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September 21, 2012, 10:30 PM

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Jeff Benjamin / iDownloadBlog.com:
The Verizon iPhone 5 is GSM unlocked, tested with AT&T  —  I can confirm that the Verizon iPhone 5 is indeed GSM unlocked.  Even though I bought an iPhone 5 from Verizon under contract, I was able to cut down my AT&T Micro SIM, and use it in my Verizon iPhone 5 to pick up an AT&T signal.
Sarah Radwanick / comScore Voices:
iPhone 5 Reaches Same Level of Online Sales in First 3 Days that iPhone 4S Reached in First Month  —  Today, crowds of eager consumers will get their hands on the iPhone 5 as Apple's latest smartphone officially hits stores and mailboxes across the U.S. It's been just over a week since CEO Tim Cook …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Paul Graham:
Startup = Growth  —  A startup is a company designed to grow fast.  Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup.  Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of “exit.”  The only essential thing is growth.
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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 …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook tests prompt asking you to snitch on your friends who aren't using their real name  —  Facebook's ongoing war on pseudonyms is well-documented.  The company wants everyone to use their real name on the social network, and ideally this would be their only identity on the Internet.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Young startup Double Robotics scores $1.2M in sales for iPad-on-wheels robots  —  Double Robotics, the Y Combinator grad that's created probably the best-looking telepresence robots on the planet, announced a $250,000 investment from Grishin Robotics today — and the fact that Double …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to deliver new Windows 8 and Windows RT Lync app in late October  —  Summary: The product formerly known as Lync MX, a touch-centric, Windows Store app, will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs and tablets in late October.  —  Testers have been putting the new version …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Verizon finally rolling out Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Nexus  —  Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean back in June and released it for the unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus a few weeks later, but Verizon's version has remained stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich.
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.
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.

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