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September 21, 2012, 12:15 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Pulse2 Technology … and BetabeatTweets: @eacohn
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.
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
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 …
More: TechCrunch
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].

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