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September 21, 2012, 5:15 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.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Apple A6 Die Revealed: 3-core GPU,  —  Our good friends at UBM TechInsights sent over the first diffusion images of Apple's new A6 SoC.  It's still too early to tell a lot but we have confirmation of a lot of things.  The image above shows two 32-bit LPDDR2 memory channels and three GPU cores.
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
LightSquared redux: Lawmakers admit lack of expertise, but blame FCC  —  US Rep Cliff Stearns (R-FL) is mad at the FCC for halting LightSquared's plan to build a cellular network.  —  Cliff Stearns  —  The saga of LightSquared and its failed plan to build a nationwide LTE network …

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