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September 21, 2012, 2:55 PM

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Now on Sale in the U.S.  —  The iPhone 5 just launched in the U.S. along the east coast.  Fortune's Philip Elmer-Dewitt is at the 5th Avenue Store and notes that the line is longer than last year's iPhone 4S line: … The first day pre-orders for the iPhone 5 doubled last year's iPhone 4S launch.
Yoree Koh / Japan Real Time:
Burglars in Japan First to Get Hands on iPhone 5 … A group of thieves in Japan got a jump start on nabbing Apple Inc .'s iPhone 5 before anyone else in the world Friday morning.  —  At a time when thousands of eager Apple fans were already lined up outside outlets around the world …
Spandas Lui / ZDNet:
Are the iPhone queues for the fans or the publicity?  —  Summary: Apple launch events have turned into a honeypot for companies looking to get some free publicity, and the Australian launch of the iPhone 5 is no exception.  —  Spandas Lui  —  My impression of Apple's product launches …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Black iPhone 5 Anodized Aluminum Susceptible to Scratching?  —  After the original announcement of the iPhone 5, one early concern amongst readers was how well the anodized aluminum back and edges of the black iPhone 5 would hold up over time.  —  One lengthy thread on our forums …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
iPhone 5 review  —  Apple's latest smartphone gets a bigger screen, LTE, and more power — but does it keep the crown?  —  Ah, to review the iPhone 5 — what a blessing, and what a curse.  It's actually funny to think that there was a time not that long ago that the iPhone wasn't even a thing, let alone an iconic part of pop culture.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
OpenStreetMap Gets First Major Funding From Knight News Challenge  —  OpenStreetMap, the increasingly popular Wikipedia-like project to create a map of the world — it's now used by Apple, Foursquare and others — has gotten its first major funding grant.  —  Knight News Challenge …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Good Karma!  Facebook to launch social gifting app in the US in a matter of weeks  —  Around the same time it started listing its shares on NASDAQ, Facebook announced that it had acquired social gifting app maker Karma for a reported $80 million+, making it one of the company's largest purchases to date.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook Turns Off Facial Recognition In The EU, Gets The All-Clear On Several Points From Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner On Its Review  —  The ongoing investigation into Facebook's transparency on user data and privacy by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has come to a positive conclusion for the social network.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Asus to unveil the Padfone 2 in October  —  The Asus Padfone hasn't exactly taken the world by storm since Asus first introduced the smartphone that can transform into a tablet, notebook, or desktop with liberal use of docking stations.  In fact, the Padfone has yet to officially go on sale in the US.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Welcomes Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's “The Internship” on Campus  —  You wouldn't know that relations between Google and Hollywood are testy by the week they've had together.  —  Google has taken in movie stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn with open arms, lending its campus as the set for their upcoming film “The Internship.”
Reuters:
China's Alibaba to spin off team developing mobile operating system  —  (Reuters) - Alibaba Group, China's biggest e-commerce firm, will spin off the team developing its Aliyun mobile operating system, which Google Inc claims uses aspects of its own mobile operating system Android.
Bloomberg:
Apple Loses German Court Ruling Against Samsung in Patent Suit  —  The 4G Price War Brewing Over the IPhone 5  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost a court ruling against Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) in Germany regarding claims the South Korean company's Galaxy devices infringed patents on the iPhone maker's touch-screen technology.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Pulling Back On Frictionless Sharing Apps  —  On Thursday, Facebook's Manager of Media Partnerships, Andy Mitchell, told a panel of journalists and fellow Facebookers that the site was moving away from “passive sharing,” referring to apps released by the Washington Post …
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
RIM restores service after struggling with BlackBerry outages on 3 continents  —  Research In Motion Ltd. struggled with a service outage that affected BlackBerry users on three continents on Friday.  —  RIM's U.K. branch acknowledged the problem in a short message on Twitter early Friday morning.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
W3C announces plan to deliver HTML 5 by 2014, HTML 5.1 in 2016  —  The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the group that manages development of the main specifications used by the Web, has proposed a new plan that would see the HTML 5 spec positioned as a Recommendation—which in W3C's lingo represents …

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