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September 21, 2012, 8:45 AM

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iFixit:
iPhone 5 Teardown  —  Behold, the sixth generation of iPhone!  We shall call it...iPhone 5!  Buckle down for the iPhone 5 teardown: the biggest thing to happen to teardowns since teardowns.  Follow us on Twitter for all the latest teardown shenanigans, or go on that Facebook thing to keep up with iFixit news.
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.
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.
More: TechCrunch and FortuneTweets: @richdemuro and @jyarow
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 …
Luke Hopewell / Gizmodo Australia:
iPhone 5 Launch Scandal: Apple Accused Of Ignoring Queue To Find Its Own First Owners  —  Sydney's flagship Apple Store threw its doors open at 8am this morning to the sound of thunderous applause.  Those at the front of the queue who had been queueing for three days entered the store …
More: ZDNetThanks:@thangngo
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Wrong turn: Apple's buggy iOS 6 maps lead to widespread complaints  —  Apple has a maps problem.  —  The major new feature of the company's new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a new mapping module developed by Apple itself — a replacement for the Google-supplied maps that have been standard on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Apple's Maps satellite and hybrid views only show China and Taiwan while in China  —  So we were just checking out Apple's new widely dissed Maps app, and found something extremely interesting: if you are in China on a domestic network (i.e. not on a VPN) and you look at the satellite or hybrid view, you only see China.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
AppleInsider:
Rumor of Google Maps for iOS 6 submission likely false  —  A rumor that Google had submitted an iOS 6-compatible maps app to Apple after the built-in version was removed with the new mobile OS is false, says the well-connected Jim Dalrymple.  —  In a trademark terse post to his website The Loop …
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Google has an iOS 6 Maps app awaiting approval.  It is solely up to Apple to approve.  —  Previous version of Google Maps on iOS.  —  If you are missing Google Maps after updating to iOS 6 over the past 24 hours, good news may be just around the corner.  As previously rumored …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Swiss Federal Railways Says Apple Copied Its Iconic Railway Clock  —  Switzerland's Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, or Swiss Federal Railway service, has accused Apple of using their iconic clock in its Clock app for iPad without permission, according to a report in the Swiss newspaper Blick [Google Translate].
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
IFTTT forced to remove Twitter triggers on September 27th to comply with new API policies  —  The internet service glue product IFTTT has been forced to remove its Twitter triggers after recent changes to Twitter's API policies.  The change was confirmed in an email sent out to IFTTT users today.
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.”
More: BetabeatTweets: @eacohn
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.
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 …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Chart This: 160 “Strategic Buyers” of Tech Companies  —  In the technology world, big companies that buy smaller ones often will map out dozens of potential acquisition targets.  —  Why shouldn't the start-ups and their investors be able to size up the potential buyers?  —  Now they can.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Wal-Mart stops selling Amazon Kindles  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will no longer sell Amazon.com Inc's Kindle products, making the world's largest retailer the second major chain to stop selling Amazon's devices, according to an internal memo and a source familiar with the situation.
John Lilly / John's Tumblr:
Fear & Loathing in Nerdtown: Apple Maps & Twitter Shutoffs  —  My Twitter feed is full of people bitching about the new Apple Maps in iOS6 today, plus IFTTT shutting down pushing tweets into other places because of Twitter's new TOS.  Pretty different things, but in my part of the Twittersphere, similar sense of outrage.
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
Salon Sells The Well to Longtime Members  —  One of the earliest online communities, The Well, has a new owner: its members.  —  On Thursday evening, Salon Media Group, the previous owner of The Well, said it had sold the community to The Well Group, a private investment group consisting …
More: The Verge
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
YouTube Testing Feature To Quiz You While You're Watching A Video  —  YouTube videos may soon be getting a little more interactive.  There's now a page on the YouTube website describing a feature called “Video Questions Editor Beta,” which was spotted by the Dutch tech site WebSonic.nl.
Ellyne Phneah / ZDNet:
Google shuts China-only music site  —  Summary: The search giant's music download service, exclusive to China users, has been shuttered as its impact was “not as great as expected”.  —  Ellyne Phneah  —  Google has shut its music download service in China as it has not been doing as well as the Web giant wanted it to.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook promises to update its mobile apps every 4 to 8 weeks  —  Following the update of Facebook for Android, Facebook Messenger for Android, Facebook for iOS and Facebook Pages Manager for iOS today, the social networking giant has even more news to share: a new schedule for mobile app updates.

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