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September 21, 2012, 11:20 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.
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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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:
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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 (vs Samsung Galaxy S3) Drop Tests Show Very Durable Device and Screen  —  With the launch of the iPhone 5, several companies are performing tests and benchmarks on the new device.  One common effort is to put any new iPhone in a series of drop tests to see how well it survives common falls.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
The first three iPhone 5 (and Earpod) ads hit: Thumbs, Physics, Cheese and Ears  —  It sounds like the first iPhone 5 ads are narrated by Jeff Daniels of Dumb and Dumber and Newsroom fame.  —  Thumbs shows how the 4 inch screen is tailored to the windshield -wiper motion of your thumb.
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 …
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.
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
You Might Be Able To Download Your Tweets By The End Of The Year … Users might able to download all of their past tweets by the end of the year, according to reports from those attending Twitter CEO Dick Costolo's talk at the Online News Association conference.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
The Apple iPhone 5 has reportedly been jailbroken  —  Just hours after the new Apple iPhone 5 was released, it has already been jailbroken.  While iOS 6 has been jailbroken on other devices, this development means hackers have already found and exploited security holes to run custom code …

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