the company is that it makes products that are pretty but dumb.  Usually those criticisms are by people who don't understand the value of a comprehensible user experience …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8X by HTC has a 4.3-inch display and Beats, launches early November  —  HTC is unveiling its flagship Windows Phone 8 handset today, the Windows Phone 8X.  The branding might sound Microsoft-like, but there's a good reason for that — the two companies have joined forces …
Claire Cain Miller / NYT Bits:
Google Updates Android Maps App as Apple Moves On  —  The fight over mobile maps is on.  —  Google plans to add new features to its Google Maps app for Android phones on Wednesday.  Conveniently, it is the same day that Apple's latest mobile operating system is due to be released …
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.
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 …
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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
OpenStack gets real  —  After a sometimes contentious incubation period, the OpenStack Foundation is now official, with a new 24-member board chaired by SUSE exec and Linux Foundation director Alan Clark; 5,600 members; and $10 million in backer's funding.  Rackspace's Jonathan Bryce …

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